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One of the nation's top old-house neighborhoods is just a five minute walk from downtown Grand Rapids. Heritage Hill boasts Michigan's largest and finest collection of 19th and early 20th century houses. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the 1,300 buildings that date back to 1844.
Where to Eat:
Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery is a family-owned pizzeria using fresh, local produce and meats to create a wide variety of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. Dine in or take out.
Beijing Kitchen offers an extensive menu of Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. Large portions and economical portions for dining in or taking out.
Where to Shop:
Martha's Vineyard is a neighborhood grocery store with a global reach. People come from all over West Michigan to shop the extensive wine and beer selection, sourced from all over the world, as well as gourmet deli, cheese, and imported grocery items.
Nantucket Baking Company, right next door to Martha's, specializes in made-from-scratch artisan breads, delectable pastries and gourmet pizzas. In addition to supplying many of the city's finest restaurants, Nantucket offers a scrumptious to-go selection.
What to Do:
Stroll the streets of this "open-air museum" and marvel at the homes of the lumber barons, teachers, judges, and legislators who shaped the city during its heyday as "America's Furniture City." Download a self-guided walking tour brochure that includes 37 architecturally diverse homes. (Today, we'd call them mansions.) Or take a self-guided driving tour.
Tour the Meyer May House, a meticulously restored prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. Now owned by Steelcase, the locally based, globally connected office furniture manufacturer, the Meyer May House is open free to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and Sundays from 1-5 pm.
What to See:
See historic home interiors during the Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes, held the thried weekend of every May. Each year, a differnt line-up of 7-8 private homes and 2-3 historic buildings are open. Guides at each location share the site's unique story.
Get a peek at the impressive gardens that grace these majestic homes during the Heritage Hill Garden Tour, held in July. The gardeners are on hand to answer questions and provide inspiration.
Pleasant Park, a 2.4-acre plot of greenspace and playground equipment, opened in 2014. The first new Grand Rapids park established in nearly 20 years, it also features a small sledding hill.
Three Bed & Breakfast properties nestled amidst the historic homes of Heritage Hill offer Grand Rapids visitors a differnt kind of lodging experience:
To find all of the other places to see, eat, and visit in this neighborhood, use the drop down menu below.
Conveniently located close to major transportation arteries, the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, located on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, is easily accessible from all points of the city. This multi-purpose venue is well equipped for banquets, trade shows, small conventions, entertainment and sporting events. The Fieldhouse also offers state-of-the-art technological resources, including video-conferencing and satellite hookup. MORE >>
The GRCC Raiders compete in the national Junior College Athletic Association. GRCC teams present the highest quality of collegiate athletic competition. For ticket and schedule information call (616) 234-3990. MORE >>
A national historic district with over 60 different architectural styles and 1300 houses dating from 1844-1920's. Self-guided walking tour brochure is available at the HHA office or website. Annual home tour is the first weekend of October. Seasonal garden tours offered as well, please see website for more information. MORE >>
Historic Bed and Breakfast and unique event venue. Guests enjoy comfortable beds, gracious rooms and modern conveniences during their stay in this turn-of-the-century mansion. Book catered events, weddings, and meetings. MORE >>
Today, as a meticulous restoration complete with original furnishings and faithfully executed reproductions, the Meyer May house provides the rare opportunity to experience a Prairie house exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright intended. Presented by Steelcase Inc. Visit the Meyer May House at 450 Madison Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free Admission. Open Tuesdays & Thursday, 10-2pm and Sundays, 1-5pm. Last tour starts 1 hour prior to close. Call 616-246-4821 for more information MORE >>
This beautiful Georgian Country Manor style home was built in 1916 and has been maintained in its original condition. Skylights of cathedral glass adorn the 2nd floor ceiling in the main foyer and open through the 3rd floor atrium to the roof. The former ballroom is now a game and TV area and 5 guest bedrooms and 4 baths occupy the 2nd floor. Free full breakfast with overnight stay. Peaches B&B is the first lodging facility in MI to have an electric charging station for cars! MORE >>