13 Michigan Chocolates You Need To Try

The Awesome Mitten 13 Cupcakes You Need to Try in MI List was a big hit. We thought we should continue the confectionery crawl onto the holy grail of desserts: chocolate. We’re here to share with you the best places to get your chocolate fix in Michigan. Whether you’ve got allergies to nuts, soy, dairy, wheat, […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins the […]

10 Reasons Ludington Is One Of Michigan’s Best Beach Towns

As one of West Michigan’s top summer destinations, Ludington is a fantastic place to enjoy a multitude of activities. Relaxing beaches, tours, shopping, unique dining, and so much more make this town ideal.  There’s no shortage of great options for a fun-filled road trip to this beautiful beach town. The Downtown Ludington’s thriving downtown area […]

6 Amazing Northwestern Michigan Hikes

Articles promoting hiking for overall health and well-being have been popping up on social media for several months.  According to experts, hiking can actually rewire our brains and help combat stress. Plus, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state. There is no better place to take a hike than Northwestern […]

5 Spectacular Places To Watch A Michigan Sunset

  I’ve watched sunsets from the shores of Greece, tundra of Norway, and beaches of Australia. Although sunsets in those places are beautiful, they pale in comparison to a Michigan sunset. I’ve sat in awe many times watching the sunset along Lake Michigan. There’s something about watching the clouds light up in shades of pink, […]

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 […]

The 11 Most Instagrammable Street Art Pieces in Michigan

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Michigan may be more known for its natural beauty, but it also has its own array of incredible street art and murals created by local artists and painters. Some works are fully planned out murals while others are unique and traditional graffiti writing. Street art is igniting a spirit of creativity and adding color to Michigan’s cities. […]

10 More Must-Visit Michigan Gluten-Free Restaurants

Last year I wrote about some of the best Michigan gluten-free restaurants across the state, so naturally it is time for a 2016 edition! Finding a restaurant that truly understands the care that’s needed to prepare a safe, gluten-free meal is no small feat. The first two restaurants below prepare meals in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, while […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ludington Love: The Winter Brrrew Fest

Ludington is a city of small status that’s capable of throwing big parties, and the end-of-January annual Brrrew Fest was no exception. I’d never been to a beer festival before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. If I had to sum the event up in one word, it would be: one giant, alcohol-powered meet-and-greet. […]

Ludington Is More Than Just A Beachtown On This #MittenTrip

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Michiganders and visitors alike are all too aware of how great West Michigan is to visit in the summer. Long, luxurious days at Lake Michigan’s lengthy beaches, or exploring dunes and hiking trails, are just a couple things that make Michigan great in the summer. That’s not all the state has to offer though! On […]

House of Flavors Is A Mandatory Ludington #MittenTrip Stop

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For anyone who has ever asked what to do Ludington, I’m positive House of Flavors has been mentioned and likely revered. I was one of the lucky ones that traveled to the quaint town with someone who had not only lived there for a lot of his life, but he was also a previous HoF server. This […]

History And Exploring: A #MittenTrip In Ludington

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With all of my responsibilities in Detroit, traveling beyond Southeast Michigan in the fall can be tough. However, since I am a “Northern Michigan Girl” at heart, it was a priority to me to do some exploring this fall. When the opportunity to go to Ludington on a #MittenTrip came up, I jumped at the chance to explore an […]

#MittenTrip Round Two: Fall Michigan Roadtrip

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The Awesome Mitten is very proud and excited to present our second #MittenTrip campaign! Starting on October 2nd, we will be exploring six cities in Michigan throughout the month of October and into November: Munising (October 2nd-4th) Alpena (October 9th-11th) Harbor Springs (October 16th-18th) Ludington (October 23rd-25th) Kalamazoo (October 30- November 1st) Ypsilanti (November 6th-8th) […]

A Summer Lake Michigan Road Trip, Ludington To Frankfort

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Do thoughts of countless beaches, rolling sand dunes, picturesque lighthouses, undisturbed parks, and nature preserves, all along turquoise water get you excited? If so, then consider the Northern Michigan trek from Frankfort to Ludington where hopping from one resort town to the next on this road trip made me forget about the day-to-day. I just […]

Bortell’s: West Michigan’s Roadside Fish Fry

Bortell's Fish Fry perch dinner. Photo courtesy of Tim Chilcote

Across from a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, on South Lakeshore Drive between Pentwater and Ludington, there’s a battered wooden sign—it reads simply, FISH. When summer arrives in Michigan, head for this roadside marker. Thirty yards north of the fish sign is Bortell’s Fisheries, a square cinder block building that’s home to West Michigan’s best seafood. […]

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 […]

Ludington State Park

8800 W. M-116 Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 843-2423 Website Twitter Ludington State Park is one of the largest and most-visited state parks in Michigan.  I had a chance to chat with Jim Gallie, the park director, about what makes the park’s beaches so special. Q: How many visit the beach in the summer? A: The […]