Muskegon River Inn: A Gem in Newaygo County
By Alexis Mercer
“Do you think these floors are the originals?” asked my husband as we arrived at the Muskegon River Inn in downtown Newaygo Saturday afternoon. I paused to look at him before answering, wondering if he was being serious or facetious. Completely serious I saw by his face.
So we studied the floor. And came to the conclusion that yes, indeed, the floors were original. Or if not, then they were an incredibly realistic rendition. They were beautiful.
Being residents of Newaygo, it wouldn’t be my first thought to stay over at a local hotel. But my husband, Adam, has been captivated by the story of the building since he found out it was being restored. His family has been here for many, many years and any time we see photographs from his grandparents, we marvel at the downtown in its glory.
For months Adam has been talking about wanting to stay there sometime when we had a chance. My coaching responsibilities coupled with our daughter’s volleyball schedule and our sons’ soccer schedules (oh yes and work for both of us) make scheduling a night away anything but easy in the fall.
But the opportunity came up for this weekend when plans with our friends fell through at the last minute and the kids were already planning on being with grandparents. Saturday morning I checked online (https://muskegonriverinn.com/) and found one available room of the seven listed in the inn’s description. A late wedding anniversary getaway was in the works!
After confirming our reservation on their easy to use system, we were greeted immediately with an email giving us codes to access our room. We arrived downtown around 4:00, “checked in” to our room and found it to be even more stunning than we could have anticipated.
The original brick walls and aforementioned floors are a dichotomy to the new heated tile bathroom floors (though consistent with the overall aesthetic). No detail was missed from the original shampoo and conditioner in the shower to the carafe of cold water in the mini fridge and the Keurig coffee maker with cold creamer!
We were able to walk to Newaygo Brewing Company right next door, cozy up to the bar and enjoy dinner and drinks together while watching college football and running into a few friends.
Had we stayed any night other than Saturday, we absolutely would have frequented the stores with their gifts for the holidays brandishing the windows. But Sunday morning in Newaygo is quiet, so instead Adam ran across the street to get a bite for us to eat at RiverStop Cafe to go with the coffee brewed in our room.
Snow was softly falling out the window when we woke up. The scene was serene and exactly what we were hoping to find in our very own little town of Newaygo. Without a doubt we will find another anniversary or special occasion to be guests at this historic and beautiful gem right in our own backyard.
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