Today I'm working with BC Footwear for their Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Giveaway! They are working with several bloggers showing you some of the best cities across the country. Of course, Grand Rapids must be included. ;) I absolutely love this city. I was born and raised in a beach town just 45 minutes west, and moved here to attend art college. Although I moved back to the beach for a few years, I'm so happy to be back in this amazing and thriving city. I can't imagine being anywhere else. I can't wait to show you guys a couple of my favorite spots! Hope you enjoy!
One of my favorite brunch spots is San Chez. They have two sides to the restaurant, an eclectic little cafe full of authentic Europoean-inspired entrees. They also have a bistro side that serves up Spanish-style tapas, and is perfect for a nice date or girl's night out! But for Saturday brunch, the cafe is where it's at. Their breakfast casserole scramble is my favorite breakfast dish in Grand Rapids. Bacon, chorizo, sausage, potatoes, and spicy onions baked with Manchego, Provolone & Colby cheese. Topped with scrambled eggs. Um... yes. The spicy onions and side of harissa sour cream are my favorite part.
Next up for shopping and amazing food, you have to check out the new Downtown Market. Literally anything you could want from wine, cheese, meats, fresh fish, cupcakes, pies, cakes, crepes, authentic Mexican tacos, flowers, gifts, fresh fruit and veggies, chocolates, homemade popcorn, healthy take-home meals, you name it. It has everything! It's right down the road from where I work, so I usually love to head down there, grab a small plate of chicken tacos, head upstairs and sit by the greenhouse and enjoy. I've taken a cooking class here before too (those are hosted upstairs) and it was so fun! Definitely a must-visit if you're in downtown Grand Rapids.
If you want to see the beauty of the bridges (one of my favorite scenes in Grand Rapids), you should head to Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Once the site of a Native American village, this park now showcases some of the best views of the Grand River and the infamous bridges of GR, along with several pieces of art, and the Gerald R. Ford Museum. In the summer, we now have "Movies in the Park" where a movie screen is set up outside and everyone brings their blankets, snacks and drinks to enjoy. Plus, we have several amazing vendors that come and sell food. What The Truck is one of my favorites to stop by, along with some popcorn from Dorothy & Tony's Gourmet Popcorn. Yummm.
We had a major heat streak here in GR, and then on this particular day... I had to bring out my tights! If you're planning a trip to Michigan, always plan to bring really warm weather clothing... and tights and a cardigan. Juuuust in case! Hope you guys enjoyed my 'little' tour of Grand Rapids. There's honestly so much more to do here... so many amazing breweries, places to shop, vintage boutiques, you name it. If you ever need a recommendation in the area, just be sure to email me and I'll try to help out!