Winter Camping in the UP

The Awesome Mitten - Winter Camping in the UP

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 […]

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 […]

March Events To Round Out A Fantastic Michigan Winter

Awesome Mitten + March Events to Round Out a Fantastic Michigan Winter

March is a great month to enjoy a variety of exciting end-of-winter events around the Mitten State. Sample fresh maple syrup, slip in a snowshoe hike, catch a show, and much more. Whichever event you chose, it’s sure to be a great way to round out another beautiful Michigan winter! STOMP: Clinton Township – March […]

Exploring Rock River Canyon Ice Caves

When it comes to unique destinations, Michigan can’t be beat. Every season brings somewhere new to explore! Rock River Canyon Ice Caves, located in the central Upper Peninsula, is one of those places. These stunning natural formations are spectacular and a must-see winter destination. About the Ice Caves The caves are part of the Rock River Canyon […]

Hardcore Boat Prep For The Avid Angler

When you’re a die-hard angler, taking care of your tackle, boat, rods and reels during the off-season can include some extreme boat prep measures. Of course, “off-season” could be anytime these days, because there are so many forms of fishing here in Michigan, but bass anglers will know what I’m talking about. So what do you do when […]

Valentine’s Day Guide To Outdoor Winter Dates

Michigan Winter Date Ideas - The Awesome Mitten

As I’m sure you’re all intimately aware, February means that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Many Michiganders are going to be sending flowers, receiving chocolates, and going to movies. I mean, it’s February in Michigan, what else can you do? To keep things interesting, I’m thrilled to tell you that there are dozens […]

Winter Adventures At Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Looking for a unique and exciting winter getaway? Plan a weekend visit to Tahquamenon Falls State Park! This amazing destination offers something for everyone. From family-oriented guided snowshoe hikes, to sled dog rides, off-the-grid back country adventures, and much more. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a great place to enjoy winter in Michigan.  About the Park […]

An Ice Cold Adventure: Ice Fishing

When you live in the fine state of Michigan, winter can be a blue time of the year. Luckily there are many winter activities you can participate in that make the snow and cold a little more bearable, and my favorite is ice fishing! As a kid of the backwoods, ice fishing is nothing new to me. […]

Michigan Lighthouses Look Better In Winter

Michigan Lighthouses Look Better In Winter - The Awesome Mitten

Lighthouses: The Mitten is home to well over 100, the most in one state in the nation, which tourists flock to each and every summer. For those found along Lake Michigan, they are part of the touristy, beach and resort town experience. Each one offers the opportunity to catch a beautiful sunset over the water […]

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 […]

January Events To Start The New Year Right

It’s a new year! January is the right time to enjoy great events throughout Michigan. This roundup is filled with many entertaining ideas. Family friendly outdoor festivals, dog sled races, and snowshoe races make January a great time to be in Michigan. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to find adventure and excitement throughout the Awesome Mitten! […]

Dear Michigan: A Letter to Michigan in the Winter

The Awesome Mitten - A Letter to Michigan

Dear Michigan, It feels strange to be writing a letter to a state. You are the state that I call home. The state that when the glaciers clawed their way through, shaping the land in the way that best fit their movements, created the space for the five Great Lakes. You rested right in the […]

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

UP Winter Road Trip - The Awesome Mitten

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 […]

Beat the Winter Blues with a Day-trip to Fenton

Downtown Fenton. Photo courtesy of Katie Nicpon

One great way to beat the winter blues is to take small day trips and find hidden Michigan gems. Fenton, a wonderful small town 20 minutes south of Flint, is a perfect example of one of those gems to consider exploring.  If you happen to get an early start and need a bite to eat, […]

Ludington Love: The Winter Brrrew Fest

Ludington is a city of small status that’s capable of throwing big parties, and the end-of-January annual Brrrew Fest was no exception. I’d never been to a beer festival before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. If I had to sum the event up in one word, it would be: one giant, alcohol-powered meet-and-greet. […]

Cozy Up with these 10 Craft Beers this Winter

As a resident of Beer City, it’s nearly impossible to go out and justify drinking $3 national brand pints when, for a dollar more, I can enjoy a delicious craft beer and get a buzz at the same time. I tried out three new breweries and scoured the menus of several of my all-time favorites in search […]

6 Michigan Beaches To Find Adventure During Off-Season

Strolling down a deserted beach, I often wish it could always be this serene. There aren’t any beach towels, or sand buckets, or a volleyball net. Instead, there is only the sound of chilled wind and the roar of thunderous waves. It’s the beginning of winter, right when the lake has yet to freeze, but the […]

A Wintry Stroll Around Downtown Kalamazoo

The Awesome Mitten - A Wintry Stroll Around Downtown Kalamazoo

Fact: Things don’t always go as expected when you’re on a road trip. Mother Nature definitely had other plans for me on a recent day trip to Downtown Kalamazoo when a planned, self-guided, outside tour was for naught because of snow, temperatures gravitating towards zero, and blizzard-like conditions. All that and the snow-covered roads could have […]

Michigan Bucket List: 5 Ideas for a Winter Date Night in Mid-Michigan

When winter arrives, it seems a majority of couples (and single people alike) would prefer to stay in, watch a movie, and order a pizza. However, if you’re looking to add some fun to your winter date nights (even if it’s just with your pals), we’ve got you covered right here with fun activities that […]

Continuing a Winter Lighthouse Road Trip Along Lake Michigan

The Awesome Mitten - Continuing a Winter Lighthouse, Lake Michigan Road Trip

Droves of people visit the resort towns and coastline of Lake Michigan every year during the warmer months. As an avid traveller of the state, I’m here to point our that this part of Michigan has a lot to offer in the winter as well, especially when it comes to lighthouse and shoreline beauty. Last […]

Letter from the Editor: Endless Winter

Dearest Michiganders, A word to the wise: the best way to shake these endless winter blues is to sweat. A lot. I’ve been up in the gym just workin’ on my fitness this month, folks, and I must say that it’s working wonders for my mood. It helps me smile through all the grayness and […]

Letter from the Editor: Blowing and Drifting in Michigan

Mitten Friends, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” Let’s hope that’s the case. We’ve had snow day numbers ten and eleven in the last week, during which time Lake Michigan killed her own ice caves that were formed along the western shores of the Leelanau Peninsula earlier […]

Keep Your Winter Hot

Awesome Mitten-Keep Your Winter Hot

I don’t know about you, but this winter is becoming a drag, fast. With the cold weather comes many things. Increased heating bills, frostbite, and the overwhelming sense of not feeling or looking our best. Luckily, Traverse City has got your back. Are you still struggling to find ways to keep your body temperature at […]