Late Summer Road Trip: US-12 Heritage Trail

US-12 Heritage Trail, Michigan Avenue Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

Last year I ended the summer in style. I completed an amazing road trip along the US-12 Heritage Trail between New Buffalo and Coldwater. Having such a good time and with another summer winding down, I decided to hit up the same trail again. It was time to roll down the windows and road trip […]

Valentine’s Day Guide To Outdoor Winter Dates

Michigan Winter Date Ideas - The Awesome Mitten

As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do? To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens […]

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 […]

Hanging Out in Detroit Coffee Shops and Their Neighborhoods.

The Awesome Mitten - Hanging in Detroit Coffee Shops and Their Neighborhoods

Detroit is full of diverse neighborhoods with vibrant communities just waiting to be explored. A good way I suggest to get the feel of each part of the Motor City is to seek out the coffee shop scene in each area. Mingling with baristas and locals, experiencing the coffee and atmosphere of the shop, all while looking to see what’s […]

Awesome City Guide: Detroit’s Corktown Neighborhood

Corktown Guide - The Awesome Mitten

Detroit’s Corktown district is the city’s oldest neighborhood, originally settled in the 1850s by Irish immigrants escaping the potato famine.  The neighborhood’s name comes from those first settlers; most of the Irish came from County Cork, thus “Corktown.”  In previous generations, visitors would descend upon the area for two of its now-defunct icons:  Michigan Central […]

Green Dot Stables

Green Dot Sign - The Awesome Mitten

I have just returned from Detroit, where I have seen something I cannot un-see. As a resident of Grand Rapids, I have long thought of my city as home to some of the cheapest food and drinks in the state.  Then…this. I made the trek out to Green Dot Stables based on recommendations from friends […]