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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.
    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 August 2015

    NCT Lowell
    Grand Rapids is a walker’s paradise, full of parks where an hour or more can be spent outdoors walking. But for those who seek an entire day on the trail, an excellent opportunity is found just 30 minutes from downtown, in nearby Lowell , where the North Country National Scenic Trail passes through town. The North Country Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails. Above: A hiker follows the blue blazes that mark the trail. Photos by Howard Meyerson The 4,600-mile, seven-state trail is the longest hiking path in America. Head north and you can walk to Lake Sakakawea, in North Dakota. Go south and you can hike to Crown Point, in eastern New York. Lowell is home to the North Country Trail Association (NCTA), the non-profit group that is building the trail, as well as the National Park Service office that administers it.  ... Read More ›
    SpeakEZ Grand Cocktail Entry
      Photo courtesy of Flickr user Didriks While West Michigan's "Ale Trail" is well established, the area's "Cocktail Trail" is still being forged. Fortunately, the trailblazing process is going to receive a necessary shot in the arm as the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild is due to become an official chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild this summer. With this official designation will come an increase in opportunities for West Michigan residents to participate in the burgeoning cocktail scene of the area.... Read More ›
    Intersections by Anila Quayyum Agha Public and Tied for Jurors' Grand Prize Winner 2014
    The saying “When one door closes, another opens” can definitely be applied to the end of summer and the beginning of ArtPrize Seven throughout downtown Grand Rapids September 23-October 11. The radically open, independently organized international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury will feature 1,551 entries showing at 162 venues around the 3-square mile ArtPrize district. And while it’s hard to improve upon near perfection, leave it to ArtPrize to try. “Visitors looking for things to do after Venues close always asked ‘What’s happening at ArtPrize tonight?’” said Jaenell Woods, public relations manager for ArtPrize. “So this year we are launching ArtPrize Tonight - a comprehensive "database" or list of events happening every night of the 19 days around the ArtPrize district.”... Read More ›