From Our Community: Spring in Pure Michigan

Today marks the first day of spring! To share our excitement for the season, we asked fans on our Facebook page: “What are you looking forward to doing in Pure Michigan this spring?”

Below are some of our favorite answers. Enjoy the new season, and feel free to add anything we missed in the comments section!

“HOPING the weather stays so beautiful :)” – Mariah Lynn

“Going to tiger games! Go tigers!” – Michael Stanberry

“Can’t wait for my first Lake Michigan beach day!!!!” – Melissa Vannoy Wilson

“Getting my car ready for upcoming car shows!!!!” – Kathy McIntyre

“Up north Houghton Lake area as much as possible” – Johnathon Burns

“Everything! Going up to stay at the Grand Hotel in May–been on my Bucket List!!” – Mary Cooley

“Attending the Tulip Festival.” – Jeanne M Young

“Road trip around MI” – Jasko Bektas

“Lounging on the beach in Traverse City!” – Shelly Premer Neault

GRAND HAVEN!!!! And Port Huron visits” – Anne Herrmann

“Gardening and cookouts.” – Naomi Burkhart Bontrager

“Kayaking on Muskegon River!!!” – Amy Krueger Sleeman

“Living it up in this beautiful state!!” – Pat Fletcher Hagen

“Too much to mention! :)” – Elizabeth Guzman

Pure Michigan March Madness Update

Thanks to all of our Facebook fans who have voted in the Pure Michigan March Madness tournament to determine our fans’ favorite activity in Michigan. We are down to the final eight activities. The next round of voting will happen all these week on our Facebook page, and the semi-finals and finals will be next week. Let’s take a look at the matchups:

Food and Drink:
Eating at Zehnder’s or Bavarian Inn vs. Drinking a Michigan beer at Founders Brewery

Beautiful Views:
Watching a beautiful sunset in Grand Haven on Lake Michigan vs. Watching waves crash on the beach in Ludington

Outdoor Activities:
Fishing in Lake Huron vs. Taking a bike ride on Mackinac Island

Around Town and Beyond: 
Camping at Tahquamenon State Park vs. Visiting ArtPrize in Grand Rapids

From Our Community: Pure Michigan Must-Dos

Who knows Michigan better than a Michigander?  With that thought, we asked the Pure Michigan Facebook and Twitter faithful to pick a place in Michigan and name one thing they HAVE to do when there.  Responses were fairly evenly divided between eating and nature, with frequent emphasis on…potatoes.

So without further ado, here’s a sampling of the must-dos across both peninsulas. Thanks to all who commented and submitted!

Where to Eat

Troy Rowley – Grand Haven: MUST have Pronto Pup!

Gina Helrigel Frazier – Rockford: Eat at The Old Mill above the dam of the Rogue River.

Cindy Hill Freeman – Copper Harbor: We have to have dinner at Harbor Haus. I order the best fresh whitefish ever! Enjoy the great view of Lake Superior anywhere in the restaurant and the wonderful German food.

Michael T. Szczepanski – Mackinaw City: Have Scalawags whitefish and chips, with awesome hushpuppies!

@AudaciousWolfFrankenmuth: Must have the Zehnders family style chicken dinner, Yum!  Mouthwatering road trip.

Susan Laing – Albion! Enjoy an avocado and bean tostada at Lopez Taco House.

Travis Kelley – Baldwin: Jones Ice Cream Shop. Best homemade ice cream ever!

Where to Nature

Shirley Burnett-Moore – St. Clair: Go stand or sit by the river. It speaks to the soul and spirit.

@AndrewPieschkeCharlevoix: Watch the sunset over the lighthouse.

@Natasha ColleenMarquette: You have to hike sugar loaf and check out the black rocks, so beautiful!

Natasha Lynn Snyder – Jackson: To visit the Cascades Falls.

@SandraMitchellMLowell: Fallsburg Park; step back in time and walk across the covered bridge.

@DTreeBayCityBay City: Tall-ship sail under the stars on the Schooner Appledore.

Vicki Pierce Schmucker – Adrian: Visit the historic Croswell Opera House in December to see White Christmas!

Where to Potato

Debra Kay Hukill – Gaylord: Visit the Old Spud Warehouse.  The structure is amazing, not to mention the merchandise they sell.

Tina Lambert – Posen, for the Posen Potato Festival. Can you say Polka?!

Kristel Johnson – Crystal Falls: Don’t forget to stop by Johnsons Potato Farm and pick up some fresh spuds!