Dynamic Variation:

Bike Grand Rapids: West Side to Uptown and Back Again

The best way to get to know a city is to spend a day biking through it. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor…

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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 55 years…

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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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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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Where to Rent Winter Gear in Grand Rapids

From the heart of downtown to the coast of Lake Michigan, the Grand Rapids area offers all sorts of opportunities for cold-weather play. Some of our favorite winter pastimes require specialized gear in addition to warm coats, hats and gloves. If you don’t own gear – or you don’t want to lug it with…

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The Sweet Escape: Your Visit to Blandford Nature Center

Blandford Nature Center is located just a half-mile north of Grand Rapids’ thriving West Side Neighborhood, but it’s just far enough to make you feel like you’ve entered a totally different place, a place where you can slow down and forget your to-do lists. Blandford Nature Center is located on 264…

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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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