The Washington Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Experience the charm and hospitality of The Washington Street Inn Bed & Breakfast located near downtown Grand Haven.
Built in 1902, the Inn is a fine example of the American-Four Square Style. Its leaded glass windows, spacious archways, original oak woodwork, and hardwood floors typify a quality home from the turn-of-the-century.
The rooms are well appointed with antiques, and we have striven to make them as comfortable as possible. All the rooms have individual thermostats and air conditioners to accommodate the unpredictable Michigan weather.
Begin each morning with a wholesome full breakfast including delicious homemade baked goods, fresh fruits, juice, coffee and tea served in our beautiful dining room. During the day, one can spend time exploring Grand Haven and the surrounding area or simply relaxing at the Inn in one of the four common rooms. The innkeepers will be happy to assist guests in planning their stay, recommending local restaurants and providing information regarding activities and events.
"So whether your intent is to enjoy a quiet getaway or to experience the many events which Grand Haven and the surrounding areas offer, we invite you to be our guest at the Washington Street Inn."
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Tony & Michelle Ciccantelli for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Convenient location, comfort and value.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our Inn provides a very comfortable stay. Guests enjoy the history, character and beauty of this 1902 Inn, as well as the delicious homemade full breakfast.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Pristine beaches, historic lively downtown and waterfront, plenty of year round events.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Comfortable beds for sleeping, and meticulous with decorating and cleanliness.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Cater to many interests: beach, hiking, shopping, golf, bike trails, antiques, winery, parks. Short drive to Grand Rapids for Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Everything! Shops, Waterfront, Parks...
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Wide range of restaurants in our area.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Visitors Bureau - www.visitgrandhaven.org and Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Guide - www.chamberofcommerce.com/michigan/visitor-tourist-information/
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 guest rooms and 4 common rooms for guest use.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets, but can recommend boarding facilities.
The Inn is ideally located to meet a variety of interests.
Within Walking Distance
Downtown and Center Town Grand Haven with its quaint shops, restaurants and pubs
Beautifully landscaped Central Park (July and August art shows)
Harborfront Place -- The restored historical Story and Clark piano factory with its contemporary shopping and restaurants
The world's largest musical fountain
Boardwalk with shops, eateries, a beautiful view of harbor and boating activity
Chinook Pier with shops, charter boat fishing, Harbor Steamer and farmers market.
Grand Haven State Park and sandy beaches (catch the trolley from our front door!)
Grand Haven Pier and restored Cat Walk and Coast Guard Station.
Within 10-15 Minutes: P. J. Hoffmaster State Park (hiking, biking, picnicking, and cross-country skiing)
Within 20-30 Minutes: Holland (Tulip Festival) and Muskegon (Race Course/Harness Racing, Airport)
Within 40-45 Minutes: Grand Rapids and Saugatuck
History of the Inn
Henry J. Dornbos immigrated from the Netherlands in 1882. He built this home for his wife and two children and the property remained in the Dornbos family for 56 years.
In 1889, Mr. Dornbos and his brother establish a prominent smoked and salted fish business in Grand Haven. The firm H. J. Dornbos and Bro. was reputed to be the largest wholesale fish dealer of white fish in the United States eventually serving 800 retail outlets across the country. It is believed the fish business may have had the first phone in town as the phone number listed on their literature is "No. 1".
Mr. Dornbos was active in the community and in 1910 helped establish the Peoples Savings.
The home remained a private residence until the spring of 1987 when it opened as a Bed and Breakfast.