15 September Michigan Events That Aren’t Just Oktoberfest

15 September Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mission Point Resort: Bliss On Mackinac Island

Mission Point Resort: Pure Bliss On Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is well-known for being one of Michigan’s finer gems. However, it can be difficult to decide where to stay and what to do when coming to the Island. Fortunately, there is one resort that takes care of all your wants and needs. Mission Point Resort is located on the ‘sunrise’ side of Mackinac […]

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 […]

Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines

True Michiganders are four-seasons enthusiasts. Wine tasting is most commonly known to be a summer activity, however, it is an awesome experience in the winter. Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay hosts an event called Snowshoes, Vines, & Wines. This adventurous event is great to get you outside in the winter with the promise of […]

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 […]

Yetifest: The Ultimate Way To Meet A Yeti

We are deep in the throes of winter here in Michigan. Nothing makes this cold weather more pleasant than an encounter with a Yeti. In Suttons Bay, a whole festival is planned to welcome the legendary man himself. 2017’s Yetifest kicks off January 28th and promises fun activities for the whole family. The Activities The Scavenger […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Place To Grab Coffee, Food, Movies, And More In Metro Detroit

What was your last night out like? You may have gone out to eat, rushing through dinner so you could get decent seats at the local, mainstream movie theater. You may have missed out on the good seats inside the theater because you waited in line too long for popcorn. Your experience might have been stressful, impersonal, and […]

The 12 Dates of Christmas: Michigan Edition

The best part about celebrating the 12 dates of Christmas is that they can be completed anywhere in the great state of Michigan. The ideas I present to you in this guide can be tailored to any city. There is no obligation to complete all 12, but your Christmas spirit will be roaring if you […]

The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

michigan charm bracelet

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 […]

Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room Gets Even Bigger In Auburn Hills

Michigan By The Bottle Auburn Hills - The Awesome Mitten

Following the success of the Shelby Township location (opened in December 2012) and the Royal Oak location (opened in December 2014), Michigan By The Bottle Tasing Room expanded once again with a new location in Auburn Hills. This location, opened July 9th, is the largest to date, and the first with outdoor seating. Though growing in size, Michigan […]

Top April Michigan Events You Just Can’t Miss

April Michigan Events - The Awesome Mitten

Spring fever is in full swing here in our awesome little mitten! Not only is the weather practically perfect but there are also some exciting events coming up this month that will get you out and about during this beautiful spring season. The flowers are alive, the sun is shining, and it’s time for our April Events Roundup. […]

Food, Wine and Adventure in Mid-Michigan – Jackson #MittenTrip

Art of the Brick at Ella Sharp Museum

I have much love and pride for my hometown, Jackson, Michigan. When I tell people I am from Jackson, they’re usually familiar with one of three things: The Parlour (too cold for ice cream), The Cascade Falls (not open until Memorial Day) or the prison. While the prison has historically been a sore spot for […]

Ellison Brewery + Spirits Brings Experience To East Lansing

Ellison Brewery + Spirits. Photo courtesy of Jackie Mitchell

Months before Ellison Brewery + Spirits opened in East Lansing, I had several opportunities to stop by the brewery and see how things were going. Each time I was greeted warmly and handed a glass of beer or cider — whatever was in the fermenter or recently batched up. Owners Eric Elliott and Aaron Hanson, with […]

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 […]

From Vault to Vino: Reserve Food & Wine Bar

Grand Rapids has earned the reputation of Beer City USA with its breweries, brew tours and beer festivals overflowing at the city’s brim. However, despite its rising fame on the beer scene, Grand Rapids can still cater to those looking to sip and dine on the finer things in life. Those looking for an exceptional dining experience can travel […]

Make A Stop At Pond Hill Farm During A Tunnel Of Trees Tour

Make a Stop at Pond Hill Farm During a Tunnel of Trees Tour - Awesome Mitten

When I was doing research for my #MittenTrip to Petoskey and Harbor Springs, the suggestions for the Tunnel of Trees on M-119 was the resounding winner. I immediately started looking at all of the photos and reading several articles, including one posted by our writer Shalee Blackmer on Awesome Mitten not that long ago! To […]

Tour the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail

Cherry Creek Old Schoolhouse Winery

Michigan wine touring is an adventure that can comprise a whole weekend of wine, food and beautiful vistas. Although Michigan’s pinky may be known for these, you may not realize there is a great wine trail in southeast Michigan worth visiting. The Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail includes eight wineries, stretching from Adrian to Haslett. Touring this […]

Take Your Time at Pond Hill Farms and Harbor Springs Winery

Inside Pond Hill Farm general store. Photo courtesy of Tim Chilcote - Awesome Mitten

Outside Harbor Springs, just up M-119, Pond Hill Farms is tucked into a Northern Michigan hillside. If you’re looking for farm-to-table food and quality Great Lakes wine, this farm is worth a scenic road trip. Pond Hill Farm features a livestock barn, trout pond, canned goods, wine tasting, pig races and, best of all, a […]

Summer Festivals Make Traverse City The Place To Be

Summer Festivals Make Traverse City the Place to Be - Awesome Mitten

My fond memories growing up in Northern Michigan are boundless of trekking through the tourists to enjoy the local festivals.  Somehow, as an adult, I’m even more excited to be out and about for the summer goings-on in Traverse City.  I’ve compiled a list of what to look forward to in this crazy beautiful city, […]

Three Tips for Making the Most of Wine Tours

Confession time: I don’t love wine. I almost don’t even like wine. (That’s profane, isn’t it?) What I do love, though, are wine tours. What’s the difference? Plenty. In addition to being about tasting different wines, wine tours are about people, places, and stories. Recently, I had the pleasure of taking a wine tour along […]

Celebrate Michigan Wine and Beer at Michigan International Speedway, May 9th

Michigan Wine & Beer Fest Beer Pour

Local Michigan-made beverages are a point a pride for us Michiganders. We love our Michigan craft beer and wine, and we take every opportunity to celebrate it. Michigan Wine & Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson, May 9th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI, provides another great opportunity to celebrate. Tickets are $30 and […]