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 […]

7 Must-See Boater Friendly Restaurants

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Michigan is home to thousands of waterways and lakes. Locals and tourists alike are out to experience our freshwater coastline (Michigan hosts more than any other state!) Sitting along the sandy beaches of our Great Lakes is a favorite pastime for thousands of Michiganders. There’s something extra special about being in a boat and on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Swing Into Spring With Tiger Traxx And The Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers spring training is in full swing. Naturally, we are all thinking warm thoughts for spring and summer. As Michiganders dream of hot, sunny days at the baseball field, Hudsonville Ice Cream is gearing up to make and distribute Tiger Traxx. Tiger Traxx 2017 marks the 6th year of the Official Ice Cream of the Detroit Tigers. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rain Can’t Ruin a Holland #MittenTrip

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No matter how early I intend to leave Detroit, my trips to West Michigan always seem to have me on the road longer than anticipated. Regardless, the excitement over a #MittenTrip to Holland made the ride with my travel buddy worthwhile. Both of us had varied experiences in the lakeside town that concerned vacations during […]

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 […]

Holland Without a Passport? 3 Dutch-iest Things To Do in West Michigan

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When I was invited on a #MittenTrip to Holland, I had no idea what to expect. Now, a little personal history first: I’ve been to Holland a few times during the summer. For most of us who grew up in Michigan, a summer or five has been spent near the greatest lake of all (in my […]

5 Lake Michigan Beaches Worth Taking the Plunge

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Summer in “The Mitten” means people are flocking to the Great Lakes with a lot of them hitting up various Lake Michigan beaches and towns. On the west side of the state, Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Haven have many visitors going to the beaches and state parks close to town where their lighthouses are located. […]

Can’t Miss May Michigan Events

Capturing the Colorful Holland Tulips of Spring

Finally, May is here! It is a sign that summer is just around the corner. College kids are coming home and the boats are going in the water for the start of fishing season. With the rising temperatures, now is the perfect time to go outside and enjoy the blooming flowers. With Mother’s Day and […]

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 […]

Cozy Up with these 10 Craft Beers this Winter

As a resident of Beer City, it’s nearly impossible to go out and justify drinking $3 national brand pints when, for a dollar more, I can enjoy a delicious craft beer and get a buzz at the same time. I tried out three new breweries and scoured the menus of several of my all-time favorites in search […]

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 […]

Craft Distilling Boom Time: New Holland Artisan Spirits

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Part of what made my #MittenTrip to Grand Rapids so enjoyable was the brief roadtrip-within-a-roadtrip we took to one of my favorite places, New Holland Brewing’s Pub on 8th Street in Holland. In addition to enjoying beer, I have an affinity for certain spirits, so it was exciting to try some of what New Holland […]

Enjoying Coloring Books as a Grown-Up

Adult coloring– it’s a thing. CNN, Huffington Post, NBC, and many more national news conglomerates started 2015 by featuring adult coloring and its researched-based health benefits. While many studies have recently exposed the very real health benefits of coloring (decreased stress, increased coordination, better work performance, increased relaxation, and prettier refrigerators*), Abbey Johnston, founder of […]

Capturing the Colorful Holland Tulips of Spring

Capturing the Colorful Holland Tulips of Spring

Every spring, Holland celebrates the community’s rich Dutch heritage and culture with the Tulip Time Festival. The main attraction is the festival’s namesake: the millions of tulips you will find planted in and around town. Tulip Time is one week in early May every year, but you usually have a month-long window between mid-April and […]

Southerner Meets Michigan: The Ultimate Michigan Gift Guide

The Awesome Mitten-The Ultimate Michigan Gift Guide

Recently, I found myself in a predicament that I’ve become all too familiar with: the quest to find the perfect Michigan gift. With family members sprinkled between Ohio and Virginia, I’m always inspired to mail or hand-deliver something that’s unique to this area, yet still interesting to the person on the receiving end. Ideal products […]

Beginning With a Lighthouse: Lake Michigan Road Trip

The Awesome Mitten - Beginning a Lighthouse, Lake Michigan Road Trip

Are you looking for a scenic Michigan road trip that you can take no matter the season or weather conditions? Consider the lighthouses and the surrounding beaches, shoreline and small towns that dot the Lake Michigan coastline: sun, rain, ice, snow, wind – this Great Lakes coastline is always showing off its beauty. In December, […]

Holland is Going Green

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Considering its reputation has been built just as much upon large-scale production as agriculture, it’s no surprise that residents of Holland are beginning to partner a sharp business mind with an environmentalist’s heart. Local businesses like Green Transportation, Coppercraft Distillery, and Velo City Cycle are all taking steps to be more sustainable, including sponsoring the […]

West Michigan’s Best Beaches

The Awesome Mitten- West Michigan's Best Beaches

As residents of Michigan, we spent the better part of this past winter trekking through blizzards and sliding on icy roads but now that the summer sunshine has finally arrived, I think we all deserve a nice day at the beach! Our beautiful mitten is outlined by the sandy beaches of the Great Lakes and […]

Holland Street Performers Wow Crowds

Summer in Michigan means that weeknights are often just as exciting as the weekend. If you are looking for something to do on a Thursday night this summer, downtown Holland has one of the most unique events in the state. The Street Performance Series takes place every Thursday from 6:30-8:30, running June 12 to August […]