Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy 100th Birthday to Our Namesake!

January 8th... Happy Birthday Grandma Ruth!  

Today would have our namesake's 100th birthday and I can't think of a sweeter way to celebrate than to be getting ready for our 5th summer rental season and all the families and memories we will welcome under Ruth's roof in the coming months!

As I reflect back on the memories of owning this house I can't help but think of how much Grandma would have loved to know all the card games played around the kitchen table, cups of coffee had on the deck and meals cooked in the kitchen.  How it has been an opportunity for myself and my parents to get back to town more, to see family and to fill the house full of generations of cousins.  Or that her favorite little neighbor boy/adopted grandson from years ago is the one tending to the yard and his wife is the one who cleans the house and gets it ready for guests each week.  It has truly taken a team to keep this sweet house up and running - a team for which I am very thankful for!

So happy birthday Grammy, I promise lots of fresh picked blueberries, laughs and memories will once again happen under your sweet and welcoming roof in 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Come and Visit Us in 2017!

Hard to believe that it was 4 years ago this month that I closed on what would soon become Ruth's Retreat, and what a wonderful 4 years it has been!  Thankful for numerous visits with family and friends in Grand Haven as well as some painting and home repair projects in-between!  Have loved reading the guest book and emails from renters over the last several seasons - hearing how they loved hanging out on the deck, playing games around the big kitchen table, walking to downtown and just enjoying time together at Ruth's!  That was exactly my hope and prayer as I bought and set up this house - that it would be a place people can gather and enjoy time together, where you feel welcome and at home from the moment you step in the door!

It might be cold and snowy right now, but that doesn't mean it isn't time to start dreaming of summer vacation, beach trips, ice cream and all those other summertime favorites in Grand Haven!  We are accepting bookings for spring and summer 2017 now- so start dreaming and me if you have questions or want to reserve your week

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thankful...Thanks to those who stayed at Ruth's

As we begin to think about season number two for Ruth's Retreat, it has been fun to reflect back on the last year.  One of the little details I had been excited about from the moment I knew I was buying the house was having a guest book - a real bound paper guest book!   Sure I ask guests to leave a review on Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) where most of our bookings come from, as I know it is those reviews and comments that really are helpful to potential renters.  However, I love a good guestbook and I always have.  As a kid when we would rent a cottage I always liked getting to sign it, to document "I was here too" and to get to read other peoples comments and see where they were from.
And so with that... some of the favorite phrases and memories created at Ruth's inaugural season!

"The cottage was wonderful! Spacious, clean and charming! Walking distance to great shops, restaurants and the boardwalk. Loved having the side yard for the kids! We will definitely be back!"

"We planned to go out for the evening for our bachelorette weekend, but we loved the house so much we decided to stay in - what a great time!"

"My ten year old grandson didn't want to leave, he said it was better than home!  Now that's saying something, thanks!"

"From the moment we arrived we felt like we were ar home, charming , comfortable and spotless. Well equipped with everything you need . We especially enjoyed gathering at the dinning table for breakfast lunch or dinner or playing a cards in the evening. Well located to Grand Haven's attraction within walking, in a quit neighborhood. A large deck attached to the house for outdoor gatherings or enjoying an afternoon just relaxing. A thumbs up for Ruth's Retreat. I would definitely come back. We had a great stay."

"We enjoyed the spacious deck for visiting and the large picnic style dining room table for family games! We were impressed with the neat, hospitable environment and would definitely recommend as a week or a weekend getaway!"
Excited to be back at Ruth's in just a few weeks to get the house ready for summer season and create some of my own sweet memories with family and friends too!  It is a bit of an odd thing to pour your time and money into a place you own but rarely get to spend time in, but it has been such a gift to see dreams of creating a space for others to love and create memories in come to life! So, to those of you who lived some life at Ruth's in the last year, thank you!  Thank you for coming to visit and loving my little house a little too!  And for the rest of you... come for a visit soon, and don't forget to sign the guestbook!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandma Ruth

Today would have been Ruth's 97th birthday!  Happy Birthday Grammy!
Birthday dinner in 1994
She was my best friend, side kick and spoiling grandma too for many years.  Thankful for the celebrations, memories and life lived with her!  Is fun to think about all the gifts that owning Ruth's Retreat has brought in the last year, know she would be proud! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Years from Ruth's

Hard to believe that we are in 2014, and while it might be cold, snowy and well not so summery for most of us we are thinking summer here at Ruth's and so should you if you want to come and stay this summer!  Well, I said back in November I would be posting some updates from the trip - better late than never I guess!

Upstairs got some new decor and wall decor, in addition to a new overhead light

Curtain divider for sleeping space upstairs - thanks for the suggestion!

Some renters said they wanted to know more about Ruth's Retreat namesake - Grandma Ruth's wedding photo on the left and a favorite candid photo of her with her father and uncle in Grand Haven on the right now are in the living room

One small but special new addition - my second cousin Cassie, Ruth's great granddaughter knit a blanket for the house!
 We may have worked hard, but we also played hard too!  We had the opportunity to host some dear family friends for the weekend, take in the fall colors, visit family and eat lots of fabulous Michigan apples too!!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanks for a GREAT first season at Ruth's!

I just got back the other day from another sweet visit to Ruth's.  My parents drove from Colorado and met me there for a week filled with projects, friends and family!  By the time I arrived my dinning room was filled with tools - because don't worry Dad brought everything including the kitchen sink (literally....and a laundry sink too!)

We hadn't been back since the summer rental season began - it was so good to be back and see the house and imagine the dozens of people who slept, ate and enjoyed their days at Ruth's over the last several months. The house also got a new roof and gutters this fall - sure looks good! 

Our week was filled with several updates and projects around the house - look for more on that soon.  For now thanks to everyone who came and stayed and took such good care of my sweet little house.  I am looking forward to another great year!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Win a Week at Ruth's!!

Want to spend a week at Ruth's next summer, going to the beach, farmers market, enjoying downtown Grand Haven, having coffee on the deck and gathering around the table to play games with your family and friends??

 You could spend a week for just $10 if you are the lucky winner of a raffle that benefits a sweet little girl who will be celebrating her first "heart birthday" after having a heart transplant at 4 months old.  Some of you might remember me talking about miss Hannah Mae in an earlier blog post back in April, if not go back and catch up - this little one has a pretty amazing story!  In May I had the privilege of spending 24 hours with Hannah, her 2 awesome big brothers and mom and dad in Seattle.  This little girl will melt your heart in about 2 seconds and keep you smiling all day long!
Hannah's friends and family are all coming together in Grand Haven next month for a fundraiser dinner, and a week at Ruth's Retreat will be featured as the grand prize raffle!  It only seems fitting - Hannah's aunt and uncle locally manage Ruth's - keeping the lawn looking great, house cleaned and ready to welcome renters every week.  Hannah's other aunt has a booth at the local antique mall and some of my favorite finds that you see in Ruth's came from there.  Hannah's grandparents still live in the house next door to the house Grandma Ruth grew up in.  Ruth's Retreat wouldn't be what it is today without the help of these dear family friends!
So I hope you will think about purchasing a raffle ticket or two - you might win a week at Ruth's, but regardless it is a win - as all the money will be helping Hannah and the unimaginable medical bills she has.  You don't have to be present to win - so if you are interested in purchasing tickets from afar please just contact me at or if you do find yourself in Grand Haven on September 24th you can even attend in person, click here for more info!