I just discovered a new favorite place to stay in Grand Rapids: The Green Heron Bed and Breakfast.
For years I never had to think about lodging when I headed up to Grand Rapids to visit relatives because I would just stay with those relatives. As time has gone by and we’ve all aged, that arrangement has become less of an option. Besides, if I’m going to be up in lake country, shouldn’t I be staying at a lake?
This is how I ended up at the Green Heron.
And I wasn’t disappointed; its location on the shore of Pokegama Lake offered the perfect mix of luxury and lake views at a very competitive price.
The bed and breakfast only has two guest rooms, both of which are comfortable and tastefully decorated. (The larger and more expensive of the two even has its own lakeside entrance.)
The rest of the house is equally tasteful and welcoming. It’s one of those places where you never forget you are at a northern lake, but where you aren’t completely surrounded by woodsy images of loons, wolves, and canoes. It’s a real home, and the home of interesting people at that, so you always feel like you are in a home and not a generic corporate lodge. Best of all in winter, the wall of living room windows facing the lake allows guests to sit by a roaring fire while watching the snow blowing outside.
While I was expecting a lovely room with a lake view, I was not expecting the quality or quantity of food provided. The owners not only provided a delicious homemade breakfast (homemade down to their own hand-harvested wild rice and maple syrup), but they also had an afternoon happy hour with a glass of wine and snacks — lovely snacks at that, not just a few crackers with a slice of cheese. It was a level hospitality far beyond my expectations.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Green Heron – the combination of convivial hosts, a beautiful home, a great lake location, and wonderful food was unbeatable.
I just hope I can score reservations again when I head north this summer!
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