Fans Across Michigan Celebrate Detroit Tigers Opening Day 2014

 What does Pure Michigan mean to the Detroit Tigers?

Last year, we asked some of the star players and coaches “What does Pure Michigan mean to you?” See answers from Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Alex Avila, Danny Worth and more in the video below.

Are you in Detroit today for the Tigers’ home opener? Share your photos with us on Facebook or use #puremichigan on Instagram.


Great Views and Great Brews: Waterfall Week in the Upper Peninsula

“Views and Brews” is happening April 21st – 27th in Marquette, MI.  If you love Michigan waterfalls, craft beer, and scavenger hunts, then this a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Today, featured blogger Jesse Land of Things to Do in the U.P. tell us what to expect from Waterfall Week 2014. 

Photo by Habibi Photography

Morgan Falls – Photo by Habibi Photography

Waterfall Week, otherwise known as “Views and Brews” is a newer Marquette area event that’s rapidly growing in popularity. Last year’s inaugural event successfully brought hundreds of locals and visitors out of their homes, into the woods, and subsequently into the Marquette area breweries to score a free pint glass.

This year’s event runs from April 21st to April 27th.

How Waterfall Week Works

Just about anyone 21 and over can participate in this fun event. All you need to do is visit a Marquette County waterfall, take a photo of yourself in front of the waterfall and then visit one of the four Marquette area breweries. You then show the bartender the photo, order a beer and you get to keep the special edition “Views and Brews” pint glass.

This year’s event will run much the same as last year’s, but with a couple notable differences – New beers, new prizes and a geocaching scavenger hunt.

Limited Edition Craft Beers

Each of the four Marquette County breweries has whipped up a special craft beer for waterfall week. If you’re a craft beer lover, take heed, this could very well be your only chance to sample one of these custom brews. It breaks down like this:

Ore Dock Brewing Co. – Dead River Drops Saison

Jasper Ridge Brewery and Restaurant – Warner Creek Wheat

Blackrocks Brewery - Yellow Dog Ginger Cream Ale

Vierling Restaurant and Marquette Harbor Brewery – Black River Falls Cascadian Dark IIPA

All Ages Scavenger Hunt

This year a family friendly component has been added to waterfall week in the form of a geocaching scavenger hunt. Entry forms for the scavenger hunt can be picked up at the Marquette County Convention & Visitors Bureau located downtown at 337 West Washington St. Marquette, MI as well as participating breweries. The grand prize for the scavenger hunt is an overnight stay at any Marquette County hotel!

The Waterfalls

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Alder Falls – Photo by Habibi Photography

The Marquette area is well known for its waterfalls. In fact, Marquette county has more waterfalls than any other county in Michigan! They local visitor’s bureau even has a very useful waterfall map that I’d highly recommend you get. And the best part is it’s totally free.

Just call the Marquette Visitor’s Bureau at (906) 228-7749 and ask them to mail you their “waterfall map.” They call it the waterfall map but it’s also got a great list of beaches and scenic vistas, all of which have directions listed.

But in case you’re the handheld GPS type, here’s a list of some of the area’s more popular waterfalls. These are also the waterfalls included in the scavenger hunt.

1. Carp River – Morgan Creek Falls (46.505N 87.438W)

2. Carp River – Upper Falls (6.50293N 87.44811W)

3. The Dead River Falls – Forestville (46.56841N 87.44811W)

4. Black River Falls (46.23N 87.46W)

5. Little Garlic River Falls (46.4018N 87.34448W)

6. Warner Creek Falls (46.433N 87.599W)

7. Yellow Dog River 510 Falls (46.7311N 87.70W)

Photo by Habibi Photography

Photo by Habibi Photography

One final note: Bring snowshoes, or at least be prepared to hike through some snow to get to your target waterfall(s). You never know what the weather will be like in the Upper Peninsula and the way this winter has been there’s definitely a chance that a good amount of snow will remain at the end of April.

I know I’m looking forward to seeing the water flowing again. And sampling those new craft beers, too!

Have you visited a Marquette area waterfall? Tell us about your visit. 

JesseLand2111Written by Jesse Land of Things to do in the U.P. on behalf of Travel Marquette Michigan.

From Our Community: 20 Reasons to Love Spring in Pure Michigan

Today marks the official start of the spring season! Earlier this week, we asked fans on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Instagram “what does spring in Pure Michigan mean to you?”

With fresh blooming flowers, springtime activities, warmer temperatures and longer days, springtime in Pure Michigan means something unique to everyone. 

Jack Martin Photography

Photo by Jack Martin Photography

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 spring in Michigan means to you!

Opening Day, tournament basketball, hockey playoffs, the smell of fresh cut grass, ice cream runs with my kids and sunshine! - Twitter user @Hulka_Sgt

Coming out of your slumber and being adventurous! - Instagram user @hannahtreyes

Bass fishing!  -Instagram user @gretelweller

Turning off the heat and opening windows. - Vicki Loss Lautzenheiser

Photo courtesy of Rachel Bosma Kramer

Photo courtesy of Rachel Bosma Kramer

Spring to me means baby animals. -Rachel Bosma Kramer

Cherry & apple blossoms, lilacs, tulips, blooming shrubs, starting plants & flowers, bright, crispy, sunny weather, spring festivals, fishing, spring cleaning & sprucing up the home place! Love it! -Carolyn Faye Suddeth

Trillium and Lady’s Slippers. A time to slow down and take a breath and remember the beauty in creation is meant for my pleasure and enjoyment. -Virginia Taylor

Tulips, lilacs, birds singing, open windows, fresh air. Hurry, hurry spring! -Nancy Barense

Robins, tulips, lilacs, fresh air, sunshine. I can’t wait. It has been a long, hard winter. -Mary Lisa Robinson

Spring means morel mushroom hunting time! -Carol Kubsik Bosch

Fresh smell of flowers and warm spring air. Light happy rain with sun shining. -Dorothy McLean Christenson Green

Northern Michigan Weddings. Lakeside ceremonies are always popular around the Great Lakes! Also love all the beautiful wild flowers! -Above The Bay Limousine

Birds singing, green grass, sunshine, the earths re-birth after a long winter, and smiling faces of those enjoying the beautiful spring of Michigan. -Deborah Sylvain

When I was a child living in Laurium it meant skiing until mid-April or later without the heavy layers we wore in January & February! -Debbie LeClair Hierholzer

Photo by Becky Pies Photography

Tulip time in Holland! -Becky Pies

Grass, tulips, flower buds, sunshine, warmth and smiles. -Lori Smith Vera

Trilliums in abundance! Dogwoods blooming. Flowering trees & bushes, daffodils, tulips, chartreuse green leaves & buds, warm southern breezes, getting dirty in the yard. Opening the windows. -Jim Gladstone

Beautiful Warren Dunes beach, ice cream at Oinks and bare feet walking in the sand. -Susan Chervinko

New beginnings! -Terri Motto

Golf and Tigers baseball - Mike O’ Baron

What do you love about spring in Pure Michigan?