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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 October 2015

    Cocktail Week Grand Rapids - Nov 8-19
    November 11-22 is gearing up to be quite an exciting transition into the 2015 Holiday Season!  The GR Cocktail Guild is excited to bring the 1st Annual Cocktail Week GR to town. Photo Courtesy of Experience GR The cocktail culture has been growing in Grand Rapids for years now: local bars, bartenders, new distilleries, and passionate sippers have made cocktails just as relevant and just as hand-crafted as craft beer.  The Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild was founded in March of 2015 by chef and cocktail lover Torrence O'Haire and is making waves in the hand-crafted culture of West Michigan, and this year, for eleven days you can enjoy events around town designed to showcase the talents and local ingredients of bartenders all over the city. ... Read More ›
    San Chez breakfast 1
    Place a well-prepared ham & cheese omelet on my plate, with a bowl of fresh fruit on the side, and some piping hot tea in my cup and my morning is so much happier. Especially when I don’t have to cook it or clean it up myself. That’s the beauty of eating out for breakfast, which is easy to do in Grand Rapids. We have so many great breakfast spots that it’s worth driving around town to try each of them. The less traditional breakfast eaters, those who roll their eyes at the boring omelet that brings me so much happiness, are in luck: these menus offer lots of creative breakfast fare.  photo courtesy of Wolfgang's Restaurant Wolfgang’s ( Eastown) My kids love the Cinnamon French toast here so much that they’re willing to endure waiting in line for a table, which almost always happens when we dine at this local favorite. Don’t by shy: step away from your usual order and try the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Frittata or the Pecan Belgian Waffle. So good! Westsider Café (Walker Ave.) As the name indicates, this local gem is located on the west side of GR, a little north of downtown. Go for the Huevos Rancheros, with smoked pulled pork…you won’t be sorry, or hungry, afterwards.... Read More ›
    Kent Innovation High Civil Rights Tour
    Students at Kent Innovation High , a project-based learning high school located on the campus of the Kent Intermediate School District, took their learning to the street. Literally.  This year, sophomores in the KIH American Studies class taught by Mike Kaechele created an interactive Grand Rapids Civil Rights Tour . With twelve stops and corresponding student-read podcasts , the historical tour takes participants around Grand Rapids providing insight into the city’s history. Kaechele said he felt many thought the Civil Rights Movement was something that happened “down south” and wanted his students to learn about events in their hometown and compare it to the national Civil Rights Movement. With that goal in mind, the collaborative project was born. Students researched a variety of events before choosing the featured twelve. Kaechele stated an integral part of the project was working with Tim Gleisner, head of Special Collections at the Grand Rapids Public Library who helped find relevant articles and books for the students to study.... Read More ›
    Beer City Passport
    In spite of the completion of the Beer City USA competitions, Grand Rapids has kept the spirit of her 2013 win alive. Breweries have continued to grow and thrive, and beer tourism has introduced thousands of new visitors to the growing city. After two years of enthusiasm, it's time for the next step.  Experience Grand Rapids is excited to introduce the Beer City Passport , an exciting opportunity for locals and visitors to show their Grand Rapids pride and keep on drinking the good stuff!... Read More ›