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Welcome Home! Just steps from downtown, boardwalk, and channel, 1 mile to beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 83 m²
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)!

Nancy Palma
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 29, 2017

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 Western Michigan

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:
  • 83 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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'.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Ravenna, MI, USA


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property located blocks away from stores, restaurants and the water. It was so nice to be able to walk in the door and forget everything else. The top floor has a great view of downtown to watch all the happenings and I could walk to any place within a few minutes. The house itself has all the comforts of home and is well maintained.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cozy, comfortable​, conveniet

  • 5 of 5

Being walking distance to the restaurants and breweries was super fun and convenient for my husband and I. Quick 3 minute drive to the state park and tons of kite flying. Only our second time without kids in 23 years of festivals! Apartment was super comfortable, clean and homey. Was really easy to feel "at home". We had a ball!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Twenty-three years of Kite Festival!!! That's amazing and wonderful, and it's about time you had some time for yourselves, although there is room for a few of those kids to join you :) I love hosting families like yours and I have been doing so for twelve seasons with many repeat guests that fill my calendar. I am so happy that you have found your new "home" in GH, and I hope it is for years to come! There is so much to do in our town with festivals, great breweries, shops, activities, biking, skiing (yes, we have the Snow Bowl at Mulligan's Hollow), and a great visitors center that can help you find just what you're looking for; we have it all! And, being located downtown, within walking distance to it all, too!
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Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Favourite place!

  • 5 of 5

We hunted the shoreline of Lake Michigan online for a couple of days before deciding that Hang Your Hat was the perfect house in the best town for a relaxing few days at the end of a busy US vacation. We were not disappointed: Top Hat is a delightful apartment with comfy, attractive and well-appointed rooms on an elegant Grand Haven street, just a short stroll from the cafes and boutiques of Washington Avenue. Nancy is lovely, and manages (no easy task!) to be both thorough in ensuring that the apartment works well, and wonderfully calm and relaxed in her dealings with her house guests. We really enjoyed chatting with her and would love to return in the future. We would recommend Grand Haven's Boardwalk stroll, the Musical Fountain (unique!) and the beach and - just a short drive away - the beautiful Homestead Trail in the Hoffmaster State Park and the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park and Gardens in Grand Rapids. Thanks Nancy, and do come and find us when you make it to England!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delightful guests always manage to find their way to Hang Your Hat in Grand Haven, and you were definitely one of the most delightful having come from such a distance! I am also delighted that you found your way to so many of the treasures our West Coast (aka, the 3rd Coast) has to offer; nature trails, sculpture trails (Meijer Gardens), and sidewalks that are clear and open all season round (snow melt system!). Remember, HYH in GH is open year round as each season brings it's own delights. I look forward to hosting you again, and all the other delightful people who happen my way. I do hope to make that hop across the pond to visit your area of the UK!
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Comfortable, Cozy and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

Nancy is an amazing lady and goes above and beyond to make her guests feel welcome, comfortable and secure. She has just about every kitchen gadget you could possibly need while you're staying away from home. Nancy provides mini printed instructions throughout the home to answer questions that you may have about any given situation. The location is fantastic which enables you to walk to all downtown festivities with ease. When I plan a return trip to Grand Haven I will definitely be staying at Hang Your Hat.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I DO hope you will be returning to Grand Haven, as I wish each one who has personally touched my life (like you) would do! I know you came to find HYH in GH your "home away from home", and I hope your great assessment of the flat will help others know they, too, can "come home". Not only does the downtown location make one's stay easy to get around, but a relaxing place to enjoy shops, restaurants, and one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year because you can walk, ride one of the bikes, or take the Harbor Trolley that goes right by the house from Memorial Day to Labor Day!
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Greatest Grand Haven Getaway - Absolutely Perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy, Hang Your Hat apartment owner, is very courteous and quick to respond, answer all questions and meet on arrival date. Apartment is centrally located, beautiful and spacious and has all the luxuries of home, plus extras. From comfortable and clean sleeping arrangements, fireplace heater, library of books, fully furnished kitchen, cute porch with grill and DVDs galore, you won't go wrong at a very reasonable price, too!! We will definitely be back. Thank you for taking such great care of us, Nancy!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such an informative review that lets guests know what to expect when they come to visit Grand Haven and stay right downtown at Hang Your Hat! I feel "all the extras" should always be a part of any stay at my little cottage, or any other rental that wants to stand apart from the crowd. I am so glad you noticed, and I hope to see you again!
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Great place to stay!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy Hang Your Hat is a great place to stay. Nancy is very seeet and made sure we had everything we needed in advance. She is very accommodating and was very easy to communicate with. The Location is amazing right by downtown. You can walk very easily everywhere. The downstairs unit where we stayed had a lot of space. Highly recommmend you stay here.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, and gracious invitation for others to come and find the spacious place, well located, and with everything you will need for a stay in Grand Haven that you will come to call "Home".
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Early June
May 29 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July Week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
July & August
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Coast Guard Festival
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
CGF Finale Week
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
September - October
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.
Pricing is all-inclusive of supplies, 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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