Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
Allegan County, just southwest of Grand Rapids, produces award-winning wines
from grapes that are nurtured by the light, beach-like soils and lake effect climate. Wine lovers can follow the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail that winds through scenic rolling hills and valleys. Stop at one - or all - of the 11 wineries along the route for Chardonnay Reserve or Sparkling Riesling.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.