When I moved from San Francisco to mid-Michigan, swimming in the ocean topped my list of things I would miss. However, I soon discovered that the large bodies of water surrounding the state identified more closely to a large sea than just a lake. I was absolutely blown away the first time I visited a Great Lake, and pleasantly surprised by the freshwater. No salt stinging my eyes or destroying my hair was definitely a perk. Grand Haven is one of Michigan's more popular beaches, with a quaint little downtown and many yummy food offerings. We stopped at Porto Bello for dinner, and left with our stomachs stuffed with not just our entrees, but unlimited bread and salad as well.