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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.
    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.
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    Six respected travel writers contribute to our My Experience Grand Rapids blog, sharing their adventures in and impressions of our fair city. They write about art, food, music, family playcations and whatever else strikes their fancy.

    The blog is a great place to uncover unique story angles. We also welcome Guest Bloggers who want to share their Grand Rapids experience.


    My Experience Grand Rapids Blog

    8 Fun Activities for Rainy Days in Grand Rapids by  Experience GR Team on March 28, 2017

    Don’t let the weather rain on your parade–- or your entire day! From trampoline parks to escape rooms, brewery tours to roller rinks, there are a lot of fun, indoor experiences in Grand Rapids....

    Where to Find – or Make – the Perfect Bloody Mary in Grand Rapids by  Kirsetin Morello on March 24, 2017

    There’s no denying Grand Rapids’ brunch scene is growing, and with it, there are more options than ever to find the perfect Bloody Mary. From full-service Bloody Mary bars, to secret recipes and...

    Grand Rapids' West Side Welcomes Whiskey Bar, Butcher's Union by  Kirsetin Morello on March 23, 2017

    The West Side of Grand Rapids is transforming, making the beloved neighborhood a destination for dining, shopping, and nightlife. In 2015, we saw the addition of Harmony Hall and Black Heron to...

    8 Ways to Welcome Spring in Grand Rapids by  Experience GR Team on March 16, 2017

    Spring might be the most anticipated time of year in West Michigan. Heavy coats and boots are put away, the days get longer, and things start to get a little greener. If you're thinking spring,...

    ArtPrize Made Easy: Shuttle Service for Hotel Guests by  Kirsetin Morello on March 14, 2017

    We’re just six months away from the opening of ArtPrize Nine ! Last year the New York Times cited ArtPrize as one of the reasons Grand Rapids was named one of 52 Places to Go in 2016 . Visitors are...

    New Union Brewery: Lowell, MI’s First Craft Taproom by  Jason Ley on March 9, 2017

    Those chasing Beer City Brewsader ® status have yet another box to tick. But, let’s be honest – who’s complaining, right? New Union Brewery , Lowell’s first brewery, quietly opened in mid-November,...

    Spring Break Ideas for the Family by  Melody VanderWeide on March 7, 2017

    Visiting Grand Rapids for spring break? There are lots of things to keep your family occupied over the long break from school. Here are a few local budget-friendly favorites that you'll want to...

    Art and wonder, butterflies and beauty by  Cultured GR on March 2, 2017

    There are a few times during the year when you really don’t want to miss a trip to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park , and any local will tell you that the yearly “ Fred & Dorothy Fichter...

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