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Downtown charmer with all the amenities of home

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Suites in 1 Cottage, ea. w/2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath (Sleep 6)

'Suite Retreat', has two suites, one up and one on the main floor; nearly identical each with their own interior design flavor and both totally remodeled in 2012/2013.

This listing is for the main floor suite VRBO listing 450067. (The upper suite can be found at VRBO #450089). If we're booked on one level, the other might work equally well for you. There is a discount for booking both suites together.

The 1,000 sq. ft. main floor suite of this historic Grand Haven Cottage boasts personalized and tasteful décor in an amenity-rich environment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and sleeps 6 comfortably. Bedroom configuration includes a queen bed in the master suite and a king and two twin beds in the second bedroom.

One block to downtown, 2 blocks to the waterfront and boardwalk, less than a mile to the Grand Haven State Park & City Beach on Lake Michigan, plus everything you need to make your vacation relaxing... beach chairs, sand toys, umbrella, coolers, beach towels, 2 boogie boards, skim board, life jackets, and a wagon to take it all there. Two bikes and a double bike trailer (to haul small children or all your gear) available for beach runs, sightseeing and getting groceries. Indoor and outdoor games, DVDs, HDTV with On Demand, DVR, DVD player and free WiFi.

Two shady porches and a grassy side-yard, ample off-street parking, and colorful plantings make your outdoor time pleasant. Newly added courtyard with gas grill and dining space make for memorable evenings. Then cozy up to the generous fire-pit and create some more vacation memories. The fully stocked kitchen includes all the large and small appliances you'll need and staples, condiments, and paper products you wouldn’t expect so there's no need to haul it or buy it. The well-appointed bath and convenient washer/dryer make your stay here pleasant, and we supply basic toiletries and laundry detergent. We'll provide you with a list of all amenities to you in the cottage to make packing a breeze.

Just steps to restaurants, bars, boutiques, ice cream, The Musical Fountain nightly show, big band dancing by the riverfront, museums, Splash Pad, playground, and YMCA, not to mention the endless downtown amenities. Seasonal Harbor Transit Trolley stops just across the parking area to take you around town, to the beach, boardwalk, pier, ski hill, marina with sport fishing for hire, library and a myriad of seasonal festivals. This Suite Retreat is both a hideaway and a haven. No matter where you want to be in Grand Haven, this is the vantage point for all that the town has to offer. There's no other place like it.

With all the extras this really is a Suite Retreat... one you won't want to miss! Book today to assure you'll score the most convenient, friendly, and amenity-rich accommodations in the Grand Haven area.

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Amy Pereira
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2018

About Amy Pereira

I'm a designer by profession who's turned my passion for beautiful spaces into a new adventure in inn keeping!

In my lifetime I've renovated 5 of my own homes (not counting the ridiculous number of times I rearranged the living room furniture of my childhood home...and drove my mother batty!)

My design business brought me into people's homes right before they were ready to sell. I should rephrase that: they weren't really ready to sell and that was why I was there! Turning around spaces is my specialty.

I also work REALLY hard at my other job: being a mom to 10 year-old boy-girl twins. We live in Grand Haven 5 blocks from the cottage so that makes providing concierge-level service for my guests so easy!

Amy Pereira purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Amy Pereira chose Grand Haven

In January 2012, I purchased this Historic home in downtown Grand Haven, inheriting 2 lovely tenants. In the Spring of 2012, I made a go of converting one of my rental units into a weekly summer cottage and had a surprisingly successful 1st season.

The location is what makes this cottage shine. Nestled on a shady street just a block from the downtown business district, this residential street boast the proximity and privacy you'd look for when purchasing your own home.

Steps from all the great things Grand Haven has to offer and a pleasant walk to the beach (or even more convenient take The Beach-Town Trolley). If you were to stay in a beach property, you are convenient to one thing: the beach. But in Grand Haven that takes you away from all the other activities you need access to many times a day like restaurants, shops, ice cream, and other downtown attractions. When you choose a property like ours that's set away from the beach you avoid the crowds and the noise. I bought this cottage because I live in this neighborhood and I know the amenities it has to offer for families and couples alike! It's the best of both worlds; easy accessibility to the beach when you want it and excellent proximity to where all the other activities happen in Grand Haven.

What makes this cottage unique

I LOVE being an ambassador of our little town. I'm here to help you find your best vacation EVER! All my guests rave about the care I've taken to make a great location come alive with charm, conveniences and small luxuries. We added a vine-enclosed courtyard in the Fall of 2012, creating a place to BBQ, dine outdoors and cozy-up to a generous fire pit. What started as a humble year-round unfurnished rental has become Suite Retreat-great amenities, great attention to detail, great value.

This summer we will offer two beautifully designed suites decked out with all the amenities. This is a place where you simply pack a suitcase of your clothes leaving loads of EMPTY SPACE in your car because I've outfitted the cottage suites with everything you'll need to enjoy all that Grand Haven has to offer. Beach gear, games, toys, kitchen staples & condiments and even basic toiletries make this a SUITE RETREAT. I pride myself on providing a concierge-level of service with good value for money.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thanks you so very much for your hospitality, thoughtfulness, and all of the time you spent making this place perfect for us! We LOVE your attention to detail and all of the extras in your cottage. We all kept talking about how you remembered what's important to families and provided those things to your guests. This is such a special place and you are a special person! :) We loved the cool coffee maker (Keurig), the enormous beach bag & chairs, the laundry, the super cozy kitchen & bathroom. My daughter (4) loved the toy closet & all of the fun beach toys. Lastly, thank you for all of your suggestions on things to do and places to eat. Your advice made our vacation so much better! We LOVED Ray's Drive-in. YUMMY! We will definitely return here.
Jul 2012
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Grand Haven, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All linens are provided, including beach towels. Large counter top with ample cabinetry and a huge linen closet stocked with supplies like blow dryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen, paper products, and emergency supplies.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • All linens are provided. 2 inflatable twin beds with integrated box springs are also available. Large closets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We aim to provide a concierge level of service...if you need a babysitter or restaurant recommendation, just ask. And to organize your stay we provide all the restaurant menus, Grand Haven guides, and tourist maps right in the unit. We can provide a high-chair, Pack 'n Play, double-jogging stroller, infant toys, and double bike trailer upon request.


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Downtown charmer with all the amenities of home
average rating of 4.911111 based on 57 reviews

A Great Find in Grand Haven

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time here. The kids loved the placed and you cannot beat the location. Downtown Grand Haven is at your backdoor. I would stay again for sure.

  • Submitted: 6-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfy home

  • 5 of 5

Loved being downtown.

  • Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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4 years in a row!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have been staying in both units at the Suite Retreat for the past 4 years. It is perfect for us. We have 3 grown sons, so we needed 4 bedrooms. We all love to cook so having 2 kitchens is terrific when we entertain our extended family, especially when fresh caught salmon is on the menu! It is one block away from the main street, Washington Ave. so we can walk two blocks to get the paper in the morning or a great cup of coffee at the Armory. There is plenty of free parking right next to the cottage but you really don't need a car. Restaurants and bars are right there in town and the Musical Fountain and Music in the park are all within walking distance. Of course you could always use one of the four bikes on the property to tool around. That is one of my favorite things to do. The homes in and around the blocks have beautiful gardens, so riding or walking around to take in the flowers is just fantastic. Let's not forget about the beautiful Grand Haven beach. The light colored singing sands and "unsalted" water with many sand dunes are fun and refreshing. If you kite board, you will not be alone on a windy day.

Both kitchens are really well stocked with pots and pans, baking dishes, toasters, coffee makers. There are plenty of towels and beach towels and tons of "little kid" toys. Having a washer and dryer in each unit is great. You can pack less.

Amy is an amazing person in her own right and a terrific proprietor. She is always available for any questions you may have.

You will find the Suite retreat a perfect place to stay in any season.

  • Submitted: 8-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the main floor during our family vacation. It was very clean and within walking distance to everything. Having 4 kids, it was very handy to have a washer/dryer, beach toys, beach chairs, and linens provided. The binder that suggested places to eat and things to do was also super helpful since we had never been there before. Our family also had a really great time exploring Holland and Saugatuck which were a quick 30 minute (or less) drive. Oval Beach and the dune rides in Saugatuck were definitely worth the drive! My husband and I enjoyed the great coffee shops in downtown Grand Haven, and we all enjoyed delicious ice cream every night as we strolled along the boardwalk. The fireworks and musical fountain were amazing! My kids also loved playing putt-putt golf so much that we went back twice (great prices). Another favorite place we went to several times was Pronto Pups on the boardwalk. My 7 year old son loved that place! :) I noticed there were several places that only accept cash so just make sure you come prepared. We had an amazing week and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay as usual. Fourth stay to date. Will be back

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and convenient with charm

  • 5 of 5

Awesome location and really great space! Everything you need is available. The patio and fire pit space is shared between the upstairs and downstairs. Private front porch with glider seat and private back porch. It would be a great house to rent both up and down stairs for a large group!

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Grand Rapids (Muskegon Municipal-8 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
All downtown bars incl Theater Bar, Kirby, TipaFew
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Club (Rated: Top 10 Public Crs)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 31 & (US 96- 6 miles)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Kirby, The Grand, & Snug Harbor
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Grand Haven State Park & City Beach
Car: not necessary

Just steps to restaurants, bars, boutiques, ice cream, The Musical Fountain nightly show, museums, Splash Pad, playground and YMCA not to mention the endless downtown amenities. Seasonal Harbor Transit Trolley stops just across the parking area to take you around town. Beach, Boardwalk, Lighthouse Pier, Ski Hill, marina with sport fishing for hire, library and a myriad of seasonal festivals make this Suite Retreat both a hideaway and a haven. No matter where you want to be in Grand Haven, this is the vantage point for all the action.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Grand Haven, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Wkend 2018
May 25 2018 - May 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer Rates 2018
May 28 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
July 4 Week 7 Nights
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 8 2018
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Coast Guard 2018
Jul 29 2018 - Aug 5 2018
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$128.37
Damage Deposit C$385.11

Summer season stays are Sunday-to-Sunday. Check-in 4pm; check-out 11am. To reserve requires a non-refundable deposited of 1/2 the rent paid by credit card over the phone. Remaining 1/2 of rent is due 3-weeks prior to arrival. $25 additional charge per guest is waived for young children. Please contact owner for seasonal/transitional period rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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