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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.

    Travel Blog

    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

    Grand Rapids Running Groups That Will Help You Maintain Your Fitness Goals

    Whether you’re trying to reach your New Year’s fitness goals, looking to adopt a new hobby, or simply looking to explore...

    Matt Medendorp
    January 18, 2018
    Grand Rapids becomes a fatbike-friendly community

    Kevin Allen turned to fatbikes four years ago. The 50-year-old real estate broker grew tired of sitting home in winter....

    Howard Meyerson
    January 15, 2018
    Snowshoeing in the Grand Rapids Area: Explore a Winter Wonderland

    Snowshoeing has been around for almost as long as civilizations have interacted with deep snow. Historians believe...

    Matt Medendorp
    January 11, 2018
    Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with These Events in West Michigan

    There are numerous events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day – January 15, 2018 – and...

    Nadira Kharmai
    January 9, 2018
    Seven Grand Rapids Breweries with Excellent Live Music

    As if beer wasn’t reason enough to visit some of the great breweries of Grand Rapids, many of them offer a superb...

    Pat Evans
    January 4, 2018
    18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

    Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be...

    Austin Langlois
    January 2, 2018
    Exhibitions to See with the Whole Family During the Holidays

    ‘Tis the season for family coming to town! It can be hectic to host loved ones over the holidays, especially when it...

    Nadira Kharmai
    December 22, 2017
    Where to Buy the Best Wine for the Holidays (or Any Occasion) in Grand Rapids

    Wine lovers of Grand Rapids, rejoice! As you know, there’s no better indulgence than a nice bottle of wine around the...

    Kirsetin Morello
    December 19, 2017