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 in Heritage Hill
A small but delicious collection of eateries is nestled among the historic homes on the Hill.
Heritage Hill Shopping
Neighborhood stores offer internationally sourced food and wine, fresh-made baked goods and more.
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. 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 on select days for tours.
Visit Pleasant Park, a compact greenspace with playground equipment and a small sledding hill for winter fun.
What to See in Heritage Hill
See historic home interiors during the Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes, held the third weekend of every May. Each year, a different lineup 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.
Local Heritage Hill Favorites
People from all over West Michigan shop Martha’s Vineyard for its globally sourced wine, beer and liquors.
Nantucket Baking Company is a locally owned business offering a super-popular selection of breads, cakes and pastries.
Heritage Hill Hidden Gems
Three Bed & Breakfast properties situated amidst the historic homes of Heritage Hill offer Grand Rapids visitors a different kind of lodging experience:
- Peaches Bed & Breakfast is an elegant Georgian- style manor offering five guestrooms with private baths, free wi-fi and full breakfasts.
- The Leonard at Logan House, built in 1914, has eight guestrooms, most with private baths, along with free wi-fi, free laundry and complimentary breakfasts.
- The Lafayette House is a Federal-style home built in 1874. Four guestrooms with private baths, cable TV and wi-fi.