5 Incredible Upper Peninsula Trails For Every Hiker

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The best hikes in the region call Michigan’s Upper Peninsula home, with impressive trails, breathtaking views — and sometimes challenging terrain. So how you do you experience these stunning trips if you’re not the most skilled hiker? Or how do you turn an average trail into a challenge if you’re already a pro? We’ve collected […]

Winter Camping in the UP

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This post was originally published on December 18th, 2012. It was originally written by Claire Moore, but has been updated by Vaughn Springer. Most Michiganders have acclimated to the occasionally extreme weather of Michigan’s winters. We’ve evolved into a resilient, adaptive species with an ever-growing taste for experimental outdoor recreation.  Winter camping has become a […]

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 […]

The Coolest Abandoned Places In Michigan

There’s something eerily magnetic about an abandoned place. Questions begging to be asked about what the destination used to be like in its prime, and what led to its current dismal state. Scattered throughout Michigan are creepy and fascinating abandoned places, providing a look into the mitten’s varied past. Most of these destinations are now […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Why Lake Superior Is The Best Great Lake

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My great grandma used to say there are many good lakes, but only one great lake–and it’s no surprise which one she thought was superior. Lakes Ontario and Erie are nice but not really part of our Michigan culture. Meanwhile, Huron is admirable but doesn’t offer as much in size and water quality. Lake Michigan […]

The Ultimate Upper Peninsula Road Trip Guide

Ultimate Guide to Roadtripping the UP

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is like no other place on earth. Sandwiched between three of the greatest lakes in the world, it’s filled with peaceful forests, magnificent waterfalls, ancient rock formations, quiet and cozy towns, and miles and miles of shoreline — making it the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind road trip. Before you get started […]

The Best Donuts Across The State Of Michigan

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June 2nd is National Donut Day and there’s not a food that’s more deserving of its own day. While donuts are technically a breakfast treat, we all know that eating one at any point during the day is completely acceptable. And even if it’s not, that’s not going to stop us. We love donuts here. […]

Natural Beauty And Winter Fun Abound In Munising

It may seem like spring in parts of the Mitten State, but it’s still winter in Munising! Located in the central Upper Peninsula, this area boasts tons of natural wonders and outdoor activities. Plus, the snow usually sticks around through March! It is the perfect place to extend a beautiful Michigan winter.  Interested in planning a […]

Guide to Holiday Light Displays Around the Mitten

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When the holidays near, The Mitten lights up in celebration. Colorful light displays can be found everywhere from zoos to private residences, making for plenty of places to spend an evening in preparation for the holiday season. Pay a visit to some of Michigan’s brightest attractions this December with holiday light displays around The Mitten! Christmas […]

Beat the Snow: Last Minute Hikes Before Winter in Michigan

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  The weather changes are becoming more and more prevalent, which means that soon “The Mitten” will be covered with a white blanket of crystalized snow. However, all is not lost because there is time before that happens to get out and enjoy the last few weeks of hiking without breaking out your mittens, boots, […]

Michigan Bucket List: Best Stops On A Winter UP Road Trip

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Originally published February 25th, 2015. With bitter cold and whipping winds, sometimes it seems like a winter road trip is impossible in Michigan – especially in the Upper Peninsula. However, winter is actually the perfect time to go explore something out of the ordinary. If you’re not sure where to start, no worries! Here is a guide to […]

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 […]

Awesome Michigan Events in July

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With Michigan summer is in full swing, and the temperatures on the rise, the Mitten State is bustling with festivals, fairs, and plenty of fireworks. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Independence Day, or you’d like to just get the whole family out in the sun while it lasts, these are the top July events to attend […]

Cozy Up with these 10 Craft Beers this Winter

As a resident of Beer City, it’s nearly impossible to go out and justify drinking $3 national brand pints when, for a dollar more, I can enjoy a delicious craft beer and get a buzz at the same time. I tried out three new breweries and scoured the menus of several of my all-time favorites in search […]

Top 15 Awesome Mitten Articles of 2015

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Happy New Year! Throughout 2015, The Awesome Mitten continued to explore the many hidden gems of this beautiful state and began to venture out on numerous #MittenTrips to capture the essence that makes Michigan towns unforgettable. As always, we’ve had a blast bringing you all the awesomeness this state has to offer. Thank YOU to […]

Never Too Much Beer In Marquette

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While I wouldn’t consider myself a craft brewery connoisseur, I certainly do enjoy a nice microbrew. As I researched restaurants and places to visit in Marquette for my #MittenTrip, Ore Dock Brewery and Blackrocks Brewery were two that kept popping up. After taking in the simultaneously massive and hauntingly eerie remains of the Lower Harbor […]

Outside In Marquette, Icy Plunges And Beautiful Sunsets

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One of the main draws that led me to choosing Marquette for my #MittenTrip was the opportunity to be surrounded by a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities. I knew of the man-made sights that the city boasted, like the Lower Harbor Ore Docks and the Superior Dome on Northern Michigan’s campus, but I personally wanted […]

A #MittenTrip Guide To The City On The Bay: Marquette

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I never considered myself a stranger to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I’ve taken in the falls at Taqhuamenon Falls, hiked along the rocks at Pictured Rocks, and made designated pasty runs across the Mighty Mac to St. Ignace. However, Marquette was the one city in particular that I never had the opportunity to explore. When Awesome […]

Marquette’s 56th Annual Art on the Rocks

Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park will once again be hosting the annual Art on the Rocks arts and crafts festival on July 26th and 27th. In its 56th year, the fair will be showcasing more than 175 nationally renowned artists and estimated to draw crowds of over 10,000! The first show was held in 1958, originally […]

Redo: View & Brew, a Combination for Charity Success!

Redo: View & Brew was held on June 14 at Ore Dock Brewing Company where artists were asked to transform broken, old, boring, and/or generally unusable furniture into functional and aesthetically pleasing pieces of art.  North Coast Collective coordinated the event to benefit the Marquette Habitat for Humanity. Upon the $10 donation entrance fee, attendees of the event received one drink ticket, […]

Grab lunch At The Sweetwater Cafe in Marquette!

A complaint I hear often in the Upper Peninsula is that we have a lack of variety in our food choices. I’m here to tell you that while we do not have the variety that Chicago or Detroit may have, we do have choices! And at Sweetwater Café in downtown Marquette, we have many deliciously […]

Letter from the Editor: Endless Winter

Dearest Michiganders, A word to the wise: the best way to shake these endless winter blues is to sweat. A lot. I’ve been up in the gym just workin’ on my fitness this month, folks, and I must say that it’s working wonders for my mood. It helps me smile through all the grayness and […]

Marquette’s Downtown Showdown Rail Jam Competition

The second annual Downtown Showdown is taking place Saturday, February 15th. I caught up with Alison Silk, Marketing and Public Relations Director, for Travel Marquette Michigan to get the details on this awesome event. I’ll be there, and after seeing some photos and video from last year, I’m really looking forward to it! Could you […]