#MittenTrip: Roadtripping Across Michigan

#MittenTrip: Roadtripping Across Michigan

Kicking off June 5th (the day before our 4th birthday), The Awesome Mitten is embarking on a three month campaign to visit 12 Michigan cities:

Our goal with each visit on these Michigan road trips is to provide you with a “weekend in a box,” a full guide to a weekend in that town. We’ll give you the scoop on the best places to stay, eat, drink, hike, shop, and more. Expect lots of great photos, videos, and stories from our adventures!

The dates for our travels are listed above. We’ll be publishing content from that city the following week, so check back often, or subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss a city!

Do you have a favorite place we can’t miss in one of these cities? Let us know in the comments!

Our travels are made possible by these awesome partners:

Verizon Wireless

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Great Lakes Proud

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Short’s Brewing

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High Five Threads

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New Holland Brewing

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Michigan Science Center

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Proper Soda Company

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The Awesome Mitten was born when I moved back to Michigan from Nashville, TN in September 2010. Almost immediately, I became frustrated. I couldn’t figure out why there weren’t more Michigan residents singing our states praises! I was so irritated, I wrote a Letter to the Editor. Three weeks later, I had started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a landing page for the website, determined to do something to make Michigan residents aware of all the cool things going on in their own state. Email me: alex@awesomemitten.com
  • Nancy Kilner

    Harbor Springs and Glen Arbor would be other good places to feature!

  • Stefanie Cesario

    Grand Rapids: don’t miss the Frederick Meijer gardens, the John Ball zoo, and food at Hopcat, Marie Catribs, San Chez or Electric Cheetah!
    Ann Arbor: definitely visit the Nichols arboretum or the Botanical gardens. get a cookie at insomnia cookies and try some bubble tea! Don’t forget to check out graffiti alley too!

  • tbryson

    Best kept secret are the West shore towns, like Holland, Grand Haven, and yes, even Muskegon. Just the open. beaches are a delight.

    • What do you mean by “…and yes, even Muskegon”? I love my hometown’s beaches!

  • Kayla Hettel

    I grew up in South Haven on a large fruit farm. It’s a great stop before you head into the busy town! Located right off of 1-96, exit 26 heading south, easy on and off and so much local fruit…..it’s called the Dutch Farm Market, it’s been in the family for years. Fresh peaches from the farm will be available and you’ll just miss the blueberry festival the weekend before. I would highly recommend stopping in at the market then head to the DeGrandchapms Blueberry farm to pick some fresh blueberries…bc South Haven is the blueberry capital of the world!! Also stop In at Sherman’s Dairy Bar for great local ice cream. A great tradition to eat at is Clementine’s, try the onion rings! Then to top off the night stop at the Idler Riverboat for drinks or Captain Lou’s right off the Black River. Stop at both the South Beach and walk the pier or paddle board then go across the bridge to the North Beach. On Saturday there is a local farmers market packed with great goodies right at the heart of downtown then you can walk all the great shops! Stop in at the Michigan Maritime Museum for history of the great lake. There are so many other great restaurants around town: The Vineyard, Taste, Maria’s, Venezia, Bricks Oven, Cousins…..I could go on and on but hopefully you love our small town!!!