Bonus: if you’re in the Metro-Detroit area, stop by and check out a Michigan By The Bottle location in Royal Oak, Shelby Township, and (coming soon) Auburn Hills. MBTB has eight partner wineries (2 Lads Winery, Bel Lago Winery, Chateau Aeronautique, Chateau de Leelanau, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Peninsula Cellars, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Verterra Winery) that you can sample from. Plus, you can grab bottles to go or enjoy one of their fun events.
#43 Ketchup or Gravy? Grab a pasty and sample both!
Region: Natively found inUpper Peninsula, but now all over the state
Location: too many to count!
One of our most popular series on The Awesome Mitten was called “Pretty Awesome Pasties”. Friends Beth and Julie selfless visited a number of pasty establishments, grading each one on a special KPI scale (pictures below). Check out their adventures below, and choose your destination! Or, feeling inclined to make your own? Julie and Beth have just the recipe!
#14 Take a different kind of tour of Michigan – on a Hot Air Balloon!
Location: All over Michigan!
All over Michigan, Balloon rides are offered in the summer. We recommend snagged the coveted sunset or sunrise spot for maximum viewing pleasure. Not feeling great about going that high up in the air? Head to the Balloonfest in Howell and take in their beauty!
Our writer Shalee recently took a Hot Air Balloon ride instead of walking at her college graduation – read her account here.
#44 Tour the Huron Lightship & Fort Gratiot Lighthouse
Location: 800 Prospect Place, Port Huron MI, 48060
The Huron Lightship was the last operating lightship on the Great Lakes, and served for over 50 years when she was retired in 1970. For 36 of those years, she was stationed at Corsica Shoals, a sandy area 6 miles north of Port Huron. She was permanently moored in sand, along the banks of the St. Clair River in scenic Pine Grove Park, Port Huron, MI. There is an extensive collection of artifacts, including many model ships, as well as a live camera feed of the bottom of the river, taken off a camera positioned at the bow. It was dedicated in 1990 as a National Historic Landmark.
Climb to the top of the tower for an awesome view of Lake Huron and the majestic Blue Water Bridges. After extensive renovation, the lighthouse tower is open for public viewing and climbing. Along with the restoration of the lighthouse tower, a splendid gift shop has been added as well as artifacts display. The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, built in 1825 and rebuilt in 1829 and 1861, was the first lighthouse on Lake Huron and is the oldest working lighthouse in Michigan.
#12 Experience Christmas in July at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland!
Location: 25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Spanning the size of two football fields, and located in Frankenmuth, Bronner’s is the largest Christmas store in the world! Visitors come from near and far just to get a glimpse of the magic within the store. Bronner’s offers everything Christmas from nearly any ornament you could think of (Need a bacon ornament? They’ve got it!) to beautifully lit Christmas tree displays, to stockings and more. Not to mention their amazing overhead holiday displays that greet you all throughout the store. Bronner’s is truly a one of a kind attraction found only in Michigan’s Little Bavaria.
Don’t forget to take a cruise down Christmas Lane in the evening to catch a glimpse of the brightly-lit drive, featuring thousands of lights, lit every night, 365 days a year!