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Iconic Public Art Spots in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Vamonde app and website, contains content to help users experience the cities they visit like a local. Each city’s stories, written by local experts and influencers, include “must-see” spots and experiences. Because the art scene is an integral part of Grand Rapids, there’s an entire section in…

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Locals’ Guide to Fall Hikes in the GR Area

Fall is arguably the best time of year for hiking in Grand Rapids. The weather is crisp and cool, and you get to take in the beautiful pops of color from the changing leaves. From paved trails to dirt paths, there are plenty of outdoor spaces to get some steps in while enjoying the scenery. Here…

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Veen Observatory: A Hidden Gem in The Grand Rapids Area

In Grand Rapids, you don't have to travel far to escape the lights of the city for dark, starry country skies. About a 25-minute drive from Grand Rapids, in Lowell, amateur astronomers and curious members of the public can visit the James C. Veen Observatory to view stars, planets, and other…

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How to Spend Long Summer Weekends in Grand Rapids with Kids

West Michiganders anticipate summer with joy for good reason: the weather is gorgeous, the sparkling lakeshore beckons, and every weekend holds the promise of something new and exciting to do around Grand Rapids. Whether you live in West Michigan or are visiting, you can take advantage of the…

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Crafting Candles at Wax Poetic Candle Bar

Tap into your sense of smell and flex your creativity by making a hand-poured, scented candle at Wax Poetic Candle Bar in Grand Rapids. My wife, Laura, and I recently visited this adorable shop nestled in Grand Rapids’ Uptown neighborhood, and we loved creating our one-of-a-kind candles. The whole…

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Cannonsburg Ski Area: Ski Lessons, Snowboarding, Tubing, & More

As winter sets in, so does cabin fever. Thankfully, there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities available after the cold temperatures set in. One of the longest-standing winter recreation destinations, Cannonsburg Ski Area, proves just that. A West Michigan favorite for more than 50 years…

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A Winter Weekend of Grand Rapids Activities

Grand Rapids’ beauty shines bright during the winter months. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway this winter, Grand Rapids is a great destination for visitors of all ages and interests. We’ve created a winter weekend itinerary that’s a mix of romance (Happy Valentine’s Day!), family fun, and…

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Grand Rapids Restaurants That Focus on Accessibility

When you go out to your favorite local restaurant, are you aware of how high the tables are? Before making dining reservations, do you consider whether the establishment has steps or a ramp? These are just some of the questions that a person with a disability may consider before choosing a place to…

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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. We’ve rounded up some fun ideas for families to enjoy before or after heading to the arena. The following attractions are all within a 10-minute walk of Van Andel Arena, but be sure to arrive to the arena around…

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