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February is the Month for Romance in Grand Rapids

If you're looking for a way to celebrate Valentine's Day with someone you love, look no further than Grand Rapids. Throughout the month of February, Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast is offering the Lovers' Dream Special. Stay two nights in the same suite & get one FREE half hour massage, a box of gift wrapped chocolates & a firelight romance candle package [a $105.00 value]. You can take advantage of the special any time between now and February 28 by booking online.

So now that you know where to stay while you celebrate Valentine's Day for the ultimate in romance, what other romantic things are there available to do in Grand Rapids?

If you're the active type, there's always skating hand-in-hand at Rosa Parks Circle. And afterwards maybe a short walk to any of a number of local coffee houses to warm up with a hot drink and a sweet treat. You may not think that the middle of winter is the best time for a trip to the beach but the extremely cold weather and massive amounts of snow in West Michigan have made the lake shore unbelievably beautiful to look at. Or maybe you'd like to spend a little time outside, but being a little less active. You can always enjoy a winter carriage ride through the streets of downtown. (Grand Carriages, Classic Carriages, Romance Horse Carriages) Besides with a stay at Prairieside Suites you always warm up in a two-person Jacuzzi tub to take the chill away when you're done.

Maybe you're looking for some hands-on activities to do together as a couple. With Thought Design, you could take a couples cooking class. In February, they're offering a "Me and You" couples class where you can learn about food pairings. Their "Thai One On" class will teach you how to cook Thai food. At The Local Epicurean, couples can take a truffle making class where you will be able to take home a dozen chocolate truffles you make and enjoy a cheese and chocolate platter & drinks during the class. (There is even a Groupon available for this event).  Maybe food isn't your thing and you're more the artistic type. At Brush Studio you and your date can learn how to paint. Enjoy a glass of wine, order some food in, and let their instructors teach you how to create a masterpiece.

Are you looking for an entertaining show? The Delta Plex is hosting the Brew Ha Ha over Valentine's Day weekends. This events combines what Grand Rapids is famous for, craft beers, and comedy. Join the Grand Rapids Symphony as they celebrate classic rock 'n roll with music from the Rolling Stones on February 15.  At the end of the month, the Grand Rapids Civic theater will begin its run of Les Miserables.

What romantic date would be complete without the perfect meal?  Cygnus 27 may be the tops when it comes to fine dining in Grand Rapids. Located at the top of the Amway Grand Plaza this beautiful restaurant not only offers amazing views from high above the city, but also delicious food. San Chez is another local favorites. This Spanish Tapas Bistro offers patrons the chance to share small plate dishes. Both of these restaurants are perfect any time of year for a romantic dinner.

If you're looking for restaurants offering special Valentine's Day deals, Grand Rapids has several to offer. Zeytin is a top rated restaurant offering Turkish cuisine. This Valentine's Day they're offering a special pairing dinner that includes an appetizer of your choice with any two kebabs, seafood, or vegetable entrée along with a bottle of selected red or white wine.  Shiraz is another restaurants with international flair that has a Valentine's weekend dining special.  Specializing in Persian and Mediterranean cuisine this restaurant will feature a romantic four course dinner for two including wine for only $79. .If you're looking for more traditional dining, head to Boulder Creek. For $45, couples can choose an appetizer, to salads, two entrées, and a dessert to share.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day or when you choose to celebrate it, a romantic jacuzzi suite at Prairieside is the perfect way to end your date. Be sure to book your stay before February 28 in order to take advantage of our Lovers' Dream Special.

Prairieside Suites Offers Smart Lodging for Grand Rapids College & University Visitors

Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to more than a dozen different colleges and universities.  Most of these schools have their roots in the Grand Rapids and surrounding area, while a few of them offer satellite campuses to other state universities and colleges throughout the Midwest.  There are several reasons why students of higher education are drawn to West Michigan to earn their degrees, these include great hiring opportunities, affordable housing, diversity, and much more. 

If one of these area schools has you visiting Grand Rapids for a speaking engagement, a conference, or any other reason, consider Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast as your lodging choice during your visit.  Prairieside Suites is located less than 10 minutes from the downtown Grand Rapids area and no more than 20 minutes from any of these campuses.  Our professionally designed rooms have each been beautifully decorated to reflect a different style from various parts of the world.  We provide a clean, warm & inviting atmosphere while making sure your every need is met.  After a long day in the halls of higher learning our luxury spa rooms are the perfect mix of coziness and pampering to make you feel like you're on vacation. Imagine finishing your day by unwinding in one of our quiet, private rooms with oversized Jacuzzi tub, heated towels, king size bed and a 42" flat screen TV.  Whether you're traveling for business [check out our single person corporate rates online] or visiting the children at college, you'll find that our bed & breakfast is the perfect place to stay during your visit in Grand Rapids, MI.  Book your stay today!

Aquinas College

Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.

Calvin College

Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world.

Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a Christ-centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. Cornerstone is interdenominational and located in Grand Rapids, Mich. We offer traditional undergraduate programs as well as adult undergraduate and graduate programs through our Professional & Graduate Studies Division, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Asia Baptist Theological Seminary.

Central Michigan University

CMU started offering courses in Grand Rapids in 1983. Since that time, the center has awarded valuable, career-enhancing undergraduate and master’s level degrees to hundreds of area students. In addition to full degree programs, we also offer certificate programs that can update your skills and credentials in just five or six courses. Conveniently located on the E. Beltline between Leonard and Knapp, the center offers beautiful facilities for studying and learning. Our friendly staff is dedicated to the individual needs of our students.

Davenport University

Davenport University focuses on business, health and technology while preparing students for the most in-demand, fastest-growing careers . The main campus is in Grand Rapids with other campuses throughout Michigan where the academic programs focus on getting students a career.

Ferris State University – GR

A mix of traditional and non-traditional campus features and dozens of programs to choose from makes Ferris in Grand Rapids the place to start on the path to your new career. Current and anticipated programs are at your fingertips to enable you to discover your potential.

Grace Bible College

Grace Bible College seeks to develop passionate servants of Jesus Christ by personally educating students in an educational program which emphasizes the integration of biblical truth, ministry experience, and character transformation. This emphasis pervades the entire campus as the College strives to cultivate a caring learning community where Jesus Christ is exalted and students are equipped for serving the needs of church and society.  Each degree program at Grace Bible College consists of three major components: general education courses, biblical and theological studies, and a vocational major.

Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC's varied program levels, flexible scheduling, and student support services enable people of all ages and backgrounds to have access to the higher education they need to achieve their goals. There are dozens of associate degrees, certificate programs, and transfer options available through GRCC.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, including 77 undergraduate majors and 28 graduate programs. Teaching in the liberal tradition, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, has always been at the heart of Grand Valley's educational mission.

Kendall College of Art & Design

Our undergraduate programs are designed around traditional and emerging opportunities in the professional world. We emphasize the work patterns, technologies, tools, and techniques that will prepare graduates for a seamless transition to their lives as working artists and designers. Graduate students at Kendall develop through a process of guided exploration. Examining the traditional and progressive, the intuitive and intellectual, the individual and collaborative, the expressive and technical, the theoretical and the practical, students find a vision that's truly their own.

Kuyper College

At Kuyper College, students find one of the most outstanding values in Christian higher education today. The best of academic and spiritual education is combined with a passion for awakening students to the need of possessing a solid biblical worldview. Within a welcoming community, Kuyper students develop professional skills and acquire experience that equips them for service to God and His kingdom.

Michigan State – College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is committed to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing service at home and abroad. We enhance our communities by providing outstanding primary and specialty care, promoting the dignity and inclusion of all people, and responding to the needs of the medically underserved.

Northwood University

Known as the school-of-choice for business-minded students of all ages and backgrounds, Northwood University's management and entrepreneurship focus prepares students to become the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. With residential campuses in Florida, Michigan, and Texas; Northwood University offers you the business degree options you need and the college experience you want.

The Everest Institute

At Everest, we're all about diversity. With programs as wide ranging as Healthcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, and Trade Skills, Everest has a career training path for you. We think it's important to practice what you're learning. That's why we incorporate hands-on training into all our programs. You'll learn better and quicker by doing the work than you will just sitting in a lecture room.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus maintains strong ties with the local community, creating diverse volunteer and legal service opportunities with the courts, law firms, prosecutor and public-defender offices, other government agencies, and many nonprofit organizations. Many students, including first-year students, serve in the courthouse-based Legal Assistance Center, learning important inter-cultural and professional skills. Students and faculty members maintain pro-bono and community service projects near the campus at soup kitchens, missions, cultural centers, chambers of commerce, courts, nonprofits, and schools.

Western Michigan University – GR

With over 1,500 students, WMU-Grand Rapids comprises the largest regional location for Western Michigan University. In 2009, WMU-Grand Rapids marked 100 years of service to this metropolitan community. Two WMU-Grand Rapids' locations, the Beltline location and the Downtown location, serve the needs of area residents who are seeking quality education and professional development. WMU-Grand Rapids offers 20+ graduate degree programs in the following areas: business, engineering, teaching, counseling, administration, and health and human services.

West Michigan Events: A Winter Wonderland!

West Michigan is a winter wonderland! One of the best things about Grand Rapids is that we truly get to see every season in all it's glory. This year we're seeing plenty of what winter has to offer, with record snowfalls and low temperatures, but that doesn't mean this isn't still the perfect time to visit the area or to get out an enjoy the winter weather if you already live here.

Take time to create some special moments this winter by enjoying the beauty and unique opportunities that West Michigan has to offer.  You'll be amazed as you watch what artists create at the Holland Ice Sculpting Contest January 10th and 11th or the Rockford Ice Festival on February 7th and 8th.

Of course the American Hockey League [AHL] Calder Cup Champions,   the Grand Rapids Griffins  will take to the ice indoors at the Van Andel arena all winter long. You can always stay indoors and enjoy watching them in warmth of VanAndel Arena, but why not head outside and hit the ice with the players. During the Great Skate Winterfest on January 18th and 19th you can skate along side Griffins' hockey players as they take to the ice at Rosa Parks Circle for 34 consecutive hours. During this event you'll also get the chance to enjoy sled dogs, ice sculpting, winter sports demonstrations, zoo animals, carriage rides, a family activity tent and more.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will be putting on a Winter West event January 24 – February 9 where you can enjoy 3 on 3 hockey, a Fat Bike race, and a Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition. There will also be sledding, ice skating, and a warming tent to enjoy all while seeing what one of Grand Rapids big parks has to offer.

If you're looking for an event that will warm your body and quite possibly your soul, check out the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular on January 23rd at Van Andel Arena. For only $10 at the door you can enjoy 11 of the top names in Christian music putting on this inspirational concert.

Aside from all the great winter events that are planned over the next couple of months, here's some winter fun that you can have any time your heart desires. Ice skating at Rosa Park Circle  is available all throughout the winter with skate rentals. You can check out Cannonsburg Ski Area if you'd like to get in a little downhill action. Pando Park  not only offers another downhill ski/snowboarding option, but they also have x-country skiing and tubing. L.E. Kauffman Cross Country course is just a 5 mile drive from Prairieside Suites and offers not only miles of beautifully groomed x-country trails, but also inexpensive x-country ski rentals. A drive up to Muskegon for the day will give you the opportunity to check out the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex  where they offer the typical winter fun fare like x-country skiing, sledding, and skating, but they also have tobogganing and a luge run. Maybe grab a sled and feel like a kid again. This Winter Activity Guide  will let you know where all the great local sledding hills are along with a variety of locations for other winter fun activities.

Regardless of how you plan to spend your time enjoying this winter wonderland, one thing is for sure . . .the best way to warm up after a cold winter's day full of snowy, icy fun is to end your day at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast. Warm up in one of our beautiful cozy rooms with a long leisurely soak in one of our two person Jacuzzi tubs. Wrap up in a luxurious bathrobe by the all season fireplace in your room with a cup of homemade hot cocoa and delicious, always available baked goods from the Prairieside kitchen. Our rooms are so warm and cozy that even the tile floors and toilet seats are heated. Prairieside Suites is your perfect winter wonderland getaway with lots to enjoy in and around the area, plus everything to enjoy about our beautiful rooms. Book your stay today.

New Years Celebrations in Grand Rapids

It's that time of year again, 2014 is right around the corner.  If you're looking for something exciting this New Years Eve, Grand Rapids has a variety of ways to ring in the new year right.

Starting with the week before New Years Eve (Dec 26 – Dec 29), Broadway Grand Rapids presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze at DeVos Performance Hall.  In this production, a cast of 30 international artists will perform amazing feats on stage.  The audience will experience gingerbread men flipping, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, penguins spinning, and more all to an original score and hundreds of spectacular costumes.

If amazing acrobats aren't your thing, maybe a quiet evening at the museum . . . or maybe your evening won't be so quiet when you walk into Night at Your Museum.  Based on the popular 2006 and 2009 movies starring Ben Stiller, this family friendly event at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (Dec 27) will deliver sword fighting Medieval Knights, Native Americans in full regalia performing ceremonial dances, and Civil War soldiers reenacting skirmishes.

Then on December 31st the New Years Celebrations really kick off downtown.  You can choose from a variety of different events that suit your tastes.  Maybe you like your celebrations a little old school.  Why not enjoy the Grand Rapids Symphony's performance of A Swingin' New Years Eve? You can enjoy the music stylings of the greats like Glen Miller & Cole Porter.  Keeping with the theme of taking you back to a different era, the JW Marriott will host the R18 New Years Eve Party.  R18 is in reference to repealing the 18th amendment and this prohibition themed party will offer a speak easy feel with authentic music.   Or maybe you'd like to try out something a little more young and fresh, join the Grand Rapids Young Professionals as they put on their GRYP New Years Eve Party.  The DeVos Place Ballroom will be transformed into  a club complete with arcade games, pool tables, a dance floor, DJs and a VIP lounge.  Make a paparazzi style red carpet entrance in your best cocktail attire for this event.

Maybe you'd like something a little more quiet, like dinner for twoFire Creek Grill, Watermark Grille & Rush Creek Bistro will all be offering a special New Years Eve dinner featuring a four course meal, live music, and a champagne toast for $45 per person.  Louise Benton is doing New Years up right with a fine dining formal dinner party that lasts all night.  For $250 per couple you can start your evening with hors d'oerves from 5:30 until 7:30, move on to a three course dinner, fabulous desserts throughout the evening, four drink tickets, a champagne toast, live music with Steve Hilger Band from 9:30-12am and then dance until 3 AM with DJ Ira BriggsReserve, located downtown, also plans a special dinner experience for New Years Eve.  The evening will feature a special menu and again a champagne toast to top off the evening.

It's possible you're not the party type, maybe a big celebration isn't your thing.  You could start the new year with a few laughs. Join Grand Rapids native comedian Michael Jr. for his Stand Up & Give New Years Comedy Event . This is a family friendly Christian comedy show at Grand Rapids First.  Or maybe you're a sports enthusiast and heading down the VanAndel Arena as the Grand Rapids Griffins take to the ice in a match up against the Toronto Marlies.

What New Years Eve Celebration would be complete without a ball drop?  There's no need to go all the way to Times Square in New York.  Grand Rapids has it's very own ball drop at Rosa Parks Circle downtown, complete with a free concert brought to you by 105.3 Hot FM featuring IYAZ and Nick Hissom.  The party kicks off at 6:30.


Is your idea of ringing in the New Year more on the quiet romantic side?  Would it include staying in a beautiful room with a fireplace and a big jacuzzi tub for two?  Lets add in heated towels, heated tile floors and a beverage center in your room which includes a refrig for something sparkling and bubbly plus an electric wine chiller with corkscrew, stemware, microwave & dishware.  You can pack light and enjoy all the comforts of home.  That's right, make a lasting memory with a Romantic Get Away for two at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast where you'll find ALL THIS and MORE located only 6 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.  See our gorgeous rooms, which are themed after a different part of the world with real time availability and 24 hour booking online.  Are you looking for the perfect gift for your someone special for Christmas?  Gift certificates are available online and they can be printed immediately.  Make this a Holiday to remember. . . experience something new by staying at Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B.