5 Incredible Upper Peninsula Trails For Every Hiker


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 […]

5 Reasons Why Lake Superior Is The Best Great Lake

Satellite image of Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of NASA

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 […]

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 […]

Valentine’s Day Guide To Outdoor Winter Dates

Michigan Winter Date Ideas - The Awesome Mitten

As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do? To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens […]

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

UP Winter Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

#MittenTrip Outside Munising: H-58 and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising - #MittenTrip - The Awesome Mitten

If you want to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of a Munising #MittenTrip and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, you’ll need to head east out of Munising on county road H-58. The picturesque town of Grand Marais is only forty-nine miles from Munising by way of H-58, but I can guarantee that the trip […]

Exploring Pictured Rocks by Water: A #MittenTrip into Lake Superior

Picture Rocks - Munising - #Mittentrip - The Awesome Mitten

It’s no secret that our state’s biggest assets are our natural resources. From the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes to the Porcupine Mountains, we are truly blessed. Without a doubt, one of the crown jewels is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The easiest and most enjoyable way to truly experience the vastness and splendor of Pictured […]

Hearty Food And Grand Views: #MittenTrip Munising

The name Munising comes from the Ojibwe word, “Munissi,” that means island; Munising means “place of the island.” The island that those early settlers were describing was Grand Island; a massive hunk of land in the middle of Munising.  My #MittenTrip took us on an adventure to this place of extensive history and picturesque beauty. […]

#MittenTrip Round Two: Fall Michigan Roadtrip

Pictured Rocks - The Awesome Mitten

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) […]

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort - Awesome Mitten

Forests and trees, dunes and cliffs, chirping birds and chipmunks galore – welcome to hiking the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! The views are killer, the hiking trails are uncrowded, and the potential for outdoor adventures is unlimited. Michigan beauty is easily discovered here – I sure found loads of it. Last weekend, I was lucky enough […]

Kayak Pictured Rocks!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a unique and beautiful place. There are many ways to access the shoreline, but the best way is through Paddling Michigan’s kayak tours. The only tour that lets you get up close and personal with the pictures on the rocks! There are multiple kayak trips a day through the Pictured […]

Dogpatch Restaurant: Fine Food Fer Fine Folk

I always drive past this restaurant when I’m in the Munising area and have always wondered about it, as the sign outside is quite catchy. I’m happy to report that I finally got the chance to visit the Dogpatch Restaurant last month and was fully satisfied. The signs welcome you to have some good, home-style […]

Why you should live Michigan by camping Michigan

For many Michiganders, August signifies the beginning of the decline in camping excursions. Sweet memories have been made, adventures taken, and there is always the lingering smell of campfire smoke that just won’t seem to leave all of your clothing! Truth is, Michigan is one of the best places in the country for camping. This […]

Announcing Upper Peninsula Breweries – the Book!

Did you know that the Upper Peninsula has 13 breweries? Did you know that we should have at least 15 by the end of next year? Did you know that Nick, the brewer (and co-owner) from Ore Dock, once worked for the Wisconsin DNR and has a small herd of cats? Don’t feel bad. Up […]

Great Lakes Rodeo

The Awesome Mitten- Great Lakes Rodeo

  Grab your cowboy hat, saddle up, and hold on tight. The spurs-and-Wranglers-clad cowboys and cowgirls of the Great Lakes Rodeo, an annual non-profit event in Marquette, MI, are about to stir up some serious dust, and it’s all in the name of a great cause: raising money for local youth organizations. How, you might […]

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 97: Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore

It’s tough to imagine a better coffee shop than the Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in Munising.Yes, really.I’ve lived in Australia, Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and Madison, WI. And I like coffee shops. I’ve been to lots. And holy crap, this is a good one! They’ve got over 30,000 new, used, and rare books. They […]