Category Archives: Southwest Michigan

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: #17 Ride on the Silver Beach Carousel

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#17 Ride on the Silver Beach Carousel

Region: Southwest

Location: 333 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085

The Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph is one of a kind! This year-round attraction features horses, tigers, a hippopotamus, a panda, and a clown fish, all beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted by the artisans at The Carousel Works. Around the top of the carousel you can learn about the local history – told as no one else in the world has told it on a carousel – using historic photographs!
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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 MittenBrew.com. 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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2016: #19 Enjoy a family fun or date night at a Drive-In Theater

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Photo by courtesy of MLive

#19 Enjoy a family fun or date night at a Drive-In Theater

Region: All Over!

Location: Michigan

Michigan has several Drive-In movie theaters throughout the state. You can find a few of our favorites listed in our article, “Ask a Michigander: Where can I take my girlfriend on a date to a drive-in movie?”, and Pure Michigan’s Six Places to Catch a Drive-In Movie in Michigan.

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