When I'm not out and about in Grand Rapids, you can generally find me working at The Mitten Brewing Company, a local pizzeria and brew pub that opened in 2012. From a server/bartender point of view? Beer tourism has exploded over the past five years! Grand Rapids has dozens of reasons to attract craft beverage enthusiasts, which was part of the driving force behind Experience GR's Ale Trail Map, published in 2014. Local lodging locations have helpfully joined in the enthusiast's trend, with many downtown and area hotels offering inclusive beer packages that make your weekend beer tour even more fun. If you're getting ready to plan a beercation in the near future, check out a few of these hotels to enjoy the benefits.
Amway Grand Plaza and JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Aside from prime locations and impeccable service, the Amway and JW have made beer enthusiasts very happy with their overnight packages. The Beer City USA package at the JW includes four local beers delivered to your room when you arrive, a brewery map and Beer City Passport, and two breakfast vouchers for six.one.six! When you complete the passport, you receive a Beer City T-Shirt and bragging rights forever.
Amway Grand and the JW have joined together to offer spa guests a truly unique beer experience with "Brew and Renew" spa treatments available year round. Read more about the benefits of relaxing with a beer and the details of the service. If hops just aren't doing it for you, the spa has also begun incorporating ciders into the treatments as well. Check out the Warm Up Spa package and enjoy West Michigan craft beverages during West Michigan's apple harvest as well. Part of the Beer City USA package is 20% off at the spa so be sure to book your appointment along with your reservation.
One of the most unique Beer City Packages is the one offered by Homewood Suites! After receiving two souvenir pint glasses and a Beer City map, enjoy a tour of one of West Michigan's local breweries. Seeing and appreciating the process makes the beer taste even better.
For an equally exciting option in the heart of downtown GR, check out City Flats Hotel. Starting at $229, this Beer City package includes a one night stay, a free howler and fill from the CitySen local craft taps, a Beer City Map, and two souvenir pint glasses. City Flats is known for their eco-friendly rooms and excellent food and drink at the CitySen Lounge.
Just north of downtown, the Riverfront Hotel has beautiful views, a local beer supportive restaurant, and a convenient shuttle to get you where you need to be. With the Beer City USA package here, enjoy two local beers upon arrival, Founders, Bells, and Perrin beers on tap in the lounge, and a hot breakfast in the morning. Details on the shuttle can be arranged when you call to book your stay!
With packages starting at $219, it's hard to not fall in love with the Courtyard downtown. Located directly across the street from GR staples like the B.O.B., Van Andel Arena, and more, it would make another perfect place to call home base during a beer weekend. The Beer City Package here includes two souvenir pint glasses, four local beers per night you stay, and hot breakfast for the morning after a long tour around town.
If you really want to be spoiled during your weekend away, check out the Beer City USA package at PrairieSide. Your first logical stop would be Osgood Brewing Company, which is just a walk away, and you immediately save $35 on booking two nights with beer in mind...that means you can spend it on pints instead!
Is the whole family coming? You can also read more about kid-friendly hotels in Grand Rapids from fellow blogger Meagan Francis.
Cheers to vacations! And especially beercations!