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Guests thoughts about their stay..

Driftwood Kottage

It was so cozy and I felt so comfortable.

We have had a fabulous time in your kottge. It was so cozy and I felt so comfortable. The kottage contains everything to make for a great time. I love the decor and furnishings, too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

October 2013

I would recommend and stay again.

Thank you so much for this lovely "home away from home". We enjoyed our stay very much. The little details that you have put into your thought process when creating this is amazing. Thank you again! I would recommend and stay again.

Jody & Donnell
September 2013

It has been utterly delightful.

Sometimes when one is traveling around, the temptation is to stay in chain hotels as at least you know what you're going to get. I'm very glad David took a punt on your place, because it has been utterly delightful. We have felt incredibly relaxed and at home and the generosity of your catering is outstanding. Thanks very much ~ and meeting you was and unexpected bonus!

Caroline & David
September 2013

Two thumbs up, high 5, fist bump & good game!

What an adorable, romantic get-away you have! I must admit, I (as most of us girls will) peeked at previous guest notes of appreciation. My hubby and I are in total agreement.. Amazing! Two thumbs up, high 5, fist bump & good game! So lovely, Better than any 4 or 5 star hotel we've stayed in! We will rave about your quaint, cozy homey, adobes. Ps.. Coffee by the "fireplace".. Amazing. We slept soo sound! The bed and pillows felt like clouds! Before I forget, the train going by was a wonderful surprise! Our visit was enjoyable.. Hate to leave. I'm sure we'll be here again and we will be staying here. Once again, you made us feel welcomed just as soon as we pulled up. Would have been nice meeting you.. Maybe next time.

Patty & Michael
September 2013

Go Kara!

Agreed (see previous entries).. Fantastic to have all the touches of home. Usually a "stocked kitchen" just means dishes and cookware. The spices, salad dressings, etc.. are so nice to be able to use just the little you need. Also, love the recycling and the reuse! Go Kara!
Ps: Great use of space ~ Lots of storage, especially convenient to travelers!

Neva & Bar
July 2013

Loved this room!

Loved this room! It really feels like home and is much better than a regular hotel. So many touches : )

Dayna & Nick
June 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed staying here!

I was very impressed by the thoughtful organization of the kitchen and of all the various supplies. That organization is the key in creating such a relaxing, peaceful space. Thanks very much ~ I thoroughly enjoyed staying here!

June 2013


Our stay here was lovely and relaxing.

Our stay here was lovely and relaxing. We enjoyed our visit to Kalamazoo and hope to return. We loved the Pine Cone Kottage, too. It had everything we needed and more.

Sharon & Nick
June 2013

What a great place..

What a great place.. Large enough for every need ~ small enough to keep everything together. Thanks for making our stay so great!

Jan & Richard
June 2013

Seriously, we were so very "at home" here!

Thanks for creating such a great space for two weary travelers! Seriously, we were so very "at home" here! I plan on spreading the word and telling all of Minneapolis all about this place.

Brianna & Peter
May 2013

Your attention to detail is impeccable.

Thank you for an amazing stay! Your attention to detail is impeccable and your kottage was lovely. Andrew & I really enjoyed our time here and hope to be back!

Abby & Andrew
May 2013

This is a "must return"!

Thank you! This was the perfect environment in which to unwind for my meeting. I appreciate all the many details you attend to - from the amazing choice of breadfast options to the thoughtful bath supplies. This is a "must return"!

May 2013

One night is not enough..

We have so enjoyed our stay here in Driftwood! We feel so cozy and at home here. We are already trying to figure out when we can return as one night is not enough to spend in this beautiful space. This kottage is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the world. Thank you for providing this space. We will be back!

Ann, David & Sage
March 2013

You are a master of your craft..

I cannot express enough my gratitude for the part you've played in making our 3 days in Kalamazoo enjoyable and productive. You have been an absolute gem to work with and more than accommodating when our original plans took and unexpected turn. You are a master of your craft and if your goal is to make guests feel cozy, comfortable, relaxed, happy and valued, you have been more than successful. I hope this year brings you inspiration and loads of joy!

Kidest & Stacey
March 2013

The "K"ottage is perfect!

We've enjoyed our stay immensely. With a daughter who is a sophmore at K-College, we're delighted to have found such a lovely, cozy place to stay when visiting ~ You've thought of every little detail! The "K"ottage is perfect!

Rod, Stacie & Ellie
October 2012

We had a lovely stay.

We had a lovely stay. The kottages were beautiful ~ A great retreat from the Medieval Conference! South Haven was a great day trip for those of us stranded by the conference.

The Klein's
May 2012

Perfect spot to spend some mother-daughter time.

What a lovely place for a weekend retreat for both me and my daughter; a student at K-College. She loved the cozy bed in the smaller bedroom, as she reports that her dorm bed is as hard as a board. Perfect spot to spend some mother-daughter time ~ Thank you for making it so!

Helen & Hannah
May 2012


Our family was in town for the WMU Graduation weekend. Great location. Plenty of room in the bedrooms and charmingly decorated with many small touches that made us feel at home. The owner was very kind and helpful. Thanks, Kara for a Great stay!

April 2012 

This space that you have created is beyond words.

Kara, this space that you have created is beyond words. I love it! It's beautiful and cozy and really made me feel at home. My family will definitely be returning and I told the entire extension of my family that they must stay here. We will be seeing you in the near future.

Theresa, Dean, Joe, Gena & Vera
April 2012

Feels like a sanctuary!

Wow, you have created a beautiful home ~ Feels like a sanctuary! Barbara and I really enjoyed having a cozy space to visit, relax and catch up with each other. Love the style you have decorated the place in! I will copy it at home : ). We hope to make this spot a place we can meet at in the future.

Marylin & Barbara
April 2012

Weekend getaway

Had a very nice stay. Was by far the nicest bed and breakfast I have ever stayed at.....very close to downtown .

April 2012

Above and beyond the Innkeeper standard..

All day on Monday, Ruby and I did nothing but talk about this weekend and what fun we had. You deserve a medal for going above and beyond the Innkeeper standard. Because of your impeccable attention to detail, you made our stay here extra cozy and comfy, not to mention the added fun having you here! Our walk downtown to the local restaurant was perfect and the dog park was so convenient. There's no doubt we would stay here again and recommend Kara's Kottages to family and friends. Thanks a million!

Catherine & Ruby
March 2012

You've got a permanent repeat customer in me

Thanks Kara! Love this space, I think even better than the other. Thanks for an awesome place to get away and disengage. I think you've got a permanent repeat customer in me. Just being here is already relaxing.

John Koller
March 2014


Birch Bark Kottage

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 felt at home in such a beautiful environment. I cannot wait to come back and spend more time here!

Brian & Irene
October 2013

This is a really wonderful place!

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.

Steve, Jennifer & Eleanor
June 2013

It's an amazing experience to stay here..

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.

Cho Family
October 2013

Thanks for making Kalamazoo our favorite stop..

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. Thanks for making Kalamazoo our favorite stop during the summer!

Lloyd, Melissa & Bandit
August 2013

The kottage was exactly what we needed.

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.. Thank you!

Hannah & Jim
August 2013

Beautiful aesthetic..

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.

Lori, Andy, Judy & Phil
July 2013


We couldn't be more happy!!

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. PS.. 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!

Azul & Ed
July 2013


We couldn't have asked for a better stay.

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's , Bell's, Rustica, a beautiful Baccalaureate presentation and gathering with my five housemates at the kottage. It was a beautiful 75 degree day.. everyone had a wonderful time and we couldn't have asked for a better stay. 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.

Laura, Hannah, Mark & Mara
June 2013

Bravo, Kara!

Hello dear Kara! Thank you! Tutto very well! Beds! Bella (Beautiful) Kalamazoo! Bravo, Kara!

Creme Family
June 2013


This was an absolute dream come true..

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!

Heather & Rafael
May 2013


It gave us all the serenity that we were seeking..

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 : ).

Amanda & Josh
May 2013


This will be our choice for all future trips.

What a spectacular experience! By far, the nicest place I have ever had the opportunity to stay, here in Michigan. 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.

Stephanie & Matt
May 2013


Decor-beautiful and SO clean!

What an awesome place : ). My husband & I came to town for a Willie Nelson concert. The concert was great. And then to come into your B & B topped our "mini-vacation". 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!

Judy & Bill
May 2013

Wonderfully cozy ~ A haven ~ A find!

You've anticipated every need.. So thoughtfully equipped. Wonderfully cozy. A haven. A find! We will be back~this is the perfect stop over or meeting place for us. We live north of Chicago and have family in SE MI. A nephew/cousin will be at K-College in the fall. : ) Looking forward to many more stays.

Becky, son & pooch
May 2013

Thanks for a wonderful 2 days.

There is no need for us to tell you the same thing everyone else did. It was homey. It was beautiful. 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".

Kathy & Chris
April 2013

You are a marvelous creator!

Thanks so much for creating such a warm and friendly atmosphere for our stay in Kalamazoo ~ This kottage is just as lovely as the upstairs one we stayed at last time, here. You are a marvelous creator!

Stan & Meredith
April 2013

Our stay was amazing!

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. P.S. You were right on when you suggested Kalamazoo Kitty!

Janna & Brandon
April 2013

We had a fantastic time here!

We had a fantastic time here! I had 12 girls here for a bachelorette party. What a great time/memories we had! Your place is so beautiful. Thanks for letting all of us get together and have a great time!

The girls
April 2013

I am so glad that we found your kottage.

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.

Susan, Patrick & Evelyn
April 2013


This place was a hit with the family.

Thank you, Kara.. 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!

Rachel Davis, Musician
March 2013



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!

March 2013


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.

Heather, Norah, Jo & Bryan
February 2013


What an incredible place to celebrate!

We came here last night from all ends of the US to celebrate my wedding and what an incredible place to celebrate! Your place was so warm & welcoming.. 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"!

Becky Sue & her gang
November 2012


We were in awe of what we saw..

My aunt, cousin and I came in for a family weekend and found your place on VRBO. 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.. I am an artist and I marvel at the fact that not one of your decorations/furniture is the same. As I described to my mother.. "It's straight out of a Pier 1 catalog" . 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.. you name it! 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. Thank you for everything ~ I hope we can come back someday!

Meagan & Maureen
October 2012


If home is "where the heart is", than this is home

If it is true that the definition of home is "where the heart is", then this is home. 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. Enjoy!!

Mark & Jake (his trusted companion)
October 2012


Thank you for your vision..

We came for a conference and found ourselves having a vacation, instead. Terrific place, Kara. Thank you for your vision and for fresh flowers!

Carrie & Gina
October 2012


A perfect place to say when we visit Kalamazoo.

We had a wonderful weekend. It is a perfect place to stay when we visit Kalamazoo.

Tom & Pam
October 2012


Adorable, comfortable and homey..

We loved your place! Adorable, comfortable and homey. We can't wait to return in June for our dauhter's graduation from Kalamazoo College.

September 2012


What a cozy and beautiful spot.

Our annual woman's weekend at Kara's Kottages was again a special time. We were so lucky to be able to witness Kara in her new role as B&B hostess, a part she seemed to be born to do. What a cozy and beautiful spot. Again, Kalamazoo charmed us.

June 2012


Pine Cone Kottage

What a fabulous respite on a busy work trip.

Thank you! 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.. : )

October 2013

What a lovely little jewel box..

What a lovely little jewel box.. So thoughtfully arranged!

Collene & Jack
February 2013

Accommodations are amazing!

Thank you so much for the perfect get away. So comfortable and quiet.. Perfect place for me to study. Accommodations are amazing!

January 2013

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.

India & Gabe
January 2013

Perfect way to spend our weekend together.

Today is our 20 year anniversary ~ Perfect way to spend our weekend together. We loved everything and will be back!

Sean & Heidi
December 2012

A great place!

A great place.. So comfortable after a night out at Monico Bay.

December 2012

Beautiful, comfortable and tastefully appointed..

Thank you for your very generous hospitality ~ what a sweet spot to land after the concert at martini's! What an amazing community you have here in Kalamazoo.. So great to see so many good friends & to waltz to the Waltz King & Kailin Yong : ). We are leaving some maple syrup for you, made at Earthwork Farm. You would be welcome to our place any time ~ considerable more rustic than here, but with it's own charm. You've created a beautiful, comfortable tastefully appointed (Bob's words) place here, and we thank you very much for offering it to us.

Susan & Bob
November 2012

Your attention to detail is truly amazing..

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.

Shiela & Brian
November 2012

Great weekend retreat.

The perfect get away! You should be very proud of your accomplishments. The studio is lovely! Great weekend retreat.

Bob & Lisa
October 2012

We didn't want to leave!

We LOVED the studio! 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!

Kelly & Jim
October 2012

This is above and beyond..

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!!

Kathy & Alyssa
October 2012

Yay for Kara and Kalamazoo!

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. Everything I wanted and things I hadn't even thought of were here ~ milk, chai, gourmet mixes for scones, salad dressing.. 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.

Carol & Doc
October 2012

What a great place!

What a great place! My wife & I loved all the great treats. Kalamazoo is a beautiful town. We can't wait to come back.

September 2012

More than I expected.

We loved all the extra goodies. This place was more than I expected. I am glad that we chose to stay here rather than a hotel!! I will recommend this place to my friends and family.

September 2012

Comfortable and inviting..

This was the perfect place to hide out after our wedding. Everything was so comfortable and inviting. We absolutely loved it! Thanks so very much. We will be back.

Elizabeth & Joshua
September 2012

Cozy & Comfortable

This was the perfect place for us to rest after our wedding. Everything is cozy & comfortable! We're glad we found it and there's a pretty good chance we'll be back.

Hilary & Sam
September 2012

Simply the Best!

This place is amazing, what you see is what you get. The photos accurately reflect the place. Clean, comfotable, beautiful. 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.

Recommended for: Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

August 2012

Thanks for the hosptitality!

The room was great and I loved the area!

May 2012

Very comfortable and relaxing

Thank you for providing this wonderful room! We loved it here~finding the things we needed in every nook and cranny : ). It was very, very comfortable and relaxing, and we've already started telling the other "out of towners" that they should have stayed here. Best of luck to you and yours!

Matt & Rachel
May 2012

First Rate!

See you this same time next year.

March 2012

Wonderful Hospitality

We loved the studio! It was perfect for my husband & I and our little *sophie*. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. We will be back!!

Brandy & Dan
February 2012

Best New Years Eve Ever!

Be confident in the fact that everyone back in WI will hear about this great place. Best NYE Ever.. Thanks so much!

January 2012

Comfy & Cozy!

Thank you for providing this beautiful place to stay! It was very comfy & cozy : ). We plan to come back and will definitely let people know about you. Good luck this summer!

Kindra & Mel
April 2012