Khardomah Lodge

1365 Lake Avenue, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
Innkeeper(s): Mo and Patty Rasmussen
  • Introduction

    Khardomah Lodge in Grand HavenWelcome to the Khardomah Lodge!  The Khardomah Lodge and Suites are located in the beautiful beach town of Grand Haven Michigan.  Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, 3 1/2 hours west of Detroit and 4 hours north of Chicago.  Nestled on a wooded dune amongst a neighborhood of charming historic lake cottages,  Khardomah is a favorite local Historic landmark and has been host to vistors seeking a relaxing atmospere and lake breezes for over 100 years.

    The main lodge, the original structure which was built in 1873,  consists of 15 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a great room with  cathedral ceilings and a stone fireplace, a large dining room and a furnished kitchen with an outdoor deck and wooded views.  The main lodge can accomodate up to 40 overnight guests and is a perfect destination for group retreats and other gatherings.  Individual stays are welcome when not otherwise booked.

    The private suites have woodland views and modern amenities.  These spacious and nicely furnished guest areas can accomodate up to 4 guests for romantic getaways or small family gathering.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mo and Patty Rasmussen for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers stay at the Khardomah because of its cottagey, homey atmosphere and the fact that it is so close to the beach.  It is in a neighborhood of similar cottage style homes and it is like "going to Grandma's cottage," also the price is right.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our homey atmosphere and comfortable antique furnishings, some from the 1800's and others of the 1920-1940's era. Chenille bedspreads mixed with quilts, pine floors, rag rugs, and original wainscoting, along with the original claw foot tubs and bark cloth drapes.

    I love the great room with the cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace. It is a great spot for guests to socialize, read and/or work a puzzle.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The number #1 reason to visit Grand Haven would be the State Park/beach/boardwalk/pier/ which you can walk/stroll/skate or ride your bike along to the main downtown area.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    The best compliment would be from a recent 8 yr. old daughter of guests who stayed several days. She drew the most adorable picture of the front of the lodge and put the caption "best lodge ever!" her dad said she sat an hour and a half on the porch drawing this for me!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret could be the 51 bike paths! I just recently learned how many we have. They are always working on creating and linking the paths to the surrounding cities. Some beach towns/resort and others are just cute little country towns.  All have their own character and qualities.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    If someone is staying for nights, first I would find out what they are interested in.i.e. their hobbies, activities, what they enjoy.  Is it a family or a couple? That makes a difference.

    A couple may want to ride their bikesor explore the neat walking/hiking paths.

    Highland Park Cottage Association, adjacent to the lodge has the coolest stairs that take you all along the old cottages, up and down and winding around in the trees, with views of the lake.  You can practically see in some of these places! They are built on dunes.  You can also explore Kitchel sand dunes, and go north to P.J. Hoffmaster, another State Park with miles of hiking paths and is very hilly.

    The Grand Haven State Park does not have many trees and is flat. You can rent kayaks or canoes and go in Lake Michigan or to Spring Lake or go down the Pigeon Creek River/Recreation Area/Rosy Mound. There is paddle boarding lessons offered on the beach for $20 an hour. 

    The nightlife is pretty decent too. There is a nice martini bar, another upscale bar with live music and DJ on weekends, an old theatre with Irish music, lots of restaurants of every ethnicity, and you could also venture to Muskegon to the Frauenthal Theatre or Holland for the ballet.  Neither is very far. 

    If you like Irish music, Fenians pub has band from Ireland, and is in a little country town called Conklin, on the rail to trail map. 

    There are museums, art galleries, a sailboat excursion, and you could even take a day on the wine trail and go to South Haven (an hour south) stopping in Holland and Saugatuck and Fennville wineries.

    There are book shops including a military book shop, and the U.S.S. submarine museum in Muskegon, and the Muskegon Museum of Art has great art and gift shop, pottery shops, and you could even go to the Grand Rapids downtown to the DeVol Art Center.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Within walking distance is the cottage walk in Highland Park, the Dog Park, the beach and boardwalk, the Snug Harbor and Bil Mar restaurants, and ice cream shops.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The favorite restaurant of mine is the Kirby Grills' Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap and I also love Mr. Kazak’s Greek gyro sandwiches. The meat is roasted on a spit and totally amazing, also butch's beach delicious! The hot dogs have buns wrapped with soft tortillas and the best relish. The vegetarian burritos are to die for yum.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The best websites to visit for the area are and

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Lodge has 15 bedrooms in the older part (the main lodge with shared common area) and 2 private suites.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept leader dogs, companion pets and the master suite accepts pets and otherwise there are on approval of the manager. I found out about a website for dog sitters too.


  • Special and Business Events

    Khardomah Lodge events

    The Khardomah Lodge is an ideal place to celebrate your special occasion!

    Rental of the entire facility consisting of the Main Lodge and both private suites: $1,500.00 + tax per day, 2-night minimum September-May, 3-night minimum June, July and August.

    Maximum overnight capacity is 45 guests.

    The lodge also hosts business meetings, special occasion dinners, workshops and retreats.

    Evening Events Without Lodging

    • Use of common areas, kitchen, dining room
    • $275.00 Sunday through Thursday
    • $350.00 Friday based on availability

    Day Meetings

    • Includes Main Floor, Kitchen and Dining Room
    • Up to 30 guests
    • $175.00- $275.00 Depending on Hours


    • Rental includes common areas only, no bedrooms. Does not include cleaning fee
    • Sunday through Thursday $150.00 - $200.00 plus 6% sales tax
    • Friday $175.00 - $275.00 plus 6% sales tax
    • If your organization is tax exempt, appropriate documentation must be provided