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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

    Don't Miss ArtPrize Eight: What to See, Where to Start by  Kirsetin Morello on September 27, 2016

    If you’ve been to ArtPrize before, you know it’s smart to wear good walking shoes, and this year is no exception. With over 1,400 works of art featured in 170 venues, you’ll get your steps in as...

    Grand Rapids, The Music City of the Midwest? by  Quinn Mathews on September 26, 2016

    Two years ago I moved to Grand Rapids after 9 years in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is home to “The Grand Ole Opry,” the longest running radio broadcast in music history. When I first moved to...

    Exclusive Fashion Exhibit Comes to Grand Rapids Art Museum in October by  Amy Busse on September 22, 2016

    Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) welcomes Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion October 23, 2016 – January 15, 2017, to Grand Rapids. The exhibit features 45 haute couture outfits from the Dutch...

    Grand Rapids Comic-Con: A Complete Guide by  Matthew Makowski on September 20, 2016

    In 2006 Mark Hodges had an idea to create an event in Grand Rapids that would encourage attendees to embrace their inner Avenger, Jedi, Ninja Turtle, Power Ranger or Pokémon trainer. Fast forward...

    ArtPrize Song Competition & Blue Bridge Music Festival by  Quinn Mathews on September 16, 2016

    Music at ArtPrize Well it’s here and I don’t have to tell you that! ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as “the most attended public art event on the planet” according to The...

    Grand Rapids Welcomes Circus XTREME to ArtPrize by  Lyndsay Israel on September 15, 2016

    Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, get excited for the return of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey as their new show, Circus XTREME , comes to Van Andel Arena this fall! From September...

    New for ArtPrize Eight: Preview Week by  Kirsetin Morello on September 13, 2016

    If, like most people, you can’t wait for the start of ArtPrize Eight , here’s a treat: it’s the newest ArtPrize addition and it’s called ArtPrize Preview Week. 2013 ArtPrize Entry Simone Crestani...

    New Places to Hear Music in Grand Rapids by  Quinn Mathews on September 12, 2016

    New Places to Hear Live Music in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids already has many places to hear live music - but did you know that Blandford Nature Center and Vander Mill Cider were just added to that...

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