1.25.17

Coastal Living’s 2017 Happiest Seaside Town to be Revealed Friday

The Coastal Living 2017 Happiest Seaside Town will be revealed Friday, January 27 at noon EST. Grand Haven wasย a leader for the majority of the voting period and is the only freshwater town in the running. If chosen, Grand Haven will be the first fresh water communityย to be named the happiest seaside town in America!

The Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau was contacted this past fall that Grand Haven has been selectedย one of the top 10 2017 Happiest Seaside Towns. Public voting among the top ten for the #1 Happiest Seaside Town took place from September 26 – October 29th. Throughout the voting period, Grand Haven lead the polls.

Past winners of the Happiest Seaside Town include Stuart, Florida; Southport, North Carolina; Chincoteague, Virginia; Beaufort, South Carolina; and Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

According to Coastal Living, the 2017 finalists were chosen by “reviewing destinations that have been covered by the magazine and nominated via social media. From there, we looked at rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and our editors’ assessment of each town’s ‘coastal vibe.'”

The winning town will be featured in the May 2017 20th Anniversary issue of Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel.

The announcement of the winner will be broadcasted live from the Coastal Living Facebook page at noon EST on Friday, January 27. The list will be counted down from #10 to the winner. Updates can also be found at the Visit Grand Haven Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who participated and voted for Grand Haven to become the 2017 Happiest Seaside Town! Even being featured on Coastal Living’s Top Ten List is a huge honor for our community.

For more information contact the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at mcisneros@visitgrandhaven.com or (616) 842-4499. You can visit our Facebook page here, our Instagram here, and our Twitter here!

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