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Navigating Family Fun Time at Van Andel Arena

A live event at Van Andel Arena is a guaranteed good time for ticket holders of any age. After attending several great events at Van Andel with kids, I’ve rounded up some fun ideas for families to enjoy before or after heading to the arena. I’ve found the following attractions that are all within a…

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Enjoying the Downtown Refreshment Area with Your Dog

I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than taking my dog out on a date. My partner, Eric, and I love to grab dinner or a drink on a patio that welcomes our best bud, Walter. He’s the best boy and deserves a night out occasionally too. We have checked out many dog-friendly places around…

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GR-Area Craft Beverage Stops to Make this Fall

It’s hard to beat a glorious fall day in Michigan. Michigan’s well-defined four seasons are among the top reasons to live in or visit the Mitten, but ask around and it can quickly become evident a lot of people favor autumn. Beautiful trees and gorgeous weather are likely reasons for this…

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A Local's List of Great Fall Places to Eat & Drink

In classic Michigan fashion, fall has arrived in full force, and quickly. Beers turn darker, cocktails turn toward hard spice, and we arrive at the penultimate season for hard cider. A good friend of mine, Pat Evans, wrote an awesome article on fall beverages a few years ago, which still holds…

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Your Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend Itinerary

As the hot humid air gives way to crisp cool mornings, Grand Rapids is ready for its glorious transition to all things fall… and so am I. Not only do the colors of the trees change, but so do the types of events and activities the Grand Rapids area has to offer. If you’ve been wondering what there…

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Grand Rapids Is Bursting With Art This Fall

You can't beat fall in West Michigan. This is my favorite time of year when the trees flaunt their brilliant colors and cooler temperatures prevail. It's also a popular time for locals and visitors to enjoy the Grand Rapids art scene, which blossoms all year long but is especially vibrant in the…

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One Last Fling: 10 Ideas for Memorable Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties in Grand Rapids

Congratulations to the soon-to-be married couple! So many of my friends (and now my friends’ children) have tied the knot in Grand Rapids, and for good reason. Our setting, with plenty of outdoor space and a thriving riverfront, and our countless and varied venues, are gorgeous any time of year. But whether you’re getting married next month or next year, first you’ll want to host a Bachelor or Bachelorette party. Using one or a combination of the following ideas, Grand Rapids will deliver one to remember…

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Tips for Mountain Biking in West Michigan

Surrounding Grand Rapids’ bustling city center is an abundance of biking trails that wind through a variety of the area’s diverse landscapes. West Michigan’s warmer months offer the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to grab their bikes and head out on the trails for some mountain bike…

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A Vegan & Sustainable Weekend Itinerary for Grand Rapids

Veganism is continuously growing, and restaurants across Michigan are filling the demand, with Grand Rapids leading the way. Not only is Grand Rapids rising to meet the needs of people with dietary restrictions, but it has also been named “America’s Greenest City” by Fast Company Magazine. Some…

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Black Calder Brewing: Michigan's First Black-Owned Brewery

Amidst the chaos of 2020, Black Calder Brewing Company found itself in a supremely unusual position: trying to open a Grand Rapids brewery in the middle of a pandemic. I got to speak with Terry Rostic, one of the two owners of Black Calder, Michigan's first Black-owned brewery, about the journey to…

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