Uncovering Fall Fun in Hell (Michigan)

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It’s time to head to Hell – Hell, Michigan that is! The hamlet with a curious name is situated about forty minutes northwest of Ann Arbor. Hell has a history that dates back to the 1830s where it was once home to a grist mill, a distillery, a summer resort, and a checkered past. That all […]

13 Michigan Chocolates You Need To Try

The Awesome Mitten 13 Cupcakes You Need to Try in MI List was a big hit. We thought we should continue the confectionery crawl onto the holy grail of desserts: chocolate. We’re here to share with you the best places to get your chocolate fix in Michigan. Whether you’ve got allergies to nuts, soy, dairy, wheat, […]

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 10 Things To Try At The Renaissance Festival

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The Renaissance Festival is a tried and true Michigan tradition. It’s one of my favorite things about the fall: something to look forward to every year. Before we get into my favorite things to do at the festival, let’s get in a little history lesson… History of the Fest The Michigan Renaissance Festival began in […]

A Weekend Up North In The Soo

The thought of dropping 21 feet in a kayak in the matter of minutes sounds daunting. You’d expect to be cascading down rapids, paddling furiously to stay upright as water careens about you, right? Well, this is a different kind of thrill ride—it’s one through the Soo Locks. Instead of traversing currents, you’ll be bobbing […]

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 […]

10 Reasons Ludington Is One Of Michigan’s Best Beach Towns

As one of West Michigan’s top summer destinations, Ludington is a fantastic place to enjoy a multitude of activities. Relaxing beaches, tours, shopping, unique dining, and so much more make this town ideal.  There’s no shortage of great options for a fun-filled road trip to this beautiful beach town. The Downtown Ludington’s thriving downtown area […]

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

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Are you looking for some activities to keep you busy in August? Check out this list of events! Lunch in Lavendar – Every Wednesday – Boyne City Every Wednesday throughout the month of August Lavender Hill Farm is giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer. For just $20 you are provided […]

4 Metro Detroit Downtowns You Should Explore

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Metro Detroit is overflowing with vibrant towns. Over the years, I’ve frequently visited Royal Oak and Birmingham. However, I wanted to discover other downtowns in my Metro Detroit community. Below, find four additional downtowns that are certainly worth a visit. Berkley Berkley’s downtown is a bit smaller than some other Metro Detroit communities. However, the […]

Leaving Michigan: 13 Things You Miss Most When You’re Gone

Growing up in Michigan, I’ve always loved the wonderful things about our state—the people, the food, the lakes, the beautiful scenery, and the ability to show strangers where I live on the palm of my hand. But part of me has also taken the simple pleasures our Great Lakes State for granted. Like some Michiganders […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

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Summer’s in the air as June starts. The kids are out of school, the weather is improving. No matter where you live there’s something for you to do. Take a day trip, plan a staycation, or spend the whole weekend somewhere else. While checking out these events, make sure you’re also checking things off your […]

Sweet Fun At The Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

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Springtime is in full swing in The Mitten. I had an itch to take advantage of the warming temperatures and be outside. I looked to take in a festival while enjoying the intimacy of a small-town. With all that as my guide, I wound up in Mid-Michigan at the Vermont Maple Syrup Festival in the […]

10 Michigan Events You’ll Want To Attend In May

May is a time for flowers to bloom and Michigan to come alive with awesome events to attend. Whether you’re into beer, food, tulips, or art, there’s something for everyone around the Mitten this month. Downtown Traverse City Art Walk — May 5 — Traverse City A local favorite, the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk will […]

14 Places You Must Celebrate National Beer Day In Michigan

While everyday is a great day to drink a beer, National Beer Day is right around the corner.  Celebrate in style. Michigan is a mecca for craft beer. From our tantalizing tap filled restaurants to our bodacious breweries, the Mitten has craft beer steeze. You can throw a frisbee and hit a brewery or tap house […]

February Events To Love In The Awesome Mitten

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There’s so much to love about Michigan in February! From classic winter festivals to amazing productions, beer festivals, races, and more. The opportunities are endless! So mark your calendar and plan on attending some of these fun and exciting events. Lion King on Broadway: Detroit – February 1-26 The Lion King on Broadway is coming […]

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 […]

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! […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again: the time to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life. Whether you’re shopping for the Michigan resident, native, or lover we have gathered a complete list of items for you. Support this great state and local entrepreneurs by picking your Michigan-made gifts from this list. Michigan Map […]

Banza Continues Detroit History of Innovation

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Innovation, Creativity, Dedication. Detroit business owners have embodied these characteristics for decades. Just like Henry Ford changed the world by bringing affordable transportation to the masses, Brian Rudolph, creator and co-founder of Banza, wants to reinvent pasta and bring healthier pasta to the masses. It might be too early to call Rudolph the Ford of the pasta industry, but Banza’s chickpea […]

Michigan Events to Welcome in the Fall this September

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Summer is over and the days are beginning to fill with the vivid colors of fall. The school year is starting back up, and football season means your weekends will once again be filled with tailgates and flannels. However, there is no shortage of great events this month! Check out these awesome September Michigan events […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Gets Even Bigger In Auburn Hills

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Following the success of the Shelby Township location (opened in December 2012) and the Royal Oak location (opened in December 2014), Michigan By The Bottle Tasing Room expanded once again with a new location in Auburn Hills. This location, opened July 9th, is the largest to date, and the first with outdoor seating. Though growing in size, Michigan […]

Traverse City Food Trucks

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Street food has always been part of our nation’s culinary history, but the food truck trend has revolutionized the way everyday eaters and foodies eat out. Finding a quick, easy, and inexpensive meal without comprising food quality can be a challenge, but food trucks do it all – conveniently (and sans-silverware). In the past few […]

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway

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Grand Rapids is having a “moment”.  A visitor who returns after some time away will notice an abundance of new shops, restaurants, and, of course, breweries.  The town’s got a bit of youthful swagger to it.  Perhaps it has a chip on its shoulder after enduring years being known as “Bland Rapids”.  That nickname no […]

August Michigan Events Perfect to End the Summer

Summer may be winding down, but Michigan sure isn’t! Celebrating summer – even if it’s the end – means that every weekend is full of festivals to enjoy the last rays of warm sunshine. Before you head back to school or pull out your sweaters from the attic, be sure to check out some of the […]

Awesome Michigan Events in July

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With Michigan summer is in full swing, and the temperatures on the rise, the Mitten State is bustling with festivals, fairs, and plenty of fireworks. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Independence Day, or you’d like to just get the whole family out in the sun while it lasts, these are the top July events to attend […]

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 […]