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Nothing beats an early morning of fishing on Lake Michigan in the Summer, except maybe going to the orchards in the Fall! It's amazing to have so many different options of things to do right in your backyard!
It is so relaxing to walk along the beautiful shoreline in the summer. Also, the bike trails that let you view the lake as you enjoy your ride.
I love WM because we have everything you need for entertainment downtown (comedy, restaurants, fundraisers) and the people of WM always donate when others need help. You can drive 45 minutes to get to the most beautiful beaches in Michigan. WM Rocks!
Because it's home
The beauty and things to do.
I've lived in AZ but returned because of friendly neighborhood.
The awesome people! #mireason
Michigan is a beautiful state, summer and winter. It has so many things to see and do. I have lived in many other states in my life but, I always come home to my birth place. MICHIGAN
I love living in West Michigan because I love the beautiful lakes, fall weather, and the many unique restaurants/breweries!!
Every season is a new adventure that my entire family can enjoy! Local apple orchards and pumpkin patches in the fall. Winter sledding,tubing and of coarse hot cocoa! Spring mud runs and butterflies at fredrick Meijer gardens.And summer on the lake!
Because 4 seasons in one day. Because of Lake Michigan. Because we like to go sledding. Because fall walks in the woods. #MiReason
I love Michigan due to so many lakes, the 4 seasons, the trails, I really don't know what there is not to love about Michigan. I have visited other states and I always come back to Michigan for my happiness.
It's God's country beautiful beyond any other state I've ever seen. The great lakes are my main reason. I love my family and friends and people I work with everyday. West michigan is my heart always will be my home.
Michigan is awesome. Love the 4 seasons!!
We have the awesome Great Lakes, beautiful season's. So much history in Grand Rapids, Holland, and further north. A great place to raise a family. Also, wonderful hospitals, schools, houses of worship.
I love the seasons, especially the fall! Beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscape, great communities...what's not to love??
Great festivals and booming businesses
I love it because it's the best place to have a family. And you have all the seasons winter summer spring and fall. So who won't love Michigan?
The water, the seasons, large cities and small towns and everything in between! West Michigan has EVERYTHING! Who could ask for anything more???
Get to experience all four seasons.
Beautiful beaches. Summertime!
I love the ever changing seasons. The beautiful Beaches, all the attractions like Michigan's Adventure, John Ball Zoo, The museums and I could keep going.
I love the beach!
I love living in west Michigan because it's close to Lake Michigan, I love art prize, I love the family feel of our community!
The beaches and the people.
Love the great memories our family has of spending time in grand haven on the beach.
I love the four seasons and the beauty of each one. Living by Lake Michigan and being able to see the sunsets. Incredible beauty given by God.
My #MiReason is the sense of community.
Fun in the sun!
Born here and love it!
West Michigan is one of the most beautiful places on earth! We are blessed with four seasons, lots of trees and wonderful beaches :)
So many things going on all the time!
I can watch all 4 seasons from my window at work, then take the short drive to the lake to swim, grill and watch an amazing sunset.
There are so many activity options, sandy beaches, wonderful fall colors, friendly natives, and so much more!
I love living in west Michigan for all the events that go on like art prize! I love having something to always do! :)
I love the beauty of the changing seasons and living in West Michigan, where I was born and raised.
I love living here in Michigan for the four distinct seasons, and being so close to Lake Michigan! :) I was born and raised in Michigan, I love it here, and plan on raising my family here. :)
I love are lakes & seasons we have so much to offer in our State you don't have to go to the ocean we have it all here. l Love Michigan born & raised here wouldn't be happier any place else.
Four beautiful seasons along the shores of Lake Michigan. Each season carries it's own beauty to enjoy with family and friends. We are blessed!!! :)
I love the changing weather!
The variety of weather and farming!
I love living in Michigan. We have four different seasons and I love the Great Lakes with the beautiful beaches and fresh water lakes.
One reason is it is home. Two is the four seasons are all beautiful here. Three friends and family are here. But most of all, it is and always will be home.
I love living in West Michigan because of the beautiful Lake Michigan is so close and all of the craft brewery's!!
#MiReason Fantastic job fantastic town #Hudsonville. Fantastic church. Fantastic #grandrapids.
I love living here because we are close to Lake Michigan. We love Artprize too!
I just love twigs and acorns crunching pleasurably beneath our feet this time of year. Everywhere the leaves are changing and the temperature is starting to drop off. You can smell it in the air. Nothing beats autumn in Michigan.
The Caribbean of the North! (Pentwater, Mi)
Michigan has some of the most beautiful sunsets! (Holland)
fishingis the best so many lakes and streams
Best BBQ !!
People in Grand Rapids respect and enjoy the city and most importantly - each other!
You get a chance to become a star in your own town! I am in this movie which was filmed in my new home town of Saugatuck! How cool is that?
The perfect view to start the day.
Beautiful. Completely different vibe from the east coast!
Leland sunsets! Can't beat em!
Lake Leelanau home! Can't beat that either!
Truly my Heaven on Earth~
Lake Leelanau is one of the best places to celebrate National Lazy Day!
because sand between your toes beats video games EVERY TIME...
Northern Michigan anytime of year...especially summer. A couple hour drive north and you feel worlds away...only to remember you are in the great northern skies of Michigan.
A summer sunset on Lake Michigan. South Haven, Grand Haven or your own private stretch of Heaven, sitting & watching the days light sink into the water is amazing. You realize, I am but a grain of sand in this large sandbox. Simply, West Michigan.
The air n balloon festival in Battle Creek is like no other. Especially ballon illume...very beautiful sight to see. Or see the art n free concerts in the heart of Grand Rapids. Maybe swing by one of the many local breweries to try a new beer.
..LOVE the sun n sand n Lake Michigan!
Early morning dog walks (swims!)
So many nice beaches foe all ages to enjoy. This is tunnel park in holland. Just this past weekend, July 2014.
Long summer days on the lake
Cool weather for a morning run followed by a hot afternoon....cooled down with a scoop of locally made ice cream!
Because it's just full of nature! Took this pic while kayaking near downtown grand rapids, mi
The best Bed and Breakfast in South Haven to sit and have your morning coffee...Sand Castle Inn.
Kayaking down the Muskegon River with my doggies.
Photo added to my comment!
I love the cooperative spirit and philanthropic nature of those who rehabbed my old junior high school into my now living space. It is gorgeous, and affordable, and our neighborhood is beautiful these days, good things inspire others!
Beautiful beaches, scenery, camping and clean air.
Best parks and campgrounds in the country. Great urban areas with 24/7 activities. Fantastic companies to work for and a healthy economy full of opportunities. But most importantly, my grand kids live here.
Great beaches, the best State Parks, fun festivals and four seasons of natural beauty. Love it!
Breweries like this one, Pigeon Hill, in Muskegon are popping up everywhere, adding just another fun activity to do on top of the many others!
This city loves it's people and gives back every chance it gets!
Grand Haven, beaches, Lake Michigan, musical fountains at Grand Haven.
It isn't !
See the moon rise over Lake Huron
West Michigan has the most beautiful beaches and even in winter the shoreline is a gorgeous site. Plenty of opportunity for summer and winter sports. I enjoy biking the trails and strolling through the plentiful art festivals.
From my home near downtown Grand Rapids, I can be hiking in the woods or an orchard in 15 minutes, to numerous Lake Michigan beaches in 40 minutes and many charming small towns within an hour. Within a mile walk of home, I can experience the city!
I fell in love with western Michigan the first time I visited South Haven in the 90s. I go back at least once a year. I'll be there the end of August this year.
West Michigan is the perfect mix for Everything ,The most crisp ,clean, awesome beaches, ,skiing in the winter , The people, the food,, I could go on, .. Just come visit and see!
West michigan has so much to offer ! Many jobs , lots of good people and this is a market that is always growing .
God created the world in 6 days, the 7th he rested.He leaned back on his arm and left a handprint,he named it Michigan.He dusted his hands off and all the sand fellcreating the most beautiful coast line in the world.Come see how God spent his day off
West Michigan has everything you need. Snow in the winter for skiing, spring weather for the green thumb, beautiful summers at the beach, and crisp falls filled with apple orchards, and football games. A great place to raise a family!
West Michigan offers all the benefits and access to culture that a big city affords, but with proximity to natural resources and rural settings to satisfy everyone. maintaining the quality of what we all enjoy.
Love the local food culture & farm markets - Michigan is 2nd to California in the diversity of crops grown. WM is a great place to raise a family. We ski in both winter & summer - and occasionally make the 2-hour drive to Chicago for a weekend trip.
West Michigan is a perfect place for nature-lovers. Exploring the coast of Lake Michigan can be beautiful in both the summer and the winter.
beautiful countryside and some of the best discgolf courses in the USA ,great people too
It can tap the shore
licking small toes,
quickly build to a
Exposing a sinful side.
Driven by nature
never in complete control
of changing dispositions.
Wicked, melodic and serene
Great lakes never
All 4 seasons make for beautiful views, and it's hard to top any of the numerous beaches around! There's a wide variety of things to do and places to go. It's so easy to love West Michigan!
80 inches of snow and 80 degree days all in the same year. Beautiful ski slopes and beaches that are easily accessible from wherever you are in West Michigan. Prestine downtowns or down on the farm. There's something here for everyone.
I have LOTS of reasons. A few: Beautiful country roads and trails to jog. A short commute from work, and I'm back in farm country. A community full of warm and genuine people.
West Michigan has it all - the 4 seasons, beautiful beaches & lakes, events such as Art Prize, Laugh Fest, sporting events & venues. The list could go on and on. It is a GREAT place to live for all phases of your life. Truly a hidden GEM!
Culinary jems that rival NY, CHI, and LA - all within reach.
The Corner Bar in Rockford. Not only is their food great but they have some national recognition for their Hot Dog Hall of Fame. The current professional record is 43 1/2 dogs in 4 hours and the amateur record is 43 dogs in 4 hours.
It's great to hit the links on a warm summer day with friends, family, co-workers, and visitors. There are so many golf courses to choose from to meet your skill level and price. The golf courses are incredible!
So much to do all year round: Laugh Fest, Whitecaps, Meijer Garden Concert Series, Picnic Pops, museums, Art Prize, Celebration on the Grand, Rock the Rapids, skiing, snowboarding, biking and the list goes on!
Frederick Meijer Gardens is our reason for loving West Michigan. The big horse is a must see landmark.
where else can you experience all the weather the world has to offer. we get desert heat and drought, rain forest downpours and freezing cold. the best and worst of all weather
Pere Marquette in Winter
Pere Marqette sunsets
One more! :
One more reason:
I really enjoy Traverse city and Northport. The first time I saw a waterspout was in Northport. The dunes are cool also. But I'm afraid I'm partial to Alpena! Sorry
Antique hunting, amazing sunsets, great food, miles of beaches (unsalted), and where else would you find a place called Whipee Dip! Only in West Michigan. Let's not keep this a secret any longer.
W MI let's my worlds intertwine. As a Board Director for High Five Co-op Brewery,freelance writer @Roadbelly,@MittenBrew, & wife of a Chef,I get to sample all the amazing food & beer W MI has to offer.Happy we made the move from DC six years ago!
World-class Health Care!
My favorite thing about West Michigan is the amazing views of Lake Michigan. The bluest waters in the summer and quite an awesome force in the winter. The greatest of lakes for sure.
You can stay busy all week with great arts & cultural programs from ballet to professional theatre to film to concerts at great prices (even free parking!).
The beauty of Lake Michigan winter, spring, summer, or fall!
The beautiful golf courses and beaches. Of course, the always wonderful Grand Valley State University. There is nothing like the Michigan life back in the Chicago area.
West MI is my home & the place I choose to raise my family. We love all of the options to have wonderful close-to-home vacations. From St. Joseph/Silver Lake Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes to Saugatuck... the list is endless...
It's a lot better than central Michigan!
My reason was a Fricanos pizza and a drink on the Snug deck afterwards.
I like Grand Rapids because it is a city on the move. Great arts, culture, coffee, beer and food. Since we moved here, several friends have come to visit and they've all said "Oh, I get it now!"
People ask me if the pace of life is a lot slower here than it was in Los Angeles, where we lived for years. On the contrary! There is so much to do, and it's all so easily accessible, that I can fit much more work and fun into each day.
Downtown life of Chicago without the price and hassle, I live 10min from downtown and my rent does not break the bank!
The people and family the sandy beaches and the four seasons. There is so many fun things to do, I can't name them all...
I love living in Holland. We have an amazing downtown, beaches, and Tulip Time. I get to live where others come to vacation!
I moved out to West Michigan for college and once I experienced all of the great things this area has to offer, I had to stick around! I love the vibrant downtown GR community- you get the best of a big city and a small town together!
There is no place on earth like West Michigan. The thriving art/culture and entertainment scene is something you would expect to find in a larger city, yet you can find safe, affordable housing that is less than an hour from the beach!
I love West Michigan for so many reasons!!! We're a short distance from beautiful sunsets, woods, beaches, bike trails, a vibrant and thriving downtown! Besides all that, West Michigan is a great place to raise a family!
My partner and I moved from GR to Chicago three years ago to attend graduate school and seek out better opportunities. Grand Rapids is growing and changing...we now prefer GR over Chicago.
Glad I found this jewel! Great community, low cost of living, great schools, the arts, humming economy, world class food and breweries, vibrant downtown, 4 perfect seasons, and breathtaking natural beauty. Come take a look, you won't want to leave!
I grew up in GR and live in CHI. I was unable to find a job in MI. Each trip I make home to visit friends or family makes me miss the state more and more. The longer I've been away, the harder it is to leave Michigan when the long weekend is over.
GR is an excellent basecamp to change the world. Looking at national opportunities, no one provided me this kind of opportunity. We may lack VC roots, but there's no place I'd rather do business, & no better ground zero for the revolution.
Gorgeous beaches, bike paths everywhere, unspoiled sand dunes, friendly people, endless craft breweries, music festivals, art festivals, minimal traffic, low taxes. Real sense of community. Affordability that lets you enjoy life! (a former Chicagoan)
Lake effect snow, 27 minutes from a Lake Michigan sunset, 10 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, affordability and less than 2.5 hours from family!
Big city feel with small town comaraderie. Plethora of trails for running and biking. Breathtaking sunsets. Breweries....lots of breweries. A short drive to Lake MI. I love this place. I love, love, love it.
From downtown GR it's less than 30 miles to mountain biking in the forest, fishing in a river, or swimming in Lake MIchigan.
I love Michigan, because it regularly smells like bonfires and grilling. Amazing!!!
MI is all about community. The fundraisers, 5K's, art prize, and endless festivals all bring people together that allow a sense of self gratification that you gave back to a state that has given so much to you!
Simple variety, seasons and the weather. We prefer outdoor recreation most of all. You can bring practically any kind of game or sporting equipment, or just an inquisitive mind, and do something fun.
Affordable housing, wonderful employment opportunities, 4 beautiful seasons, fabulous restaurants and microbrewerys - quaint beach towns along miles of gorgeous lakeshore - need I say more?
Warm green lush summers, gorgeous crips falls, white frosty winters, and flowery springs. All four seasons, rendered at their best.
MI reason I love living in West Michigan is the miles of beautiful trails to walk, bike, hike, or ski any season.
Hurricanes/tropical storms-not here!, rattlesnakes-not so much, tarantulas/black widows-not naturally.
Where else can you find hip, urban, family & bike friendly life that casually takes you through farms & orchards to the best UNSALTED lakes?
My reason? Beer. Grand Rapids (aka BeerCity USA) and surrounding areas offer some of the best craft beer you'll ever have. Founders, Brewery Vivant, New Holland, Saugatuck, Pike 51 and more. And for you cider lovers, check out Vander Mill!
Grand Rapids provides us with so many opportunities to become involved and be a part of the community...we never felt that way in the near decade we lived Chicago.
My #MIReason is that you can go from a vibrant urban neighborhood to the splendor of the outdoors without having to hop in a plane. It's all accessible right here in Michigan.
This city has everything I need: plenty of beer, yoga studios galore, and Yesterdog. Lots of Yesterdog. <3 GR
Watching our kids enjoy summer days like this one is all the reason we'll ever need.
My reason is simple, I love to work hard and play hard. West Michigan offers the perfect balance between work and play. No matter what your interest is, someone here shares it and is willing to dive into it with you. We are GR!
Both my husband and I have enjoyed living in West Michigan, especially in Grand Rapids. We love living downtown and being able to walk to our favorite restaurants, museums, shops, and farmer's market!
I enjoy the variety that West Michigan has to offer. All four seasons come to West Michigan every year and brings breathtaking weather patterns along with a wide variety of outdoor activities.
One of many, but great lakes in our backyard is one of the best.
Great beaches! Great views! Great friends!
My wife and I moved back to Michigan from Chicago to start a family 10 years ago. We love living in Grand Haven! A beautiful city with terrific schools and SO much to do. I have a great career here and am proud to call West Michigan home.
West Michigan is a great place to raise your family!
Family, friends, career...West Michigan has it all. Yes to West Michigan!
You want to live in a place that gives you that "big city feel" but still allows you to make an impact on your community? Come to Grand Rapids! Everything is obtainable here and there is something for everyone - no matter what your passion is.
West Michigan is a great place to raise a family. Very well rounded community with endless possibilities! Beaches, Colleges, Vibrant Downtown, just to name a few!
No matter where you are, you're never more than 50 minutes away from this view every night.
The beautiful beaches and sunsets on Lake Michigan are unbeatable.
West Michigan is such a welcoming community. Great food, people and entertainment. The city has awesome opportunities and experiences that will make you never want to leave.
I have lived here for over 30 years and am proud of what the area has become. We are small enough to have a sense of community but still have some of the best arts, entertainment, nightlife, waterfront, etc to make it the perfect place to call home.
The Lake Michigan sunset. Enough said.
Grand Rapids is a beautiful up and coming city, and just a short distance from beautiful beaches. The city is clean, family oriented and buzzing with things to do on a constant basis. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
Big fish, small pond. Who wants to be just another number in a big city? Come be a part of a community that is actively creating its identity every single day. Bring your dream, and make it happen!
The people of West Michigan are absolutely amazing. The pride shown by the local restaurateurs and business owners is inspiring. The gorgeous beaches and vibrant park system make it a pleasure to raise a family here. I love this place…
MiReason? There’s too many to name. Living five minutes from the beach, driving to work in under 45 minutes, access to a children’s hospital, plentiful shopping opportunities and farm markets galore are among my favorites.
I'm from Australia and my husband is from Germany - we continue to feel very welcomed in this community and have great friends here!
Beer, beer, beer, beer, and more beer.
I have lived outside of Philadelphia, in a suburb of New York and to the west of Chicago. I now live inside of west Michigan and feel more connected then ever before. Come to west Michigan and leave your mark!
I chose West Michigan for the GVSU campus. It is close to home, and there's always tons going on in downtown GR.
ArtPrize in Grand Rapids is an amazing event and this entry was so cool. It's great living in the middle of it all.
I love easy access to hiking paths plus a super-short commute
I love downtown GR and that Lake Michigan is only a 50 minute drive.
West Michigan is full of opportunity no matter your passion or profession. With 20 colleges and universities and 17 global companies headquartered here, West Michigan is ranked 4th in higher education and R&D investments. Thinking of startups? We have a thriving entrepreneurial culture, too.
With so many cities in our community, we’re sure you can find one to call home.
Want to learn more about living and working in West Michigan? We’d like to learn more about you, too. In West Michigan, we want the brightest talent to know they can thrive in this always-exciting, always-growing area. Fill in your name and email and we’ll get in touch to help you find the perfect job in West Michigan.
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Run along wooded bike trails in the spring, hit up the Lake Michigan coast during the summer, take in an art festival in the fall, and shred down the slopes all winter long.
Beer enthusiasts, art lovers, foodies, theater-goers, sports fans and anyone in between will fit right in around here. West Michigan’s cultural scene has something for everyone.
Here you’ll find big city life with a small town price tag. In West Michigan you don’t have to sacrifice an entire paycheck to live in a vibrant neighborhood. With a diverse range of companies and organizations, you can grow your career and plant your family.
Want to know what’s happening in West Michigan? Check out our local community calendars to see the latest lineup of concerts, festivals, sporting events and so much more. With so much going on, you’ll need your own personal calendar just to fit it all in!
Have questions? Send an email to Cindy Brown,
111 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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