DIY Holiday Gifts for Every Michigander

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Holiday shopping is in full swing and if you are still searching for the perfect gift for someone special, perhaps you should consider a homemade gift! Below are six DIY holiday gifts perfect for your favorite Michigander: Chalkboard Party Tray Fitting for the party-planners and Michigan-wine lovers in your life: This gift can be used […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Gets Even Bigger In Auburn Hills

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Following the success of the Shelby Township location (opened in December 2012) and the Royal Oak location (opened in December 2014), Michigan By The Bottle Tasing Room expanded once again with a new location in Auburn Hills. This location, opened July 9th, is the largest to date, and the first with outdoor seating. Though growing in size, Michigan […]

A #MittenTrip to Escanaba: Paradise in the UP

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is best known for the large number of year-round outdoor activities it offers. My #MittenTrip to Escanaba encompassed the best of the best when it comes to summertime in the UP. I spent my weekend on beaches, in the water, and drinking great local brews on patios; read on to discover which part […]

Hooked on Huron Room

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Over the past couple of years, Detroit’s restaurants have slowly been making a name in the culinary industry with new restaurants opening one after another. The media has been talking about the city and likening it to a food mecca. While most new eateries are geared toward Downtown, Jacques Driscoll, owner of Green Dot Stables […]

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a True Art Experience

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a True Art Experience - Awesome Mitten

It’s already June! Our persnickety Mitten’s weather is finally starting to stabilize: the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the trees are lush with bright green foliage. It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer! Nothing says “summer” in Michigan quite like any one of our awesome festivals. What better venue for enjoying our amazing Michigan […]

Celebrate Michigan Wine and Beer at Michigan International Speedway, May 9th

Michigan Wine & Beer Fest Beer Pour

Local Michigan-made beverages are a point a pride for us Michiganders. We love our Michigan craft beer and wine, and we take every opportunity to celebrate it. Michigan Wine & Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson, May 9th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI, provides another great opportunity to celebrate. Tickets are $30 and […]

A Michigan Thanksgiving Celebration

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Celebrate the Mitten this Thanksgiving with a hearty Michigan meal. Here are some ideas to get you started: Turkey: The main dish! Tom Otto’s Turkey Farm in Middleville is estimated to process over 12,000 turkeys this year. Visit them the week before Thanksgiving to get your bird. Another option is to check out Michigan Turkey Producers, a […]

Exploring Southwest Michigan Wine Country

Exploring Southwest Michigan Wine Country - Awesome Mitten

Many people think you have to go to Napa Valley in California or France’s many wine trails to find spectacular wine country. However, the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail in Southwest Michigan offers ideal land for growing wine. The wind currents coming off of Lake Michigan moderate the climate in the region, creating an ideal […]

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 […]

Michigan Made Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

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  Wine is a great gift for every occasion, and Christmas is certainly no exception! We’ve asked Cortney Casey of Michigan By The Bottle and Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room to share with us some Michigan wine gift ideas for the wine lover on your list. Dessert wine When the weather’s frightful, nothing warms the […]

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 […]

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

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Winery & Tasting Room Open year round 4724 Walz Road Jackson, Mich. 49201 517.764.0679 Dexter Tasting Room Open from late Aug. to mid Nov. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 12 to 5 p.m. 3685 Central Dexter, Mich. 48130 734.424.2760 Website Facebook Twitter I had the pleasure of sitting down with Holly Balansag, […]

Day 24: Drink for a Cause

[box size=”large” border=”full”]Why it’s awesome: A room full of lively entertainment, drinks and great food. By supporting Drink Michigan, you are supporting the beautiful state of Michigan as well![/box] Enjoy great beverages, good company, live entertainment and supporting Michigan made products?  Well we sure do have an event for you! Drink Michigan first stared in […]