#20 Explore a public library and read a book by a Michigan author
Region: All over Michigan
Public libraries are just as an amazing of a resource as they used to be and the perfect place to enjoy a quiet morning or afternoon this summer. Check out some of the historic libraries like Hackley Public Library in Muskegon, or your basic local library for some quiet time surrounded by books. While your’e at it, check out Michigan writers like Gloria Whelan, Jim Harrison, or Bonnie Jo Campbell. Settle down with a good book from an amazing Mitten State author!
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.
Our writer Jennifer Bowman says: “This first destination may be an obvious choice, but a visit to Michigan’s State Capitol is practically “required reading” for everyone who visits Lansing. See the iconic dome ceiling and more than nine acres of beautiful, hand-painted surfaces as you learn about the building’s history and the legislative process. Free, guided tours are available Monday through Saturday, but don’t fret if you miss one of the regularly scheduled departure times—simply tag along with another group or grab a brochure and start exploring! Groups of ten or more will need to RSVP.”