Two-Day Getaway to Grand Rapids | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Grand Rapids

Held each fall, Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize is part art walk, part city tour and entirely vacation-worthy.
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Day 1

Start at one of seven exhibition centers of ArtPrize to purchase a map and register to vote in this 19-day celebration. Once you’re registered, you can give thumbs-up or -down to as many pieces as you’d like from your smartphone; the public chooses the winner of a $200,000 grand prize. For maximum pleasure, wear comfy shoes and plan plenty of breaks, including a stop at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

When hunger strikes, Reserve Wine and Food pairs farm-to-table food with glasses of vino from area wineries, such as 2 Lads, Blustone and Brys Estate.

Excellent hotel options include the hip JW Marriott Grand Rapids and the beautifully regal Amway Grand Plaza.

Day 2

The JW Marriott’s breakfast buffet changes regularly but has killer quiche and plum coffee cake.

ArtPrize easily fills a second weekend day; you’ll want to take the shuttle to see pieces at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Downtown, stop by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and check out the new Grand Rapids Market, an indoor foodie haven with year-round vendors.

Sip a beer and nosh on above-average pub grub at Founders, the city’s popular craft brewery.

More information: (800) 678-9859;

Day trip

Pair visits to Michigan’s capital city of Lansing with neighboring East Lansing for lively fun.

Shops and restaurants anchor tree-lined boulevards in this home of Michigan State University.

Across town, the capitol’s rotunda astounds during guided tours.

Head north to Old Town, Lansing’s original downtown, where galleries, restaurants, shops and bars fill historical buildings.

The Fork in the Road serves locally sourced meals.

More information: (888) 252-6746;


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