13 Michigan Chocolates You Need To Try

The Awesome Mitten 13 Cupcakes You Need to Try in MI List was a big hit. We thought we should continue the confectionery crawl onto the holy grail of desserts: chocolate. We’re here to share with you the best places to get your chocolate fix in Michigan. Whether you’ve got allergies to nuts, soy, dairy, wheat, […]

6 Amazing Northwestern Michigan Hikes

Articles promoting hiking for overall health and well-being have been popping up on social media for several months.  According to experts, hiking can actually rewire our brains and help combat stress. Plus, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state. There is no better place to take a hike than Northwestern […]

Beat the Snow: Last Minute Hikes Before Winter in Michigan

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  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, […]

Mama Bear and Her Cubs: The Story of Sleeping Bear

Long ago, a mother bear and her two cubs were living in the forest along the shore where Lake Michigan meets Wisconsin. One night, a raging forest fire broke out, driving the bears to the lakeshore. In order to escape the flames, the mother bear and her two cubs jumped into the lake and headed […]

Michigan Bucket List: 6 Lighthouses Perfect For An Adventure

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1. Beaver Island Harbor Lighthouse Year built: 1856 Location: Beaver Island Maybe I’m biased on this one, but every summer of my childhood (and still today) I make it a mission to come to this lighthouse and hug it. It’s different from most lighthouses in Michigan because it’s located in St. James, Beaver Island, 27 […]

Rediscovering Traverse City: Holiday Edition

All cities are transformed at Christmastime: lights on the main streets, bright window displays, people bustling around. Traverse City has been snow-kissed and lovely for the last few weeks, and I’m excited to spend my holidays visiting even more new breweries, tasting at new restaurants, and enjoying the outdoor recreation available to those who dare […]