3 Areas You Must View Autumn Colors On Michigan State’s Campus

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Whether or not you’re a Michigan State enthusiast, one thing everyone should be able to agree on is how stunning its campus is in the autumn months. After trekking around the campus for the past three years as a student, I’ve come to learn where the best spots are to watch the autumn colors evolve. […]

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 […]

Michigan’s Bass Fishing Mecca

The golf community knows Gaylord, Michigan as Michigan’s Golf Mecca. With over 30 courses within a 30-mile radius of the Gaylord city limits, it is truly a hub for the sport. However, Gaylord is also a hub for another, lesser known hot spot in Michigan’s Sport landscape. It is close to a number of world-class […]

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 […]

Your Guide To Enjoying Traverse City’s Cherry Blossoms

May is cherry blossom time in the Traverse City region! The soft pink and white Traverse City cherry blossoms provide a striking contrast to the rich, green, rolling fields. These meadows anchor the cherry orchards across the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Old Mission Peninsula’s Blossoms The best way to see the cherry blossoms on […]

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 […]

Exploring Rock River Canyon Ice Caves

When it comes to unique destinations, Michigan can’t be beat. Every season brings somewhere new to explore! Rock River Canyon Ice Caves, located in the central Upper Peninsula, is one of those places. These stunning natural formations are spectacular and a must-see winter destination. About the Ice Caves The caves are part of the Rock River Canyon […]

Winter Adventures At Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Looking for a unique and exciting winter getaway? Plan a weekend visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park! This amazing destination offers something for everyone. From family-oriented guided snowshoe hikes, to sled dog rides, off-the-grid back country adventures, and much more. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a great place to enjoy winter in Michigan.  About the Park […]

February Events To Love In The Awesome Mitten

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There’s so much to love about Michigan in February! From classic winter festivals to amazing productions, beer festivals, races, and more. The opportunities are endless! So mark your calendar and plan on attending some of these fun and exciting events. Lion King on Broadway: Detroit – February 1-26 The Lion King on Broadway is coming […]

An Ice Cold Adventure: Ice Fishing

When you live in the fine state of Michigan, winter can be a blue time of the year. Luckily there are many winter activities you can participate in that make the snow and cold a little more bearable, and my favorite is ice fishing! As a kid of the backwoods, ice fishing is nothing new to me. […]

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 […]

Michigan’s Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Michigan’s birthday is almost here again. Our Annual Michigan Birthday Bake Off is underway and people are voting on our Facebook page for their favorite cake! (psst…. you can too. Click here.) Along with our baking competition, we wanted to create a contest that everyone could be a part of! Introducing the Michigan Birthday Scavenger […]

January Events To Start The New Year Right

It’s a new year! January is the right time to enjoy great events throughout Michigan. This roundup is filled with many entertaining ideas. Family friendly outdoor festivals, dog sled races, and snowshoe races make January a great time to be in Michigan. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to find adventure and excitement throughout the Awesome Mitten! […]

Steelhead & Trout Fishing in the Mitten State

Steelhead and trout fishing in the Mitten state only lasts for a short period of time, so get your waders on and get ready! Our true diehards travel to the Northern part of Michigan to fish from October to mid December, and then you’ll find them right back at it again in March. There are several […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again: the time to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life. Whether you’re shopping for the Michigan resident, native, or lover we have gathered a complete list of items for you. Support this great state and local entrepreneurs by picking your Michigan-made gifts from this list. Michigan Map […]

Fishing for the Hell of It

You might be a Michigander if you know WHY Paradise is colder than Hell. Location, right? Speaking of Hell… The famed town in the Southeast region of the Mitten is unique in many ways. Whether you are visiting Screams Ice Cream, Hell Hole Diner, or buying your own small plot of land, this town became famous […]

Just the Awesomest: Short’s Anni Party XII Recap

When a brewery shuts down a city block, it’s gotta be worth it – and at Short’s, it always is. Last Saturday, we had the distinct pleasure of attending the twelfth annual Short’s Anni Party in downtown Bellaire. We tasted amazing new beers and ciders (if you’re in to sours, Peachy Pom Pom cannot be […]

The Enchanting World in The Fantasy Forest – Battle Creek #MittenTrip

When you drive through the main gates of Leila Arboretum, it’s like crossing into another world. It’s a world full of wizards and dragons, Bigfoot sightings and alien abductions. This unexpected and delightful site is known as The Fantasy Forest. It was definitely one of the highlights of our recent Mitten Trip to Battle Creek! The […]

Michigan Gift Guide for the Outdoor Adventurer

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Michigan is the most adventurous state with an endless array of seasonal activities! No matter which of the four seasons you prefer, there is always a reason to stay active. This guide is to help you plan your next adventure and to showcase some of the best products you’ll need when exploring The Great Lakes State. […]

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 […]

Survivor in Michigan: North Manitou Island

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I am not what most people would consider outdoorsy. I can’t start a fire without a gallon of lighter fluid and have a great fondness for indoor plumbing. But, three years after my first ever camping trip, I recently found myself with 25 pounds of gear strapped to my back and aboard a ferry to […]

Butterflies in the Mitten: What’s Hiding in Michigan’s Rare Ecosystems?

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We do a lot of talking about what makes Michigan unique: cities, breweries, athletics, music venues, trails, and – of course – the Great Lakes. For all it has to offer, there is still quite a bit that misses the radar completely. When we’re busy bragging about our state, most of us don’t stop to think […]

A Little Bit Of West Michigan In Metro Detroit: Bald Mountain State Recreation Area

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As a native west-sider transplanted to the east side of the state, I am continually in awe of the differences between where I grew up and where I live now. These aren’t things that make one side necessarily “good” or “bad,” but there are nuances that differ between a mostly rural versus a mostly urban area. I lament […]

Lansing Hot Spots Square Off in Top of The Town Awards

Every summer I wait with bated breath for the Top of The Town Awards to be announced by Lansing’s City Pulse, and the waiting for 2015 has finally paid off! Through months of voting, Capital area residents are invited to call out their favorite coffee shops, hangouts, restaurants, hangouts, and Lansing celebrities. There are local businesses that […]

Want To Hike (Or Bike) Coast To Coast? Great Lake-To-Lake Trails Can Make It Happen!

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In case you’ve been searching for another reason to tout Michigan as an outdoor enthusiast’s dream land, let’s take a take a minute to talk about the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails project. Beginning in 2008 as a vision of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, the ongoing goal of the project has been to develop cross-state […]