Summers along the lakeshore are best enjoyed by the beach with friends and family over a picnic.
Make the most of your next picnic with these planning tips!
Pick the perfect spot
There’s an art to choosing the best picnic spot — grills, shelters, tables, beach access and shade are all important elements to keep in mind. Luckily, there are plenty of locations to choose from in our lakeshore region. Here are a few popular places worth checking out:
Pier Cove Beach 2290 Lakeshore Drive, Fennville
North Beach Park 18775 N. Shore Drive, Ferrysburg
Van Raalte Farm Park 1076 E. 16th St., Holland
Huizenga Park 350 Royal Park Drive, Zeeland
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park 6585 Lake Harbor Drive, Norton Shores
Prepare a checklist
So, you’ve found the perfect picnic spot. But after unpacking, you realize you left your corkscrew at home — talk about a wine catastrophe! Use this checklist of picnic necessities to start your DIY outdoor dining experience off right.
• Corkscrew and bottle opener • Cutting board and knife • Ice pack/thermos • Paper towels/trash bags • Glasses/cups/plates • Bluetooth speaker • Camera
Buy local picnic staples
After crossing off your packing checklist, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got all the picnic staples before leaving the house, including: a picnic basket, cooler, blanket, sunscreen and insect repellant. There are a couple of local stores you can stop by to pick up everything you need:
Lulu Cadieux 3480 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, 269-543-2445 lulucadieux.com
Van Wieren Hardware 645 Douglas Ave., Holland 616-396-2378 vwhardware.com
Shop local markets
Everyone knows the most important part of a picnic is the food and drinks. Sandwiches, chips, salads, pasta dishes, wine, beer and hard seltzers all pack perfectly for a picnic. You can even impress your friends with a to-go charcuterie board from a local market. Check out these markets for all of your picnic goodies: