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3180 Washington Ave. SW

Grandville, Michigan 49418

(616) 538-9442

{Just 6 minutes from Grand Rapids}

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"3RD BEST OVERALL B&B IN NORTH AMERICA!"

by InnTraveler Magazine

 

"2012 MOST AFFORDABLE LUXURY"
"2012 BEST SPA SERVICES"

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"BEST IN THE MIDWEST & BEST OF GREAT LAKES"

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Trends Report that B&B ambiance appeals to growing number of travelers

Hi this is Cheri Antozak, designer, owner & innkeeper at Prairieside Suites, an award winning, Luxury Bed and Breakfast near Grand Rapids, MI.  I was excited to read this Trends Report about how American travelers are falling in love with our romantic B&B experience.  I, of course, already knew this because I have been sharing my home with lots of weekend "get away" couples and business travelers for many years now.  We feel honored to be a part of so many special occasions.  Guests are often here while celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon and many couples have become engaged at our B&B.

 

Prairieside Suites is a multi “Award Winning” Luxury Bed & Breakfast located in Grandville, Michigan just 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.  This fine home was featured in "Inn Traveler Magazine" and was voted “3rd Best Overall B&B in North America” from Arrington’s Publishing.  Plus voted “Best in the Midwest” and "Best of the Great Lakes" by bedandbreakfast.com.  We have, also, been voted "Most Romantic" by American Historic Inns.

Our goal at Prairieside Suites is to create an "Experience" not just a "Stay".  Luxury jacuzzi fireplace suites are at the heart of this nurturing environment.  Our spa rooms feature extra long & deep whirlpool tubs with views of the fireplace. These tubs sit in our beautiful bedrooms [not in a cramped bathroom].  Some rooms have European jetted showers, heated tile floors and heated mirrors that don’t fog while showering!

All bedrooms include air conditioning; remote controlled ceiling fans, entertainment centers that include a CD player, flat screen TV with cable/DVD/VCR and beverage centers with coffee makers, Free wi-fi, refrigerators, and microwaves. We also have In-House Massage, Romantic Packages, Room Services, free Wireless internet plus a Music and Video library on site.  Shopping malls, theaters, restaurants and lots of area attractions only minutes away.

We serve a full candle light breakfast in the dining room @ 9:30am. For the guests who prefer to snuggle and sleep in, a deluxe continental breakfast can be packed in the privacy of their room to enjoy anytime.  Cheri says, “When you stay with us our rooms will make you feel totally cared for and pampered in every way”.  Relax and unwind while you enjoy your stay in one of our spotless and allergy-free, romantic spa rooms, at Prairieside Suites Bed and Breakfast in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Check out this month specials.

Statistics & Trends

reprint from the Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers
Distinctive B&B ambiance appeals to growing number of travelers
Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The terms “bed & breakfast” (B&B) and “inn” conjure up romantic images of stately Victorian houses nestled among majestic oaks, graciously operated by entrepreneurs we secretly admire because they finally decided to follow their dream. Yet how do these seductive images translate into market appeal? Results of the just-released Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2011 Portrait of American Travelers reveal the answer.

Fully one out of every eight (13 percent) American leisure travelers stayed at a B&B or inn at least once during the previous year, the survey reveals. This incidence rises to one out of six (17 percent) among leisure travelers with an annual household income of $125,000 or more. And a remarkable eight out of ten (79 percent) leisure travelers express interest in staying at a B&B during the year ahead. Why is this notion so appealing? Not surprisingly, it’s the lure of their distinctive ambiance.

When asked why they patronize B&Bs and inns, leisure travelers who did so during the previous year cited reasons that point to the unique, authentic experiences they enjoy during their stay. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of patrons prefer the private, less crowded, quiet atmosphere of small inns and B&Bs. More than half feel B&Bs offer a better sense of local culture (56 percent). Personalized service delivered by the innkeeper (54 percent), unique architecture and decor (53 percent) and home-cooked food (52 percent) are also cited as appealing aspects of B&B travel. When compared to a traditional hotel/motel, more than two in five travelers find B&Bs more romantic (47 percent) and feel more pampered (45 percent), while slightly less enjoy socializing with other guests (39 percent) and feel B&Bs are a more affordable escape (37 percent). One in five (19 percent) appreciates a general pet-friendly policy maintained by most B&Bs and small inns.

Among leisure travelers who express interest in staying at a B&B or inn on a future trip, the home-like ambiance and amenities they expect to find in these properties are the primary motivators. The majority of survey respondents cited comfortable beds/linens (92 percent), friendly staff (91 percent), complimentary, fresh-made breakfast (88 percent), free time to relax and unwind (87 percent) and knowledgeable innkeepers (80 percent) as desirable attributes of B&Bs. Other aspects include the opportunity to taste different or unusual cuisines (68 percent), free Wi-Fi availability (67 percent), romantic ambiance (63 percent), distinctive theme or atmosphere (59 percent), unique architecture (55 percent) and the ability to reserve a specific room with unique decor (53 percent). Two in five travelers are eager to socialize with other interesting guests (41 percent).

Clearly, consumers believe B&Bs and inns offer an alluring residential ambiance that is not found in most conventional hotels and resorts. When combined with the personal touches of the host innkeeper, this appeal is very alluring.

Come experience my world!

Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI

Innkeepers Tell Their Story

Hi this is Cheri Antozak, designer, owner & innkeeper at Prairieside Suites, an award winning, Luxury Bed and Breakfast near Grand Rapids, MI.  I am often asked by guests about how I became an Innkeeper, so I am going to share my story.

When I was 18 years old I graduated from high school, married my sweetheart, we bought our first home [which was 80 years old] and for some reason I had the dream of owning a bed and breakfast.  Let me mention right now that I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast so I have no idea where that came from.  I will say, though, that even as a child [my grandmothers used to say that I had an old soul] because I have loved and appreciated beautiful things new and old.

 

Now lets fast forward…seventeen years and three daughters later [it goes by faster than you think].  My husband, Paul,  and I co-own a successful remodeling company [Interiors by Cheri, Inc.].  I have earned several credentials "Certified Kitchen Designer", "Certified Bathroom Designer", "Licensed Builder" and became registered with the state of Michigan as an "Interior Designer".  Paul is, also, a "licensed builder", he's a certified "Corian" solid surface counter fabricator and a certified "window installer".  Believe it or not, I still have the dream of owning a "Pure Michigan" bed and breakfast and create a "better way to stay" for travelers!  Paul & I have traveled extensively as volunteer leaders for the "National Kitchen & Bath Association" where I have held several positions and we have stayed in many of the best hotels across the US and Canada.  At each place that we stay I find that I'm still day-dreaming of having a bed and breakfast and we still haven't ever stayed at a B&B so, I have to tell you, Paul thinks his wife is a little coo-coo.

 

I must admit to having a gregarious personality.  I love cooking, entertaining, gardening, telling stories, a good belly laugh, and I love people.  So now if I could only make a business out of all this.   Hmmmm,  voila, what about a bed and breakfast business?  Think about it, I am a designer so I can easily create beautiful rooms for guests to enjoy, what fun!    Oh my, but Paul would have lots of work if we were to start all over again.  He had finished remodeling our home and had finished building our showroom and this would be another huge project…ahh, maybe I won't bring that up to HIM just yet!  Especially since he has spent 14 of the last 17 years working on our home [the same one we bought when I was 18 yrs old] and 10 years building and continuously updating our "Interiors by Cheri" showroom in a commercial strip mall which showcased the products we offered along with his craftsmanship. Plus each time I talked about a bed and breakfast he had valid concerns about… 1.  How would people know we were here?  [There hadn't been a B&B in Grandville before].  2.  How would we get the word out?  3.  Why would they come here to stay with us?  We're talking about a different time in marketing because this was 1993 when the internet was fairly new and bnb's were basically marketed by being published in travel guide books.  Paul just didn't think anyone would come [or even know we were here]…but he somehow had faith in me and the idea of having a B&B anyway [what a guy].

 

In 1993 "HE" made the decision that "WE" were signing our last lease in the mall and "I" had two years to figure out where we would relocate to.  His thought was we were build a commercial building that would house our "home remodeling showroom" because this is what we had been doing but this time we would own the building instead of renting.  I had another idea :-o ) so in 1995 we found & purchased our home which was a large dutch colonial built in 1920 that had been divided into a four-plex apartment building.  We continue to run the remodeling business, raise the girls and live off site in our family homestead [a few blocks away].  The B&B renovation took place on nights and weekends in between the normal stuff like band concerts, birthday parties and shuttling kids here and there, you know, normal life.  Well, it was actually a little more complicated than that because when we bought the big house we purchased the house on either side of it and they were both duplexes.  So we were new landlords and had three houses that needed roofs, windows and all types of remodeling.  We were crazy people, who worked diligently for 7 years before welcoming our first guest in 2002.  That was the same year our daughter Melissa was married and we had 17 family members from three different states come stay with us for her wedding [while we were setting up the church and helping to prepare food for 200 people].  Our family were our FIRST B&B guests and gave us valued feedback on our rooms.

 

My dream had been that each of our guest rooms would have a romantic whirlpool tub with fireplace and a king size bed. My goal was for our rooms to be a unique experience by designing them each after a different part of the world.  My hope was that guests would want to come back to experience each wonderful environment and to enjoy the overall atmosphere of practical luxury.

We started with three guest suites… A "Southern Mansion", a "Tuscan Villa" and an "English Cottage".  After five years, plus lots of guests, we were ready and in need of adding more rooms.  This would be tricky because our remodeling would have to happen when we didn't have guests in the house [we certainly couldn't disturb anyone with construction noise].  It wasn't easy and this process took two years.  In 2009 we introduced two more rooms themed as the "French Riviera" and "Spanish Hacienda".  We, also, introduced a new massage room where we could offer side by side couples massages. These new rooms were a big hit and guest started asking right away WHEN we would add more rooms and WHERE they would they be.

There is a new excitement in the air as we are now in the process of renovating the upstairs of the duplex next door [to the East of us] and adding two more rooms. They will be themed as the "Santa Barbara Beach House" and the "New York Loft".  We're in the middle of sawdust, drywall dust, tile dust and whatever other dust you can think of!  We're tired but can't wait to introduce these new rooms and our guests can't wait to SEE and STAY in them  There encouragement is wonderful and drives us through this dusty time.  We are thankful that we're working on the house next door and we don't have to worry about construction noise this time!  I carry these new rooms in my thoughts [lots of planning] and like a pregnant woman ready to deliver…I can't wait to see them completed. 

 

As time passes the family continues to grow, we have 4 grandsons who spend every Monday here [while mommy works].  Everyone comes to dinner that day, including our daughters, son in law and my mom.  I continue to dream of what will come next [don't tell Paul].  When I lay in bed at night, I ponder my day and think of what the future may bring [I apparently have my foot going a mile a minute] and Paul will put his hand on me and say "Turn off your brain honey, I know your making work for me"!  :-o    I sleep if only to dream and guess the rest is just history [or HER-story] in the making!

Come experience my world!

Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI

Hosted Bridal Event Last Weekend at Prairieside Suites!

Relaxing, Pampering & Cocktails – Ladies Only!

We were thrilled to host all twelve bridesmaids and the beautiful bride to be, Kylie Clemons, while they stayed here at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast the Friday night before her Wedding Day.  These lovely young women swapped stories of friendship while enjoying cocktails by our pool with lovely views of the flower gardens.  They felt right at home at our romantic bed and breakfast.  Some lasting memories were made while they took over the entire Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast and Kylie enjoyed her last night as a single female!

Bright and early on Saturday morning three hair stylists and a make up artist arrived, and we provided each with their own umbrella table around the pool area with wonderful water sounds coming from the waterfall and fountain.

 

The girls made up fruity mimosa cocktails while getting primped and pampered for the afternoon wedding of Kylie & Nathan.

 

We served a lovely breakfast buffet that they could enjoy on their own schedule either in the dinning room or poolside.

 

Kylie's mom, Colleen, accompanied by a couple Aunts and special friends dressed and prepared themselves for the big day here too.

 

The whole event was documented with lots of snap shots plus Kelly Sweet from "Timeless Wedding Photography" who took lots of beautiful pictures and said our home and it's furnishings were a photographer's dream.

After lots of laughter, food, hair and make-up…

The whole group left for the chapel in a chauffeured bus as I waved and wished them well.  What a wonderful day and for them… it had only just begun!

Come experience my world!

Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Shares Progress Made on Two New Suite

Follow Paul as he gives a tour of he progress being made on the Santa Barbara Beach House

 

It’s Coming Together! The Construction of 2 New B&B Suites

Paul gives us a sneak peak during the construction of the Santa Barbara Beach House and the New York Loft, our two new guest suites.

Video from Paul – Month 1 Done! Two New Jacuzzi Suites

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Suites in Grandville, Michigan, is in construction on the newest suite – the Santa Barbara Beach House AND the New York Loft! Paul talks about what he's working on with a special sneak peek of the suite's construction. In this Month 2 video, Paul shows us the completed roughed-in bathrooms and sound proof walls which guests love! Follow the progress in this video!

 

Week 2 / Day 4 -Carl takes the reigns as we make a design change.

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Suites in Grandville, Michigan, is in construction on the newest suite – named the New York Loft [guest suite Suite 7]. In this Day 8 video, guest Craftsman Carl shows us where they had to remove another wall for design changes to move the 2-person jacuzzi out of the bathroom and into the bedroom. Follow the progress in this video!

 

Week 2 / Day 3 –Cheri labels walls while getting ready for the electrician!

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Suites in Grandville, Michigan, is in construction on the newest suite – the Santa Barbara Beach House! In this Day 7 video, Cheri a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer shows us how she takes the plans to the wall to make things easy for the electrician's work. Follow the progress in this video!

 

Week 2 / Day 1 – Catch the Action as Paul shows us the walls removed in the 7th Suite!

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Suites in Grandville, Michigan, is in construction on the newest suites – their 6th and 7th Suites! Paul shows us the newly REMOVED walls in the spacious NEW 7th Suite and included is a "Before" flashback clip! Follow the progress in this video!

Week 1 / Day 4 Paul reinforces ceiling and breaks through to 7th Suite!

Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Suites in Grandville, Michigan, is in construction on the newest suite – the Santa Barbara Beach House! Paul talks about what he's working on with a special sneak peek of the suite's construction. In this Day 4 video, Paul shows us the completed new ceiling reinforcements to fix a dip in the ceiling. He also breaks through the wall to the additional 7th NEW suite being built for Prairieside Suites! Follow the progress in this video!