November 2020 #MittenTrip Ideas

November is the perfect time to sneak in a last-minute getaway or staycation before the craziness of the holidays hits your home. This month, we’re taking a look at five Michigan towns you might want to explore – whether you’re a local in need of a staycation, you’re looking for a mini-vacation, or you want […]

13 Michigan Chocolate Shops 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, […]

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 […]

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

10 Places in Michigan To Get Your Vegan Ice Cream Fix

10 Places in Michigan to Get Your Vegan Ice Cream Fix Dairy Twist Cafe - The Awesome Mitten

There’s no denying that ice cream is great pretty much anytime. And it’s even better in July, because it’s National Ice Cream Month! That’s fantastic news for those who have no issues with dairy. But what about us Michiganders who can’t eat dairy or eggs due to health issues or ethical practices, or those of […]

6 Michigan Podcasts To Listen To Right Now

As more media platforms are catching up to the “on-demand economy,” podcasts are suddenly all the rage again. And why not? You can listen along in the car on the way to work, in the kitchen as you cook, at the gym while working out — you can be doing just anything and still be able to listen […]

Shop Small, Big Impact: Small Business Saturday

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‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop! Why not support your community while you are at it? The nationally celebrated, annual event, Small Business Saturday, is Saturday, November 26, 2016, and is always sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday has taken off and gained support […]

6 Michigan Hard Apple Ciders to Make 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 […]

11 Michigan Events to Fall into October

11 Michigan Events to Fall into October - The Awesome Mitten

As the air begins to chill and the leaves change hues, fall is an exciting reality for Michiganders. October is here and it’s time to embark on autumn festivities and fun. Whether your idea of fall fun includes tasty seasonal treats, a haunted night out, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying the bright hues of the leaves, […]

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 […]

Bootlegger to Dentist to Baker: D’arts Donuts Journey to Eastown

D'arts Donuts - The Awesome Mitten

Aspiring dentist turned donut baker: that’s Adam Ouellette, owner of D’arts Donuts. “I went from wanting to save teeth to rotting them,” Ouellette joked. This first-time business owner broke into the Grand Rapids bakery scene by starting the D’arts Donuts food truck in June of 2015. To his surprise, business boomed and grew faster than expected. […]

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway

4 Reasons Grand Rapids Should Be Your Next Weekend Getaway - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

14 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Michigan

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s an American meal mainstay. Today’s the holiday! Tuesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate this American culinary mainstay than indulging in the classic sammie? Since the introduction of American sliced cheese, and its quick popularity of the Kraft singles in the ’50s and […]

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Opera Grand Rapids This Season

Opera Grand Rapids' A Season of Love

Opera Grand Rapids has been enriching the West Michigan community since the late 1960’s through the support of local Grand Rapidians and the larger community of opera lovers throughout Michigan. This opera company is a testament to the diverse, eclectic, and cultured community of Grand Rapids that craves a variety of art and entertainment. Opera is […]

Celebrating Pigs in Michigan!

It’s officially March 1st which here in the Midwest means NATIONAL PIG DAY! Growing up in Michigan, I had an elderly uncle who kept a potbelly pig named “Dog” as an indoor pet, and I have been asking for one ever since. So of course I was ecstatic to spotlight Michigan pig farmers, and after interacting […]

From Vault to Vino: Reserve Food & Wine Bar

Grand Rapids has earned the reputation of Beer City USA with its breweries, brew tours and beer festivals overflowing at the city’s brim. However, despite its rising fame on the beer scene, Grand Rapids can still cater to those looking to sip and dine on the finer things in life. Those looking for an exceptional dining experience can travel […]

Running ‘Round West Michigan

Running — it’s a word some people love and others dread. Personally, I’m on the “like it” side of the spectrum. There really is no better place to run in the Mitten than in West Michigan. From a morning stroll to a marathon, the reasons, options and opportunities to lace up and get active are […]

Top 5 Grand Rapids Bands You Need to Know

Top Five Grand Rapids Bands - The Awesome Mitten

Grand Rapids is quickly becoming known for frothy beverages, delectable craft beers and ‘homegrown’ hops. Even being named ‘Beer City USA,’ and America’s Best Beer Town by USA Today, taking a walk through this West Michigan town, you’ll find a brewery (Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids Brewing Co, etc) or bar in every direction. But, […]

3 Places You Can Get Creative In Grand Rapids

You’ve probably seen the photos, you know the ones I’m talking about, groups of happy people holding up Van Gogh’s Starry Night with a glass of wine in hand.  I’ve seen the DIY canvasses in people’s homes and I’m baffled at how good the end result looks for some very non-artistic friends!  An artsy night […]

Taste the City: Restaurant Week GR

Do you drive pass a restaurant and always tell yourself you are going to try it one day? Have you been hearing a lot about that new place, but seem to be the only one who hasn’t been there yet? Well, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is the perfect time to cross that eatery off your […]

Konnichi Wa, Grand Rapids!

Five miles east of Grand Rapids lie the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a rare jewel in the crown of West Michigan’s already diverse regional offering of activities, entertainment, and the great outdoors. This particular venue combines these three categories. Named for the late founder of the eponymous supermarket chain, the gardens host 132 […]

Get Hands-on at the Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids

As the school year is coming to a close, why not inspire children to keep being creative all summer long? The annual Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids is the way to do just that– while also sampling some great street cuisine and enjoying some open air music and art. The Festival takes […]

Taking Dance to the Next Level in Grand Rapids

Michiganders might not be terribly surprised to hear about Grand Rapids’ flourishing arts scene. But even those in the know might be unfamiliar with ArtPrize, an annual competition and 501(c)(3), and the role it plays in contributing to the vibrancy and diversity of the local creative community. The competition, which has been held since 2009, […]

Community Pride Beams from the Hilltop

The Awesome Mitten- Community Pride Beams from the Hilltop

When I signed up for the Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes, I expected to learn about Grand Rapids history and home architecture, but what I took away from the experience was so much more! I witnessed community in action. The annual home tour takes place the third weekend in May. It invites community members […]

A Grand Rapids Bakery Checklist

Consuming the Grand Rapids Bakery Scene

The Grand Rapids bakery scene is thriving, with places that have been around for generations, along with new kids on the block. Each has its own character, tried-and-true favorite goodies, and neighborhoods with which they are firmly entrenched. It’s time to head out on the town, in the early morning hours of Michigan’s second biggest city, […]