The Best Michigan-Brewed Beers For Fall

The Best Michigan-Brewed Beers For Fall

Fall in Michigan means crisp mornings, spiced cider, warm donuts, and of course — speciality Michigan beer. Michigan brewers are known around the country for crafting delicious and complex beer for every season, but this year’s pick of fall-focused brews are especially spectacular. From Pumpkin Spice Latte to Oktoberfest and S’mores flavored concoctions, read through […]

Most Instagrammable Spots In Michigan

Michigan is definitely one of the most beautiful states in America, maybe even one of the most beautiful spots in the world — Just look at our Instagram and you’ll see our many posts from around the state. Our not-so-little Mitten is truly a national treasure. From National Forests to miles of coastline, every region […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

13 Michigan Cupcakes You Need To Try

Cupcakes might be the next best thing since sliced bread. For starters, who doesn’t love cake? Cake is great. But even better yet, we then had to one-up cake with its adorable counterpart: the cupcake. With so many styles, flavors, and fillings, we set out to find the best tasty places to get cupcakes in […]

The Awesome Mitten Attends Mo Pop Festival at Detroit Riverfront

Michigan is the Great Lakes State, but we’ve also got a lovely gem of a riverfront in downtown Detroit. The stages were set with the scenic bridge and Canadian coast in the view. Mo Pop Festival celebrates Michigan businesses, and internationally-known musicians. The Awesome Mitten contributor Sarah Spohn attended the festival, which took place the […]

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 11 Most Instagrammable Street Art Pieces in Michigan

11 Of The Most Instagramable Street Art Pieces In Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Michigan may be more known for its natural beauty, but it also has its own array of incredible street art and murals created by local artists and painters. Some works are fully planned out murals while others are unique and traditional graffiti writing. Street art is igniting a spirit of creativity and adding color to Michigan’s cities. […]

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 […]

10 More Must-Visit Michigan Gluten-Free Restaurants

Last year I wrote about some of the best Michigan gluten-free restaurants across the state, so naturally it is time for a 2016 edition! Finding a restaurant that truly understands the care that’s needed to prepare a safe, gluten-free meal is no small feat. The first two restaurants below prepare meals in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, while […]

15 Ways To Make The Most Of A Michigan Summer

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While some would argue a lack of salt water could make for a less stupendous summer, others would heartily disagree that Michigan’s Great Lakes are just that: great. I have a lot of love for Michigan, the Great Lakes, and what they have to offer the summer. To truly celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of […]

A Parade Of Patios: The Best Outdoor Bar Spots In Michigan

Michiganders know how to make the most of each of the four seasons, and in the summer that often means a lot of time outside. Thanks to the Great Lakes and a thriving craft brewing industry, this usually involves a trip to the beach with a beer in hand. We do eventually have to return to work and […]

14 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Michigan

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s an American meal mainstay. Today’s the holiday! Tuesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate this American culinary mainstay than indulging in the classic sammie? Since the introduction of American sliced cheese, and its quick popularity of the Kraft singles in the ’50s and […]

Top April Michigan Events You Just Can’t Miss

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Spring fever is in full swing here in our awesome little mitten! Not only is the weather practically perfect but there are also some exciting events coming up this month that will get you out and about during this beautiful spring season. The flowers are alive, the sun is shining, and it’s time for our April Events Roundup. […]

Awesome Michigan Events You Can’t Miss This March

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March is here! The month of green and the beginning of spring. It’s time to stretch those muscles and get out in the warmth and sunshine, Michiganders. March is full of St. Patrick’s day celebrations, spring festivals and much more. Here are the top Michigan events that you should attend this month! The Slush Cup: […]

History Of Ann Arbor: Not Just A College Town

When most Michiganders think of Ann Arbor, a certain phrase pops into their head: “Go Blue!” It’s true that the University of Michigan has been a driving force behind the city nearly since its inception, but as any resident will tell you, there’s so much more to this town. From rural hamlet to WWII powerhouse to […]

Kayaking The Huron River In Ann Arbor

Kayaking the Huron River - #MittenTrip - Ann Arbor - The Awesome Mitten

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 lakes were plenty, so rivers were never had the need to pay much attention to.  Not only that, but I also never had access to […]

3 Reasons Zingerman’s is Ann Arbor’s Finest

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When I was first assigned Ann Arbor for my summer #MittenTrip, I did some of the preliminary research that I’m sure most of you have done before – I asked around!  I asked fellow beer enthusiasts, locals, family members, and even some customers I was waiting on at work what they thought was fun and […]

More Than A College Town, Ann Arbor Is A Great #MittenTrip

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Before I visited Ann Arbor for my #MittenTrip this weekend, my impressions of the city consisted of college weekends with friends who were attending the University of Michigan.  We always had a great time, and the Big House is probably my favorite place to watch a football game, but I never considered that there was more […]

#MittenTrip Round 2: Fall 2015 + Win a High Five Threads Shirt!

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So far this summer, we’ve visited Leland, Mackinac Island, Mount Pleasant, Detroit, Port Austin, and Marquette. In the next few weeks, we’ll be visiting Ann Arbor, Lansing, Saginaw, Sault Ste Marie, and South Haven before wrapping up the #MittenTrip summer campaign in Grand Rapids. We’ve had so much fun exploring our great state these past […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Harness Your Creativity At The Scrap Box

The Awesome Mitten-Recycling Meets Creativity At The Scrap Box

When I was in high school, I loved paper crafting. Scrapbooking, card-making, and creating collages were among my specialties, and a lazy night at home could always be improved with magazine clippings and a new pack of glue sticks. At the time, I didn’t have a lot of spending money, so I made use of […]

Ways To Warm Up During a Michigan Staycation

Ways To Warm Up During a Michigan Staycation - Awesome Mitten

We’re (hopefully) in the last stretch of winter, and everyone is yearning for warmer weather. Now is the time to take your Michigan “tropical staycation” and get the winter blues off your mind. My first advice? Start off with some tropical food and drink to get in the island mindset. Some options include Jamaican Jerk […]

Shop Michigan Made Gifts in The Awesome Mitten’s Online Holiday Popup Shop

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  It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time where we get to team up with some of our favorite Michigan brands to bring their products directly to you, Awesome Mitten reader! #TeamAwesome is excited to launch {{The Awesome Mitten Online Holiday Popup Shop}}, a curated marketplace that will help you spread your #MittenLove […]

Food and Drink Enthusiasts: Go to the Raven’s Club

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll go ahead and admit that I’m a bit of a food and adult beverage nerd.  In addition to enjoying the experience, I am especially intrigued by the history behind good food and beverages—including preparation technique and the stories of those doing the preparation. So, with that said, when […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: Discovering Zingerman’s

The Awesome Mitten-Southerner Meets Michigan: Discovering Zingerman's

The first time I found myself in Ann Arbor, my husband and I were visiting a friend at the University of Michigan. Wanting to give us the complete “Ann Arbor Experience,” our friend took us to Zingerman’s Deli, promising us some amazing sandwiches and basically, automatic Ann Arbor street cred. As we made our way […]

Ann Arbor Fiber Expo 2014

Autumn certainly is in the air! The leaves are changing hues; bright yellows and brilliant reds line the sidewalks. The breeze not only smells heavenly, but chills my nose. I don’t know about you, fellow Awesome Mitten-ers, but I am in dire need of some new mittens. But I’d take a hand-knitted sweater or snuggly scarf […]