3 Areas You Must View Autumn Colors On Michigan State’s Campus

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Whether or not you’re a Michigan State enthusiast, one thing everyone should be able to agree on is how stunning its campus is in the autumn months. After trekking around the campus for the past three years as a student, I’ve come to learn where the best spots are to watch the autumn colors evolve. […]

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 […]

The Best Donuts Across The State Of Michigan

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June 2nd is National Donut Day and there’s not a food that’s more deserving of its own day. While donuts are technically a breakfast treat, we all know that eating one at any point during the day is completely acceptable. And even if it’s not, that’s not going to stop us. We love donuts here. […]

24 Shops To Celebrate Record Store Day In Michigan

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but April 22nd is practically the best holiday of the year for music lovers. Record Store Day celebrates the love of vinyl, independent record shops, and vibrant music communities all across the nation. This year claims to be even bigger and better. It’s the 10th anniversary of Record Store […]

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. […]

5+ Michigan Organizations To Support During Autism Awareness Month (And All the Time)

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April is a time for enjoying Michigan sun, showers, and seeking out the first buds of spring. It is also a month where we especially strive to appreciate and support our friends, family, and others with autism. For those who are unfamiliar with autism, it is a developmental disorder that spans dozens of signs and symptoms. Some people […]

March Events To Round Out A Fantastic Michigan Winter

Awesome Mitten + March Events to Round Out a Fantastic Michigan Winter

March is a great month to enjoy a variety of exciting end-of-winter events around the Mitten State. Sample fresh maple syrup, slip in a snowshoe hike, catch a show, and much more. Whichever event you chose, it’s sure to be a great way to round out another beautiful Michigan winter! STOMP: Clinton Township – March […]

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 […]

Michigan’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Michigan’s birthday is almost here again. Our Annual Michigan Birthday Bake Off is underway and people are voting on our Facebook page for their favorite cake! (psst…. you can too. Click here.) Along with our baking competition, we wanted to create a contest that everyone could be a part of! Introducing the Michigan Birthday Scavenger […]

Loving The Lansing-Area Libraries

Delta Township District Library

Growing up with a mother who loved reading gave me an immense appreciation for storytelling. Leading by example, she showed me how important it was to use one’s imagination to dream. Through books, we could escape to another world – for free! Many summer days throughout my childhood were spent at the Delta Township District […]

Great Lakes Folk Fest Celebrates Another Year at MSU

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Since 2002, people of all ages flock to East Lansing for a weekend of folk and culture for the Great Lakes Folk Festival. After the Michigan State University Museum hosted several festivals prior to 2002, the official Great Lakes Folk Festival was born. August 12 – 14, 2016, artists and musicians lined the streets of […]

Lansing – City Of Festivals

Michigan Bluesfest

If you live in or around the mid-Michigan area, you’ve heard of – and likely attended – Common Ground Music Festival that happens each year at Adado River Front Park in downtown Lansing. In fact, it just wrapped up earlier this month. Or, maybe you’ve waited in the cold November weather, anticipating the lighting of the Michigan […]

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 […]

Music to Your Ears: Michigan Summer Festival Roundup

It’s summertime in Michigan, and for most that means you can find us at the beach, by the lake, or enjoying a nice cold one on a patio. Summer can sound like a nice breeze in windchimes by the sparkling blue lakefront, the revving of engines at the Detroit Grand Prix, or the laughter of youngsters […]

Michigan June Events Perfect For Kicking Off The Summer

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June is on track to be a jam-packed, event-filled month for Michigan! Summer is here, Father’s Day is around the corner and all the sunshine are perfect causes for celebration. There isn’t a weekend without a festival to celebrate music, food and drink, fun and family. So here is what I know you’ve all been waiting for, the […]

Ellison Brewery + Spirits Brings Experience To East Lansing

Ellison Brewery + Spirits. Photo courtesy of Jackie Mitchell

Months before Ellison Brewery + Spirits opened in East Lansing, I had several opportunities to stop by the brewery and see how things were going. Each time I was greeted warmly and handed a glass of beer or cider — whatever was in the fermenter or recently batched up. Owners Eric Elliott and Aaron Hanson, with […]

Elderly Instruments: Lansing’s Music Hotspot

What started out as 15 vintage instruments in a tiny basement in East Lansing has grown into a well-respected, internationally-known instrument showroom, repair shop and overall mecca for all things musical. Stan Werbin and Sharon McInturff opened Elderly Instruments in 1972 with the idea of supplying the local area with vintage instruments, allowing customers to try the […]

Five Mid-Michigan Food Items for which to Be Thankful

When I was a kid, I remember urging everyone at Thanksgiving dinner one year to grab a popcorn kernel and say what they were thankful for. I must have seen or heard about the idea from someone or somewhere (I’m not that creative!) and thought it was important to try it out that particular year. […]

Making the Most of Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City

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The 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City festival in Lansing is this Friday, November 20, from 5 PM – 9 PM. This event is held the Friday before Thanksgiving each year. Over 80,000 people come to the city to enjoy an electric light parade, music and dance performances, holiday shopping, the lighting of the […]

A Guide to Color Tours Around Mid-Michigan

The John Hannah statue at MSU, behind trees with gradient colored leaves from red to orange to yellow to green

Fall: It’s that time of year when thousands of people head to Northern Michigan for color tours and autumn vacation fun. But did you know that you can get all the joy of an “Up North” vacation while hanging out in Mid-Michigan? Here are a few stops you might consider for your own autumn staycation […]

11 Ways To Enjoy Greater Lansing During Your Next Friends Or Couples Getaway

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Whether you’re ready for time off with friends or planning the perfect getaway with your better half, Lansing serves up countless options for casual, formal, or in-between occasions. Ready to discover all the capital city has to offer? Make time for these suggestions and enjoy a memorable experience with your favorite travel companions! Go Shopping […]

12 Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy In Lansing

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When it comes to planning an outing the whole family will enjoy, Lansing offers a unique variety of activities to entertain both kids and adults. Located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, Lansing is just a short drive away for most Michiganders, and the perfect spot for a day trip or […]

Brody Square Dining Hall: Don’t Call It a Cafeteria

During my Mitten Trip around Lansing, I enjoyed a surplus of incredible options for meals, snacks, desserts, and any type of food I could imagine. I saw duck fat fries and crack fries; breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast; every mouth-watering shape and variety of pizza, coffee and, of all things, popcorn. One location […]

A Tale Of Two And A Half Cities: Lansing, East Lansing And MSU #MittenTrip

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Lansing isn’t your typical tourist destination. In fact, when I asked several friends from the area (and myself, I’ll admit) what the coolest, best, most exciting, can’t-miss thing to do in Lansing is… we all shrugged. But here’s the best thing about that, and the reason you shouldn’t count out the capital city: Lansing knows […]

Lansing Hot Spots Square Off in Top of The Town Awards

Every summer I wait with bated breath for the Top of The Town Awards to be announced by Lansing’s City Pulse, and the waiting for 2015 has finally paid off! Through months of voting, Capital area residents are invited to call out their favorite coffee shops, hangouts, restaurants, hangouts, and Lansing celebrities. There are local businesses that […]