Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast

9549 Union Pier Rd., Union Pier, Michigan 49129
Innkeeper(s): Jerry & Paula Welsh
  • The Lavender Room

    The Lavender Room

  • The Violet

    The Violet

  • The Sunflower

    The Sunflower

  • The Woodlands Suite

    The Woodlands Suite

  • Woodlands Suite - A Sweet Deal

    Woodlands Suite - A Sweet Deal

  • Spa / Massage Package

    Spa / Massage Package

  • Your Innkeepers, Paula and Jerry Welsh

    Your Innkeepers, Paula and Jerry Welsh

  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast.

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast.

  • Magnificent Sunsets

    Magnificent Sunsets

  • Read our Guest Reviews

    Read our Guest Reviews

  • Modern Amenities

    Modern Amenities

  • Gorgeous Flowers

    Gorgeous Flowers

  • The Garden

    The Garden

  • Enjoy the serenity of Union Pier and the beach.

    Enjoy the serenity of Union Pier and the beach.

  • A most relaxing and memorable experience

    A most relaxing and memorable experience

  • Our wisteria in full bloom

    Our wisteria in full bloom

  • A 3 seasons front porch for relaxation and a breakfast spot

    A 3 seasons front porch for relaxation and a breakfast spot

  • Tables for two at breakfast or an evening game of cards

    Tables for two at breakfast or an evening game of cards

  • Comfortable sitting areas to visit, read, relax

    Comfortable sitting areas to visit, read, relax

  • The Arbor Guest Room

    The Arbor Guest Room

  • The Rose Guest Room

    The Rose Guest Room

  • The Garden Retreat in the Carriage House

    The Garden Retreat in the Carriage House

  • Woodlands sitting area in front of the fireplace and windows with a view of the woodcarvings

    Woodlands sitting area in front of the fireplace and windows with a view of the woodcarvings

  • Harbor Country's many vineyards and 11 wineries

    Harbor Country's many vineyards and 11 wineries

  • Welcome to Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast

    Welcome to Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast

 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast!

    Pamper yourself with the comforts and charms of a vintage 1925 inn. Near the sunset shore of Lake Michigan lies a quiet retreat, with everything the discriminating inn guest has come to expect: Warm hospitality, beauty and romance. There are decks and porches for enjoying the gardens and warm days, as well as a sun porch for less cooperative weather.

     

    The right Place for any Season – Enjoy all the attractions Harbor Country has to offer and get away to Garden Grove Bed and Breakfast in Union Pier, Michigan. Located in Southwestern Michigan, Garden Grove is just a short drive from Chicago, and three short hours from Toledo, Flint, and Milwaukee.
    This Michigan bed and breakfast is the only Michigan Green Lodging Partner in Harbor Country and its amenities are second to none.
     
    The four-guestroom bed and breakfast and new, three-room detached Carriage House is a romantic Michigan bed and breakfast getaway and popular choice for relaxing, celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries, family reunions, and experiencing the many local restaurants and area attractions.
     
    The Carriage House at Garden Grove offers spacious rooms with deluxe accommodations to make your stay a most relaxing and memorable experience.  In addition to delicious in-room breakfasts, the rooms and suite have central air-conditioning, private baths with double Jacuzzi and separate walk-in glass enclosed showers, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, fireplace, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, wet bar, in-room TV’s with VCR/DVD, telephone and free High Speed Internet.

    Although these modern amenities exceed what you might expect, what really makes Garden Grove one of Michigan’s best bed and breakfasts is the ability to forget about the hustle and bustle of the big city and feel at home in the charming, country cottage lifestyle near the shores of Lake Michigan. We are one of a few Bed and Breakfasts in Michigan that offer a wet bar sink, 2 person Jacuzzi, microwave and mini-fridge in many of our rooms. The beautifully decorated, elegant rooms and old-style home fits right in to the picturesque country side and solitude of Harbor Country.
     
     
    There’s so much to do in Harbor Country and Garden Grove is centrally located and in the perfect location to cater to all of Harbor Country’s attractions. With a mixture between wine country and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan, this bed and breakfast in Michigan is a quick walk to the beach, a 15 minute drive to Warren Dunes State Park, or take your pick between the microbreweries, antique shops, two casinos, restaurants and Southwest Michigan Wine Trial that is only minutes away.
     
     
     

    Come and enjoy the beauty and solitude of Harbor Country in this Michigan bed and breakfast.

  • 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 Jerry Welsh for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Common to most of our guests is the need to decompress form the rigors of Corporate America. At the same time they can choose to have a peaceful getaway or be busy with the many area attractions.

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

    We have a range in rooms and prices from well- appointed standard to deluxe king suite. The secluded acre is walkable to a number of popular sites including the beach and conveniently located close to an exit from I-94.

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

    Lake Michigan and its awesome beaches are a highlight in season followed closely by the wineries, casinos, antiques and parks.

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

    The room and the secluded property at Garden Grove allows me to relax as soon as we check-in.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The quality and quantity of excellent casual and more formal dining opportunities.

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

    Seasons offer different activities but the Lake beaches and dunes are can’t miss. Hiking, biking, outlet mall shopping are popular activities. The 12 wineries, artisan galleries, 2 casinos, multiple antique shops, craft breweries, live entertainment or film in local theaters, and local restaurants are very popular. The opportunity to do a day trip by train to Chicago is easy and inexpensive.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The beach, 2 wine tasting rooms, 5 restaurants, a deli and convenience store.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Red Arrow Roadhouse for casual and Timothy’s for a more formal dining experience. All are cottage-country casual dress.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Harbor Counrty Chamber - guide www.harborcountry.org

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 B&B Guest Rooms and 3 detached Carriage House rooms and suite.

    Do you accept pets?

    Garden Grove does not allow guest’s pets. There are several local opportunities that will take care of your pet during your stay.

     

  • The Carriage House

    Escape to Harbor Country’s newest lodging opportunity in the midst of the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. The Carriage House at Garden Grove offers spacious non-smoking, pet-free rooms and suites providing deluxe accommodations including unsurpassed amenities in Southwest Michigan.

    Each room accommodates up to two people and is centrally heated and air-conditioned. They have free WiFi; digital cable TV; VCR or DVD; and come with breakfast for two each morning with the Carriage House rooms and suite having in-room breakfast. Additionally, hairdryers and green bath amenities are provided in each room with bottled water in the common area refrigerator and ironing boards are available on request.
     
    Enter beyond the privacy hedge to a secluded acre and a peaceful romantic getaway. A quiet cottage retreat among the tall maples and tree sculptures lies the luxurious and private Garden Grove Carriage House with three rooms separate from the main B&B.
     
    Garden Grove bed and breakfast, located in Union Pier Michigan, has the perfect lodging accommodations for anyone visiting Lake Michigan, Southwest Michigan, Harbor Country, Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, Beachtowns, Lighthouse Mall, Notre Dame, Michigan Wine Trails, Michigan City, Great Lake, and more.
  • Area Attractions in Harbor Country

    What isn’t there to do in Harbor Country?

    From two casinos, four golf courses, three preforming arts theatres, plenty of shopping, dining and outdoor activities, there’s simply not enough time in week to take it all in. I guess you’ll just have to stay back at Garden Grove, a premier Michigan bed and breakfast.

    Casinos – Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo and Hartford
    Test your luck at Four Winds Casinos in New Buffalo or Hartford. Both are within reasonable driving distance, with the New Buffalo casino 10 minutes south and Hartford 45 minutes north. Gaming and entertainment makes for a fun night before heading back to Garden Grove for a romantic stay.

    Golfing – Whittaker Golf ClubBrookwood Golf CourseLake Michigan HillsPebblewood Country Club.
    Pack the clubs because four challenging courses are nearby. Each of these courses are less than a half hour drive, so spend a day hitting the links and come to Garden Grove to kick back and relax.

    Theaters – Vickers TheatreAcorn TheaterNew Buffalo Performing Arts CenterSouthwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

    There’s nothing like going out to dinner, enjoying a show then coming back to Garden Grove to enjoy your night’s stay. With four theatres near Union Pier, all of which are under a 30 minute drive, you won’t be short on night time entertainment. Check them out.

    Shopping — Lighthouse outletsWhittaker HouseHearthwoods Custom Furniture, Springdale furnishings and antique store, Dunes Antiques.

    Just because you’re leaving the big city for cozy a weekend or mid-week stay, doesn’t mean you’re leaving the big name shopping behind. There’s plenty of shopping to do around Garden Grove bed and breakfast, which includes high-end outlets to 27 antique shops. Provided are links to just a few of the shopping attractions in the area. For more information, check out this site: Harbor Country shopping.

    Dining – From family dining to fine dining, Harbor Country has it all. This guide will give you a list of what’s good to eat while in town. You won’t be disappointed.Remember, at Garden Grove, we’ll take care of breakfast! Harbor Country dining.

    Art galleries – The Courtyard GalleryRoger Harvey GalleryCraig Smith Gallery, John A. Knudsen Gallery, Burnison Galleries, Fritz Olsen GalleryFernwood Botanical Gardens.

    The art in Harbor Country is just as picturesque as the scenery too. Enjoy art plenty of nearby art galleries that make you feel in a different world.

    Wineries/Breweries – Founders Wine CellarFree Run CellarsRound Barn WineryFruitful Vine Tours,Greenbush Brewing CompanyJourneyman DistilleryLemon Creek Winery and Fruit FarmShady Creek WinerySt. Julian WineryTabor Hills Winerythe Wine Sellers.

    It’s called the Napa Valley of the Midwest for a reason. With nine local wineries and two breweries, you’ll never go thirsty and you’ll never be far from excellent wine and beer. Go on a wine tour through the Harbor Country’s wine country or hang out at a local brewery. Whatever your fancy is, Garden Grove is nearby and will have breakfast ready for you in the morning!

    Outdoors — What makes Harbor Country so attractive to its visitors is its natural beauty, and fortunately for you, Garden Grove bed and breakfast in Michigan is right in the middle of it.
    For starters, Garden Grove bed and breakfast is a stone’s throw away from Lake Michigan, so you’re next to great fishing, sailing, boating, and relaxation. Only 15 minutes north is Warren Dunes State Park , where you can go on a hike through scenic trials, soak up the sun on the beach or wonder at the beautiful sand dunes.

    Check out one of the four local fishing charters and wrangle in a fish you won’t forget. Don’t want to fish, about canoe, sail, or surf. Yes, surf on Lake Michigan!
    Check out all the different outdoor activities you can do: Harbor Country activities.

    Museums – Take in a piece of Harbor Country history by taking in a local museum. Whether you want to travel to Berrien County, LaPorte County or cross the Michigan border to St. Joseph County, Indiana, there’s plenty to learn and wonderful history that helped shape Harbor Country into what it is.
    Between the three counties, there are 30 museums, including the College Football Hall of Fame , New Buffalo Railroad Museaum, Old Lighthouse Museum and Morton House Museum.

    For more information on any of the 30 interesting and unique museums, check out: Harbor Country Museum list.

    For any more information on other great activities to do in Harbor Country, check out HarborCountry.com or HarborCountry,org. And remember, during your stay at Garden Grove feel free to ask any of our friendly staff for great things to do in Harbor Country.

     

  • Guest Reviews

    "Thank you for providing such a warm and gracious environment for what was a very special weekend. Your loving and meticulous attention to every detail was greatly appreciated: the candles, books and music in the rooms; the cozy robes, the delicious breakfasts and, of course, the New Year’s Eve gathering! We could not have found a lovelier spot for our incredible reunion. Do not be surprised to see us again same time next year!"

     Gail — California

     

    "Truly enjoyed the experience. The Garden Retreat is beautiful, the bed was so comfortable. I walked the yard and enjoyed the birds chirping, the gorgeous flowers and the beach sunset was fascinating. Paula and Jerry are special people, they know how to take care of you. The breakfasts were out of this world. Don't pass this place up ... Don't miss this beautiful place!"

    Wendy and Bill — Ohio

     

    "Thank you for providing us with the perfect setting for romance and relaxation. The room was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious. You are both very kind and gracious hosts. This was a very special weekend for us and we will never forget it. We hope to return soon."

     Gabe & Kim — Illinois

    "About an hour after we arrived, Howard asked me what I was thinking about. What a pleasure to realize that my response was “nothing.” Not work, the house, our family, just the moment. This was a place to use all our senses. Listening to the birds, the feel of butter yellow towel or a warm whirlpool. A bottle of wine, your great cookies and coffee. The sweet smells of your soaps and the pleasures of watching the fire. We are already anticipating a return visit. P.S. This is one the very few places that Howard, who is 6’5″ could actually enjoy a bathtub."

     Paula & Howard — Illinois

    "What a wonderful, tranquil slice of heaven you have here. This has been such a romantic way to spend our first anniversary. An incredible escape to a timeless place. Every personal touch you have made from the beautiful, fresh cut flowers and cozy robes to the delicious fruit liquor and sweet Hershey’s kisses has truly made our stay more memorable. Your distinctive decorating is adorable. Our worries melted away in the herbal water of the Jacuzzi, our souls were soothed in the warmth of the flickering fireplace, and our spirits were rejuvenated basking in the morning sunlight of our private deck as we gazed upon your charming garden and meticulously manicured grounds. The atmosphere is certainly conducive to loving. Thank you for creating such a lovely inn."

     Cindi & Eric — Indiana

    "I am so glad we stumbled across your doorsteps. It must have been fate. I have inspired by your creativity and have plans to get to work on my own “home sweet home."

     Kathy — West Virginia

    "This is has been our favorite B&B ever! I particularly like the garden theme decorating, and the ever-present connection to the garden by way of porches, decks, and balconies."

    Milt & Carolyn — North Carolina

  • About Us

    Garden Grove is a popular Michigan bed and breakfast located in Harbor Country’s lakeside town of Union Pier. Only 90 minutes from Chicago and near the I-94 Chicago to Detroit expressway, Garden Grove offers guests a convenient opportunity for a memorable getaway, active outdoor adventure or a secluded romantic retreat. Relax and renew with the slower pace yet still enjoy the experience of great casual or more formal local dining.

    The property is a secluded acre consisting of the original 1925 farmhouse with a 2-story expansion with upgrades and the addition of a detached Carriage House having deluxe accommodations and amenities. The B&B is nestled among tall maples, towering pines and perennial gardens. A truly green experience. All rooms have central AC and private ensuites. All rooms and suite have either a queen or king bed. Guests staying in the Carriage House have in-room breakfast. In-room massages are offered ala carte and also with several packages.

    The B&B is in close proximity to two casinos, a premium outlet mall, eight wineries,
    live and foreign film theaters, many antique and artisan shops and galleries.
     
    Innkeepers Paula and Jerry Welsh both have diverse and different professional experiences prior to Garden Grove. Paula, a native of Michigan, was involved in the auto industry as a wholesaler and importer before switching gears and becoming involved with a global informational technology company. Jerry, born in Ontario Canada, was a former professional hockey player and Big Ten Head Coach. They both worked with the same IT company before deciding to manage their own business in the lodging industry and move to this enviable lakeside resort to enjoy a more peaceful lifestyle.
    The B&B takes a great deal of time and effort while being passionate about many outside interests in additional to family and the many friends who like to visit and enjoy the serenity of Union Pier and the beach. If its round and you can hit it – Jerry’s a fan and likely a player. Paula’s outside passion involves “going green” and supporting community efforts to highlight any “sustainability” activity.
 
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