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From our must-see attractions to our one-of-a-kind experiences, Grand Rapids is sure to get your creative juices flowing. We welcome the opportunity to help you delve further into the special attributes of travel on the Edge of the Midwest. Below are a few of our latest story ideas. We'd be happy to brainstorm other approaches with you!
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|5/16/2013||Art in Grand Rapids
“Few cities anywhere do more to support creativity,” raves Men’s Journal about Grand Rapids. Nowhere is that more evident than in the city’s art scene. From our early days as America’s Furniture City to our current hosting of the world’s richest art competition, Grand Rapids has been transformed by art. A trip to Grand Rapids and its many art attractions can be a transforming experience for visitors – and a compelling subject for your story....more
Grand Rapids was voted Beer City U.S.A. in 2012 and 2013 – a recognition of both our exceptional craft breweries and their passionate fan base. The city was also named a top 10 vacation city for beer lovers (thestreet.com) and one of the 25 best beer cities in the world (drinkingmadeeasy.com). The metro area includes 17 breweries and more are on the way. Touring our brewery trail is a popular visitor pastime – and a captivating basis for your story....more
Grand Rapids is located smack-dab in the middle of one of the world’s best growing regions. It’s also home to one of America’s finest culinary schools. Put them together and what do you get? A huge emphasis on fresh, local, farm-to-fork dining (aka, the way we’ve always eaten). Visitors delight in touring family farms and shopping farmers’ markets, often rubbing shoulders with the area’s best chefs along the way. That’s just one angle you could take for your food-focused story....more
Downtown Grand Rapids is just 30 minutes away from what Condé Nast Traveler calls one of the world's 25 most beautiful shorelines. Four very distinctive beach towns provide a break from the sand and sun. Visitors can enjoy a day at the beach and night in the big city - or soak up a day's worth of cultural activities in Grand Rapids then head to the coast for a dazzling sunset. This combination of cosmopolitan culture and coastal charm is a perfect angle for your story....more
|5/16/2013||Music in Grand Rapids
While there are plenty of opportunities to hear superstar touring acts in Grand Rapids, it's the local/underground music scene that marks the city as a musical trendsetter. Venues range from intimate clubs to massive arenas - and in summer, extend to a zoo, ski slope, botanic gardens and more. Your story could focus on local talent, outdoor concerts, music festivals ... or all of that and more....more
Grand Rapids is the best place in the U.S. to raise a family, according to forbes.com. It's also the best place to retire (Where to Retire magazine) and a top 10 city for moms (The Daily Beast). These recognitions are proof that Grand Rapids bridges the generation gap, with activities and events that can be enjoyed by every member of the family - and every reader in your audience....more
|5/16/2013||The Downtown Experience
Downtown Grand Rapids combines big-city excitement with small-town convenience. More than 90 restaurants, clubs, museums and attractions are located within a 10-minute walk of each other and four excellent hotels. Visitors appreciate how easy it is to do so much in downtown Grand Rapids - and so will your readers....more