Your Guide To A Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Fall Color Tour

Your Guide To A Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Fall Color Tour - The Awesome Mitten

It is that time of year; a time when crisp air excites people to get out and explore. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a beautiful place to explore year round. However, the fall season just might be one of the best times to travel here. Why? The dense forests and stunning Lake Michigan […]

6 Great Hikes in Traverse City For The Whole Family

Veronica Valley Park

Northern Michigan offers some of the best trails and most beautiful, scenic vistas anywhere in the country. There’s no better place than the Traverse City region to experience the majesty of a rigorous Michigan hike. Meadows, forests, and sand dunes all make this area unique. Looking to take in the great outdoors on your next […]

The 12 Dates of Christmas: Michigan Edition

The best part about celebrating the 12 dates of Christmas is that they can be completed anywhere in the great state of Michigan. The ideas I present to you in this guide can be tailored to any city. There is no obligation to complete all 12, but your Christmas spirit will be roaring if you […]

Beat the Snow: Last Minute Hikes in Michigan Before Winter

Michigan Hikes - The Awesome Mitten

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, and […]

Stellar Views Near Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

South Manitou Island Lighthouse

If you’ve been to Leelanau County in Northern Michigan and haven’t taken in one of its majestic views, you’re doing it wrong. Do yourself a favor and get to the nearest bluff, overlook, dune, or beach along the crystal blue Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. Before you look west, though, prepare to pinch yourself. 1. Sleeping […]

Good Food, Great People, Beautiful Views: Leland

Weekend road trips are some of my all-time favorite trips to take. They’re generally affordable and force you to explore within a three-hour radius of home, which is something we don’t do nearly enough. One of the challenges that is a side-effect of a weekend trip is finding the balance between making the most of the […]

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 […]