Beach Night by Carson Davis Brown in Krik Park, West Olive, Michigan

Michigan’s west shoreline is full of beautiful beaches. Grab some friends, snacks, and drinks at the end of the day and you can have a really nice night.

Name:Carson Davis Brown

designer, photographer



Tell us about the place you live:

Grand Rapids has quite a few things that a larger city has, but with out a lot of the hassle that can come with a big city. There’s a pretty strong arts/creative community and a lot of beautiful areas within a short drive. We’re known for having a lot of good beer, if that’s your thing. There are also a lot of nice neighbors and patios to hang out on.

A perfect day?

A prefect day would be getting brunch with friends at Gaia Cafe (Cuban Eggs – Paul Collins). Then, with Gaia cookie in hand, grabbing coffee at Madcap or Rowsters (both great coffee places) in route to someone’s pool or the shoreline. After the sun we’d get tacos at Taqueria San Jose (best tacos) and head to someone’s porch or patio. Probably go out to a few bars after that, but end up at The Meanwhile (great bar), or if everyone’s hungry Jonny B’s (hot dog place).

What is the best thing about your spot?

The spot where these photos were taken is pretty easy to get to, which is nice. A couple other favorite spots are Laketown Beach (just south of Holland) and Buchanan Beach (just south of Grand Haven), both are usually not crowded. All the beaches are nice though.

What is the worst?


What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

I think people are usually surprised at the downtown. It’s not a huge city, but can be a pretty fun.

Before I die I want to visit:

I’d like to travel around South America for a bit. I’d also really love to document a season on some sort of shipping freighter.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

I feel like that’s a list I’m always adding to. At the moment I’d say Taylor Curry, Eliot Rausch, and Brett Carlson.


Name:Carson Davis Brown

City:Grand Rapids

Favorite place to eat:

Gaia Cafe

Favorite place to drink:

The Meanwhile

Favorite shop:


Local Tip:

Gaia is closed on Mondays and Taqueria San Jose is closed on Wednesdays.

Must Do:

I’d say the Grand Rapids Art Museum is a good stop. A burger at Stella’s or Cottage Bar. You could also hit up the sales rack at Forever 21 in the mall, or you could just go to the shoreline.