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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

    Grand Rapids Musicians Take Their Sound on the Road by  Quinn Mathews on December 2, 2016

    It’s an interesting time in the West Michigan/Grand Rapids music community as bands fill local venues and travel throughout the state of Michigan. Some of our home-grown musicians are branching...

    Give the Gift of Local Art This Holiday Season by  Cultured GR on December 1, 2016

    It’s that time of year again: when all of us begin assembling our gift lists. But before you head to the mall (or Amazon), go for something a little different this year, and see what local...

    6 Can't-Miss Holiday Arts Events to Unwrap the Season in Grand Rapids by  Cultured GR on November 30, 2016

    While the weather outside has turned cold, venues across the city are cooking up performances and exhibits to warm the soul – and the senses – indoors. From family-friendly Broadway productions...

    Transforming the experience of "Transforming Fashion" at the GRAM by  Experience GR Team on November 29, 2016

    What do Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Bjork all have in common? All of these musicians have worn cutting-edge designs by internationally acclaimed Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen....

    Local Galleries Support West Michigan Artists to Enhance Every Home or Workspace by  Amy Busse on November 23, 2016

    Whether it's for your home or office, art enhances your space. The idea of purchasing an original artwork can be intimidating, but the best way to start the process is to get to know the artists....

    Tip Off Time: Don't Miss The Grand Rapids Drive's Promising Third Season by  Kirsetin Morello on November 22, 2016

    The Grand Rapids Drive 2016-17 season opened last Friday, November 11, with a big win at home against the Canton Charge (134-111) and the upcoming season promises to be a fun one. If you’re ready...

    Another Round: How to Become a Beer City Brewsader® by  Kirsetin Morello on November 21, 2016

    When Experience Grand Rapids first rolled out the Brewsader® program in 2015, we thought it would be popular, but wow! You guys have gone for it: to date, more than 4,400 beer aficionados have...

    New Music Venue to Downtown Grand Rapids: 20 Monroe Live by  Quinn Mathews on November 16, 2016

    There is a new venue coming to town and it’s promising to add momentum to the growing music scene in Grand Rapids. 20 Monroe Live is it’s name (and location) in the heart of downtown, and it...

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