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Grandville, Michigan 49418

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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.

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.  

Every Monday is Cyber Monday until Christmas

Looking for a way to give yourself a little gift of time this holiday season?  Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast has the perfect gift for you.  We've taken Cyber Monday and made it even better!  Between now and Christmas, book any Sunday night stay and your Monday night is free!

What a perfect way to plan your holiday shopping!  You can start your morning with one of our amazing breakfasts, spend your days shopping at any of the area malls or other great shops, then relax the night away with a spark of romance in your room while you enjoy one of the two person Jacuzzi tubs located in all of our rooms.


Some of just a few of the great places to shop:

 

To take advantage of this Cyber Monday deal just book your Sunday and Monday night stay online.  After clicking the "book" button you'll be given the option to chose from a variety of packages, find the Cyber Monday package and chose that one.  Pick any one of our great rooms and you're guaranteed to make your Christmas just a little bit merrier. 

Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole

 

When it comes to the holidays and cooking, it's best to make things as easy as possible.  This recipe for Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole is perfect for that.  Maybe you need to drive on The Holiday to visit family?  Make this dish a day ahead and bake at your final destination.  Or put it in your crock pot insert to bake in your own oven, then put it into your crock pot to travel and keep warm until dinner is served.  If you are making lots of dishes to serve then take some stress off by making this up the day before so it's just one less thing to worry about on party Day.  Either way you're sure to enjoy a different spin on your typical Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.


Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole

4lb’s russet potatoes peeled & cut into 1” chunks [about 8 medium]

½ Cup half and half

½ Cup low sodium chicken broth

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 clove Minced Garlic

2 tsp. Dijon Mustard

2 tsp. Salt

4 Large Eggs

¼ Cup finely chopped fresh chives

 

Heat oven to 375. Bring potatoes to a boil over high heat, simmer till tender.

Heat all ingredients except eggs over low heat till smooth. Keep warm.

Drain potatoes into a large mixing bowl, mix on medium/low speed, slowly adding liquid mixture for 1 minute.

Now Beat eggs into potatoes, one at a time, and fold in the chives [they will be soupy, they firm when baked].

Transfer into a greased 9”x13” pan, a 2 quart casserole or a crock pot insert with a plastic liner [use non-stick spray]. Use a fork to make peaked design in potatoes. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes [or 45 minutes if you refrigerated overnight]. The eggs make them puff up beautifully. Let cool 10 minutes.

 

Note: This casserole can be made a day before you want to serve. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before baking to bring to room temperature and add 10 minutes to your baking time.

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".

Veteran’s Day Special at Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast

 

Words cannot express the sheer amount of gratitude that we here at PrairieSide Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast feel when it comes to the brave men and women that currently are, and have served, in our countries Armed Forces. Without you, our freedom and happy lives, would not be possible. So with that being said, we here at PrairieSide Suites are excited to share that for a 3rd straight-year, we are running a Veteran's Day special to honor our veterans! So pass this along to friends and family members that are veterans.

All you have to do is stay in one of our suites on Sunday, Nov 11th. And you'll receive Monday for free! You just need to book your favorite suite online @ www.prairieside.com for the 11th, and write "Free Monday for Veterans" on your confirmation." We'll add Monday at no charge and send you a new confirmation.

The respect for our Veterans goes beyond our romantic bed and breakfast located in Grandville. Veterans are being honored in many ways through out the city of Grand Rapids. One example is that every year the city holds the Grand Rapids Veteran's Day Parade followed by a special ceremony at Veteran's Park all in commemoration for our Veterans. The parade begins at 10am on November 10th. It will start on Division (just North of Michigan St) going South to Fulton ending at Veteran's Park for a ceremony honoring veterans.

Here are some other notable events occurring around the city honoring veterans.

Davenport University Veteran's Day Celebration

When: Friday, November 9, 2012 | 9:30am

Where: Davenport University6191 Kraft Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI, 49512

What: Davenport will be displaying Army and National Guard equipment that is currently being used in Afghanistan and Iraq starting at 9:30am. A Blackhawk helicopter will be touching down on the campus at 10am. A military fly-over is then planned at 10:40am (weather permitting). Finally, there will be a moment of silence observed at 11am.

The City of Wyoming Veterans Day Ceremony

When: Friday, November 9, 2012 | 6pm

Where: Veteran's Memorial Garden – Veterans Memorial Dr SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534

What: The city of Wyoming is honoring it's veterans with a ceremony being opened by a message from Mayor Jack Poll. The ceremony will feature the commander of the 63rd brigade in Wyoming, Colonel Pablo Estrada Jr.

Fountain Street Church Veteran's Day Ceremony

When: Friday, November 9, 2012 | 11am

Where: Fountain Street Church24 Fountain Street Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

What: The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Tower room and feature a wreath laying and remarks from Mayor George Hartwell.

Mother’s Day Giveaway at Prairieside Suites, Michigan Bed and Breakfast

May 4, 2012 – Prairieside Suites announces a Mother's Day B1G1 FREE giveaway! Why? Because "Moms Run the World!" (well, Cheri says…). This is your chance to honor and thank a wonderful mom in your life. Visit the Prairieside Suites Facebook page to nominate a special mom in your life that you admire. Share on our Wall what you admire most about them for a chance to win a B1G1 for your nominee!

[Entry Deadline: May 13, 2012 on Facebook]

Valentine’s 2-Night BONUS going on now through February 28, 2012

LOVER'S DREAM-FREE Massage, Chocolates & Firelight Romance Candles"

Unwind for two nights in one of our fabulous spa suites and we'll have a box of gift-wrapped chocolates & 6 candles waiting in your room. Plus, we'll arrange for ONE free 1/2 hour massage. Then, the romance is up to you!  Free offers cannot be combined with other free or discounted items but can be used with paid packages. This offer is available through February 28, 2011.

Veterans are being honored a 2nd year at Prairieside Suites

At Prairieside suites, we appreciate the men and women who serve and have served in our Armed Forces. That is why this Veterans Day, we would like to honor five veterans by giving them a free night's stay in one of our luxurious suites.  So pass the word along…

Are you married to a Veteran? In love with a Veteran OR just have a Veteran that you love? We have a secret…last year we gave away all 5 of our rooms on Veterans Day and this year we'll be doing it again. Here is how it works…When a veteran reserves a room on Wednesday, Nov 9th [online @ www.prairieside.com], they'll get Thursday Nov 10nth, 2011 for free. Plus we'll have a very special breakfast for them on Friday morning for Veterans Day and may even have a visit from Grandville's Mayor Jim Buck. Spread the word to those you love because this offer goes fast!

 

We are very excited about this tremendous opportunity and look forward to meeting the veterans and learning about their lives.

Come, experience my world!

Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI

Best Gift Ideas

I have always loved to entertain and host family events… birthdays, Christmas, weddings,  baby showers, or family reunions.  You name it and I have hosted it! Now that we have Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast [Grand Rapids, MI] we have plenty of opportunity to host special occasions for our guests too, [boy can we keep a secret]!

Most of these occasions include gift giving.  Like a kid, I am excited to give gifts and want them to be personalized to the recipient.  I think about what they enjoy, favorite restaurants, drinks, etc. I feel that it's a bonus if you can give favorites that are consumable or naturally need replacing over time [they are even more appreciated].  Even if you have someone who is hard to buy for,  you can’t go wrong with this list of gifts that are proven winners.

1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup or gift certificate to a coffee house

2. Nuts-pistachios, cashews, smoked almonds, mixed nuts…a great man or hostess gift!

3. Teacup with variety of herbal or Chai Tea's, don't forget the honey

4. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar with a candy cane to stir with

5. Bottle of sparkling cider, wine or 6 pack of favorite beer

6. A subscription to Netflix… instant streaming is wonderful if they have the capability.

7. Disposable cameras [a great hostess gift] pass around so each guest takes a picture

8. Basket filled with deli cheese, fruit, olives and crackers

9. Fancy chocolate bars or homemade fudge tied with a ribbon

10. Pretty basket filled with homemade jams, a fresh loaf of bread, wrapped with a dish towel

11. Gardening gloves with a plant or planting tools

12. Homemade cookies or cookie mix with instructions for baking

13. Special coffee cup filled with candy or lottery tickets

14. A bottle of real maple syrup with a pancake mix

15. Movie theater gift certificates, along with candy to enjoy during the movie

16. Set of dish towels, dish cloths & Hot Pads

17. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets, an Oven glove & some favorite recipes

18. Gift Certificate to a techie store [great for teenager and men] OR Amazon gift certificates… they even electronically deliver right up until Christmas!!!

19. Puzzles, your favorite game and mind teasers [fun at a party]

20. Wonderful socks or slippers [so cozy]

21. Jewelry [always picks up the spirit]

22. A variety of gift cards to their favorite places to eat lunch

23. For someone unemployed…Gift Certificate to a Gas station

24. For the reader in the family…Gift Certificate to a book store OR buy them a Kindle.  Then you can send books as future gifts. Or a subscription to a favorite magazine.

25. For someone who’s tight on money…Gift Certificate to where they get their hair cut

26. For the elderly…Gift Certificate to where they buy groceries or to their pharmacy

27. For the cook…sneak a peek at their non stick fry pan or 9×13 pan [it may need replacing]

28. For your sweetheart…a gift certificate to a Bed and breakfast. [At breakfast our guest often talk about how they surprised their sweetie].

29. For a sick friend…Soup, cough & flu remedies, movie, magazine, box of Kleenex, chocolate bar [hey you never know what will work]?

30. For yourself…the gift of rest & relaxation. Exchange weekend childcare with a friend, it won’t cost anything and you can both have a romantic get away. Bring someone special and fall in love all over again by experiencing one of our luxurious two person whirlpool suites with all season fireplace and king size bed.

Come experience my world!

Cheri Antozak is the owner, Innkeeper & Designer of Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast, Grandville, MI