Beer City, Beach have a chance to recognize two west Michigan cities in "Best Of" categories.  

Grand Rapids up against LaCrosse, Wisconsin in OUTSIDE MAGAZINE'S "BEST TOWNS" match-up.  It is a March Madness style bracket contest -- 64 towns in America from mountain escapes to beachside getaways.  

Doug Small at Experience GR tells WOOD Radio nationwide contests and polls like this have helped make Grand Rapids a household name -- a big help in luring convention and travel business.

"We are finding that our competition is are cities that are one and a half times our size.  That tells me that our customer base,  the convention or leisure customer is putting us up in a peer-set that is very respectable."

According to OUTSIDE MAGAZINE, you may vote once per round for each matchup. The winners will advance until only two towns remain. Then we'll have a seven-day showdown to determine Outside's Best Town 2014. The winner will be the town with the most votes on June 15.


The website 10best dot com is looking for America's Best Summer Weekend Escape -- Saugatuk is the only Michigan city, the only midwest city to make the list.

Felicia Fairchild of the Saugatuck Convention and Visitors Bureau tells WOOD Radio Saugatuk is up against towns like Sedona, Arizona and Ashville, North Carolina.... nice places, but they don't have what we have.

"Some of these places are little warm.  The places in the south are very warm in the summer.  We offer a more moderate temperature and offer assets like Oval Beach than no one can match."

According to 10BEST.COM, while there are countless worthy destinations across America, each of these special places is within 150 miles of a major US metro and thus is easily reachable if you fly in or are there already. You can vote once a day until the contest ends.