Grand Rapids’ Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, the herald of the Lake Michigan Shore season, has what you have been fantasizing about for the last 16 weeks. Head east to DeVos Place for all things from floor plans to fine wine.
Cottage & Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids: Again this year Shore brings the beach to Grand Rapids for the breath of fresh air that is the Spring-training event for the Lake Michigan season with the apex in St. Joe and Benton Harbor. White Pine Winery will be at the show sharing their terrific limited edition wines. Other partners at the Shore venue in DeVos Place include the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council hosted by Executive Director Millicent Huminsky, the downtown association and St. Joe Today with Jill Stone, the Silver Beach Carousel, Piggot’s Farmers Market, our friends at Harbor Shores, Box Factory for the Arts, Citadel Dance Center and others. Be prepared to get some exercise. While you may have a hard time resisting the sample appetizers and Michigan wines, I’ve found it impossible not crawl around the yachts, the climb up the staircases in the two-story prefabs and just keep walking through the entire show space. I have three personal recommendations for visiting the show and only one has you sitting down for any length of time. Don’t miss Reserve, the futuristic wine bar with the longest and the best list of wine by glass and cheese by the ounce that you will find anywhere in the world. Do plan on at least an hour of shopping at the nearby Downtown Market and all its wonders. Also book a pedicure at Vasaio Life Spa at 110 East Paris Ave SE, set up for the professional, with plenty of space to work your screen while one of the trained specialists at the spa works your feet.
Quilts in Porter County: The String-A-Long Quilt Show at the Porter County Expo Center this weekend is mostly about shopping for handmade and unique items, but Suzie’s Café is catering and I have a couple of meal suggestions if you become shopped out. Take a break at Lucrezia’s in Chesterton also just off of the north end of US Hwy 49 or if you would rather head west to downtown Valpo where Bistro 157 you can have a very Parisian lunch or early dinner. The Serenity Spa is also an outstanding stop for a pedicure also just off the intersection of 49 in Chesterton on the east side of the road. Tickets to the quilt show are $8, but you will want to get in on the silent auction and the quilt raffles.