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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

   

Chihuly art glass sculptures at Frederick Meijer Gardens

There are two permanent Chihuly works of art that on display at Frederick Meijer Gardens.  Dale Chihuly, the most sought-after artist in the world working primarily in glass created a dazzling ceiling sculpture in the Taste of the Gardens Café inside Frederick Meijer Gardens.  This sculpture is apply named Lena’s Garden in honor of Lena Meijer, the sculpture, comprised of dozens of individual blown-glass pieces, spans the ceiling in a spectrum of colors from cool greens, cobalt blues and purples to brilliant oranges, yellows and reds that happily run along the cafeteria ceiling to delight all who enter. When you walk out of the cafe look up and to your right.  A beautiful chihuly chandelier hangs from the ceiling where natural daylight dances through the glass.  As I stood gazing at both of these magnificent pieces I imagined how hard and nerve wracking it would be to install one of these fragile works of art.  Our guests who stay with us at Prairieside Suites often talk over breakfast about how much they enjoyed their afternoon over at Frederik Meijer Gardens. So on your next visit to Grand Rapids, MI discover the beauty and splendor of the botanic garden and internationally acclaimed sculpture park.  Then when you feet are sore return back to our bed and breakfast for a relaxing soak in one of our over sized jacuzzi tubs for two!

Even if art and sculptures are not your thing, Grand Rapids still has plenty to offer- including lots of sporting events, night clubs, and excellent restaurants.  While you are staying with us at Prairieside Suites, take a gander at the ongoing list of events that we print weekly located in our guest gift and  communication area.

Now that you're intrigued and see what great things our nearby city has to offer, go to our website to see current specials, look at our beautiful spa rooms and plan your next romantic get away- you'll be glad you did!  Keep in mind that Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B is a member of the Michigan lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. We’re proud that our inn, along with just 130 others across the state, consistently meets the high levels of quality, safety, cleanliness, professionalism and comfort required to join the association and to stay a member.

Come, experience my world!  Cheri Antozak, Designer & Innkeeper @ Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Skiing at Cannonsburg, Just 30 Minutes North of Grand Rapids

February is for lovers and we love Grand Rapids in the winter.  There are many fun activities nearby and now that we  finally have some snow, outdoor winter activities are top on the list of things to do. A classic winter activity is skiing and we have a great ski area, just a half hour north of Grand Rapids. At Cannonsburg Ski Area, skiing, snowboarding and tubing are available as well as a lodge and full ski shop. On Sundays after 5pm, lift tickets and equipment rental are just $20! That's an awesome deal- for the seasoned skier or for someone who is just trying it for the first time!  If you're not much of a skier but would still love to play in the snow…

Then try tubing!

$10 per person for a 3 hour session

Monday – Friday 4P – 10P

Saturday & Sunday Noon-10p

After a busy day, return to Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing whirlpool bath with views of the fireplace. We can help set the stage for a perfect night to remember with our "Romantic" packages that includes room discounts when two or more consecutive nights are booked. Visit our website to view all our special packages and to make your reservation!

Romantic Get Away- Cozy up for timeless discounts-Stay two nights and get $75.00 off the third!  This discount can't be combined with other free or discounted offers but CAN be used with paid packages. Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B a 6 time National Award winning B&B offering Luxury Spa Rooms with Jacuzzi-Fireplace Suites, King beds, In-House Massage, Romantic Packages & Room Services. See our beautiful rooms/check availability and book this special online at www.prairieside.com or call 616.538.9442

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

Ooey Gooey Brownies

We're excited to share that our hot cocoa recipe was featured in Lainer's Travel Newsletter AND on the Diamond Collection's Blog [you can click on either link to view and print the recipe]!  We know that our guests love this hot cocoa and return guests look forward to it! This also prompted us to share another recipe with you- one that is equally delightful!  Ladies remember that the way to you man's heart if through his stomach…start baking these brownies so you can butter him up.  Then talk him into bringing you to Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast for a romantic get away.

Ooey Gooey Brownies (Made in a Muffin Tin)

20 oz package fudge brownie mix

cooking spray

12 Nilla wafer cookies

12 caramels

1. Preheat oven to 350'.  Prepare brownies according to box instructions.  Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or use cupcake liners and place one cookie each in bottom of tin.

2. Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter over each wafer.  Unwrap caramels and place one in the center of each brownie, topping with small spoonful of batter.  Bake brownies 22 minutes.  Cool for about 10 minutes, remove from tin, and serve warm.

Note: It’s normal for them to rise as they bake and fall as they cool, leaving a perfect pocket for icing, ice cream or whip cream.  Serve warm so the caramel is gooey!  If you serve the cooled then microwave for 10 seconds and the caramel becomes soft again.

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

A Charming Couple: Karl and Marie

Karl and Marie have been adopted by the Prairieside staff as relatives to all of us BECAUSE they come and visit us for their birthdays and anniversary whenever possible.  They are very special for so many reasons! Number one…what can you say about a couple who's anniversary is on the 4th of July?  How about—they have "sparkling" personalities that are remarkable and memorable!  Every occasion with them is a treat, and often includes a birthday cake!  Here is Marie with Karl, celebrating her 82nd birthday with a special cake that had a picture that was taken at her grand daughters wedding.

We celebrated Karl's last birthday with a big chocolate cake and we even had a rose for Marie [we couldn't leave her out of the fun]!  While they were here, Marie talked about how she missed being able to wear pierced earrings so I found a place nearby that could re-pierce her ears for her. She is delighted to be wearing pierced earrings again and grateful that I made it easy for her to have this done.

Paul and I feel truly blessed to be able to provide the perfect setting for our guests to celebrate any special occasion.  Marie says "We always enjoy coming to Prairieside Suites B&B, it's OUR home away from home."  The funny coincidence is that Marie & Karl live in Ionia Michigan on Washington Street and we live on Washington Ave.  No wonder they feel like they're at home? I always look forward to having them come and when they're  here we go to lunch with my daughter and grandchildren!  Our little guys know that Mr. Karl always has tootsie rolls in his pocket to share with ALL of us!  Marie & Karl enjoy each other and traveling as you can see in their picture below.

Do you need a break from every day life? A time to relax and rejuvenate? Let us help you plan YOUR perfect get away. We understand that you have many choices of places where you can STAY, but when you're here with us our goal is to deliver an EXPERIENCE and create a lasting memory!  Many of our guests are here so they can unplug, turn off their cells phones, rest, watch movies, enjoy their jacuzzi tubs and just stay in their room to relax and reconnect with each other.  We'll even bring breakfast to your room if you like! Or, we're happy to give suggestions and help you explore Grandville and see what the nearby towns have to offer. Grand Rapids is just a few minutes up the road and Holland, MI a beautiful lakeshore community, is about 2o minutes away.

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

‘Twas the Day Before Christmas

Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house

women were frantic [while men slept on the couch]!

Not a creature was stirring…not even a mouch?!

Gift Certificates to “Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast”

were being instantly delivered by email for those hard to fit in-laws and snoring dads.

Cappuccino’s and chocolates for all because you’re no longer mad!

Give your sweetheart the gift of a lasting memory

[also keep us in mind for Valentines Day!]

and get what YOU really want for Christmas too…

a relaxing soak in a whirlpool tub with the fireplace on

and then slink into a king size bed with luxury linens-

He’ll be happy too!

Our goal at Prairieside Suites is to create an "Experience" not just a "Stay".  Luxury guest rooms are at the heart of this nurturing environment.  Relax and unwind while you enjoy your stay in one of our spotless and allergy-free spa rooms featuring extra long & deep whirlpool tubs with views of the fireplace. These tubs sit in our beautiful bedrooms [not in a cramped bathroom].

We serve a full hot candle light breakfast in our dining room @ 9:30am. For the guests who prefer to snuggle and sleep in, a deluxe continental breakfast can be packed in your [in room] refrigerator and eaten in the privacy of their room.   The elegant decor, quiet relaxed atmosphere and convenient location (restaurants and shopping malls only minutes away), make this a perfect getaway. This “Award Winning” Luxury B&B featured in the “Inn Traveler Magazine” caters to getaway couples is located only 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.

Downtown Grand Rapids has so much to offer, including Bodies Revealed- a spectacular exhibit at the Public Museum, going on now through May 2nd. BODIES REVEALED features 14 full body human specimens and over 200 organs to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us every second of our existence. Intriguing and insightful, it's an exhibit you don't want to miss!

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

Facebook Promo – Get $75.00 Off!

With our Facebook special, you can get $75.00 off your room! Surprise your someone special and get a great deal on one of our luxury suites!

YOUR RESERVATION MUST BE MADE AFTER 11 AM ON YOUR DAY OF ARRIVAL

To take advantage of this spectacular offer, proceed with these 5 easy steps to receive $75.00 off your room the day of your arrival.  Rooms subject to availability.

1. Do a facebook search for "Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast."

2. Help us promote Prairieside by  "LIKE"ing us on YOUR Facebook page.

3. While staying with us, post at least TWO pictures of your romantic B&B experience on YOUR Facebook page.

4. While you're here post (on Facebook) what room you stayed in and share your B&B experience with your Facebook friends.

5. While you're here post an enthusiastically glowing review on our Prairieside B&B Fan page thru Facebook.  Please do this by using the 'review' tab at the top, not by writing on the wall.   Then copy and email your review to cheri@prairieside.com.  [You may use our guest computer or bring your own.  We have FREE wireless internet.]

Offer valid once per couple and only on the first night of your reservation. Discounted offers cannot be combined.

Visit our website to check out our beautiful rooms and availability!

Come, experience my world!

Cheri

Greatest Gift Idea for $20-$25

Is your Holiday shopping all done?  Do you have anyone on your list who seems to have everything [making them hard to buy for] but you'd really like to delight them with the perfect gift? Look no further, we have a sure winner!  The 22nd Edition of the Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns Guidebook is available and it comes with a "Buy One Night Get the Second Free" certificate. What a perfect companion for everyone who loves to travel!! This is also an amazing Christmas exchange gift at only $25. If you have a tech savvy family and prefer to look things up online, then save $5.00 by purchasing the "Buy One Night, Get the Second Free" certificate without the book, available for $20. These certificates, which can be used at more than 1500 bed and breakfasts across the United States, are a perfect gift. Purchase one for yourself and a loved one by calling Prairieside Suites at 616.538.9442! Prairieside Suites is a six time award winning bed and breakfast that has been voted as a Top Ten Romantic Inn which is featured on the cover of this Best Selling B&B Guide! Get your copy today and get the scoop on the best Inns around the country! Grand Rapids is rich with holiday festivities!  For our thespian guests, Master Arts Theatre is presenting A Christmas Carol and the Grand Rapids Civic Theater is presenting Peter Pan. There are a couple of tribute exhibits at our museums that may interest you: Diana- A celebration and Betty Ford- An Extraordinary Life. To go along with the Diana exhibit, you can see (and even taste!) a replica of Diana's Royal Wedding Cake at the Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel. And, finally- Bodies Revealed is at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This display of bodies and their organs and how it all works together is sure to intrigue! As always, there is plenty to do and see in Grand Rapids, MI.  So whether you need a little getaway to finish your Christmas shopping (Rivertown Crossings- the largest regional mall in Michigan, is right down the road), you'd like to enjoy some night life in Grand Rapids OR you just want to enjoy our beautifully decorated home and experience one of our luxury spa rooms, we're here to help you. Unwind, relax and reconnect with your sweetheart in one of our luxurious rooms chock full of amenities, including a two person jacuzzi tub and an all-season fireplace. There is no better gift to give yourself or your family!  Come, experience my world! Warmly, Cheri

Life Stages Floral Arranging by Cheri of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Florals We sometimes miss out on the beauty of life by failing to see value in each of the phases and stages. I like to say that I'm always looking at the stage between a blooming flower and a dried flower to see what can be done with each. For example, hydrangeas start out pink or blue but then fade back to a green color over time. When they fade to green, that's your "clue" to prune those blooms from your plant so the energy is free to flow through and keep producing new blooms. But the green hydrangeas need not go to waste or be discarded! As you can see in this photo, I have found beautiful green vases with interesting shapes to showcase the fading hydrangeas as the foundation for these floral arrangements. Continuing on my path of making use of each life stage of the plant, I selected astilbes which were way past their bloom and had turned to a very brownish red. Sometimes we're tempted to see things as only worthy of being discarded when they're past their prime, but consider how beautiful these are at this stage and how well they work for the arrangement! Finding uses for things others would throw away is one of my favorite things to do—and part of the resourcefulness that my family and friends frequently pointed out as one of my highest gifts. I've completed these arrangements by using my black-eyed susans at their peak for a burst of color. Then added in a purple globe flower and a little lythrum to perk the arrangement up and create contrast using the purple and yellow against the rich neutrality of the greens and browns. By making these arrangements, I've pruned the garden, used my old blooms and created something of beauty to enjoy inside as well!  Now that's recycling and being green both at the same time! Right now is the perfect time for you garden lovers to come and enjoy our beautiful Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast gardens.  This picture shows my favorite garden view today!  For the convenience of our guests, our wifi reaches into our gardens  so that you can sit and check your email on the double glider swing or from one of our luxury guest suites, each designed after a different part of the world to delight and nurture you.  Each room at our award winning "Michigan Bed and Breakfast" features a jacuzzi tub, all season fireplace, king bed and beverage center. We're only a short drive away from the spectacular Chihuly glass exhibit woven into the nearby Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park! Dale Chihuly is the most sought-after artist in the world working primarily in glass. He is only exhibiting in about five cities this year, and Grand Rapids is one of them! This exhibit- his second for the city- includes his work being displayed in 15 sites, from the English Perennial Garden at the entryway to the Frey Boardwalk in the wetlands. Included are chandeliers, glass towers up to 30 feet high, floating spheres, reeds rising from the earth, the Sun, the Moon, and a rowboat full of glass. Come, experience my world! Cheri

Gardening Tips from Cheri of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast

These beautiful flowers are Stella DeOra day lilies. They will bloom off and on all summer with a little tender loving care. Many people do not realize how appropriate the name of the day lily is, however; the flowers are actually only designed to last one day! At the end of the day, you should snap the open flower off at the end of the stem. This can be hard to do, I know, like saying goodbye to a beautiful friend. But please trust me on this! If you leave the flower attached to the stem it will be dead when you look for it tomorrow anyway.

If you don't invest this level of maintenance, a pod will form where the flower was that will grow bigger and bigger–robbing the plant of its energy to produce great blooms. Instead of the flowers adding to the beauty of your garden all summer, you will have an unattractive collection of these large pods. Like so many things in life, a little maintenance makes all the difference. If you take the time to care for your day lilies now by snapping those flowers off the stems at the end of each day, you can keep the flowers blooming all summer long.

Flower gardens at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast

We'd love to have you join us at Prairieside Suites luxury bed and breakfast and experience all our beautiful flowers in bloom for yourself. Wander through and discover the joy of our beautiful garden or relax in the hammock under our 300-year-old oak tree. Create your own perfect stay by taking advantage of one our "Sizzling Summer Specials."
And don't forget to pack your swim suit!  You can relax in our heated outdoor pool with waterfall or snuggle with your sweetheart while enjoying a swing on our romantic double glider in our pergola. Then dash off to dinner at one of the many area restaurants only three minutes away surrounding Rivertown Crossings Mall. After dinner stop by the mall and check out all the stores with summer clearance sales.  Set aside your hectic schedule and think of this as your home away from home.

Come, experience my world!

Cheri

Prairieside Suites’ Homemade Hot Cocoa

Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast may be known for our fantastically romantic guest suites and our gourmet candle light breakfasts, but the great tasting food doesn't stop there!  Often in the afternoon, we bake cookies or you can find Cindy in the kitchen mixing up a huge bowl of our homemade Hot Cocoa [recipe below]. At Prairieside Suites we believe that our relaxed elegant atmosphere along with our bottomless cookie jar make for a perfectly enchanting stay.  Of course, we have coffee, tea & hot cocoa available at any time day or night…  In fact we have it in every guest room along with your own coffee pot!  Imagine soaking in one of our over-sized jacuzzi tubs while sipping our hot cocoa.  Now that’s a “Home Away from Home!” Our weather has been perfect for your “Michigan get away."  Guests are often seen chilling out on the chaises around the pool area but if you’re up for going out, remember we’re only 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. As a matter of fact, “American Idol Live” will be at Van Andel Arena this Saturday, July 3rd giving fans a chance to watch their favorite “Idols” performing live @ 7:30pm. We have luxury “Spa Rooms” available for this weekend and we’re looking forward to spoiling you at Prairieside Suites, your Grand Rapids, Michigan Get Away!

Hot Chocolate- Prairieside Suites B&B

8 Cups Dried Milk

1 lb. Can Chocolate Nestlé Quick

1 lb [equal to 3 1/2Cups] Powdered Sugar or 3 ½ Cups Splenda

11 oz. Jar Non-Dairy Creamer

1/3 C. Folgers Decaf or Regular Instant Coffee

Mix above ingredients

Directions: Fill your cup 1/3 full of our hot cocoa mix. Add hot water, and maybe even a little whipped cream or chocolate shavings…? Or during the holidays, stir with a peppermint stick. For those hot summer days, how about a new twist on an old favorite? To make Iced Mocha, you again fill your cup 1/3 full of our hot cocoa mix.  Next add instant freeze-dried coffee to taste (I prefer about one heaping tablespoon of decaf.) Cover the mixture by filling about 1/3 of your cup with hot water.  Then fill your cup with crushed ice and enough cold water to achieve the desired consistency.  A little whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you have a treat fit for a queen–and still have your $5 in your pocket. Come, experience my world! Cheri