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Heritage Hill

Dating to the mid-1800s and one of the country's largest urban historic districts, Heritage Hill features 1,300 dwellings representing more than sixty distinct architectural styles. Equally eclectic are the people and places calling the area home, like the lumber barons, business owners, educators, legislators, and influential Grand Rapids families before them.

What to see: Meyer May House, with its roots firmly planted in the turn of the previous century, was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's first Michigan commission. The Prairie-style house was painstakingly and meticulously attended to in the mid-1980s, inside and out, and is now the most completely restored of Wright's homes.

What to do: The Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes offers visitors a chance to enter some of the neighborhoods majestic dwellings and gardens, and learn about their highlights and special features. Throughout the year, take advantage of the Heritage Hill Association's self-guided walking tour map and enjoy the sights on your own.

Where to stay: Peaches Bed & Breakfast, an elegant Georgian country manor-style home just up the hill from downtown, is close to the busy, yet full of quiet, hospitality and luxurious amenities. Say hello to "Edgar" the dragon and to the house dog when you arrive. The Leonard at Logan House offers modern conveniences in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century mansion, and is a unique venue for catered events, small weddings, and meetings.

Where to eat: Desdemona's Dining Room is a public luncheon spot at the private Women's City Club, located in a spacious two-story Italianate villa filled with fine arts, antiques, and furniture made in Grand Rapids as early as the mid-nineteenth century. The Heritage is fine dining courtesy of Secchia Institute culinary students, throughout the school year.

Local Favorite: Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Baking Company make wonderful neighbors! The former is a corner store with a global wine selection, fine liquors and beers (with a hefty craft selections), and treats to tempt your taste buds. Next door, the latter specializes in a vast array of artisan breads, assorted delightful pastries, and gourmet pizza. Both keep late hours and a dedicated clientele.

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CC Cafe

  • 300 Monroe Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 776-7700
  • Region: Downtown

Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

  • 111 Lyon Street, NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 234-3990
  • Region: Downtown

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 >>

Grand Rapids Community College

  • 111 Lyon Street, NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 234-3990
  • Region: Downtown

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 >>

Grand Rapids Community College

  • 143 Bostwick
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: 616-234-GRCC
  • Region: Downtown

Grand Rapids Community College

  • 143 Bostwick
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: 616-234-GRCC
  • Region: Downtown

Heritage Hill Homes Tour

  • 126 College Ave. SE
  • Heritage Hill Historic District
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 459-8950
  • Region: Downtown

Heritage Hill Historic District

  • 126 College Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 459-8950
  • Region: Downtown

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 >>

Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast

  • 440 Logan Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 308-6585
  • Region: Southeast

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 >>

Martha's Vineyard

  • 200 Union Ave. NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 459-0911
  • Region: Northeast

Meyer May House

  • 450 Madison Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 246-4821
  • Region: Downtown

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 >>

Nantucket Baking Company

  • 200 Union Ave. NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 726-6609
  • Region: Northeast

Peaches Bed & Breakfast

  • 29 Gay Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 454-8000
  • Region: Downtown

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 >>

Secchia Insititute for Culinary Education

  • 151 Fountain NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 234-3690
  • Region: Downtown

St. Mary's Mercy Medical

  • 200 Jefferson Ave. SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 752-6090
  • Region: Southeast

The Heritage Restaurant

  • 151 Fountain St NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: 616-234-3700
  • Region: Downtown
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