Winter Camping in the UP

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This post was originally published on December 18th, 2012. It was originally written by Claire Moore, but has been updated by Vaughn Springer. Most Michiganders have acclimated to the occasionally extreme weather of Michigan’s winters. We’ve evolved into a resilient, adaptive species with an ever-growing taste for experimental outdoor recreation.  Winter camping has become a […]

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 […]

5 Reasons Why Lake Superior Is The Best Great Lake

Satellite image of Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of NASA

My great grandma used to say there are many good lakes, but only one great lake–and it’s no surprise which one she thought was superior. Lakes Ontario and Erie are nice but not really part of our Michigan culture. Meanwhile, Huron is admirable but doesn’t offer as much in size and water quality. Lake Michigan […]

Natural Beauty And Winter Fun Abound In Munising

It may seem like spring in parts of the Mitten State, but it’s still winter in Munising! Located in the central Upper Peninsula, this area boasts tons of natural wonders and outdoor activities. Plus, the snow usually sticks around through March! It is the perfect place to extend a beautiful Michigan winter.  Interested in planning a […]

Michigan Bucket List: Best Stops On A Winter UP Road Trip

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Originally published February 25th, 2015. With bitter cold and whipping winds, sometimes it seems like a winter road trip is impossible in Michigan – especially in the Upper Peninsula. However, winter is actually the perfect time to go explore something out of the ordinary. If you’re not sure where to start, no worries! Here is a guide to […]

15 Ways To Make The Most Of A Michigan Summer

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While some would argue a lack of salt water could make for a less stupendous summer, others would heartily disagree that Michigan’s Great Lakes are just that: great. I have a lot of love for Michigan, the Great Lakes, and what they have to offer the summer. To truly celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of […]

History And Adventure: What’s “UP” With A #MittenTrip To Sault Ste Marie?

Did you know that it takes freighters 18 hours to travel from the Mackinac Bridge to Marquette? From Sault Ste Marie, freighters can reach Casablanca, Morocco in a little under 14 days. That’s pretty impressive! Founded in 1668, Sault Ste Marie (“The Soo”) is the oldest city in Michigan and third oldest city in America […]

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort

Hiking Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is Worth the Effort - Awesome Mitten

Forests and trees, dunes and cliffs, chirping birds and chipmunks galore – welcome to hiking the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! The views are killer, the hiking trails are uncrowded, and the potential for outdoor adventures is unlimited. Michigan beauty is easily discovered here – I sure found loads of it. Last weekend, I was lucky enough […]

Fishing for Hunger in the UP

St. Mary’s River in in Sault Ste. Marie is famous for its spectacular display of walleye, salmon and whitefish, but on Saturday, June 14, it will be the setting for an event to fight hunger. Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is hosting Fishing for Hunger, a tournament to support hunger relief in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. All […]