In the 19th century, Ionia was famous for a pink-tinged sandstone quarried from its earth and exported around the world for buildings. The city of Ionia, which is also the county seat, is like any other modern urban expanse and adheres to the old-world lifestyle that is so cherished by people in this region. These are exactly the kind of qualities that make the county, and its communities like Portland, Lyons and Easton, such a fabulous relocation destination.
Recreation opportunities in Ionia are wide-ranging. Being nestled amid the gorgeous Grand River Valley, the county offers nature lovers the perfect succor from their daily grinds. Explore the trails along the Grand River, embark on a day-trip to Lake Michigan or visit the Bertha Brock Park for a weekend of hiking, sledding, camping and skiing. Golf fans are sure to have a tough time choosing between the beautiful rolling fairways of Candlestone and Shadow Ridge.
The county’s people are close-knit. You can feel this inherent connect the moment you step into any one of the community’s many festivals and events. June is most awaited for the Classic Car Show while July’s Ionia Free Fair, the oldest of its kind, is when the county is at its liveliest. Chronicles of its past can be viewed at the Ionia County Museum and if you’re a visual arts fan, the Artbeat Gallery Exhibit is sure to enchant you with its local artwork displays.
If shopping to you means more than just buying essentials, Ionia offers amazing prospects. Aside the cute specialty shops sitting on the Downtown District, there are places like Trier offering exquisite jewelry since 1924, Sid’s specializing in a variety of flowering and decorative plants and Brick Street stocking the most elegant antiques and arts. As far as cuisine is concerned, places like Sheri’s and Olivera’s are popular here but there also venues like Palermo, El Mariachi and Lamplight Grill that bring variety to the table.
As for housing, New Home Source has that part covered for you. We have more than a dozen builders in the county offering over 130 homes featuring modern amenities at prices that are sure to make your move to Ionia County a foregone conclusion!