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Cocoa Cottage Bed & Breakfast

223 S. Mears Avenue , Whitehall, MI 49461 USA (Show map)
436 Reviews
$145 - $195
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Our authentically restored, 1912 Arts & Crafts bungalow, offers you quiet refined character, world class attention to detail and CHOCOLATE! Featured in Paula Deen's Chocolate Celebration magazine. Relax by our cozy fireplace or on our sun-dappled screened porch. In summer, our elegant gardens invite you to just unwind. No matter the season you will be treated to Larry’s sumptuous award-winning breakfasts and Chocolate indulgences! Experience Lake Michigan’s local beaches, White River Light Station, golfing, antiquing, shopping or any of our getaway packages. Each room is uniquely furnished with Lisa’s artistic touches, antiques and chocolates. All have full private baths, pillow top mattresses, designer linens, toiletries, data port and central air conditioning. Rate includes single/double occupancy, hearty gourmet breakfast, wine, cheese and chocolate reception between 5-6:00 pm the day you check-in and full turn down service. We invite you to be our guest and share in our passion of the history and design integrity of THE COCOA COTTAGE BED & BREAKFAST.

Rooms & Rates


Queen Bed, Full-Private Bath, Luxury Toiletries, Egyptian Cotton Bath Robes, Free WIFI, In-Room Flat panel TV, DVD/CD Player, Central A/C, Beach Towels, Abundant Reading Materials, Evening Port and Chocolates! Inspired by English Country Gardens, this room honors the simple country cottage life in rural England where scones, tea and Cadbury® Chocolates, are an afternoon ritual. The light, fresh garden motif with queen size white wrought iron bed & antique white wicker accents deliver springtime to even a Michigan winter day.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen Bed, Full-Private Bath, Private Balcony, Luxury Toiletries, Egyptian Cotton Bath Robes, Free WIFI, In-Room Flat panel TV, DVD/CD Player, Central A/C, Beach Towels, Abundant Reading Materials, Evening Port and Chocolates! The essence of one of the worlds most seductive chocolates is captured in our romantic Godiva® room. The queen size brass bed and rich warm wood accents adorn this room. Your intimate, private balcony with French doors invites in the sunshine or a warm spring breeze that will tempt you to linger just a little longer at the Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen Bed, Full-Private Bath with Whirlpool Tub, Luxury Toiletries, Egyptian Cotton Bath Robes, Oversized Towels, Free WIFI, In-Room Flat panel TV, DVD, iPod Docking station, Central A/C, Beach Towels, Abundant Reading Materials, Evening Port and Chocolates! Our period-authentic Arts and Crafts guest room combines the California spirit of bungalows with their legendary chocolate maker, Ghirardelli®! The Dard Hunter quarter-sawn oak Stickley queen bed, Bradbury and Bradbury wall coverings and Craftsman pottery return you to a time of simplicity, authenticity, and enduring style. The turn of the century "sanitary bathroom" hosts a modern day private whirlpool for a perfect end to a chocolate filled day!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


King Bed or 2 X-Long Twin Beds (If you requireTwins-you must call us 72 hours prior to your arrival date.) Full-Private Bath, Luxury Toiletries, Egyptian Cotton Bath Robes, Free WIFI, In-Room Flat panel TV, DVD/CD Player, Central A/C, Beach Towels, Abundant Reading Materials, Evening Port and Chocolates! As classic as the, "Great American Chocolate Bar" our cozy Americana north woods cabin room features a king-size rustic log bed, Navaho rug and fur traders blankets. This outdoor themed retreat is adorned with antique fishing creel, snowshoes, skis, and duck decoys to enhance your "outdoor" experience. Plus, plenty of, "Kisses®"!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Dining5.0

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5 on September 15, 2014

Our Stay at the Cocoa Cottage was just wonderful, the food, room and innkeepers made our 10th Wedding Anniversary just so Awesome. We Highly recommend this B&B for a very nice quiet get away..

Cocoa Cottage Caters To Dietary Restrictions and Special Requests

4.8 on August 31, 2014

Lisa and Larry who own the Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast are simply fantastic! They can optimize the breakfast to meet our gluten and casein free needs in savory delectable style and fantastic presentation. The Inn is close to the local bike trail and towns and beaches. Lisa happily ordered a fantastic flower arrangement so I could surprise my bride of 31 they lasted for two whole weeks after we left. Larry and Lisa are all about a quality, comfortable B&B experience. I highly recommend Cocoa Cottage!

Classy, Comfortable and Convenient

5 on August 17, 2014

We found this place at the last minute, due to another reservation falling through. What a stroke of luck that was! Cocoa Cottage B&B is a wonderful place to stay, with excellent service, comfortable beds, and a homey but very elegant atmosphere. Everything was very clean, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend.

best B&B

5 on July 31, 2014

Beautiful arts and crafts home. We enjoyed the sun porch and reading material. Breakfast was wonderful. Innkeepers were very welcoming. We enjoyed our visit tremendously.

July 18-20

5 on July 23, 2014

Extremely pleasant stay and they worked to make it go smoothly with our family's wedding event at their place

excellent all around

5 on July 15, 2014

We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Of course, the food was outstanding. It was the reason we chose this place in the beginning. But everything met and exceeded expectation. It's an adorable place to stay. It's very well maintained. And there are tiny touches that make the stay even more enjoyable. The hosts are so nice and helpful. We would recommend to anybody.

Wonderful 4th of July Weekend

5 on July 14, 2014

We had a fantastic time at the Cocoa Cottage with Lisa and Larry. The breakfasts were exceptional and the restored home was beautiful. We are on the younger end and were celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. We would recommend this to anyone who has not tried out a bed and breakfast before--it would be a great first experience.

Cocoa Cottage

4.8 on June 11, 2014

We found Cocoa Cottage to be exceptional in every sense. The owners were a perfect balance of professional and friendly. They didn't make us feel that we needed to chat, but when we engaged them they were friendly and kind. Our room was awesome! Our mattress was new and wonderful! The furnishings were great! We stayed in the Ghirardelli suite and we had and AMAZING bathroom! The tub was HUGE! The location is perfect. Situated in downtown Whitehall, we easily could walk to any dining establishments, or downtown shopping. The walking/biking trail was easily accessible. Lake Michigan was nearby, a short drive away. The service was excellent. We had turn down service both nights. Both nights we had port and chocolate waiting for us for a "nightcap". We also had hand written notes (one from Larry and one from Lisa) on our pillow next to some of Larry's hand-dipped chocolates. The food was amazing. My husband loved everything that he was served. What made it even more amazing is that I have multiple food allergies. I am very VERY hard to cook for and when I made the reservation I was fairly embarrassed and I told them I could easily bring my own food because I know how difficult it is to find something I could eat. They reassured me that they could easily accommodate my dietary needs, and they did!! It was some of the best food I've had - EVER! They were very gracious, and checked with me to make sure everything was right! One thing that surprised me the most was the environmental awareness. When I asked if I could throw away my water bottle, they said they would recycle it. I saw Lisa go out to the garden to get spices for our food. Everything was as organic as they could make it, right down to growing their own blackberries, or buying meat locally for our sausage patties. This was an unexpected delightful bonus.

A Quiet, Comfy Retreat...with lots of Chocolate!

5 on May 29, 2014

My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Cocoa Cottage and thoroughly loved the experience. The house is beautifully renovated and decorated, and Larry and Lisa were so kind. There are several other B&B's on the same street but it is a quiet area, We were happy to drive a bit further to the places we wanted to visit rather than staying on the crowded strips in Grand Haven etc. We're already talking about the next trip to Lake Michigan and I'll definitely try to book a room at Cocoa Cottage again. There are only 4 guest rooms, so I recommend booking early to get the room you want (they're all slightly different).. Thanks again to the owners for a wonderful stay!

Sweetest B&B in Michigan

4.8 on May 26, 2014

My sister and I took our mother here for her birthday/mother's day. We enjoyed every minute of it. We were spoiled from the minute we walked in the door with our delicious welcome treat. The whole place was neat, clean and beautiful. The porch was a perfect place to sit and relax while enjoying the chocolate! The food couldn't have been any better. Larry made everything look as good as it tasted. I can not recommend this place enough!

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Location Type

Sailing/Boating, Light Houses, Golfing, Fishing, Bicycle Trail, Lake Michigan Beaches, Downtown, Lakeside, Small town


Grand Rapids, MI (GRR-Kent County Intl.) 60 miles

Directions to property:

Directions from: Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport. (GRR)¿5500 44th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512   616-233-6000 ¿¿As you exit from the airport, turn RIGHT at the light onto PATTERSON Ave.¿ Travel 2.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto 28th Street. Move into the LEFT lane.¿ Travel about 1/2 mile. The entrance ramp is on the left, just after you go under the highway and is a double turning lane. ¿Merge onto I-96 W towards MUSKEGON. Travel 43 miles.¿ Merge onto US-31 N via EXIT 1B on your RIGHT, toward LUDINGTON. Travel 19 miles. ¿Take exit 128, Whitehall/Montague Business 31. Circle around and stay to your right. Follow the Whitehall/Montague sign. You are now on Colby Road, in Whitehall. Continue West on Colby to the 3rd traffic light at Mears Avenue. Turn left on Mears Avenue. Go 2 blocks to Slocum Street. Look for the large Cocoa Cottage B&B Sign on your left. The Cocoa Cottage is the green Bungalow with burgundy trim on your left. Turn left on Slocum Street and park anywhere on the street ¿Please use the garden patio entrance. Welcome! From Muskegon County Airport (MKG)¿101 Sinclair Dr, Muskegon, MI 49441 231-798-4596 ¿¿Exit the airport and turn LEFT onto E ELLIS RD. Go 0.5 miles. ¿Turn RIGHT onto GRAND HAVEN RD. Go 0.5 miles.¿ Turn LEFT onto E STERNBERG Rd. Go 0.6 miles Take US-31 North via the ramp on the LEFT. Go 20 miles.¿ Take exit 128, Whitehall/Montague Business 31 Circle around and stay to your right. Follow the Whitehall/Montague sign. You are now on Colby Road, in Whitehall. Continue West on Colby to the 3rd traffic light at Mears Avenue. Turn left on Mears Avenue. Go 2 blocks to Slocum Street. Look for the large Cocoa Cottage B&B Sign on your left. The Cocoa Cottage is the green Bungalow with burgundy trim on your left. Turn left on Slocum Street and park anywhere on the street. ¿Please use the garden patio entrance. Welcome!

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Several Lighthouses, Amusement and Water Parks, Winter Sports Complex, Luge Run, Frank Lloyd Wright's Meyer May House, Hackley & Hume Restored Victorian Homes, Golf, Antiquing!, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities , Concierge Service, Shuttle Services, CHOCOLATE!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Lake Michigan Beaches, Lighthouses, Museums, Cross Lake Ferry, Michigan's Adventure Theme Park, Historic Home Tours, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 14 Years of Age, Accompanied by an Adult
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum Summer Weekends and Holidays
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of total booking amount, secured by credit card confirms your reservation. Balance due upon arrival. Reservations within two weeks (14 days) of arrival 100% prepayment is required.
  • Cancellations: The Cocoa Cottage is an intimate Bed and Breakfast Inn; consequently, cancellations affect us significantly. Your deposit is 50% of your reservation. Cancellations made up to 14 days before the arrival date will result in a full refund of your deposit, less a $25 administrative fee per room. Cancellations made within 14 days of your arrival date will result in the forfeiture of your deposit, unless we are able to re-book the room(s), then just the $25.00 administrative fee per room will be charged. No-shows are charged 100% of the entire reservation. Your credit card will be charged for the unused portion of your reservation unless the room is rented to someone else for the period you did not use. Whole-House Cancellation Policy: 3 or 4 Room Bookings, or Extended stay, more than 5 nights, require a 50% NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date will be charged the remaining 50% balance, less the amount for rooms we are able to rebook. Guests are responsible for any damage or loss caused to our guest rooms. The value of unauthorized items removed from the Cocoa Cottage will be charged to your credit card. Rates are subject to applicable taxes and change without notice.



Larry Robertson and Lisa Tallarico

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

We love inn-keeping! Taking care of ourselves makes us better innkeepers! To nurture our souls we enjoy cooking, especially for dinner parties with friends-new and old- full of stimulating conversation. Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Tai Chi keep our bodies strong. Garden and garden design promise something new at the Cottage each season. Old house research and restoration are a never ending passion. Good books, all types of music, travel, and antiques, GREAT Design! and we can't forget, sports cars!

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Hearty Gourmet or Organic Lite

  • Time Served: 7:30-8:30 am
  • Serving Location: Outdoor Patio (Weather Permitting), Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Diabetic, Low Carb, Gluten Free

Signature Dish

Cottage Eggs
Eggs baked and served in a delicate crepe cup with Gruyere cheese, shallots and a hint of tarragon. Maple smoked bacon is served as the perfect compliment. The aroma alone is worth the stay! Our philosophy about food is that if it's worth making, it’s worth making a fuss over. At the Cocoa Cottage our recipes are made from scratch using the freshest of local ingredients, organic when ever possible and an extra pinch of Larry and Lisa's creativity! With Lisa's Italian heritage, no on ever leaves the Cocoa Cottage B&B hungry! As our name suggests, Chocolate is the year-round staple at the Cocoa Cottage. We use orgaic, free trade cocoa and chocolate. Our extra moist Chocolate zucchini bread served daily along with Mama Tallarico's Homemade Classic Chocolate Hot Fudge with strawberries. We offer coffee. a large selection of regular, decaf and herbal teas, O.J. and the richest Hot Chocolate you have ever experienced! Not made from an instant mix, this is like Mom used to make with a little Aztec influence, (Remember the movie "Chocolat"?)


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223 S. Mears Avenue , Whitehall, MI 49461 USA (Show map)

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