West Michigan News

September 20, 2013
If you are headed to Grand Rapids for the world's largest art competition, be sure to take a short drive and check out several other arts events are taking place around West Michigan. Read More

By Austin Robrahn, Intern

Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, featured, GrandRapids, Holland, Home, Lakeshore, Muskegon

September 06, 2012


If you’re soaking up the rays on Lake Michigan on the unofficial last day of summer, then congratulations, you’re enjoying one of America’s 10 best lake vacation spots.

Well, that’s according to CNN, anyway.

Michiganders already know that Lake Michigan offers a beach “for nearly every taste,” as CNN describes, and is well-deserving of its new title “best for beaches.”

In the article published Friday, CNN dishes out titles of best for fishing, kayaking, wilderness adventures, scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, snow sports, wine tasting and desert house boating.

In the brief review, CNN states that with more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, Lake Michigan offers more beaches than any other American lake.

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Category: Home, Lakeshore, WestMichigan

June 22, 2012


The view from Des Moines, Iowa, is that the Beachtowns of West Michigan – including Muskegon  – are pretty much the same.

That impression was smashed this week as a half dozen travel writers from around the Midwest made their way north up the West Michigan Pike from Benton Harbor Monday, eventually ending in Ludington Friday. The group experienced the unique offerings of Muskegon County on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

The writers said they were impressed with the unique characteristics found in each community. For Muskegon, it was the “one of a kind” nature of the Muskegon Winters Sports Complex at Muskegon State Park and its winter and summer luge runs.

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Category: Holland, Home, Lakeshore, Muskegon, WestMichigan

May 15, 2012
Travel + Leisure names Grand Haven, Michigan as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth. They define the list of beach hideaways, “as understated, unexpected and – at least for now - under the radar.” Internationally, exotic locations like Cirali Beach, Turkey, Salema, Portugal and Koh Lanta, Thailand were selected. Nationally, secret beaches include Bethany Beach, Delware, Puako, Hawaii, Grand Haven, Michigan and Cayucos, California.


“We have a great selection of public beaches, including the more popular Grand Haven State Park and City Beach, but we also have more secluded locations like Rosy Mound Natural Area and Kirk Park,” states Marci Cisneros, executive director of the Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We take great pride in our natural resources and we work hard to keep them healthy, beautiful and publically accessible; which is why this recognition is so appreciated.”

There is no doubt, that the natural assets of the area played an important part in the selection process. A combination of golden soft sand beaches, towering sand dunes, lush green forests and beautiful blue waters of Lake Michigan made the Grand Haven area a stand-out. It was, however, the collective assets of the community that secured its place on the list. The trolley cars, the two and half mile boardwalk and the historic twin 19th century lighthouses, along with the abundant recreational opportunities, that made this classic American beach town one of only four destinations in the nation to make the list.

Category: Home, Lakeshore, WestMichigan

April 04, 2012

The college “road trip” April 13 is destined for Muskegon and Grand Haven for a regional talent search.

The Pure Michigan Talent Connect initiative in conjunction with two Lakeshore development agencies are inviting college students and any young, skilled professional looking for employment in Muskegon and Grand Haven to a community familiarization and job fair event.

Michigan’s Lakeshore region has joined with the state to bring the perspective workers here for the day-long event. Buses will be provided students coming from Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State University in East Lansing among other state universities.

The flier for the event asks the students and other high-end job seekers to visit two communities that are “home to innovative companies, cutting-edge entrepreneurs and hundreds of new job opportunities. Michigan’s West Coast Region has much to offer top-notch talent, including college students.”

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Category: Home, Innovation, Lakeshore, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

September 09, 2011

A former Michigander brings her daughters to her home state for a vacation, but instead of a trip to the top of the state they decide to take in the beaches along Lake Michigan's eastern shore. where half-dozen beach towns could easily be visited in a four-day period, thanks to 170 miles of gentle lakeside highway.

The New York Times reports mom knew her mission was achieved when my oldest daughter sailed past me on her stomach, shouting, "It’s like an ocean without saltwater!" Her sister was close behind, riding another wave.


Eventually succumbing to the heat, we waded into the lake's sparkling waters, diving into the water like mermaids, the waves rolling our bodies back and forth under a clear blue sky, our laughter echoing in the air -- my Michigan mission achieved.
Category: Holland, Home, Lakeshore, WestMichigan

January 27, 2011
Cheri Lesauskis draws inspiration from the idea that when elements combine the results are larger than the sum of their parts. Lesauskis creates handmade jewelry based on that concept. Her jewelry is intended to be not only beautiful but to be pieces that create what she calls personal power for the wearer.

Her Elemental Alchemy handmade jewelry will be exhibited and sold the at the Anna Russo-Sieber Studio in the Barentson Candy Co, 147 Fifth Street from 4 to 8 p.m Feb. 10 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 12. There will be a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11.
Category: Arts&Culture, Design, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Lakeshore, St.Joseph, WestMichigan

January 15, 2009
In 2006, Sally Zarafonetis heard a conference speaker say that women arranged 80 percent of all travel plans and that they used the Internet as their primary source for information. Zarafonetis, owner of Grand Rapids-based Sally Zara Public Relations and an avid traveler, never forgot that statistic.


Category: Community, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Innovation, Lakeshore, Technology, WestMichigan

October 16, 2008

Muskegon’s former Edison Landing, now known as Harbor 31, is 34 acres of Brownfield redevelopment along Muskegon Lake at the end of Terrace Street, with the potential for $100 million to $200 million worth of green, sustainable development. The owner, Grand Rapids-based True North, is marketing that potential nationally and is prepared to wait for the right developers with the right vision—green and self-sustainable.



Category: Community, Innovation, Lakeshore, Muskegon, Sustainability, WestMichigan

January 24, 2008

Cities, like people, make first impressions, long-lasting impressions on our visitors and others who are in the process of determining where they will live, establish businesses, and raise their families. That can be a good or a bad thing, but for Grand Rapids it’s very positive.


We’ve been making a great first impression because of our friendly and talented people, our strong values of hope, family and faith, and our commitment to sustainable growth and renewal. We are making national news for our forward-thinking investments and we are seen by others as a model city for our public-private partnerships and our green approach to the future.

Category: Community, Culture, Diversity, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, Lakeshore, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan