Emery House Bed & Breakfast
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With the slow down of the 2020 tourist season we've decided to suspend bed and breakfast services until further notice. Dave and I are enjoying this restful time to reflect on the past and future of the Emery House. Since 1903 Emery House has sheltered families, businesses, elder care, troubled youth (Webster House) and travelers. In our short 5 years here we've enjoyed hosting tourist as they visited our beautiful Muskegon. We're now considering other ways to serve our community with our time and space as we continue to care for this grand Muskegon landmark. Stay healthy and safe as we wait out these changing times and reinvent the Emery House.
The Emery House is a three story brick Georgian Colonial house in the National Register "Historic District" of downtown Muskegon's Heritage Village, two blocks from Muskegon Lake and seven minutes to Lake Michigan beaches. The house was built in 1903 by John Emery, Jr., co-founder of the Shaw Electric Crane Company and President of National Lumberman's Bank.
The Emery House features a grand staircase leading to the second floor inhouse bedrooms, tastefully decorated with antiques.
The third floor ballroom will bring you back to the days when ladies in long gowns and gents in starched shirts circled the floor to a graceful waltz. Turn of the century "mystery lady" portraits look on from the walls. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom available on the 3rd floor.
Emery House Bed & Breakfast is a member of Michigan's WestShore Bed & Breakfast Association.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lori for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most travelers choose our inn because we are within walking distance to Heritage Landing Music Venue on Muskegon Lake as well as beautiful bike paths along the lake leading to Lake Michigan.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our inn is unique in that it's furnished with antiques and restored to its original charm as built in 1903. We want our guest to feel like they're stepping back in time.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Pere Marquette Beach on Lake Michigan is the crown jewel of Muskegon.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment we're received from one of our first guest is the peaceful atmosphere that's felt during their stay. We've been careful to express this to all our guest ever since.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Muskegon Culinary Arts institute is within walking distance and many or our guest have been very impressed with their restaurant and bakery, Courses&SweetShop.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Within walking distance is our downtown with choice restaurants, breweries, coffee and gift shops. Muskegon Museum of Arts with world renowned collections and changing exhibits. Muskegon Heritage Museum and Lakeshore Museum Center all within walking distance. Check out Heritage Landings summer music schedule for professional headline concerts or Hackley Parks free Partys in the Park every Friday evenings all summer just a block away from the Emery House. Of course, Lake Michigan is a must see.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
All of the above is within walking distance except Lake Michigan is about a 5 mile or 10 minute drive away. Also can get there by trolley or bike path.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Our personal favorite restaurant is Rebel Pie Pizza inside Unruly Brewery, walking distance away.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Muskegon Visitors bureau located at the old train depot, 2 blocks away. http://www.visitmuskegon.org/
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 rooms available to rent at this time but plan to make more available in the near future.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets but highly recommend Dog Star Ranch, 10 minutes away. http://www.dogstarranch.com/home.htm
Muskegon is home to 26 miles of sugar sand beaches and dunes and 60 miles of wilderness trails for biking or hiking. Michigan's Adventure Amusement and Water Park and dining and cultural arts offer something for every taste and budget.
Whatever the season, you feel the lake effect the moment you arrive in Muskegon County. It’s in the way the sun shimmers on the water, the snow falls gently on an upturned palm, and that impossibly happy look on your children’s faces. It’s the feeling you get in Muskegon County.
Spring marks the beginning of the much anticipated golf season. As the snow melts and a deep green returns to the region, make plans to golf the lush “Michigan Riviera” at a variety of local courses.
Visit our many attractions, ride or walk miles of scenic recreational trails, or spend time outdoors on our 26 miles of sugar sand beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Fall marks the transition to cooler weather with vibrant colors everywhere, especially along our scenic roads. There’s still time to enjoy our area’s 3 state parks or 8 county parks for camping, hiking, or pedaling over 60 miles of recreational trails.
In the winter, it’s easy to catch our drift! Winter means falling snow and dropping temperatures, but there’s no lull in activities in Muskegon County! Learn to luge (yes, luge!), snowshoe, cross-country ski or skate along miles of lighted, groomed trails at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex.
Two Parks for the Price of One
Michigan’s Adventure is Michigan’s largest amusement and water park, featuring over 60 rides and attractions including our world-class wooden roller coaster, Shivering Timbers. Experience seven roller coasters, three wave pools, tube slides, body slides, thrill rides, and kiddie rides. Take a ride on Thunderhawk, Michigan’s first suspended looping roller coaster, RipCord, Grand Rapids, Funnel of Fear, Go-Karts, Dodg’em Cars, Be-Bop Blvd, Timbertown Railway, and HydroBlaster. Food stands, miniature golf, games and gift shops round out a whole summer of fun for all ages.
For rates, park hours and directions visit their website at www.miadventure.com or call (231) 766-3377.
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex & Luge
Located in Muskegon State Park, the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is Michigan's source for winter fun!
- 850' luge track designed by an olympian, open to public
- Summer luge track (June-August)
- 3 outdoor ice rinks with hockey and family skating areas
- 1/4 mile skating trail through the woods
- 5 miles of lighted and groomed cross-country ski trails
- 2.5 miles of advanced, natural trails
- Explore miles of natural trails through Muskegon State Park
- Dogs welcome, must be leashed
- Cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice skates, sleds or bring your own
For more information visit their website at www.msports.org or call 1-877-TRY-LUGE.
Beaches & Parks
Muskegon County has several beautiful beaches with public access to Lake Michigan. Plan on enjoying a day at one of Muskegon's beaches this summer or at one of the many beach towns along the coast of Lake Michigan! Following are some water safety guidelines posted on the Muskegon County Health Department's website, which will help everyone to have a fun and safe day at the beach.
Muskegon County has 3 state parks, 8 county parks, and the city's Pere Marquette beach is a nationally certified clean beach. Enjoy over 26 miles of Lake Michigan coastline in our area.
Indicated in North to South order:
Meinert Park - www.muskegoncountyparks.org/meinert-park
Meinert Rd., Montague
Medbury Park - www.whitelake.org/business/medbury-park
North Side of White Lake Channel, Montague
Beach Near the White River Lighthouse Museum - www.whiteriverlightstation.org
Duck Lake State Park - www.whitelake.org/business/duck-lake-state-park
Duck Lake Rd., Whitehall
- Duck Lake Channel Beach Scenic Dr., Whitehall
Pioneer Park - www.muskegoncountyparks.org/pioneer-park
Scenic Dr., North Muskegon
Muskegon State Park
North Side of Muskegon Lake Channel, North Muskegon
- Pere Marquette Beach - www.muskegon-mi.gov/departments/parks/pere-marquette South Side of Muskegon Lake Channel, Muskegon One of only 3 nationally certified "clean beaches" on the Great Lakes!
- Kruse Park - www.muskegon-mi.gov/departments/parks/kruse West end of Sherman Blvd, Muskegon
- Lake Harbor Park Lake Harbor Rd., Norton Shores
- P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Pontaluna and Lake Harbor Rds., Norton Shores
- Gillette Nature Center - www.gillettenature.org Lake Harbor Rd., Norton Shores
Muskegon is a boater’s paradise offering sailing adventures, a large variety of charters, fishing charters, boat/kayak rentals as well as marinas and yacht clubs. Muskegon Lake is home to 10 marinas and over 3000 boat slips. It also connects to Lake Michigan and is a natural harbor for all types of watercraft.
Muskegon County boasts over 15 golf courses; you’ll find mini golf, disc golf, and traditional golf to add to your activity list.
- Bent Pines Golf Club - www.bentpinegolfclub.com
- Chase Hammond Golf Club - www.chasehammondgolfclub.com
- Fruitport Golf Club & Banquet Center - fruitportgolfcenter.com
- Lincoln Golf Club - www.lincolngolfcourse.com
- Muskegon Country Club - www.muskegoncc.com
- Blue Goose Golf - www.bluegoosegolf.com
Our area is home to a variety of sporting activities including bowling, indoor skating, or baseball. Be sure to take in a professional hockey game featuring the hometown Lumberjacks who play at the LC Walker Arena. Your family has lots of sporting choices in Muskegon County.
Biking & Hiking in Muskegon County
Enjoy miles of paved trails or rustic single tracks for biking or hiking in Muskegon County. Our 3 state parks offer many options for hiking trail systems. Cyclists have access to the 22.5 mile Hart-Montague Trail or the 26 mile Musketawa Trail running from Muskegon to Marne. Also, the new 12 mile Lakeshore Trail winds through views of Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake and the city of Muskegon.
City of Muskegon Lakeshore Trail
The nearly 10 mile, paved Lakeshore Trail is designed to provide users a convenient, relaxing and safe cycling environment with beautiful views including Lake Michigan, Muskegon Lake, dunes, parks, and the City of Muskegon. You can reach the trail directly from the Lake Express terminal. Bike to the beach by following Lakeshore Drive west along the dedicated bike lane to Pere Marquette Park. The trail loops around the park and includes great views of Lake Michigan, the South Pier Light Station and the Muskegon Channel while providing access to attractions and dining options. By traveling east from the Lake Express terminal along the Lakeshore Trail, you will reach Downtown Muskegon, Heritage Landing and the paved north portion of the trail which follows Shoreline Drive and Muskegon Lake.
The Lakeshore Trail gives you pedestrian access to historic and maritime attractions, dining venues, lodging options and seasonal festivals. Parking is available at Pere Marquette Park (southern trail head), Heritage Landing (approximate mid-point), the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve (North Muskegon trail head), as well as various marked spots along Lakeshore Drive. The Lakeshore Trail is ideal for beginners with plenty of places to park and rest along the trail.
The Musketawa Trail
The Musketawa Trail is a 26 mile paved recreational trail, from Muskegon to Marne , past farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. It's a four-season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. The trail can be enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, inline skaters, cross-county skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers and nature lovers.
Muskegon County Phone: 231-821-0553
Ottawa County Phone: 616-738-4810
Hart-Montague Trail State Park
The Hart-Montague Trail State Park is a paved, 22.5 mile trail passing through rural, forested lands. Scenic overlooks and picnic areas are located along the route.The trail can be used for hiking, bicycling, cross-county skiing and snowmobiling. Horseback riding is allowed on portions of the trail but never on the asphalt portion. The trail now extends into Whitehall.
Additional Muskegon County Trails Information
Visit the West Michigan Trails web site (trailsmichigan.com/index.php) for more details on Muskegon County trails.
Entertainment in Muskegon County
Fill your weekend with outdoor music festivals, events, Lumberjacks hockey, car shows or an evening at the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon. For a complete listing of current events, please see www.visitmuskegon.org/events-muskegon-michigan.
- Marsh Field Baseball Tournaments - www.playmarshfield.com
- Muskegon Channel Cats - www.channelcats.com
- Cinema Carousel Theatre - celebrationcinema.com/location/CinemaCarousel
- Getty 4 Drive-In - celebrationcinema.com/GettyDriveIn
- Plaza 1 & 2 - celebrationcinema.com/location/Plaza
- White Lake’s Northstar Cinema - www.northstarcinemas.com/showtimeswhitehall.nxg
- Muskegon Lumberjack Hockey
- Ravenna Motor Park - www.ravennamotorpark.com
- Thunderbird Raceway
- Winston Motor Speedway - www.winstonspeedway.net
Excerpt from http://www.visitmuskegon.org/