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Enjoy great proximity to everything you want to do in West Michigan. Located 5 minutes north of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and 15 minutes from downtown where you can experience Grand Rapids nightlife, museums, and world class entertainment.
Lonely Planet's top U.S. destination for 2014 is Grand Rapids & Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast.
Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there’s a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, was voted best beer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013, and its beer-tourism revolution rages on. Over 25 craft breweries pour in the area, and events like Cool Brews Hot Eats and the Winter Beer Festival (both in February), and the Summer Craft Beer Festival (August), keep the city festive year-round. Hops aside, the secret about Grand Rapids’ fabulous art scene is getting out. In addition to the impressive blooms and Rodin sculptures in the Frederik Meijer Gardens, and the excellent Grand Rapids Art Museum housed in a cool LEED Gold certified building, Grand Rapids is home to the world’s largest art competition, ArtPrize, in which more than 1700 creatives display their masterpieces.
A mere 30 miles away sprawls Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, perhaps the USA’s most unexpected beach getaway. Some argue that these shores rival Hawaii’s and Southern California’s. Along 300 miles of seemingly endless beaches lie sugar-white dunes, wineries, antiquing, U-pick orchards and berry farms, cider houses, Hemingway haunts.
The suds scene exploded in 2012, when Grand Rapids was voted best beer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog. It happened again in 2013. Thank the high per-capita number of craft brewers – more than 25 operate in the area – and their high-quality product for the honor.
Rock-and-roll Founders Brewing Company started the local brouhaha, and it's a prime place for beer pilgrims to begin quaffing. Enter the rustic taproom, and check the chalkboard for the nearly two dozen beers that are flowing. Then join the burly, bearded crowd swilling in-your-face concoctions like malty Curmudgeon Old Ale and ruby-tinged Dirty Bastard Ale. They pack an alcohol wallop of 9.8% and 8.5%, respectively, but Founders' fat deli sandwiches help soak it up. This is Grand Rapids' cool-cat hot spot, especially when bands plug in several nights per week.
Brewery Vivant is another hophead favorite. Set in an old chapel with stained-glass windows and a vaulted ceiling, the atmospheric brewpub pours fruity, Belgian-style beers in tulip glasses. The family-friendly venue also serves root beer and burgers, as well as poutine and steak and frites at farmhouse-type communal tables. Across the street, the Green Well is a sustainable gastro-pub that taps hard-to-find Michigan beers from beyond Grand Rapids; a three-beer sampler will broaden your palate. Plus you can buy awesome art by local artists right off the walls.
Other top tipples include Grand Rapids Brewing Company, one of the nation's few organic-certified beer makers, and Mitten Brewing Company, a baseball-themed, pizza-slingin' brew house.
The Grand Rapids CVB has a map of all the breweries and online links to those that offer tours. Many are walkable in the city's tidy downtown.
Prized for art, Grand Rapids hosts the world's richest and most radical art competition? ArtPrize (www.artprize.org) lets more than 1700 painters, sculptors, designers, and performing artists from 45 countries display their pieces around the city for all to see. Artworks pop up everywhere - in banks, parks, bookshops, and yes, breweries. The public then votes on who wins the $350,000 in prize money - including the $200,000 top award, a whopping amount for this sort of contest. A Michigan quilter who stitched a helluva rendering of nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes won the 2013 prize. The mind-expanding fun takes place from late September through early October.
If you're not in town during ArtPrize, you still have options. The 118-acre Frederik Meijer Gardens (www.meijergardens.org) features impressive blooms and sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, and 30 other A-list chiselers. And the Grand Rapids Art Museum (www.artmuseumgr.org) fills a sun-drenched, Gold LEED-certified building with 19th- and 20th-century works. European and American masters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Richard Diebenkorn take pride of place.
Gerald Ford Shrine
Downtown's Gerald R Ford Museum (www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov) is dedicated to Michigan's only president. Snore if you will, but this shrine to the Grand Rapids local is pretty darn cool. Gawk in disbelief at the low-tech burglary tools - the giant tape recorders and bulky lock picks - that launched the Watergate scandal. It was this event that put Ford into the Oval Office in 1974 after Richard Nixon and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace. The museum does an excellent job of covering the tumultuous period in US history.
It also does an excellent job of stocking the gift shop with presidential bobblehead dolls. Herbert Hoover, John Adams, and other guys you forgot were US leaders nod agreeably from the shelves. They're fitting Grand Rapids souvenirs: clean-cut, but with a quirky edge.
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Private setting and only 2 miles from anything you need. Gas, grocery, restaurants, movies, med center, Churches, pharmacy and much more.
Custom features such as wall to wall entertainment center housing a 55' high definition TV, Direct TV HD package, WIFI, clothes washer and dryer, gas grill, patio, outside fire pit and much more.
My wife and I stayed here on a recent trip to Grand Rapids, to visit our adult children.And upon our arrival Tim ( The owner) gladly welcomed us and showed us around.This gem of a property is in a very private secluded area, yet so close to all your needs.It also is quite convenient to the downtown area of Grand Rapids.We definitely recommend this to any couple or small family looking for a pleasant stay . I fully intend on a return visit.
We have stayed here twice and sure hope to stay here again. Immaculate home, lovely location, wonderful owner. What more can I say? We feel very blessed to have found Tim and his rental.
I travelled to MI (from NY) for a wedding (a 4-day weekend) and couldn't have found a more perfect place to stay! The grounds are stunning, even under snow. It's set in a beautifully wooded residential area just north of Grand Rapids proper. The owner (Tim) greeted me warmly on arrival (was even helpful handling a heavy suitcase for me!) and briefly showed me through the property. The photos are very accurate, yet can’t really depict how truly beautiful this place is. It has a luxurious 'feel’' to it. It is immaculate and looks brand-spankin' new! Very tastefully decorated! Quiet neutrals. No clutter anywhere. Floors have radiant heating throughout - a wonderful surprise, especially in January! Kitchen and bath have everything you could possibly need (towels and linens abound). Queen bed is comfortably firm (and much appreciated after a long drive!) Living room TV (huge) could be viewed comfortably from two leather couches (one opens to a comfy queen-size bed) and from two great leather recliners. There are ceiling fans in all living spaces (except bath), and I see evidence that there is A/C (but certainly not used by me in mid-January!). Full-size clothes washer and dryer right there, too. Indirect lighting at top of bookcase/TV wall made for a soft and serene sense in the large living room. When the blinds were pulled away from the picture window and the window-wall/sliding glass door to patio, you could enjoy the beautiful grounds and wooded area behind the home. Having privacy was never an issue. It was assuring to know the owner was just a quick phone call away. Must mention, too, that there is more storage space than you could ever need - you can see (pictured) an entire wall of wooden cupboards in the hallway (as you enter the home). That's in addition to all the beautiful cabinetry in the kitchen area and the dressers and wall of clothes-closets in the bedroom. All you need is yourself, your personal belongings, and a few groceries (shopping centers and restaurants within less than 3 miles!). It's truly a ‘home away’ from home - as the owner calls it "A Piece of Heaven..." Almost forgot: Wi-Fi and cellular phone service - never a problem. Everything quick, easy, and clear. DON''T THINK TWICE ABOUT STAYING HERE!!! Thank you, Tim, for making your beautiful home available to strangers. It's truly a gem. I really enjoyed my stay.
We stayed here in October for our semi-annual visit back to GR to see family and friends. This is a great place for a couple to stay. Although owner Tim lives in the other unit (separated by a garage), he respects your privacy. It is quiet and spotlessly clean. Looks and feels like a brand new place. We will definitely stay here again.
Very nice and VERY clean property. Owners were very accommodating and helpful when needed. We would defiantly stay here again. Pic is of two homes really. Owners live next door to you which was nice.
We stayed at this property to compete at a sporting event in Grand Rapids. The location is a short 10-minute drive from downtown. The listing photos show exactly what you get - a 1-bedroom apartment with living area and a Jack and Jill bath. There is plenty of room for 4 people. The property was very well-maintained and the owner was helpful. I'd recommend it to a friend.
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