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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"

by LanierBB.com

 

"BEST IN THE MIDWEST & BEST OF GREAT LAKES"

by BedandBreakfast.com 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

   

Southwest Airlines Names Prairieside “Most Ideal” Place to Stay in Grand Rapids

 

When Southwest Airlines announced in early 2013 that they were bringing service to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, people who fly in and out of Grand Rapids got very excited. After all, Southwest airlines meant more competition, so flight prices would drop. Plus their no baggage fee policies and free flight transfers have always been appealing to air travelers.

The addition of Southwest service to Grand Rapids meant there would be double the flights that had been previously carried by AirTran and those flights would include daily trips to Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Orlando and St. Louis international airports. It also meant that outside travelers would have more access to the great city of Grand Rapids and all wonderful attractions our city has to offer.

Not only were flyers in and out of Grand Rapids excited by this move, but Southwest Airlines was excited about moving to the Grand Rapids market too. The August 2013 edition of Spirit Magazine, Southwest Airlines inflight magazine, did a feature article on Grand Rapids. In this article, Southwest Airlines listed things to do and places to stay during travel to West Michigan. Wanting their customers to have the best of the best when they travel, Spirit Magazine named Prairieside Suites as one of the top three “most ideal” places to stay in Grand Rapids. Of our bed and breakfast the article went on to say, “Each of the seven guest rooms at this B&B is equipped with a hot tub for two. For even more pampering, stop by the massage room for a couple's treatment.”

Whether you're planning your stay in the Grand Rapids area after catching a Southwest Airlines flight to town, or even if you are local and looking for a top place to stay after a short drive, Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast is that place. Southwest Airlines will take you to the heart of West Michigan, but your stay at Prairieside Suites will make you feel like a world traveler if you chose to stay at one of our European inspired designed rooms. You can choose from our Tuscan Villa, our Spanish Hacienda, or our English Cottage, or our French Riviera rooms. To make your stay the most ideal it can be, plan an individual or a couple's massage. After planning your travel to Grand Rapids, be sure to plan your stay at Prairieside Suites.

Veterans are being honored a 2nd year at Prairieside Suites

At Prairieside suites, we appreciate the men and women who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. That is why this Veterans Day, we would like to honor five veterans by giving them a free night's stay in one of our luxurious suites.  So pass the word along…

Are you married to a Veteran? In love with a Veteran OR just have a Veteran that you love? We have a secret…last year we gave away all 5 of our rooms on Veterans Day and this year we'll be doing it again. Here is how it works…When a veteran reserves a room on Wednesday, Nov 9th [online @ www.prairieside.com], they'll get Thursday Nov 10nth, 2011 for free. Plus we'll have a very special breakfast for them on Friday morning for Veterans Day and may even have a visit from Grandville's Mayor Jim Buck. Spread the word to those you love because this offer goes fast!

 

We are very excited about this tremendous opportunity and look forward to meeting the veterans and learning about their lives.

Come, experience my world!

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

Grand Haven Light House

A Perfect Spring through Fall Get Away…Imagine waking up in a king size bed at, the award winning, Prairieside Suites. A Luxury Michigan Bed and Breakfast.  You roll over, cuddle and talk about how much you both enjoyed the romantic oversized jacuzzi bath before bed last night.  You feel amazingly relaxed while you enjoy a wonderful candle light breakfast fit for royalty.

Now off for a day of lake shore fun in Grand Haven.  Enjoy the magnificent beauty alongside Lake Michigan’s sandy beaches after a lovely 40 minute drive.  Arrive at Grand Haven State Park and take a leisurely walk, on the pier, out to the story and a half “Pierhead light house” which was built in 1875 and moved after a pier extension in 1905.

The building has a concrete V-shaped front to withstand the fury of Lake Michigan storms which makes the light house look like a ship’s bow.  In 1905 a second 51-foot tower was constructed and is referred to as the “inner light”.  Both fire-engine red beacons, located at the end of South Harbor Drive, mark the entrance to the Grand River at Grand Haven, MI.  It is common to see fishermen as your stroll down the concrete pier. These buildings [which are active navigation aids] have an elevated catwalk that connects the two lights.  When the lights were manned by keepers, in bad weather, the catwalk was used to get from the shore.  The lights, which are maintained by the Grand Haven Coast Guard, are not open to the public and the catwalk for public safety now stops short of running all the way to the beach.

Next you can relax and unwind while you experience some adventure while sailing the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan on a 63-foot double gaff-rigged schooner, the Wind Dancer, which departs daily from the Chinook pier.  Let the crew tend to your needs while you and your sweetheart unwind with a glass of wine as you feel the warm summer breezes blowing through your hair.  [Make sure to wear light colored soft soled shoes as any Black soled shoes, even athletic shoes can damage the classic decks].

After your romantic sailing excursion your senses will be refreshed and you’ll be ready to seek both land and food.  The Kirby House, which was formerly a historic hotel, is a community favorite [located at 2 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417].  Featuring both excellent food and live entertainment it’s sure to please.

Come, experience my world!

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

In Love and In Business After 30+ Years!

What do a fully renovated 1920s Dutch colonial home, a certified kitchen and bath designer, and a licensed builder have in common? Put them together and they add up to the luxurious Prairieside Suites, an award winning west Michigan bed and breakfast, where owners Cheri and Paul Antozak help guests experience a life of luxury by creating a unique B&B experience.

Cheri, the designer, and Paul, the builder, worked together to make Cheri's dream of owning a "Romantic Bed & Breakfast" a reality opening their doors in April 2002; seven years after the Antozak's purchased this home. The entire home, was renovated to create luxury “spa rooms” out of six individual apartments. The traditional design and luxurious décor exude an atmosphere of warmth and indulgence, inviting guests to relax and forget the stresses of the outside world. As soon as you step through the front door, you are welcomed by smiling faces and hometown hospitality. Cheri says, “guests arrive as strangers and leave feeling like family”.

Luxury guest rooms are at the heart of this nurturing environment. Together, they meticulously created each room as a “one-of-a-kind” LUXURY suite. Each have a theme and decorative style from one our favorite parts of the world, and we love sharing these magnificent rooms with our guests!

Cheri's attention to detail shows in this multi award-winning B&B. These whirlpool & fireplace suites have been published in brochures and national design magazines. She invites you to “step out of your own life briefly and experience something different." Guests tell us that they leave feeling refreshed & rejuvenated. They’re energized and ready to go home and live their best life.

During the summer months, take a dip in the heated pool with waterfall; enjoy the colorful perennial gardens with fountain from the double glider swing in the pergola, or bird watch from a hammock under the shady canopy of the inn's three-hundred-year-old oak tree. In the winter, make popcorn and unwind in the comfort of your room while enjoying a movie from the inn's movie library, featuring over three hundred titles.

"We feel privileged to be able to provide the perfect setting for our guests to celebrate any special occasion," says Cheri. We understand our guest have many choices of places they can STAY, when they’re here with us our goal is to deliver an EXPERIENCE and really build a lasting memory while visiting the Grand Rapids area!

Come experience my world!

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

Consumer Trends “Room Lifts” over “Major Home Remodels”

I have been a designer & remodeling contractor since 1986.  I love creating intelligent designs that function beautifully.  I am the designer and Innkeeper at “Prairieside Suites” a romantic bed and breakfast near Grand Rapids, MI featuring luxury whirlpool and fireplace suites.

I have lived through quite a few recessions, seen my share of market shifts and experienced dramatic changes in consumer spending.  I like this phase which I’ll call “conscious consumerism” or a return to good old fashioned values.

  1. People are saving money instead of spending it.
  2. When they do spend money, they’re using cash instead of credit.
  3. People are paying down their credit cards and trying to reduce their debt.
  4. They are making an effort to live within their means.  Wow, wouldn’t Grandpa be proud of us, we’re finally getting it!

This change has had a dramatic impact on home remodeling.  Many homeowners are choosing to do “Room Lifts” which are small personalized room upgrades to their homes instead of the major remodels that were routinely done before the recession.   I see a more conscious effort to re-use, re-cycle and re-claim.  Green is in and it starts with re-purposing.  Home remodeling today is more focused on improving our quality of life while we stay in our homes….essentially creating “live-in value”.  We are creating rooms that we can enjoy, guilt free, because we own the investment.  Gosh, that makes perfect sense to me.

Come experience my world!

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

Prairieside Suites wins 2011 Governor’s Award

2011 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration is given to Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast for its collaboration on the new “Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association’s" cutting edge website and for its successful use of blogging, facebook, e-marketing efforts and also for the huge amount of publicity and goodwill that was generated for its participation in the B&B’s for Veterans National Event all of which Prairieside Suites, a Michigan bed and breakfast, participated in.  Governor Rick Snyder presented the award himself at the Spring Governor’s luncheon in Kalamazoo.

Prairieside Suites, owner, Cheri Antozak said “It's a real honor to have received this award given by the Michigan Travel Commission and we’re very proud to have been a part of this collaborative effort”.  We are one of nine B&B’s that received this award from the Tourism Marketing and Promotion Category.

Michigan Lake to Lake B&B Association has more than 130 bed and breakfasts members. With everyone “fighting to be at the top of Google,” we have a greater opportunity collectively to accomplish this than going it alone. The ML2L Association is like a portal, which provides access to resources and promotes it's members.  ML2L has another strength, each member of it's board of directors owns and operates a B&B.  It's these creative minds that help drive the organization.  “There are terrific people in leadership positions on our board of directors,” said, Linda Singer, ML2L's executive director. “An association is all about the people who lead you and we have visionaries.”  To read more about the new ML2L website see related article in MiBiz.com.

Cheri [a designer] & her husband Paul [a builder] purchased their home in 1995.  They worked for seven years transforming their large 1920’s Dutch Colonial home [which was divided into four apartments] into the beautiful modern luxury B&B that it is today.  They accepted their first guests in May 2002.  Cheri says, we know our guests can say anywhere.  They stay with us because we create an experience.  We're different, "B and B's are definitely a better way to stay".

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Gift Ideas

I have always loved to entertain and host family events… birthdays, Christmas, weddings,  baby showers, or family reunions.  You name it and I have hosted it! Now that we have Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast [Grand Rapids, MI] we have plenty of opportunity to host special occasions for our guests too, [boy can we keep a secret]!

Most of these occasions include gift giving.  Like a kid, I am excited to give gifts and want them to be personalized to the recipient.  I think about what they enjoy, favorite restaurants, drinks, etc. I feel that it's a bonus if you can give favorites that are consumable or naturally need replacing over time [they are even more appreciated].  Even if you have someone who is hard to buy for,  you can’t go wrong with this list of gifts that are proven winners.

1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup or gift certificate to a coffee house

2. Nuts-pistachios, cashews, smoked almonds, mixed nuts…a great man or hostess gift!

3. Teacup with variety of herbal or Chai Tea's, don't forget the honey

4. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar with a candy cane to stir with

5. Bottle of sparkling cider, wine or 6 pack of favorite beer

6. A subscription to Netflix… instant streaming is wonderful if they have the capability.

7. Disposable cameras [a great hostess gift] pass around so each guest takes a picture

8. Basket filled with deli cheese, fruit, olives and crackers

9. Fancy chocolate bars or homemade fudge tied with a ribbon

10. Pretty basket filled with homemade jams, a fresh loaf of bread, wrapped with a dish towel

11. Gardening gloves with a plant or planting tools

12. Homemade cookies or cookie mix with instructions for baking

13. Special coffee cup filled with candy or lottery tickets

14. A bottle of real maple syrup with a pancake mix

15. Movie theater gift certificates, along with candy to enjoy during the movie

16. Set of dish towels, dish cloths & Hot Pads

17. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets, an Oven glove & some favorite recipes

18. Gift Certificate to a techie store [great for teenager and men] OR Amazon gift certificates… they even electronically deliver right up until Christmas!!!

19. Puzzles, your favorite game and mind teasers [fun at a party]

20. Wonderful socks or slippers [so cozy]

21. Jewelry [always picks up the spirit]

22. A variety of gift cards to their favorite places to eat lunch

23. For someone unemployed…Gift Certificate to a Gas station

24. For the reader in the family…Gift Certificate to a book store OR buy them a Kindle.  Then you can send books as future gifts. Or a subscription to a favorite magazine.

25. For someone who’s tight on money…Gift Certificate to where they get their hair cut

26. For the elderly…Gift Certificate to where they buy groceries or to their pharmacy

27. For the cook…sneak a peek at their non stick fry pan or 9×13 pan [it may need replacing]

28. For your sweetheart…a gift certificate to a Bed and breakfast. [At breakfast our guest often talk about how they surprised their sweetie].

29. For a sick friend…Soup, cough & flu remedies, movie, magazine, box of Kleenex, chocolate bar [hey you never know what will work]?

30. For yourself…the gift of rest & relaxation. Exchange weekend childcare with a friend, it won’t cost anything and you can both have a romantic get away. Bring someone special and fall in love all over again by experiencing one of our luxurious two person whirlpool suites with all season fireplace and king size bed.

Come experience my world!

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

Indoor Shopping Malls in Grand Rapids, MI

Indoor Shopping Malls in Grand Rapids, MI

If it’s cold or rainy outside an indoor shopping mall can be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. The controlled atmosphere is a joy for taking a stroll on a hot and humid day too.  At Prairieside Suites Luxury bed and breakfast our guests often tell us what “GREAT” shopping we have in Grand Rapids, MI. We have guests who stay with us and shop for birthdays and Holidays.  This made me think that I really do need to share this information with all of you because "Oh-boy-A"… do we have great shopping Malls!

First and foremost we have Rivertown Crossings premier shopping mall which is the largest regional mall in Michigan and located only 3 minutes away from our door!  Anchored by Dick's Sporting Goods which has a fun climbing wall, Kohl's, JC Penney, Sears, Macy's, Old Navy and Younkers, RiverTown also has Cinemark a 20 screen movie theater located by a wonderful food court. When I’m there I love to park by the Barnes & Noble’s book store.  When I go in the coffee smells so good and I can’t resist looking at their beautiful books!

Traveling east along the 28th Street corridor you’ll find:

1. Rogers Plaza Town Center a neighborhood shopping center featuring GNC, MC Sports, Office Max, Old Country Buffet and more.

2. Woodland Mall which features Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears as its anchor stores and also offers smaller specialty shops like Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Foot Locker, American Eagle Outfitters, and Gap.  If you need a rest after all that shopping, the Cinemark movie theater right in front of Woodland mall is a half price movies house and they offer real butter on their popcorn!

3. Centerpointe Mall, this mall features Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Christopher & Banks, Steve & Barry's University Sportswear and DSW Shoes.

4. Now taking 28th Street West, turn right to go North on Breton Ave and after you cross Burton street you’ll see Breton Village Mall on the right or East corner]. This mall has more than 25 boutiques, specialty shops, and restaurants, featuring stores such as Leigh's, Talbots, Pooh's Corner and Naked Plates.

Around each of these malls you will find lots of restaurants and many smaller outdoor strip malls with great destination stores.  Happy shopping on your next romantic get away!

Come experience my world.  Cheri Antozak is the designer and Innkeeper of Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B, Grandville, MI

Top 5 myths about staying at a bed and breakfast

Travelers were asked by the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns if they had ever stayed at a bed and breakfast, some of their answers led to the discovery of interesting myths surrounding B&Bs.

1. B&B decor is limited to lace doilies, paisley or floral wallpaper, antiques, & patchwork quilts. While many B&B are like visiting a bygone era…At Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast [Grandville, MI] our rooms have been professionally decorated in a timeless manor.  Each room is decorated after a different part of the world says Cheri Antozak owner, innkeeper and designer of Prairieside Suites.  Our spacious themed rooms create an experience in themselves.  We have a Tuscan Villa, a Southern Mansion, a Spanish Hacienda, a French Riviera and an English Cottage suite.  See these romantic get away Havens @ www.prairieside.com.   Each one of these beautiful allergy free spa rooms has a clean sophisticated decor with modern furnishings, flat screen TV’s with more than 100 channels of cable TV and luxury amenities.

2. You have to share a bathroom with other guests?  The majority of inns offer private bathrooms and at Prairieside Suites each guest room has it’s own private luxury bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, showers, heated towel bars & heated toilet seats.

3. You have to eat breakfast with total strangers?  Many inns offers guests a variety of choices for breakfast and pride themselves on accommodating guests with special diets or food allergies and we do too.  At Prairieside Suites, we offer breakfast three different ways so our guests choose the experience they want.

a.   We serve a full hot candle light breakfast in our dining room every morning @ 9:30

b.  Or we'll deliver a full hot breakfast to the privacy of your room @ 10am [for a $15.00 room service fee]

c.  OR we'll pack your "IN" room refrigerator with a deluxe continental breakfast so you can snuggle, sleep

in and eat on YOUR schedule with full privacy.

4. You have to abide by a curfew set by the innkeeper? Curfews are one of the most common myths. At Prairieside Suites upon arrival our guests are given a warm house welcome and we use keyless entry codes so they may easily come and go as they please during their entire stay with us.

5. B&Bs are only for couples and strictly prohibit children and pets? Many inns offer a family units with multiple bedrooms and or a pet-friendly room as well. At Prairieside Suites our Southern Mansion is a flexable room that can be turned into a family suite that is also pet friendly.  So we have three packages to address these needs.

Baby Package- Includes A Pack 'n Play, Travel Swing, Changing Pad and a Baby Monitor.   If you reserve the “Southern Mansion” the baby can sleep with you OR in the room next to yours which gives you the opportunity to whirlpool and watch TV without disturbing your baby. For everyone’s comfort these rooms are located side by side on the South end of the house without any other guest rooms nearby so our other guests still have their privacy too!  $49.00 one time charge

Family Suite- Right next to our “Southern Mansion” is another separate bedroom with a twin daybed & twin trundle bed This allows you to have two separate bedrooms for sleeping.  The kids will be sharing your bathroom, but have their own TV.  For everyone’s comfort these rooms are located side by side on the South end of the house without any other guest rooms nearby…so our other guests still have their privacy too!  This is a per night charge, so you need to enter the quantity of nights you'll be here.

Traveling with a Pet? We can accept animals who sleep on the floor in our "Southern Mansion Suite" only [because it is the only room that has a vinyl floor that we can keep allergy free].  So for a charge of $25.00 a night per pet you can have your four legged kid’s stay with us too.

So why not try a bed and breakfast for your next romantic get away? The elegant decor, quiet relaxed atmosphere and convenient location (restaurants and shopping malls only minutes away), make this a perfect getaway.  Seasonally enjoy our beautiful gardens, heated pool, pergola, and fountain!   Prairieside Suites an “Award Winning” Luxury B&B has been featured in the “Inn Traveler Magazine” caters to getaway couples & the business traveler and is located only 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.  We've anticipated your every need. Think of this as your home away from home… that’s Open All Year long.  Come, experience my world!  Cheri Antozak, Designer & Innkeeper @ Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast