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Kayaking The Huron River In Ann Arbor

Saturdays in Ann Arbor (especially for a #MittenTrip) are made for kayaks (in our case, a tandem) and the Huron River.  I grew up in parts of Northern Michigan where

Meet Sage, Our 178th Birthday Bake-Off Winner

Our 178th Michigan Birthday Bake-Off was a wonderful success this year!  Submissions in the professional category included breathtaking pies, cakes, cupcake,s and the winner was chosen by the readership of

Five Haunted Stories - The Awesome Mitten

Five Haunted Stories of Michigan

We know Awesome Mitten readers love things that go bump in the night!  Michigan is many things: beautiful, seasonal, diverse, agricultural, and full of delicious beer, food and people who

Rediscovering Traverse City

Welcome to Traverse City through the eyes of a (sorta) newcomer!  I grew up in the area and after eight years in Grand Rapids, I felt the pull of Northern

2014 ArtPrize is Full of Surprises

There has been an inordinate amount of construction in downtown Grand Rapids this summer.  Thankfully all of those projects are winding down as the city prepares to welcome nearly half

Michigan Fireworks for July 4th - Awesome Mitten

Michigan Fireworks for July 4th

Although I haven’t seen many fireworks shows around the United States besides those in Michigan, I think we can all agree that no one lights up the night like Mitten communities. 

Bringing Michigan to the BBQ

The weekends of summer are filling up fast!  As we all scramble to enjoy every second of sunshine, don’t forget to bring a dish to pass!  I rounded up five

Positively Loving Patios in Grand Rapids

It’s something resembling spring or summer in Grand Rapids! There’s nothing better than getting done with work, school, errands or meetings and being able to sit outside. Maybe you sip

A Very Grand (Rapids) Valentine’s Day

I know so many people who bash Valentine’s Day as the worst offender of the greeting card holidays. And that’s okay. But since it has endured for many years, it’s

Ozmott: It Pays to Share

No matter how many times you hear the phrase “there’s an app for that,” innovators are still finding new and creative niches for apps. OZMOTT, designed by Joseph Walker and

Givinci.com- Giving Reinvented

It’s that time of year. Santa ringing that bell loudly as you enter and exit every. single. store. Accidents in the parking lots because the yellow lines are covered with