Name These 7 Pure Michigan Things: Blue Monday Edition

Happy Blue Monday! What is Blue Monday, you ask? Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year. 

So as we look to kick the winter ‘blues’ with travel packages, deals and other incredible adventures during a Pure Michigan Snow Day, try your luck at guessing seven locations, phrases or landmarks that are ‘blue’ in Michigan.

1. This bridge is a major international crossing over the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron. Located between Port Huron and Point Edward, Ontario connecting both Interstate 94 and Interstate 69 with Highway 402 it is one of the fastest links between the Midwest and Ontario as well as the Northeast United States.

Photo Courtesy of Facebook Fan Tom Hughes

2. For more than 35 years, this fine arts camp has been providing instruction through three distinctive programs, the Summer Camp Program, International Exchange Program and Blue Lake Public Radio. Nestled in Michigan’s western lower peninsula, 15 miles from downtown Muskegon, it welcomes young musicians, artists, dancers and actors to experience a time of fun and learning.

3. If you travel to an iconic Great Lakes state university located in Ann Arbor, you’ll hear this phrase emphatically chanted around on campus and at sporting events.

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4.This particular shade of blue is worn by Pure Michigan’s NFL team, the Detroit Lions. Since coming to Detroit in 1934, the Lions have worn this color, in addition to silver, except for 1948 when then head coach Bo McMillin changed it to maroon. (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana). Since calling Detroit home in 1934, the Lions have won four league championships.

5. Delicious fruits that you can pick at Michigan U-Pick farms, when in season. During August, Montrose has an entire festival dedicated to the delectable fruit, where delicious _________ pancakes and pies can be enjoyed.

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6.This annual Upper Peninsula pond hockey championship, taking place Feb. 11-14, is one of the few tournaments where their ‘pond’ is actually one of the Great Lakes! The pond hockey tournament is played on the frozen ice of Moran Bay, Lake Huron. Thirty 75′ x 150′ rinks are created and over 250 games are played during a fun-filled weekend every year. Plan your stay in St. Ignace when looking to attend the tournament!

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7. Though not always physically blue, these Pure Michigan panfish make for great eating and can be caught on the shores of Michigan’s many inland lakes. If Ice Fishing is your hobby, try to catch one or many of these fish during the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing weekend Feb. 13 and 14.

What did we miss? Share with us by commenting below!

*Answers: 1. Blue Water Bridge. 2. Go Blue. 3. Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. 4. Michigan Blueberries. 5. Honolulu Blue. 6. Labatt Blue Ice Hockey Championship. 7. Bluegill.

The Chairlift Awaits – Winter Adventures at Shanty Creek

There’s nothing quite like winter in Pure Michigan. The snow and ice turns the state into a winter wonderland, creating an ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders alike. As we anxiously await another snowfall, guest blogger Chris Hale of Shanty Creek shares some reasons to head north.

Life in Michigan delivers the best of all four seasons—from the blooms of spring to the sandy shores of summer to the brilliant colors of fall and the wonderlands of winter. For travelers and residents alike, embracing winter in Michigan means getting outside and playing in the snow.

At Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, located in the northwest Lower Peninsula, the snow is plentiful and we love to celebrate winter. Smack dab in the middle of Antrim County, receiving on average the most lake effect snow of all counties in the lower peninsula, Shanty Creek is a winter wonderland with two ski mountains, a six-lane alpine tubing park, terrain parks, dogsledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, 30km of cross country ski trails, 5km of snow shoe and fat biking trails, and more! Plus four ski-in/ski-out dining options, and hundreds of lodging options.

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Photo Courtesy of Shanty Creek

This January, Shanty Creek is supporting National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with a variety of promotions designed for families to hit the slopes affordably. For children, newbie skiers 8 and under who take a lesson from SCR’s Ski School will receive a free season pass valid for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Need more reasons to head to Shanty Creek?

Shanty Creek is proud of the ski experience they provide guests.  This season, they’re inviting skiers and riders who have season passes to any other Michigan-based ski area to come TEST RIDE Schuss Mountain for free. That’s right, just present your valid 2015-16 season pass and get a free one day lift ticket.

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The fun doesn’t end there. Shanty Creek has partnered with Domino’s and Pure Michigan to create box-top coupons for discounted lodging, lift tickets and alpine tubing this season. There are always Hooky Specials where guests can get deeply discounted lodging starting at just $69 for Thursday or Sunday nights (to ski the following day when everyone else is at school or work!). And finally, don’t miss Shanty Creek’s Sardine Specials where guests squeeze and stuff as many friends and family into a car and everyone skis or rides for one price—just $59. Sardine Specials happen on the 18th of each month of the ski season: December-March.

Enjoy a Pure Michigan Snow Day this winter and go outside and play.

What are your favorite memories from Shanty Creek?

Chris Hale is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Shanty Creek Resorts. For the latest on Shanty Creek Resorts, including snow conditions, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. For more information, visit the website.

5 Can’t-Miss Winter Sports to Experience This Season

To love Michigan is to love living in a four-season state.Whether you’re a full-time resident or just visiting the Great Lakes state, coming to Michigan means that for a few months out of the year, you’ll experience the beauty of winter and all of the activities and events that come along with it.

When temperatures falls, so does the snow, giving all a chance to participate in some of their favorite winter activities. From a friendly snowball fight in your backyard to cross-country skiing adventure in the back woods, Michigan offers some great ways to make memories during the winter season.

So, grab your favorite hot drink and take a look at five ways to celebrate the winter season in Michigan:

1. Skiing

Michigan offers many ways for people to enjoy skiing, from the rush of going downhill to witnessing the beauty around them by leisurely traversing a wooded trail.

With some of the best downhill skiing in the Midwest, Michigan’s pitch and vertical drops are are some of the most thrilling in the nation. The state is home to 51 ski destinations, ranking it second in the country in number of ski areas. For a slightly slower, but no less of a fun time, consider cross country skiing.  Enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport can enjoy the tranquility of more than 3,000 miles of snow-covered trails with beautiful winter landscapes serving as the backdrop. And don’t forget the snowboarding!

Photo Courtesy of Treetops Resort

Photo Courtesy of Treetops Resort

2. Sledding

Probably one of the easiest and the most fun you can have on a Michigan winter day is spending time just being a kid. Want some thrills and know of a big hill in the area? Grab your sled and go have some fun. Another great way to have fun that is also growing in popularity is snow tubing. Check out one of Michigan’s state or your local county parks for facilities set up especially for sledding and snow tubing, where you can feel the sting of the cold air on your face as your sled careens down a hill.

3. Snowmobiling

Feel the rev of an engine as you race through snow-covered trails and frozen lakes on a snowmobile during a Michigan winter. With more than 6,500 groomed snowmobiling trails, Michigan has one of the most extensive systems of interconnected trails in the nation. From state and national forests, to 11,000 frozen lakes, snowmobilers can experience a great adventure each time they head out for a ride.

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @AndyPeninger

Photo Courtesy of Instagrammer @AndyPeninger

4. Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Michigan is a great way to see the tranquil beauty of the winter season.Not all of Michigan’s wildlife scurries off for warmer climates or hibernation as you might get a chance to see rabbits, deer and fox as you trek along the state’s thousands of miles of trails. Snowshoe through the woods, breathing air filled with smells of the forest, hearing nothing but the sound of your own footsteps. Snowshoeing in Michigan offers outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers a respite among picturesque trails and terrains.

5. Pond Hockey

Michigan has a strong tradition when it comes to hockey, and winter weather provides the perfect chance to lace up your skates and have a blast. With more than 11,000 frozen inland lakes, there’s an opportunity to drop the puck anywhere you turn. Whether you’re just learning how to skate or are dreaming of one day playing at Joe Louis Area, all you need is some thick ice, skates, a hockey stick and some friends, and you’re ready to spend an afternoon enjoying the outdoors. Be sure to check out the Labatt Blue U.P. Pond Hockey Championship in St. Ignace this February!

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What are your favorite winter activities? Share with us below!