Four miles north is Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, a century-old family farm that offers hayrides, hiking and mountain biking as well as a restaurant, bakery, cider mill and fresh-picked fruit.
Continue north about seven miles to Rockford, a quaint village with an award-wining shopping district plus biking/hiking/skating trails, canoeing/kayaking rivers, and numerous golf courses. Dine at the upscale Red's on the River or add your name to the "hot dog hall of fame" at the Corner Bar.
Sparta is a classic American small town located 20 minutes west of Rockford. Main Street is lined with homegrown shops and restaurants that make everyone feel welcome, and family-festivals abound all year long.
Sparta is on the Fruit Ridge, one of the world's prime fruit-growing regions. Approximately 8 miles wide by 20 miles long, it's dotted with farms and markets offering tours and fresh-picked (or pick-your-own) produce.
Lowell is a historic town 20 miles east of Grand Rapids, featuring a charming riverfront shopping center and abundant recreation opportunities. It's also the national headquarters of North Country Trails, a system that passes right through downtown Lowell.
Back to Grand Rapids for a tour of Blandford Nature Center, a 143-acre nature preserve, or Millennium Park, a vast urban green space with miles of trails for hiking, biking and blading along the Grand River. Both less than five miles from downtown.