How To Make the Most Of A Michigan Winter

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This post was originally published on December 27th. 2016. When the snow begins falling and the temperatures drop, it’s easy to find ourselves spending most of the short winter days indoors with a pair of fuzzy socks. However, instead of giving up, packing it in, and silently binge-watching online TV until the first flowers bloom in […]

A Season Of Change For Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

A Season Of Change For Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City - The Awesome Mitten

This past summer was a monumental season of change for Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. Since 1946, the Coast Guard air station has protected and served the Great Lakes region and surrounding area, playing host to numerous types of aircraft throughout its history, including the familiar MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, active in Traverse City since […]

4 New Traverse City Restaurants You Can’t Miss

Known for its microbreweries and rolling vineyards, Traverse City is also becoming one of the best up-and-coming foodie towns in America. Midwest Living magazine and Bon Appetit consider Traverse City among the top five food towns in the country, and Zagat Survey lists it under their top 6 hottest food destinations worth visiting in the […]

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 […]

10 Places You Must Eat Tacos In Michigan

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As we have explored many times in the past, Michigan is one of the best states to live in if you’re a foodie. Whether you want pizza, donuts, or vegan ice cream, you can find top-notch food no matter where you go. That includes tacos. We’re talking real, fantastic tacos today. Michigan has a ton […]

7 Must-See Boater Friendly Restaurants

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Michigan is home to thousands of waterways and lakes. Locals and tourists alike are out to experience our freshwater coastline (Michigan hosts more than any other state!) Sitting along the sandy beaches of our Great Lakes is a favorite pastime for thousands of Michiganders. There’s something extra special about being in a boat and on […]

10 Places in Michigan To Get Your Vegan Ice Cream Fix

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There’s no denying that ice cream is great pretty much anytime. And it’s even better in July, because it’s National Ice Cream Month! That’s fantastic news for those who have no issues with dairy. But what about us Michiganders who can’t eat dairy or eggs due to health issues or ethical practices, or those of […]

Tantalizing Tacos From A Roadside Stand In Northern Michigan

Traverse City is a foodie’s delight. This is no secret, as Traverse City’s food scene continues to earn national accolades as a dining destination. Recognition comes from Condé Nast Traveler as an “Up-and-Coming Food City” and Zagat as one of “6 Hot U.S. Food Destinations to Visit This Summer.” Traverse City has many world-class, farm-to-table […]

Historical Tours Offer Glimpse Into Traverse City’s Past

Looking for something fun and exciting to do in the Traverse City area? A historical tour of the former Traverse City State Hospital and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a must-do experience when visiting the Northern Michigan area. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is also known as the former Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane. This […]

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right

June Michigan Events To Start The Summer Out Right - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

The Best Donuts Across The State Of Michigan

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June 2nd is National Donut Day and there’s not a food that’s more deserving of its own day. While donuts are technically a breakfast treat, we all know that eating one at any point during the day is completely acceptable. And even if it’s not, that’s not going to stop us. We love donuts here. […]

6 Michigan Podcasts To Listen To Right Now

As more media platforms are catching up to the “on-demand economy,” podcasts are suddenly all the rage again. And why not? You can listen along in the car on the way to work, in the kitchen as you cook, at the gym while working out — you can be doing just anything and still be able to listen […]

Your Guide To Enjoying Traverse City’s Cherry Blossoms

May is cherry blossom time in the Traverse City region! The soft pink and white Traverse City cherry blossoms provide a striking contrast to the rich, green, rolling fields. These meadows anchor the cherry orchards across the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Old Mission Peninsula’s Blossoms The best way to see the cherry blossoms on […]

7 Trails On Our Bicycling Bucket List

7 Trails On Our Bicycling Bucket List - The Awesome Mitten

May is National Bike Month and spring is in the air. What better time to dust off your two-wheeled companion for some sustainable and active fun?! As one of the most versatile forms of transportation and low impact exercise, biking offers something for everyone. Bicycling is great if you are looking to burn some calories or just […]

9 Reasons To Fall In Love With Lucky’s Market

9 Reasons To Fall In Love With Lucky's Market - The Awesome Mitten

Traverse City recently acquired a new grocery store and it’s taking the town by storm. Lucky’s Market, a provider of organic food and wholesome ingredients, made its debut appearance on March 21, 2017. It joined the ranks of some of Traverse City’s greatest shopping spots. On opening day, thousands of people flocked to the store to […]

10 Michigan Events You’ll Want To Attend In May

May is a time for flowers to bloom and Michigan to come alive with awesome events to attend. Whether you’re into beer, food, tulips, or art, there’s something for everyone around the Mitten this month. Downtown Traverse City Art Walk — May 5 — Traverse City A local favorite, the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk will […]

The 11 Most Instagrammable Street Art Pieces in Michigan

11 Of The Most Instagramable Street Art Pieces In Michigan - The Awesome Mitten

Michigan may be more known for its natural beauty, but it also has its own array of incredible street art and murals created by local artists and painters. Some works are fully planned out murals while others are unique and traditional graffiti writing. Street art is igniting a spirit of creativity and adding color to Michigan’s cities. […]

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 […]

Warm Up During National Soup Month

January is National Soup Month, and here in the Mitten State, there’s nothing better than a big bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day. A hearty delicious soup is a great way to feed your family or start off a meal. Actually, soup is a great meal all by itself! It is estimated that […]

Top 5 Places for Breakfast in Traverse City (According to a Local)

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Originally Published February 1st, 2012   The Omelette Shoppe This is the place to go whether you are a tourist or local for delicious breakfasts, and great cinnamon rolls. (They even have flavored creamers for your morning coffee!)  The staff is friendly, the prices are affordable, and they have to be doing something right because […]

Guide to Holiday Light Displays Around the Mitten

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When the holidays near, The Mitten lights up in celebration. Colorful light displays can be found everywhere from zoos to private residences, making for plenty of places to spend an evening in preparation for the holiday season. Pay a visit to some of Michigan’s brightest attractions this December with holiday light displays around The Mitten! Christmas […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again: the time to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life. Whether you’re shopping for the Michigan resident, native, or lover we have gathered a complete list of items for you. Support this great state and local entrepreneurs by picking your Michigan-made gifts from this list. Michigan Map […]

11 Michigan Events to Fall into October

11 Michigan Events to Fall into October - The Awesome Mitten

As the air begins to chill and the leaves change hues, fall is an exciting reality for Michiganders. October is here and it’s time to embark on autumn festivities and fun. Whether your idea of fall fun includes tasty seasonal treats, a haunted night out, carving a pumpkin, or enjoying the bright hues of the leaves, […]

25 Strangers: A West Michigan Photo Journal

Inspired by the Humans of New York project, I took the time to walk around my own area — Muskegon, Fruitport, and Grand Haven — to talk to strangers about their favorite parts of Michigan. Here are their photos and stories: What is your favorite place to relax? Nita:  “Heritage Landing, you get a chance to […]