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Winter Happenings

Last month we showed you how to live like a local during December. As the new year approaches, we have our eyes set on January and February. Do you have any winter favorites in Grand Rapids? Let us know in the comments below! -Happy Holidays from the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Holiday Inn Guide to ArtPrize

ArtPrize 10 starts on Wednesday and we have made our guide to ArtPrize 10 to help you make the most of a trip within our city! The public art show runs from Wednesday, September 19th to Sunday, October 7th. ArtPrize Basics ArtPrize Home Page Dates of ArtPrize: Wednesday, September 19th to Sunday, October 7th Location of Visitors Pavilion: Rosa Parks Circle  Visitor’s Pavilion Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Interactive Map: There are 165 participating locations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This interactive map allows you to manipulate where you would to go as you walk around the city. Filter options also include venues which have public restrooms. Transportation Around the City: Expect travel delays during ArtPrize. We recommend travelling by foot, as parking will be limited while touring the city. If you would like to ride the free DASH bus service, the map is located below. The closest bus stops to our...
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Best Ice Cream in Grand Rapids

Did you know July 15th is National Ice Cream Day? Our guests have told us the best places for ice cream in Grand Rapids, and we agree! While visiting the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, we hope you take these local favorites into consideration.   Pearl Street Grill Ready to relax with a movie while enjoying an ice cream treat? Found within our hotel, Pearl Street Grill  offers dessert options ranging from sundaes to brownies topped with ice cream. Grab and go ice cream treats are also found within our Pearl Street Lounge.   Jersey Junction Known as one of the oldest ice cream shops in Grand Rapids, Jersey Junction has served ice cream since 1963. Here one will find local Hudsonville ice cream with flavors varying from Cinnamon Churro to Turtle Sundae. Before leaving, do not forget to make your mark by signing a bench!   Furniture City Creamery Another local...
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Gilda’s Laughfest!

Come join us for Gilda’s Laughfest, a community-wide festival of laughter, March 8-18, 2018. This annual festival is put on by the local branch of Gilda’s club, an organization for individuals living with cancer, named after former Saturday Night Live star, Gilda Radner. Now in it’s 7th year, Laughfest offers a variety of hilarious events for the whole family, many of which are completely free! Please visit laughfestgr.org for a complete list of both free and ticketed events. In years past, Laughfest has proudly hosted talented comedians such as Jay Leno, Whoopie Goldberg, Seth Meyers and even Betty White! Among favorites this year is parody song writer, “Weird Al Yankovic”. Shake off the winter weather blues and enjoy a seriously funny night out, right here in downtown Grand Rapids!

Christmas Time In the City

Do you have family and friends coming into town for the holidays? Are you looking for festive things to do? Look no farther than right here in downtown Grand Rapids! The city has many fun holiday traditions to offer. While you’re in town, don’t forget to rent some ice skates and take a spin on the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle. If being outdoors isn’t quite your style and you are looking for something a little warmer, head to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and visit the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibit, showing now through January 7th. For more information on holiday events going on downtown and in the surrounding areas, be sure to stop by the Experience Grand Rapids website for a complete listing. Happy Holidays from the HIGRDT Staff!

Returning ArtPrize Artist!

Randy Brewer is no stranger to ArtPrize or the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown. This is Randy’s 7th time participating in the annual art competition and his 3rd year at the Holiday Inn. We love Randy’s work and are honored to have him back. His piece, On The Farm, depicts the farm life Randy was accustomed to as a child by way of a present day farm in rural, Northern Michigan. The painting conveys a peaceful mindset that should remind us all of the simpler times and the importance of coming together as a community. Take a break from the city streets and stop in to our lobby this fall to catch this stunning oil painting! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

We Love GR…and ArtPrize!

Sticking with the native Grand Rapids artist theme from our previous post, Ashley Dupy is our third featured artist for ArtPrize Nine! ArtPrize is an annual art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids each fall and we are honored to host Ashley as a first time participant!  Ashley’s piece, The Grand Rapids Experience, gives you a true sense of what our beautiful city is all about. Her work depicts iconic landmarks such as Frederik Meijer Gardens and Founders Brewing Company, among some other favorites! If you are not a native of the city and are wondering what we are all about, Ashley’s piece will tell you all that you need to know! Come check it out and let her piece guide you to your next adventure! The competition runs from September 20 – October 8, 2017.

GR is ArtPrize!

The Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown would like to introduce you to the second of our 13 featured artists for ArtPrize 2017. If you haven’t joined us for ArtPrize in past years, ArtPrize is an annual art competition that takes place in Grand Rapids each fall. This year, our lobby will feature artwork that showcases Grand Rapids and Michigan as a whole. Our second featured Artist is Charles Helmholdt and his wife Diane. Native to Grand Rapids, Charles and Diane are excited to make their return to the ArtPrize competition. Their piece, Grand Rapids 1999, offers a futuristic view of our city from a Victorian perspective. Inspired by their work with Euro Disney, this ink and pen drawing depicts specific Grand Rapids landmarks with an exaggerated, turn of the century, twist. Its beautiful antique frame will surely make it stand out! Don’t miss your opportunity to see such a fun piece!...
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State Games of America 2017

Coming summer of 2017 Beer City USA becomes Sports City when Grand Rapids hosts the State Games of American August 3 – 6, 2017.  These olympic style games will bring in thousands of athletes from all over the country to compete. So “Bring Your Game” for the State Games of America in 2017. State Games of America – Grand Rapids 2017 “Bring Your Game” from Antix Creative on Vimeo.