The Parsonage Inn is an elegant and historic bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Pastors Steven and Deb Koster offer five bedrooms in their Queen Anne home, built in 1882 and located in the gorgeous Heritage Hill neighborhood in West Michigan’s largest city.
The affordable elegance of the five available guest rooms include three on the second floor and a two-room suite on the third floor.
- Room 1 has a king-size, four-poster bed and a private ensuite bathroom with shower.
- Room 3 has a king bed and an ensuite bathroom with combination tub-shower.
- Room 4 has a queen bed and a spacious adjacent bathroom notable for its masterful 1930s tile work. It has a combination tub-shower,
- Rooms 5 and 6, both with queen beds, together make a two-bedroom suite of the entire third floor, which includes a living room, a bathroom with an antique clawfoot tub, and more. (Ideal for an extended stay. Contact the innkeepers.)
You’ll find a home theater TV room on the first floor. To preserve the ambiance of a historic home, the guest rooms do not include TVs.
The Parsonage Inn is within walking distance of many attractions, breweries, antique stores, restaurants, boutiques, and downtown venues. Come and explore all the cultural sites and sounds of the city as well as the full four seasons of the West Michigan countryside.
The parsons behind The Parsonage Inn are pastors Steven and Deb Koster. They love ministry and hospitality, and have a heart for healthy marriages and families. That vision eventually developed, in part, into opening The Parsonage Inn. Deb and Steven are both graduates of Calvin Theological Seminary and ordained ministers in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. They enjoy leading marriage retreats and family seminars to encourage people in their most intimate relationships. They are the parents of three awesome young adults who also reside in Grand Rapids.
Unique Experiences at The Parsonage Inn
Besides the rich history of the 1882 home that is now The Parsonage Inn, our Heritage Hill neighborhood includes hundreds of beautiful and historic homes. Guests love taking walking tours among the many antique homes.
Art, architecture, music, museums, theater, festivals, gardens — whatever interests bring you to Grand Rapids or tempt you to linger, our town offers a wealth of experiences. Ask the innkeepers to help you plan your stay.
Right across the street from us is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House, now a museum meticulously restored by Steelcase. Admission is free but hours are limited. Check before planning your stay around this magnificent example of the architect’s work.
Also nearby is the boyhood home of President Gerald R. Ford, a Grand Rapids native; it is a private home. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, one of only 14 presidential library-museums in the country, offers an outstanding historical perspective of the Vietnam War era, the civil rights movement, and the scandals of the Richard M. Nixon presidency.
About a mile to our northwest is the downtown core and all the riches of an urban center, offering cultural venues like the Civic Theater, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Arts Museum, ArtPrize, St. Cecilia Music Society, and so much more.
Ask the innkeepers about getting an Experience Grand Rapids Culture Pass for great access to all the best sites.
The Whitecaps baseball and Griffins hockey teams bring sports fans to town.
And there’s always the Grand Rapids Brewing Company, HopCat, One Trick Pony, San Chez, The BOB, The Chop House, Cygnus 27, and so many other restaurants we can’t list them all.
In addition to all things to do and see mentioned under the Cool City heading, patrons of the arts will want to see the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet, Circle Theater, Actors Theater, Dog Story Theater, River City Improv, and more.
Venues to hear popular music live include a summer outdoor series at Meijer Gardens and big-name concerts year round at Van Andel Arena.
Plan your stay at The Parsonage Inn around a live performance.
An area a few blocks to our east is a hub for restaurants, pubs, coffee houses, and boutiques. The Wealthy Street corridor stretches for miles through Uptown, Eastown, and all the way to Gaslight Village at Reeds Lake.
The Wealthy Street Bakery is our favorite spot for baked goods and sandwiches within easy walking distance. Next door is the Art of the Table, our local wine shop, spirits cellar, and home decor source.
Nearby are Rowster Coffee, offering the best coffee and specialty beverages in the neighborhood, and MoKAYA, for artisan chocolates and confections for your sweet tooth.
The Winchester is our local gourmet pub, renown for both its cocktails and its dishes. Across the street, we have Donkey Taqueria, Johnny B’z (for hot dogs, burgers and BBQ), and the Elk Brewing tap room. Zivio is a lovely spot for romantic meals featuring the cuisine of Bosnia, Turkey, Greece and other Central European countries.
And there’s always Heritage Hill Pizza and Delivery for great takeaway pizza and subs.
Being the in heart of Beer City, we are surrounded by craft beer and breweries. The nearest tap room is probably Elk Brewing, just an easy walk to the east. A bit further in Eastown is Harmony Brewing and pizza. A bit north on Cherry Street is the fabulous Brewery Vivant (we recommend the duck nachos). To our west is the world-famous Founders Brewery, which also has great food, brewery tours, and a fully stocked gift shop. And of course, the downtown core has many more, including the Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Atwater Brewing, New Holland’s Knickerbocker, Harmony Hall, and more pubs than we can count. You can even join the Grand Rapids Brewsader program and check off all the breweries on your Beer Passport.
Our area offers fantastic outdoor adventures in all four seasons, from skiing or tubing at Cannonsburg Ski Area to swimming at a sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. Take your pick of many public and private golf courses in the area. Outside magazine cited Grand Rapids as a great destination for mountain biking trails. Scenic, paved trails abound here, too.
Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is just as beautiful in the fall as it is in the summer, and much less crowded, especially if you can visit on weekdays. If you bring your bikes, ask the innkeepers to recommend trail sections likely to offer the most fall color.