Visiting Grand Rapids: Beer, Art, Beer, Repeat

Tell people you’re visiting Grand Rapids and you’re likely to get a confused look. This city of 200,000, located in Western Michigan, is still an under the radar travel destination, but it won’t be for long. It’s easy to navigate, features a premier art destination, and has a lively craft beer scene. It’s easy to sample during a quick weekend getaway, but, once you get a taste, you’ll want to return for a second helping.


The dominant sculpture in the garden is American Horse by Nina Akamu. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/The Open Suitcase LLC

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Spring Detour: Plant Sales

I kill plants in many ways including death by dog and dehydration, so I try to minimize garden risk when I can. That’s why I “know my zone”. It’s Zone 6, the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone assigned to the Hudson River Valley. I can safely plant, without fear of frost, after Mother’s Day.

Burpee Garden Zone Map

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