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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)!

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Nancy Palma
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
September 22, 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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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.


Grand Haven Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 83 m²
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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Welcome Home! Just steps from downtown, boardwalk, and channel, 1 mile to beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

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: Aug 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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Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at Hang your Hat in Grand Haven. The cottage is clean, decorated so nicely and there's everything you need except toiletries. It's in a perfect location. Everything is within walking distance. Our family had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Returning Guests Are the Best! It is always my delight to have a returning guest and know that their expectations have been met once again. HYH in GH is fully outfitted with everything you could possibly need for a week's stay, except your personal items and beach towels. There are umbrellas for the occasional bout of rain :) I do hope your future plans for a vacation include HYH in GH! You must try a fall, or even a winter weekend, as they provide a different perspective of Grand Haven.
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Just like home!

  • 5 of 5

All you could wish for in a rental property - Nancy has put lots of care and attention into making it a real home from home - not only is the property delightful but so is Grand Haven

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish you could have stayed longer! It is always my delight to host guests like you who notice the care taken in the details at my little cottage. Should you be coming across the Pond again, I hope you make HYH in GH your home, once again.
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I wish I could award Hang your Hat 10 stars!!

  • 5 of 5

I looked for a place that could go for a month to work and enjoy life at the same time. I found Hang Your Hat, and I was truly blessed! This is a cute, clean, comfortable spot in downtown Grand Haven, a short walk to any place you would dream of going - cute little shops, fantastic restaurants, great night spots, and most of all - LAKE MICHIGAN! What a beautiful walk from your porch to the Grand River channel and the boardwalk to the end of the pier in Lake Michigan. I put my feet into the fantastic white sand of Grand Haven Beach, and although April was a bit cold to swim, it was just as I had remembered. The owner is very helpful but respects your time and space while you are there. The plants and look of the place makes it stand out on the street full of nice quaint homes. This place is outstanding!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thank you so much for your awesome review that recounts all the things we love about Grand Haven, and HYH in GH. I wish I could give YOU 10 stars for being an outstanding guest! You can know for sure that you are always welcome to come stay at your new "home" on the 3rd Coast :)
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

On our first trip to Grand Haven, the entire tone of the vacation was set as soon as we stepped into Hang Your Hat. Nancy did a wonderful job making sure the house was spotless, and that we had everything we needed. The house was within walking distance from everything, including downtown shopping and restaurants, and the balcony on Top Hat made for great people watching. We can't say enough good things about Hang Your Hat and Nancy.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you decided to stay at Hang Your Hat in Grand Haven, especially for your first trip to our "Voted America's Happiest Seaside Town 2017" by Costal Living magazine. The city of Grand Haven does a wonderful job of welcoming guests, like you, to our beautiful city and sugar sand beaches: Grand Haven State Park, and Grand Haven City Beach. The bonus is that HYH in GH is just a short ride by car (1 mile) or a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk with lots of shops, benches and beautiful scenery along the way. Did you get ice cream at Captain Sunday, or snacks at the Pier Peddler? I especially like to just sit on the grassy shaded knoll a block from the cottage, and watch the people and boats go by. I often take a book and a beach chair from under the porch to enjoy this special place.
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Just Like Home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stay at Hang Your Hat, We will plan on staying here each time we visit Grand Haven. Nancy welcomed us like she has known us and keeps this property very well maintained. Everything you need is all in the house. I even found candles for my daughters Birthday Cake. The place is so relaxing. We didn't want to leave. You can walk to the beach, shops, restaurants and even sit outside and hear the musical fountain if you choose not to walk a few blocks and watch the show. You will Love staying here!! Thank You Nancy for the wonderful welcome. Your Love for what you do really shows in the house. So very cozy. See you next year.

The Bellingers

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I do love hosting guests at my little cottage in downtown Grand Haven! Especially when they are guests like you!! It is always my pleasure to share my excitement about all our little city has to offer, and being so convenient to most of it is a double bonus. Thanks for sharing about how you can hear the Musical Fountain (since 1960) from the cottage, whether upstairs or down, or a 2 minute walk to the waterfront for viewing. I hope when you come next time the catwalk will be open! There's always something going on in Grand Haven year round, and HYH in GH is available , too.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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