Pinterest Contest: Pin To Win a Pure Michigan Romantic Getaway

UPDATE: The submission period for this contest has closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to Megan Battaglia for being randomly selected as the winner! See Megan’s board at

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! In the spirit of the holiday, we’re offering fans nationwide the chance to win a trip for two to Mackinac Island.

The prize package includes a two-night stay at Grand Hotel, where guests will receive the Touch of Romance Package upon arrival – which includes champagne, fresh fruit and flowers. Additionally, guests will enjoy a carriage ride to the Woods Restaurant for dinner one of the evenings during their stay.

Thanks to our partners American Airlines and Buick, the winner will also enjoy roundtrip airfare for two and transportation for their stay.

To enter, simply complete the following steps:

  1. Follow Pure Michigan on Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account, click here to get started.
  2. Create a new Pinterest board titled “Pin to Win: Michigan in Love” under the category “Travel.”
  3. Pin anything that represents what an ideal Pure Michigan romantic getaway is to you. The board must include at least five repins from Pure Michigan’s “Pin to Win: Michigan in Love” board.
  4. Once your board is complete, leave a comment on this post with a link to your board plus your email address (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody).

Please note that of the five or more repins from Pure Michigan’s board, one must be the contest graphic (above) and one must be of your vehicle of choice from Buick. All pins must include the #puremichigan hashtag.

The contest kicks off today and runs through February 28, 2013. The winner will be selected and announced the following week on the Pure Michigan blog. See official rules and regulations here.

Check out Pure Michigan’s Michigan in Love: Pin to Win board and start pinning today!

  • Katie

    The only way to survive a Michigan winter is to know what the summer will be like and just wait it out! (and drinking Bells Beer to keep warm!)
    Born and raised in Gaylord…loved the wonders of the southwest when I attended college at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. Met my hubby over by the D and just cant get enough of it! (happy!) to be stuck here for life :)

  • Deb Cummings

    I just love going places in Michigan and take pictures! I live in lower Michigan and would love to go north and take in the views and the lighthouses. I would love to win a trip to the island

  • Sherri Phairas

    LOVE the U.P. of Michigan and Mackinaw area. Can’t wait to get back. Pure Michigan, Pure Paradise.

  • Sue Wiedemeier

    We have spent almost every anniversary on Mackinac Island. Stayed at the Grand Hotel a few times…LOVED IT!! Would love to stay there again! :)

  • Carolyn

    Michigan is my favorite state for a reason. I love traveling around it for vacation and for business.

  • Cheryl Jozwiak

    My husband and I love to visit Mackinaw City, the island and points north. The water surrounding the area is very peaceful and we enjoy walking along the shoreline. We especially love the history that is kept alive and all the daily activities that show how our forefathers built this great state. Winning this trip would be truly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed. As our busy lives keep us from spending much time together, this would be the best opportunity for us to rekindle the flame that started over 37 years ago.

  • Brooke Charboneau

    Fingers crossed!

  • Mary

    Just married and moved to Michigan. Can’t wait to travel around and learn about this beautiful state. So much yet to discover!

  • Sheri
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  • Amy Bizzarri

    We love, love, love Michigan!

    Heres my Pinterest board link – this was fun to create, dreaming of #puremichigan summers in the dead of winter!

  • Lori Andrews

    My husband and I were married 25 years ago last summer. We visited Mackinaw Island during our honeymoon way back in 1987. We didn’t have a lot of money starting out so we didn’t end up staying on the island, but our trip was fabulous. I will always remember the bike ride around the island and experiencing the beauty of the shops, restaurants, flowers and homes on the island. Beautiful place! We will return!

  • Julie Gould

    I love living in Michigan! My dad is a “Yooper” and my mom is from the greater Lansing area. I now live in west Michigan with my husband and family. We travel extensively, but are always amazed by the beauty that surrounds us in our own home state. We truly are “Smitten with the Mitten”.

  • Camilla Medel-Mayer

    I remember stories of my family heading up north to pick cherries for one of the farmers in Traverse City, because I was little I was left in the care of my Aunt Carmen. I remember them telling me how beautiful it was, even though they worked hard every day. It wasn’t until my JR high school years that my brothers started to take me up north to vacation. That is when I fell in love with the great outdoors of Michigan. I am fortunate to have visited Mackinaw Island several times and have actually participated in my first Island run a few years back – ready to take on another one :) All I can say is “There is no place like home” Pure Michigan!

  • Taylor White

    After 19 years of never visiting Mackinac Island, I celebrated my 20th birthday there and LOVED IT. I hope to make it a yearly trip. So magical. No place on earth like it and that is why I have such a strong love for Michigan.

  • Suzzanna C. Kopp

    I love Michigan. We go at least once a year. I have never been to Mackinaw Island or the Mackinaw Bridge. I told my fiance I would love to go there for our Honeymoon. szznnkopp

  • Paul Poulin

    “Michigan in Love: Pin to Win”

    Joelle and I were Highschool Sweethearts back in 1986 (since Grade 10).

    The movie ‘Somewhere in Time’ with Jayne Seymour and Christopher Reeve was one of our favourites. Between 1986 through University, we must have watched the movie 40 times. We always said we’d visit the Grand Hotel. Life happened and we were pushed away from one another for several years.

    About 4 years ago, we began finding our way back to one another and as life would have it, we finally chose to be together for the rest of our days.

    Last year (2012), Joelle and I planned our trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, during their Titanic Weekend (My Father had taken us to the island a couple of times as children, but we had never been inside of the Hotel).

    I carried the ring inside of my sock (under my pant leg), for a full day and a half until I found the right spot, and the right time to propose. We selected one of their Grand Picnics:

    Picnic #5
    Picnic Basket For Two:
    Our Beautiful Basket Included a 1/2 Bottle of champagne, Grand Hotel Water, chilled shrimp cobb salad with Herb Dressing, Grilled Portobello with
    chevre, Tomatoes and slaw, sliced Beef Tenderloin with Red Onion confit,
    asparagus and Pearl cous cous, camembert cheese, french Bread,
    fruit salad and a Grand Hotel Chocolate Truffle Box (even the box was made of chocolate).

    We stayed in Lady Bird Johnson’s Suite – an exceptional, remarkable, unbelievable experience.

    We were able to check off two of our ‘Bucket-List’ items on one day; 1. making a promise to be together for the rest of our days, and 2. Making that promise in the Grand Hotel.

    You really need to stay there….

    Affectionately Yours,

    Paul and Joelle

  • Kelly
  • Rebecca Sitz

    I have so many wonderful family memories of Mackinac Island and the UP. Love exploring Michigan’s hidden treasures!

  • Andrea Beaudin

    Would love this romantic getaway! My boyfriend and I love Michigan, especially Northern Michigan!

  • Tara Duffie

    I love Michigan!

  • Tara Duffie

    I love Michigan and the Grand Hotel!

  • Karli

    My boyfriend and I just took a trip to the UP this summer, and I took him to Mackinac Island for his first time! Would LOVE to go again.

  • Meredith Ray

    Pick me.

  • Evalyn Yanna

    My summer is not complete without a visit to Lake Michigan! It’s a MUST in my family every year!

  • Jeanne Armstrong

    Absolutely LOVE Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel! Our 30th anniversary is this summer and would so LOVE to spend it at the Grand! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • Paul Poulin
  • Judy Reed

    I would love to win a trip to Mackinac Island! I have never been there but have always wanted to go. I’d also love to visit some lighthouses; I tried to pin some to my board but just had some problems with the images not being large enough.

  • Judy Reed

    I forgot the link to my board!

  • Martha Ellzey

    I would love to win a trip home to Michigan and even better to the UP
    My perfect getaway would be with my husband to Mackinaw Island would consist of dancing, walking on the beach, eating at the Grand Hotel, and of course the lovely view of the bridge from the porch of the hotel. A carriage ride would be a lovely bonus as that was one of the things we did on our honeymoon.

  • Anne Bournay

    I grew up in Michigan and come back to visit at least once a year. I love the beaches of Lake Michigan, the sand dunes, and the beautiful sunsets.

  • Jennifer Pitsch Sammeroff

    We love the U.P. of Michigan. It is our #1 vacation destination!

  • Collette

    Spent my honeymoon up north, so this would be just great. Mackinac Island is just beautiful, no cars, beautiful scenery and lots of history (0:

  • Judy Ledbetter

    I’ve been forturnate to have traveled the world and I can say without hesitation, that Michigan is the most beautiful place on earth.

  • Kris

    Love, love Michigan! Grew up here, have lived and visited most of the entire state. Not much I haven’t found that I don’t love. Had an incredible destination wedding in Traverse City at Timberlee Hills and then spent 6 days traveling the UP – covered 1,984 miles, saw 31 waterfalls and much more. Yep, Michigan means love to me!

  • Cheryl Stephens

    Lake Michigan, Grand Hotel, all bring back wonderful memories of Summers spent there with my Husband, only had a chance to visit once and woud love to go back again to celebrate our Anniversary of 27 years.

  • Sarah

    I love living in Michigan! I have had the opportunity to live on both sides of the state- near Detroit as well as Grand Rapids. I love camping in the UP, spending my summers on Lake Michigan, wine tasting in Traverse city, and enjoying the sporting events in Detroit. I would LOVE to win a vacation to Mackinac Island!

  • Sarah

    I love living and travelling in Michigan. I would love to win a trip to Mackinac Island! I haven’t been there in a few years and have never been able to afford to stay at the Grand Hotel. It was be a nice treat and a wonderful vacation!

  • Christy Wood

    I love Mackinac Island! Spent my first overnight there in 2011 and would love to go again. What a beautiful, romantic place!

  • Amy Dunn

    I’ve been to Mackinac Island twice in Jr High, but my husband and I have been talking about going there together. I’ve never been to the Grand Hotel or out of the town to see the rest of the island. We’ve been living in South Dakota for almost three years while my husband finishes up his Master’s in Paleontology, but we love going home whenever we can afford it. We even considered getting married out on the island last June or honeymooning there, but ended up going to Dow Gardens in Midland, MI and honeymooning in Hawaii. This would be an awesome first anniversary trip this June.
    Went a little bit crazy pinning Michigan related things today…nearly fifty pins of places I’ve been and places I would love to visit with my husband and I’ll probably add more as I think of all the things I love about Michigan. :)

  • Julie bennington

    Awesome prize!!!
    Here is the link to my board:

  • Heather Harger

    Im an Ohioan who’s one life dream is just to get across that line. I went to college at EMU, and lived on Mackinac Island for a summer, visited Traverse City and Suttons Bay so many times I think my car can drive itself there, but $ doesn’t allow it as much as I’d like. It was a pleasure to jump through the hoops of this contest. Nothing better than finding romantic pictures of Michigan!

  • Beau Lukas
  • Kelly Dudek

    My husband and I have been married for 20 years, it will be 21 on March 14th!! We have two young boys so we are not able to get out much and would love to visit Mackinac Island!! WE love Mackinac Island and my very Best Friend is named Mackie!!!

  • Kelly Dudek

    My husband and I have been married for 20 years, it will be 21 on March 14th!! We have two young boys so we are not able to get out much and would love to visit Mackinac Island!! WE love Mackinac Island and my very Best Friend is named Mackie!!!

  • Karen Bryan

    I was born and raised in the Downriver area of Michigan. Spent many summers in the thumb area at my family’s cottage and best friend’s cottage too. I’ve been wanting to take my husband and son to see my beautiful home state for years. This year will be our 10th wedding anniversary, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to do so on Mackinac Island. The processional and recessional music played during our wedding ceremony were songs from the “Somewhere in Time” soundtrack. :)

  • Marcus Whitfield

    Neither my wife or I have ever visited Michigan but we have dreamed about it for years. We would love for our dream to come true and spend a romantic getaway at Grand Hotel. I can’t stress enough how badly these pictures make us want to go!

  • Yukiko Matsumoto

    Hi. Thank you for give me a chance to visit to Michigan!!
    I’ve never been there.
    When I win I will eat good food, see nice place.
    I think I have to study more about Michigan!!

  • Nikki Love Michigan and Mackinac Island!!

  • Cher DeKraker

    Love the island but have never spent the nite there.