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