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No Extra Fees!!! Downtown and only 1 mile from beach!

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

The house has two 'homes'(apartments); the 'Top Hat' is upstairs, and 'Under Cover' is the lower floor. Built in 1898, this historic home is full of all the charm and character of an older home. It is certified by the City of Grand Haven as a Residential Rent Property.

Located at 1** Franklin, in the historic area of downtown, it is just one block away from both the channel/boardwalk and Washington Street, where you will find many fine shops and restaurants. From the upstairs deck of the Top Hat or the front porch of Under Cover, you can view the holiday fireworks, or hear the Musical Fountain which plays every night from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Only a little over a mile from Grand Haven State Park and beach,you can easily walk, take the Harbor Trolley (Memorial-Labor Day), or ride your bike (or ours)!

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Nancy Palma
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Nancy Palma

In 2006 I bought this little cottage in the heart of the Southside neighborhood. I have traveled extensively, and the one thing I have found out is that "it's nice to go away, but home is best". It's where you are most comfortable, where everything you need is right there, and as much as you like to visit elsewhere, it's always great to be back home. So, Welcome Home!

With those thoughts in mind I started HYH in GH to be the place you can call "home". I open my "home" to each guest I host, and many return because they have found a place to "hang their hat" and call "home".

The Palma's welcome you, Nancy & Jim

Nancy Palma purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Nancy Palma chose Grand Haven

Whenever friends or family would visit us in Michigan we would always include a trip to Grand Haven. The boardwalk, the beach, the cute shops on Washington. We loved showing off "The Lake", climbing the dunes and relaxing with a nice meal downtown.

When I saw this little house, I knew it was where I could express my heart.

What makes this apartment unique

Located right downtown where you can park your car and walk to everything! Cozy and comfortable, Hang Your Hat is the place you will return to year after year and call "home". Everything you would think to bring with you is already here, and perhaps more :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

From snowy cold Wisconsin, we arrived in snowy Grand Haven and our home for the week - Hang Your Hat. On our many hikes along the channel, and on the pier to the lighthouse we saw beautiful ice formations and the rugged beauty of the wind blown broken ice on the Lake. We enjoyed delicious meals ans service at Elegance of the Seasons, Kirby's, JW's, and Fricano's Pizza. We also had yummy desserts at the Baker's Wife and Culvers. We were fascinated by the heated streets and sidewalks in downtown Grand Haven - they were free of snow and ice. The rest of the town has snow packed sidewalks and streets, and snow piles of 6 feet plus on the curbs. Thank you, Nancy, we had a relaxing, fun time in the cozy, warm "Hang Your Hat" flat.

J & M
Jan 2014
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Grand Haven Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Each bathroom has a spacious shower, vanity sink and hair dryer. Stocked with plenty of bath soap and bath tissue (TP).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds in a perpendicular arrangement for easy access
  • All bedrooms have room-darkening & insulating shades to provide security and comfort any time of year.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
The two bedroom, one bath 'homes' (apartments), each which sleeps 4 adults or a family with children comfortably, each have a queen bed, bunk beds in a perpendicular arrangement , fully stocked and equipped kitchen, dishwasher, full size washer/dryer, internet access, cable TV/DVD (32' LCD), electric fireplace, central air-conditioning & heat for each unit, and gas grill. Photos 1-9 are of Under Cover and bikes Photos 12-21 are of the Top Hat There is also a beach/town wagon, pack 'n play, and high chair available upon request. Two bikes, one pink, one green, are available for guest use. A bike rack is located alongside the house for secure storage of your bikes, and mine. Onsite parking with one space for each unit directly in front of the house porch. Linens and towels are provided in these all-inclusive homes where you do not pay extra for cleaning, or need a security deposit for the place you will come to know as 'home'.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews

Hang your Hat top notch

  • 5 of 5

Nancy always has everything ready and we have spent over 6 weeks at HYH.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's true! I love it that you come over and over, any time of the year. That little time away in your "happy place" makes me happy, too. Each season in Grand Haven has it's own special way of making your day! It is always my pleasure to add those special touches, like flannel sheets for winter, along with snow removal and off street parking. There is always something to do, year round, in Grand Haven, and coming home to your cozy flat is the best! See you next time :)
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Couldn't have asked for more!

  • 5 of 5

From first email contact to the moment we left Hang Your Hat, Nancy was impeccable. There was nothing more we could have asked for during our stay. The location is perfect, the amenities provided, price, just everything really. So much thought and consideration has gone into everything provided. I can't speak highly enough of Nancy and Hang Your Hat. The only regret I have is not being able to stay forever :)

Thanks Nancy!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My only regret is that I did not get to personally be able to meet you during your stay! I do love hosting guests, like you, who find HYH in GH a place to relax and recharge at for the days ahead. A Girl's Weekend is the perfect time to do this as you have found out. All the "extras" you mentioned are "standard" and my way of saying, "You're Home!" I look forward to meeting you during another stay :)
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Love Hang your Hat!!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family loved our stay at HYH. Location couldn't get any better, house is so cute and clean. No need to pack anything from home, HYH has it covered.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have a saying at HYH in GH: You arrive as a guest, and leave as a friend". It's always my pleasure to have you come stay. How many times now; 3 years and 5 stays? Maybe more! Thanks for making HYH your home away from home 💖
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Hang Your Hat in Grand Haven! 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Hang Your Hat in Grand Haven, even though it was short. We came for a wedding so we really didn't get to spend time with our friends, as they were the parents of the Groom. This location is excellent, you can walk to the main street of town from here & there are lots of restaurants & cute stores for shopping. I highly recommend Morning Star Cafe for breakfast. The Kirby House is also excellent, the Tuscan Mussels were outstanding. We loved the town, loved the property. It had everything we needed for our stay except a flashlight for when the power went out, lol! The power outage didn't last long so we were good with the flashlight app on our phones. The power outage was city wide & had nothing to do with where we staying. We loved everything about our visit & we intend to come back for a longer stay when we can see our friends and when they aren't in the midst of a wedding. Grand Haven is a lovely place and Hang Your Hat is comfortable, inviting and has everything you could need for a short or long visit. Our host Nancy is charming and we will be back to hang our hat in Grand Haven, at Hang Your Hat!

Jenny & Dave

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: LOL! On the power outage.... 3rd one in the 12 seasons I have been hosting wonderful guests, like you! It was a great way to help me see that one more thing needs to be added to the supply closet; a battery powered lantern! Thank you for your input and delightful comments on the place you will come to know as "home". I do looked forward to seeing my guests return, and meeting those who choose HYH in GH for a Grand Haven stay. Look for news about Hang Your Hat in Grand Haven on my Face Book page! Please sign up to become a member 💖�
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Wonderful stay at Hang Your Hat

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Grand Haven, and staying at Hang Your Hat was a great decision. It is close to shops, restaurants, the Grand River, and Lake Michigan beaches. The owner was truly hospitable, and we enjoyed meeting and getting to know her. We rented the lower part of the home. It was stocked with absolutely everything we needed, including a grill. We did a lot of our own cooking. Having two nice bicycles to use was super! Many of the renters come back year after year, and we can see why. If we visit GH again the future, we will definitely go back to Hang Your Hat. Thank you, Nancy!!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure to host you for your first stay in Grand Haven, and at HYH in GH! Often guests are surprised by our city voted "Happiest Seaside Town" by Costal Living magazine. I know you found your way about easily on the bikes, and by car as you lived like a local. The Salmon Festival seemed to add to your surprises along the way. I do hope you will come for another stay and pass along the good news through my social media site.
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location was fabulous

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful accommodations in a great location Nancy was a wonderful host that made sure everything was done to make our stay enjoyable Would stay again

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kinds words! It is guests like you who make caring for HYH in GH a pleasure. You took such great care of the cottage, I hardly knew you had stayed! I am so glad you had opportunity to visit with friends in the area and hope you will find HYH a place you will come to know as "home".
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Muskegon County Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Tip A Few
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Lake Express, Muskegon
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Grand Haven Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Business 31
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Kirby House
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Mulligan's Hollow
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Grand Haven State Park
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Lake Michigan - Salt Free!.

* Charter Fishing from Chinook Pier.

* Enjoy one of many Festivals.

* Golfing/Biking/Hiking.

* Relax and enjoy yourself!.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Build a sand castle on the beach.

* Ride or hike the nature trails.

* Farmer's Market at Chinook Pier.

* Musical Fountain every evening.

* Watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Rent the whole house for a reunion.

* Visit Michigan's Adventure.

* Playground at Mulligan's Hollow.

* Tuesday Concerts in the Park.

* Eat a Pronto Pup!.

Whether your interests are beach activities, walking, biking,

sailing, fishing, golfing, shopping, or 'watching all the girls go

by', there is plenty to do in Grand Haven and the surrounding

communities. Please check the 'Visit Grand Haven' website to see

the local calendar for other ideas to suit your individual interests.




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Mid-June to Labor Day is weekly only, from Saturday - Saturday.
Check in is at 4 PM, check out at 11 AM.
Guests must be over 25 years of age. Limit of 4 adults per unit.
New guests will need to call and speak with me about their stay, and for a discount. Six one six two six zero, zero two three eight
Pricing is all-inclusive of supplies and linens, and cleaning. There is no Security Deposit required; you're Home!
Holiday Weeks, add $100; Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years
Cancellation Policy: 30 days prior to arrival rent will be refunded. Rent can be transferred to another available date and any price adjustments made if the actual rent is more, or less.

Advance booking (more than 30 days) require half down to secure dates. Balance due 30 days prior to stay. Refund if cancelled 35 days before stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.