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  • Downtown
    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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

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    Posts from January 2016

    Experience Pink Logo 2016
    Get ready to get pink! Throughout the month of February 2016, the Grand Rapids community is joining the fight against breast cancer to help raise funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen Michigan through the 5 th annual Experience Pink events, brought to you by Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association.   Last year’s JW Marriott team on the rooftop, getting ready for Experience Pink! The annual event has raised over $25,000 since its inception and 75% of every dollar raised stays in West Michigan says Nakia Kyler, Community Events Coordinator for Susan G. Komen Michigan. Early detection is critical and these funds help pay for services like education, breast screenings, mammograms, and breast care services for men and women in the area who are underserved.  The other 25% funds ground-breaking research to find a cure.... Read More ›
    Fat-tire biking at Indian Trails Golf Course 2
    The middle of winter may be a treacherous time for cyclists, but you wouldn’t know it to visit Indian Trails Golf Course . That's where fat-tire bike enthusiasts gather on Wednesdays to ride its snowy, three-mile groomed trail. The 88-year-old golfing center, at 2776 Kalamazoo Ave SE, is becoming an in-city winter bike destination.... Read More ›
    Meyer May House selfie
    Looking for some local locales to use your new selfie stick? Check out our list of ExperienceGR approved selfie spots and get ready to say cheese! Calder Plaza Photo courtesy of Instagram user ibarmacher Work in some art and history when posing in Downtown Grand Rapids. La Grande Vitesse in Calder Plaza and the “Skull Wall” outside Stella’s Lounge are intriguing backgrounds for any photo.  As you make your way through downtown, don’t forget to snap a pic on the the Blue Bridge , one of the longest truss bridges in Michigan and solely for pedestrian use.... Read More ›