Our 5 Favorite Pure Michigan Lake Effect Signs

Michigan offers America’s perfect summer destination – with long days, comfortable temperatures and endless possibilities to experience Pure Michigan Lake Effect. Though not every day can be spent at the lake, there are new arrivals at the Pure Michigan Store that let you show off your summertime passion all year long! What’s more, all signs are hand-painted and come with hanging materials.

Check out the five Pure Michigan Lake Effect signs below and let us know which is your favorite.  

1. Rush Hour on the Lake
Rush hour isn’t quite so bad when you have one of our state’s beautiful lakes beneath you! This birch wood sign, approximately 20″x 20″, will look great at your lake house, at home or even at the office! Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: the subtle nod to Michigan’s wildlife.

Rush Hour on the Lake sign

Rush hour can be enjoyed when it’s on the lake

2. The Best Meetings are Around Campfires
In a perfect world, every meeting would be held around a campfire. This beautiful lake sign measures approx. 24″ x 7″ and would serve as a great reminder of all campfire memories. This particular sign is made from pine wood. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: Some of our favorite memories have been made around a campfire. Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows sold separately!

The Best Meetings Are Around Campfires Sign

Meetings around the campfire are always productive

 3. Memories are Made in Flip Flops
When in Michigan, it’s impossible to not make memories that will last a lifetime. Let this sign refresh your memory and make your day brighter. This pine wood sign measures approximately 11″ x 14″ and will serve as a perfect reminder to plan your next trip to the beach. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: It looks great in any setting (and reminds us not to wear regular shoes to the beach!).

Memories are made in Flip Flops sign

Make some summertime memories in your sandals this season

4. Sail Through the Day
Whenever your day needs a pick-me-up, let this beautiful lake sign bring it to you! This stained plywood sign measures approximately 16″ x 18″ and is a perfect gift for an avid sailor or for dad for Father’s Day! Captain – good times ahead! Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: Boating is one of our favorite ways to spend a summer day in Michigan.

Sail Through The Day Sign

Enjoying the day is a breeze when on Michigan lakes

5. Lake Activities
When it comes to water in Michigan, if you can think it, you can do it. Let this lake sign be a reminder of the limitless fun that can be had in Michigan’s beautiful lakes. This pine wood sign measures approximately 12″ x 36″ and can be a perfect conversation piece for finding out your friends’ favorite lake activity. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: It’s a to-do list for this summer!

Lake Activities Sign

What’s your lake activity?

What Michigan-themed items do you own? Let us know by commenting below!

9 Michigan Outdoor Items to Have this Spring/Summer

As the weather starts to warm up, we’re thinking ahead to spring and summer.  Most Michiganders will be spending more and more time outside. Whether playing sports, grilling, tailgating or fishing, there are so many options to enjoy the outdoors in the Great Lakes state. Many also start to think about decorating outside their homes with items they put away for the wintertime. With that in mind, we rounded up a few outdoor Michigan-themed items for you to demonstrate your Michigan pride.

DoormatMichigan Doormat
Welcome your guests with this one-of-a-kind doormat with the silhouette of the state of Michigan. Each one is handmade and made-to-order with quality products. You can even customize to your liking with different size and color options making it a unique accent to your doorstep.

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Michigan Adirondack Chair
The Michigan-based store Art Van sells these spectacular Adirondack chairs perfect for your backyard or porch. Be sure to check out the footstools that are sold separately so you can mix and match colors! These will be sure to wow your guests.

 

 

 

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State of Michigan Flag
Let your Michigan pride fly with this State of Michigan flag that can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. Made out of good quality nylon in the United States, this flag will last!. You can also add a pole hem or fringe if needed.

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Mr. Bar-B-Q – NCAA – Protective Grill Mat, MSU
Show off your team spirit with this cool grill mat. It is made out of high-quality padded vinyl that soaks up any spills or splatters so that you can keep your deck clean. Check out the grill covers to match the mat. And if you’re not a State fan, don’t worry. There’s a Wolverines version too.

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Pure Michigan Iceberg Cooler
Keep all of your drinks or food cold while also making your friends and family envious with this awesome cooler perfect for camping or trips to the beach. The sides feature custom Pure Michigan artwork perfect for showing off the beauty of our state.

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Michigan Wolverines Gnome Garden Bobblehead
Decorate your lawn with this sports-team themed gnome. Show everyone who drives by which team you root for. This officially licensed product is hand-painted and made of durable resin. There’s even a zombie version! Check out the site for more cool items and other team options.

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Michigan Cornhole Board Set with Bags
Cornhole is a fun Michigan pastime that everyone loves to play when the weather warms up. These custom cornhole boards are sure to be a fun addition to parties or get-togethers. To make it even more special, you can order addons such as LED hole lights, rope handles, drink holders and more!

PistonsBirdfeederDetroit Pistons License Plate Bird Feeder
This item is for all you bird lovers out there. This cool addition to your yard will have birds flocking. This bird feeder is made of cedar and stainless steel so it will not rust. Of course, you can also order another favorite Michigan team for more personalization. Deeetroit Basketballlll!

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Michigan Stepping Stones with Petosky Stone
These stepping stones are sold by Sturgeon River Pottery, based in Wolverine, Michigan. They are made out of Petosky Stone and include both the Upper and Lower peninsulas. These stones would make the perfect addition to your yard, being both stylish and functional.

 

 

What are your favorite Michigan outdoor items? Let us know in the comments below!

Pure Michigan January 2016 Events Roundup

January is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited to start the New Year with everything happening throughout Pure Michigan in 2016. From winter festivals to snowshoeing (we hope!), the first month of the year is filled with events that everyone can enjoy. For a full list of events in Michigan, visit michigan.org/events.

Week of January 1-4

Shen Yun | Dance & Martial Arts Performance
January 1-3, Detroit
For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance,Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Shoe Year Hike: Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoe Event
January 2, Ludington
Start the New Year with a Shoe Year’s Hike at Ludington State Park. Cross country ski, snowshoe or hike the lantern lit trails to kick off your new year’s resolutions or just enjoy some outdoor fun with your family and friends. If you’re looking to participate, there are 40 pairs of snowshoes that will be lent out first-come, first-serve. Make sure you dress warmly in layers when attending! Along the trail, a campfire will be available where visitors can warm themselves and enjoy a hot beverage. The park will be hosting additional lantern lit ski and snowshoe events on January 9, 23, and February 6. 

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21st Annual Downtown Bridal Show
January 3, Traverse City
Did you just get engaged? Attend this bridal show to help plan your wedding! Over 35 vendors will come together to showcase all things wedding at the City Opera House in Downtown Traverse City. A wedding fashion show will take place and admission to the event is free!

Week of January 4-11

Moscow Festival Ballet: Romeo & Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty
January 8, East Lansing
This renowned company from Moscow brings two of the most romantic Russian ballets to the stage. Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s classic tale of young star-crossed lovers, featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Petipa. The evening also includes selections from another timeless classic, the fairytale The Sleeping Beauty, also set to music by Tchaikovsky. Both performances feature exquisite costumes and lush scenery in the grand ballet style. Founded by legendary dancer Sergei Radchenko, this acclaimed company features leading dancers from across Russia.

Plymouth Ice FestivalPLymouth ice fest
January 8-10
Downtown Plymouth is hosting the 34th annual Ice Festival! The Plymouth Ice Festival has a long-standing history of being the largest, free ice festival in Michigan and remains dedicated to the art of ice carving.

Winter Walking Tour with The Kalamazoo House
January 9
In partnership with The Kalamazoo House, the historic bed and breakfast built in 1878, guests can enjoy an overnight stay, a walking tour of three breweries and breakfast all in one stop. You can visit Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewing Co. and Tibbs Brewing Co. where you can receive either a full pour or a series of samples at each stop. You can also learn more about Kalamazoo’s growing craft beer industry and its role in Michigan’s rise as one of the top beer destinations in the world.

22nd Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off
January 9, Traverse City
The annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off in Traverse City brings together some of the area’s finest restaurants and their creative chili recipes for a spicy showdown. The restaurants will compete in a variety of categories including 1, 2 and 3 Alarm, White, Seafood, No Bean, Ethnic, and more. It should be a delicious time!

Winter Festival and Brunch
January 10, Hastings
Bring the family out to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute to enjoy the winter landscape! A number of winter-themed activities are scheduled throughout the day. Snowshoe rental, family-friendly crafts, and a warm fire will be available in the Visitor Center. Trails and the sledding hill will be open from dawn to dusk. The brunch program will feature “Stormy the Magician” performing illusions for the whole family. End the day fulfilling a New Year’s resolution by getting outside and enjoying a snowshoe hike and taking in the winter sights and sounds.

Week of January 11-18

Wine About Winter
January 15, Grand Haven
What better place to “wine” away those winter blues than at the annual Wine About Winter? Each January, a collection of businesses in Grand Haven’s Centertown and Downtown districts invite the public to sample wines and check out art from local artists. As guests sip on samples of Shiraz and Chardonnay, area artists offer talks about their works, all of which are displayed at the various venues as part of Wine About Winter. Tasting packages will be available for purchase in the fall 2015 at various Main Street Merchant locations. 

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Fort Custer Recreation Area: Intro to Mushing
January 16, Augusta
Are you interested in learning about dog sledding? Members of the Southwest Michigan Husky Club are providing introductory classes that will go over several different outdoor activities owners can enjoy with their dogs including: Mushing, Skijoring, Bikejoring, and tandem snowshoeing with dogs.

Beer and Bluegrass | Concert
January 16, Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo State Theatre is teaming up with Short’s Brewing Company out of Bellaire, Michigan, to bring you a bluegrass event like no other! Mark your calendars and join them for “Beer and Bluegrass” at Kalamazoo State Theatre! They will be bringing you four musical performances from Grammy award winning Bluegrass artists such as the Del McCoury Band, Jeff Austin Band, Don Julin and the Billy Strings Trio. Short’s Brewing Company will be onsite for a total tap takeover, featuring their top seasonal brews.

Kalkaska Winterfest
January 16-17
Kalkaska Winterfest has been a Michigan classic since 1965. It is the largest sprint sled dog race in the northern lower 48 states. The race will be a qualifying race for the IFSS world championships in 2017. There will be sled dog racing from 10, 6, 4, 3 and 2 dog teams, along with skijoring. Other activities include IWPA dog weight pull, craft show, silent auction and food. Make sure to check it out!

North American International Auto Show
January 16-24, Detroit
With an anticipated 800,000 visitors from around the world, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit continues to be among the most prestigious auto shows in the world. See highlights from last year’s show here.

Week of January 18- 25

Saline Winterfest 2016
January 22-23
You have to come to Winterfest 2016! Why? Because everything about this exciting event will be different this year. They’ll have indoor and outdoor activities fun for the whole family, from kids to grandparents, from mild to wild! More details will be released as the event nears. 

Noquemanon Ski Marathon
January 22-24, Marquette
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon, locally referred to as “The Noque”, is a point-to-point cross-country ski race held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the last weekend of January. Starting from Ishpeming and ending in Marquette, the race showcases the scenery and terrain characteristic of Upper Michigan. The variety of events include Classic Freestyle, Team Relay, Junior Noque, Adaptive Snowshoe, Snow bike, Skijor Long and Short Distances.

203rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin
January 23, Monroe
Join the many participants from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Canada as we remember the Battle of the River Raisin and Massacre that took place 203 years ago – January 22 & 23, 1813. The 203rd Anniversary Commemoration of the Battles of the River Raisin will take place on Saturday January 23, 2016. There will be a tactical demonstration battleground, and commemoration ceremonies.

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January 23, Traverse City
Come join the Bigfoot Snowshoe Race! The course is a super hilly off trail run with plenty of logs to jump and branches to duck. If there’s no snow, bring your trail shoes, the race goes on no matter what the conditions. Bigfoot is the Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe race.

Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food, and Music
January 30, Portage
Winter Delights will be an evening of wine tasting with the best regional wineries, delicious food, and live music by the LMC Jazz Combo. Admission includes 10 wine tastings, $10 in food samplings, commemorative festival glass, and entertainment. Designated driver tickets include festival glass, two non-alcoholic drinks, $10 in food samplings, and entertainment.

Week of January 25-31

Thrill On the Hill
January 29-30, Buchanan
Bring your family and come tubing on an 800-foot long hill. The City of Buchanan closes its main thoroughfare and invites you to use their tubes to fly down Front Street’s hill! The road is closed for tubing only and happens just once a year. There will be tubing fun, games, contests, great food and a winter-land playground for the youngsters. Frosty and Rudolph will show up to frolic with kids and grownup kids alike. It is sure to be a family-friendly time!

Pure Ludington BRRRewFestbrewfest
January 30
Back by popular demand, the second annual Pure Ludington BRRRewFest is bigger and better, with 30-plus brewers from throughout Michigan showcasing their best for an afternoon of brews, live music and more at Ludington’s new community garden. Tickets include a 5oz. commemorative sampling glass plus six drinks tokens for sampling.

Snowfest
January 30, Muskegon
The Greater Muskegon Jaycees “Snowfest” is happening in downtown Muskegon. Enjoy many events such as the Battle of the Bowls, Kidsfest, Snow Volleyball, Cornhole, Broomball and much more! 

Winter Snow Party
January 30, Portage
The Winter Snow Party is a great opportunity to enjoy time with your family and friends, all while embracing the white wonders of Michigan outdoors. There will be many activities to enjoy such as sledding and a snowman building contest! Build, decorate and bring your own cardboard sled and build and dress up the biggest and fanciest snowman. Prizes will be awarded for best in show for both contests as well as the fastest cardboard sled! When you need a warm respite from the activities enjoy a bonfire with hot chocolate and coffee available for purchase. 

What January events are you looking forward to most?