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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.

    The Insider Experience

    Eat, stay, and play like a local in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Author: Ian Douglass
    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 ›
    Biking in Grand Rapids
      Photo courtesy of Danielle Musto Few bikers know West Michigan's bike trails better than Danielle Musto. As far as endurance mountain biking is concerned, the Grand Rapids native is one of the best in the world, having finished first at the 2011 USAC 24-Hour Single Speed National Championships, and then following that up with a fourth-place finish at the 24-Hour Solo World Championships. Luckily for Danielle, West Michigan has an abundance of bike trails, and they provide her with an opportunity to train for exactly the sort of conditions she faces in competitions. At the same time, when she's in the mood for a more relaxing ride, the same trails also offer Danielle the opportunity to adapt her journey for a more leisurely trip at a reduced intensity level.... Read More ›