15 Reasons to Love Summer in Michigan

Summer is officially underway in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season, we asked fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram “What do you love most about summertime in Pure Michigan?”

From outdoor events and festivals to long days at the beach and much more, summer means something special 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 summer in Michigan means to you!

“Swimming in and boating on Lake Charlevoix, camping, Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix, Torch Lake, and Walloon Lake sunsets!! I LOVE where I live!!” –  Teena McKenney Haskin

“Driving down backroads at night racing with the lightning bugs, eating fresh blueberries and strawberries, hearing whip-poor-wills at night and the first lake swim of the season, among others. I love Michigan!” – Marlene Guyton

“Camping at the many state parks especially in the U.P., canoeing the Platte River, hiking endless miles of trails at Ludington State Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes, music at Interlochen, waterfalls and lighthouses, Higgins Lake, Warren Dunes, 4th of July fireworks on Silver Beach in St. Joseph and the Cherry Festival in Traverse City. So many great places….aaahhhhh Michigan how I love you!”  -Tracy Weber

“Warm, breezy days, and yards filled with flowers. Fresh cherries and strawberries and watermelon! Fresh veggies from farmer’s markets too! Love the wonderful beaches along the west coast and the fun towns nearby, like Saugatuck, Grand Haven and Traverse City. Love the beautiful lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. Love camping and cottage time and meeting visitors from all over the country! Tiger’s games and visiting all the suburbs of Detroit and the cool restaurants and bars, like Madison’s in Mt. Clemens! Up north, “The Bridge”, Mackinac Island… Really, what’s not to LOVE about Michigan in summertime! OH! And the first day of summer is my birthday too! So there you go! PURE Michigan, simply the best!” -Susan Van Dyke Bowersox

“Sitting on the bluffs in South Haven, enjoying ice cream from Captain Nemo’s.” – Jan Walters

“Everything! The lakes, summer fruits and vegetables, Woodward Dream Cruise, art shows, festivals, family birthdays and get-togethers, 4th of July fireworks, lightening bugs, listening to the frogs at night, graduations, and more!” –Nancy Perkins

“Crystal clear blue water, beautiful forests, the smell of pine and sand between my toes. There’s no place like home in the mitten.”  -Anita Hoogenstryd Boonstra

“Warm and beautiful days and cool evenings. Mustn’t forget the gazillion stars on a clear, summer night!” -Renee Cummins

“Making our annual trip “home” to the Manistee/Arcadia area to visit the family and state we love so much….Family bonfire by the lake is always the highlight” - Tracy Dan Daberkoe

“I love hiking in the Porcupine Mts. And secondly, walking the beach at Grand Haven. Then there’s Copper Harbor…so many awesome places.” – Nancy J Occhipinti

“Everything – sunrise in Caseville, beaches on the west shore from South Haven to Arcadia, wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and golf.” – Joel Roach

Concerts. Baseball. Exploring Up North. Classic cars, parades, and shows. Finding constellations in the starry sky. Fireworks over the water.” – Liz Rademacher

“What I love about summertime in Michigan is EVERYTHING!” – Whitney Reed

The Grand Haven beach town feel. Just moved back after 10 years in Minnesota and now I take none of the luxuries and privileges of this town for granted!!” – Ben Pierce

“Campfires till really late under a starry sky, and warm sand to bury my feet in. Silver Lake duning!” – Terry Ellyatt Klein

Why do you love summer in Michigan

  • Mikenzie Frost

    Living in Marquette! Being able to wake up and always have an adventure waiting for you; from the beautiful sights from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain or the easy, laid back feel of hanging out at the beach all day. Nothing compares to the beauty of Lake Superior!

  • Jennifer

    Alpena. Lake Huron. Everything. I hate that I had to move away. Michigan will forever be my home at heart.

  • Judy Nunn (Pederson)

    BORN IN MARQUETTE NEW YEARS EVE 1951 Moved to calif in 3rd grade and went back to Marquete every summer till 16 and wasn’t able to return till 2009 when my husband and iI returned it had changed but it was still my Marquette

  • Ivonne

    Moved to Michigan in 1977, left for Texas and came back. Even though I’m a New Yorker, who has also live in Florida I truly loved the Midwest and the four seasons.

  • Matt

    Baseball in Detroit. Nothing like catching the Tigers grab a W on a beautiful summer day at the ballpark.

  • artem

    Yes, I would like to visit in Michigan!

  • cindy k

    Came from a big family all 10 of us, could not afford to go any place on vacation with the acceptation of camping at the Warren Dunes was so affordable, moving along a few years I spent my Honeymoon camping also at the Warren Dunes. Raising a family and now my Grand Girls and I for the past 7 years have been camping it is the highlight of our year.
    Picking Blueberries etc… this year it will be a visit to the Deer Park in Coloma and the Chocolate Garden. One last note when I retire I am planning a retreat in Michigan. Will absolutely see you all next week God Bless.