Your Hosts

The hosts of White Swan Inn stand proudly on the porch of the inn

Making a Dream a Reality

Sailing along the West Michigan shoreline for a number of years, we thought wouldn’t it be great to live where we enjoyed playing. Moving to the Lake Michigan shoreline had always been a dream, and in 1995 our dream became reality. Due to a job change and relocation, we landed in the charming resort community of Whitehall. Ron’s job brought him to Grand Haven and Fremont and Cathy realized her dream of owning and operating a bed and breakfast inn.

From the day we arrived in Whitehall, we have felt right at home. We appreciate the small-town living with the opportunity to be involved in the activities that make the area unique.

There are so many options for fun as well: the nearby bike trail, walking the beach and the channel walls, skiing and snow shoeing at Muskegon State Park and Owasippe, theater and concerts at the Howmet Playhouse and the band shell in Montague, sailing on White Lake and Lake Michigan, kayaking on the river, and meeting up with friends at the farmer’s market. In addition to the numerous amenities in the Muskegon area, if we need a “big city” fix, it’s an easy drive to Grand Rapids or Chicago!

In addition to the Bed and Breakfast, we made a further commitment to the White Lake area by expanding our operations. We have increased our flock from the original White Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast to include Swan Cottage, Swan at Stonehearth, Swan's Nest, and Third Swan Charters. Third Swan Charters with Captain Ron Russell at the helm transports guests along the shoreline of White Lake to experience Lake Michigan and view the majesty of the dunes.

We love the White Lake area and enjoy sharing it with the many visitors who have crossed the threshold at White Swan Inn.  Due to our enthusiasm, several of our guests have made the White Lake area home as well. Let us welcome you to the area whether for a short visit or, as we did, for a year ‘round setting!  Living along the lakeshore – a dream comes true!


Cathy and Ron Russell