Are you thinking about having an extended visit at Castle in the Country? With so much to do on the property alone and the surrounding area, many of our guests treat themselves to a longer stay at our b&b. With at least a 4 or 5 day stay we’ll be able to customize our suggestions for lots of great adventures adding up to a great couple’s getaway. We’ve mentioned in previous blogs about day trips to Holland, Kalamazoo, and Saugatuck. So, we should also mention the option of a trip to Grand Rapids. Start your day early and make the one hour journey to GR where there is plenty to do! We suggest some of these hot spots in what many refer to as, “Calder City”.
Museum’s & local attractions: Frederik Meijer Gardens offers not only a breathtaking botanical garden that seasonally features butterflies in bloom, but also an exquisite indoor and outdoor sculpture park. While you’re there, make sure to catch a view of the stunning Chihuly blown glass chandelier! If you’re interested in more of an educational outing, we suggest visiting either the Gerald R Ford Museum , the Grand Rapids Art Museum, or the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. Another huge draw to Grand Rapids, is of course, the annual international ArtPrize competition in the fall that hosts thousands of artists and their artwork in a three mile radius of downtown GR for nineteen days.
Eateries: After a fun-filled day, you must be hungry? Well, you’re in luck because this city has a plethora of fabulous places to dine. If you’re in the downtown area, treat yourself to Mediterranean fare highlighting locally sourced foods at Bistro Bella Vita or San Chez Bistro, a hip and happening tapas restaurant. GR was voted Beer City USA two years in a row, so if you’re a beer aficionado make sure to check out Founder’s Brewing Company for a delicious sandwich and a local brew. Another great option is the world famous Hop Cat (voted 3rd best Beer Bar in the world, yes the world!) which specializes in Michigan brews but also features a wide range of global beers and 48 craft brews on tap. It’s definitely worth taking a visit to the East Hills District to dine at one of GR’s staple restaurants Marie Catribs that serves deliciously honest food made from scratch, many items of which are gluten free. Or Brewery Vivant (located in a restored historical chapel), which offers a European-esque menu and Belgian influenced beers. Another great restaurant in that area is Grove, is a great option for those looking for a modern and intimate dining setting.
We’re also big fans of the impressive farmer’s markets at the Fulton location as well as the year-round downtown market. Make sure to pick up some snacks and artisan food for your stay at Castle in the Country. Feel free to ask your innkeepers about their seasonal hours.
For those seeking more information about the myriad of activities and attractions in Grand Rapids, visit Experience Grand Rapids. After your action packed day, retreat to the countryside and relax by the fire or take a soothing bath in your whirlpool tub.