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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

   

Antiquing in Grand Rapids is Pure Michigan

There is something fun about Antiquing and staying at a romantic bed and breakfast, they go together.  Perhaps it’s the thrill of the unknown?  I think it's part of our “Pure Michigan” experience because both are an adventure.  Once I went looking for a creamer and came home with a cool vintage coat with a fur collar.

At “Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast” a Grand Rapids lodging, we have lots of guests who enjoy antiquing in Grandville and Grand Rapids.  They love BOTH our whirlpool & fireplace suites and sharing their antique “FINDS” around the breakfast table in the morning.  The conversation may start out with how they loved their luxury B&B suite, how well they slept in our king size bed, how wonderful our deep two person jacuzzi tubs are and then they talk about where they went the day before, what they did and how they enjoyed our city of Grandville and greater Grand Rapids area, rich with so many activities.

I know some folks know exactly what they’re hunting for when antiquing.  But for many it’s about finding an unexpected treasure and coming home with something you never knew you wanted but are NOW tickled to own.  It’s about memories, pretty things and sometimes you're inspired to go home and dig out things you already own.  Somehow when you blow the dust off and look closely, that little gem talks to you and nurtures your soul!  Crazy I know, but many antique-rs have been mystified… and many husbands have muttered those famous words, “Where are you gonna put that”?

I can’t help but reminisce while I am Antiquing.  You know…these are the glasses we drank out of when we were kids.  Grandma had these and we sold them at a garage sale for a quarter and now they’re here for $10 a piece [don't tell mom]!  We’ve all been there, you know what I mean.

Those of you who have seen my china cabinet know that I have been collecting cut crystal for years.  Paul’s mother started me with a collection of Amber stone dishes that I have added to over the years.  My adopted mom, Julie, has a collection of Candlewick and Orchid Glass.  So I have had some fun hunting for "STUFF" that "WE" collect and while I’m shopping I can’t help but look at the vintage jewelry.  I especially like unique old rings.  Many of them are “one of a kind handmade gems” and I have a few that I wear often!

Here is a list my favorite haunts…come relax, unwind and take a stroll through our many antique stores.  I have clustered them by the area of town they're in.

Grandville: Changing Thymes @ 4165 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418, Phone: (616) 534-7948

Sheri’s Antiques @ 3270 Chicago Drive Southwest, Grandville, MI 49418, Phone: (616) 249-8066

Downtown Grand Rapids:

Antiques at Victoria's Warehouse @ 449 Century Ave. SW., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Phone: (616) 235-9292

Century Antiques Shop @ 445 Century Avenue SW • Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616)-233-4000

Eastown Antiques @ 1515 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 776-1076 Voted Grand Rapids "best antique store" three years in a row. Over 40 dealers

Phil's Stuff Antiques & Collectibles @ 722 Wealthy SE. Grand Rapids, MI 40503, (616) 459-1940

City Antiques Resale Boutique @ 954 East Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503,  (616) 776-5500

East Fulton Art & Antiques Mall @ 959 East Fulton Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503,(616)-774-3320

Antiques Amaryllis @ 944 East Fulton Street NE,  Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616)-451-3019

Bluedoor Antiques & Design @ 946 East Fulton St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Phone: (616) 456-7888

The Antique Gallery @ 442 Leonard Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-458-4218

Mary's Used Furnishings, 730 Leonard Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-774-8792

Antiques by the Bridge @ 445 Bridge Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-451-3430

The Green Man Antiques @ 444 Bridge Street NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616)-454-5771

Antiques on Alpine @ 4671 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321, (616) 785-5285

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

Prairieside Suites Awarded Diamond Collection Membership Status with BedandBreakfast.com

In September 2010 Prairieside Suites, a luxury Michigan bed and breakfast, was awarded the prestigious Diamond Collection Membership status with BedandBreakfast.com.  The BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection is an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.  Each Diamond Collection property participates in a comprehensive annual inspection program, maintains top consumer reviews on BedandBreakfast.com, and offers the amenities and services required for a top-quality guest experience.

Each BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection property offers the following amenities and services:

  • Private bathrooms
  • 24 hour per day guest access to service or staff
  • Maintains a 4.0 or higher consumer review rating on BedandBreakfast.com
  • Accepts BedandBreakfast.com gift cards
  • Flexible check-in or guaranteed late arrival
  • Accepts online reservations on their website and/or BedandBreakfast.com
  • Free Internet service
  • Maintains all applicable licenses, permits, and insurance

We are so pleased to receive this award and provide an exceptional guest experience, Cheri says.  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].  Our luxurious Spa Rooms include: Whirlpools, Fireplace, King Bed, Jetted showers, heated towel bars & toilet seats, AC, TV/VCR/DVD/cable, CD Player, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator & Microwave. Our bedroom suites will pamper you, and you'll discover ways to enhance your own home!  Prairieside also features In-House Massage, Romantic Packages, Room Services, free Wi-fi, plus free Music and Video library on site.

About BedandBreakfast.com:
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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

Veterans Stay Free at B&B’s Across the U.S.

Prairieside was honored to be a part of the Inns for Vets program this year! It was a delight to read the stories sent in and we had participation from two local businesses.  Season's Floral adorned each guest suite with a beautiful red, white, and blue bouquet [pictured] and Gordon Food Service donated all the food for our welcome reception. Our Veterans who have previously stayed at B&B's remarked on how they enjoyed our luxurious intimate guest suites at Prairieside Suites and said they have never stayed at a B&B with so many in room amenities and thoughtful little touches for them to enjoy. I have always said that owning a bed and breakfast is a love business so I had to smile when Carol, wife of Vietnam vet Floyd said she could "feel the love" at Prairieside Suites.  Another Carol (three of our ten guests were named Carol!), wife of retired Army veteran Doug, who was awarded two purple hearts, a bronze star, and a silver star, said she would most definitely recommend Prairieside Suites to her friends and said that Prairieside Suites was the nicest Bed and Breakfast they'd ever stayed in. After our guests arrived and were settled into their rooms on Wednesday night, we began their visit with a welcome reception. Savory meatballs, spinach dip and pita chips, meat and cheese platter with crackers, cookies, gourmet chocolates, cheesecake sampler, and brownies, along with conversation and story telling were enjoyed by all. It was a pleasant, relaxing evening! Thursday morning, guests were greeted in the common area with smiles and the smell of French toast being prepared. After everyone gathered, we moved to the dining room where the table was beautifully set, fruit and warm baked goods were waiting. Conversations flowed and we heard laughter many times throughout the meal! One of our veterans also wrote a touching poem which he shared with us as we wrapped up the meal. After breakfast, the guests started to pack up and, one by one, began to depart. Hugs and thank- yous were given. Jimmy, a disabled veteran who uses a walker to get around, exclaimed as he was leaving: "I feel so good, like I've been cured." Every vet and every friend or spouse who joined us was grateful and stated that the appreciation shown to them on Veterans Day made an extra special memory, an experience… not just a stay!  The veterans are the ones who truly sacrificed, dedicating their lives to protecting us and preserving our freedom. For that, we are grateful beyond words. Honoring these men and women was the very least we could do to say thank you to all of those who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces. Come, experience my world! Cheri