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  • Whether you’re trying to reach your New Year’s fitness goals, looking to adopt a new hobby, or simply looking to explore the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, joining one of the local community running groups may be the solution for you. Local running groups are offered for runners of all types, and provide a welcoming, challenging, and supportive environment to meet your goals and make some fitnes...

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  • Kevin Allen turned to fatbikes four years ago. The 50-year-old real estate broker grew tired of sitting home in winter. Today he is part of a growing community of Grand Rapids cyclists who have turned to fat-tire bicycles for their winter enjoyment. “It’s a blossoming facet of biking here in GR and around the country,” said Allen, president of West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance, a group that ...

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  • Snowshoeing has been around for almost as long as civilizations have interacted with deep snow. Historians believe snowshoeing traces its roots back 6,000 years to Central Asia and were necessities for survival during the harsh winter season. Thankfully, our everyday West Michigan survival doesn’t rest on trekking through deep snow to hunt and gather, leaving us plenty of time to play in the in s...

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  • There are numerous events that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day  – January 15, 2018 – and throughout the rest of the month right here in West Michigan. Dr. King was a social activist and led the Civil Rights movement in the United States. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. This year’s celebration is parti...

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  • As if beer wasn’t reason enough to visit some of the great breweries of Grand Rapids, many of them offer a superb selection of music. We’ve asked Grand Rapids area breweries about their live music programs, and the wide variety of good tunes you’ll find around town won’t disappoint even the most discerning music lover. Whether its nationally touring acts coming through Founders Brewing Company or...

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  • Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone. To get you started, we’ve curated a list of 18 can’t-miss things to do while you’re here this year. And if you’re l...

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  • ‘Tis the season for family coming to town! It can be hectic to host loved ones over the holidays, especially when it comes to planning an activity for the whole family. Lucky for you (and, well, all of us!), Grand Rapids has a variety of interesting exhibitions that family members of all ages will enjoy. Here are just a few ideas for getting your family out of the house and into some fun. Spendin...

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  • Wine lovers of Grand Rapids, rejoice! As you know, there’s no better indulgence than a nice bottle of wine around the holidays (and every other time of year). A good wine is a perfect addition to your holiday table or  New Year’s party. However, with all the excellent craft brew options in Beer City, USA, wine can get lost in the mix. If you’re looking for something unique, you may not know where ...

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  • Grand Rapids shines year round with its proximity to gorgeous beaches, burgeoning food scene, and incomparable craft beer and liquor offerings, and winter is no exception. From downtown to surrounding areas, Grand Rapids puts on amazing holiday light displays that can get even Ebenezer Scrooge to smile. We asked those who are “in the know” – i.e. the Experience Grand Rapids social media followers...

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  • The temperatures in West Michigan are dropping outside, meaning it’s the season for staying cozy and warm inside. Whether it’s the food, drinks, or atmosphere, there are many Grand Rapids eateries to choose from that provide snug corners to chat with friends, calming music, a killer Bloody Mary, and delicious food. To find out which cozy brunch restaurants are fan favorites, we asked the locals o...

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  • It’s December, and we’re all-in on holiday shopping. Our city is full of great local shops to help you check off everything on your list. Whether you’re looking for on-trend boutiques, hard-to-find wines, or the newest album on vinyl, Grand Rapids has it all This holiday season, support your local shop owners, bookstore owners, and entrepreneurs. Lucky for you, there are plenty of great locally-o...

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  • Holiday school breaks are the perfect time to spend with family and friends while exploring Grand Rapids. If you want to get your family and guests out of house and away from the television, there are loads of fun and educational activities and events going on in the Grand Rapids area all month long. In no particular order, here are twelve smart ideas to take advantage of in Grand Rapids while th...

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  • A visit to Grand Rapids with children doesn’t mean the adults have to miss out on beer, one of the region’s biggest draws. Most of the city’s dozens of breweries more than welcome young guests and many more make an intentional effort to provide children with activities. While beer is meant for those older than 21, the food and entertainment offered within taprooms can be enjoyed by all. Rather th...

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  • For kids and families living with sensory challenges, outings can be hard. New places, unexpected crowds, loud noises, or bright lights can all trigger anxiety and unwanted reactions. Many families cope by just staying home or avoiding places that generally offer loud and overstimulating environments. In a move to make its space accessible and beneficial for all children and families, the Grand R...

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  • As you follow along the Grand Rapids Music Trail, you will find yourself all over the city getting an eclectic mix of sounds offered here in West Michigan. You may be walking along the bustling streets of downtown or strolling through the growing bar and music scene on the West Side. If you find yourself wandering the Northeast Side, generally the area spreading northeast of Fulton Street, read on...

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  • Grand Rapids is no stranger to talented individuals working and living in the area. Beer City, USA has a flourishing network of artisans who craft everything from clothing, to jewelry, to beautiful decor for your home. If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind item for yourself or want to get a jump start on holiday shopping for that special someone, these shops carry items that are either mad...

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  • It's possible that no one in Grand Rapids knows more about vegan dining than Kolene Allen. She’s a leading voice in the Grand Rapids vegan community and an all-around vegan guru. Allen is continually updating her 4,800+ Facebook fans on Vegan Grand Rapids about new finds (like Justin’s peanut butter cups at Fresh Thyme or Tom and Chee’s new non-dairy grilled cheese). “Vegan has a stigma with it,”...

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  • Your chance to see famous Auguste Rodin sculptures intermixed with stunning contemporary figurative works at Grand Rapids' Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park continues. The gardens' official ArtPrize exhibit is open through January 7. One of Auguste Rodin's most famous works, "The Kiss." Photo courtesy of Holly Bechiri. Art enthusiasts and novices alike now have the chance to visit six sc...

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  • Downtown Grand Rapids has exploded in the last decade with the grand openings of breweries, restaurants, apartments, and entertainment venues. In light of everything new in the city, Grand Rapids’ rich history is still all around us, whether we realize it or not. If you know where to look, you might be surprised by the wealth of historical, architectural beauty in the city. If you’ve never taken ...

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  • Cocktail Week GR returns for the third year, November 8 - 19, taking craft cocktails to a whole new level throughout Grand Rapids. Over 40 establishments are participating this year offering two Michigan-based cocktails and a shared plate for $25 or less. Adding to the fun this year is a Sunday Funday Trolley Cocktail Crawl, free distillery tours with cocktail tastings, cocktail pairing pop-up din...

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  • The best way to get to know a city is to spend a day biking through it. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “it is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driv...

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  • As the temperatures are shifting toward the coolness of fall, many people are searching for fun, indoor activities to experience during the chilly months. While you may not be sweating outside, you can break a solid mental sweat during local trivia nights hosted at various bars and restaurants around Grand Rapids. Are you the ultimate Disney fan? Test your knowledge at Geeks Who Drink's "When Yo...

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  • Grand Rapids may be known as Beer City USA, but that’s not the only drink in town. With overflowing apple orchards and crisp fall weather, craft cider flows as strong as the Grand River. Unlike its ale and porter counterparts, hard cider is full of antioxidants and is naturally gluten-free. Plus, it’s delicious – what other reasons do you need to drink up? Our list of apple-tastic places to drink...

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  • There’s nothing like the combination of the chilly air, a cozy sweater, and a crackling fire. It isn't easy to find all of these autumnal delights in one place, but there are plenty of places to enjoy these delights in Grand Rapids. Experience Grand Rapids asked locals via Instagram and Facebook where we can find their favorite outdoor fire feature in town. Fire features could be fire pits, firep...

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  • Unlike the bustling city, in downtown Rockford you’ll find locals and visitors alike strolling leisurely between the town's many shops and eateries. Nestled in an adorable corner along the Rogue River, adjacent to the Rockford Dam – the photogenic epicenter of this quaint suburban town less than 15 miles north of Grand Rapids – is Kayla Rae Cellars, a wine tasting room. Inside, you’ll find special...

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  • Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world visit Grand Rapids to see one of the largest independent art competitions in the world. Winners are chosen not only by esteemed art professionals that make up a grand jury; the thousands of attendees can also cast their votes for their favorite entries. This year at ArtPrize 9, grand prize winners Seitu Jones and Richard Schlatter ...

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  • There are a number of ways to have some spooky Halloween fun in Grand Rapids this year! We break down a number of experiences for you in a variety of different categories. Looking for events young kids can enjoy? We’ve got you covered so that everyone in your family can have a fun and frightening Halloween. Take a Tour Grand Rapids Running Tours Tuesdays & Thursdays in October (also offered yea...

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  • Just because the air starts to turn cooler and the leaves start to fall doesn’t mean it’s time to take refuge indoors just yet. Instead, grab your jacket, lace up your hiking boots, and explore the local trails. Below are six ideas to get you started. Provin Trails Park Featuring interconnected loops through pine needle-littered forest and a sand dune, all stunningly close to the city, Provin Tr...

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