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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

In Love and In Business After 30+ Years!

What do a fully renovated 1920s Dutch colonial home, a certified kitchen and bath designer, and a licensed builder have in common? Put them together and they add up to the luxurious Prairieside Suites, an award winning west Michigan bed and breakfast, where owners Cheri and Paul Antozak help guests experience a life of luxury by creating a unique B&B experience.

Cheri, the designer, and Paul, the builder, worked together to make Cheri's dream of owning a "Romantic Bed & Breakfast" a reality opening their doors in April 2002; seven years after the Antozak's purchased this home. The entire home, was renovated to create luxury “spa rooms” out of six individual apartments. The traditional design and luxurious décor exude an atmosphere of warmth and indulgence, inviting guests to relax and forget the stresses of the outside world. As soon as you step through the front door, you are welcomed by smiling faces and hometown hospitality. Cheri says, “guests arrive as strangers and leave feeling like family”.

Luxury guest rooms are at the heart of this nurturing environment. Together, they meticulously created each room as a “one-of-a-kind” LUXURY suite. Each have a theme and decorative style from one our favorite parts of the world, and we love sharing these magnificent rooms with our guests!

Cheri's attention to detail shows in this multi award-winning B&B. These whirlpool & fireplace suites have been published in brochures and national design magazines. She invites you to “step out of your own life briefly and experience something different." Guests tell us that they leave feeling refreshed & rejuvenated. They’re energized and ready to go home and live their best life.

During the summer months, take a dip in the heated pool with waterfall; enjoy the colorful perennial gardens with fountain from the double glider swing in the pergola, or bird watch from a hammock under the shady canopy of the inn's three-hundred-year-old oak tree. In the winter, make popcorn and unwind in the comfort of your room while enjoying a movie from the inn's movie library, featuring over three hundred titles.

"We feel privileged to be able to provide the perfect setting for our guests to celebrate any special occasion," says Cheri. We understand our guest have many choices of places they can STAY, when they’re here with us our goal is to deliver an EXPERIENCE and really build a lasting memory while visiting the Grand Rapids area!

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

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

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

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.

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

‘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

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

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