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My husband, Rick, and I love skiing, so when we were thinking about moving to West Michigan the first thing we did was look up the annual snowfall -- we wanted to be in a place where it's snowy in the winter and beautiful in the summer. Hands down, the summers in West Michigan are unbeatable. It stays light until 10 o'clock at night and it's just magical.
We came here from Appleton, WI, but prior to that I spent 15 years on the East Coast -- in Boston, New York City and D.C. Back then, I spent 15 hours a week commuting -- now I spend just three hours a week. That's 12 hours of my life that I've gotten back!
There's so much to do in West Michigan. We've lived here three years now and are delighted that there's a small ski area nearby where we can go skiing as a family. Our four-year-old daughter was able to enter a couple of kids' ski races this winter. We take both of our kids to the Saturday morning art programs downtown at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. They also take piano and violin lessons, swimming lessons and they enjoy summer programs at Meijer Gardens.
For us, it's important to live in a diverse community where not every person is a carbon copy of their neighbor. We didn't want everything to be the same, because that's not very invigorating. We were pleasantly surprised by the degree of availability of different people from different backgrounds here.
We love going to Saugatuck in the summer, the State Parks, and going to the beach at Lake Michigan. It's great to have it all so close by. We can be at the beach in just 45 minutes.
Every time my husband's parents came from their home in Arkansas to visit us, they talked about how much they liked the area. We kept telling them it would be great to have them here, so they moved here last fall.
If anyone who's thinking about moving to West Michigan asked me about it, I'd start by telling them it's a vibrant area and that you don't have to go far to get to other areas like Northern Michigan or Chicago and Detroit. I'd tell them that pretty much every experience you want is here or you can easily get to it. That's where I'd start, and then I'd go on and on.
I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, and after college, I moved to Chicago for five years where I worked at an ad agency. I think being away for five years and living in a really big city gives you a different perspective on where you grew up. I saw Grand Rapids and West Michigan in a different ligh...MORE
I grew up in Hemlock, Michigan, a small town on the east side of the state. In 2008, I came to West Michigan to attend Grand Valley State University. The only thing I knew about West Michigan was that I had visited the GVSU campus and had walked around downtown Grand Rapids with my mom to see if...MORE
My journey to West Michigan began because my husband and I have a son with high-functioning autism and we were not finding the right type of inclusive environment and education for him where we lived in California. One of my friends was from West Michigan and she told us about Zeeland Christia...MORE
I am a firm believer in deciding what you want and making it happen. As native Michigander but not from this side of the state, I’m fortunate to have made my dream a reality in Grand Rapids. My last semester of college was dedicated to finding a health care public relations job in Gran...MORE
My boyfriend, Doug, got an internship with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in early 2...MORE
When my wife, Jenny and I moved here three years ago, we had two young daughters w...MORE
I was completely unfamiliar with West Michigan -- to me "Michigan" meant Detroit, because I heard about Detroit in the news all the time with rampant unemployment, a lot of crime, a place people were fleeing. But when I got to West Michigan, people were very quick to tell me this isn't...MORE
I'm originally from Puerto Rico and have been in the United States for the past 23 years. Before coming here, I lived all over -- I went to school in Boston, then moved to New York, and then Texas while I worked in Mexico. I also lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.I came to We...MORE
I live in Grand Haven on the lakeshore, but grew up on the east side of Detroit. I first lived in West Michigan while attending Grand Valley State University and after graduation, and then I moved back to Detroit for 12 years. But I always had a kind of yearning to get back to West Michigan.&nbs...MORE
My husband and I are both Michigan natives but we moved to Baltimore, Maryland and then Hawaii for my job with the federal government. After having two children and being so far from family, we really wanted to move back so our kids could get to know their extended family.
Both my husband and I...MORE