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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

    Let’s Get Cultured, Grand Rapids: Meet cultured.GR by  Cultured GR on October 21, 2016

    It’s no secret that Grand Rapids is a pretty great place, whether you’re looking to buy a house, sample great microbrews, or explore the arts. A strong economy and relatively low costs of living...

    What's Happening at the Downtown Market by  Lyndsay Israel on October 20, 2016

    After three successful years, Grand Rapid's Downtown Market is officially in its young adulthood. What has changed? What has succeeded? What can local shoppers look forward to in the months to...

    Happy Halloween: 8 haunting happenings in Grand Rapids by  Experience GR Team on October 18, 2016

    The bewitching hour is upon us and Halloween in West Michigan is creeping around the corner. On October 31 little monsters, ghouls, ghosts, superheroes, warrior princesses and ninja turtles will...

    Grand Rapids Griffins: Lots of Hockey, Promos, and Family Fun by  Kirsetin Morello on October 12, 2016

    The Griffins kick off their 21 st season (and 15 th as the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings) at Van Andel Arena this Friday night, October 14, at 7PM. Fans can expect an...

    Listening Room: Another Way to Hear Live Music by  Quinn Mathews on October 12, 2016

    We all love beer , we love pool, we love laughing, hey it’s all entertainment. But you know what kicks all of those things to the curb? Watching and listening to a musician pour their heart and...

    Check Out Winning ArtPrize Pieces, Instagram Spots, and Where ArtPrize Lingers by  Amy Busse on October 11, 2016

    Once again, ArtPrize®, the radically open, independently organized international art competition, wowed visitors with over 1,400 entries at 171 venues. The Eighth Annual ArtPrize Awards,...

    4 Grand Rapids Bicycle Color Tours to Ride This Fall by  Kirsetin Morello on October 6, 2016

    Fall in Grand Rapids is a glorious season, especially for road and mountain biking. The maple and ash trees are sporting their colorful leaves, temperatures are cooler but not too cold (yet!),...

    Live Music at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill by  Quinn Mathews on October 5, 2016

    Live music is all over the place in Grand Rapids. We all have our favorite spots, as big as Van Andel Arena and Meijer Gardens Amphitheater , or squeezing in to One Trick Pony or The Pyramid...

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