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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.

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    Warm Drinks for Cold Days in Grand Rapids (Part II) by  Experience GR Team on February 28, 2017

    In January, we told you about 10 warm drinks to enjoy on cold winter days in Grand Rapids, and you responded via the Experience Grand Rapids Facebook page with even more suggestions for local...

    Local Talent at LaughFest 2017 by  Kirsetin Morello on February 23, 2017

    Back for its seventh year, the always thought-provoking, very funny, 10-day fundraiser, LaughFest , kicks off on March 9. With comedians, speakers, yoga sessions and more there’s something for...

    Get Ready for KBS Week at Founders Brewing Co. by  Amy Busse on February 21, 2017

    The annual release of Founders Brewing Co ,'s Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) is always a cause for celebration for craft beer enthusiasts in Grand Rapids and beyond. But 2017 brings two other...

    US IS THEM is You is Me: Conversations to bring us together by  Cultured GR on February 10, 2017

    It’s a great time to go on an art tour to Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Ai Weiwei’s monumental show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to Finders Keepers at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to...

    Guide to Planning the Perfect Date in Grand Rapids by  Experience GR Team on February 9, 2017

    Valentine's Day might be just around the corner, but you don't need a holiday to treat that special someone in your life to a fun and romantic date in Grand Rapids. Whether you're attached to the...

    Pairing Cool Brews with Hot Eats by  Lyndsay Israel on February 7, 2017

    What was once a week-long celebration of Grand Rapids' beer has evolved into Beer Month GR , a full 29 days worth of sipping, tasting and savoring the craft of beer in Grand Rapids. This...

    Open Mic and Songwriter's Nights in Grand Rapids by  Quinn Mathews on February 2, 2017

    Thanks to Grand Rapids' burgeoning music scene , you can make your way to clubs, venues, listening rooms and epic album release parties to hear cover songs performed to their fullest potential in...

    Up Your Culinary Game with a Cooking Class at the Downtown Market by  Kirsetin Morello on January 31, 2017

    From live music and craft beer tours to art and cooking classes, there are lots of ways to immerse yourself in the culture of Grand Rapids. Last month we showed you how to search our website for...

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