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Beercation Inspiration: Quenching your thirst for craft beer in West Michigan

by Molly Crist February 13, 2014

Valentine’s Day is upon us and the sun is shining. Perhaps you have a weekend ahead filled with roses, Champagne (or better yet, Leelanau Peninsula’s sparkling wine: L Mawby), cheese fondue and candy hearts. Or maybe you’re thirsty and ready to dive into West Michigan’s beer culture and join the Cool Brews. Hot Eats. festivities. [...]

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Make Your 2014 Grand Rapids Bucket List!

by Lyndsay Israel December 26, 2013

It’s almost 2014 already! If you’re not into making resolutions, or if you’re sick of continuously abandoning them by February, this year try making a “bucket list” – a list of activities or events you’d like to experience before you, well, kick the bucket – instead. The key with bucket lists is to make them [...]

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Lonely Planet’s #1 Top 10 US Travel Destination? Grand Rapids!

by Kirsetin Morello December 12, 2013

Art Prize, craft beer, and our magnificent beaches helped earn Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast the #1 spot on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 US travel destinations for 2014, beating out other beautiful places like #2 Yosemite National Park (CA), #3 Boston (MA), and #4 the California Central Coast. So what does Grand Rapids [...]

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Fresh Folk Series at St. Cecilia’s

by Kirsetin Morello October 22, 2013

If letting the sweet sounds of folk music engulf you in an intimate setting with great acoustics is up your alley, St. Cecilia Music Center’s Fresh Folk Series is for you. 2012-13 Fresh Folk Series, photo courtesy of St. Cecilia’s The idea for the Fresh Folk Series germinated during ArtPrize 2012. That year, after St. Cecilia’s hosted 58 [...]

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Six Steps To Making The Most of ArtPrize

by admin September 21, 2013

This post originally appeared on  If you’ve never explored the unique buildings or graced the diverse streets of Grand Rapids during ArtPrize, you may be wondering where to start. No worries, there are few simple things you can do to make visiting the world’s largest art competition simple, fun and inspiring. Todd Herring, Director of Communications for [...]

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Attn ArtPrize Visitors: Certified Tourism Ambassadors At Your Service

by Kirsetin Morello September 19, 2013

$560,000 in prize money. 1,524 works of art. Artists from 45 U.S. states and 47 countries. 169 venues. 19 days. More than 300,000 visitors. It’s time for ArtPrize! Earlier this year, Time Magazine named this eye-popping, conversation-starting event one of Five Festive Events You Won’t Want to Miss in 2013. As the fifth annual ArtPrize [...]

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10 Things to Eat + Drink at ArtPrize 2013

by Molly Crist September 17, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, ArtPrize is upon us.  For 19 days I get to live just 1.5 miles from a free, open, dialogue-creating art festival.  The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and apples are rolling in at the farmers market.  It’s the perfect time to get outside and stroll downtown admiring over 1500 works [...]

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Top 10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of ArtPrize

by Kirsetin Morello August 15, 2013

The artists and venues are set and time is ticking down to the start of the 5th annual ArtPrize, the open, international art competition where you—the public—get to vote for the art you like best. And your vote really makes a difference: the winner takes home $200,000 in prize money. This unique event made Time [...]

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Taste the Entrepreneurial Spirit at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids

by admin August 6, 2013

Former Silver Spork food truck entrepreneur and guest blogger Molly Clauhs introduces you to the entrepreneurs who are making the Downtown Market a rich and vibrant addition to the Grand Rapids food scene. It’s August in West Michigan.  If you’re anything like me, that means you’re loving the farmers markets full of fresh produce, looking forward to [...]

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Tips for Visiting ArtPrize: Where to Register, How to Vote and More!

by Kirsetin Morello July 11, 2013

In two short months, Grand Rapids’ fifth annual ArtPrize 2013 will begin.  Over 1,500 entries from 47 countries will vie for $560,000 in prize money—and you, the public, have a say in who wins the big $200,000 prize! If you’re visiting ArtPrize from out of town, hopefully you’ve booked your hotel. (If not, see our [...]

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