Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Grand Rapids Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

For many residents of West Michigan, summertime means cottage and lakefront time. There are just so many lakes and rivers of every type and size including of course, Lake Michigan. There is a vast array of cottages available on these waterbodies and this weekend, the Cottage and Lakefront Show is in town at Devos Performance Hall with a tremendous amount of information.

Dates and Times:

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Admission: Adult – $10 | Children (6-14) – $4 | 5 & Under – Free

Features and Attractions:

There will be many attractions this weekend including the following.

  • Boat-building demonstration
  • Cottage Fine Art show
  • Lakefront Marketplace
  • Dock Party
  • Cottage for Sale/Rent Board
  • Cranhill Ranch Family Fun Zone
  • Cottage Living center

and much more.

Grand Rapids Lakefront Homes for Sale

Looking for a waterfront lifestyle? Check out our Grand Rapids Waterfront page for the latest homes for sale in Southwest Michigan.

Grand Rapids International Wine Beer and Food Festival

Grand Rapids International Wine Beer and Food Festival

Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival

FOOD! Nuff said! In its 8th year, this is one of my favorite festivals in Grand Rapids. Held at Devos Hall this coming weekend, November 19th – 21st, the International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is a great opportunity to sample up to 1500 wines, beers, cider, spirits and please every palette.

Ticket Prices

Thursday – $15 | Friday – $20 | Saturday – $20
3-Day Pass – $40
Box Office Sales of the 3-Day Pass ends Thursday, November 19 at 10pm.

Sampling Tickets – $0.50 per ticket
Sold on-site at the Festival. All food and beverage samples require varied amounts of sampling tickets of 50-cent denominations.

Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes

The Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes

Grand Rapids Relocation

Grand Rapids has one of the nation’s largest historic home districts, Heritage Hill. Heritage Hill is Grand Rapids’ first residential neighborhood and in 1973, became a Historic District. Its boundaries are defined by Crescent St to the north, Union St to the East, Pleasant St to the south and Lafayette St to the West.

Homes in Heritage Hill are made up of classical revival and Victorian style homes. There are also homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect. There are 1300 Homes in Heritage Hill which represent over 60 architectural styles and date back to 1848. These were the homes of the teachers, judges, legislators and lumber barons who shaped the city’s future.

The weekend of May 16th, 17th features the annual home tour. Advance tickets can be purchased at the website for $15 and $20 the weekend of the tour.

Information Release.

Heritage Hill Homes for Sale

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Festival of the Arts 2014

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts 2014

Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts 2014June 6th, 2014, marks the 45th annual celebration of Grand Rapids’ culture. Starting this Friday, get ready for three days of fun and entertainment with indoor locations as well as six outdoor stages. Beginning at noon, there will be activities for kids of all ages, art sales, food tasting booths and more, right in downtown Grand Rapids, from Rosa Parks Circle to to Calder Plaza.

The Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts is the nation’s largest, volunteer-run event of it’s kind.

MLive has everything you need to know about this year’s Festival.

Download this year’s Map.

Fishing in Grand Rapids

Fishing the Grand River

Grand River Fishing One of my favorite pastimes is fishing. I just love being on or near the water. Since moving to Grand Rapids nearly 17 years ago, the Grand River has opened up a new form of fishing to me. Drift fishing from the shore for Steelhead and trout! It is a great way to spend a few hours with the kids!

Spring in Grand Rapids brings a swollen, fast-moving river. One of the spots I frequent is right downtown Grand Rapids between the 6th St. Historical Bridge and the I-196 overpass. It’s great because it is just a short drive from home.

I have had to learn a few new skills to keep up though but it has been a lot of fun. As with all types of fishing, some things work better than others but as they say, 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish. To me this just means that these 10% know what they are doing and how to make their presentation. They typically have the appropriate gear as well.

Fishing fast moving water like this part of the Grand River, requires a certain touch and familiarity and feel for what the gear is doing while working it down the run. There are more than enough rocks and structure for fish to use and also to take your gear and not give it back. It is a learned touch to bounce your bait along the rocks, dodging snags and differentiating between a rock and a bite. for me though, just being outside makes for a satisfying day. Tying into one of those silver torpedoes doesn’t hurt though!

I use a 9 foot rod with 20lb main line to which I attach a 10lb leader. For this leader, I use a fluorocarbon line. This line has veryGrand Rapids Fishing low visibility and it is very hard for the fish to detect. Most major manufacturers offer this now. For a sinker, I like to use some kind of drop sinker set up with a slinky or pencil style, as they tend to avoid getting caught up as much. The less time you spend messing around with your gear equals more time with your gear in the water where the fish are. Baits and lures vary depending on who is catching what, but yarn balls appear to be the bait of choice at the moment. These fish have an excellent sense of smell, so keep that in mind while handling your bait.

As always, be careful in the fast moving water and have fun!


Grand Rapids is Thriving

There are so many reasons to love Grand Rapids. Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Recreation, the Outdoors, Jobs, Schools, Real Estate!

Watch this video and get excited about living here!

Michigan International Auto Show at Devos Place

Michigan International Auto Show Comes to Grand Rapids

Michigan International Auto ShowThe annual Grand Rapids Car Show comes to town in February at Devos Place and I can’t wait! Every year, the Michigan International Auto Show comes to town and we get to see the latest and greatest cars, trucks, SUVs and some classic automobiles. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours downtown.

Car manufacturers from around the world are here with their shiny new vehicles. This year we will have over 300 new vehicles including hybrids and sports cars! If you are in the market, the timing couldn’t be better to see all of your options gathered in one spot. The show is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association.

You can visit the event’s site at

Dates and Times:

  • Feb 6, 2014: 3 PM – 10 PM – $10 Adults, $4 Children 6-14, 5 and under free
  • Feb 7, 2014: 11 AM – 10 PM – $10 Adults, $4 Children 6-14, 5 and under free
  • Feb 8, 2014: 10 AM – 10 PM – $10 Adults, $4 Children 6-14, 5 and under free
  • Feb 9, 2014: 10 AM – 6 PM – $10 Adults, $4 Children 6-14, 5 and under free

Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival 2013

Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food Festival 2013

Grand Rapids Wine Beer and Food FestivalPlan to be wined and dined! Now in its 6th year, the Grand Rapids Wine, Beer and Food Festival is an annual pre-holiday event help at Devos Place in downtown Grand Rapids frm November 21st to 23rd, 2013. It is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest with over 1200 different wines, over 200 beers, plus ciders and spirits.

Visit their website for information about Dates, Times, Admission, Venue and Directions, Floor Plan & Exhibitors, Features & Attractions and more.