As cliche as it sounds, Miami is indeed a city of contrasts. Anchoring South Florida, The Magic City feels more like you’re in a Caribbean hotspot than in a state that’s known as home to the crazed Florida Man and as the fanny-pack wearing capital of the world (yes, we mean Disney World). And, while the beach is only steps away, locals are more likely to lounge at their pool than venture onto the touristy sand. Croquettes, Cuban sandwiches, and cafe con leche (no skim milk here) rule the streets, but there are plenty of plant-focused restaurants and cafes to be found if you know where to look.
At Napa Valley’s newest winery, Ashes & Diamonds, you won’t find the Tuscan stone treatments or clay roof tiles that adorn neighboring wineries. The concept is instead inspired—both in wine and design—by California’s past, while offering an experience that’s distinctly modern. Although the winery’s vintages are a departure from the stereotypically bold California wines, they are also a shift back to the Old World-style of winemaking, one without modern chemical intervention and additives.
Planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day can be tricky. You have to balance staying on budget with mapping out an exciting, impressive trip. And depending on flights and vacation schedules, you could have a week — or only a couple days to get away.
Nevertheless, whether you’re into bustling big cities or quiet snowy valleys, we’ve got you covered with recommendations on where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in seven cities.
You probably forgot about all the awesome new restaurants that opened this year, too. But that’s ok! We have you covered with our annual roundup of the hot new Grand Rapids restaurants that opened in 2018. Grand Rapids continued to see an increasing number of international cuisine restaurants, from Cuban to Greek to Korean, and there are even more to look forward to in 2019.
Put down the white bread and the uninspired donut. If you’re craving bread or sweets, there’s no better place than locally owned craft bakeries. From hearth-baked boule to San Francisco sourdough, there’s a world of wheat to explore. And for those avoiding gluten, many bakeries also serve up gluten-free alternatives to your favorite baked goods.
We’ve put together an itinerary for a weekend getaway in Grand Rapids — or a staycation if you want to experience your city like a tourist.
It’s a brief overview of things to do, where to stay and what to eat in Grand Rapids, which has been one of The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go” (and so on) and boasts thriving food and beer scenes, a rich arts community and plenty of outdoor activities for every season.
Founded in 2006, Hickory Creek Winery just celebrated its first year under the ownership and viticulture leadership of Adam McBride. It had started under an ownership team of three partners, transitioned to different owners in 2012 and finally was acquired by McBride in 2017.
Shopping On A Budget? Here Are The Best Christmas Gifts Under $5
Avoiding checking your bank statement? Counting down the days until you receive your Christmas bonus? We feel you. With the holidays quickly approaching your wallet has probably taken a bit of a beating.
It’s hard to beat a gift with a personal touch. While photo gifts don’t often come at a high cost they are the presents that a person will cherish for years to come. After all, sentimental value is priceless.
10 Cheap Gifts That Look Anything but Cheap
Finding gifts that don’t break the bank isn’t always easy. You want something cheap — but not too cheap. You want something meaningful that says, “I’m thinking of you”, but you don't’ want to wind up with a pile of credit card debt when the new year rolls around.
16 Inspirational Audiobooks To Help You Tackle Even The Hardest Day
Audiobooks are the OG podcasts. Remember when you were a kid and your parents would rent out “a book on tape” for long family road trips? Well, now, with subscriptions like Audible, audiobooks are not only easy to access, they’re also affordable to consume in bulk.
And, if you don’t feel like fiction, there are endless digita...
Known for its Nordic fare and biergarten (one of Grand Rapid’s coolest outdoor dining spots), The Sovengard has expanded to the storefront upstairs. Before, the main dining area was a bit hidden from the street – but now, it’s front and center on Bridge St.
When you only have three months of summer (in a good year), it’s critical to take every opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. What better way to soak up summer than dining al fresco?
With our city racking up accolades like “Best Town for Mountain Biking,” it’s no surprise that Grand Rapids has plenty of bike shops where you can find your next bike — or ride in for a seasonal tune-up. And, now that the snow has melted and the sun is shining, it’s time to get back on the horse (and by horse, we mean your bike) and hit the trail, road or bike path.
In the April print issue of Grand Rapids Magazine, we ran a piece on places to satisfy your late-night munchies, like Lucky Luciano’s Pizza, Menna’s Joint and Yesterdog. But with so many late-night options in town, we couldn’t include them all in the piece. Instead, we’ve added a few more of our favorites below for the next time you’re cruising for food after 10 p.m.