A New Season for the Awesome Mitten

We’re Matt and Leah and we’re the new owners of Awesome Mitten. We love living in a state where people love their state so much. I mean, does anyone in the world love the place they live as much as Michiganders love Michigan? We don’t think so. And we love it.

Before we really dive into what’s coming, we’d like to take a moment to thank Alex Beaton, the original founder of the Awesome Mitten. Because of her love for Michigan, she was able to build not only this amazing website with tons of excellent content about all of our favorite places, but she built an incredible team to write on different aspects of Michigan as well as a rallying point for all things Michigan.

Alex, thank you for your extreme care and creativity in building the Awesome Mitten. Now that you’re on to a different phase in life, we are so excited and honored to be the next torch-bearers for this amazing, cool space all about Michigan.

Awesome Mitten Mission

Awesome Mitten cultivates a love for and engagement with the places, products, and people unique to the great state of Michigan by providing high-quality content and resources to encourage Michiganders to be a part of their local communities and support small businesses while enjoying our mitten-shaped state to its fullest!

What You Can Expect From Us

You can expect to find what you’ve always found here – great information on the awesome state of Michigan. We create content that is about the entire state of Michigan as well as content that is geared toward specific cities and regions throughout Michigan.

You can expect to find information on Michigan businesses and products. It’s so important to support local and we want to help businesses and people come together.

And you can expect to have it all delivered right to your inbox each week. You don’t have to go looking for what you are going to do in your town, at the lake, or on your vacation this year. We bring all of that great information right to you.

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More About Matt and Leah

awesome mitten owners - matt and leah heffner

We’ve been married 10 years and have 4 children. We are Michiganders by choice and we love putting roots down, raising our family here, and exploring the beauty that Michigan has to offer. We own a digital marketing company and are urban homesteaders who love camping, being on the water, and trying the best food in any city or town we visit.

Awesome Mitten is an extension of so many things about us – we have always loved highlighting specific features of locations and finding the best parts of any adventure or destination. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine our extensive business knowledge with our love for exploring our home state of Michigan.

Describe Michigan in Three Words:

Matt: Home. Lakes. Outdoors.
Leah: Roots. Wanderings. Beautiful.

What are some of your favorite things about Michigan?

M: My favorite season is anytime I can be outside, planning or working in my garden or spend time on the water. My second favorite season is being inside thinking about and ordering seeds for my garden. But seriously, anything outdoors is great and all of the lakes are really what drew me to Michigan.
L: Early summer is my fave season in Michigan – that early temp increase and just can’t get enough of being outside and you re-meet all of your neighbors and kids come in filthy from digging and playing in the woods and the first time out on the boat. And the first 10 snows and the last 3 because they are straight magic. The middle ones are less dreamy. I absolutely love that we are putting in roots here and that we always having someplace to come home to.

What do you love about working on Awesome Mitten?

M: I love Awesome Mitten because I love providing a space to be creative with all of the great things our state has to offer and to show them off for other people to be able to experience them, too.
L: I think Awesome Mitten is such a cool way to explore of home and encourage others to explore it, too. It’s mining for hidden gems and sharing them with as many people as we can so we can experience Michigan to the fullest.

Meet Our Team

But we can’t do all of this by ourselves. We have an amazing team helping us to bring you the best in Michigan.

Ashley and Rachel love Michigan, too, and are excited to put together the best information and make it easy for you to find, week after week. let’s meet our team:


Describe Michigan in Three Words:

Home. Sweet. Home.

What are some of your favorite things about Michigan?

Fall in Michigan is one of my favorite times of the year – from the changing colors to the cooler temperatures – when the jeans and hooded sweatshirts start making their appearance, it makes me giddy. Summer in Michigan means days at the lake. Winter is a close runner-up to fall – playing in the snow and on frozen lakes brings out the kid in me. Spring is growing on me – though it has taken a few years – as winter seems to stretch longer and longer each year and my body begins to crave the longer days and warmth of the sun come mid-March. Michigan is where my family is – where I grew up & where I am raising my own family.

What do you love about working on Awesome Mitten?

Being a part of the Awesome Mitten team means I get to “explore” new-to-me parts of Michigan and learn more about this amazing mitten-shaped state that I call home. And my list of places to see and things to experience never stops growing!


Describe Michigan in Three Words:

Comfort. Bliss. Proud.

What are some of your favorite things about Michigan?

Nothing tops Michigan summers for me. The mindset shift from full time vocation to a thirst for vacation that the entire state seems to take has always made me want to call Michigan home. I love the smell of bonfires, sound of families outside for endless hours of the day, and the beautiful sunsets that summer brings.

What do you love about working on Awesome Mitten?

Awesome Mitten is an amazing opportunity for Michiganders to see things they maybe had no idea Michigan had to offer.


Describe Michigan in Three Words:

Inviting, Adventurous and Picturesque

What are some of your favorite things about Michigan?

Michigan truly has everything that you could ever want: beaches, lakes and mountains; wineries and breweries; great shopping; historic sites. You name it, we have it! Fall is the best because it’s not too cold yet, and there’s no better place in the country to see the leaves change. Many of the apple orchards and pumpkin patches have special events and activities too.

What do you love about working on Awesome Mitten?

It’s fun being able to share all of the great things about Michigan with locals, visitors and anyone who wants to learn more about our awesome state.

Let’s go discover Michigan together!

-Matt and Leah