Fall in Love with Ann Arbor this Valentine’s Day

We love Valentine’s Day here in the Ann Arbor area. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married or anywhere in-between, there’s a surplus of unique and fun things to do in mid-February.

Single and ready to mingle? Join the party at Necto’s second annual University of Michigan Top DJ Competition on Feb. 11, and vote for your favorite guest DJ, or head out for a show at The Ark. On Feb. 11 The Ark will host My Folky Valentine, a collaboration of sweethearts making lovely music together and on Feb. 12, Christine Lavin and Don White will be there to entertain you. On Valentine’s Day itself, Caravan of Thieves will play the Ark and perform their new release, “Kiss Kiss.” Perhaps you’re more interested in a pampering experience? Treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at Jessica’s Apothecary or Balance Massage Therapy. And, you can always celebrate your true love for Michigan sports by cheering on the Wolverine Men’s Basketball Team at the Crisler Center when they take on Purdue on Saturday, Feb. 13!

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Looking for a unique experience for you and your sweetie? Take him or her out for an evening of opera and spectacular food on Feb. 12 at Gratzi! The Bellini Opera Theatre will be there to perform selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, and Gratzi’s Chef John Fischer will create a beautiful three-course dinner. The Kempf House Museum will host “Victorian Valentine Teas” on both Feb.13 and 14, featuring beautiful music played on Ann Arbor’s first concert grand piano and scrumptious sweets, savories and teas, all in an intimate and historic setting. If choral music is your thing, you should definitely mark your calendar for Feb. 14 to see the UMS Choral Union, as they present Love is Strong as Death at the iconic Hill Auditorium (and use promo code PUREMI to get $10 off on tickets!).

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For a more traditional dinner-and-a-movie date night, consider Romeo+Juliet (yes, the 1996 Baz Lurhmann classic!) at the Michigan Theater following a delectable dinner at one of the Ann Arbor area’s fine dining establishments. You can’t beat Terry B’s in Dexter, the Common Grill in Chelsea, or Aventura in Ann Arbor (among many others)! Finish off the evening with a kiss under the Engineering Arch (legend has it that imminent nuptials will ensue!), a sweet baked treat at the Cupcake Station, and/or drinks and dessert in a romantic setting at La Dolce Vita. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can hire The Huron Valley Harmonizers to serenade your sweetie with love songs.

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What are your favorite Valentine’s Day traditions in the Ann Arbor area? Are there romantic upcoming events in mid-February that get your heart racing? 

GuestBloggersMargaret Wyzlic is the Communications Manager at the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and enjoys telling the world about the Ann Arbor area and all of the exciting things happening in our beautiful city. Recently married, she and her husband enjoy all that Ann Arbor has to offer when it comes to romantic restaurants and attractions, and hopes that you’ll come to visit our area as well to ‘”feel the love.”

Show Your Michigan Pride: 9 Items to Keep You Warm

As we enter the coldest weather season of the year, we’re always looking for ways to stay warm, especially if we’re taking a Pure Michigan Snow day! Of course, if you’re a proud Michigander (or out-of-town Michigan enthusiast), you’ll want stuff that will keep you warm and allow you to sport your Michigan pride. With some help from Michigan-based companies, discover a few items that will show off your love for the Great Lakes state.


Carhartt Sandstone Active Jac/Quilted Flannel Lined Jacket

With its headquarters located in Dearborn, Carhartt is a long standing clothing company that has been around since 1889 founded by Hamilton Carhartt. This jacket is one of the most popular items sold by Carhartt and for good reason -it will keep you warm even during the coldest days of winter and is incredibly durable.

shinolaShinola Sweatshirt
Shinola opened their watch factory in downtown Detroit after vetting locations around the world, because Detroit has a great manufacturing legacy and the company also saw Detroit’s potential. This sweatshirt will show your pride in a Michigan-made company while also keeping you cozy. They might not do anything to keep you warm, bt their watches are easy on the eyes, too!

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Pure Michigan Baby Beanie
Help your little ones share their Pure Michigan pride while simultaneously protecting them from the elements with this unisex baby beanie. With “Michigan Made” proudly stamped on the front, it will let everyone see which place you, and they, love most.


mittensIsle Royale Michigan Mittens
There isn’t a better way to show off your Michigan pride than with Michigan Mittens, which have a map of the Lower Peninsula on one hand and the Upper Peninsula on the other! With these mittens, showing where you’re from has never been easier. You can order them in a variety of colors from Grape Lakes to this stunning royal blue pair, properly named after Isle Royale.

Stormy Kromer
Stormy Kromer is a proud Michigan company based out of Ironwood. The roots of the company date back to 1903. Each classic Stormy Kromer cap is hand-stitched with quality wool and is built to last for several years. These caps not only keep you warm, but there’s many, many  styles to choose from. On top of it all, Stormy Kromer offers a lifetime warranty.

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Rock Me Amadeus Scarf
Moosejaw is another great Michigan-based company with headquarters in Madison Heights. The store first opened in Keego Harbor in 1992 and has been selling adventure and wilderness equipment as well as outwear to help keep customers warm when skiing, snowboarding or participating in other winter activities. Even if adventure sports aren’t your thing, this scarf is a great way to show your support of a Michigan company.

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Made In Detroit Crew Sweatshirt
Show your Detroit pride with this Made In Detroit sweatshirt! Made In Detroit is a company started in 1991, eventually bought by Kid Rock, headquartered in Detroit. This sweatshirt will tell everyone that the Motor City is close to your heart.

mug of loveJust Good Chocolate Hot Chocolate
This fair trade organic hot chocolate will be sure to warm you up this winter! This product was created by Just Good Chocolate, a family company based in Leelanau County. If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly product to support a Michigan-based company, look no further!

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Here is another Detroit-pride product that will keep you comfy and warm, no matter if you’re staying inside or braving the outdoors. It demonstrates Detroit’s tough nature and you Michigan pride to those around you.


What other cool products are Michigan-based and will help keep you warm this winter? Comment below!


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.

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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!


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.