From our Community: Valentine’s Day Celebrations in Pure Michigan

Love is in the air across the country this month, and Michigan is no exception. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau News lists the Michigan cities of Romeo and Rose City as two of the most romantic-sounding places to spend Valentine’s Day.

We got some great responses earlier this week when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “How can you make Valentine’s Day with your special someone a Pure Michigan Valentine’s Day?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!

“Dine at one of Michigan’s great Locally Owned Restaurants!” – Lisa Verhil

South Haven perch at Clementines & walk the pier Lighthouse. Then S homemade ice cream & shops!” – B Faye Lawrence

“Dinner at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City with my boyfriend. Best food around!” – Janessa Stutz

“Going to the Red Wings game. :)” – Lindsay Wallace

“Enjoying the Pure Michigan snow at Shanty Creek Resorts with their Two-for-One Valentine’s Day lift ticket special!” – Melissa Lee

“The classic dinner and a movie. Dinner at your favorite local eatery in Traverse City and a movie at the State Theatre. Then hop next door and end the night with a couple of cocktails at the Red Ginger!” – Nicholas Viox

“By taking them to an overnight romantic time at Inn on the Park in South Haven, MI- Only about 3 hours drive.” – Bella DeRoven

“Ordering some Valentine Snacks from Cherry Republic!” – Ann Safran

“Having dinner in downtown Milford! ♥ Movie after?? :)” – Cindy Schlappi

“Well if it stays this warm, we might grill out in the backyard, our own Pure Michigan. Buy Michigan products, like sweetheart steaks from Hiller’s Market and enjoy the best state there is!!!!!” – Susan Bunch

You’re Invited: Pure Michigan Chat with Bronner’s

On Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, please join for a live Web chat with Wayne Bronner, the president and CEO of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, the world’s largest Christmas store. Wayne’s father, Wally Bronner, was the recipient of the first Pure Michigan Outstanding Achievement in Tourism Award.  The chat is open to everybody and you can submit your questions in the chat box below which we’ll open up a few minutes before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

For more on Bronner’s, check out this guest post on our blog from last week. We hope you can join us!

A Christmas Carol Moment in Pure Michigan

Photo courtesy of Felicia Fairchild

Jeanne Van Wieren shares her “Pure Michigan Moment,” a surprising encounter during the holidays in Saugatuck.

Everyone knows Saugatuck is an enchanting summertime destination, but it is also charming during the holidays. My husband, Don, and I go Christmas shopping there because we can find great gifts in a gorgeous setting. One year, we went on the same weekend that actors were putting on a production of A Christmas Carol in the historic Women’s Club building.

The winter setting was perfect: Snow fell in big flakes, and visitors enjoyed a ride in a lovely white carriage pulled by a horse clip-clopping down the street. Don and I were enjoying dinner at Wally’s, a wonderfully eccentric establishment favored by locals, when the door opened and, much to our surprise, in strode Bob Cratchit! I’m pretty sure it was actually a thespian in costume, but you never know in Saugatuck. He sat at the bar, and took off his top hat. “What’ll you have?” asked the bartender. Nobody, nobody batted an eye except Don and me. “Give me a Bud Light,” said Bob as he watched the NCAA basketball game on the TV.

A few moments later, we were laughing about it when—hand to God—Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny Tim walked in to see when Bob was coming home. “I’ll be there in a while,” Bob said. Off they went. Again, no one noticed.

Don and I share this story often because it reminds of us of one of our favorite places—pure Saugatuck. The striking town is home to galleries, great art and fun. It is also a place that knows life is full of surprises, so never take yourself too seriously. God bless us, every one!

Jeanne Van Wieren, who lives in Williamston, wrote about her “Pure Michigan Moment” for Michigan Travel Ideas.