4 Michigan Drives To Make The Most Of Fall

4 Michigan Drives to Make the Most of Fall - Awesome Mitten

We may hate to admit it, but summer is winding down. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season, my mother is already talking about Halloween, and I just pulled out my first flannel shirt. The realities are settling in that fall is here. Although summer is when we usually spend the most time on the […]

Night of 100 Rieslings

Night of 100 Rieslings - The Awesome Mitten

Northern Michigan wine drinkers understand the fine art of Riesling. Fortunately, there is an event that takes place in Traverse City that aids in that department. The City of Riesling kicks off with the Night of 100 Rieslings on July 23rd This two-day event is jam-packed with meals, tastings, and educational seminars – all circulating […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

14 Places You Must Celebrate National Beer Day In Michigan

While everyday is a great day to drink a beer, National Beer Day is right around the corner.  Celebrate in style. Michigan is a mecca for craft beer. From our tantalizing tap filled restaurants to our bodacious breweries, the Mitten has craft beer steeze. You can throw a frisbee and hit a brewery or tap house […]

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

Autism | The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

8 Springtastic Events You Must Attend In April

Eight Springtastic Events You Must Attend in April - The Awesome Mitten

Spring is here! It’s time to go outside, revisit our beautiful cities, and be active within our communities. Read on to see what is taking place in The Mitten during the month of April. Tiger’s Opening Day – April 7th – Detroit Nothing says “spring” quite like Opening Day. Forget Memorial Day, Opening Day is the […]

An Ode To The Mitten

An Ode To The Mitten - The Awesome Mitten

 We sing praise to the freckled fossils found scattered along shorelines, more commonly called Petoskey Stones. Our toes dip into   the surge of frosty freshwater from the Great Lakes, what were once in a frozen glacial state, now hold the homes of plenty of plants, and special species of fish. Ice cold Oberon in […]

Four Traverse City Distilleries You Need To Visit

4 Traverse City Distilleries You Need to Visit - The Awesome Mitten

The Traverse City region offers a spoil of riches for lovers of food and drink. It’s a must-taste destination for foodies craving fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. These local indulgences are served at four-star restaurants and out of funky food trucks. This area is heralded for its abundance of amazing breweries and wineries. It’s increasingly becoming known for the excellent […]

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 […]

A Winter Wine Tour of the Old Mission Peninsula

When you think about a weekend away on a wine tour, you may conjure up images of gently rolling hills, a warm summer breeze, and a cheese plate savored on a patio. However, eight of the nine wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City remain open throughout the winter. Have you ever thought […]

5 Tea-rrific Tea Shops In The Mitten

Tea Shops in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

There is something satisfying about wrapping your cold hands around a steaming cup of tea and warming from the inside out as you take a sip in the cold winter months. In honor of National Hot Tea Month, I wanted to know more and find some of the best places to enjoy a cup of tea. History of […]

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! […]

Shop Small, Big Impact: Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday - The Awesome Mitten

‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop! Why not support your community while you are at it? The nationally celebrated, annual event, Small Business Saturday, is Saturday, November 26, 2016, and is always sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday has taken off and gained support […]

November Events to Welcome the Holidays in Michigan

November Events 2016 - The Awesome Mitten

The month of November is the beginning of bringing together family and friends for special memories shared with food, drink, and festive gatherings. As the holidays grow closer, these November events will fill your days with warmth and provide you many more reasons to  be thankful. Run a race or two, taste craft beers and wine, […]

Haunted or Helpful? The Allure of the Traverse City State Hospital

Northern Michigan Asylum

The Old Hospital, as many locals lovingly refer to the Traverse City State Hospital, is an abandoned set of buildings in Grand Traverse County. They were built in 1881 for the Northern Michigan Asylum, which opened in 1855 with forty-three residents by Dr. James Munson. Munson believed that “beauty is therapy” and treated his residents […]

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Michigan

Prepping for Earth Day in Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Earth Day, an annual celebration since 1970, honors the planet’s environment each April 22nd. You will find many events that demonstrate, support, celebrate, and provide education concerning the environment and how we can help protect it. Starting in the United States as a grass-roots movement, Earth Day has grown to be observed world-wide. Outside of […]

Speak Up Zine Gets Traverse City Talking

Temporary and chronic homelessness are problems all over the world, and by no means does this exclude Traverse City. We have all heard the staggering statistics about local homelessness, but have you heard what is being done to combat it? “The key is awareness, both with the general public and with those who need extra […]

Letter from the Editor: It’s That Time Again…

The Awesome Mitten - Letter from the Editor

Dearest Michiganders, It’s December in Michigan. For many of us, that means nesting — catching up on domestic tasks, drinking lots of tea or other warming beverages (read: TC Whiskey hot toddies, anyone?), spending a ton of time in sweats, emptying Netflix queues, and generally avoiding the outdoors as much as possible. In the last […]

Letter from the Editor: So Begins the Blustery Season

The Awesome Mitten - November Letter from the Editor

  The Great White North has started to feel extra north-y over the last week or so — we’re even seeing that white stuff beginning to form on windshields and lawns overnight. Nothing is sticking, yet, but it sure is back with a vengeance! Even still, Michigan isn’t much without it’s notorious season-changing. It’s one […]

Ales by the Rails Oktoberfest

A new festival is making its way to Traverse City this fall; a festival that includes local microbrews, seasonal activities, live music, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The inaugural Ales by the Rails Oktoberfest kicks off on October 17th at 5PM and concludes on October 18th, giving Traverse City a two day event to celebrate autumn’s […]

Rediscovering Traverse City

Welcome to Traverse City through the eyes of a (sorta) newcomer!  I grew up in the area and after eight years in Grand Rapids, I felt the pull of Northern Michigan and returned home to complete my teaching certification.  Over the next few months, I’m planning to rediscover my hometown a few weekends at a […]

Ask a Michigander: Where are the best corn mazes?

Ask a Michigander: Where are the best corn mazes?

We already have a Michigander itching for fall and the summer season hasn’t even taken its last bow.  The beach isn’t even closed yet people! Don’t worry, I’ll still answer the question. As you may know, there are several types of corn maze venues, and Michigan has the capacity to deliver to all audiences. Haunted, […]

Traverse City Glow Run

Northern Michigan’s running scene is about to get rowdy with the Traverse City Glow Run. This 5K race is perfect for any level of athletic ability, especially those who are new to the sport of running. It is indeed a “fun run,” with an emphasis on enjoyment and going at your own pace. In fact, […]