Coffee & Treats in Forest Hills

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Perched across the road from the gleaming waters of Bostwick Lake, the eponymously named bakery and coffee shop serves up a menu of fresh donuts, treats, and cups of coffee. Bostwick's conjures all species of carb-laden comfort foods, from donuts and glazed twists to apple fritters and long johns. Light off the lake dances in through dining-room windows, as a trinity of chocolate, buttercream, and butterscotch cinnamon rolls vies for counter space with the realpolitik power moves of a freshly baked bismarck. Cookies nest in glass-enclosed cases, fashioned in flavors of frosted sugar, snickerdoodle, date, and molasses. Savory lunch fare rounds out the menu with choices including cheeseburgers and chili.

8570 Belding Rd NE
Rockford,
MI
US

With years of experience as a health-care specialist and bed-and-breakfast owner, Marilyn Heeringa has mastered the art of pampering and promoting wellness. Today, she specializes in ionic detox treatments, which utilize the ability of positive and negative ions to cleanse the entire body through ion footbaths.

Having traveled to Egypt and other parts of Africa, Marilyn has decorated her cozy studio with an eclectic collection of art that reflects her worldliness and her talent for looking at art. Along with detoxifying Egyptian body wraps, she offers massage therapy, facials, one-on-one-yoga, and meditation classes.

1721 Rodney Cir NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. Ride shotgun for five laps with a professional driver for a heart-pumping, really fast thrill ride in a safe environment that's completely free of Kurt Russell. Alternately, the 12-lap package lets you actually take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing that will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. Both experiences eschew straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.

15 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Vanillas Coffee Tea Café serves a plethora of caffeinated concoctions and herbaceous teas, complemented with a full menu of wrapped sandwiches. The café offers several types of coffees ($1.50–$1.75) in its brewed arsenal, as well as a bruising bullpen of elaborate espresso drinks, such as mochas ($3.60) and full-flavored ristrettos ($1.75). Chase coffee with a grilled-chicken sandwich ($5.50), enhanced with sun-dried tomatoes and provolone and feta cheese, or a Michigan salad ($5.50), mixed with gorgonzola and dried fruits. Customers bearing the limited-edition, quickly abandoned Tony Orlando one-dollar bill can still find sustenance on the dollar menu, with low-priced pabulum such as a toasted honey croissant ($1) or a vanilla cupcake ($1). The café's specialty sweets also put smiles on the faces of stomachs, with specialty cookies ($15 for a dozen) and chocolate-dipped strawberries ($10 for a dozen) ready to stuff tummies. Java junkies can take home a pound of whole-bean or ground coffee ($8.50–$9.75), with an organic option available.

3150 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

EuroPan European Bakery's menu puts a refreshing twist on food-court fare, sending diners on a taste trip around the globe, minus volcano-caused flight delays and escape-chute-activating disgruntled flight attendants. Begin your day with breakfast in Paris, an artisan croissant layered with ham and melted provolone cheese ($2.99), or handle a Hemingwayesque hunger with the San Sebastian morning meal—two petit pan rolls and a helping of Philadelphia cream cheese ($1.99). Guests can offset the jet set's carbon emissions with a quick and easy lunch in Barcelona ($5.99), a hearty rustica-bread creation filled with Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese, and the flavorful Tuscany sandwich—made with sliced turkey, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and basil on crispy focaccia ($5.99)—is a timesaving alternative to sailing your backpack across the Mediterranean Sea.

3195 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids,
MI
US

Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.

2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids,
MI
US