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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

   

Ice Skating at Rosa Park Circle in Grand Rapids

Bring your hat & gloves when you stay at, Prairieside Suites a, Luxury, Grand Rapids bed and breakfast?  Plus add a little spontaneity to your romantic get away by spending an evening ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle [December 3rd-March 6].  Located at the corner of Monroe Center St NW & Monroe Ave NW [only 10 minutes away] in downtown Grand Rapids.  Admission is $1.00 and don't worry about finding your ice skates because they're free with ID [a drivers license is good]!  Ice skating hours are:  Mon-Tues: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Wed-Thur-Sun: 12:00 noon – 9:30 pm, Fri-Sat: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm, Closed on Christmas & New Year's Day.

Don't miss the opportunity to stop by the Biggby coffee house [next door to Rosa Park Circle] before you strap on your ice skates…just in case you want to hold onto something warm, besides your sweetheart!  While you’re downtown, enjoy at least one of more than 90 privately-owned restaurants and night clubs, all within walking distance of each other and of Rosa Park Circle.

Also, if you stay at Prairieside Suites between Thanksgiving and New Years Day our home is beautifully decorated for the Holiday Season for you to enjoy.  It might get you into the mood for Christmas shopping at Rivertown Crossings Mall, only 3 minutes away from our B&B.  You just may leave with a few Christmas presents in the car OR "After" Christmas bargains.

One thing I know for sure, whether you decide to ice skate or shop…when you return we'll have the homemade hot cocoa and fresh baked cookies waiting.  Plus you'll be returning to your gorgeous whirlpool and fireplace suite to thaw out by melting into a warm and inviting jacuzzi tub for two!

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

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

Prairieside Suites wins “2011 Guest Favorite” for Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast is proud to be included in a list of select B&B’s that receive this prestigious award on BnbFinder.com. Out of thousands of B&B’s listed on BnbFinder.com, only 60 B&B’s were chosen for this 2011 award!

BnbFinder.com was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune. With more than 3,000 listings, the site enables users to search for B&Bs and inns that meet their lodging criteria, while consistently earning the industry’s highest rating of 5 STARS by INNSTAR for technology.Michigan Bed and Breakfast

Creating an environment where couples can reconnect with one another is what makes Prairieside Suites the 3rd Best Overall B&B in North America by InnTraveler Magazine and an exclusive Diamond Collection B&B by BedandBreakfast.com. This romantic getaway is located just 6 minutes outside

Grand Rapids, Michigan, it’s an secret escape in the city. Each luxury Spa room includes a jacuzzi whirlpool tub, fireplace, heated towel bars & toilet seat, king bed, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, flat screen TV’s plus all the latest amenities.

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Innkeepers Tell Their Story

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Come experience my world!

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

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

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

‘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