Someone recently posed the question… What would you do in your city if it was your last 24 hours there? Good question. First, I would cry… because I really do love where I live. Second, I would be all over West Michigan because it would be too difficult to stay in one city, and, with the ease of travel here, why not? Third, how has this not been a dinner conversation topic before? Move over crazy toddler stories, there’s a new topic in town.
I would begin my day with a nice jog around Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. Waking up to perfectly aligned swans and a gorgeous sunrise? Yes please.
Fortunately, the purpose of that run would be more for scenery than good health because I would then head straight to D’arts Donuts in Eastown for a beignet and to-go of Madcap coffee.
After a 40 minute drive to Holland, I would head out to the Big Red Lighthouse and pier to watch boats going out for the day.
Because it is difficult to leave the lake on a beautiful day, Saugatuck State Park would be next on the list for a hike through the woods and a beach walk.
I’d finish with lunch at New Holland Pub on 8th and a stroll through downtown Holland.
Back in Grand Rapids, I would stop by the GRAM (Grand Rapids Art Museum) because it is the one place I keep meaning to get to and haven’t.
Dinner would most definitely be at Donkey Taqueria…
Followed by an outdoor concert at Fredrick Meijer Gardens.
And back to the lakeshore for a sunset.
So, apparently, I would really just want to eat a lot and be by some of the lakes that make Michigan such a great state in my last 24 hours in West Michigan. Oh, and the remainder of the evening and into the night would be spent with family and friends talking, planning, and reflecting on this porch…
Now, I’d love to hear from you… What are your must-sees and must-dos in your home city?
*Please excuse the multitude of seasons in the photographs… but now you have an idea of the ever-changing weather of Michigan!
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