Explore from Hotel's Location near Downtown
Welcome to Grand Rapids, MI! At the Country Inn & Suites, guests get the benefit of proximity to both the airport and downtown, both just minutes from the hotel's I-96 location. Situated near Grand Rapids, MI attractions like the gorgeous Frederik Meijer Gardens and the DeVos Place Convention Center, the hotel is a convenient home for both business and leisure travelers. Take an afternoon to peruse the galleries in the Grand Rapids Art Museum, play hookey with a movie at Celebration Cinema. Find retail heaven at nearby Woodland Mall, or if you are looking for exciting nightly entertainment, take in a show at Van Andel Arena. Whatever you choose to do during your visit, the friendly staff at the Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East will work hard to ensure that your visit is unforgettable.Nearby attractions include:
For Golfers (rates subject to change):
- Celebration Cinema (2.1 mi)
From the latest Hollywood blockbusters to IMAX extravaganzas, this state-of-the-art theater is a great spot for a relaxing night out.
Phone: +1 (616) 365-2051
- DeVos Place (4.2 mi)
Stroll through a trade show or sit back for a night of classical music or the ballet at this regional convention center, right around the corner from the Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East.
- Frederik Meijer Gardens (0.7 mi)
Author Patricia Schultz calls this one of the "Must See Museums in the World” and visitors understand why after just a glimpse into the incredibly lush, tropical conservatory. Find plants you have never heard of in the arid and carnivorous gardens, or take a tram tour that meanders through the 132-acre outdoor sculpture park and features works by Oldenburg, Moore, Plensa, Rodin, Calder and Bourgeois. Find out more about the gardens.
Phone: +1 (616) 957-1580
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport (6.7 mi)
Business travelers love being just a few minutes away from Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).
Phone: +1 (616) 233-6000
- Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (4.5 mi)
The life and presidency of famous Michigander Gerald R. Ford are on display at this history-lover's museum. Guests can attend a recreation of a White House State Dinner or take a peek into the Oval Office and cabinet room. The 38th president's historic grave site overlooks the majestic Grand River, just outside the museum.
Phone: +1 (616) 254-0400
- Grand Rapids Art Museum (4.1 mi)
The Chicago Tribune calls the Grand Rapids Art Museum one of the “art treasures in nearby Midwest cities,” and the collection is worthy of the title. With both European and American sculptures, drawings, photographs and paintings, this museum highlights everything from the Renaissance through Modern art history. On Fridays, guests can stay late to hear art forum lectures and performances with music and a bar.
Phone: +1 (616) 831-1000
- Grand Rapids Public Museum (4.5 mi)
Boasting a 1928 Spillman Carousel, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is a can't-miss for kids and adults alike. The museum offers guests the chance to surround themselves with history as they walk through a full-scale, detailed re-creation of Grand Rapids as it was in the 1890s.
Phone: +1 (616) 929-1700
- Meyer May House (3.8 mi)
Frank Lloyd Wright fans should not miss a trip to this 1901 Prairie-Style home. Head to the house on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for extended visits.
Phone: +1 (616) 246-4821
- Van Andel Arena (5.5 mi)
Check to see what exciting act is performing during your trip! This 12,000 seat arena has been home to major acts like including Neil Diamond, Elton John, Cirque de Soleil and the Blue Man Group.
Phone: +1 (616) 742-6600
- Woodland Mall (4 mi)
Shoppers, rejoice! Woodland Mall has all of the national brands you love and specialty stores that are sure to pique your interest.
Phone: +1 (616) 949-0012
Colleges and Universities:
- Boulder Creek (7.4 mi)
Even if you couldn't pack all of your golf gear, the pro shop at Boulder Creek is ready to outfit you with rentals and golf fashion for both men and women that are sure to enhance your game. Talk to the on-site PGA golf professionals for advice on equipment or your swing.
- The Mines (8 mi)
Golf Digest ranked the 18-hole Mines course as number 10 on the "Best New Public Golf Courses Under $75," just one year after the course opened. In addition to a par 70 course that measures 6,701 yards and has a slope rating of 137, the course features beautiful, mature hardwoods, rolling terrain and sandy soil. Rates (18 holes with a cart):
- Weekday (Mon - Thu) - $30
- Weekend (Fri - Sun) - $30
- Senior (Mon - Fri before 1 p.m., Fri before 11 a.m.) - $25
- Pilgrim's Run (32.7 mi)
As one of western Michigan's finest public courses, Pilgrim's Run is a can't-miss for golf enthusiasts. Words like "majestic" are not out of place here, as 400 acres of bent-grass fairways, black oaks and pines dot the landscape. Immaculate fairways lead up to beautifully kept greens that you will remember for years. Rates (18 holes with a cart):
- Weekday (Mon - Thu) - $55
- Weekend (Fri - Sun) -$65
- Seniors (55+) - $39
- Quail Ridge (10.6 mi)
Working together, Randy Erskine (five-time Michigan Open Champion and former PGA Tour player) and architect Raymond Hearn created a classic course that appeals to golfers both young and old, experienced and new. The course is a stunning natural beauty and offers five sets of tees on every hole. The course makes it easy for everyone in your foursome to enjoy the game, with ample fairways and minimal forced carry. Rates (18 holes with a cart):
- Weekdays (Sun - Thu) - $55
- Weekday Twilight (after 3 p.m.) - $40
- Weekday Super Twilight (after 5 p.m.) - $30
- Weekends (Fri - Sat) - $65
- Weekends Midday (after 1 p.m.) - $55
- Thornapple Point (9.6 mi)
Set along the Thornapple River, this enchanting 18-hole course is absolutely stunning. Bent-grass fairways and manicured tees and greens are par for the course here, and multiple tees make it easy to challenge yourself or take it easy. Every cart is equipped with a state-of-the-art satellite GPS system that allows players to see the hole layout and yardage to each hole location. The system also offers live leaderboards for tournament and outing play. Rates (18 holes with a cart):
- Weekday (Mon - Thu) - $55
- Weekday Twilight (after 3 p.m.) - $42
- Weekday Twilight (after 5 p.m.) - $32
- Weekend (Fri – Sun) - $65
- Weekend Twilight (after 2:30 p.m.) - $42
- Weekend Twilight (after 4:30 p.m.) - $32
- Weekend Twilight (after 5:30 p.m.) - $27
- Thousand Oaks (6.4 mi)
Rated as a "4.5-stars Place to Play" by Golf Digest, this course was designed by Rees Jones and is a beautiful challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Each hole offers four sets of tee markers, and the course ranges from 5,328 to 7,128 yards. Rates (18 holes with a cart):
- Regular rates - $87
- Twilight (after 2 p.m.) - $67
- Super Twilight (after 5 p.m.) - $47