A relaxing escape in the heart of Harbor Country
I have thought about running my own Bed & Breakfast since I first stayed at a family friends’ inn in Sedona, Arizona as a kid. I went to school for business and my curious nature led me to a career in market research. Even after 17 years in Chicago, exploring all the city has to offer, I never lost my dream of becoming an innkeeper.
After traveling the world over, staying in the loveliest of places, ever the researcher – taking notes and storing ideas – I was finally ready to take the leap of faith. And the universe caught me. In just a few months looking for a place in my home state of Michigan, I stumbled upon a beautifully wooded property close to the beach and central to so many local wonders in the heart of Harbor Country. Jerry & Paula, the previous owners of 20+ years, have taken such great care of this old Farmhouse. It exuded so much love and hospitality, I knew “this must be the place”.
So, I turned in my title of Vice President for a new title, Innkeeper. I’ve traded Zoom calls for loads of laundry, client dinners for cooking homemade breakfasts, and overnight work trips for welcoming guests from all over. I have always been great at planning an epic trip, whether it’s to Austin, Rome, Tokyo or Springfield, IL, and I am beyond excited to be your local expert, sharing with you all the best things to do in this beautiful corner of the world. I cannot wait to welcome you to Harbor Country, and The Garden Grove Inn.
The land originally inhabited by the Three Fires Confederacy – the Ojibwe, the Odawa and the Potawatomi.
Union Pier was founded
Vavra family built what is now the Garden Grove Inn to farm fruit.
Vavra Resort was founded on the site of the farm
Varva family sold the property
Jerry & Paula Welsh took over and made Garden Grove the inviting and lush place it is today.