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Laughfest is a Roaring Good Time in Grand Rapids

They say that laughter is the best medicine! So maybe that's why in March 2011 the Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids (a free cancer and grief support community of adults, children and families) started Laughfest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter. In fact the whole point is "to celebrate laughter for the health of it". The ten day festival, that takes place in Grand Rapids with events all throughout West Michigan in a variety of venues, features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and variety of seriously funny stuff. This laugh filled events has a variety of things to see and do for anyone from age 5 to 105. The purpose of the event is "to honor laughter as an essential part of emotional health and well-being." It's also a way to raise awareness and funds to help support Gilda's Club Grand Rapids in their efforts to encourage children, adults, friends, and families facing cancer.

to honor laughter as an essential part of emotional health and wellbeing. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/purpose-2/#sthash.ZXbT4BzC.dpuf

Previous Laughfest headliners have included stars like Betty White and the hilariously funny Wayne Brady. Headliners for the 2014 shows include: Lily Tomlin, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Tucker, Maria Bamford, and fresh off his duties hosting the Tonight Show, Jay Leno. Local improv groups Pop Scholars and River City Improv will also be performing. Comedy shows will range from family friendly to clean adult humor to more on the racy side. No matter what your sense of humor you're sure to find something to fit your tastes.

But Laughfests isn't about just sitting around and watching people who will make you laugh. The organizers of Laughfests have also turned it into a physical experience with activities like Laughter Yoga, a Ping-Pong drop-in play, a FUNderwear 5K where participants run in their finest underwear, and The Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge (an Amazing Race type adventure).

There are even a variety of kid focused events on tap. Super Saturday Kids Zone on March 8 is a kids theme carnivals with inflatable games, mini-golf, laser tag, and special guests.  At Civic Theater a group of performers will act out the children's book "No Dogs Allowed". There is even a chance for kids to become standup comedians themselves. Several local libraries will host kid comedy nights, where kids can sign up to deliver their best jokes.

March 6 through 16, 2014 is the perfect time to visit Grand Rapids and be part of this fun and laugh filled festival. Check out the Laughfest calendar and find out what events you want to take part in. The laughter is certain to rejuvenate your mind! And to rejuvenate your body and soul while you're in town be sure to stay at Prairieside Suites. Our luxury suites, all with over-sized two person whirlpool tubs, are sure to be the perfect accommodations for this event. Book your stay today!

 

Ping Pong Drop-In Play
to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpufto celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features standup improv film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf
to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. – See more at: http://www.laughfestgr.org/about/laughfest/#sthash.1OshUMUD.dpuf

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.  

Beer City USA Part 2 – Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival

This year's Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival is certain to showcase why Grand Rapids has been named Beer City USA and why Michigan is becoming a popular destination for beer and wine enthusiasts. From November 21st to November 23rd, DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids will be the host to the 6th annual International Wine & Food Festival. This event is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest offering more than 1,200 different wines and over 200 varieties of beers. There will also be chances to sample ciders and spirits.

Of all the beers, wines, & spirits on hand at this year's Festival, products brewed right here in Michigan are sure to be a highlight. Over 100 of the beverages on hand will be from local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Items featured from the local Grand Rapids area include beers from Founder's Brewing Company and New Holland Brewing, along with wines from Robinette Cellars and Cascade Winery. Both breweries are not only local favorites, they're makers of national award winning brews. Robinettes and Cascade Winery take the best produce West Michigan has to offer and turns them into (or even allows you to turn them into) really great fruity wines. You'll be sure to find your own personal local favorite.

In addition to sampling some really great beers and wines from all over the world, local winemakers, brewmasters, distillers, and authors will be on hand offering informational workshops for those who may be interested in attempting a little brewing or winemaking at home. Some of Grand Rapids finest restaurants have been invited to offer small plate tastings to festival participants. They've guaranteed you won't go home hungry. Featured restaurants include places like Cygnus 27, San Chez, six.one.six, and JU Sushi & Lounge.

Tickets for the Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival are $15 and include a sampling glass and event program. Tasting tickets are available for 50 cents and samplings vary in the number of tickets required to purchase. Tasting tickets may be purchased at the event, admission may be purchased in advance here  or at the box office during the event.

The Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival offers you the chance to find a perfect food pairing to many of the great wines and beers offered for sampling. But you won't find a better pairing to this event than a stay at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy all three days of this great event while enjoying all the comforts of our bed and breakfast. The international flavor of many of our rooms are perfect for accompanying the international flavor of this event. Check out the French Riviera Room, the Tuscan Villa, or any of our other great rooms that are themed from around the world. Every guest suite has a king size bed, jacuzzi tub for two, fireplace and an electric wine chiller with wine glasses, cork skrew and bottle stopper.  We're a perfect compliment to this great event.  Check out our availability and book your stay with us today.

Celebrating Christmas in West Michigan

Christmas is right around the corner and in Grand Rapids, Michigan that means a lot of great activities to celebrate the season. Whether your goal is to have an amazing shopping experience, create family traditions, or you're looking for fun outdoor activities to enjoy this coming holiday season, Grand Rapids has it all.

Not only does this area offer great shopping with hundreds of brand name stores in three major malls, Rivertown Crossings, Centerpointe, and Woodland, there's also dozens of other unique shopping experiences in and around town. Some people are perfectly happy to stick to the major malls and find the best Black Friday deals around. You can find almost any major store you want between these three easy to get to mall locations and the recent addition of Swedish clothing retailer H&M gave local shoppers even more to get excited about.

But maybe you're more into unique and interesting finds. Grand Rapids offers a wide variety of antique shops to find that perfect treasured item with more than a dozen different locations to roam. Or maybe you prefer to find a special one of a kind fine art masterpiece. There are a handful of local stores and galleries that offer artistic pieces. The addition of the new Downtown Market offers a great collection of shops under one roof where you're guaranteed to find a spectacular gift for your favorite foodie or maybe some delectable treats to serve up at your holiday parties. And between the beginning of November to mid-December you can find a wide variety of holiday craft shows all around the city.

Once your shopping is all wrapped up, it's time to make some memories. One of the most elaborate holiday displays around is the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World set up at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.  Experience more than 300,000 lights on 40 different trees displaying the holiday traditions from countries all over the world. Throw in some strolling carolers and a horse drawn carriage ride and you can't help but get into the holiday spirit. And on Tuesdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas you can get your chance to pet real life reindeer. You can also enjoy a fabulous holiday light show all from the comfort of your own car by driving through the Christmas Lite Show at 5/3rd Ball Park, where you'll see over a million lights in an animated display.

What holiday season would be complete with out the big bearded guy in the red suit? There are all sorts of wonderful ways to experience Santa Claus in and around town. Start off the Christmas season with the Art Van Santa Parade on Saturday, November 23rd. Or you can get up close and personal with Santa during a ride on the Santa Train on Saturdays starting at the end of November. It's like a little bit of your own Polar Express magic. Not only does Historic Coopersville offer this great train experience, but they're also the home of the oldest nighttime Santa parade in Michigan, on Friday, December 6th. On Saturday, December 7th the Salvation Army Kroc Center offers you the chance to have have some family fun during breakfast with Santa.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas comes a lot of extra eating and usually a few extra pounds. Grand Rapids and the surrounding area offers great way to burn off those calories while celebrating the Christmas spirit. On December 6th the Grand Rapids Art Museum has their tree lighting ceremony downtown, which also kicks off the official opening of Rosa Parks Circle outdoor ice skating rink. Get an early preview of the holiday lights display at the ball park while participating in the 4th Annual Yule Walk, I'll Run family-oriented 5K event. If the snow starts flying early this season you can take full advantage of it by heading north of town to Pando Winter Sports Park where you can enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and their x-country ski trails.

No matter what your idea of the best way to spend this Christmas season, the best place to spend part of it is Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast. The holidays can be stressful, but they don't have to be if you take a little time to book a stay with us. Relax in one of our beautifully decorated rooms, enjoy a soak in one of the two person Jacuzzi tubs located in all our rooms, book a massage, then at the end of the day curl up in one of our cozy beds and drift off to sleep dreaming of the delicious breakfast that awaits you in the morning. If you have a hard to buy for spouse, boss or mother-in-law consider giving a Gift Certificate to Prairieside Suites or to any Bed and Breakfast in Michigan.  These gift certificates are good for 5 years plus B&B's are truly a "Better Way to Stay".

Fall Fun in West Michigan

Fall is in the air!  In West Michigan that means a trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch.  It also means good times celebrating Halloween and other fall related activities.  There are a whole host of ways you can enjoy all the great things that fall brings aside from pumpkin lattes at the local coffee shop.

For those who like things on the spooky side, The Haunt is the most terrifying attraction in West Michigan to get your scare on. " A 20,000 square foot compound of fear" has you trekking half a mile through heart pounding hallways.  The Haunt was voted the number one haunted attraction in West Michigan. If you prefer to be freaked out in the great outdoors, The Forest of Fear, winds you through five acres of haunted woods and swamps, past ghosts, monsters, and other terrifying creatures.

If you're less into scary attractions, but prefer to celebrate Halloween with a little bit of partying, the Grand Rapids area has several events to offer. The Crush at The B.O.B. presents “Night Club on Elm Street” on October 31st, complete with a Halloween costume contest. Founders Brewery, also downtown, not only offers some of the best beers in the world, but they have their annual Halloween Spooktacular on Halloween night. Right up the street from our very own Prairieside Suites, Chicago Dr. Pub & Grill is also celebrating that night with a Halloween costume contest with prizes, a live DJ, and free pool. And if a flashback to the 80's is more your thing, The Intersection is having a Mega 80's Spooktacular on November 2nd.

Maybe Halloween isn't your thing at all and fall is more about long walks in the woods, hayrides, apple picking, fresh pumpkin donuts, and hot apple cider. There's plenty of that sort of fabulous fall fun to be had in and around the Grand Rapids area. Kent Harvest Trails is a compilation of 19 local family farms that offer all sorts of fall activities from apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, face painting, petting zoos, to all sorts of other autumn related activities for the kids. Post Family Farm is a personal favorite simply because their fresh pumpkin donuts can't be beat, but you can also enjoy a hay ride, their corn maze, or the kids can enjoy the pumpkin train. On the north side of town, Robinette's offers the typical apple orchard activities, but also has a great little winery to check out. (And on the subject of donuts, they offer one glazed in maple with bacon sprinkled on top that I highly recommend). Robinette's is a great place to visit if you're of the more active variety. On Sundays they offer free organized trail runs with The Dirty Herd through their orchard. They also offer their trails up for biking for anyone wanting to get out at any day for a bit of exercise through some beautiful land.

There are a lot of great activities to enjoy this fall in West Michigan, but maybe you're the type that just wants to do your own thing, see the beautiful colors, and enjoy the crisp fall air. Check here to see recommended ways to do a driving color tour of West Michigan.

No matter what activities your fall plans may include, keep in mind that the best way to finish off your day after fun fall festivities is a stay at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast. A cozy bed, romantic jacuzzi for two and a cup of hot chocolate are the perfect finishing touches to a fun fall day.

Beer City USA Part 1 – Beer Romp

Grand Rapids Beer City USAThere is a reason that Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo have been named as two of the top ten vacation destinations for beer lovers. For the second year in a row, Grand Rapids was named “Beer City USA” in an online poll. Grand Rapids took more than 27,000 of the 50,000 votes cast, nearby Kalamazoo came in second with over 16,000 votes. With 15 operating breweries in Grand Rapids, another half dozen in the surrounding lake shore area, and even more in the planning stages it's easy to understand why.

Founders Brewing Company is just one of the establishments in town that helped to make Grand Rapids “Beer City USA”. Ratebeer.com named Founders the third best brewery in the world, brewing two of the top 50 craft beers the world. Rated the #3 beer bar on Earth  by Beer Advocate Magazine, Hop Cat is another local favorite (and speaking from personal experience, their Crack Fries are not to be missed). In 2012, Midwest Living called Brewery Vivant one of the top 25 new places to stay, eat, or play.  These are just a few of the really great breweries in the area that make Grand Rapids such a popular destination for people who truly love a good craft beer. Beer Romp

With all this acclaim, beer related events have become very popular around town. Beer Romp on October 19, 2013 is the perfect event to participate in to sample some great local beers and delicious food (the aforementioned Crack Fries at Hop Cat are just one of offerings on the menu). A self guided tour through great downtown streets, for $40 you get the chance to visit a handful of great Grand Rapids Breweries and other local restaurants that serve craft beers from various Michigan breweries. Not only will you get to tour one of the most beautiful cities on foot, sample delicious food, and enjoy some great craft beers, but a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Kids Food Basket which serves hungry children in West Michigan. Plus Beer Romp has a variety of ways to follow the tour, from those who are in it for the beer, those who love the food, and even those who want the biggest calories burn way to get from location to location. 

No matter what way you chose to do the tour, the best way to finish off your evening is with a stay at Prairieside Suites. Great beer, great food, great town and top it off with luxury accommodations. How better to top off a great beer tour than with a nice relaxing soak in one of our two person Jacuzzi tubs, followed by slipping into one of our comfy king sized beds. The best in local craft beers, followed by the best in local places to stay. And in the morning you'll wake up to more delicious food that is served up every day in our bed and breakfast. Check out Beer Romp and make a memorable weekend out of it by booking your stay at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast.  Craft Beer

The Prairieside Way to Enjoy ArtPrize

Four years ago the concept of ArtPrize was introduced to Grand Rapids by it's creator Rick DeVos as what he described as a “social experiment”. His plan was to give away the largest prize in art world history based solely on public vote. That first year 1262 artists from 41 states and 14 different countries negotiated with area businesses, churches, and organizations in the downtown area to put their works on display in more than a hundred different venues. Every fall since then, ArtPrize has taken over the streets and buildings of Grand Rapids in what is described as one of the most amazing art events in the world. This year's ArtPrize, which runs from September 18th until October 6th, promises only to be bigger and better.

Art comes in many different forms and ArtPrize 2013 takes almost all of those forms and puts them on display in a three square mile area for the public to view free of charge. While enjoying the experience you'll get the chance to see everything from paintings, to sculptures, to music, to performance art. You may want to stop by The B.O.B to see "Le Cercle Du Temps", a rotating interactive piece that offers participants the chance to see their head reflected on another viewer's body. Take a short walk over to The Amway Grand Plaza to view “Myth or Logic” a three dimensional mythical creature created by thousands of pieces of bamboo suspended in air on thread. As you make your way up the Grand River you'll encounter dozens of other works of art before stopping in at DeVos Place where artist Marco Riolo will create a monster that your imagination brings to life.

Whether you like traditional art or abstract art, paintings or sculptures, art that conforms or art that pushes the limits, with ArtPrize you are guaranteed to find something you love and almost as certain you'll find pieces that make you question “THIS is art!?” This year's competition gives you the chance to experience over 1500 different works of art in at 169 different venues. But one of the best things about ArtPrize is that you get to help decide who will take home the $200,000 top prize with your votes.

While you take some time to relax after experiencing ArtPrize and cast your votes for who you'd like to have win, you can be guaranteed top prize in accommodations by staying at Prairieside Suites. Each of our suites is so beautifully designed and artfully decorated, that when you climb into bed after a long day at ArtPrize, you'll feel as if you're virtually enjoying a masterfully created room that's work of art. No matter what your taste in art, Prairieside Suites is assured to have a room that fits your artistic style from modern and edgy to old world classics. In order to make your ArtPrize experience into a romantic get away, make your reservation online at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast today. What could be better after a long day of walking the streets of Grand Rapids than to slip into one of our incredibly large Jacuzzi tubs for two?

Experience Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize at Prairieside

 

Grand Rapids, Michigan is a city whose slogan sums it all up, "Cool City. Hot Food." Now nothing says "cool," quite like the large event known as ArtPrize. For those who are unaware of the event, here's a brief rundown. Artists can submit their project (art) to the event and their project is featured somewhere within the city. So over the course of a few weeks that the event occurs, city dwellers and tourists travel the town, in-and-out of bars, clubs, hotels, and each little cafe. All just to see the exhibits. The coolest part (for the artist)  is that the people vote online or by texting and the winner receives a hefty cash prize of $200,000.

Now ArtPrize can already be an overwhelming event due to it's popularity, especially for those of you coming from out of town. Of course the city makes accommodations like changing bus routes, providing maps, and a plethora of online information. There is still one thing everyone from out of town needs though, and that's a "cool" place to stay. This is where PrairieSide Suites comes in. More specifically, this is where Cheri and Paul Antozak come into play. There's a reason PrairieSide Suites has received so many accolades, it all comes down to the owners and their amazing hospitality to all guests that step within their doors. Now what exactly makes this place "cool" though? Well that would be the suites. Every room is designed with a specific theme in mind. Just take a look at the New York Loft, or perhaps a Santa Barbara Beach House better suits your style. No matter what type of person you are, PrairieSide Suites is sure to be a great fit for you and your trip to ArtPrize.

Chihuly art glass sculptures at Frederick Meijer Gardens

There are two permanent Chihuly works of art that on display at Frederick Meijer Gardens.  Dale Chihuly, the most sought-after artist in the world working primarily in glass created a dazzling ceiling sculpture in the Taste of the Gardens Café inside Frederick Meijer Gardens.  This sculpture is apply named Lena’s Garden in honor of Lena Meijer, the sculpture, comprised of dozens of individual blown-glass pieces, spans the ceiling in a spectrum of colors from cool greens, cobalt blues and purples to brilliant oranges, yellows and reds that happily run along the cafeteria ceiling to delight all who enter. When you walk out of the cafe look up and to your right.  A beautiful chihuly chandelier hangs from the ceiling where natural daylight dances through the glass.  As I stood gazing at both of these magnificent pieces I imagined how hard and nerve wracking it would be to install one of these fragile works of art.  Our guests who stay with us at Prairieside Suites often talk over breakfast about how much they enjoyed their afternoon over at Frederik Meijer Gardens. So on your next visit to Grand Rapids, MI discover the beauty and splendor of the botanic garden and internationally acclaimed sculpture park.  Then when you feet are sore return back to our bed and breakfast for a relaxing soak in one of our over sized jacuzzi tubs for two!

Even if art and sculptures are not your thing, Grand Rapids still has plenty to offer- including lots of sporting events, night clubs, and excellent restaurants.  While you are staying with us at Prairieside Suites, take a gander at the ongoing list of events that we print weekly located in our guest gift and  communication area.

Now that you're intrigued and see what great things our nearby city has to offer, go to our website to see current specials, look at our beautiful spa rooms and plan your next romantic get away- you'll be glad you did!  Keep in mind that Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B is a member of the Michigan lake to Lake Bed and Breakfast Association. We’re proud that our inn, along with just 130 others across the state, consistently meets the high levels of quality, safety, cleanliness, professionalism and comfort required to join the association and to stay a member.

Come, experience my world!  Cheri Antozak, Designer & Innkeeper @ Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast