Falling into Michigan Giveaway

Awesome Mitten is hosting a giveaway full of fall-themed Michigan goodies. Enter every day all month long for more chances to win!   From the northern border of the Upper Peninsula to the southern border where Michigan meets Indiana and Ohio, Michigan is a beautiful place to be in the fall months. Splendid colors burst […]

4 Michigan Drives To Make The Most Of Fall

4 Michigan Drives to Make the Most of Fall - Awesome Mitten

We may hate to admit it, but summer is winding down. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season, my mother is already talking about Halloween, and I just pulled out my first flannel shirt. The realities are settling in that fall is here. Although summer is when we usually spend the most time on the […]

Head Out On A Fall Color Tour In Metro Detroit

Hines Drive Fall color tour, Metro Detroit, Southeastern Michigan

Autumn fun is in full swing in the mitten. Along with all the fun comes the colors of the season. When many people think of Wayne County in Metro Detroit, lots of houses, shopping malls, and urban sprawl come to mind. However, tucked away among all this is a 17+ mile curvy road and continuous […]

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 […]

6 Michigan Hard Apple Ciders to Making This Fall Extra Crisp

The Awesome Mitten - Michigan Hard Ciders

With an abundance of cider mills and apple orchards dotting the state, Michigan produces a fall tradition—fresh apples. In addition to fresh apples pressed into cider, many of Michigan’s mills have joined the hard apple cider craze, producing boozy versions of the popular fall drink. Sweet, tangy, and even spicy, hard ciders bring a new flare […]

25 Strangers: A West Michigan Photo Journal

Inspired by the Humans of New York project, I took the time to walk around my own area — Muskegon, Fruitport, and Grand Haven — to talk to strangers about their favorite parts of Michigan. Here are their photos and stories: What is your favorite place to relax? Nita:  “Heritage Landing, you get a chance to […]

Take Your Pick of Michigan Apples

apple orchard

Cortland, Jonamac, McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold, Ida Red, Winesap, Fuji, Granny Smith… Apples from Michigan are among the best in the country, and what better time to enjoy the delicious, crisp sweetness of your favorite variety right off the tree. This fall’s apple crop is estimated to be the largest Michigan has ever produced, according […]

5 Things To Do in West Michigan This Fall

Now that school is back in session, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and summer is unofficially over, it’s time to look ahead to one of Michigan’s most vibrant seasons, Fall! There are a ton of activities this time of year to pack your weekend schedules, and here are 5 of my West Michigan favorites to get you […]

Top 15 Awesome Mitten Articles of 2015

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Happy New Year! Throughout 2015, The Awesome Mitten continued to explore the many hidden gems of this beautiful state and began to venture out on numerous #MittenTrips to capture the essence that makes Michigan towns unforgettable. As always, we’ve had a blast bringing you all the awesomeness this state has to offer. Thank YOU to […]

Michigan Apples Make Delicious Fall Recipes

The Awesome Mitten - Michigan Apples Make Delicious Fall Recipes

I’ve been dreamily excited about the arrival of fall for weeks now. As the season has officially arrived now, I think it’s time we all take a moment to appreciate the perpetual changing of the seasons. Because with that change comes a whole new slew of produce grown in our fine state for us to […]

Celebrate Craft Beer and Cider at Vander Fest 2015

With Labor Day behind us and school back in session, many Michiganders are clinging to the last signs of summer and not so secretly hoping Mother Nature holds off on blasting us with snow flakes long enough to enjoy one of Michigan’s prettiest seasons: FALL. Although summer is usually when we spend most our time […]

Tailgate like a Michigander

It’s that time of year again. Whether the temperature is in the 40s or the 80s (this may seem like a huge temperature shift, but in Michigan it’s the norm) there is a light crispness in the air. The leaves are starting to change. The days are getting shorter. Those much anticipated weekends at the lake are […]

4 Places to Get Your Pumpkin Fix in Kalamazoo

Ladies and gentleman let me introduce you to one of fall’s favorite players: It’s orange, clunky, and full of ooey gooey covered seeds…pumpkin! What used to be reserved for one of Halloween’s most traditional and nostalgic activities has quickly turned into the top ingredient in every fall treat. It’s swept up America’s autumn, shelf by shelf, […]

Autumn Across the Mitten: A Detroiter’s Experience

Michigan is never more beautiful than in the fall. From the rolling, coastal hills outside Traverse City to generations-old cider mills that seem to rival McDonald’s in number, Michigan was built for fall enjoyment. Even the color of the sunlight feels happier. I grew up in a small Lake Michigan beach town and often find […]

Kalamazoo’s Fall Color Tour: 4 Roads You Can’t Miss

Fall is by far my favorite season. I love so many things. The crisp air. The start of boot season. Pumpkin everything. Not needing a coat, but definitely needing a sweater. Squash, of all varieties. And – of course – the leaves changing color. It’s the time of year when the greens are gracefully transitioning out and […]

Fall in Grand Ledge

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I love, love LOVE (almost) everything about fall in Michigan. Thinking about spending the warm, Indian summer afternoons in my hometown, I’m beyond giddy about the changing of seasons. I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite fall activities to enjoy in Grand Ledge […]

10 Ways to Make the Most of Autumn Around Detroit

Fall officially begins in just two short days and that means it’s time to bundle up and buckle down on your autumn to-do list. Here are my favorite fall activities in the Metro-Detroit area: 1. Cider Mills I know, I know… this is an obvious one. My favorite places to fill my belly up on donuts and […]

Top 5 Farmers Markets and U-Picks of Jackson

Indian Brook Trout Farm Pumpkin Picking

Fall means harvest time in Michigan, with ripe juicy apples and big fat pumpkins, and Jackson has just the places to get them. You now know that Jackson is a foodie destination with the Best Kept Jackson Restaurant Secrets Exposed, but Jackson is also surrounded by beautiful farm land ripe with the best produce from Jackson’s Farms, […]

Rediscovering Traverse City

Welcome to Traverse City through the eyes of a (sorta) newcomer!  I grew up in the area and after eight years in Grand Rapids, I felt the pull of Northern Michigan and returned home to complete my teaching certification.  Over the next few months, I’m planning to rediscover my hometown a few weekends at a […]

Ask a Michigander: Where are the best corn mazes?

Ask a Michigander: Where are the best corn mazes?

We already have a Michigander itching for fall and the summer season hasn’t even taken its last bow.  The beach isn’t even closed yet people! Don’t worry, I’ll still answer the question. As you may know, there are several types of corn maze venues, and Michigan has the capacity to deliver to all audiences. Haunted, […]

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Fall Colors in Jackson

Fall colors seem to be coming early this year and if we can’t stop the coming of fall, we might as well enjoy it! You can experience Jackson’s fall colors from the comfort of your car, with your own two feet, on a bike or by kayak. There are many opportunities to enjoy nature in […]

A Must See List for Michigan State Park Camping Adventures

Michigan State Parks - Awesome Mitten

Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your camping gear just yet. Michigan is known for its awesome camping opportunities throughout the state – including over 100 state parks! Just because of Michigan’s seasonal changes, you shouldn’t be afraid to visit one of the 13,500+ campsites after Labor Day. Everyone thinks state […]

Parmenter’s Cider Mill: 140 Years of Autumn Tradition

Where I come from, “fall” means pumpkins. It means changing leaves, chili dogs, hay rides, and corn mazes. It’s my favorite time of year, and I always imagined that any other place would be hard-pressed to match the best parts of the season as they occur along the Blue Ridge. That’s why I think it’s […]

Celebrating Fall in Mid-Michigan

As the greenery around The Mitten begins to change and the days grow shorter, I am getting excited to welcome fall in Michigan. The season brings many changes and some of my favorite things. Fall in Michigan would not be such an exciting time for me without all things pumpkin, chilly football tailgates, wool socks, […]

5 Expert Tips on How to Prep Your Garden for Fall

As the leaves begin to fall and our plates pile up with more squash than berries, the time has come to consider putting your plants to bed. “Fall is not the time to quit gardening,” explains Jeff Moyer, farm director at the Rodale Institute, an experimental organic farm in Pennsylvania. “Putting a farm or a […]