Michigan Musician Stef Chura Plays The Mitten

Michigan Musician Stef Chura plays the Mitten - The Awesome Miten

Alpena native Stef Chura just got off of a West Coast tour, stopped at SXSW and played a show as part of the Capital City Film Festival in Lansing, Michigan. Now, she’s preparing for a solo set at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Saturday, April 22. The 28-year-old Detroit indie rocker spoke about […]

The Best Dock Fishing Spots Across The Mitten

While Michigan has enough lakes to accommodate nearly any size boat, fishing isn’t just for those out on the open water. From Lake Michigan to Lake St. Clair to Lake Superior, and everywhere in between, our state also features an abundance of dock fishing and shoreline fishing spots that can be just as good for casting and […]

January Events To Start The New Year Right

It’s a new year! January is the right time to enjoy great events throughout Michigan. This roundup is filled with many entertaining ideas. Family friendly outdoor festivals, dog sled races, and snowshoe races make January a great time to be in Michigan. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to find adventure and excitement throughout the Awesome Mitten! […]

Guide to Holiday Light Displays Around the Mitten

MichiganHoliday Light Displays - The Awesome Mitten

When the holidays near, The Mitten lights up in celebration. Colorful light displays can be found everywhere from zoos to private residences, making for plenty of places to spend an evening in preparation for the holiday season. Pay a visit to some of Michigan’s brightest attractions this December with holiday light displays around The Mitten! Christmas […]

Alpena’s Underwater Museum: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

In my exploration of Alpena for our #MittenTrip project, I found that this lake town on the “sunrise coast” has a unique relationship with its history and geography. Natural sinkholes disappear into the earth and gleaming lighthouses rise and stand guard above it. A limestone quarry overflows with 400-million-year-old fossils, while a dense, kayak-friendly wildlife sanctuary sits just inside […]

On Top of the World on Middle Island – Alpena #MittenTrip

Sunrise over Lake Huron from Middle Island Lighthouse. Photo by Joel Heckaman - Awesome Mitten #MittenTrip

As you will find in my Mitten Trip guide to Alpena, the northeast corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula hosts an abundance of incredible experiences. In lieu of a hotel for such a vacation, I recommend something more unique and memorable: uninhabited (by humans, at least) Middle Island and the Keepers’ Lodge bed and breakfast at the Middle Island […]

Alpena #MittenTrip: The Other Side Of Northern Michigan

Depending on where you grew up or have traveled within our great state, the term “Northern Michigan” means something different to each of us. For many, it refers to the Traverse City region, or perhaps a bit farther up in Charlevoix or Petoskey. Some may even believe that only the Upper Peninsula qualifies for such a label. […]

#MittenTrip Round Two: Fall Michigan Roadtrip

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The Awesome Mitten is very proud and excited to present our second #MittenTrip campaign! Starting on October 2nd, we will be exploring six cities in Michigan throughout the month of October and into November: Munising (October 2nd-4th) Alpena (October 9th-11th) Harbor Springs (October 16th-18th) Ludington (October 23rd-25th) Kalamazoo (October 30- November 1st) Ypsilanti (November 6th-8th) […]