Cocoa Cottage Bed and Breakfast

223 South Mears Avenue , Whitehall, 49461 USA (Show map)
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Authentically restored, 1912 Arts & Crafts bungalow, offers quiet refined character, world class attention to detail and CHOCOLATE! Relax by the 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 sugar-sand beaches, White River Light Station, craft breweries, 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 and chocolate reception between 5:30-6:00 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 and Breakfast. Welcome....




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

Despite the rain, a great weekend

5 on September 18, 2016

We were looking for a B&B in the Whitehall/Montague area as we planned to take our bikes on the Montague/Hart Rail Trail. As a chocolate-lover, the name caught my attention! What a lovely surprise to find a beautifully restored Arts & Crafts cottage with WONDERFUL food! Both Larry & Lisa were very welcoming and so hospitable. After getting soaked in a rain storm, Larry took all of our wet things and made sure they were dried out for us to ride again the next day. Also, after commented that I'd been looking for a chair like one they have in the living room, Larry researched the maker of the chair, and found shops in our area that may carry this chair. That's going above & beyond. Hope to go back.

Bed & Breakfast Heaven-and Chocolate to Boot!

4.0 on August 25, 2016

This B&B is an ultimate experience for the B&B aficionado. If a first-timer to B&B's, it will hook you in nothing flat. Comfortable rooms, chocolate, good coffee, and a delicious gourmet breakfast, will make your stay one to remember. The Innkeepers, Larry and Lisa, cannot be outdone. My husband and I have stayed nearly ten times at the Cocoa Cottage and highly recommend it.

Outstanding as always!

5 on August 24, 2016

We continue to comeback to enjoy their wonderful cottage and Larry's delicious breakfasts. Their hospitality is outstanding!

Our Favorite B&B

4.8 on August 23, 2016

Always a pleasure and something we look forward to each year.

It was a delightful experience....

4.8 on August 22, 2016

This was our anniversary getaway and this B&B exceeded our expectations. The owners, Lisa an Larry were gracious, the food was delicious and the rooms were fantastic. Every detail was carefully planned and we loved our visit. We will definitely return!

Totally enjoyable!

4.4 on August 20, 2016

Well cared for Bed and Breakfast. Chocolate and port in your room. Breakfast was wonderful including fudge sauce to spread on bread and/or strawberries. The hot chocolate was absolutely the BEST I have ever tasted. Thank you Lisa and Larry!!

Lovely getaway

4.4 on August 15, 2016

Hosts were gracious and accommodating. We used the BNB as a place from which to take day trips. Hosts were knowledgeable about various sites and scenic destinations. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We hope to see you again if your net trip takes you back to Michigan!

- Lisa Tallarico (innkeeper)

Our Favorite B&B

5 on August 15, 2016

We've stayed at Cocoa Cottage several times, and it is always enjoyable. The breakfasts have always been delicious and the house is beautiful and comfortable. Larry and Lisa make you feel welcome, it is like staying with old friends. Our stay last month was no exception, we left Whitehall feeling refreshed and relaxed!

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for this great review! We love our repeat guests who have become our friends! Looking forward o seeing you on your next visit.

- Lisa Tallarico (innkeeper)

One of a Kind!

5 on August 10, 2016

My husband & I celebrated our 5 year anniversary at Cocoa Cottage. It was very, very relaxing! The food was amazing. It was very clean & comfortable. Larry & Lisa were wonderful hosts. I would highly recommend this Bed & Breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! We love to read our guest reviews, and appreciate the time you took to post this. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Happy Anniversary!

- Lisa Tallarico (innkeeper)

Great Weekend Stay

4.6 on August 10, 2016

Long weekend with friends - this was a great spot to stay. Renovated 1912 home that was very comfortable and clean. Reserve early for bigger rooms, but even the smaller rooms are great. Larry and Lisa are great hosts with a wealth of area knowledge. And Larry puts on a great breakfast. We are already planning a return trip.

Innkeeper Response
We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for writing this wonderful review! We love it when our guests leave happy! Thank you, Lisa

- Lisa Tallarico (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Hershey Room

As classic as the, "Great American Chocolate Bar" our outdoor themed retreat room is adorned with plenty of, "Kisses®"!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Cadbury Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Godiva Room

The essence of one of the worlds most seductive chocolates is captured in our romantic Godiva® room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ghirardelli Whirlpool Suite

Our period-authentic Arts and Crafts guest room combines the California spirit of bungalows with their legendary chocolate maker, Ghirardelli®!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

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


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

Directions to property:

Traveling from the Chicago Area. Take I-94 East. Take I-196/US 31 North towards Holland and Muskegon. From Muskegon, travel approximately 25 miles North. ¿Take exit 128, Whitehall/Montague Business 31. (Directions continued below...) Traveling from the Detroit Area Take I-96 west to Muskegon. Take the US 31 North exit. Travel approximately 25 miles North. Take exit 128, Whitehall/Montague Business 31 (Directions continued below...) Traveling from Muskegon's Cross Lake Ferry Dock Leaving the terminal you will cross railroad tracks then come to a stop sign.¿ Turn left at stop sign onto Lakeshore. Follow Lakeshore (which turns into Laketon at the big curve) for approx. 4.5 miles.¿ You will go under US 31 and take the US 31 North exit, immediately to the right after you go under the highway. Follow US 31 North about 20 miles. Take exit 128, Whitehall/Montague Business 31 (Directions continued below...) CONTINUED... 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, Casino, Concert venue, Extreme sports, 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, Sports venue, Tours, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities , Concierge Service, Shuttle Services, CHOCOLATE!

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, 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

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:30-6 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 14 years of age accompanied by an Adult
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Summer Weekends and Holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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. 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. No-shows are charged 100% of the entire reservation. Whole-House Booking Cancellation Policy: 3 or 4 Room Bookings, or Extended stays of more than 4 nights, require a 50% NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days of the arrival date will be charged the remaining 50% balance. 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


Resident Pets

No Pets

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 every 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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Full Organic Hearty Gourmet or 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"?)