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Cozy Fireplaces: Grand Rapids Restaurants That Keep You Warm All Winter

by Kirsetin Morello January 22, 2015

Winter in West Michigan means falling temperatures and snow and comfort food! Fortunately, the thriving restaurant scene in Grand Rapids also means you have plenty of options to choose from—we have lots of places that serve great food and drinks and feature a cozy fireplace (or two!) to help take the edge off the cold outside. Grand […]

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February Fun and Charity in Grand Rapids: Experience Pink 2015

by Kirsetin Morello January 15, 2015

From February 1 – February 28th, you’ll be seeing a lot of pink in Grand Rapids…and not just because of Valentine’s Day! Local hotels, businesses, and restaurants have designed packages and events for Experience Pink, the 4th annual month-long effort to support Susan G. Komen West Michigan’s fight against breast cancer. The result is a […]

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Grand Rapids Welcomes New Barbecue Restaurants This Spring

by Amy Busse January 8, 2015

There is nothing like a good barbecue, especially if you aren’t cooking!  Early 2015, some new restaurants are joining Memphis Smokehouse, located downtown on Monroe, and bringing barbecue back to Grand Rapids. Two Scotts Barbecue, located at 536 Leonard Street NW, is slated to open late January/early February. According to Scott Luecht, one of the Scott’s, the […]

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GRAND Rapids: Looking Forward to 2015!

by Lyndsay Israel January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!  Although I can’t believe 2014 has come and gone, there are plenty of things to look forward to in 2015.  Particularly in Grand Rapids!  While you can always check out the calendar of events here, make sure you mark these ten in your brand new planner now.  Here are the Grand events you […]

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Thanksgiving Inspiration from a Caterer, a Culinary Educator & a Baker!

by Molly Crist November 20, 2014

Bright Autumn leaves, jack-o-lanterns, and mums are giving way to one of the best days of the year: Thanksgiving. Last year, I wrote about a locally-sourced from scratch Thanksgiving. Your cornucopia can be entirely sourced from West Michigan; from the turkey, to root vegetables, to apple pie. This year, we look to a few local […]

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International Wine, Beer and Food Festival 2014

by Lyndsay Israel October 30, 2014

Grand Rapids is pleased to welcome back the 7th annual International Wine, Beer and Food Festival at the DeVos Place November 20-22.  It’s a triple threat: Any event that serves wine, beer and food (and cider, spirits and mead too!) in one place is guaranteed to be lively, and this festival is no exception. If you’ve […]

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35+ Nightlife in Grand Rapids: Where To Go When You Aren’t 22 Anymore

by Meagan Francis October 23, 2014

I’m not sure how it happened, but it seems like one day I suddenly went from being “wrapping up my 20s” to “well into my 30s.” Sure, the passage of years makes getting older inevitable, but it still came as a bit of a rude awakening when I looked around me at a favorite night spot […]

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Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids–and We’ll Help

by Kirsetin Morello October 21, 2014

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it’s also an opportunity to create new memories and build bonds for the future. And Grand Rapids is the perfect place to host your […]

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Apples and Doughnuts and Cider and More: The Fall Flavors of West Michigan

by Kirsetin Morello October 16, 2014

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than autumn in Grand Rapids. The air is cool and crisp, the city is blanketed in orange, red and yellow foliage, and great cider is never far away. Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy some of that cider – or our local apples, pumpkins, farm-made baked goods, […]

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15 Fun and FREE Things to do in Grand Rapids

by Amy Busse August 28, 2014

  Whoever said, “nothing in life is free” hasn’t been to Kent County, Michigan. The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide variety of no cost activities to keep you busy throughout the fall. So take out your planner and get moving – here are 15 ideas for fun, free things to do this autumn! 1. […]

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