Welcome to the heart of Michigan, where vibrant cities and serene neighborhoods blend seamlessly. As the marketing director for the Michigan Bed and Breakfast Association, we know that finding the perfect place to stay is essential for an unforgettable experience. This article highlights a journey through Grand Rapids and the suburb of Grandville, uncovering hidden gems, savoring culinary delights, live entertainment venues, and, of course, revealing the best-kept secret—the luxurious Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a nature lover, a shopper, or a foodie, this corner of Michigan promises adventure, relaxation, and warm hospitality.
Grand Rapids: Where Art, Entertainment, and Nature Converge
Grand Rapids is known for its vibrant streets and Granville for their serene corners, where you will find art-filled museums, tranquil parks, and culinary delights. Here you can wander through Frederik Meijer Gardens, sip some moonshine at Michigan Moonshine Distillery, or revel in the luxury of Prairieside Suites Bed & Breakfast. Here are some of our favorites for you to experience.
Grand Art and Culture
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Discover modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Wander through exotic plants, desert gardens, Victorian landscapes, and wetlands while admiring sculptures by renowned artists. Don’t miss the serene Japanese Garden.
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum- Step into history at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore more than 19,000 artifacts related to the 38th president of the United States. From campaign memorabilia to Betty Ford’s elegant gowns, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into Ford’s life and legacy.
- ArtPrize® is an independent international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan that runs from September 13-28, 2024. Since its inception in 2009, millions of people have visited ArtPrize to see thousands of artworks displayed all over downtown. This year, visitors can count on seeing 650+ works of art from international artists displayed all over downtown Grand Rapids. Visitors can vote for their favorites and help decide the winners. This year, there is more than $600,000 being awarded to artists through public and juried vote. Check out this link to see last year’s winners.
Michigan Moonshine Distillery- Sip handcrafted moonshine and learn about the distillation process. Cheers to unique flavors and small-batch craftsmanship!
Spring Grove Park- An awesome green space with activities for all ages.
Osgood Brewing & Johnson Park Wet your whistle at Osgood Brewing, where craft beer meets community vibes. Launch a kayak into the Grand River from the universally accessible Johnson Park. Paddle along the 41-mile Grand River Heritage Water Trail.
The Grand River that flows through downtown Grand Rapids is a major focus of aquatic adventure. You can launch your watercraft from nine local public access sites, rent a canoe or kayak for a guided tour, or even take a scenic paddlewheel riverboat.
Retail Therapy Shop till you drop at RiverTown Crossings, one of the region’s largest malls. Explore specialty shops, department stores, and boutiques. Find unique gifts, fashion, and home decor.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a nature lover, or a foodie, Grand Rapids and Grandville have something special waiting for you. Pack your sense of adventure and explore these Michigan gems!
Culinary Scene in Grandville
Indulge in Grandville’s culinary scene. Try mouthwatering dishes at local restaurants, cafes, and bakeries. From farm-to-table fare to international flavors, your taste buds are in for a treat!
- Uccello’s Ristorante: Uccello’s offers a blend of Italian cuisine, American classics, and a lively sports bar atmosphere. Their pizzas and pasta dishes are crowd favorites.
- Rainbow Grill: A local gem, Rainbow Grill serves American comfort food with generous portions. Don’t miss their classic burgers and homestyle dishes.
- Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille: Known for their steaks and burgers, Brann’s offers a casual dining experience. Try their sizzling sirloin or loaded nachos.
- Rush Creek Bistro: A cozy bistro with an American menu, Rush Creek offers a range of dishes from sandwiches to seafood. Try their crab cakes or grilled chicken and the Prairieside Innkeepers love the homemade cream pies.
- El Burrito Loco: Craving Mexican? El Burrito Loco serves up tasty tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Don’t forget the guacamole!
- Herb and Fire Pizzeria: Herb and Fire specializes in wood-fired pizzas. Choose your toppings and savor the crispy crust.
Whether you’re looking for a casual meal, yummy pizza, or a romantic Italian meal, Grandville has something to satisfy every craving. The innkeepers at the Prairieside Suites love to share their favorite eateries and attractions that are outlined here- “Start your day by exploring downtown Grandville while sipping your stress away at Wildroast Coffee Lounge. Walk around the corner for some epic vintage thrifting at Changing Thyme’s antique shop and then try some heritage flavors at our very quaint Steenstra’s Dutch Bakery. Taste some sugary, seasonal sweetness from Tippy Cow Ice Cream, chill for some of the best pizza of your life (& alcohol) at Peppino’s Pizzeria & Sports Grille (short car ride), and end with a relaxing nightcap & nibbles at Michigan Moonshine. This is all within a walkable 2 blocks of PrairieSide Suites B&B!”
Culinary Scene in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan, boasts a diverse culinary scene with something to satisfy every palate. Here are some must-try restaurants in Grand Rapids:
- San Chez Tapas Bistro: For the ultimate fine dining experience, head to San Chez. This top-quality seafood restaurant offers a unique, artistic presentation of fresh seafood. The pleasant seating area and great service make it a memorable choice.
- Butcher’s Union: Calling all meat lovers and whiskey connoisseurs! Butcher’s Union offers a modern, stylish setting with indoor and patio seating. From burgers to house-made loaded fries, their menu satisfies hearty appetites.
- MDRD: Located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza, MDRD provides breathtaking views of the city. Indulge in modern Spanish cuisine, tapas, and specialty drinks while admiring the skyline.
- Reserve Wine and Food: This elegant restaurant serves a fresh farm-to-table menu. From appetizers to special seasonal entrées, Reserve offers a delightful dining experience. Don’t forget to ask for wine and cocktail recommendations.
- Leo’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar: Leo’s is the premier destination for exquisite seafood, classic cuisine, and decadent desserts. With an elegant dining room and a lively bar area, Leo’s delivers an extraordinary experience.
These restaurants promise culinary delights and memorable moments. Bon appétit!
Entertainment and Sports Scene in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids and Grandville offer a vibrant live entertainment and sports scene that caters to diverse tastes. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, theater lover, or simply seeking unique experiences, these cities have something for everyone:
- The Intersection: Located at 133 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, The Intersection is a dynamic live music venue. It hosts a variety of musical acts across four separate stages. From indie bands to nationally acclaimed artists, this venue buzzes with energy. Check their schedule for upcoming shows and discover your new favorite band.
- Midtown GR: Midtown GR, situated at 123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, offers an intimate setting for live music. Enjoy elevated cocktails while listening to local and touring musicians. The cozy ambiance makes it perfect for up-close music experiences.
- The Pyramid Scheme: The Pyramid Scheme, located at 68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, is more than just a music venue. With 25 pinball machines, cheap drinks, and a great jukebox, it’s a lively spot. Catch live performances in an intimate setting and soak up the energetic atmosphere.
- Broadway Grand Rapids: If you’re a fan of musical theater, Broadway Grand Rapids is your destination. They present touring productions of big Broadway shows, bringing the magic of the stage to West Michigan. From classic favorites to contemporary hits, immerse yourself in the world of musicals
- Grand Rapids Symphony: The Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony is a cultural gem. With over 400 performances annually, they cover everything from classical masterpieces to modern hits. Attend their concerts at venues like DeVos Performance Hall and experience the power of live orchestral music.
Whether you’re grooving to a band’s rhythm, belting out show tunes, or discovering hidden gems, Grand Rapids and Granville promise unforgettable entertainment experiences. For more concert listings and personalized recommendations, check out Bandsintown and explore the full list of concert venues in the area.
Grand Rapids and Grandville’s creative energy is contagious!
Discover Grandville’s Hidden Gem
Imagine a serene residential neighborhood adorned with lush greenery and charming homes. Here, you’ll find Prairieside Suites B&B, a haven of tranquility. As you step onto the property, the world outside fades away, replaced by a sense of calm and anticipation. The innkeepers, Jeanine & Steve will greet you with warm smiles, ready to make your stay exceptional.
Unparalleled Luxury and Comfort
Each suite at Prairieside is a masterpiece—a blend of elegance, comfort, and thoughtful design. Whirlpool tubs beckon, inviting you to unwind after a day of exploration.
Curl up by the fireplace with a glass of wine, or slip into a plush robe and enjoy heated towel bars—the little touches that elevate your experience.
Indulge in Breakfast Delivered to your Room
Mornings at Prairieside begin with a symphony of flavors. Picture this: a gourmet breakfast delivered to your room, freshly made each morning. Freshly brewed coffee, fluffy pancakes, savory omelets—the menu changes daily, but the delight remains constant. Whether you’re an early riser or prefer breakfast in bed, your innkeepers cater to your preferences.
Enjoy a Romantic Couples Massage
Enjoy a romantic couple or separate massage during your stay at the Prairieside. The onsite spa and talented and experienced therapists will make this an unforgettable Grand Rapids Getaway.
Explore Grandville and Beyond
While Prairieside Suites tempt you to linger, Grandville and its surroundings beckon. Take a stroll through Spring Grove Park, grab a fresh roasted cup of coffee, savor a bakery sweet, and stroll through antique shops; And when you’re ready to explore downtown Grand Rapids, it’s a short drive away.