stylized Grand Rapids, Michigan skyline

Downtown Grand Rapids is walkable.

Attendees at meetings and events held at any of the city's downtown venues have everything they could need within a few short blocks. Take a look:

Hotels:

There are five hotels within walking distance of DeVos Place convention center, with one more in the works. Three of those hotels - Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott - are connected to the convention center by the city's climate-controlled skywalk system so you can leave your umbrella behind.

Downtown Grand Rapids restaurants mapRestaurants:

The city's Downtown Grand Rapids Dining Guide has 95 entries, and some represent several restaurants at one location, such as the Downtown Market. More than 30 of those entries are less than a 10-minute walk from the convention center. Whether you want a latte, a quick bite or an elegant dining experience, it's just a few steps away.

Museums:

Want to take in a bit of culture in between seminars? Take your pick from five area museums. They include two art museums, the Grand Rapids Public Museum with a planetarium and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. (The fifth one is the Grand Rapids Children Museum, but it's good to find your inner child once in a while!)

Entertainment:

Live music is easily found at downtown venues, big and small. The Van Andel Arena features megastars like Taylor Swift, while The Intersection and The Pyramid Scheme draw their own big names. And several bars, restaurants or clubs feature local and regional music. You can also take in some dueling pianos or standup comedy, especially during the annual LaughFest.

And that's just a partial list. There are also a variety of stores and boutiques for shopping, theater venues for a show and a beautiful riverwalk for a stroll along the Grand River, all within walking distance of your event site.