Gay Travel: Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, Michigan

Author: , August 31st, 2015

Saugatuck - Andrew Davis“I can’t believe this is your first time here.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that during a recent writers’ excursion to the Michigan enclaves of Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, I felt I could’ve purchased a home there. However, all those people did have a point: These places are basically a hop, skip and a jump from Chicago ( with my flight being all of half an hour )–and they do provide the perfect getaway.

Dune and No Gloom

The trip started with lunch at Zing Eat Drink ( 310 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas; ), a snazzy place that serves some incredible sweet-potato fries. The petite Maryland crab cakes were pretty impressive as well–and I had to sample some of the Michigan cherries, of course. ( The state is known as the cherry and blueberry capital of the United States. ) Sitting on the patio was wonderful, as the weather was absolutely perfect that day.

Then, we traipsed on over to Saugatuck’s Oval Beach ( Perryman Street and Oval Beach Drive; ). No less than Conde Nast Traveler has ranked it as among the top 25 beaches in the world–and it’s easy to see why. There are pristine sand dunes and, of course, Lake Michigan, but there are also secluded spots, tall grasses, wildlife ( I spotted several deer ) and much more.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at Windy City | Michigan Gay Travel Resources

Grand Rapids, A City On the Rise

Author: , January 14th, 2014

Grand Rapids, Michigan - from Apple Maps

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Beer City, USA. The Greatest Place You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of. Michigan’s Gold Coast. These don’t sound like obvious nicknames for a city once filled with furniture manufacturing plants. But today, Grand Rapids is (surprisingly) becoming a genuine cultural hot spot.

Whether you’re looking to see an acclaimed art competition, try a bevvy beers, or explore some of the country’s best beaches, Grand Rapids and Michigan’s Gold Coast supply some style and culture in the midst of the Rust Belt. Here’s what to do when you get there…

Cheer the beer: It doesn’t take long to see why the nickname “Beer City, USA” is so apt. Featuring more than twenty-five craft breweries in the city and nearly twenty more in the surrounding suburbs, Grand Rapids loves its beer. For that, there’s no brewery more famous than Founders and no pub better than HopCat – voted the top brewpub in the nation by At Founders, guests can enjoy the extensive list of beers along with a hearty deli menu. Try the Detroit Ham & Cheese ($8.75 for a huge sandwich) with a Dirty Bastard Ale (about $2) for a perfect lunch. Beer enthusiasts, your best bet is in a brewery crawl that includes newcomers like Harmony Brewing Company, Mitten Brewery and Brewery Vivant.

Authored By Tom Burson – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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