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 […]

7 Trails On Our Bicycling Bucket List

7 Trails On Our Bicycling Bucket List - The Awesome Mitten

May is National Bike Month and spring is in the air. What better time to dust off your two-wheeled companion for some sustainable and active fun?! As one of the most versatile forms of transportation and low impact exercise, biking offers something for everyone. Bicycling is great if you are looking to burn some calories or just […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kalamazoo History Puts Michigan On The Map

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Kalamazoo, the popular small town in the southwestern portion of the Awesome Mitten, is rich in culture, civil rights heritage and innovation. I spoke to several residents to gain a deeper appreciation, and Kalamazoo history is incredibly fascinating. Here 10 reasons why this small town should gain your intrigue as well. Titus Bronson and Kalamazoo […]

Dear Michigan: A Letter to Michigan in the Winter

The Awesome Mitten - A Letter to Michigan

Dear Michigan, It feels strange to be writing a letter to a state. You are the state that I call home. The state that when the glaciers clawed their way through, shaping the land in the way that best fit their movements, created the space for the five Great Lakes. You rested right in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Flying Through Aviation History At Air Zoo In Kalamazoo

Air Zoo in Kalamazoo

I am a museum nerd. I love museums, and I especially love the history of space exploration. So when I got the chance to visit the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo — a museum of aerospace and science that shares the history of invention, innovation, war and exploration through over 100 rare aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits — I knew this […]

15 Ways To Make The Most Of A Michigan Summer

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While some would argue a lack of salt water could make for a less stupendous summer, others would heartily disagree that Michigan’s Great Lakes are just that: great. I have a lot of love for Michigan, the Great Lakes, and what they have to offer the summer. To truly celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of […]

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 […]

Dare to Be Damn Handsome this Summer

In Michigan, where there’s craft beer, there’s usually a beard. And thanks to Damn Handsome Grooming Company, where there’s a beard, you’ll find beer — in soap, shampoo, beard oil, and other grooming products designed to enhance and care for the modern man. Using by-products from the craft brewing industry, husband-and-wife team Jarrett and Bridget […]

A Parade Of Patios: The Best Outdoor Bar Spots In Michigan

Michiganders know how to make the most of each of the four seasons, and in the summer that often means a lot of time outside. Thanks to the Great Lakes and a thriving craft brewing industry, this usually involves a trip to the beach with a beer in hand. We do eventually have to return to work and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Collect Moments, Not Things with AYYO Weekends

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“AYYO Weekends was founded on the belief that experiences are much better than things, and a deep desire to help people collect lasting memories.” Why waste your valuable time and energy planning only one big trip a year when you can be spending your countless free weekends vacationing carefree here in your home state? By […]

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 […]

Worlds Away At The Entertainment District – Kalamazoo #MittenTrip

Monaco Bay Piano Bar and Grill

Kalamazoo is considerably different from day to night, and there has seemingly always been quite a vibrant nightlife to enjoy. Since the city is a college town, thanks to Western Michigan University, there is already a distinct nightlife in Kalamazoo. However, The Entertainment District is changing how Kalamazoo’s nightlife is perceived, and it quickly became […]

Immersed in History at Gilmore Car Museum – Kalamazoo #MittenTrip

We certainly did save the best for last while visiting Kalamazoo for my #MittenTrip! Hidden in the countryside, right around the corner from Gull Lake and about twenty five minutes northeast of Kalamazoo, you’ll find Gilmore Car Museum. We didn’t really know what to expect before we arrived. I had heard good things about the museum, […]