Fort Mackinac: Michigan’s Former Gateway

I have lived all of my life in Michigan but never made it to Mackinac Island until my twenties. As a kid, we spent every summer camping in Northern Michigan. However, paying to take the ferry with six kids was never quite in my parent’s budget. It might have also been the constant energy my […]

Mission Point Resort: Bliss On Mackinac Island

Mission Point Resort: Pure Bliss On Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is well-known for being one of Michigan’s finer gems. However, it can be difficult to decide where to stay and what to do when coming to the Island. Fortunately, there is one resort that takes care of all your wants and needs. Mission Point Resort is located on the ‘sunrise’ side of Mackinac […]

Island Hopping With Great Lakes Air

When was the last time you took a private flight? Never? Well, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula you can book a seat on a small aircraft and take an incredible ride to one of Michigan’s many islands. Great Lakes Air in St. Ignace has been providing services for almost thirty years. They offer a variety flight […]

5 Spectacular Places To Watch Michigan Sunsets

  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, […]

Bicycles And Tweed: The Perfect Combination

Bicycles And Tweed: The Perfect Combination - The Awesome Mitten

May is National Bike Month and there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate. However, The Awesome Mitten knows of the best way to enjoy this month. Read on to find out details regarding Mission Point Resort‘s Second Annual Tweed Ride. (Yes, you read that correctly, Tweed.) The stunning Mission Point Resort is located on […]

An Ode To The Mitten

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 We sing praise to the freckled fossils found scattered along shorelines, more commonly called Petoskey Stones. Our toes dip into   the surge of frosty freshwater from the Great Lakes, what were once in a frozen glacial state, now hold the homes of plenty of plants, and special species of fish. Ice cold Oberon in […]

Michigan Events to Welcome in the Fall this September

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring into the Michigander Lifestyle: 30 Reasons to Visit the Mitten

Torch Lake

Spring is in the air, and we are able to get outdoors and enjoy the sights, smells, and air. Looking for something special to do? Why not spend it in Michigan to explore our great state? The diverse landscape, history, and culture of our awesome Mitten are so unique that we’d like to take time to […]

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 […]

A First-Timer’s Look at Bell’s Bayview to Mackinac Yacht Race

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When I was invited back in October 2014 to cover the Bell’s Bayview to Mackinac Yacht Race, it was an honor to accept. Having minimal experience with sailing or sailboat racing (even as a spectator), I thought it was an exciting opportunity to learn about something new that has a long-standing history in Michigan. To […]

Small, But Mighty: Mackinac Island Is An Adventure

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You know what is worse than a Monday? A Monday after a weekend on Mackinac Island. This week is going to be a struggle, I can feel it. With a majority of the island closed during the winter months, as soon as summer hits thousands of vacationers flock to the island for a day, a week, […]

Letter from the Editor: Leaving the Terrible Twos Behind

Letter from the Editor June 2014- The Awesome Mitten

Michigangsters, We did it! On June 6th, this publication will turn three. Our second year was full of highs, lows, transitions, and excitement, but we’re toddling along into this next year with full force. I am currently sitting at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, feeling overwhelmed and inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference. More […]

Grandma’s Fantasy Fudge

As I get older, I become increasingly more aware that life is simply too short. I constantly remind myself to live in the present and soak up as much time with loved ones as sanely possible. To say I’ve learned a lot from the people in my life would be a huge understatement, but I […]

4th of July, Mitten Style

Summertime in Michigan is essentially one long, awesome outdoor soiree. From time on the lakes, to time in the park, to time spent anywhere in the mitten, Michigan is the tops when it comes to summer fun. The 4th of July is no different. Across the state, Michiganders will be celebrating Independence Day, the most […]

Michigan Fudge!

It’s almost impossible to say the words “Mackinac Island” without tagging “fudge” on the end. And despite the fact that the awesome treat has become synonymous with its island namesake, it was not invented there. However, the Mackinac Island fudge we all know and love – it’s crazy delicious – is available pretty much everywhere […]

Top Ten Most Haunted Places In Michigan

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A dirt path leads to a cemetery, covered with fallen branches and hung with cobwebs; a strange fog closes in while bats screech overhead; the howls of a black cat echo through the night as the sun sets on the Haunted Mitten. With Halloween approaching, Michiganders are searching for places to scare themselves silly, so […]

Castle Rock

We have all heard of the legendary giant American logger, Paul Bunyan. If you haven’t, you should have someone fill you in, since Paul is the one who dug Lake Michigan as a drinking hole for his giant ox, Babe. If you feel particularly inclined to pay Paul and Babe homage, as gratitude for such […]

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is home to the second oldest national park and the only state highway to not allow motor vehicles. With a rich history, Mackinac offers wide variety of attractions. It is especially known for when the British captured Fort Mackinac on July 17 during the War of 1812. This year marks the bicentennial of […]

Favorite Outdoor Places In Michigan – Moosejaw

Last week we did a fun little contest with Moosejaw where we asked you to tell us your favorite outdoor spot in Michigan. Below are some of your entries! “My favorite spot is sitting at the top of the log slide in Grand Marias looking right toward the pictured rocks lake shore, left toward the […]

Day 68: The Pink Pony

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Why this is awesome: The Pink Pony’s irresistible environment is filled with non-stop entertainment and infamous spirits to ensure that you have the time of your life on Mackinac Island.[/box] Everybody loves a hot tub, right? Well how about a hot tub large enough to fit twenty five people that‘s on an outdoor […]

Day 47: Yacht Races

Lots and lots of yachts! The Chicago to Mackinac Yacht race is one of the most thrilling events in Michigan.  A couple thousand sailors from around the world all gather in Chicago with their sailing yachts to participate in the world’s oldest annual freshwater distance race.  Hundreds of sailboats set off on a journey from […]

Day 19: Fireworks Guide

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We’ve updated our article to reflect 2016’s dates. Fire up for some awesome fireworks this summer! Check out what your region has to offer for decorations in the sky and don’t forget a blanket and a sweatshirt! Lansing When: July 4, 2016 at 10pm Where: Riverfront Park More Information Here! Detroit When: June 27, 2016 Where: […]