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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    The Insider Experience

    Eat, stay, and play like a local in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic getaway but don’t have the time or money to fly to France, look no further: Grand Rapids has award-winning bed and breakfasts that are the perfect local getaway. Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast Prairieside Bed & Breakfast , located in Grandville, MI, just 5 miles from downtown Grand Rapids and 20 minutes from West Michigan’s award-winning lakeshore, is the recipient of 14 national and international awards , including 3rd Best Overall B&B in North America. Most recently, Prairieside earned a ranking as one of the world’s 9 most romantic inns !... Read More ›
    As area families begin sending kiddos back to school, and as patio season reaches full pitch, there couldn't be a better time for a romantic evening out. There are all sorts of couple-friendly options around town, but if you're hunting for the perfect place to wine and dine your significant other (or even pop the question!), here are five romantic restaurants to consider.... Read More ›
    Photo courtesy of Flickr user Didriks While West Michigan's "Ale Trail" is well established, the area's "Cocktail Trail" is still being forged. Fortunately, the trailblazing process is going to receive a necessary shot in the arm as the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild is due to become an official chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild this summer. With this official designation will come an increase in opportunities for West Michigan residents to participate in the burgeoning cocktail scene of the area.... Read More ›
    The saying “When one door closes, another opens” can definitely be applied to the end of summer and the beginning of ArtPrize Seven throughout downtown Grand Rapids September 23-October 11. The radically open, independently organized international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury will feature 1,551 entries showing at 162 venues around the 3-square mile ArtPrize district. And while it’s hard to improve upon near perfection, leave it to ArtPrize to try. “Visitors looking for things to do after Venues close always asked ‘What’s happening at ArtPrize tonight?’” said Jaenell Woods, public relations manager for ArtPrize. “So this year we are launching ArtPrize Tonight - a comprehensive "database" or list of events happening every night of the 19 days around the ArtPrize district.”... Read More ›