A Piece of Heaven in the Heart of West Michigan.(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Nestled on 6 acres of rolling wooded hills.
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.
Keywords: Park Like Setting, Campfire, Grand Rapids Getaway, Retreat, Short Term, Long Term, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, Calvin College, Aquinas College, Kuyper College, Cornerstone University, Grace Bible College, Spectrum Health, Spectrum Hospital, Butterworth Hospital, Meijer Heart Center, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids Medical Mile, Artprize Rental, Romantic Getaway, Family Accommodations, Charter Fishing, Tubing, Close to Downtown Grand Rapids and Lake MI.
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Member since: 2013
- 1050 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $79
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 2002
Why the Owner Chose Grand Rapids, MI, USA:
Private setting and only 2 miles from anything you need. Gas, grocery, restaurants, movies, med center, Churches, pharmacy and much more.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
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Queen sofa-sleeper for two people.
Clothes washer and dryer located in bathroom
Fully stocked kitchen
French doors to rear patio.
Wall to wall entertainment center with 55' high def TV
5ft x 3ft shower with seat and hand held shower along with standard height shower head. Comfort height toilet.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016
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