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 […]

10 Places You Must Eat Tacos In Michigan

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As we have explored many times in the past, Michigan is one of the best states to live in if you’re a foodie. Whether you want pizza, donuts, or vegan ice cream, you can find top-notch food no matter where you go. That includes tacos. We’re talking real, fantastic tacos today. Michigan has a ton […]

Rower’s Club: The Best Coffee On Grand Rapids’ West Side

Rower's Club, coffee, west side of Grand Rapids

When people think Grand Rapids, beer immediately comes to mind. However, it is a place that is quickly becoming a coffee destination. One of the more well-known shops and brands in the fast growing Grand Rapids coffee scene is Rowster Coffee. On an early morning, I ventured to the West Side neighborhood to scope out […]

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 […]

14 Reasons To Visit Michigan’s Adventure This Summer

Did you know that there’s only one permanent theme park in Michigan? Michigan’s Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair and located in Muskegon. In my experience, Cedar Fair’s parks are very special. Michigan’s Adventure is no exception. Their safety record is superb, their overall efficiency makes for an enjoyable experience, and their ability to bring out your inner child is […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

West Michigan Whitecaps: Great Baseball On The West Side

Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Photo Courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps - The Awesome Mitten

While a trip to Detroit for a Tigers game at Comerica Park is an annual “must-do,” our state features several minor league teams that offer a unique experience, often much closer to home. What these teams may lack in budget and star power, they more than make up for in heart, creative food concoctions, and wacky promotions. […]

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 […]

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. […]

4 Mouth-Watering Waffle Options In West Michigan

4 Mouth-Watering Waffle Options In West Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

The humble waffle isn’t always thought of as a high quality breakfast food. Often times, we’re simply grabbing the pre-cooked variety out of a box and shoving them in the toaster. If we’re really lucky, we prepare our own from pre-made batter in the lobby of a mediocre hotel. However, some West Michigan breakfast spots […]

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 […]

10 Michigan Craft Beers To Try On St Patrick’s Day And Where To Find Them

Michigan is the fifth largest craft beer state. It is a fascinating subculture that has inspired generations of beer connoisseurs, both drinkers and brewers. The growing interest in craft beers created such a market within Michigan, it can be likened to a modern day parallel of the wine culture in Napa Valley. It showcases a […]

February Events To Love In The Awesome Mitten

February Events in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

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 […]

5 Tea-rrific Tea Shops In The Mitten

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There is something satisfying about wrapping your cold hands around a steaming cup of tea and warming from the inside out as you take a sip in the cold winter months. In honor of National Hot Tea Month, I wanted to know more and find some of the best places to enjoy a cup of tea. History of […]

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 […]

November Events to Welcome the Holidays in Michigan

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The month of November is the beginning of bringing together family and friends for special memories shared with food, drink, and festive gatherings. As the holidays grow closer, these November events will fill your days with warmth and provide you many more reasons to  be thankful. Run a race or two, taste craft beers and wine, […]

Let There be Light: Grand Rapids’ Lamp Light Music Festival

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Then, there was light! Grand Rapids will continue to shine this year with its fifth annual Lamp Light Music Festival, an event that started out as a complete experiment. This year’s festival takes place Friday through Sunday, November 4-6, 2016, spread out between a few next-door-neighbor venues within the neighborhood. The festival director, John Hanson, spoke […]

From Beer City to Bielsko-Biała: Exploring Art in Grand Rapids’ Sister City

October is Polish American Heritage Month, and what better way to spend it than in Grand Rapids’ Polish Sister City, Bielsko-Biała. This exquisite city in the south of Poland is shaped with an eclectic mix of architecture, animation, and art — truly an incredible place to experience Polish culture at its finest. Prior to 1951, the Biała […]

ArtPrize: The Other Michigan Fall Road Trip

ArtPrize Fall Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

Looking for a fall getaway or maybe just a day to explore? Look no further than Grand Rapids! Currently, in the midst of the eighth annual ArtPrize, Grand Rapids is humming with excitement as tourists and locals alike take in the latest creations and pieces. For two and half weeks, Grand Rapids’ landscape and businesses […]

10 Michigan Coffee Shops Worth Trying

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It’s important to consider what makes for a good cup of coffee, but more than that, it’s important to consider the coffee shops that make the best coffee. I believe it all starts with the coffee being fresh and made right when you order it. The coffee beans used should be recently roasted and grounded, […]

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 […]

Underrated Places In Grand Rapids

The Awesome Mitten- Underrated Places in Grand Rapids

We all know about the great local spots in Grand Rapids.  What about the hidden gems, the oft-overlooked spots that aren’t as flashy or don’t get as much hype?  Here’s a guide to some of the most underrated spots in GR. Eat: Choo Choo Grill Don’t believe the hype, Stella’s does not have the best […]