Quaint, Unique Accommodations in Newaygo County
By Alexis Mercer
Newaygo County offers so many options to those looking for good eats, shopping at some of the greatest small businesses in the country and outdoor adventure galore. Many of these draws to our area we have highlighted in the pages of Near North Now over the years. (Have you read Shopping with Ken? You should.)
What we haven’t focused much on thus far? Accommodations!
Once we did run a review of the gem in downtown Newaygo: Muskegon River Inn (don’t remember that…check it out here).
But what was recently brought to our attention at N3 headquarters, and our substation too, was the abundance of magical locales listed on VRBO and AirBNB that all have something special the owners take pride in.
They are tucked away in the neatest of spots, often undetectable as a place to stay to anyone passing by, but disguised as a normal residence, or like we will describe today, as a garage.
Looking to stay on one of the many lakes in the county? There’s a place for you to stay lakefront.
Wanting a quiet little cabin in the woods to spend a weekend getaway to drink coffee, read a book, and watch the snow fall? There’s a one room cabin waiting for you.
Ready for a girls’ weekend spent tubing on the river followed by a night around a fire pit reminiscing about days gone by? Guarantee you can find one of those.
We are featuring two properties in this article. One within the city limits of Newaygo and another in Croton. Do you have family or friends looking to come visit but not sure where to suggest they stay that isn’t your basement? Look no further.
Do you have a property that you’d like us to feature in Near North Now? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the contact us button at the bottom of this article with your listing information and we could include you in a future edition. (We do reserve the right not to post every one we get…but we promise to check them all out.)
Jack Jr. - a little place in the woods
This stunning one room, one bath location listing on AirBNB looks like a dream escape. Dusty Linsley, the owner who just listed last week, finished off this apartment on her own.
As she describes on her blog, she continued the renovation of the space she started with her late husband Mark, who passed away last year.
The details are what makes this place special. Such attention went into every decision. Here are Dusty’s words about just some of the decorations and furniture:
“Let me tell you a few things about it (you can also follow it on instagram @Jackjr413 )
The Hoosier, was my grandmothers and now is back in a kitchen where it belongs.
The sink…I bought for the main house…FINALLY finding a high back corner sink…and it didn’t work out so I put it in there. It shows all its flaws. I did buy a refinish kit but the directions got lost when help unpacked my house :(. But its still an option.
The sink base was for the main house but I found something better.
The cabinet above the kitchen sink my mother made for one of my birthdays…from barn wood off the no longer existing barn at the Studer farmhouse on Kenowa, which was my first house renovation.
The wing frame above is from a Taylorcraft airplane…
The cabinet that hosts the microwave, fridge and water heater I made completely from leftover wood I had stored. Don’t look too close. I’m not a millwork carpenter.
The moving island was a porcelain table belonging to my grandmother’s sister, Grace. I’ve had it forever and it was our first dining table at the Studer house.”
Looking to book this gem? The link is below. Indicate in your booking that you read about her accommodations in Near North Now!
Croton Pond Getaway
The waterways of Newaygo County are destinations for people across the country. Fresh water, clean air, sunsets that will stay with you for years.
This VRBO listing is meant to provide the visitors with the best of what Croton pond has to offer.
Described as a “Hansel and Gretel style cottage” in its listing, this 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage is cute and original.
Its location noted as close to Croton public beach, less than a mile from Croton Dam, less than 5 miles from Hardy Dam and The Dragon biking trail! This house even comes with two beach cruisers for you to enjoy while you stay.
A Near North Now suggestion: if you stay here, make sure you mosey on over to Hit the Road Joe to enjoy a latte and the stuffed French toast. You won’t be sorry.
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