Sneak Peek of Grand Rapids – Win an iPad And Overnight Stay!

by Meagan Francis on October 15, 2012

UPDATE: The contest is closed and a winner has been chosen. Please scroll to the bottom of the post to find out who won!

It’s no surprise to local residents and loyal visitors that Grand Rapids is considered one of America’s most creative cities. So we decided to use a creative way to showcase some of Grand Rapids’ most notable attractions: a 60-second video preview! As local residents “pass the iPad” you’ll get to experience some of the things we’re best known for and the things we like to share about our city including art and culture, outdoor recreation, sports, beaches, and farm-to-fork dining. The city is so walkable and easy to get around…you can see and do it all while you’re here! Continue to follow us and make sure to share your favorite Grand Rapids experiences.

Now you have a chance to win your own Grand Rapids experience – and an iPad that you can use to share it with others!

Just check out our new Experience Grand Rapids Sneak Peek video above, and leave a comment letting us know what you love about Grand Rapids. Or if you haven’t been here before, we’d love to hear what event or attraction you would most love to see.

One winner will receive a 3rd generation iPad 16 GB, an overnight stay at City Flats hotel, and a $50 Visa gift card to experience Grand Rapids dining.

This week we’re celebrating connectedness and creativity at Experience Grand Rapids. Each day this week we’ll post a video highlighting a well-known Grand Rapids resident. Subscribe via email to make sure you don’t miss anything – including finding out who wins the giveaway!

Comments are closed and the contest is over! Our randomly-chosen winning comment was:

Congratulations, Matthew! Look for an email from us soon.

Official contest rules:

To enter:

•         Leave a comment on this post: we encourage you to share with us what you love about Grand Rapids or what you would like to experience when you visit!

•         One entry per person only.

•         Deadline for entry is 5 PM EST, Thursday, October 18.

•         Winner will be announced on Friday, October 19

•         Winner will be contacted via email at the email address provided in the comment box.

•         Winner must respond to that email within 72 hours, or another winner will be chosen.

•         Contest is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older only.

•         Winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt of the prize.

Prize Package Includes:

  • 1 iPad with Wi-Fi 16GB – Black (3rd generation)
  • 1 Overnight Stay City Flats (subject to availability, blackout dates apply)
  • 1 $50 Visa Gift Card to experience Grand Rapids dining
Megan Garvey October 15, 2012 at 10:06 am

I love that GR has so many things to offer in one area! Great venues, food, art and unique places to visit.

Michael Goldstein October 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

I love the culture of Grand Rapids! A seemingly constant stream of festivals and fun events such as Laughfest, Art Prize, and the 5/3 Riverbank run combined with a variety of terrific restaurants as well as breweries, makes Grand Rapids a fun city to visit or live in.

James Halstead October 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

My favorite part about GR is that there is always something new to do downtown. Some new experience to be had.

Greg Vedders October 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

I love the video, a very creative way of touting the plethora of activities available in this Great City for residents and travelers alike.

Jennifer Johnson October 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

Grand Rapids is one of my favorite cities to visit. There’s a ton of things to do…from concerts, to shopping, to restaurants and it never fails to impress.

Scott Kramer October 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

Not to BIG and not to small.
The perfect size to explore, learn & relax.
Family friendly.

Max Myers October 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

I love all the great craft beer Grand Rapids has to offer.

John Petrello October 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love that Grand Rapids has its own professional hockey team! Save the drive to Detroit and get the same action!

Nikki schindler October 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

I LOVE my little big city and how generous our residents are. Pay it forward is a saying we all know well:)

MIchele Root October 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

Grand Rapids has always offered great entertainment, free events, dining and a variety of multicultural activities that I could bring my kids to growing up. And now that they are older, we are enjoying more adult activities and entertainment also!

Todd October 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

Grand Rapids is remarkable for the philanthropic nature of those who not only call it home, but give their time, talents, energy, and resources to support the institutions, organizations, and events that make Grand Rapids such a unique and enjoyable place to live. Art Prize, Laughfest, and the River Bank Run are three of many excellent examples of great events that would not be possible without great leadership, generous support, and numerous volunteers stepping up in the community to make them so successful.

Philip Collins October 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

I really love the coffee spots. Rowsters New American Coffee, Madcap, Sparrows, Kava House, etc. – they all feel as comfortable as home, and the stuff they make is better than any chain!

Chris Bosker October 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

I love Grand Rapids overall… not one particular area, but the city as a whole. There is so much to do and see all year. This time of the year is particularly beautiful.

Daniel Marsh October 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love the different neighborhoods! eastown, midtown, downtown… each offers something different. great restaurants, great microbrews, great people.

Kysa Meigs October 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

We love all the ethnic, diverse restaurants in the downtown area. And the fact that it is all accessible by walking – all the amenities of a BIG city, in a smaller area!

QuatroMama October 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Our family has yet to visit GR, but we’ve had it on our list FOREVER. The culture and atmosphere look so inviting!

Jen October 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

I love all that Grand Rapids has to offer. You can get that small town feel as well as a big city feel depending on where you are and what you want to experience on any given day.

designhermomma October 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Having grew up in Holland, I absolutely adore the West Michigan hospitality. I’ve never been to Art Prize, and it’s on my life bucket list. And City Flats? So posh!

Jon October 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

The architecture, art, and food in Eastown is amazing!

Jeremy B October 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’m never more than ten minutes away from a top-notch restaurant and/or microbrewery.

Chris October 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I love downtown Grand Rapids! My favorite thing to do is Blues on the Mall in the summer on Wednesday nights.

Eric Fillinger October 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

My wife and I love how active the city is. We have been here for a month and already feel more connected to Grand Rapids than we did our old city after six years!

Jenna October 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Having grown up in West Michigan I am a firm believer that it simply is the nicest, most well rounded place to live. I would love for nothing more than to bring my husband for a weekend away so he can see what a wonderful place it is too! Thanks!

Jayme October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

We love downtown Grand Rapids and since we only live about 10-12 minutes away we love to take our son to the Children’s Musem and to the zoo. We also love to hit up Art Prize when it comes to town. There are so many neat places to dine at as well.

Adam October 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I love GR for all the family friendly things to do.

Sherry Lindberg October 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love Art Prize and all of the innovative events that Grand Rapids hosts. I also love having the opportunity to visit Carol Roeda’s store. However, my most favorite thing to do in Grand Rapids is to visit my sister and her family!!

Justin Sessink October 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

After visiting friends in the area over the years and falling in love with the area, my wife and I finally moved to downtown Grand Rapids a few months ago. Saturdays are my favorite days in the city. A nice run along the river, followed by checking out one of multiple farmers markets, maybe a bike ride to Millennium Park or dancing lessons in Rosa Parks Circle, then dinner and a beer at one of the dozen or so local breweries… all within the downtown area. We’re so happy we moved here; we couldn’t ask for much more out of a city!

Jen p October 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Whether you live on the Westside the east side downtown or the southeast side there is always something great to see or experience! Could be the weather ball or art prize or the fish ladder GR is one of the best places to live by far!

Keith October 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Having grown up 20 minutes outside of New York City, I love the family values and the sense of community that exists in Grand Rapids. You can aloow your kids to ride their bike to the library with friends and not worry about a drive by shooting, or kidnapping. Grand Rapids is a community that still believes in helping your neighbor, when ever you can, and in giving a few dollars to the homeless man begging for food. We have many of the attractions of a larger city with the home town feel of a small community.

Tammy October 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I love all of the restaurant choices Grand Rapids has to offer! Our kids attended GVSU, we discovered a beautiful city on the West side of the state!

wendi grasman October 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

i love the big city feel in a small area. great restaurants and vibe. very close to our house too!

Marilyn October 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I love Grand Rapids because it is not too big or too small. There is always something to do & such a sense of community. I’m proud to call GR home!

Jessica Copley October 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I haven’t been, but Grand Rapids is the home of one of my dear old friends. Would absolutely love to try out some of the wonderful restaurants and to do some shopping!!!

Lindsay October 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

In the state of Michigan, Grand Rapids is like it’s own little world. You can have the big city life one night, get up and go to the beach the next morning, and spend the evening in the country. The possibilities and adventures are endless. It’s a city with a big enough personality to fit ANYONE’S personality.

Gina October 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love that GR is a walkable, family-friendly city.

Patty Keeney October 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I love the weather (especially autumn)… downtown restaurants, shops and galleries… accessibility to the Lake Michigan Coast… and ArtPrize! We moved to NC two years ago, and really miss fall in Grand Rapids!

Alice Young October 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Love all that Grand Rapids has to offer all year long. Museums, dinning and concerts.

Karen Horrigan October 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I love Art Prize. I think that it is the best thing that has came to our city. I love it because it is a family event, because it allows people to see all the different perspectives of art and because it brings a city to life like nothing else.

Mandy October 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

SO many opportunities to do interesting things…have lived here as a single person and now a mom, there is no shortage of things to do. Concerts, performances, museums, fantastic food, sporting events. The best thing about Grand Rapids though? The people. The people are what make this city hum with life and creativity.

Betsy October 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I absolutely LOVE grand rapids! It is the perfect balance of big city feel without the overwhelming-ness of a huge city. It is easily walkable, has fantastic breweries, and really fun events going on at all times of the year. The people also seem to be more friendly than those in larger cities outside of west michigan. All around great place to live, visit, and be inspired.

Josh October 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

What I love about Grand Rapids is that it’s a small city, which offers the excitement of a big city. With it’s cultural elegance families and friends have the opportunity to enjoy the fine arts, music, exquisite restaurants, and the numerous festivities that take place throughout the year. It’s such a treasure when a city as great as this offers the many wonderful things to choose from for its visitors and residences.

Matt Williams October 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

There are many things I love about Grand Rapids. There are so many things to do in the city, whether its enjoying the great dining, seeing a concert or a Griffins game, or even just walking around the city. Its one of the few cities you can easily walk around everywhere and feel safe doing so. With events such as Art Prize throughout the year theres always something new to do. Visiting grand rapids always makes for a good weekend.

Katy October 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I love that there’s always something to do in Grand Rapids!

Kim Young October 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I love ArtPrize with fall weather lots of activity downtown.

Mary B October 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

There are so many cultural things to do. The VanAndel Museum, Childrens Museum & Ford Museum are great day adventures for myself and the kids.

Amanda Rice October 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

There are so many things I love about GR between Art Prize, Griffins games, going to the bob, and seeing concerts. There are always fun things to do!

Nancy Joldersma October 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

A big city appeal, with small town hospitality! Love the ebb and flow of creativity and culture. Grand Rapids is a great place to visit for an hour, an evening or a weekend.

Tim October 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I love Grand Rapids because its residents are passionate about its future. Grand Rapidians work hard and creatively to improve the City in all its dimensions. Grand Rapids is a welcoming, educational, fun, and delicious place to live. We pack a lot into a small community!

Amy LeTourneau October 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

First of all, I love that everyone was nice, (REALLY, REALLY nice) when we visited for the first time this fall. The mix of old and new architecture, the libraries, the pumpkin farms, the Art Prize, the vibrant downtown, the variety of restaurants, the lovely gardens, the college campuses, and the rivers and lakes all made our visit with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson (new Grand Rapids residents) a thrill. To think that they are going to live in such a creative and inspiring environment brings joy to this mom.

Mark VanIddekinge October 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

It’s great to walk downtown during ArtPrize, the city comes to life and it’s great to see what downtown has become and what it’s going to become.

Michael October 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love blues on the mall, founders beer, and the short distance to the beach. GR totes rules!

Jackie F October 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I’ve lived in this area for 15 years and every year gets more exciting. It’s a great, safe, exciting area to raise a family. The city has great restaurants, theaters, and so many amazing family friendly places.

Heather Abram October 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

I have lived here my entire life…. 31 and a half years!! I LOVE Grand Rapids! We have everything right at our fingertips- from airports, to beaches, to shopping malls, arenas, zoos and parks.. the list goes on and on! We have four children and plan to raise our family right here in Grand Rapids!

Stacey October 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would love to experience the Grand Rapids Ballet!

Carisa October 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I really love GR’s food scene, the ability to do all kinds of outdoor activities, and a that it’s a great family community. It seems to be evolving into something even better everyday!

Raeann October 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

My girlfriends and I are in our 50’s and grew up together in Grand Rapids. Even though we live all over Michigan now, we meet every year in Grand Rapids and stay at one of the downtown hotels for the weekend. Eight women…2 days and nights….childhood friends…a lifetime of history together..talking…laughing…and sometimes crying….always having the best time together…in Grand Rapids. Looking forward to our weekend next month!

Judi Briggs October 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

My daughter attends Kendall College of Art and Design. I feel like she is finally home with the people and the community she needs to be in to Thrive. She uses the public transportation system because she doesn’t drive.There are people and places everywhere who are supportive of artists and artwork. When I visit her there I get a positive surge of energy that is not available in my suburban community in another part of the state. Brava Grand Rapids!

Veronica D October 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I love how much the city supports the arts. ArtPrize is an incredible event that is so supportive of creativity- and that’s just one specific event. I also love the city’s combination of both modern buildings and historic brick buildings. There’s a lot of character around each corner.

jason October 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

G-Raps has that big city feel for a small city. Love that.

Melissa Zeeryp October 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I love that Grand Rapids has big city fun in a small city atmosphere! So much to do, whether you are single, dating, married, or with family. Have lived here my entire life and never plan on leaving :-)

Donielle @ Grand Rapids Natural Living October 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I absolutely love GR’s farm to fork restaurants! Not only are they supporting local farms and thereby serving healthier foods since the food travels doesn’t have to travel hundreds/thousands of miles, it’s also really good! Our chefs here in GR know how to make amazing food and their restaurants also have a wonderful ambiance to them as well.

paul soltysiak October 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I love showing people the “inner GR” – so many cool, fun places that many don’t know about! Outwardly Conservative – Surprisingly Intriguing.

Steve October 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love Grand Rapids because to me it symbolizes what America is. From GR I am never more then 20 minutes away from world renowned beaches, 10 minutes from historical land marks, 5 minutes from some of the nations top medical centers and schools, and just blocks away from a rich a diverse cultural center. As a student from Grand Valley State University I love the fact that i have all these amenities so close at hand. I also love the fact that I can visit the city and enjoy a big city feel and travel only a few minutes and be able to enjoy rural areas that provide outdoor activities. In essence I get to have my cake and eat it too. I look forward to moving downtown Grand Rapids next year to better experience this cities unique culture and offerings.

Stacy October 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I visited Grand Rapids earlier this year in preparation for a conference my organization is planning there. I was impressed with the architecture and cleanliness of the city, by the Amway Grand Plaza where I stayed, but most of all by the care and attention–and useful, well-presented information!–given by the Grand Rapids convention bureau. I travel to a number of cities for my work, and that visit was the warmest welcome I’ve received yet. What a fun, creative team you are! I look forward to whatever clever idea you come up with next.

Tracy October 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

love the outdoor concerts at Meijer Gardens!

Karla October 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I love many things about GR, but my favorit is all the great restaurants.

J.J. October 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I love to fish on the Grand River for salmon and steelhead – right off the bridge downtown!

Denise McGinn October 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I love the Pay It Forward program! I love how the people in Grand Rapids have embraced t!

Amy Dubbs October 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I love that there is an awesome local scene here. My top places to send people who are visiting here are to send them to MadCap Coffee, Brewery Vivant for some awesome brews and food and Greenwell for some great local dining. We live in a great city full of great places. It is so hard to chose where to send people!

Kasey Bartholomew October 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

What’s there not to love about GR???

Liz October 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I love the art prize events and the art culture that is popping up all across GR! It’s a perfect big town yet small town feel.

Jim Vandereyk October 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I LOVE everything about GR.

Lori October 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I have lived here my whole life and as much as I like to visit other places, Grand Rapids is “home”. The seasons, the swimming, fishing, walking, etc… Downtown is always filled with people, shopping or on a carriage ride, you are never on a street corner alone. The city comes together for wonderful events like Art Prize where there is always something that will involve the entire community. All you have to do is walk out out your front door and there will always be something to do. This city is the perfect size and has everything you could possibly want or need. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

Michael Sterling October 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I have not been to Grand Rapids for many years. I moved to Ohio twenty two years ago. After seeing this video, It’s time for me to come home to Michigan. I have othen thought about moving back. I miss Grand Rapids!

Olivia Benzing October 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I’m a Grand Rapids Native, born and raised. I am so proud to call this city my home. Knowing the city streets like the back of your palm, and where the names of the shop doors match the names of the people who greet you. I love my home state, and I adore my city. Grand Rapids presents all it offers in classic style, where jazz ushers from the Amway, historic speeches given at the Public Museum, and the best food you could imagine just down the block. I grew up 20 minutes outside downtown, and only have an hour from Lake Michigan. Although I currently reside in Florida for College, you can take the girl out of the state, but you can’t take the state out of the girl :)

Britny October 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I moved here 5 years ago from the Chicago area and I love that GR always has something to do just like the big city, but the people and atmosphere are so much warmer!

chris huff October 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I love the great fishing in GR as well as the museums!

Harold Quidgeon October 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I love when the snowboarding competition comes to Ross parks circle. Also all of the festivities in the summer such as Celebration on The Grand, Blues on the Mall, and of course the Festival of The Arts. Such a great city, so many things to do and see. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. :)

Laura Norton October 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

What I love about Grand Rapids is all the diverse cultural activities that are available and the warm friendly people.

J Stowell October 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Grand Rapids has just about everthing you could want in a city ! Love being in Mid Michigan anytime of the year :)

Mike Arndt October 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

…WOW! What is there not to love about this city! I moved here 4 years ago and at that time I didn’t now know a viola from a violin; now I attend the symphony or small chamber music concerts a dozen times a year (you can actually dress down and feel comfortable at these events, how cool is that!!). I moved close to downtown when I first arrived then moved to the “burbs” for a year; I was literally miserable with days of moving. When my lease was up it was right back downtown and I am here to stay! Dozens of restaurants, 4 museums, live theater, concerts from classical to country…all within a 10 minute walk!! I am one of the biggest fans of this city and you will find me downtown every day extolling its virtues! Grand Rapids…the mini Chicago with everything it has to offer except the long commute!!!

Cindy Komblevitz October 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love that GR is a walkable city! It’s fun to just park and walk.

Katie October 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Dear City of Grand Rapids,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everything that you’ve offered to myself and my family. From the best of country (yay, Rascal Flatts!) to the finest of classical (DeVos Performance Hall and St. Cecelia are my favorites), you bring us culture from across the US and from around the world. We recently had the best tacos at HopCat and strolled around ArtPrize afterwards on a warm fall evening. Nothing is better than to see the way you welcome, with open arms, the diversity that makes you the cool city we all love. I admire and I’m inspired by the many people and organizations that give of their time, energy and resources to make you more beautiful. I’m so proud to call you “home”.

With thanks,

Renee October 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I love living near downtown Grand Rapids. As a young professional, I am grateful every day to experience big city life, filled with bright opportunities. Grand Rapids is, and always will be, my home.

Jacque DeBruyn October 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Grand Rapids is amazing…. Great people, great food, great culture, and great fun and all in close proxcimity. Live, love, laugh, and have fun in GR!

Marijo Bonner October 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Love GR!!

Holly October 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I have never been to Grand Rapids, but finding a chance to visit is on my short list of priorities! I’ve heard so many good things in recent years about how cosmopolitan the city has become and I would love to have the opportunity to experience more culture here in Michigan.

Michelle Mancuso October 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

What I love about Grand Rapids is that it a romantic city it is so beautiful at night with all the lights you can take a horse drawn carriage ride arond the city. There are many places you can walk around and just be lost. I really enjoy our Grand Rapids!!

Judy DeVries-Eppinga October 16, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I love the cultural diversity in our city and also the amazing public transit system.

Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig October 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but would love to visit! I confess I had no idea there were so many opportunities for outdoor recreation – we’re from Portland, Oregon, and that’s a big way of life here. Would love to explore that side of Grand Rapids, too!

Mark October 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm

We love all of the art throughout the town, our favorite location is the public museum because the entire family can participate!!

Christine A October 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Ballet, concerts, beaches, COFFEE, and that funky blue drink! I want to try it all! Never been, never even thought about visiting–now I can’t understand why. There’s so much to do there…. Who knew?

Emerick Dee October 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I love coming to Grand Rapids for the Michigan Music Conference at the Amway Grand Plaza / Devos Center / J.W. Marriott! The indoor walkways are wonderful in January! The restaurants are fantastic! The venues and focus on arts advocacy is amazing! I grew up in the Grand Rapids area and I love visiting this incredible city!

Chaunie Brusie October 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I have a special place in my heart for Grand Rapids, because although I haven’t visited downtown for fun yet, I recently went to a writing conference at Calvin College where I was able to land my BOOK DEAL! Such a great experience! I also have some great friends in GR, so I’d love to have the chance to visit. Oh, and of course, my favorite author and blogger @Meagan Francis lives there! :)

Shelby Saelens October 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Grand Valley State University of course!

Ben Brusie October 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Just love that side of the state. From SE Michigan, we also enjoy visiting the other side of the state. Same state, but feels like a getaway with gorgeous scenery and attractions, especially for the family.

Nora Saelens October 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I love the tulip festival!

Tommy October 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I’ve enjoyed attending the MITES competition that’s been held in GR.

Brian behler October 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I love Grand Rapids because of the amazing family values and the clean and inviting downtown. Grand Rapids is a great place to work and enjoy the great dining and genuine mid-western hospitality!

Elena Prodescu October 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

What I love about Grand Rapids is the Grand River!…Love to stand on one of his bridges end to see the reflection of the city in the water! …. for me Grand River is like Senna for Paris, or Thames for London!!!!

Kyle October 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Great place to visit. Something for everyone in the family. Great museums, great concerts, and great sporting events.

Lindsey Q October 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Grand Rapids is one of the best kept secrets in Michigan. The city has stolen my heart. I first fell in love with the beauty and architecture of the city, but soon after fell in love with the generosity, kindness and creativity of all the people living in West Michigan. There is no other place in the mitten I would rather live and I can’t wait to start my family here someday. <3

Janet V October 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I love the big city feel with a small town charm that GR has! It would be my first choice for a night out, over Chicago and some other big cities.

Diane Bodell October 16, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I enjoy many things in Grand Rapids. The GRArt Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Fredrick Meijers Gardens and Sculpture Park, Gerald R. Ford Museum, and River Walk to name a few. Art Prize is a must to see, and the choice of eateries is amazing etc. etc. etc.

Tia October 17, 2012 at 2:23 am

I love GR, I was there a year ago going to Aquinas College and it was amazing. The campus was in the perfect place, right next to Eastown, and a few blocks from downtown. I loved how close everything was. The campus was full of trees which gave it a very homey feel and if you wanted a night on the town all you had to do was walk a few blocks. I’m moving there next year!!

Cassie Hall October 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

I love the youthfulness of this city. I mean, even our elderly are incredibly young-at-heart. Have you SEEN the Clark Retirement Community Lip Dub?

Kristin Mooney October 17, 2012 at 6:28 am

We have the best of both worlds in Grand Rapids. Big town events, like Broadway Theatre Guild, the Ballet, and the Opera. All with a small town feel-good great farmers markets, amazing non-profit-making organizations to help better our community. Does it get better than Grand Rapids? I think not!

Chad October 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

Nice video!

Barb Beurkens October 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

Grand Rapids has ATTITUDE – It welcomes visitors with gracious hospitality. It is artful but not snobby. It is beautiful but not arrogant. It is prosperous but not condescending. It is playful but not silly. It is sophisticated, it is casual, it is friendly, it is Grand. It is home.

Jim Smith October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

A great creative and innovative community.

Shelley Cotton October 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

I have only been to Grand Rapids once. I fell in love with city and all of its culture. There is so much to see and do. I love history and GR is rich in history. I would love the opportunity to come back and see more!

Amber LaGrone October 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

I went running this morning on a Kentwood trail. The leaves are changing beautifully with red , yellow n green leaves blowing in the light breezes. The squirrels and birds are playing. Then a young buck comes strolling along;). He walked along the trail as if accompanying me on my run. I was able to get a few videos and pics of my new running buddy….I love GR.

Donna October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

Have never been to Grand Rapids, but the Farm to Table restaurant list is intriguing! I’d love to explore those options.

Deanna Barnhill October 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

I used to live in Grand Rapids many yrs ago. It’s been forever since I’ve been back. Wasn’t much to do then but seems to be more coming out so I would love to come spend the night and see what you have to offer!! Plus my Husband is from Iowa and has never seen Grand Rapids or The beaches at Lake Michigan. So I would like to take him!!

Paula Ferguson October 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

We just moved in June from Grand Rapid to Mt. Pleasant. I miss everything in GR. The restaurants are great. There are so many stores you can visit there just isn’t enough time. The people are also so great. So we definitely will be back.

J.Marcos Guerrero October 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Grand Rapids is the all American City , where you can enjoy the Cosmopolitan busy life or the Country setting , where diversity collides in a Symphony of foods and flavors ,where life runs easy or fast as the Grand River, and the splendor of the four seasons permeates your life throughout the years .Grand Rapids I love you.

Allen Husted October 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love Grand Rapids for the shopping!! But I also love Griffins!!

Marilyn Glowacki October 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

My husband and I just love Grand Rapids so much. We get to see it , because are daughter lives and work’s there. My husband and I live 2hrs away in Stockbridge. My daughter and husband love to fish on the bridge, by the Post office and the big blue Varnum. It always makes for a beautiful picture. (I take the pictures)
There is always something going on in Grand Rapids, and the people are very nice.
thank you
Marilyn Glowacki

Tom Becker October 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

After living happily in Grand Rapids for 7 years, I always enjoy visiting friends there. There is a huge amount of culture, sports, and activities for a “small, friendly city”. Go Whitecaps baseball!

J.Marcos Guerrero October 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Grand Rapids Michigan is the ALL AMERICAN City , where you can enjoy the Cosmopolitan or the Country setting. Where the diversity of Cultures collide and turns into a Symphony of foods and flavors. where living can be fast or slow as the Grand River ,where the four Seasons of the year ,Permeates and enriches your life throughout the years.

Sherri October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I used to simply pass through Grand Rapids on my way to Illinois. But now, I love visiting Grand Rapids. There is so much to do!! Shopping, Artprize, the museums, great restaurants, a walkable downtown, lovely architecture (I love the church spires as you drive toward the city) … and my sons!!! GR has it all!!

Beth October 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

There’s an energy to this city that I’ve never experienced. Once a Chicagoan I always thought I’d move back to Chicago. Not a chance! Grand Rapids is just the coolest place to live and experience.

Sarah October 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I love Grand Rapids. It was home to me for 8 years. I just recently moved away and miss it very much. There is nothing like walking down the street to your favorite bar or coffee shop, seeing people that you know and love on the way and at your destination. Grand Rapids will be the standard that I judge new cities against from now on.

Justin Hall October 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

It’s election season in our country. And in such an inevitably polarizing time for our culture, I find it refreshing to agree on something so unanimously; that Grand Rapids, Michigan truly is an experience.
I cannot refute the comments already posted by my fellow Rapidians. The culture, diversity, and artistic pulse of this city is stunning. Our striving for quality is reflected not only through the generosity of families like the Van Andle’s and DeVos’. Our integrity for perfection is personified by more than people like Greg Gilmore and the men and woman brewers who helped bring the title of Beer City U.S.A. to our hometown. This city goes deeper. This city does more.
What I love most about Grand Rapids is what it gives us so much of: HOPE. Because it is hope that drives young artists like Caleb Slain. You remember him as the GR native who beat out major ad agencies to direct the Microsoft Surface Tablet viral Internet ad (if you didn’t catch that story, it’s alright – Huffington Post did). Caleb is as driven of a person I know. Even now he is traveling abroad, continuing his career.
It is hope that drives men like Rob Bliss. The hope for community and even greater, community-spirit. From the Grand Rapids Lip Dub video to the world record for Zombie Walk, Bliss’ hope and pride in his city is an inspiration for everyone to do something. Even if its as silly as a shower of paper airplanes or a water slide filling a road. Hope empowers and hope is contagious.
And I caught that bug. The engaging spirit of hope is constantly shaping me today. People are working in this city. And people are giving. I see generosity that’s jaw dropping in all corners of this great city. Charity from organizations both religious and secular. People of all creeds and ages showing a heart for the less fortunate. It’s real. It’s inspiring. It’s changing us all, each day.
I love Grand Rapids because it’s the incarnation of an idea that we’re hearing left and right. That idea is “The American Dream”. In Grand Rapids, inspired and hopeful people are showing this community, and this country that the dream of a better world is not only viable. It is happening now. I’m only a 22 year old college dropout, and I can see it clear as day.
Hope is an asset that is easily broke down. But in Grand Rapids, in my city — in OUR city – we are showing each other and the world how to build it up. And that, my friends, is an experience like none other.

Tyler Coon October 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My favorite part of Grand Rapids is the city has so much more entertainment, shopping, it’s a cleaner city then what I’m used to

Robert Lockhart October 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

What I love about GR is my kids live their !

Thomas Saelens Sr. October 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I love visiting to feel like a vacation, just on the other side of the state!

maggie October 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

A favorite memory of GR would be NYE downtown with the mini-ball drop! Great year-round attractions are countless but a few to name; Meijer Gardens, East Town, Hop Cat, great dancing venues throughout the city, Electric Cheetah, Marie Catribs etc!

maggie October 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

A few years ago I spent NYE downtown with a mini ball drop! That was very fun and we were able to utilize public transportation so no one had to worry about driving. Other year round places that I love are; Meijer Gardens, HopCat, Founders, The Meanwhile, Wealthy Theater, The Intersection, Kendall Art Museum and many many more!!

Darci October 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I grew up in Grand Rapids, and love that there’s something new to see each time I return. It’s amazing how the city continues to evolve!

Jen Wimbush October 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I love walking around town in every change of season. There are so many nice places to walk taking in nature and city life… Grand Rapids has the best of both!

Nicole manviln October 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love Grand Rapids! I went to school there and miss it everyday that I am gone! The community is amazing and strives to get its community involved with others. The events that are put on downtown are amazing and show true Michigan pride!

Georgia Clough October 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. For the past twenty years I have been living in Chicago. Grand Rapids has this city beat by a mile. Grand Rapids has grown so much in the last 20 years. I could hardly find me way around at last year’s Art Prize. The town is gorgeous. It has so much available. Culture. Arts. Entertainment. Sports. You name it. Grand Rapids has it. I miss you GR. thinking of retiring back home.

Michelle Harris October 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Fall in Grand Rapids is my absolute favorite. Colorful walks along the Grand River, warming up at local coffee shops, and visiting downtown events such as Art Prize.

Chad Ross October 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Very cool video – great style.

What do I love about Grand Rapids? Many things! But, I’m not gonna lie: when I think Grand Rapids, I think Beer City USA. California is great, but GR is the new epicenter of the American Craft Beer World.

Mary Estrada October 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Grand Rapids is a small city with so much to do……I think it compares with Detroit or Chicago……you can see a concert, sports event, baseball game, arts and museum to mention a few. Outstanding hotel accommodations and the downtown area is just the best. You go there for a weekend……park your car and eat at some of the best restaurants, drinks at so many different locations with different atmospheres and walk the river walk. What more could you want in such a unique city… much to do at your fingertips!

Anna October 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Grand Rapids is a great place to be all year round, but I’d have to say one of my favorite things about Grand Rapids is Artprize the past few years. I love that the community loves to get outside and be together, not only at artprize, but in our neighborhoods and other events too.

Mary S. October 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I visited GR in 2006 for business and stayed at the Amway Grand. (To this day, it remains the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever visited.) We attended an evening event at Frederik Meijer Gardens and it was absolutely breathtaking. I bought a little magnet in the gift shop with an inspirational saying–which still lives on my fridge to this day, reminding me of a dreamy destination not so very far away … with so much more that awaits my discovery : – )

Matthew October 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love sitting outside Madcap at 7:30am on Saturday mornings reading a book and waiting for them to open.

Collin Olsson October 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I love everything about Grand Rapids. The size, the seasons, the culture, the beer, the food, and the people!

Bonnie Dawdy October 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I truly enjoy the energy of Grand Rapids as it brings so many cultures together through it’s fine food & dining, music, arts and events. I love the different festivals and charity events that provide the community the chance to engage in paying it forward. I have been a vegetarian for 30 years and vegan this past year. I am excited that Grand Rapids is part of the move to bring RAW foods to the community while supporting local farmers! I am a member of the West Michigan Co-Op that supports farms and local entrepreneurs in providing healthy options for Grand Rapidians! Kudos to all and keep up the great work!

Barb Weaver October 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I love that, from my home, I can drive 30 seconds to see fog rising off the Thornapple River in the morning, 20 minutes to paddleboard around the lake from my cottage, and 45 minutes to walk some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on Lake Michigan.

Valerie mulder October 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I love that my husband is part if this! Great video!!!!

Denise Cole October 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I have not spent alot of time in GR but have stayed in the “old” part of the Amway Grand – loved it! I would like to see the meusum and the Fred Meijer gardens.

Amanda Fox October 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love Grand Rapids because it’s always been my home. I appreciate enjoying the summers at the lake, breathtaking fall colors, winter in all it’s splendor, and the most beautiful springs. This place feeds my soul!

Jaime V October 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm

ONE of the many things I LOVE about Grand Rapids – Beer City USA!!! :)

Christy B October 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I love Grand Rapids thriving arts community!

Lisa Wiseman October 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I was born here but grew up in south Texas. I moved back here in 1987, and as hard as it was to leave Texas, Grand Rapids has become my home. I’ve described it as a big “little” city…..that I have learned to love….the changing of the seasons, the first snowfalls, white Christmases…….the beautiful lakes, the wonderful and friendly people, the delicious food and different cultures. And now I’m raising my family here. Grand Rapids has everything I need and I am happy to call this city my home.

Alison Mace October 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Great Video! Love all the different shots of our city. What a great representation of all that West Michigan has to offer!

Danny L. October 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love the walkability. I can park once and get everywhere I want to be!

Renee A October 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I love that anywhere I am in GR, within walking distance there’s something awesome to do. Scrumptious food, beautiful art, peaceful river, a piece of history to learn about. I love that I learn something new with every jaunt.

Reba Hamilton October 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

My favorite place in Grand Rapids is the fish ladder. My grandfather used to take us there to watch the fish jump upstream during spawning season. I will add that one of the best places to eat in Grand Rapids is Marie Catrib’s! Great organic and fresh made food from local farms and dairies. I miss you, GR! Bring me back for a visit.

Toddy V October 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

We come to GR to visit family at least twice a year, always well worth the drive. Recently was able to try out FM Gardens, very nice. You got a great thing going on there!

Karen K. O'Brien October 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I spent my formative years in Northern Michigan, my college years in South-Central Michigan, my beginning career in Arizona and my end of career in Grand Rapids. I knew after spending 3 years away from this great state I had to return. I’ve raised my children here and enjoyed big city life while being just a few minutes from woodlands, beaches and some of the best entertainment around. Gotta love Grand Rapids

Lisa E October 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I love that I can work & play in the city then take a short drive to the lakeshore and vacation (in my own backyard). My favorite place is the Main Library. It is absolutely gorgeous inside!

Carol Hallas October 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Grand Rapids is an incredible place to live a richly cultural and active life. Within 15 minutes of my home, I can experience an epic mountain-bike trail-ride, head downtown for a museum visit and an awesome dinner, and take in a concert by a headlining recording artist. And that is just the beginning….

lucy October 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Fun video showcasing GR. it is the perfect sized city and Art Prize has brought lots of people downtown as well as gaining press around the country.

KiKi October 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Love the vibe of downtown. Yummy places to eat, great places to walk, fun places to take the kids. Big but not too big.

Carl Esakson October 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

i have lived in the Grand Rapids area for my whole life. i love that Grand Rapids has so much to offer people. i’ve participated in Laugh Fest. Always try to make Celebration on the Grand. Now there is ArtPrize. We love going to Frederik Meijer Garden’s, John Ball Zoo. we are so close to everything, but yet far enough to enjoy the comfort of a home. i love that we have all four season’s in Michigan. i couldn’t imagine living anywhere but here.

Chris Elce October 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Grand Rapids is a great city with something for everyone. Over the years it has transformed itself into a massive arts hub while ushering in a renaissance of new life into encouraging diversity in culture, commerce, and sense of community. Truly, a shining example that is testament for all other cities in the US and the world. I am proud to call Grand Rapids “home”.

Stephanie Precourt October 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Oh, how my family loves Grand Rapids!! I think our favorite would be Art Prize and the children’s garden at Meijer Gardens! And then all the amazing food (we love the Green Well and Electric Chretah!) Would love to visit again soon!


Leslie L. Eaton October 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Grand Rapids in July for the National Model Railroad Association convention. I was impressed with the safety and cleanliness of the city. I also was extremely impressed with the world-class Art Museum that you have and the affordable cost to visit the museum. I also enjoyed watching people dance in the park outside of the museum to the wonderful music being played. There are so many family-friendly events in Grand Rapids, even compared to larger cities like Houston, Texas. Thank you for the amazing hospitality shown to all of us during your convention!

Jeff Fuller October 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I love Grand Rapids and West Michigan. I think the connection between the city and the lakeshore is great and should be made stronger.

Heather Ratliff October 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but our family has had it on our travel list for a while. I’d love to go to the zoo with my kids.

Kathy Hutton October 18, 2012 at 12:11 am

Grand Rapids only keeps getting better with age! It is such a beautiful city with great energy year round. We so enjoy the theater venues and the variety of restaurants.

Matt O October 18, 2012 at 12:43 am

I don’t have a favorite part of GR because I’ve never been there but to see Michigan in the fall has always been something I’ve wanted to do. Also, I have some friends near there that I met in college whom I never get to see and this would be an awesome way to get there to see them again. Here’s Hoping!

Brandon Sullivan October 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

I love the people of grand rapids, such a diverse city! And I love the people of rm&d!!!

Joel October 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

I grew up in GR and was one of those people whose only goal once I was a teenager was to leave the area and never come back. I moved to Chicago in 1991 after college and spent several wonderful years there but surprised myself when my wife and I decided to grab an opportunity to move back to Grand Rapids. I look back to how much has changed in GR since I originally left and now can’t think of any better community to raise my children.
Some of the things I’ve grown to appreciate about Grand Rapids is the accessibility of everything it has to offer, the quality of the arts and dining and the pervasiveness of the Midwestern soul. Friends of ours recently settled in Grand Rapids and they had always lived in large metropolitan areas around the States and when they asked me to summarize what I liked about GR, the first thing I came up with was “It’s easy living”.

Kathie Bowler October 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Sports,Arts,Food and Nightlife are some of the great things about Grand Rapids! Plus the many family activities from the museums to the zoo!

Joann Torreano October 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

What an eye-opener for a Yooper….Grand rapids is a one city stop and shop with such rich cultural supporting the warmth of lower Michigan!!

Matt Frantti October 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

Grand Rapids has really transformed in the last 20 years. I grew up in the surrounding area and moved away in 1996, Back then GR wasn’t really a destination, just a place you drove through to get where you were going. Now, whenever I come back, there is always something new to see or do. Our family now has made it an annual event to come to ArtPrize and stay downtown. The kids love it just as much as my wife and I. With all the positive things going on, we need to Experience GR more!

Chris Knape October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

The change in this city just since my family moved here 9 years ago is staggering. GR is a city full of “relentless positive action.”

Jessica October 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

I would love to visit the Farmers Market and the Artisan Market. My family is always looking for places in Michigan to visit in our annual summer vacation and Grand Rapids just made the list!

Jane Sandona October 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Grand Rapids made the top spot on Forbes List of best places to raise a family recently. Those of us fortunate enough to live here already know this of course! The affirmation from a respected source such as Forbes is nice. This area offers so much in the way of culture and fun it is difficult to choose what to enjoy next.

Jonathan October 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

I love all the gathering places in Grand Rapids, From the Rosa Park Circle to local restaurants or clubs, or the museums, or the zoo. Even large events such as Celebration, ArtPrize, or Hispanic Festival. There are great places and great events to hang out with others folks no matter what your interest on passion.

Joe Manning October 18, 2012 at 11:57 am

Having been born and raised in Grand Rapids, I remember the days that downtown GR would close the doors at 5 pm on a Friday evening and not open again until Monday morning. Now the night life, breweries, and fine dining choices seem unlimited. I particularly enjoy all the craft brewing going on in and around GR!!

Cathy Brown October 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

Our family loves visiting Grand Rapids and the city is beautiful in the fall. From visiting MacKenzie’s Animal Sanctuary to dinner at the BOB, we love the variety of things to do.

Paul Baatz October 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I have only seen many great pics of the city and great festivals including Arts Prize and would to experience it in person!

Lori VanderLoon October 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love Grand Rapids for the small city feel in a big city. Everything you could possibly want is close and accessable. A great place to raise a family.

Rebecca P October 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids. This is a town that has everything for everybody. There is nothing boring about Grand Rapids. Always something going on. The Fun never ends!!!

april j October 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Grand Rapids is just so nice and clean. Plenty of outdoor activities.

Katrina Martin October 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I made my first visit to Grand Rapids over the summer and I am moving there next week so excited to explore all of the great things that Grand Rapids has to offer!!

Pamela M. October 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I am from the eastern side of the state but attended Grand Valley for a few years. The east and west side of the state couldn’t be more different, I truly feel like I am in another state when I come back to visit. The biggest difference I have noticed, and the thing I love most about GR and the western side, are the people. People are still respectful of others, kind and even though its a busy city, everyone seems to be more laid back. The other thing I love is the fact that you can be enjoying a big city one moment and then within a few minutes you can be out in the country enjoying all of the beautiful views the western side has to offer. I regret not experiencing the city more during my years at Grand Valley and although it is a bit of a drive, I love going back to visit – because I know I have yet to experience everything it has to offer.

Jack McGrath October 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

As a startup business owner in Michigan I know how important local resources are for long term success. The people of Grand Rapids without a doubt understand this as well. I have attended multiple conferences, workshops, fundraising platforms (5×5 Night, Start Garden) and I am always impressed by the community mindset that exists there. Creative thinking will drive progress in this state and Grand Rapids has this in abundance. I look forward to my next trip as GR never disappoints.

LF Solis October 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I have been 15 years in Grand Rapids and seen the growth in entertainment and diversity. One my favorite things is to be able to go downtown, enjoy a good meal with friends and then end the evening at any of the local pubs/taverns and always feel welcomed. It is nice when visitors say “you are lucky to live in GR,there is so much to do”.

Michelle Burke October 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Grand Rapids is a fantastic place to live and to visit. I love the variety of restaurants and nightlife, cultural attractions, accessible pedestrian routes and public transportation, cool festivals and events. It is great to host visitors or just enjoy an evening out.

elden October 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Love this city!

Judy Hutchinson October 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Grand Rapids is my hometown and so I always loved it but never more so than when I moved away. I love the ethnic diversity. As a foodie, I am thrilled to see how the variety and quality of restaurants has grown. And as one who loves beer, GR has become Beer Capital, with tons of homegrown offerings. Grand Rapids is exciting, friendly and welcoming. I’ve lived in many cities since I moved away, but I have never called any of them home. That honor is reserved for Grand Rapids!

Kevin Ullery October 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Grand Rapids is a great place with a lot to offer and also close to some nice, smaller cities to visit such as Holland, Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Muskegon on the lakeshore. It’s cultural and a relatively safe,family friendly city!

Connie Gore October 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

We just moved here this past July and we loved the Blues on the Mall! And we love all the great places to eat!

heather Douglas October 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

The people in Grand Rapids are so unique and everyone is so friendly! Yes Grand Rapids is a big city but we take care of eachother. lots Of good good, awesome sights And great Parks And bike trails

Stefanie Gladden October 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I love Grand Rapids! It has some of the best entertainment, and is so much fun!!!

kim j October 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Grand Rapids is a hidden treasure trove of goodness!

marilyn October 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Grand Rapids is my kind of town. Good luck all!

Bill Vriesema October 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Grand Rapids has the friendliness of a smaller town, but the personality of a larger city. There is fantastic combination of culture in terms of art, food, drink, sports, music and performance arts, colleges and universities; and outdoor beauty with the abundance of hiking and biking trails, rivers and streams, local parks, and nearby Lake Michigan. And best of all, the residents of Grand Rapids are open and friendly enough to greet you with a smile and tell you about their great home town!

Shannon O'Brian October 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I love Grand Rapids! So much to do, so much culture! I call it a little Chicago! I love Chicago, but GR is closer & less expensive!! Kewl video, too!

Larry October 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Grand Rapids… grew up there and I miss it everyday.

Nick October 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm

never been to Grand Rapids and would just like to experience it all!

mep October 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love the idea of a walkable city and would enjoy strolling around and checking out all that Grand Rapids has to offer. All the restaurants sound completely wonderful, but something about the name Brewery Vivant caught my attention! Two years ago, one of the families at my son’s school was making plans to leave Chicago for Grand Rapids and were so EXCITED. I thought at the time that it must be a special place and would love to see for myself!

Marie October 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Grand Rapids is a great city! I love the friendly culture and all there is to do. I especially like to eat at the local restaurants with farm to table ingredients, shop at boutiques downtown and on Cherry Street and enjoy the outdoors by taking walks around Reed’s Lake. Grand Rapids is a great place to be from!

Byoung J Baek October 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hi ~! Now…I am sending this greeting from Korea, because I am visiting
my husband . I want to say Grand Rapid,MI ~ please wecome me in 2013.l
My son lives in Ann Arbor, MI so I visited many times A A,MI but never been to Grand Rapid. Hope to attend @ KAAN in 2013 & visit you, beautiful G R,MI.
LOVE you & KAAN.

Mrs. Byoung Baek from Rochester, NY

Maria October 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

As a new resident of Grand Rapids, I did not know what to expect in this new city. So far, after three months of being here, I just love the community and big city feel. I’ve attended a few downtown events and some of the night life and I am reassured each time, that I made the right decision in moving here.

Ashley October 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I just moved to Grand Rapids, and I love all of the bike trails and parks! ArtPrize is also amazing.

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