Warming Up During the Winter Months

2019-03-06T14:24:15-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

Photograph courtesy of Catch Air Although the winter months can be pretty in West Michigan, sometimes they can get a little long. Going outside always an option, but sometimes the layers and subsequent wet mittens can get exhausting. That’s why I am always looking for an indoor place where my kids are run [...]

A Day with the Kids

2019-01-10T10:15:36-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

My husband and I have two boys, ages 3 and 1. While some days we would like to sit around and relax, we know that’s pretty impossible with both of them! They are often on the move and always ready for the next big adventure that awaits them. One of our favorite places to take the [...]

Gotta DASH!

2018-10-18T12:38:50-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

I’ve lived in Grand Rapids for 3 years now and come downtown periodically, usually by car, and park near my destination. When I started interning with Hello West Michigan and coming downtown several times a week, I learned about the Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH bus. The DASH is a free bus that circulates through [...]

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 [...]

Traditions: Old and New

2018-09-05T12:43:33-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

Got your Labor Day plans set? I do. I’ll be spending the holiday in exactly the same way I have spent it for the last three decades – at the homestead with my extended family in South Haven. Chilling at the South beach, reading a novel, and listening to the waves? Check! Stocking up on [...]

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. [...]

Muskegon to Milwaukee

2018-08-15T10:47:53-04:00Blog, Blog Posts|

Going home, is a 5-hour drive from Grand Rapids. It’s manageable, but not always the most convenient trip for a weekend visit or doctor’s appointment. Fortunately there are other ways to get home. Flying from the Ford Airport or taking the Amtrak are two popular options, but my favorite alternative to driving is a trip [...]

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, [...]