Blog Blog Wed, 19 Jan 2022 19:34:01 +0000 Enjoying the Downtown Refreshment Area with Your Dog Mon, 08 Nov 2021 14:00:00 -0500

I don’t know about you, but I love nothing more than taking my dog out on a date. My partner, Eric, and I love to grab dinner or a drink on a patio that welcomes our best bud, Walter. He’s the best boy and deserves a night out occasionally too.

We have checked out many dog-friendly places around

A Local's List of Great Fall Places to Eat & Drink Fri, 15 Oct 2021 10:00:00 -0400

In classic Michigan fashion, fall has arrived in full force, and quickly. Beers turn darker, cocktails turn toward hard spice, and we arrive at the penultimate season for hard cider.

A good friend of mine, Pat Evans, wrote an awesome article on fall beverages a few years ago, which still holds

Your Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend Itinerary Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:00:00 -0400

As the hot humid air gives way to crisp cool mornings, Grand Rapids is ready for its glorious transition to all things fall… and so am I. Not only do the colors of the trees change, but so do the types of events and activities the Grand Rapids area has to offer. If you’ve been wondering what there

One Last Fling: 10 Ideas for Memorable Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties in Grand Rapids Tue, 24 Aug 2021 15:00:00 -0400

Congratulations to the soon-to-be married couple! So many of my friends (and now my friends’ children) have tied the knot in Grand Rapids, and for good reason. Our setting, with plenty of outdoor space and a thriving riverfront, and our countless and varied venues, are gorgeous any time of year. But whether you’re getting married next month or next year, first you’ll want to host a Bachelor or Bachelorette party. Using one or a combination of the following ideas, Grand Rapids will deliver one to remember!

Your Romantic Getaway Weekend Itinerary in Grand Rapids Mon, 08 Feb 2021 11:00:00 -0500

Although I’m a relative newcomer to Grand Rapids, I am still a Midwesterner and I can tell you we’re a practical bunch. Case in point: winter. Midwesterners make the best of this season with festivals, outdoor adventures, and warming food.

And while I am likely biased, if you’re looking for an easy

Fall Beers Worth Visiting Grand Rapids For Fri, 23 Oct 2020 13:00:00 -0400

Happy fall, everyone! I’m Ben Darcie, and I’m a 12-year veteran of the Grand Rapids beer scene, including being a beer writer for 10 years and working in the beer industry itself for eight years. In short, I’ve spent the last 10 years getting to know the breweries of this great city, as well as

10 Must-Try Spots Featuring Nonalcoholic Beverages Wed, 04 Mar 2020 16:00:00 -0500

Being in Beer City, USA, it’s understandable that local breweries, bars, and restaurants focus on craft beer and cocktail options. However, there are quite a few establishments in Grand Rapids that also cater to patrons who might want to enjoy a night out without such a heavy focus on alcohol.


A Visit to Listening Room: Tips for a Night of Live Music Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:00:00 -0500

I’ve been to plenty of concerts in plenty of venues in my time – everything from student unions to professional sports stadiums. And while they were all great performances, I’ve never had a musical experience like I did when I attended a show at the Listening Room, on the second floor of Studio Park

Locally Crafted Hard Seltzer in Grand Rapids Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:00:00 -0500

Hard seltzer continues to attract new fans across the nation and is one of the hottest new trends in boozy drinks. Hard seltzer, or spiked seltzer, is an alcoholic beverage containing carbonated water, alcohol, and usually a fruit flavoring.

These beverages have really made a comeback over the past

Weekend Itinerary for Shopping Local Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:00:00 -0500

When it comes to shopping in Grand Rapids, the variety of options can leave even the best shoppers wondering where to start. As a Grand Rapids native, one of the most commonly asked questions that I receive from out of town guests is “Where do I need to shop, and while I’m shopping, where can I

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