From Our Community: 24 Ways You Know You’re From Michigan

Photo by Dave Dimuzio

Photo by Facebook Fan Dave Dimuzio

What makes Pure Michigan such a unique place to live, work and travel? We asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to tell us the telltale signs of a true Michigander. Check out these 24 ways you know you’re from Michigan according to our social community.

You know you’re from Michigan when…

“You look forward to revisiting the same places over and over again wanting to see them in all four seasons.” – Ann Roedel

When you aren’t happy unless you are near a body of water” - Karen Collins-Parker

“You wear clothes in layers in the middle of summer ‘just in case’!” - Juli Bailey

“You say pop not soda” - Sheri Coleman

“The Pure Michigan ads put a lump in your throat and you can describe Lake Superior as just “a little chilly” then go right in!” -Bridget Tauber

“You go “up north” for your summer vacation.” - Cindy Gebert

“You pack a sweatshirt, a rain coat and your swimsuit for a weekend trip.” – Lois Marlene Gretzinger

Photo captured at Tahquamenon Falls

Photo captured at Tahquamenon Falls

“You know what yoopers and pasties are, and you drink Vernors to calm a stomachache” - Kirk Vogel

“You are never more than a couple of hours from a beautiful beach!” - Kristy Bies Sleeper

“You use your hands as the map to show where you live and where you are heading.” -Rodney and Beth Pentoney

“You wear flip flops out to the mailbox and it’s 42 degrees!” - Marian Ledergerber

“You know that you’re the only state that can give a high five” - Timothy Rexin

“The best vacations are traveled by car and the desired direction is NORTH.” - Pam Gregory

“You can experience all 4 seasons in one week!” - Kasey Lauwers

“Vernors, Sanders, Faygo, Better Made…Need I say more.” - Mary Ruth Romeos Martin

“You know who ‘Da Yoopers’ are!” - Barb Kalinski

“You have to explain what a “Michigan left” is!” – Twitter user @mcusuman87

“You can’t decide whether Mackinac or Frankenmuth has the best fudge.” – Twitter user @JessicaFastball

Photo captured at Isle Royale

Photo captured at Isle Royale

“You know what it means to be a troll or a fudgie” - Suzanne Ritchie

“Fall football! Michigan vs. Michigan State!” - Amy Macksood

“You correctly pronounce Sault Ste. Marie!” - Charlotte Hamilton

“You know how to spell and play Euchre!” - Faith Waterous

“You picked cherries and asparagus every summer.” - Shelly K Cherry

“No matter where you go there’s no place like home Michigan” - Laurie Ann Krzemien Burkey

Do you have any telltale signs of a Michigander to add to the list? 

From Our Community: 21 Reasons We’re in Love with Michigan

It’s Valentine’s Day! And it’s the perfect time to show your love. We asked our fans on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram to tell us why they love the state of Michigan. We received so many wonderful and heartfelt responses. From long summer days to soft falling snow, it’s unanimous – There’s a lot to love about Pure Michigan!

Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section why you’re in love with Michigan!

“I love the beauty of our state, from the miraculous sand dunes up and over the Mighty Mac Bridge to Pictured Rocks and all around the mitten the sparkly blue water of the Great Lakes!”  -Mary Distelrath McGowan

“I love the four beautiful seasons and the lighthouses.” -Lisa Foor Swartz

South Haven, Traverse City, Mission Point, Petoskey, The Great Lakes..Hot Summers..Colorful Fall Season..Apple orchards..blueberries.” -Jean Farrell DeWaters

“All the natural beauty, from lighthouses, to sand dunes, to sunsets and everything in between!” -Robin Ruff Leja

“I love the sand dunes and the wineries and the beaches!”  -Amy Parsons

“I love the smell of fresh air in Northern MI. The beautiful fresh water in our lakes…the seasons…I LOVE Mackinac Island!” -Teresa Dungey Gotch

“EVERYTHING, including the SNOW!” -Carol Hagen

“The smell of the pines and a wonderful sunset over Grand Traverse Bay!” -Linda Leder

“I love the way the sand feels on my feet 100 yards out! When it ripples into a washboard like repetition! I also love that you can find a spot ankle deep 200 yards out!” -Nathan Smith

“Skiing in Boyne!” -Lindsay O’Rourke

“The lakes and rivers to fish in. Fresh stealhead or walleye.” -Beth Powell-bennett

Fishing, camping and hiking in the Western U.P.” -Loretta Stolarz

“Summers near Ludington!” -Anne Stewart Goss

Frankenmuth, I love going there. I have been going up there for 50 years, never get tired of it!” -Louise Brown

“The snow, the lighthouses, Mackinac Island. The Lakes. Well Everything really.” -Sheila Anne Lawson

“Taking a day off to go to a lake is easy. Can’t wait for spring!” -Theresa Lynn Many

“We have a BEAUITFUL state! The water at Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior is like the Caribbean, it’s gorgeous! The different blues, you have to go see it!” -Wanda Tindle-Perry

“The 4 seasons, scenery like nowhere else, the lakeshore, and the sweet embrace when I go home to the UP!” -Cheryl Pekuri Wright

“Scenery, scenery, and more scenery. Add my family to that and I have everything.” -Tobie Kahn Scheibel

“Plentiful waters, beautiful curvy hills & a blended culture. Michigan has creative products & best small businesses anywhere!” -Twitter user @TheXExchange  

“What’s not to love about Michigan?” -Michael Tokarz Photography

Why do you love Pure Michigan?