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    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.
    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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    Six respected travel writers contribute to our My Experience Grand Rapids blog, sharing their adventures in and impressions of our fair city. They write about art, food, music, family playcations and whatever else strikes their fancy.

    The blog is a great place to uncover unique story angles. We also welcome Guest Bloggers who want to share their Grand Rapids experience.


    My Experience Grand Rapids Blog

    Affection for the Arts: Find Connection over an Artful Valentine’s Date by  Cultured GR on January 19, 2017

    Author Chuck Klosterman said “Art and love are the same thing: it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” What better way is there, then, to build connection between people...

    10 Warm Drinks For Cold Days in Grand Rapids  on January 17, 2017

    Michiganders are crazy. Why? Because we willingly endure unnervingly cold winter days for what seems like endless months in order to reach the invigorating warmth of the summer sun. It's...

    Grand Rapids Public Museum launches new concert series at Chaffee Planetarium by  Quinn Mathews on January 13, 2017

    In the midst of winter it’s hard not to wish for those long summer nights listening to music under a clear sky. Well you don’t have to wait for the summer solstice any longer! Starting on January...

    Free Wintertime Fun For The Whole Family! by  Melody VanderWeide on January 12, 2017

    The fun doesn't stop in Grand Rapids just because it's winter! You're invited to experience the season of snow like a true local does, and do it for free! Here's a list of what's free for...

    Beer Month GR 2017: An Essential Guide by  Jason Ley on January 9, 2017

    Momentum in Beer City USA shows no signs of slowing down. Because of unquestionable demand and the abundance of beer-related activities, what was once lovingly referred to as Beer Week could no...

    Outfit Your Winter Fun: Where to Find What You Need by  Kirsetin Morello on January 5, 2017

    Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are among the many popular winter sports in the Grand Rapids area. Whether you’re a local or visiting Grand Rapids, when you want to venture...

    17 Must-Experience Activities Around Grand Rapids in 2017 by  Experience GR Team on January 4, 2017

    Every new year brings with it a list of New Year's resolutions, from dropping a few pounds or finding a new job, to spending more time with family and friends or adopting a new hobby. Now that...

    Free Family Events for February in Grand Rapids by  Melody VanderWeide on January 3, 2017

    Chase away the winter blues with these free and affordable family events for February around Grand Rapids! Grand Rapids Art Museum Meijer Free Days If you haven't been to the GRAM, you're in for...

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