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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 November 2015

    Winter Carriage Ride
    Even when the weather outside is frightful, there’s no shortage of ways to create warm memories during the holidays with friends and family in Grand Rapids. There are so many events, for all ages, that we can’t possibly describe them all in one post. We thought we’d describe 11 awesome events and link to a whole bunch of others. So gather your favorite peeps and get ready to create holiday memories you’ll treasure. 1. The Local Epicurean (days/hours vary) The Local Epicurean, at 111 S. Division, is a gourmet foodie’s dream. This is the perfect time of year to treat yourself to one of their chocolate truffle making classes, where you’ll learn the secrets to creating these delicious treats for the holidays. They also offer an organic infused-butter making class—another great gift idea—as well as classes that teach you how to make homemade pasta. Click here for more information, pricing, and Local Epicurean class reservation information .... Read More ›
    Santa Downtown Market
    Unwrap the Holidays: Celebrate With Shopping in Grand Rapids Grand Rapids is known for craft beer, farm-to-table restaurants , and generally supporting all things local. When the snow starts to flurry, you know it’s time to get serious about your holiday shopping —and in Grand Rapids it’s easy to score the perfect gift for friends and family members: there are so many opportunities to buy beautiful, local gifts that are just right for those you love.... Read More ›
    Hunting pheasants at Pine Hill Kennel & Sportsman's Club
    Scott Brosier was 13 years into his career as a Midland County sheriff’s deputy when he decided to call it quits. Law enforcement work had become a grind. He longed to spend his days working outdoors, training hunting dogs and guiding others.  Brosier pulled the trigger in 2011 hoping to realize his dream. Then with the backing of his wife Ada, his business partner, he purchased Pine Hill Kennels and Sportsman’s Club , a private Rockford-based pheasant hunting preserve.  ... Read More ›