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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.
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Maria Liddil

    Maria Liddil

    Events Specialist

    AKA: Captain of Smooth Sailing
    (616) 233-3575


    Assist the Events Team in planning meetings and events that promote bringing new convention business to Grand Rapids, as well as a few events to celebrate successes with our community.


    Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University, Certified Tourism Ambassador

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    10+ years

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I first became part of the Food & Beverage industry as a server/bartender in several country clubs and restaurants.  I settled into Events!

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Check out as many restaurants, breweries, and art venues as you can...we offer some of the best!