With more than fifteen trips to Saugatuck over the past ten years, we've tried at least half of the 30 B-n-Bs that dot the Saugatuck/Douglas area in the Golden Coast of Michigan. While not our favorite of our various accommodations, the Park House was a nice place for a quick week-end getaway.
The innkeeper Toni was very informative, and made guests feel quite at home. She provided a brief history of the house, and then a geography lesson, with map, for new and returning guests to the area alike. Toni offered dining opinions, and was very open and welcoming. We were sorry we didn't make the acquaintance of the resident dog Penny, but we certainly didn't hold that against the staff!
A gas fireplace in the room was a nice romantic touch, and proved useful in the evening. The bathrooms were newish, and very clean, which was a big plus. The food was decent, and hot items as well as the standard cold cereals were available. ( We've had such wonderful breakfasts at the Wickwood [owned by one of the authors of the Silver Palate cookbook] in Saugatuck that all other B-n-Bs have a hard time competing in the gustatory delight category. ;>)
The only negatives were that the walls were pretty thin, allowing us to hear clearly our neighbors' conversations, and that the breakfasts were served at a long, lumberjack-style table in a room just big enough to fit it. Given that the Park House is the oldest standing residence, we weren't too surprised that sound carried as it did. And we personally prefer the small tables in some B-n-Bs, which allow a couple to have a private breakfast rather than a community meal. That point, tho, is completely a personal issue and I could tell many others at our table brimming with guests highly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with other guests.
At least one other couple we met told us that they return to the Park House every Columbus Day weekend, and a few others mentioned that they had stayed with Toni and Melissa in the past. For the money, and given that we made our reservations fairly late (maybe in early September) it was a good value and a nice weekend. The Park House isn't our first choice for our next trip to Saugatuck, but we certainly would be happy to stay there again should our favorite places not be available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 150+ year old property 9 guest rooms all private baths & seasonal use fireplaces, some rooms with private hot tub or over sized jetted spa tub and balconies. Full breakfast daily, warm weather seating on wrap around screened porch overlooking beautiful gardens. Onsite parking, short walk to downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries. ... more less
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