So who is the Ruth for whom the cottage is named?
Ruth's Retreat is named after my grandmother and best friend Ruth Vink. A native of Grand Haven for over 60 years Ruth grew up, married and raised her own children in a home built by her father and uncle that is located several blocks from where Ruth's Retreat now stands. Ruth also worked for several years in downtown Grand Haven as a sales woman and purchasing agent for Steketee's Department Store (Now the Tri-Cities Historical Museum).
Every summer we would come to Grand Haven to visit family and friends with Grandma Ruth, and I quickly fell in love with the town she had called home for so many years.
|A well spent summer afternoon at Grand Haven State Park|
Grandma Ruth as she was affectionately known to many "adopted" grandchildren as well as her own was a woman whose home was always a welcoming place full of fellowship, laughter and fresh made goodies. It is my hope that Ruth's Retreat will embody this woman and the legacy she left.