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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 December 2015

    Reserve
    Wine has a way of bringing people together, and Grand Rapids is the perfect place to gather with the people you love.  A wine bar is traditionally thought of as a bar that offers more than 20 wines by the glass and more than 100 wines by the bottle.  While not all 13 meet those requirements, these destinations have impressive wine lists and make up for the number fudging in atmosphere, excellent service, and food quality.  If you're looking for the grapes and bubbles in the area, this is a good place to start!... Read More ›
    Old Boys' Brewhouse
    If you're a beer lover visiting Grand Rapids with your young family, you're in luck! The region offers a host of kid-friendly brewery options. Here are some of our favorites: FOUNDERS BREWING CO. 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI A darling of the Grand Rapids craft beer scene, Founders is a trend-setter when it comes to local and national beer. And if you visit with kids, you're going to love the laid-back atmosphere of the spacious tap room and outdoor patio. The deli serves up tasty sandwiches for grownups while kids go for the french bread pizza and chips and guacamole. Founders is a popular place, well-equipped for crowds with knowledgeable and friendly servers. You'll want to save a Founder's Brewery Tour for your next visit, though -  tours are for those 21+.... Read More ›
    Cowboy Action Shooting
    Once winter arrives in West Michigan and fields get blanketed with snow, shooting sports enthusiasts turn to area clubs for fun and camaraderie.  Regardless of their shooting preference, trap, skeet and sporting clays or dressing up like a cowboy for a Wild-West experience, most say winter target shooting is a great way to beat cabin fever.... Read More ›
    Perugia Street Scene
    Grand Rapids is proud to sing, “we are family” with sister city Perugia, Italy. The “Cittă Gemelle” relationship established in 1993, made Perugia the third of Grand Rapids’ five sister cities. Dwight Eisenhower founded Sister Cites International in 1956 after World War II as a way to increase bonds between people in cities around the world. Sister city relationships are cooperative relationships through which cultural, educational, business, and technical exchanges take place. When cities are looking for a sister city, they typically look for commonalities. “When Grand Rapids initiated the Sister City program locally, their goal was to say ‘welcome’ to the world, come visit us, work and play with us and share in both the goodwill and economic vitality of a globally centered city and region,” said Leonardo Tombelli, chair of the Perugia committee who has been involved with the program for 19 years.  ... Read More ›