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 […]

10 Reasons Ludington Is One Of Michigan’s Best Beach Towns

As one of West Michigan’s top summer destinations, Ludington is a fantastic place to enjoy a multitude of activities. Relaxing beaches, tours, shopping, unique dining, and so much more make this town ideal.  There’s no shortage of great options for a fun-filled road trip to this beautiful beach town. The Downtown Ludington’s thriving downtown area […]

13 Michigan Events And Festivals In August

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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 […]

14 Reasons To Visit Michigan’s Adventure This Summer

Did you know that there’s only one permanent theme park in Michigan? Michigan’s Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair and located in Muskegon. In my experience, Cedar Fair’s parks are very special. Michigan’s Adventure is no exception. Their safety record is superb, their overall efficiency makes for an enjoyable experience, and their ability to bring out your inner child is […]

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 […]

West Michigan Whitecaps: Great Baseball On The West Side

Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Photo Courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps - The Awesome Mitten

While a trip to Detroit for a Tigers game at Comerica Park is an annual “must-do,” our state features several minor league teams that offer a unique experience, often much closer to home. What these teams may lack in budget and star power, they more than make up for in heart, creative food concoctions, and wacky promotions. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Awesome Autumn Day Trips a Short Drive from Grand Rapids

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The air is crisp. The leaves are changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. Your arms are wrapped in sweaters and jackets. Yes, fall is officially here. What is a better way to escape the day-to-day hustle and relish in Michigan’s fall season than to take a day trip? Below are six trips just a […]

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 […]

Holland Without a Passport? 3 Dutch-iest Things To Do in West Michigan

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When I was invited on a #MittenTrip to Holland, I had no idea what to expect. Now, a little personal history first: I’ve been to Holland a few times during the summer. For most of us who grew up in Michigan, a summer or five has been spent near the greatest lake of all (in my […]

5 Lake Michigan Beaches Worth Taking the Plunge

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Summer in “The Mitten” means people are flocking to the Great Lakes with a lot of them hitting up various Lake Michigan beaches and towns. On the west side of the state, Muskegon, Holland, and Grand Haven have many visitors going to the beaches and state parks close to town where their lighthouses are located. […]

14 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Michigan

It’s ooey. It’s gooey. It’s an American meal mainstay. Today’s the holiday! Tuesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day and what better way to celebrate this American culinary mainstay than indulging in the classic sammie? Since the introduction of American sliced cheese, and its quick popularity of the Kraft singles in the ’50s and […]

Everything You Need to Know: GR Winter Beer Fest

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Were you one of the lucky ones to snag a ticket to the 11th Annual Winter Beer Fest in Grand Rapids this weekend? Hosted by Michigan Brewers Guild at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park (just north of Grand Rapids), this festival is the perfect way to end Grand Rapids Beer Week. Whether you have gone […]

Michigan Event Roundup: February Edition

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It’s that time of year again; it’s sort of cold but sort of warm and so you don’t know what to do with your free time. Spring is just around the corner and after a long winter, cabin fever is starting to set in. February is the month of slushy snow and little candy hearts […]

Ludington Is More Than Just A Beachtown On This #MittenTrip

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Michiganders and visitors alike are all too aware of how great West Michigan is to visit in the summer. Long, luxurious days at Lake Michigan’s lengthy beaches, or exploring dunes and hiking trails, are just a couple things that make Michigan great in the summer. That’s not all the state has to offer though! On […]

Community Comfort in a Coffee Cup

As the weather changes and the calendar moves into the final month of 2015, coffee is the added energy we Michiganders need to get us through the cold winter mornings this time of year! In Zeeland, a small town located in West Michigan, Mainstreet Beanery is one of those coffee shops that make you feel like […]

Five Ideas to Make the Most of the 2015 Holiday Season in Grand Rapids

Five Ideas to Make the Most of the 2015 Holiday Season in Grand Rapids - Awesome Mitten

Whether or not you are ready for the holiday season, it is coming on quickly with Thanksgiving later this week. In West Michigan, we had the lovely surprise of freshly fallen snow this weekend just in time for the festivities! If you are having a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit, or if you […]

Worlds Away At The Entertainment District – Kalamazoo #MittenTrip

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Kalamazoo is considerably different from day to night, and there has seemingly always been quite a vibrant nightlife to enjoy. Since the city is a college town, thanks to Western Michigan University, there is already a distinct nightlife in Kalamazoo. However, The Entertainment District is changing how Kalamazoo’s nightlife is perceived, and it quickly became […]