If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic getaway but don’t have the time or money to fly to France, look no further: Grand Rapids has award-winning bed and breakfasts that are the perfect local getaway.
Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast located in Grandville.
Photo Credit: Prairieside Suites B&B. Photo courtesy Prairieside.
Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast is located in Grandville, just five miles from downtown Grand Rapids and 20 minutes from Lake Michigan beaches. It’s been named the 3rd Best Overall B&B in North America and 1 of the World’s 9 Most Romantic Inns, so you can be assured of a memorable stay.
Guests can choose from nine beautifully appointed rooms, each with a fireplace, oversized whirlpool tub, king-size bed, complimentary basket of goodies and more. Choose from a hot breakfast delivered to your room each morning or a continental breakfast packed in your room’s refrigerator. A private room on site is dedicated to couple’s massages.
Prairieside offers a variety of special packages to make your getaway even more exceptional as well as add-on options like charcuteries, truffles, candles and silk rose petals. It truly delivers a luxurious romantic experience.
This is an adults-only B&B: please leave kids and dogs at home.
Peaches Bed & Breakfast's elegant Georgian-manor style home is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Peaches Bed & Breakfast
The romance of the past is gorgeously recreated at Peaches B&B, an elegant Georgian-manor style home in the Heritage Hill historic district adjacent to downtown Grand Rapids. Built in 1916, the home features an intricate Flemish mosaic tile floor, leaded glass sidelights, Art Deco chandeliers, cathedral skylights and abundant antiques. Outdoors, spectacular gardens bloom with perennials, mimosa, wisteria and a weeping peach.
While the look is vintage, the amenities are strictly 21st century: all five guest bedrooms boast a private bath with giant tub, comfortable queen bed, desk and free Wi-Fi. The former ballroom is now a game and TV room where guests can play cards, shoot pool or kick back with games and DVDs. There’s even an electric vehicle charging station on site, one of many eco-friendly touches.
Peaches offers a number of packages catering to special interests and events. It is dog friendly. (Don’t worry about the elaborate metal dragon sculpture outside – it was an ArtPrize entry and it remains completely harmless.)
Leonard at Logan House B&B
The Leonard at Logan House is another historic Heritage Hill home. The 9,000 sq. ft. English Edwardian-style house was built in 1914 by Harry Carr Leonard, president of H. Leonard & Sons. The company made a fortune selling the patented “Leonard Cleanable Refrigerator,” and Harry spared no expense building this gracious mansion.
More than 100 years later, this B&B has been named one of the Top 10 Romantic Accommodations in Michigan. Each of the home’s eight individually decorated guest rooms is outfitted with a comfortable bed, desk, flat-screen TV and antiques. A private bath is located in or near every room. Modern touches include free Wi-Fi and keyless entry.
Guests may take advantage of a beautiful outdoor garden and patio, free breakfast, free laundry and free on-street parking – which is convenient, because the excitement of downtown Grand Rapids is just a four-minute drive (or 12-minute walk) away.
The Lafayette House
Built in 1874 by lumber baron Emmon Ware, the Federal-style Lafayette House retains many period features, including a Dutch bonnet over the entryway, columns framing the front door and extensive use of leaded windows throughout the home. The main living room has 13-foot ceilings and its original crown molding. The formal dining room features a dome ceiling with an antique chandelier.
Guests can choose from four bedrooms, two with king-size beds and two with queen-size beds. The private bath in each room is unique – either an antique shower and tub, full-body shower, Jacuzzi tub and shower, or walk-in shower. All rooms are equipped with cable TV and Wi-Fi. A spacious common area has 13-ft. ceilings and the formal dining room features a dome ceiling with antique chandelier.
The Lafayette House is located in Heritage Hill, just a 5-10 minute walk from 150+ downtown restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment venues. Spend a romantic night on the town before retiring to your private room.
The Parsonage Inn
This grand Queen Anne Victorian home was built in 1882 by furniture executive Robert Corson. (Grand Rapids was then acknowledged as the world’s fine furniture capital.) It’s located in Heritage Hill, across from the street from the Meyer May House, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece that is open three days a week for public tours.
The Parsonage offers three single bedrooms on the second floor and a two-bedroom suite on the third floor – perfect for families and extended stays. Each room offers unique décor and amenities. If a quiet and peaceful refuge is your goal, the Parsonage is your place – TVs are available in two common areas but not in guest rooms. (You can access the free Wi-Fi anywhere.) A beautiful wraparound front porch is a favorite place to gather for conversation or just to sit and enjoy the tree-lined neighborhood over a cup of fresh-brewed coffee.
Breakfast is included and guests have a wealth of options for romantic lunches and dinners – it’s a four-minute drive or 14-minute walk to the Downtown Market Grand Rapids food emporium (and the rest of the city center’s treasures). An even shorter walk/drive in the opposite direction brings you to the restaurants and shops of Uptown.
River Edge B&B & Gathering Place
If your idea of a romantic getaway runs more toward a secluded country setting, you’ll love the cozy 1880s farmhouse B&B at River Edge. It’s situated on 100+ acres of mature forest and tall prairie grass crisscrossed with trails and nearly one mile of private footage along the scenic Flat River. You can fish, hike, kayak, birdwatch, cross-country ski and snowshoe without ever leaving the grounds.
River Edge offers three guest rooms, each with a special view of the property, all capturing a nostalgic feel resonant of the home’s original era. The living room is equipped with a fireplace and flat-screen TV for evening entertainment. The dining room features cherry wainscot paneling made from trees that grew on the property.
This B&B is just a five-minute drive from a trail head for the North Country Trail, which stretches 140 miles through West Michigan on its way across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont. Historic downtown Lowell, with its picturesque art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and riverwalk, is also five minutes away. Downtown Grand Rapids is a 30-minute drive.