Originally founded by the French then ruled by the Spanish for decades, New Orleans is truly an amazing place with a vibrant history, spectacular cuisine and a wonderfully rich multi-cultural approach to life. New Orleans is also a unique destination with a very distinct look and feel about it, reflected by the incredible architecture that can be found throughout the city. As one of America’s oldest cities, some buildings date back to the 18th century and almost half of its buildings were built before World War II. Historic districts each make their own statements, from the iconic bars and shops of the French Quarter along Bourbon Street, to the storybook mansions that line St. [...]
Deciding where to live can be one of the most important, and stressful, decisions that a person can make. Your hometown will impact your career, your children’s schools, your circle of friends, your cost of living, and even the taxes you’ll pay. When making these types of decisions, one common trick is to break the decision into small components, then comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities between the two. Think about what you like most, what you like least. Map out what are your “must haves” versus your “wants” to start to get a handle on what is most important to you in a new place. In this article we’ve done just that [...]
Grand Rapids is a beautiful, bustling destination for working families, retirees, young adults, and vacationers that offers a wide array of world-renown art exhibits, sprawling golf courses and recreation centers, farm-to-table restaurants and breweries. The city is Michigan’s second largest city, serving as business headquarters to many multinational companies including Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Alticor, Meijer, and Zondervan.Weather and Climate
Grand Rapid’s climate is humid continental, meaning that seasonal temperatures vary widely and precipitation is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, with warm, humid summers, cold, snowy winters, and short, [...]
Summer is here and that usually means your long-awaited vacation is rapidly approaching. But your vacation may provide an opportunity for a burglar to target your home while you’re away. To avoid worrying about your home becoming an easy target for criminals, there are a few simple steps you can take before you leave to protect your home and your belongings.Lock your house
In the frenzy of packing and rushing out the door to leave for vacation, it is often the simple things that get overlooked. Double check to make sure all your exterior doors and windows are locked and secure. Advanced: A home security system that can [...]
Summer vacation beckons. However, you continue to cast glances back at your home. The next-door neighbor agreed to watch the place while you’re gone, but worry niggles. For a moment, you consider turning around, unlocking the house, and making sure all the appliances are turned off and windows locked.
But you don’t. You remember that your home travels with you, wherever you go, thanks to smart home technology. Your smart gadgets will notify you if something goes wrong, and you always can check on things remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
To gain that assurance and security—and even energy efficiency—on your next summer vacation, use one or more of the [...]
Known as the jewel of the Great Lakes, Mackinac Island, Michigan is America’s all-natural theme park. This beautiful island is located in Lake Huron and is a trendy destination for rental properties. The town has a rich history and is a popular tourist destination for sports fishermen, nature enthusiasts, and summer cottage getaways. In the 1890s, tourists began bringing their noisy horseless carriages (also known as cars) to the island, and local residents rebelled. The city passed a ban on cars for personal use, which still exists today! Instead of driving, you can walk, bike, or take a ride in one of the city’s horse-drawn carriages and taxis.
Mackinac Island [...]