The Best Places To Score A Deal In Leelanau County

The Best Places In Leelanau County To Score A Deal - The Awesome Mitten

Leelanau County is well-known in our state for its beautiful landscape, sugar-sand beaches, and unlimited wineries. However, Leelanau County can also be known for high-end restaurants and expensive establishments. Fortunately, you’ve got a local here who loves a good deal. Read on to find out which establishments are my favorites to eat and drink in each […]

Ultimate Guide to Brunch In Michigan

Ultimate Guide To Brunch In Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

There’s no denying the recent popularity of brunch. Whether it’s the food, the ambiance, or the occasional “boozy brunching,” it’s quickly become a favorite weekend activity. With an abundance of places offering brunch specialties, we took the liberty to create our own brunch roundup. Whether it’s a spot specializing in 7 days a week brunch, or […]

6 Great Hikes For The Whole Family In The Traverse City Region

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 […]

Yetifest: The Ultimate Way To Meet A Yeti

We are deep in the throes of winter here in Michigan. Nothing makes this cold weather more pleasant than an encounter with a Yeti. In Suttons Bay, a whole festival is planned to welcome the legendary man himself. 2017’s Yetifest kicks off January 28th and promises fun activities for the whole family. The Activities The Scavenger […]

Hop Lot Brewing Company

About a year and a half ago, a wonderful idea was brewed up. I think you know where I’m going with this: Hop Lot Brewing Company, in the quaint village of Suttons Bay, is your next destination for a craft brew. After some quality time enjoying all that Chicago has to offer, Steve and Drew Lutke […]

Letter from the Editor: Leaving the Terrible Twos Behind

Letter from the Editor June 2014- The Awesome Mitten

Michigangsters, We did it! On June 6th, this publication will turn three. Our second year was full of highs, lows, transitions, and excitement, but we’re toddling along into this next year with full force. I am currently sitting at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, feeling overwhelmed and inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference. More […]

Making Moves on the BATA Bus

The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) reported that in the Grand Traverse area, commuters drive almost twice as much as the national average. Fortunately, locals are lucky enough to have an innovative transportation system that is eager to change this. Recently, BATA has added several new “loops” for people to use, making Northern Michigan’s greatness […]

The Happy Woman

The Happy Woman is a fun, hip, sophisticated store that caters only to women. While it wouldn’t be out of place in a big city like New York or Chicago, instead it’s situated on Suttons Bay colorful St Josephs Street. The Happy Woman began in a tiny shed in Pentwater, Michigan, but was moved to […]

Enerdyne and Brain Storm

The Awesome Mitten- Enerdyne and Brain Storm

Located on Suttons Bay’s colorful St. Joseph’s Street, Enerdyne is a store committed to science and fun. It has been serving the village since 1980 year-round. It started out as a solar and wood energy company, but the science and nature emphasis took off in the late 80s. In recent days the store expanded into two […]