posted by justincredible
I'd love to be within 6 hours of Cincinnati. Grand Haven is about 5:45 away.
Grand Haven is really nice. The nature gets more beautiful the further north you go, but until Traverse the towns get a bit smaller. Grand Haven is kinda the best of both. South Haven is also really nice. Decent little town, walkable, good restaurants and bars. Boating town with good public beaches. Probably closer for your drive.
I’ve stayed at Michigan City (Indiana) when I was younger, but have no memory. My parents said it was nice though lol.
Holland is going to be a big(ger) city feel, which, knowing you, you won’t want. So I wouldn’t even bother looking in that area. I’d focus my search on New Haven and South Haven, then go from there. All along the coast you can find little towns and beaches.
Between those two is Saugatuck State Park (Sand Dunes) which would be a fun half day trip, if you wanted. It’s nothing compared to Sleeping Bear Dunes, which is up near Traverse City, but it’s still really cool.