9 Theaters To See A Movie For $6 Or Less

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Many of us are on a budget but also like supporting local businesses. You’re in luck! Check out the following nine movie theaters that offer tickets to popular movies for less than $6 each. Cedar Street Cinema | Manistique | $5 Matinees Whether you live around Manistique or you’re just visiting, a matinee at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

michigan charm bracelet

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 […]

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 […]

Discovering a Pinterest Paradise on the Jackson #MittenTrip

Angie's Attic Sign

Of the many great stops on my Jackson #MittenTrip, my favorite was Angie’s Attic, a vintage, artisan, consignment shop that opened in 2013. I’ve heard the store aptly described as a Pinterest paradise. “This shop does not like to put all their eggs in one basket either,” says General Manager Monica Wheeler. Everywhere you look was something […]

Food, Wine and Adventure in Mid-Michigan – Jackson #MittenTrip

Art of the Brick at Ella Sharp Museum

I have much love and pride for my hometown, Jackson, Michigan. When I tell people I am from Jackson, they’re usually familiar with one of three things: The Parlour (too cold for ice cream), The Cascade Falls (not open until Memorial Day) or the prison. While the prison has historically been a sore spot for […]

How to Enjoy Nite Lites Jackson

Nite Lites Jackson

A big part of the holidays for me are the Christmas lights. Even though my family was never the biggest of decorators, I love to drive around the neighborhoods that always took it to the next level. I remember piling into the minivan to drive through the Nite Lites at the Jackson County Fairgrounds; at […]

Making the Most of Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City

Making the Most of Lansing's Silver Bells in the City - Awesome Mitten

The 31st Annual Silver Bells in the City festival in Lansing is this Friday, November 20, from 5 PM – 9 PM. This event is held the Friday before Thanksgiving each year. Over 80,000 people come to the city to enjoy an electric light parade, music and dance performances, holiday shopping, the lighting of the […]

A Guide to Color Tours Around Mid-Michigan

The John Hannah statue at MSU, behind trees with gradient colored leaves from red to orange to yellow to green

Fall: It’s that time of year when thousands of people head to Northern Michigan for color tours and autumn vacation fun. But did you know that you can get all the joy of an “Up North” vacation while hanging out in Mid-Michigan? Here are a few stops you might consider for your own autumn staycation […]

How to Experience Jackson’s Automotive History

Today, Jackson has approximately 350 manufacturing firms, 60 percent of which sell to the automotive market. But did you know that Jackson once made entire cars? Jackson was home to 23 car manufacturers from 1901 to 1954, the first being the Jaxon car made from 1901 to 1903. For a recent tour with the MotorCities […]

Tour the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail

Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery

Michigan wine touring is an adventure that can comprise a whole weekend of wine, food and beautiful vistas. Although Michigan’s pinky may be known for these, you may not realize there is a great wine trail in southeast Michigan worth visiting. The Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail includes eight wineries, stretching from Adrian to Haslett. Touring this […]

11 Ways To Enjoy Greater Lansing During Your Next Friends Or Couples Getaway

The Awesome Mitten-11 Ways To Enjoy Greater Lansing During Your Next Friends Or Couples Getaway

Whether you’re ready for time off with friends or planning the perfect getaway with your better half, Lansing serves up countless options for casual, formal, or in-between occasions. Ready to discover all the capital city has to offer? Make time for these suggestions and enjoy a memorable experience with your favorite travel companions! Go Shopping […]

12 Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy In Lansing

The Awesome Mitten-12 Family-Friendly Activities To Enjoy In Lansing

When it comes to planning an outing the whole family will enjoy, Lansing offers a unique variety of activities to entertain both kids and adults. Located within 90 minutes of 90 percent of the state’s population, Lansing is just a short drive away for most Michiganders, and the perfect spot for a day trip or […]

Exploring Jackson’s Falling Waters Trail

South Half of Lime Lake along the Falling Waters Trail | Photo Courtesy of Experience Jackson

As Michiganders, we value our warm summer days. Like cooped hens with cabin fever, we escape to the outdoors every chance we get. As many of us look to get in shape this summer, the great outdoors offer the perfect opportunity to get moving. Walking trails provide an easy, no-training-needed workout. The trail system in […]

The Cascade Falls: Jackson’s Musical Fountain

The Cascades Jackson Michigan

Every town wants to be known for something great. Traverse City has the cherry, Holland has the tulip and Detroit had Motown. When I tell someone I’m from Jackson I get one of three things: the prison, the ice cream Parlour (whose behemoth 21 scoop ‘Dare To Be Great’ challenge is legendary) or The Cascade Falls. […]

Lansing Hot Spots Square Off in Top of The Town Awards

Every summer I wait with bated breath for the Top of The Town Awards to be announced by Lansing’s City Pulse, and the waiting for 2015 has finally paid off! Through months of voting, Capital area residents are invited to call out their favorite coffee shops, hangouts, restaurants, hangouts, and Lansing celebrities. There are local businesses that […]

Celebrate Michigan Wine and Beer at Michigan International Speedway, May 9th

Michigan Wine & Beer Fest Beer Pour

Local Michigan-made beverages are a point a pride for us Michiganders. We love our Michigan craft beer and wine, and we take every opportunity to celebrate it. Michigan Wine & Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson, May 9th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI, provides another great opportunity to celebrate. Tickets are $30 and […]

Fresh Thyme Opens in East Lansing

A fresh, new, organic market is planting roots in the Midwest with 27 locations cropping up in the past year throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, and our favorite, Michigan! The newest market opened to great community fanfare yesterday in the Trowbridge Plaza in East Lansing. Fresh Thyme markets aim to combine the relaxed feel […]

How Prison History Shaped Jackson, Michigan and the World

Cell Block 7 Prison Museum

The history of Michigan’s First State Prison is closely tied to Jackson’s history. With much chagrin, Jacksonians tell the story that when offered the choice between a prison and a university, we chose the prison. Putting the decision into context of 1838 and the Industrial Revolution, a prison provided something much more valuable, cheap labor in our […]

A Unique Pizzeria opens in Old Town, The Cosmos!

I first fell in love with Zoobie’s on a quiet, hot August day in Old Town when my friends and I were in search of cold, craft beer. Not only did we find exactly what we were looking for, we found so much more. The space is upbeat, a retro vibe, and has a drink list approximately […]

Save the Date for Jackson’s Best Festivals of 2015

How Bazaar Jackson Taste of Jackson

To state the obvious, it’s cold outside in Michigan. To fight the mad case of cabin fever I have, I’ve decided to start dreaming of the summer and for me summer means festivals. I plan my summer around the festivals. They are my favorite part of the summer: deep fried candy bars, live music, and […]

Top Five Tips to Find a Wedding Venue in Jackson

‘Tis the season for popping the big question, with 16 percent of all proposals happening in December, some of you Michiganders may be filling up your Pinterest boards with wedding dresses and peony bouquets in the coming months. Experience Jackson has a great Pinterest board to follow too:  Weddings Venues in Jackson, MI. Although your […]

Pop In to a Pop Up Art Gallery in Jackson

Original art makes for a unique personal gift that could become a treasured piece that lasts a lifetime. Pop-up art galleries are a win-win for the community, too. This holiday season they’re bringing people to Downtown Jackson. Now more than ever, shopping local is important for Jackson,  as we build a new and vibrant downtown district. […]

A Whale with Wings

  In 2012, Quincy Gow, originally from Lansing, was living in New York and working on various films and television shows when he found out his childhood friend, Eddie Lahti, was diagnosed with NET cancer. He was in such shock that he started to re-evaluate his career and life in New York. With his mother’s […]