The Riverside Inn Celebrates 20 Years

Riverside Inn Celebrates 20 Years - The Awesome Mitten

Leland is well-known throughout Michigan for its famous Fishtown. Equally as stunning is the area of Leland just across M22 and up the road from Fishtown. Restaurants, wineries, the Leland River, and lodging awaits just steps from M22. One of the most beautiful parts of this area of Leland is The Riverside Inn. This historic […]

The Best Places To Score A Deal In Leelanau County

The Best Places In Leelanau County To Score A Deal - The Awesome Mitten

Leelanau County is well-known in our state for its beautiful landscape, sugar-sand beaches, and unlimited wineries. However, Leelanau County can also be known for high-end restaurants and expensive establishments. Fortunately, you’ve got a local here who loves a good deal. Read on to find out which establishments are my favorites to eat and drink in each […]

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 […]

6 Great Hikes For The Whole Family In The Traverse City Region

Veronica Valley Park

Northern Michigan offers some of the best trails and most beautiful, scenic vistas anywhere in the country. There’s no better place than the Traverse City region to experience the majesty of a rigorous Michigan hike. Meadows, forests, and sand dunes all make this area unique. Looking to take in the great outdoors on your next […]

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 […]

Stellar Views Near Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

If you’ve been to Leelanau County in Northern Michigan and haven’t taken in one of its majestic views, you’re doing it wrong. Do yourself a favor and get to the nearest bluff, overlook, dune, or beach along the crystal blue Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Before you look west, though, prepare to pinch yourself. 1. Sleeping […]

Michigan June Events Perfect For Kicking Off The Summer

Awesome Michigan June Events - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

Survivor in Michigan: North Manitou Island

North Manitou - The Awesome Mitten

I am not what most people would consider outdoorsy. I can’t start a fire without a gallon of lighter fluid and have a great fondness for indoor plumbing. But, three years after my first ever camping trip, I recently found myself with 25 pounds of gear strapped to my back and aboard a ferry to […]

Fishtown: Small-Town Michigan at its Finest

Fishtown - #MittenTrip - Leland -The Awesome Mitten

I have always found the Pure Michigan radio spiels to be smooth and enticing, but I never really took them as reality. I don’t even know if there is a spiel for Leland – if there isn’t there should be if for no other reason than to highlight Fishtown. When I told people I was […]

Good Food, Great People, Beautiful Views: Leland

Weekend road trips are some of my all-time favorite trips to take. They’re generally affordable and force you to explore within a three-hour radius of home, which is something we don’t do nearly enough. One of the challenges that is a side-effect of a weekend trip is finding the balance between making the most of the […]

Michigan Fireworks for July 4th

Michigan Fireworks for July 4th - Awesome Mitten

Although I haven’t seen many fireworks shows around the United States besides those in Michigan, I think we can all agree that no one lights up the night like Mitten communities.  As the 4th of July approaches and the festivities of summer really get under way, make sure you cross “See Fireworks” off of your bucket […]

The Village Cheese Shanty

The Awesome Mitten-The Village Cheese Shanty

There sits a small shack in the heart of Leland’s historic Fishtown. Nothing special outside sets the shack apart from the fishing shanties surrounding it, except for a green sign over the front door that reads “Cheese” in all capital, golden letters. Inside this unassuming, little building are some of the best sandwiches in Michigan. […]