Creston Brewery (click for website) a local neighborhood favorite in a cool old building. If you're looking for a drink, know that Creston only carries their (excellent) beers - no spirits. They do have a very small selection of wine and cider.
~1.1 miles (one way)
Flat, slight uphill. Riding on roadways in marked bike lanes the entire way.
Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road (in marked bike lanes) for this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!
From the racks, head inland/east away from the Grand River and up the slight hill to the T-junction (Division Avenue). No, you don’t need to go up the massive stairway ahead.
Cross the street - watch for fast car traffic! - and turn left/north on Division Avenue. This is a protected bike lane for most of the brief trip on Division.
Follow Division Avenue north for about a mile. Division becomes Plainfield Avenue north of the Leonard Street light.
Creston Brewery is in a building on the right, at the northeast corner of Plainfield and Quimby. Lock your bike up to the rack on Quimby and enjoy a beer with your cool GR Bike Rentals discount! CB also has some amazing nachos, just sayin'.
NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at Creston- it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have a sandwich. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving! Bus route 11 has a stop immediately outside - by the statue at the southwest corner of the intersection - and can take you back downtown. The bus costs $1.75 and you can put the bike right on the front of the bus for no extra charge. Biking around the city, ending up at Creston, and taking the bus back is a certainly not uncommon for our riders. Check out the bus system and routes at this page: https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/bicycles-on-the-rapid Tell the driver you want to get off at the Convention Center downtown, and then jump on the DASH North back up to the hotel.
You can also walk about 1/2 mile south on Plainfield to Leonard, head a block west (towards the river) to Ionia, and jump on the DASH North back towards downtown, to the hotel.