A fur trading outpost called Gabagouache (pronouced phonetically Gaba-go-Wa-chay) was first established by Madeline La Framboise and her husband Joseph. The name was adapted from a Potawatomi term for the area, which described the widening of the Grand River and the slowing of its current as the flow reached its destination -- Lake Michigan. Madeline La Framboise grew up here in present day Grand Haven and went on to become one of the most successful fur traders in all of Michigan. She retired to Mackinac Island and was inducted into the state's Women's Hall of Fame in 1984.
The Gabagouache Suite is our most spacious accommodation within the Lodge. The suite is located below the Great Room level of the Main Lodge and overlooks the wooded ravine on the north side of the facility. In addition to the interior entrance, there is an exterior private entrance accessible by via a covered porch. The master bedroom has 1 king bed and adjacent bath with large jet tub and 2 person tiled shower. Vintage solid wood pocket doors open to a room with two twin beds and french doors that open to a living room with expansive windows and a stone fireplace. The unit's kitchen opens into the living area as well as a balcony with gas grill that is the perfect setting for enjoying our wooded views.
The Dune suite offers private and spacious accommodation nestled at the bottom of the wooded dune behind the Lodge. In addition to the interior entrance, the Dune Suite also has a private outside entrance allowing direct access to the dune for exploring over 90 acres of trails in Mulligan's Hollow. We offer two bedrooms, each with king beds, a pullout queen bed in the living room, galley kitchen and dining area. The bath has 2 pedestal sinks and clawfoot tub/shower.
Susan Hill Yerkes purchased the Lodge from the Brayton's and owned it from 1919 to 1937. Yerkes was a highly educated and cultured woman of her time, and expert in Greek, Latin and German. From 1901 to 1926, Yerkes and her sister Mary Helen served as teachers and co-principals of the Ackley Institute, a girls school in Grand Haven. During that time Susan took students to Paris to study and acquired art objects that she displayed in Khardomah Lodge. In her honor we have begun our renovation of this historic property by creating the Yerkes Suite. This suite is composed of 3 bedrooms (king, queen, 2 twins) and a private full bathroom.
Original Brayton Suite
In 1873 lumberman James and Mary Brayton built a cottage here which they named after their family friend, Chief Khardomah, leader of one of the 19 historical Grand River Bands of Ottawa peoples. Khardomah means happy home in Anishinaabemowin, an Algonquian language, which is currently designated as "critically endangered" by UNESCO. This suite composes the original sleeping quarters that the Brayton's built for themselves over a hundred years ago, long before the Lodge was extended to its current form. It is a single bedroom that overlooks our front porch on the main level with a private bathroom. Ideal for couples looking for the original Khardomah experience with private amenities.