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Happy National Puzzle Day!

Happy National Puzzle Day!

Are you a puzzle person?

It was a surprise to us when we discovered, we are puzzle people too.

We bought our first puzzle on a lark and enjoyed it so much, we’ve had one going ever since!

Our current puzzle is especially challenging. It’s all in black and white!


When you stay at Suite Retreat Holland, you are welcome to use the puzzles, games, DVDs and books in the Suite’s family room.

We want you to feel at home away from home.


Enjoy a Suite Retreat in Holland and tour Michigan like a local.

Book your stay today at Suite Retreat Holland.

Academics & Authors & Artists, Oh My!

20181230_151518It was time to update the Suite’s family room.

A cheery white entertainment cabinet waited eagerly to replace the wooden brown office desk originally in the room.

It made us wonder.

Do our guests actually want a desk in the Suite? Had our mostly leisure travelers required the use of such a business-like item?

Then the guest book caught my eye. Our guests have left lovely notes written between its covers. Where did they sit while writing in the book? Or jotting notes for themselves? Or stamping postcards to send home?

Hmm. Yes, a desk would definitely be enjoyed in the Suite.

But if not in the Suite’s family room, then where? The west guest room is the largest bedroom, so it would make sense to put a desk there. With large sliding doors and a south-facing window, this bright and sunny bedroom would be a lovely place to jot notes or check messages.

Our heavy brown office desk would be out of place in this light and airy room, so the search was on. We were thrilled to find a one-of-a-kind piece created by a local craftsperson and scooped it up immediately.

The very day we welcomed this beautiful piece into our home, an author booked the Suite for a work retreat away from home. The next day an artist booked the Suite. Followed by a foursome of teachers.

Did this magical desk inspire them during their stays? Time will tell!

Do you use a desk when you travel? Let us know in the comments below!



What’s Up Weekend? (Jan 18-20)

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“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” Zen Shin 📸 kareni on Pixabay

There are so many fun things to do in Holland Michigan this weekend; the biggest challenge will be narrowing down our choices!

We could taste and buy some amazing Italian wines at amazing prices during an open house at Butch’s Dry Dock from 5-7pm Friday. They’ll be showcasing a plethora of wines and providing canapes for just $15 a person.

Between the Covers Bookshop is hosting a Family Game Night from 6-11pm Friday. Play favorites like Scrabble and Apple to Apples or learn a new designer game. Snacks will be available for purchase. Games are first come first played.

The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest, and most excited audience they can find Friday from 7:30-10pm at the Hope College Jack H Miller Center for Musical Arts.

Contra Dance is happening at the Holland Area Arts Council from 7-10pm Friday.

Hurray for the 3rd Saturday of January; time for Indoor Winter Market at the Holland Civic Center! Shop for winter and greenhouse grown produce, bread and other baked goods, sweet treats, honey and maple syrup, jams, coffee, bottled juices, meat and seafood, quiche, cheese and so much more from 9am-12pm

Frosty Fun Day, a fundraiser that begins with snowball throwing contests, guided explorations on snowshoes and live Irish music will be held at DeGraaf Nature Center Saturday from 11am-3pm.

Set a line for Family Ice Fishing during a catch-and-release ice fishing day at the Outdoor Discovery Center Pond Saturday from 11am-1pm. All materials are provided including fishing poles, tackle, and bait for just $5.

Women will gather at 12pm Saturday at Centennial Park to rally and be inspired before the Women’s March which ends at the Arts Council with coffee, hot chocolate and a chance to network and discuss next steps.

From 1-5pm Saturday, Fenn Valley Vineyards will host their 20th annual Chili Cook-off and “Wine Lovers Potluck.” Last year’s cook-off was sold out to attendees who loved sharing great wines, chilies and other delicious potluck items.

We could experience the nip of cold on our noses, the hoot of owls in our ears and the crunch of snow under our feet while exploring Hemlock Crossing by the light of the moon from 7-8:30 pm. We could bring our own snowshoes or rent them at the Nature Center for $6.

Park Theatre‘s Winter Legends Series will present The Eliminator Band, a tribute to ZZ Top on Saturday. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door.

Sunday is yoga day in the CityVū event space in CityFlatsHotel. Chelsea Fox will lead a yoga flow practice from 2-4pm. Stay after for drinks from Big Lake Brewing, hors d’oeuvres by CityFlatsHotel and a variety of health and wellness vendors.

If we decide to stay up late Sunday, we could view a Total Lunar Eclipse of a Super Wolf Blood over Lake Michigan from 9:30pm-2:48am.

There’s even more ideas at Holland Michigan’s event calendar.

Want to explore further out? Grand Rapids is a hop, skip and a jump away. There’s lots to do there too!

Enjoy a sweet retreat in Holland while you tour Michigan like a local. Book your stay today at Suite Retreat Holland.

Say Yes to De-Stress

ensuite bath with robe and slippersSome days are made for robes and slippers.

Drizzly days, snowy days, recovering-from-a-crazy-week days.

Days when a hot cup of coffee and a cool vibe are what’s needed to set the tone for a long, slow, relaxing morning.

Simmer in a hot bath. Indulge yourself with a leisurely morning of decaf and daydreams.

Lean back against the pillows and enjoy the view. Write in your journal.

Read a novel. Call an old friend. Watch pet videos.

Relax. Recover. Recuperate. Recharge.

A robe and slippers are waiting for you at Suite Retreat Holland.

De-stress yourself.

Enjoy a sweet retreat in Holland and tour Michigan like a local. Book your stay today at Suite Retreat Holland

Could 2019 Really Be More Awesome?

Funny-New-Year-Status-20172018 was an amazing year!

Despite a rough beginning (health stuff; I won’t bore you), the year ended on a high note for Greg and me.

In 2017 we vacationed in west Michigan and fell in love with the lake and the beach and the people and …well… Michigan! Within hours we knew we wanted to retire to the Mitten State. Our conversations quickly turned from dreaming to calculating how and when we could actually make the move.

A perfect-for-us house in Holland Michigan came on the market in March ’18. We closed in June, waved goodbye to Minnesota in August, and started settling into our new forever home in beautiful Waukazoo Woods.

Thing is, the house has more space than we need. It’s perfect when we have friends or family visiting, but most of those folks have jobs and houses and other commitments that keep them from staying here as much as we’d all like.

Enter Airbnb. We turned a separate wing on the upper floor of our house into a guest suite. Visitors have two bedrooms, their own TV room and an ensuite bath all to themselves. Privacy for us and for them when needed, and interaction with really interesting people when desired. Win-win!

Airbnb has been such a positive influence on our lives.

Remember our house is new to us, but it isn’t a new house. We updated and decorated the guest suite first with friends’ and family’s comfort in mind, but our Airbnb guests’ use of the space continually inspires us to raise the bar.

Our Airbnb guests have been so amazing that when Greg and I talk about making changes, like what to plant in our flower gardens or how to use our outdoor space, we think of them as much as we think of ourselves, our family and our friends!

We’re retired and we could easily stay home and watch TV, but Airbnb covertly pushes us out of the house and into new experiences. How can we direct our guests to local attractions if we haven’t experienced them? Or recommend restaurants if we haven’t dined in them? Or suggest bike trails if we haven’t taken our bikes for a ride? Best. Retirement. Ever.

We’re on track to become Airbnb Super Hosts within the next few days. Our Airbnb journey thus far has been positively amazing.

Could 2019 really be more awesome?