4 Michigan Drives To Make The Most Of Fall

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We may hate to admit it, but summer is winding down. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season, my mother is already talking about Halloween, and I just pulled out my first flannel shirt. The realities are settling in that fall is here. Although summer is when we usually spend the most time on the […]

How To Make the Most Of A Michigan Winter

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This post was originally published on December 27th. 2016. When the snow begins falling and the temperatures drop, it’s easy to find ourselves spending most of the short winter days indoors with a pair of fuzzy socks. However, instead of giving up, packing it in, and silently binge-watching online TV until the first flowers bloom in […]

Most Instagrammable Spots In Michigan

Michigan is definitely one of the most beautiful states in America, maybe even one of the most beautiful spots in the world — Just look at our Instagram and you’ll see our many posts from around the state. Our not-so-little Mitten is truly a national treasure. From National Forests to miles of coastline, every region […]

9 Theaters To See A Movie For $6 Or Less

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Many of us are on a budget but also like supporting local businesses. You’re in luck! Check out the following nine movie theaters that offer tickets to popular movies for less than $6 each. Cedar Street Cinema | Manistique | $5 Matinees Whether you live around Manistique or you’re just visiting, a matinee at the […]

7 Stories Of Unusual Michigan City Names

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Have you ever wondered where some of Michigan’s weirdest names originated from? Using Walter Romig’s Michigan Place Names and the power of internet research, I learned seven fascinating stories. Bad Axe (Huron County) Located in the thumb, Bad Axe is a small town of about 3000 people. The name “Bad Axe” stems from Captain Rudolph […]

Geocaching 101: A Michigan Guide

  The term Geocaching may not be in your vocabulary. Is it a term that interests you? What if I told you there were hundreds, maybe thousands, of small treasures hiding all around you, wherever you go? What is Geocaching? Geocaching is a worldwide game where people hide logbooks, containers, and sometimes goodies in locations all around […]

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 […]

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

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Are you looking for some activities to keep you busy in August? Check out this list of events! Lunch in Lavendar – Every Wednesday – Boyne City Every Wednesday throughout the month of August Lavender Hill Farm is giving you the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer. For just $20 you are provided […]

4 Metro Detroit Downtowns You Should Explore

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Metro Detroit is overflowing with vibrant towns. Over the years, I’ve frequently visited Royal Oak and Birmingham. However, I wanted to discover other downtowns in my Metro Detroit community. Below, find four additional downtowns that are certainly worth a visit. Berkley Berkley’s downtown is a bit smaller than some other Metro Detroit communities. However, the […]

14 Reasons To Visit Michigan’s Adventure This Summer

Did you know that there’s only one permanent theme park in Michigan? Michigan’s Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair and located in Muskegon. In my experience, Cedar Fair’s parks are very special. Michigan’s Adventure is no exception. Their safety record is superb, their overall efficiency makes for an enjoyable experience, and their ability to bring out your inner child is […]

4 Reasons To Go Kayak Fishing This Summer

Kayak Fishing at Sunset. Photo courtesy of Kayak Fish the Great Lakes

Living in a state that is surrounded by and covered with fresh water lakes, it’s no surprise that kayaking and fishing are two of the more popular pastimes around here. But have you tried combining them? Kayak fishing combines the best of both worlds, and here are four reasons why you should give it a […]

What’s So Funny? Your Guide to Live Comedy in Michigan

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Tim Allen, Dave Coulier, Kristen Bell, Madonna, Keegan-Michael Key, James Earl Jones…what do all of these actors have in common? They were all either born or raised in Michigan! From movie stars to musicians and so much more, the entertainment world is full of Michiganders. And for those of us still living in the Mitten State, […]

Michigan Road Trip Tips For Your Next Adventure

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It’s that time of year in The Mitten! All throughout the state people are hitting the road for pleasure. I’ve always been one to go on road trips. Since I started writing for The Awesome Mitten a few years ago, that has gone up a notch. All that additional adventure time on the road has helped […]

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, […]

Brew Tour: Eastern Market Brewing Co.

Eastern Market has been a Saturday staple in Detroit since 1891. It provides weekends full of fresh produce and local vendors. With the rise of Detroit over the past couple of years, the spirit of the city has never been so bright. The community is starting to grow organically. Local, small businesses are taking up […]

Celebrate Michigan’s Feathered Friends On Go Birding Day

If you love birds, this is the feature for you! Go Birding Day helps encourage avian education, conservation, and interaction. It is annually celebrated on the last  Saturday in April. This year, it takes place on April 29, 2017. The Great Lakes region is home to hundreds of species of birds. There’s no better place than Michigan […]

A History Of Michigan’s License Plates

Have you ever wondered how archeologists and historians seem to know even the smallest details about past civilizations and ancient communities that haven’t existed for centuries? Even the most basic elements in our lives give away details and clues to describe past generations. Something as simple as our license plates offer a glimpse into what […]

24 Shops To Celebrate Record Store Day In Michigan

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but April 22nd is practically the best holiday of the year for music lovers. Record Store Day celebrates the love of vinyl, independent record shops, and vibrant music communities all across the nation. This year claims to be even bigger and better. It’s the 10th anniversary of Record Store […]

The Lion of Lansing: A Brief History Of Michigan’s Capitol Building

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Built in the 1870’s, the Michigan Capital Building brought pride to the Mitten State.  The villagers named our third Michigan Capital Building, “The Lion of Lansing.”  Below, find additional facts and figures to learn about and brush up on. Two Wrongs to Eventually Make a Right Lansing was not the original capital city of Michigan and […]

March Events To Round Out A Fantastic Michigan Winter

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March is a great month to enjoy a variety of exciting end-of-winter events around the Mitten State. Sample fresh maple syrup, slip in a snowshoe hike, catch a show, and much more. Whichever event you chose, it’s sure to be a great way to round out another beautiful Michigan winter! STOMP: Clinton Township – March […]

Michigan House: A Collaboration of Creativity for the Mitten Community

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When you hear the words “Michigan House” you might quickly conjure a memory of listening to the latest Go Rounds record in your living room in Traverse City. Maybe your immediate reaction is to giggle, remembering a night spent drinking Mawby bubbly in a friend’s kitchen in Lansing. Even still, you might think about a […]

The Complicated History Of Being A Detroit Lions Fan

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The 2016 NFL season just ended in spectacular fashion. The greatest Super Bowl ever took place a few weeks ago. A team hoisted the Lombardi Trophy (The New England Patriots, if you haven’t heard), but it wasn’t the Detroit Lions. It has never been the Detroit Lions. 2017 marks 60 years since the last time […]

Iconic Michigan Singer Celebrating His 77th Birthday

For one of the most iconic soft-spoken voices to come out of Michigan, Motown’s own Miracles singer sure did make quite the noise in the history of R&B music. Born and raised in Detroit, Smokey Robinson founded the Miracles when he was a high schooler. He led the band to Motown’s first #1 Hit with […]

More Changes In The Motor City: The District Detroit

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Recently, The Awesome Mitten was lucky enough to be one of a few special groups to get an exclusive preview and tour of “The District Detroit,” the area’s newest, largest anticipated entertainment district. The preview center, located inside Comerica Park, features dioramas, models, plans, and samples of the new Little Caesars Arena. The entertainment district […]