Crimson Cottage doesn’t look like a cottage. This isn’t some grand old Victorian; it’s a modern home circa 2005. The four-bedroom inn sits about a mile from Lake Michigan and is a little tricky to find down a nearly hidden driveway in a forested pocket of land. On the upside, the setting is what makes stays at this B&B serene.
The nicely decorated guestrooms (rates from $139 to $189) have king beds, fireplaces, robes, Wi-Fi and small fridges. Coffeemakers are available (plus supplies for hot chocolate and tea), small tables come equipped with wine glasses and corkscrews, and there’s always a plateful of soft chocolate chip cookies on a table in the upstairs hallway. Guests enjoy full access to the attractive home and the grounds outside, where tables and chairs sit in beautiful gardens. Choose to have a full breakfast delivered to your room or eat buffet-style in the dining room. A typical spread might consist of glazed-pecan French toast, scones, sausages, yogurt, fresh berries and granola.
Crimson Cottage is about 3/4 of a mile from the Lakeshore Connector Path, a paved 20-mile recreation trail between Holland and Grand Haven State Parks (bikes are available for guests to borrow). Cross the street to head out for a walk, run or ride on the extensive trail system.