Happy Social Media Day #SMDayMI, Pure Michigan! (CLOSED: Plus a Giveaway!)

It’s Social Media Day here in Pure Michigan, and we would like to celebrate each and every one of you! It is our amazing and supportive fans and community that make Pure Michigan what it is today.

So, today we would like to know – what Michigan business, college, organization or city do you love to follow on social media? Tell us your favorite Michigan handles to follow and why on Twitter using #SMDayMi, and you may win a Pure Michigan sweatshirt! Don’t forget to check back if you submit, the best responses will be featured here throughout the day.

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You’ve asked, and we’re answering! As another #SMDayMI celebration, we’d like to announce the launch of our very own Snapchat! Today, we’re taking you from Sunrise in Detroit to Sunset on Lake Michigan. Follow along with us under the username Pure-Michigan and send us your favorite Michigan snaps of this beautiful state. Happy snapping!

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Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

Share your snaps with us!

Visit us on Snapchat at Pure-Michigan!

We’re sharing snaps from a coast-to-coast road trip today!

View 18 Breathtaking Photos on Display This Summer at the Detroit Riverwalk (Plus a Giveaway!)

Kick off this summer with Pure Michigan as we celebrate reaching a new milestone of one million Facebook fans – and we have an exclusive code for you use to create your own photo album!

To celebrate our loyal fans, we partnered with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and installed more than 1,000 of your photos along the Detroit Riverfront from Rivard Plaza to GM Plaza, showcasing the diversity and beauty of our state.

Our fans serve as contributors, storytellers and ambassadors by sharing their photos and memories around Michigan. These ambassadors have contributed to the overall success of the Pure Michigan campaign and have helped 113.4 million visitors in 2014 select Michigan as their vacation destination.

From now until Labor Day, stroll down the Detroit RiverFront to enjoy the display of photos telling our fans’ stories of what Pure Michigan means to them.

Below are just a few of the amazing photos displayed. Again thank you for all of your support and sharing your Pure Michigan moments with us!

GIVEAWAY: Need a place to display all of your own Pure Michigan photos? Build your own 8″ x 6″ album with pictures you’ve taken around Michigan to share with friends and family on Collage.com! Use the exclusive offer code PUREMICHIGAN at checkout and only pay shipping for a softcover photo book. Offer valid through August 31, 2015, while supplies last. Happy photographing!

Detroit Bridge at Twilight

Photo Courtesy of Barb Guobis

Photo Courtesy of Barb Guobis

Fireworks in Grand Rapids

Photo Courtesy of Amy Kopec.

Photo Courtesy of Amy Kopec.

Winding Roads & Fall Colors in Ann Arbor

Photo Courtesy of John Blair.

Photo Courtesy of John Blair.

Holland State Park on Lake Michigan

Photo Courtesy of Jean Woltjer.

Photo Courtesy of Jean Woltjer.

Northern Lights in Cheboygan

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Haddock.

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Haddock.

Stairs to the Beach in Saugatuck

Photo Courtesy of Kim Walter.

Photo Courtesy of Kim Walter.

Houghton Dock at Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Jim Page.

Photo Courtesy of Jim Page.

A Run Through Flint

Photo Courtesy of Paris Wood.

Photo Courtesy of Paris Wood.

Rainbow in Marquette

Photo Courtesy of Christine Brown.

Photo Courtesy of Christine Brown.

Nothing Like Relaxing in Cadillac

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Palm.

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Palm.

A Paradise Sunset

Photo Courtesy of Terese Chandler.

Photo Courtesy of Terese Chandler.

Frozen Berries After a Battle Creek Ice Storm

Photo Courtesy of Melanie Taylor.

Photo Courtesy of Melanie Taylor.

A Beautiful Farm in Boyne City

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Biereng.

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Biereng.

Bridge Through the Trees in Sault Ste. Marie

Photo Courtesy of Susan McLeod.

Photo Courtesy of Susan McLeod.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Lighthouse

Photo Courtesy of Randy Bowdler.

Photo Courtesy of Randy Bowdler.

Morning View of Long Lake in Alpena

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Roskey.

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Roskey.

Escanaba Sailboat

Photo Courtesy of Paul Rose.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Rose.

 Great Lakes Bay Reflections

Photo Courtesy of Dean Fletcher.

Photo Courtesy of Dean Fletcher.

What are your favorite places around the state? Share your #PureMichigan moments with us!

Five Ways to Stay Active and Hydrated This Winter (Plus a Giveaway from Absopure!)

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New Absopure Pure Michigan Winter Packaging

To celebrate the winter season and their new Pure Michigan packaging, Absopure shares five fun ways you can stay active and hydrated while making warm memories with your family this season. Plus, learn how you can win a Northern Michigan Winter Getaway to Boyne Mountain from Absopure. To enter for your chance to win, visit the Absopure (un)Filtered blog.

It’s no secret that Michigan has some of the best summer vacation spots in the country, but there’s something about a fresh blanket of snow that transforms our great state into a winter wonderland. But just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to hibernate at home.

Here at Absopure, we’re passionate about empowering others to lead healthy, active lifestyles year round. Whether you enjoy shredding the slopes, snowshoeing across the countryside or dancing on ice, there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the season.

Here are five fun ways to stay active and create warm family memories this winter.

Hit the slopes
Home to some of the Midwest’s best ski resorts, Northern Michigan provides a steady stream of snowfall and fresh white powder for skiers and snowboarders alike. Ranked second in the nation for the total number of ski areas, Michigan’s ski slopes are great for any skill level. Boyne Mountain is no exception. Whether you’re a beginner or a black diamond pro, Boyne Mountain has plenty of fresh powder and a variety of terrains to match anyone’s abilities. You can even try your hand at other fun outdoor activities, like tubing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and even snowshoeing, while you’re there.

Go sledding
You don’t have to spend big bucks to have fun on the slopes. Sledding can be just as fun and is an activity the entire family can enjoy! Similar to sledding, snow tubing has become a popular winter pastime for Michigan residents. If you’re looking for the perfect sledding hill, look no further! Pure Michigan has your ultimate guide to the best sledding and snow tubing hills.

Ride the trails
Have a need for speed? With more than 6,500 groomed trails, Michigan has one of the most extensive systems of interconnected snowmobiling trails in the country. Grayling alone has more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails that wind through rolling hills and vast forests. So the next time you decide to go for a ride, take the path less traveled and feel the rush of cold winter air against your face as you race through Michigan’s snowmobiling trails.

Lace up your skates
Whether you pick up a game of pond hockey or visit one of Michigan’s many outdoor skating rinks, it’s time to lace up your skates and get moving. Ice-skating can be a great way for the entire family to have fun and stay in shape.

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If you’re not afraid of the cold and ready for a good full-body workout, cross-country skiing might be your thing. It might not be easy, but it’ll get your adrenalin pumping and work your arms, core and legs at the same time. Plus, you’ll enjoy scenic views of Michigan’s spectacular snow-covered landscape—a sight that only comes once a year.

As you’re out enjoying all that our great state has to offer this winter, remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated during the winter months is just as important as it is during the dog days of summer. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body running its best.

Win a trip to Boyne Mountain! 

Create your own Pure Michigan adventure this winter! Visit the Absopure (un)Filtered blog for your chance to win a Northern Michigan Winter Getaway to Boyne Mountain. Complete with a Ski, Stay and Splash Package for a family of four, including two night’s lodging in the Clock Tower Lodge at Boyne Mountain Resort with breakfast, two-day unlimited lift tickets for four, plus two-day waterpark passes to Avalanche Bay, Michigan’s largest and best indoor waterpark, the winner will experience and enjoy all that Northern Michigan’s winter wonderland has to offer.

How do you stay active and what activities does your family enjoy on a Pure Michigan Snow Day? Share your photos enjoying the snow using #PureMichiganSnowDay on Twitter and Instagram or visit michigan.org/snowday.