Head Out On A Fall Color Tour In Metro Detroit

Hines Drive Fall color tour, Metro Detroit, Southeastern Michigan

Autumn fun is in full swing in the mitten. Along with all the fun comes the colors of the season. When many people think of Wayne County in Metro Detroit, lots of houses, shopping malls, and urban sprawl come to mind. However, tucked away among all this is a 17+ mile curvy road and continuous […]

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, […]

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 […]

15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

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It’s true, there are other events in Michigan during the month of September that are not just Oktoberfest. Before we get into all of those, there are people who might come to find out when they can celebrate. So here are some Oktoberfest celebrations you can attend. Oktoberfest Celebrations across the state Frankenmuth begins 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 […]

Late Summer Road Trip: US-12 Heritage Trail

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Last year I ended the summer in style. I completed an amazing road trip along the US-12 Heritage Trail between New Buffalo and Coldwater. Having such a good time and with another summer winding down, I decided to hit up the same trail again. It was time to roll down the windows and road trip […]

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 […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

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Summer’s in the air as June starts. The kids are out of school, the weather is improving. No matter where you live there’s something for you to do. Take a day trip, plan a staycation, or spend the whole weekend somewhere else. While checking out these events, make sure you’re also checking things off your […]

A Winery Hidden On The Back Roads Of Fenton

If you are familiar with Seven Lakes State Park in Holly, Michigan, you might have seen the signs for a new winery in the area.  Seven Lakes Winery is tucked away on the quiet back roads. It is a short drive from the state park. The 96 acre estate provides rich soil for the production of […]

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 […]

5+ Michigan Organizations To Support During Autism Awareness Month (And All the Time)

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April is a time for enjoying Michigan sun, showers, and seeking out the first buds of spring. It is also a month where we especially strive to appreciate and support our friends, family, and others with autism. For those who are unfamiliar with autism, it is a developmental disorder that spans dozens of signs and symptoms. Some people […]

Why The Detroit Zoo Over All Others

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Why should you go to the Detroit Zoo over all the others? Specifically, why the Detroit Zoo right now?  It is winter, cold, and the end of February. The last thing on many peoples’ minds is a day trip to the zoo. That’s only reserved for summer vacation fun with the kids, right? On a […]

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! […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Gets Even Bigger In Auburn Hills

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Following the success of the Shelby Township location (opened in December 2012) and the Royal Oak location (opened in December 2014), Michigan By The Bottle Tasing Room expanded once again with a new location in Auburn Hills. This location, opened July 9th, is the largest to date, and the first with outdoor seating. Though growing in size, Michigan […]

14 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Michigan

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s an American meal mainstay. Today’s the holiday! Tuesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate this American culinary mainstay than indulging in the classic sammie? Since the introduction of American sliced cheese, and its quick popularity of the Kraft singles in the ’50s and […]

Royal Oak Celebrates Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

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Ahh, Labor Day. Every year, I’m filled with bittersweet sentiment as this holiday (symbolic of the end of summer) approaches. Bitter, of course, because this means the awesome summer weather we’ve been enjoying coming to an end but sweet as we look forward to all that Autumn in the Mitten has to offer (fingers crossed for a […]

The Art of Style: Styleshack

Readers, you know I love writing about our Awesome Mitten’s many artists, artisans, and art festivals, but there is one type of art I don’t often get the chance to talk about-the art of style! I was lucky enough to interview founder of Michigan-based personal stylist website, Styleshack, Rachel Schostak, to learn more about this prominent form of […]

Exploring Detroit Murals for a Free Art Show in the Motor City

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The hardest thing to do when writing about the murals of Detroit is deciding which ones to highlight. There is endless art to be seen in the streets of the city. The resilient nature of this community is perfectly pictured by the splashes of color and design decorating every area from the heart of The […]

Detroit Hustles Harder: Hanging with the Locals

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“In Detroit, everyone has more than one hustle,” says my trusty tour guide during my #MittenTrip to Detroit. By that, she means that seemingly everyone within the city limits of Detroit is multifaceted – a banker by day and a DJ by night, or a painter during the week and a waitress on the weekends. […]

Rainy Day Paradise: Michigan Science Center

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I won’t lie – I’ve always spent more time planning to visit art museums than science museums. During #MittenTrip Detroit, I decided to branch out of my comfort zone a bit to spend some time exploring the Michigan Science Center near Wayne State University‘s Midtown Campus. I must say, I was worried I would have been ‘wasting […]

Too Much For One Weekend: #MittenTrip Detroit

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“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” This message from John Lennon never ceases to remind me how and when to let go. Luckily, Detroit is a city that brings that line to mind, as well. As I went about my way on my #MittenTrip, I was reminded that, even though I […]