The Inn at Old Orchard Road

1422 South Shore Drive, Holland, Michigan 49423
Innkeeper(s): Elizabeth De Waard
  • Summary

    Embrace Comfort and Simplicity

    Spend your vacation enveloped in the old world comfort of antique furniture and the simplicity of a Dutch farmhouse bathed in cool lake breezes.

    The Inn at Old Orchard Road in Holland, Michigan is a sturdy Old Dutch farmhouse built in 1906 with three guestrooms featuring private baths, queen-sized beds, cable television, and "wake-up" coffee or tea. The property was once a flower farm brimming with gladiola and mum plants.

    The Inn is within walking distance of several restaurants, a grocery store, gym, florist, and Lake Macatawa. Miles of bike trails and walking paths can be picked up just outside the Inn's front door.

    The Lake Michigan shore is also a short distance away as well as the Big Red Lighthouse at Holland State Park. Follow along South Shore Drive for some of the best views of the lake and surrounding scenery. Nearby, downtown Holland is home to numerous specialty shops and unique restaurants. The sidewalks are heated for easy access even in the winter.

    Mornings at The Inn at Old Orchard Road begin at 9:00AM in the dining room with a cold glass of juice and a fruity treat followed by a breakfast of French toast and meat or eggs. A large muffin as well as plenty of coffee and tea are also included with your breakfast.

  • Introduction

    The Inn at Old Orchard RoadThe Inn at Old Orchard Road is located in Holland, MI. This 1906 Dutch farmhouse features comfy guest rooms with private baths, queen-size beds, cable TV and "wake-up" coffee or tea. Antique furniture and knotty pine floors combine with doll and glassware collections to bring you back to simpler times.

    This sturdy Dutch farmhouse sits where it once was profusely surrounded by brilliantly blooming gladiola and mum plants. Flower farms were almost indigenous to the area and traces of the old foundation for the bulb and seed storage building are still in evidence today.

    Purchased in 1973 by its present owner, the house had withstood the presence of many large families and although very strong, was in disrepair. Thus began a long rejuvenation project. In May of 1997 (after the owner retired from 35 years of teaching), it opened as a Bed and Breakfast. And once again, the house was filled with many wonderful people.

    The Inn at Old Orchard Road-Beautiful Surroundings

    Breathe in cool lake breezes from the quaint front porch while relaxing on antique wicker furniture or head for the rustic patio and gazebo in the back where sun or shade is your choice. Birds and rabbits welcome your presence on nearly an acre of fresh greenery.

    We'll serve you a yummy breakfast in the dining room at 9 A.M. You'll start with a frosty glass of juice and, perhaps, a frozen fruit compote or a berry and cream treat. Follow that with crusty French Toast and meat combination or a poofy egg soufflé in its own ramekin. Add a double sized muffin, and you're all set. Plenty of coffee or tea to sip while finishing that breakfast conversation.

  • 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 Elizabeth DeWaard for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The location and the cozy ambiance

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

    Comfort. Dutch architecture. The outdoors, with greenery, birds and bunnies, is my little piece of the Upper Penninsula.

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

    The Lake Michigan beach; Next is Tulip Time.

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

    The warmth. People say they'll come back and they do!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It's quieter than you'd think.

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

    Visit the Dutch attractions; go to the beach; shop the amazing downtown; go to plays/concerts at Hope College; take daytrips to Saugatuck, South Haven, and Grand Haven.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Restaurants, a grocery store, gym, florist and Lake Macatawa.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Piper

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    All the links on my web page guide visitors anywhere in the area:

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We cannot accept pets as mine are very possessive. There is a great boarding place, however, less than ten miles from the Inn.

  • Area Attractions

    Here are just a few of the many area attractions you may enjoy on your visit:

    Downtown Holland

    Has many specialty shops, with unique store fronts, and a fabulous variety of restaurants. Heated sidewalks for easy winter time shopping.

    Hope College

    A distinguished, private college nestled into a compact area near downtown Holland.

    Dutch tourist attractions

    Windmill Island, Dutch Village, and tulip displays, are very popular beginning in May.

    Lake Michigan

    Holland State Park (Big Red Lighthouse), Tunnel Park, The Dunes State Park, and Oval Beach in Saugatuck-Douglas all offer blue water, plenty of warm sun, and white sand.

    Bike Paths

    Holland and the greater area offer miles of bike paths (for walking, too) starting right in front of this B&B!


    We have many golf courses in the area and plenty of miniature golf courses also.


    10 miles away. A busy little town with unique shops, dunes, and beaches. You may dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants or walk the docks and view the boats.

  • How to Find Us

    From Detroit (Southeast)

    1. Take I-94 West until Kalamazoo
    2. Take US-131 North to the Allegan exit
    3. Take M-89 to Hamilton, then M-40
    4. Follow M-40 into Holland
    5. Continue on to 16th Street
    6. Take 16th Street west to the stop sign just past Heinz Pickle Factory
    7. 16th Street and 17th Street converge and become South Shore Drive
    8. We are two miles from the stop sign, on your left (1422 South Shore Drive)

    From Grand Rapids (Northeast)

    1. Take I-196 West toward Holland
    2. Take Exit 52/16th Street/ Adams Street
    3. Turn right and head toward Holland
    4. Continue on 16th Street to the stop sign just past Heinz Pickle Factory
    5. 16th Street and 17th Street converge and become South Shore Drive
    6. We are two more miles from the stop sign, on your left (1422 South Shore Drive)

    From Chicago (Southwest)

    1. Take I-94 to Michigan
    2. Take I-196/US-31 North in Michigan (not East toward Detroit)
    3. Take Exit 44 Business 196
    4. Stay on US-31 Muskegon as you enter Holland
    5. The expressway will end
    6. Continue on and find 16th Street-turn west
    7. You'll need to make a "Michigan turn"- in the median
    8. Continue on 16th Street to the stop sign just past Heinz Pickle Factory
    9. 16th Street and 17th Street converge and become South Shore Drive
    10. We are two more miles from the stop sign, on your left(1422 South Shore Drive)