AREA ATTRACTION NEAR VENTURA PINES COTTAGE AND CABIN
Lake Michigan Beaches
Lake Michigan beaches are plentiful and located close by for you to explore and enjoy.
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Area Attractions Near Ventura Pines
Ventura Pines has so much to offer, including several local attractions that you and your family may enjoy during your stay. This slideshow shows a sampling of some of these attractions. There are also many beaches and golf courses nearby, as outlined below.
Beaches & Parks Near Ventura Pines Cabin
Ventura Pines Cabin has many nearby beaches and parks for you to enjoy, several within walking distance, and others to which you can drive or ride a bike. Please see the descriptions & directions below, and note that Lake Michigan water levels are near-record high, and there may be some erosion, limited or no beach access, exposed seawalls, etc. Please note that the homes & driveways across the street are private. Please do not walk up anyone’s driveway to see the lake or access the beach, as you would be trespassing on private property.
This 3.7-acre park has 200 feet of beachfront on Lake Michigan at the end of Van Buren Road. The park features improved facilities, including a public beach, a deck overlooking the lake, picnic areas with BBQ grills, volleyball courts, playground equipment, restrooms, and parking. Feel free to ride bikes provided at the cabin to this park and use the locks provided to secure to bike rack. Directions: turn right out of the driveway. Kouw Park is located on Lakeshore Drive, about 1.7 miles north.
Kids love this park for the Dune Run and playground! Along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, this popular 22-acre park is an excellent place for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. In addition to the unique tunnel through a dune, this park has a children’s playground complete with a dune climb and a dune stairway with scenic views of Lake Michigan. Open April 1 through October 31 from 7 am - 10 pm. Motor vehicle parking fees apply, and bikes are free. Directions: 66 Lakeshore Drive, Holland. Turn left out of the driveway and south for about 3 miles. 5-minute car drive, 20–25 minutes by bike.
Ottawa Beach (Holland) State Park
This must-see park is a 5-10 minute drive from the cabin or a 45-minute bike ride. This famous park offers excellent views of “Big Red,” Holland’s historic lighthouse, and has an expansive, sandy beach on Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. There are beautiful beaches, campgrounds, picnic tables, fire pits and grills, beach volleyball courts, and a beach house. The pier and walkway along the harbor channel are popular spots for fishing and beautiful views of sailboats, sunsets, and the Big Red lighthouse. A concession stand and store sell food, beach items, and souvenirs. Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available at the Macatawa Boathouse in the Lake Macatawa portion of the park. The park is divided into two units, one on Lake Michigan and the other on Lake Macatawa. DIRECTIONS: 2215 Ottawa Beach ROAD. Turn left (south) out of the driveway, then right in about 4 miles, then another right. The fee to enter and park.
Closest Walking Distance Beach is 1500 Feet South of Cabin at Camp Geneva Border
This is a “rustic” access within walking distance from the cabin via 15-foot wide access owned by Park Township, located 1500 feet south of the cabin. It may not be suitable for people with limited mobility, like small children or older adults, as there are no stairs to the beach. Enjoy sunsets from the top of the bluff. IMPORTANT: Please stay on the 15” frontage between fences on the beach, denoting Camp Geneva & home border to the north. No Parking or bikes are allowed here. DIRECTIONS: walk out of the cabin driveway to the bike path, turn left and proceed 1500 feet to the south. Slightly over the top of the hill, you will see a chain link fence across the street on the border of Camp Geneva. Along this fence line, a 15-foot wide access owned by Park Township may be utilized for lake access. Carefully and quickly cross Lakeshore Drive, as the 55 MPH speed limit of cars and limited sight distance to the north. Once safely across Lakeshore Drive, proceed up the dirt path along the chain link fence to the wooded path for about 500 feet to the top of the bluff with no Stairs. UPDATE – This beach may have limited or no access due to Erosion.
New Holland Street Access
Walking distance of about ½ mile north is the beach access at the end of New Holland Street. There are no stairs, no parking or facilities here. DIRECTIONS: turn right out of the driveway, 2 blocks to the north, and turn left (one way, so not cars!), a path directly ahead.
North Beach Access (Restricted) - 1000 Feet North at Ventura Pines Cottage
This is private access reserved for COTTAGE guests only and is permitted to CABIN guests only if COTTAGE guest has invited you. Do not trespass here, please! Directions: turn right on Lakeshore for 1000 feet and cross the street. Ventura Pines Cottage has stairs to the lake and 125 feet of private lake frontage.
Ransom Street Park
Not a beach, but an excellent playground for kids and an easy bike ride away. Directions: right out of the driveway, right on Ransom, ¾ miles on the right. 16500 Ransom Street.
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Ventura Pines Cabin
4274 N. Lakeshore Drive
Holland, Michigan 49424