15 Most Read Awesome Mitten Articles in 2015

15 Most Read Awesome Mitten Articles in 2015

Happy New Year! Throughout 2015, The Awesome Mitten continued to explore the many hidden gems of this beautiful state and began to venture out on numerous #MittenTrips to capture the essence that makes Michigan towns unforgettable. As always, we’ve had a blast bringing you all the awesomeness this state has to offer. Thank YOU to all who have contributed, read, and shared our articles. Below we’ve compiled a list of our most popular posts from this year for you to review and plan for an amazing adventure in 2016!

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Black Rocks at Presque Isle Park. Photo by John Kalmar.

15. A #MittenTrip Guide to the City by the Bay: Marquette

Off again on another #MittenTrip, John Kalmar spent the weekend in Marquette discovering what the “Pleasant Peninsula” has to offer outside and in.

East Channel Lighthouse, photo by Shalee Blackmer
East Channel Lighthouse, photo by Shalee Blackmer

14. Michigan Bucket List: 6 Lighthouses Perfect for an Adventure

Join Shalee Blackmer for another Michigan Bucket List! This time, she tells adventurers about 6 of her favorite lighthouses and the fun to be had by each.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Syswerda

13. 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Fennville

Fennville is a secret gem of Southwest Michigan. A visit to Fennville can be a great family outing, day date or even a weekend getaway. There are many reasons to fall in love with Fennville but here are just five to get you started.

Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.
Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

12. 6 Michigan Beaches to Find Adventure During Off-Season

We love the beach as much as the next person, so here is a list of 6 Michigan beaches to find adventure during off-season so the fun never ends.

Photo Courtesy of AthensDetroit.com
Photo Courtesy of AthensDetroit.com

11. 14 Ways to Show Your Valentine a Good Time in Metro Detroit 

February is the month of love and Metro Detroit offers tons of romantic and unique date options. Here are 14 suggestions for you and your Valentine!

Polish Star Ornament
Courtesy of Jennifer Polasek

10. Polish Holiday Traditions from a Michigander 

Jennifer tells all about the most important Polish holiday traditions.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr User Samuel Tristán (@Samolo)

9. 3 Quirky, Budget-Friendly Michigan Road Trips

Michigan has some delightfully quirky destinations that can not only give you the experience of a lifetime in a single weekend, but are also wallet-friendly

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Photo by Brian Wells

8. Top 5 Grand Rapids Bands You Need to Know

Grand Rapids has its share of award-winning musical talent. It’s about time you get to know some of the best bands Beer City USA has been brewing up.

Photo courtesy of Chad Cramblet.
Photo courtesy of Chad Cramblet.

7. West Michigan’s newest brewery, Newaygo Brewing Co.,  is a true family affair 

Forty-five minutes north of the bustling Grand Rapids beer scene, the fresh Newaygo Brewing Co. boasts 12 beers on tap, a full restaurant menu and more.

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Dynamic Corvettes’ (corvette restoration) unique flower boxes in Old Town Saginaw. Photo by Cassie Lovall.

6. More than Meets the Eye: A Weekend Guide to Saginaw #MittenTrip

In the eighth of our 12 Mitten Trip guides, contributing writer Cassie Lovall shows Saginaw some love

Photo by Joanna Dueweke.
Photo by Joanna Dueweke.

5. Another Kind of “Up North” #MitttenTrip: A Guide to Port Austin 

#TeamAwesome editor, Joanna Dueweke, heads to Port Austin to discover what the fuss is about the other “up north” in Michigan’s thumb.

Michigan Home Ornament
Courtesy of Michiganstudio.com

4. The Ultimate Michigan Made Gift Guide

Look no further, this is the best of the best gifts for everything made in Michigan this year!

Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.
Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

3. Michigan Bucket List: Best Stops on a Winter UP Road Trip 

Next up on the Michigan Bucket List, Shalee Blackmer lists some of her favorite stops on a Winter UP Road Trip. Which natural wonders are your favorites?

Photo courtesy of Margaret Clegg.
Photo courtesy of Margaret Clegg.

2. 10 of the Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Michigan

Ten Michigan based, gluten-free restaurants that are making inexpensive and delicious dishes for those living with food allergies or just looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

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1. 4 Michigan Drives to Make the Most of Fall

As summer fades into fall, the adventures don’t have to stop! We’re off on road trips to 4 Michigan drives that will make the most of your fall.


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