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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

   

The Prairieside Way to Enjoy ArtPrize

Four years ago the concept of ArtPrize was introduced to Grand Rapids by it's creator Rick DeVos as what he described as a “social experiment”. His plan was to give away the largest prize in art world history based solely on public vote. That first year 1262 artists from 41 states and 14 different countries negotiated with area businesses, churches, and organizations in the downtown area to put their works on display in more than a hundred different venues. Every fall since then, ArtPrize has taken over the streets and buildings of Grand Rapids in what is described as one of the most amazing art events in the world. This year's ArtPrize, which runs from September 18th until October 6th, promises only to be bigger and better.

Art comes in many different forms and ArtPrize 2013 takes almost all of those forms and puts them on display in a three square mile area for the public to view free of charge. While enjoying the experience you'll get the chance to see everything from paintings, to sculptures, to music, to performance art. You may want to stop by The B.O.B to see "Le Cercle Du Temps", a rotating interactive piece that offers participants the chance to see their head reflected on another viewer's body. Take a short walk over to The Amway Grand Plaza to view “Myth or Logic” a three dimensional mythical creature created by thousands of pieces of bamboo suspended in air on thread. As you make your way up the Grand River you'll encounter dozens of other works of art before stopping in at DeVos Place where artist Marco Riolo will create a monster that your imagination brings to life.

Whether you like traditional art or abstract art, paintings or sculptures, art that conforms or art that pushes the limits, with ArtPrize you are guaranteed to find something you love and almost as certain you'll find pieces that make you question “THIS is art!?” This year's competition gives you the chance to experience over 1500 different works of art in at 169 different venues. But one of the best things about ArtPrize is that you get to help decide who will take home the $200,000 top prize with your votes.

While you take some time to relax after experiencing ArtPrize and cast your votes for who you'd like to have win, you can be guaranteed top prize in accommodations by staying at Prairieside Suites. Each of our suites is so beautifully designed and artfully decorated, that when you climb into bed after a long day at ArtPrize, you'll feel as if you're virtually enjoying a masterfully created room that's work of art. No matter what your taste in art, Prairieside Suites is assured to have a room that fits your artistic style from modern and edgy to old world classics. In order to make your ArtPrize experience into a romantic get away, make your reservation online at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast today. What could be better after a long day of walking the streets of Grand Rapids than to slip into one of our incredibly large Jacuzzi tubs for two?

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

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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Grand Lady Riverboat

I can't imagine a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon than a cruise down the Grand River on Grandville's own "Grand Lady Riverboat". Located only 3 minutes, from the award winning, Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B in Grandville.  Imagine a romantic get away at our Michigan bed and breakfast featuring jacuzzi and fireplace rooms

Our amazing spa rooms have king size beds with oversized two person whirlpool tubs with views of the all season fireplace, flat screen TV's, heated towel bars, heated toilet seats and each room has it's own beverage center complete with mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and wine chiller!  Start your day out right with a full candle light breakfast fit for royalty served in our beautiful dining room.

Picnic Cruise Sunday Afternoons

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing 2 hr. afternoon cruise down the Grand River.  Boarding starts at 12:30 pm at our Grandville Landing and departs at 1:00 pm. All beverages must be purchased at our full bar on board. Reservations are not required.  Cost is $ 15.00

Happy Hour Cruise Every Thursday

Cash bar, food off the grill and live music. Enjoy a 2 hour cruise. Boarding starts at 6:00 pm at our Grandville Landing and departs at 7:00 pm.  Must be 21 yrs. old with picture ID. Reservations are not required. Cost is $ 10.00

The Grand River offers a beautiful scenic adventure.  I have personally seen turtles sunning themselves on fallen tree's, was amazed to see blue heron take off in flight and gazed at four deer out for a Sunday afternoon stroll, all while I enjoyed live music with drinks and a sandwich.  Definitely a memorable afternoon!

Best Gift Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Gardening gloves with a plant or planting tools

12. Homemade cookies or cookie mix with instructions for baking

13. Special coffee cup filled with candy or lottery tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. Wonderful socks or slippers [so cozy]

21. Jewelry [always picks up the spirit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come experience my world!

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

Indoor Shopping Malls in Grand Rapids, MI

Indoor Shopping Malls in Grand Rapids, MI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 myths about staying at a bed and breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in and eat on YOUR schedule with full privacy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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