HI T T HE BE ACH
GET FIRED UP K N O W W H E RE TO G O FO R A F I RE S I D E CH AT.
Like a moth to a flame, follow the flock to the outdoor fire pits on Founders year-round patio. Tuck in to what many consider Grand Rapids' best Friday happy hour in front of the fireplace at the Grand Woods Lounge. Head to Blue Water Grill, where you can enjoy the warmth of the fire while you watch winter through the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired windows. Swirl your snifter as you sink into an overstuffed club chair in front of the elegant fireplace at the Lumber Baron Bar.
GO CUCKOO FOR COCOA
W E’RE N OT TA L K I N G S W I S S M I S S M I X H E RE ; W E’RE TA L K I N G S E RI O U S LY H A U T E H O T CH O C O L AT E .
HIT THE SLOPES
You don’t have to go far to find downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross countryski trails and an après-ski scene that would make a Colorado ski bunny blush: the well-groomed, much-loved local favorite Cannonsburg; a little further "Up North" is Caberfae; the legendary Nubs Nob, where the sport of snurfing – now known as snowboarding – was invented; and further north but worth the drive, the spectacular Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. And while crock-pots and coolers abound in these familyfriendly ski lodges, Cedar Lounge in Cannonsburg’s Lodge, complete with its roaring fire, is a perfect after-slope stop.
Try a cup made with steamed organic milk, California cocoa powder and raw cane sugar at Rowster Coffee. Order up a cup from Madcap that one reviewer on TripAdvisor gave five stars because it “tasted like a melted chocolate bar.” Have one of the baristas at Lightfast Coffee Bar + Art Collective make you a hot chocolate made with their La Marzocco espresso machine from Florence, Italy. Get one to go, or sit and stay, at Early Bird in Eastown.
A summer day at PJ Hoffmaster State Park is a surf worshipper's dream come true. But hike up one of these massive dunes on a winter day and prepare to be blown away – by both the view of Lake Michigan and the wind blowing off the greatest of all the Great Lakes.
SEE COOL COUTURE Step out of the cold and into the Grand Rapids Art Museum for an in-depth look at the work of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, whose cutting-edge designs have been worn by such style icons as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Björk. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion features 45 haute couture outfits from 15 of van Herpen’s collections, 18 pieces from the designer's most recent lines and a selection of shoe designs, and 27 pieces from her solo exhibition at the Groninger Museum, Netherlands.