Tantalizing Tacos From A Roadside Stand In Northern Michigan

Traverse City is a foodie’s delight. This is no secret, as Traverse City’s food scene continues to earn national accolades as a dining destination. Recognition comes from Condé Nast Traveler as an “Up-and-Coming Food City” and Zagat as one of “6 Hot U.S. Food Destinations to Visit This Summer.” Traverse City has many world-class, farm-to-table […]

Your Guide To Enjoying Traverse City’s Cherry Blossoms

May is cherry blossom time in the Traverse City region! The soft pink and white Traverse City cherry blossoms provide a striking contrast to the rich, green, rolling fields. These meadows anchor the cherry orchards across the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Old Mission Peninsula’s Blossoms The best way to see the cherry blossoms on […]

Four Traverse City Distilleries You Need To Visit

4 Traverse City Distilleries You Need to Visit - The Awesome Mitten

The Traverse City region offers a spoil of riches for lovers of food and drink. It’s a must-taste destination for foodies craving fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. These local indulgences are served at four-star restaurants and out of funky food trucks. This area is heralded for its abundance of amazing breweries and wineries. It’s increasingly becoming known for the excellent […]

Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines

True Michiganders are four-seasons enthusiasts. Wine tasting is most commonly known to be a summer activity, however, it is an awesome experience in the winter. Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay hosts an event called Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines. This adventurous event is great to get you outside in the winter with the promise of […]

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

September Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

The Good Neighbor Experience

There really is a great deal to love about the Mitten State, and I think that the popularity of the Leelanau Peninsula is due in large part to the presence of so many of those things that we love about Michigan as a whole: the serenity of nature juxtaposed with bustling small towns. Breathtaking beauty […]

How to put a Local Twist on a Tourist Attraction: Wine Tasting Edition

Living in Northern Michigan means wine tasting is a regular occurrence. There are eight magnificent wineries on Old Mission Peninsula and 25 on Leelanau Peninsula with more cropping up all the time. That is 33 different wineries to choose from, all of which offer unique tastes on what makes northern Michigan wine great. The season of […]

One Weekend: Three Toast-Worthy Events

Put on your drinking caps, friends! Northern Michigan has three (yes, THREE) amazing events taking place in one fabulous weekend. If you plan everything out perfectly, you can attend all three of these sensational drinking affairs. Collaboration Day, Right Brain Brewery – February 7th Awesome Mitten readers are well versed in the deliciousness that Right […]

Longview Winery and Vineyard

“My wife said ‘buy me a winery in Leelanau County,’ so I bought her a winery in Leelanau County!” exclaimed the eccentric Alan Eaker to a room full of happy tasters. There is no doubt that the Northern Michigan wine industry is booming, and the owners of Longview Winery and Vineyard are excited to be part […]

The Festival of the Summer: Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Summertime in Traverse City–is there anything better? Add 150 different wines, live music, delicious food, and beautiful art? I think that’s called heaven, my friends. The 2014 Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will take place on Saturday, June 21 and will feature the best wine, music, food, and art the Mitten has to offer. Now […]

The Leelanau Peninsula Winery That Will Make You LOVE Wine

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I have to admit something. Wine scares me. Between the convoluted French and German names and the many different levels of dryness or fruitiness, it’s difficult to remember which ones were pleasing and which ones made my lips pucker and eyes water. I do remember that Cabernet Sauvignon feels like a big chunk of driftwood […]

Alex’s Top 10 – April Edition

It’s that time again, time for another Top 10 list from yours truly! As usual, the list is a hodgepodge of things from around our great state I’ve found over the past month that I think you will enjoy. Like my February Top 10, there is a giveaway hidden somewhere in this list (yes, it’s […]