Category Archives: MidMichigan

#20 Explore a public library and read a book by a Michigan author

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#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!

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2016: #16 Host a Michigan Backyard BBQ

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#16 Host a Michigan Backyard BBQ

Region: All over

Location: Your backyard or a public park!

This one is pretty self-explanatory: invite some friends over to enjoy some delish Michigan food and beverages. Bonus points if you add in a late-night bonfire!

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2016: #29 Taste wine from one of Michigan’s 100+ wineries

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#29 Taste wine from one of Michigan’s 100+ wineries

Region: All over

Location: Michigan

Traverse City is known for their wine, have two peninsulas (Old Mission Peninsula & Leelanau Peninsula) full of it, but did you know that southwest Michigan has the Lakeshore Wine Trail? And in Irish Hills you can find the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail? Plus, if you’re not feeling up to the wine tasting adventure, and prefer to try something at home, stop by your local Meijer or wine shop to grab some Michigan vino.

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.

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2016: #25 Take a tour of one of Michigan’s 96 lighthouses that are open to the public

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#25 Take a tour of one of Michigan’s 96 lighthouses that are open to the public

Region: All over!

Location: On the water.

Lighthouses in Michigan – where do we even begin with this category?! If you have never been to a lighthouse – now is a good time to go. If you’ve never toured the inside of a lighthouse – just do it. If you’ve never spent the night in a lighthouse – this is your chance. If you’ve never been on an epic roadtrip to visit as many lighthouses as you can – make it happen this summer.

Why the urgency? Because lighthouses are expensive to maintain, and each year we’re seeing fewer and fewer open to the public. But you can help save the lighthouses of Michigan by doing these things.

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2016: #43 Ketchup or Gravy? Grab a pasty and sample both!

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#43 Ketchup or Gravy? Grab a pasty and sample both!

Region: Natively found in Upper 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!

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2016: #50 Enjoy a sunrise or sunset on a shore of one of the Great Lakes

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Sunset on Lake Michigan on South Haven. Photo Shannon Sakowski.

#50 Enjoy a sunrise or sunset on a shore of one of the Great Lakes

Region: All over.

You have four Great Lakes (Lake Ontario doesn’t touch the Michigan border) and 3,288 miles of shoreline to make this happen. NO EXCUSES!

2016: #14 Take a different kind of tour of Michigan – on a Hot Air Balloon!

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Photo courtesy of Shalee Wanders

#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.

2016: #28 Snag a selfie at Michigan’s State Capitol

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowman.

#28 Snag a selfie at Michigan’s State Capitol

Region: Mid-Michigan

Location: 100 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

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.”

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2016: #49 Sample of a flight at one of Michigan’s 200+ breweries

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Flight at Stormcloud Brewing. Photo by Erin Bernhard.

#49 Sample of a flight at one of Michigan’s 200+ breweries

Region: All over!

We like beer. We write about beer sometimes, but the real experts are the folks over the Michigan’s Brewers Guild and A few of smaller breweries are some of our personal favorites here at The Awesome Mitten: Brewery Vivant, Right Brain Brewery, and Greenbush Brewing.

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