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Breakfast and kitchen staple items are stocked. Just about anything you might need is there, including the most comfortable white robes for each guest. We stayed in the Birch Bark Kottage for just one night and all of us wished we could stay longer!
We had a whole two-bedroom apartment to ourselves with a private entrance. The Kottage was decorated beautifully, with an upscale, earthy world-culture vibe. Every amenity has been considered-- even to-go cups for coffee on the run. We didn't have time to get much for breakfast but all the fixings were there for us to make our own.
Best of all, the beds were super comfy! The owner,Kara, is very nice and helpful. Stay there; you will love it! Ellen March Great Place to Stay! This is a great little place to stay! We stayed in the Birch Bark cottage.
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It has a fully stocked kitchen to make breakfast or anything you might care to really. The fridge and freezer are full of food and there is a mini-bar in the fridge. If you are looking for wine, then I suggest that you go to Tiffany's wine store.
It is an uphill walk, but totally worth it! If you want beer, you should walk to one of the micro breweries just off of Main St. If you are staying for a while, you might consider purchasing a mini-growler or growler rather than bottles.
The beds are super comfy, if a little high for those of us who are on the shorter side. Also, there is a white noise machine in the bedrooms if you want to make use of it. We're city folk, so the sound of traffic doesn't really bother us too much. It is also really close to the Amtrak rail line, which is fine if you like trains, which we do, but if you don't you might want to consider staying in one of the other apartments.
Rhea February The cottage was so convenient. Such a relaxing weekend! We were visiting a student at Kalamazoo College and the cottage was so convenient. Great beds and everything you could possibly want for an overnight stay. Will definitely plan my next trip around availability with Kara!
Donna November Bravo, Kara! I felt at home in such a beautiful environment. Thank you for such an amazing place to have some much needed rest and relaxation. I cannot wait to come back and spend more time here! This is really a wonderful place! All of the thoughtful little touches made it seem just like home although with much more tasteful decor.
Thanks so much - we will be back our next time in town. First time to be here in Michigan for us. We came here to celebrate our daughter's wedding in Three Rivers, MI. Thanks for making Kalamazoo our favorite stop during the summer! It's an amazing experience to stay here with food surroundings and sweet air. All the facilities and stuff were very nice and efficient.
I would like to recommend this nice kottage to my friends in Korea and elsewhere. This is our little home when we are in Michigan. Everything is set just as it would be at our house. I say, I wonder if there is a cheese grater? And sure enough, I found one. All of our travels have taught us that this is not always the case. We got married this weekend and the kottage was exactly what we needed! Our friends and family gathered here and we had a great time. The four of us found your lovely kottage to be just the ticket for our stay in Kalamazoo!
Thank you for thinking of virtually everything a traveler could need, plus your beautiful aesthetic made the stay so very enjoyable. We came here looking for a small, relaxing vacation and we couldn't be more happy!! We loved the small treats this fantastic place had to offer. We took our dog out to play in the park in the mornings and BBQ'd every night and enjoyed the wonderful Kalamazoo breeze out on the deck. We played board games all night and when we got sleepy, we enjoyed a movie from bed.
If you lay with the door open in the bedroom directly across from the tv, you can watch it from bed!! Kara, we loved your place! Thank you so much for all the wonderful accommodations! We have had such an incredible weekend. We had the whole family here for my graduation weekend.
It was the first time most of them had seen Kalamazoo; my home of the last four years. We went to Martini'sBell's, Rustica, a beautiful Baccalaureate presentation and gathering with my five housemates at the kottage.
It was a beautiful 75 degree day. Thank you so much for providing such a lovely place for us. It was our second time here and hopefully, we'll have many more in our future. This was an absolute dream come true and I can't thank you enough for sharing this incredible place with us. Having a place to stay that feels like home is a true blessing; you are truly one of a kind! My husband and I came in town for my best friends wedding weekend and were so blessed to have found this beautiful place to stay.
This was also our first time away from our almost two year old little girl and it gave us all the serenity that we were seeking and more! Thank you so much for all your hospitality! We look forward to many return visits: What a spectacular experience!
By far, the nicest place I have ever had the opportunity to stay, here in Michigan.
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We were here for a Medieval conference and this will be our choice for all future trips! Thank you so much for a perfect stay. What an awesome place: The concert was great. Decor-beautiful and SO clean! If we are in town again-forget hotels. We are staying here!
Passing the word on. Thanks for your hospitality! You've anticipated every need. Looking forward to many more stays.
There is no need for us to tell you the same thing everyone else did. I can't say it was like home because my home isn't nearly as beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful 2 days. Finding Kara's Kottages was a challenge that was well worth the effort. Hopefully, we'll return in the future for another dose of "Kara's". You are a marvelous creator! Our stay was amazing! I loved every inch of the space. Your style is very detailed and makes the home feel like home.
Thank you so much for the experience.
We will be back again, soon. You were right on when you suggested Kalamazoo Kitty! We had a fantastic time here! I had 12 girls here for a bachelorette party. Your place is so beautiful. Thanks for letting all of us get together and have a great time! I am so glad that we found your kottage. It made our trip to Kalamazoo very enjoyable. You have a done a wonderful job making this place a home away from home. This place was a big hit with the family!
We can't wait til we can stay again. I left a cd for you. I think that you should start collecting music from all the musicians that stay here! My friend and I stayed here for a long weekend and it was beautiful. When I walked into the Kottage all I could do was smile. It truly is gorgeous. Kara's decorating is so warm and comfortable. Everything we needed for a weekend 'stay in' was available.
I literally could live here. Thank you, Kara, for allowing us to stay in your Kottage. We hope to enjoy it again! Andrea March It's beautiful design makes you feel right at home What an amazing space! It's beautiful design makes you feel right at home. We stayed for a night, but could have stayed for a week.
Thanks you for a wonderful trip to Kalamazoo, made in part by the home away from home you've created. We came here last night from all ends of the US to celebrate my wedding and what an incredible place to celebrate! We couldn't have chosen a better place to gather 15 crazy woman! Thank you so much for providing such an amazing experience for my last night of "freedom"! We missed your driveway not once, but twice and after we pulled in, we punched in our key code and found ourselves in front of a dead-end laundry room.
After almost peeing in our pants, we finally found our way inside and were in awe of what we saw. From the moment you walk in the door there were "oohs and aahs" at every turn of your head. The warm, inviting colors, the unique and one of a kind decor. As I described to my mother. My cousin loved it so much, she said the words "This is what my dream house would look like".
After staying for an entire weekend, I can say I felt truly at home. Like a previous guest said, you truly thought of everything; Ibuprofen for my hangover, a recycle bin, firewood, motion lights in all the important places, breakfast staples, laundry baskets, movies, games, umbrellas.
We took full advantage of the fire pit and sat on the gorgeous patio by the fire with the fallen leaves and the twinkle lights, drinking good Michigan beer and talking for hours. I would rave about your place to everyone considering coming out here for a visit. While I could go on, I will close by saying that you could make a small fortune on this place because it really is a gem.
Kara's Kottages has been home for reunion of family and celebration of friendship. I have been fortunate to have traveled and stayed at some of the finest hotel properties around the world. Often there are needs not met. Beautiful places with no heart, soul and personality.
If this is your first stay here, I suggest you look around. There are many subtle surprises designed to make you feel at home. I will not list them.
There are too many and it would take some of the fun away. We came for a conference and found ourselves having a vacation, instead. Thank you for your vision and for fresh flowers! We had a wonderful weekend. It is a perfect place to stay when we visit Kalamazoo. We loved your place! Adorable, comfortable and homey. We can't wait to return in June for our dauhter's graduation from Kalamazoo College.
Our annual woman's weekend at Kara's Kottages was again a special time. What a cozy and beautiful spot. Again, Kalamazoo charmed us. The Pine Cone studio was perfect! Honestly, it looked like a page ripped out of a Crate and Barrel catalog! While the space is small I mean, c'mon, it IS a studio! Everything the Pine Cone offered was either as I expected or better. One of my favorite parts: Kara left some items to make a killer breakfast -- everything from coffee and tea, to cold cereal or hot, to eggs or bagels and cream cheese or pancakes!
There was also a little mini-bar in the fridge too As a heads up: Emily February Great Seating Area! I have stayed in several of the chain hotels over the years, most of which seem to be clustered around the major highways, very noisy, and without much in the way of character.
I like the self-contained suite format. The fully-stocked fridge enabled me to have whatever I wanted for breakfast whenever I wanted.
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And she had a "mini-bar" in the fridge, with a selection of beer Bell's Brewery, yumwine, soda, etc. The Pine Cone Kottage had a great seating area, cable TV, a nice selection of DVD's, a very comfortable bed, and a nice bathroom which itself was stocked with just about everything I could have needed I could have left my entire bag at home.
This is my new Kalamazoo address! Tom March Clean and Cozy! Easy to follow check-in instructions.
Very helpful notes and information throughout. The place was very clean and cozy and good for two people. The train tracks are nearby and when the train passes it can be loud for a few moments, otherwise our stay was really pleasant and peaceful.
Kara truly thought of everything. The location is great, close enough to everything in town, but far enough to be secluded. James February Continually surprised! If I could move into Kara's Kottages, I would. This place has everything you could possibly need, and then some. We were continually surprised by what was available for us: Kara's instructions are clear and detailed, which made getting into our cottage simple and stress-free.
I was worried that the shared walls and people coming in and out would be a distraction but it was as quiet as can be. Absolutely would recommend and hope to come back soon! This place is lovely. There needs to be more charming little places in the world like this.
Your decor is warm and inviting and the breakfast options were perfect!
What a fabulous respite on a busy work trip. I am already inventing excused to come back. Annie October What a lovely little jewel box. What a lovely little jewel box. Thank you so much for the perfect get away. So comfortable and quiet. Perfect place for me to study. Karen January Most comfortable stay! This was the most comfortable stay my husband and I ever had! This place was definitely thought out with much love and care and we truly appreciate your generosity and hospitality.
We loved everything and will be back! What an amazing community you have here in Kalamazoo. We are leaving some maple syrup for you, made at Earthwork Farm. You've created a beautiful, comfortable tastefully appointed Bob's words place here, and we thank you very much for offering it to us. Like a home away from home, your attention to detail is truly amazing. You helped make our weekend a memorable one which we will cherish for a long time. Will absolutely spread the word about your relaxing kottage.
It was so warm and cozy! You've truly thought of everything. It was a perfect spot for our fall getaway. Thanks so much and we hope to return very soon. We didn't want to leave! Words cannot explain how much we enjoyed staying here! This is above and beyond and I cannot wait to come visit again!
Your beautiful place made my daughter have a wonderful birthday weekend and I cannot thank you enough!
You can be sure that we will be spreading the word on this awesome home away from home! Thank you so much!! We were thrilled to be able to stay here while we were in town for our nephew's wedding. It was very unexpected to find our little home away from home so well stocked and equipped. I wish my own home was so organized and complete.
Even a supply of videos and books by some of my favorite authors; Kingsolver, Moyers, etc. Yay for Kara and Kalamazoo! Wish our home in N. California weren't so far away. But, we hope we can come back. This was the perfect place to hide out after our wedding. Everything was so comfortable and inviting. We absolutely loved it!
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Thanks so very much. We will be back. We're glad we found it and there's a pretty good chance we'll be back. This place is amazing, what you see is what you get. The photos accurately reflect the place. The owner is very nice. I am glad I found this Kottages because I am going to be traveling a few more times to Kalamazoo and as long as the place is available I will keep comming back.
It was very, very comfortable and relaxing, and we've already started telling the other "out of towners" that they should have stayed here.