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So far Vanessa Lansdale has created 11 blog entries.

Chelsea F.


Though she grew up in Ohio and went to college there, Chelsea was no stranger to West Michigan. The region was a frequent vacation spot for her family, and now, she’s made it her home. After deciding West Michigan was where they wanted to be, Chelsea, her fiancé, and their two dogs packed up their [...]

Lindsey B.


If someone would have told Lindsey 15 years ago that she would eventually buy a house minutes away from her parents and send her kids to the same school she went to, she would have called you crazy. But here she is, and she is HAPPY! After growing up in West Michigan and graduating from [...]

Justine B.


Vacation and family. Those were two reasons Justine came to visit West Michigan while growing up on the east side of the state, but living here wasn’t in her college plan. Though everyone in her immediate family went to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Justine decided to venture to the Windy City. She loved the [...]

Andy B.


Though he grew up in Wisconsin, Andy was no stranger to West Michigan when he was a child. His family’s historic cottage near Traverse City was a frequent summer spot. Some of his earliest memories were of time spent on the shores of Lake Michigan, and as a result, he fell in love with the [...]

ArtPrize: A Closer Look

2018-10-08T16:21:10-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

It’s that time of the year again. The streets of Grand Rapids are bustling with people from all over the world. Art adorns the city, adding pops of color everywhere. ArtPrize is in full swing, but for those who don’t live in West Michigan, ArtPrize might be unfamiliar. So, what is it? To put [...]

The Perfect Hammocking Spot

2018-09-11T08:31:58-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

  It’s a blue-sky day. The beach is calling your name and the only thing you want to do is sit in your hammock near Lake Michigan and read a book. The problem is, you can’t find the perfect spot. The trees are too close together and branches are blocking the view of the Lake. [...]

Dinner and a Magic Show


You can’t talk about West Michigan without talking about the Lake. When I moved to Grand Rapids from the east side of the state for college, I was ecstatic to learn that I was only 20 minutes away from the beach. In these last couple of years, I’ve explored many beaches, including Holland, Grand Haven, [...]