Grand Rapids Michigan surprised us and we can’t wait to go back again! We were not sure what to expect going into our visit to Grand Rapids. We had heard that the city was known for their beer and food. Coming from the Pacific Northwest where there is a brewery on almost every corner we have to admit to being a bit skeptical. How was Grand Rapids going to compare to the beer cities we know and love.
Could Grand Rapids entice us to want to come back to visit and tell everyone to visit? Would we find enough things to do that we couldn’t fit them all in during our trip? The answer is yes to all of these questions and more!
Grand Rapids honestly amazed us. From the great food to the breweries making it happen Grand Rapids is well worth considering for your next weekend getaway. We visited while the weather was still a bit chilly and brisk and still loved it!
The first thing we noticed in Grand Rapids was how friendly everyone is. From the hotel valet to our waitress at a local restaurant everyone was smiling and asked how we were doing. John talked with the hotel valet each day about where we had visited and what our plans were. The valet at the JW Marriott gave us amazing suggestions on places to visit and his favorite places to see in town.
We didn’t announce that we were travel writers or that we were there to check out the city we just explored the city as a couple on a weekend getaway. We were so impressed with the openess and excitement locals have for their city. They truly love their city and can’t wait to share it!
THE FOOD! Oh my gosh the food in Grand Rapids is mouthwatering good! From Hop Cats which was just named #1 french fry in the US by Food Network Magazine for their Crack Fries (they really are that good) to the Twisted Rooster each restaurant has something unique. You can literally eat you way through Grand Rapids and not get to every amazing restaurant. When you plan you visit come hungry and ready to enjoy great food!
The beer! How can we not talk about the beer when Grand Rapids is being called Beer City USA! The breweries offer a variety of beers to fit every palate. Founders Brewery is expanding continually to fill their demand. Hop Cats offers a beer list that takes a few minutes to look over it is so long. Grand Rapids Brewing has great beer and food! Don’t miss the beer tiramisu it sounds crazy but it is good!
If you love art than you will love the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids. You can wander among sculptures and amazing art all afternoon. Plus there is a indoor garden area filled with plants, succulents and more.
For wine lovers there is Robinettes which offers an amazing variety of fruit wines. Including ciders from apples grown on the farm next to the winery. There are also local distilleries popping up all over Grand Rapids. You can find each of these spots by picking up the Grand Rapids Ale Trail map. It includes breweries and distillery.
One of the best reasons to visit Grand Rapids for your next weekend getaway is time together! As a couple you can find things to do that both of you will enjoy. You can relax with a spa treatment at the JW Marriot, you can wander the city with a cup of coffee and check out the sites, You can sleep in and relax. You can do whatever makes you happy!