My husband and I would like to take our 3 children (ages 10, 12, and 15) to spend 2 weeks in the Netherlands. I'm open to other places to be our home base, but I was thinking of Haarlem because it's close to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, and Bloemendaal... and my grandmother immigrated from Haarlem to the U.S. in the early 1900s, so I've always wanted to see her home town. I'm curious if others think this is a good place for our family to stay for a few weeks?
Also, my grandfather was from Smilde in Drenthe. I would like to visit his hometown, but it is too far for a day trip from Haarlem. Has anybody ever stayed in the countryside in Drenthe, or the capital of the province there, Assen? Is it worth staying there for a few days or a week?