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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.
    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.
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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

    Gardener’s Guide to Grand Rapids Greenhouses and Markets by  Lyndsay Israel on April 20, 2017

    Spring has finally sprung in Michigan, and green thumbs everywhere are beginning to itch. Whether you have an established garden or you are trying something new this season, here are five...

    Girlfriend’s Guide to ArtPrize: Make the Most of Your Girls’ Weekend in Grand Rapids by  Amy Busse on April 19, 2017

    Fewer phrases can bring a bigger smile to a woman’s face than “girls’ weekend,” and there’s no better time for a girls’ weekend than during ArtPrize Nine , running from September 20 – October 8....

    Where to Catch a Game: 5 Sports Bars in the Grand Rapids Area by  Kirsetin Morello on April 17, 2017

    In addition to being the home of several competitive sports teams such as the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Grand Rapids Griffins , Grand Rapids sports fans know there are tons of great places...

    Cider Week GR: Celebrating Grand Rapids’ Craft Cider Scene by  Sasha Wolff on April 14, 2017

    Hard cider lovers rejoice! Grand Rapids, primarily known for its craft beer scene , is devoting a whole week to craft cider. Cider Week GR starts April 17 and is a seven day celebration of the...

    Free Spring Family Fun around Grand Rapids by  Melody VanderWeide on April 12, 2017

    Now that it’s spring, there is so much to explore in greater Grand Rapids. Art, nature, and baby animals are just some of the treats waiting to be discovered. Gather the family and head out to...

    Craft Beer Cellar: Everything You Need to Know by  Jason Ley on April 6, 2017

    Downtown Grand Rapids welcomes its newest addition to the beer scene, Craft Beer Cellar (CBC), an independently owned and operated craft beer retail store. In March, this nationwide franchise...

    Run Grand Rapids with these 9 Summer 5Ks by  Sasha Wolff on April 4, 2017

    If you want to experience a city, one of the best ways to do that is by walking its streets. It’s a much easier way to take in the sights and sounds normally missed when in the confines of a...

    Sensory-Friendly Events and Outings for Families in Grand Rapids by  Melody VanderWeide on March 30, 2017

    The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide range of accessible, fun outings for families seeking sensory-friendly experiences. With some help from our partners at DisArt , we found several...

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