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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

   

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

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

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

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

‘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

Prairieside Suites wins prestigious “Best of the Midwest & Great Lakes 2010-2011″ Award by BedandBreakfast.com!

We've been voted and awarded a Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award Winner for 2010-2011.  We were selected as one of the winners in the Best of the Midwest & Great Lakes category, based upon the excellent reviews posted by our guests during the past year. The Best of BedandBreakfast.com Awards are based on both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The BedandBreakfast.com team read thousands of reviews, and carefully chose winners based on the number of reviews received as well as the detailed descriptions provided by reviewers in their comments.

Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award Winner

The Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce issued a press release announcing Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast has won another award!

We are quite pleased and very grateful to all of our guests who have made this possible. Providing you with a place to relax and reconnect is our passion and we strive every day to do our very best at making your stay a memorable experience!

Celebrating our 9th anniversary, Prairieside Suites is an award-winning Bed and Breakfast in Grandville, Michigan just 7 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. This is Prairieside Suites 5th consecutive award from BedandBreakfast.com.  If you've never been to Prairieside or if it's time for a return stay, visit our website for current specials and to make your reservation!

Come, experience my world!

Cheri