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 […]

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 […]

Michigan’s Hidden Mountain Range

The Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula are every back-country camper’s dream. 60,000 acres cover untouched Michigan forest, full of sugar maple, yellow birch, and eastern hemlock trees. Fantastic waterfalls and hidden natural springs flow into Lake Superior at the northern crest of the park. Many other lakes are within the forest and easiest to see […]

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 […]

The Coolest Abandoned Places In Michigan

There’s something eerily magnetic about an abandoned place. Questions begging to be asked about what the destination used to be like in its prime, and what led to its current dismal state. Scattered throughout Michigan are creepy and fascinating abandoned places, providing a look into the mitten’s varied past. Most of these destinations are now […]

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

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Upper Peninsula Road Trip Guide

Ultimate Guide to Roadtripping the UP

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is like no other place on earth. Sandwiched between three of the greatest lakes in the world, it’s filled with peaceful forests, magnificent waterfalls, ancient rock formations, quiet and cozy towns, and miles and miles of shoreline — making it the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind road trip. Before you get started […]

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 […]

Michigan’s Most Underrated Lighthouses

Michigan is home to many well-known, beautiful and fascinating lighthouses thanks to more than 3,000 miles of shoreline. But if you’re interested in searching beyond the most popular destinations along our Great Lakes, Michigan holds some truly spectacular underrated lighthouses that will take you, sometimes quite literally, off the beaten path! Here are some of our favorite […]

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 […]

Beat the Snow: Last Minute Hikes Before Winter in Michigan

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  The weather changes are becoming more and more prevalent, which means that soon “The Mitten” will be covered with a white blanket of crystalized snow. However, all is not lost because there is time before that happens to get out and enjoy the last few weeks of hiking without breaking out your mittens, boots, […]

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 […]

Surrounded By Outdoor Adventures In Ludington Park – Escanaba #MittenTrip

During my MittenTrip to Escanaba, I found that Ludington Park is more than just your average park. It offers acres of beach, water sports, land adventure, and scenic beauty that demonstrates what Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is really about. This vast park has something that every age group can enjoy and provides hours of entertainment. In […]

12 Facts About The Soo Locks For Trolls And Other Novices

My Dad at the Soo Locks Circa 1982 | Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Calkins

So I have a confession to make… I am a lifelong Michigander, and I’ve never been to the Soo Locks or Upper Peninsula. Whew! That feels good to get off my chest. I’ve done plenty of trolling around the lower peninsula, but for some reason this troll never made it across the bridge as a […]

Contrast Coffee: Michigan Mocha with a Mission

Contrast Coffee Co. is a mocha shop with a mission. A mission that can change more than just your morning ritual. One cup of Contrast Coffee Co. can make a positive socioeconomic impact upon both our mitten state and coffee growers around the world. Contrast Coffee Co. is a brain-child of three friends with a passion for […]

Hearty Food And Grand Views: #MittenTrip Munising

The name Munising comes from the Ojibwe word, “Munissi,” that means island; Munising means “place of the island.” The island that those early settlers were describing was Grand Island; a massive hunk of land in the middle of Munising.  My #MittenTrip took us on an adventure to this place of extensive history and picturesque beauty. […]

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 […]

An Upper Peninsula Road Trip – The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway

An Upper Peninsula Road Trip - The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway - The Awesome Mitten

Looking for an Upper Peninsula road trip option to get away from it all? The Tahquamenon Scenic Byway, M-123 in northern Michigan, offers that– natural beauty, scenic views, history- and a lot more. Beginning in Eckerman and ending in Newberry, both at M-28, unusually u-shaped, 63-mile highway will start in the eastern portions of the […]

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 […]

3 Quirky, Budget-Friendly Michigan Road Trips

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To the thrifty traveler, the road trip is bread and butter. Cheap, flexible, and limited only by the highway miles you’re willing to put on your car – on a road trip, nothing stands in the way of adventure except the open road. What if you live in Michigan and only have a few days […]

The Third Annual Michigan Birthday Bake-Off

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It’s that time of year again – our great state is about to celebrate her 178th birthday on January 26th, 2015. Every year for the past few years, we’ve celebrated the holiday by hosting a Michigan Birthday Bake-Off encouraging both amateurs and professionals to show their #MittenLove through a culinary creation. The tradition continues this […]