15 Reasons to Love Winter in Michigan

Photograph courtesy of John McCormick

Winter has arrived in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season we asked our fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram “What does winter in Pure Michigan mean to you?” 

From skiing and snowboarding to warm fires and hot cocoa, winter means something unique to everyone. Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what winter in Michigan means to you!

Finding the perfect tree and having apple cider with the family putting it up.  -Angela Blasingim

When I was a kid in Petoskey and Grand Rapids it meant lots of ice skating!  -D Kay Graham Hostettler

Snowshoeing all over the north woods going to places I can’t get to in the summer because of too much brush. Going right across frozen lakes and ponds – walking on water.  - Starlajane Thunder

Crisp clean air and pretty snow flakes.  -Sandy Little-Wolney

Playing in the snow. Enjoying the beautiful white trees.  - Jackie Daniels

Lots of snow and skiing!  - Instagram user @_rangerous

Pure beauty. We live in a state that gives us the magnificence of all the different seasons and winter brings purity.  - Kaitlyn Smith

Cross country skiing, hot cider, snuggling under covers.  -Dianne Thole

Frozen Lake Michigan with ice as far as you can see.  - John-Carolyn Hinch

Beautiful snow! Crisp fresh air.  - Jill Schultz

Winter in Michigan means long afternoons and evenings on my uncles farm. Roaring fires and playing the piano. Horseback riding with the neighbors. Maybe taking out the four wheelers or ice skating on the pond if it’s frozen enough. Bliss.  - Instagram user @alicialouise5193

Serene beauty.  - Amy Socrainte

A b&b up north in the thumb and keeping warm!   – Twitter user @AmyJoyHagen

My last winter in Michigan was ’77-’78. It was long, cold, and record breaking, but I enjoyed everyday.  - Mike Jackson

Snowboarding. Sitting downtown Traverse City with friends and hot beverages. Seeing my family again while I’m on break from school. Being where I belong.  - Instagram user @klostrowski

Why do you love winter in Michigan

Holiday Shopping Made Easy: Gifts from the Pure Michigan Store

After enjoying a delectable Thanksgiving meal, many shoppers will flock to the stores to get a head start crossing items of their holiday shopping list with some Black Friday deals. If you’d prefer to take some time to relax after your Thanksgiving celebration, then you can take advantage of some Cyber Monday deals on holiday gifts in the Pure Michigan online store. Here are a few of our favorites items for the Pure Michigan fans on your shopping list. 

Pure Michigan 2014 Calendar

The Pure Michigan 2014 Calendar is filled with stunning photographs of beautiful destinations across the great State of Michigan for each enchanting season. Day dream of days spent with family and friends or of your next Pure Michigan vacation.

Michigan Apple Harvest Crate

A Michigan apple gift basket to keep the autumn season going all year round. Gift basket also available in Michigan cherry.

Pure Michigan Women’s Logo T-shirt

This t-shirt embodies the Pure Michigan experience for you to enjoy for years to come. Available in navy blue.

Pure Michigan Logo Hooded Pullover

The iconic Pure Michigan logo looks great across the front of this, heavyweight hooded pullover sweatshirt featuring a muff pocket. Available in navy.

Pure Michigan Fitted Cap

While exploring waterfalls or hunting for morels, cap your day in the great Michigan outdoors. Available in navy.

Pure Michigan Soy Candle

This handmade soy candle will provide a refreshing scent into any room. Available in blue.

Pure Michigan Beer Glass

Enjoy your favorite Michigan craft beer in this impeccable beer glass.

Ceramic Lake Mug

Enjoy the lake view whether you are on your deck or looking at your coffee mug.

For more options – including hot holiday deals on select items – visit www.puremichiganstore.org. Be sure to place your order early to ensure arrival by December 25th!

Which item from the Pure Michigan Store is your favorite? Share with us below!

Pure Michigan October 2013 Fan Photos

Our Pure Michigan fans stayed busy this October with trips to Michigan cider mills, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more! Set against against a backdrop of stunning fall colors, this fall in Pure Michigan has been a beauty. Here’s a look back at some fantastic fan photos shared with us by our Pure Michigan Facebook community.  Check out more fan photos on the Pure Michigan Flickr page.


Which photo from October is your favorite? If you have a photo to share with us, visit the Pure Michigan Facebook page and post it there.