From Our Fans: 15 Favorite Pure Michigan Memories to Kick Off 2015

With the new year officially underway, we asked our fans to take a moment to reflect on their favorite memories from 2014. After a stroll down memory lane, here are 15 unforgettable Pure Michigan moments from days gone by to inspire your travels in 2015. 

Waterfall watching while vacationing in the U.P. from Sherry Stiles

Vacationing in the UP Sherry Stiles

Seeing the Mighty Mac all lit up on a warm August evening from John Stine

Mighty Mac on a Warm August Evening John Stine

 A trip to Arch Rock while visiting Mackinac Island from Wiona Porath

Wiona Porath Arch Rock

A visit to the amazing ice caves off the shores of Leelanau from Janeen M Wardle

Amazing Ice Caves off the shore of Leelanau Janeen M Wardle

Watching the crackling Frankfort fireworks from Jeanine Offer Krupp

Frankfort Fireworks Jeanine Offer Krupp

 Long Lake Michigan beach days from Mark Titus

Mark Titus Beach Days

Summertime trips to the Farmers Market from Leslie Layton Coslet

Leslie Layton Coslet Farmers Market Frankfort

Peaceful moments spent with nature from MavaMarie Vendervennet

Peaceful Moments MavaMarie Vendervennet

Fishing and a fiery sunset over Brevort Lake from Ben Stefanic

Fishing Brevort Lake Ben Stefanic

Walking on frozen water in South Haven from Jennifer Schoenfield Osborn

Walking on Frozen water in South Haven Jennifer Schoenfeld Osborn

Witnessing unforgettable sunsets from Donna Pratt-Owens

Donna Pratt-Owens Frankfort sunset Lake Michigan

Spectacular fall color viewing at the Porcupine Mountains from Patti Potts

Patti Potts Fall Colors Porcupine Mountains

Plenty of Pure Michigan snow days from Ry Meyer

Ry Meyer Snow Days

The Presque Isle scenery from UP Serenity Photography

UP Serenity Photography Presque Isle Park

Wrapping up the year with celebratory fireworks in Ludington from Todd and Brad Reed Photography

NYE Ludington Brad Reed

Where in Pure Michigan will 2015 take you? 

Five Phenomenal Pure Michigan Instagram Photos from December 2014

As holiday lights brightened Michigan cities and brought families together from across the state, our fans took full advantage of the beauty and serenity of another December in Pure Michigan. These five remarkable photos are courtesy of our incredible Instagram community, who continue to share breathtaking photos each and every month.

For more, check out our September, October and November roundups and be sure to follow Pure Michigan on Instagram!

A beautiful shot of the mighty Mackinac Bridge by @MichiganNutPhotography.

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Parallel pines crossing a snow-covered trail found in Stony Creek Metro Park in Shelby Township by @danfreiphoto.

Trees_DanFreiPhoto

Rochester‘s glowing holiday lights from @desuth.

Rochester Lights_Desuth

The Detroit River and skyline on a calm night by @picturethisbymarilyn.

Skyline

A snowy Empire beach by @owenweberlive.

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If you’re on Instagram, follow us @puremichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, please tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to repost.

Have an Eye for Pure Michigan Moments? Enter Our 2014 Photo Contest!

PureMI_PhotoContest3rd_FB_470x470Last year, our fans submitted some absolutely breathtaking photos for the 2nd annual Pure Michigan Memories Photo Contest. Since we had such a great turn out, we’re excited to once again invite fans to share their favorite “Pure Michigan Moment” as part of the 3rd Annual Pure Michigan Moments photo contest!

The winning photo and the photographer’s name will be published in a 2015 Pure Michigan Travel Guide and featured as Pure Michigan’s Facebook cover photo for one week. The photo submission period of the contest kicks off today (October 30, 2014) and will run through November 7, 2014.

After entries are submitted, anyone can vote for their favorite photo on michigan.org from November 8, 2014 – November 14, 2014.

Participants can submit photos directly to the Pure Michigan Moments gallery on michigan.org, or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #PureMichigan #PMContest2014. All submissions will be displayed on the gallery on michigan.org, where visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photos.

Carla-White-Photo-300x300The winner will be chosen from the top 10 photos, as voted on by fans, based on which photo best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan. The winning photo will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people in a 2015 Pure Michigan Travel Guide.

For inspiration, here is last year’s winning photo of Lake Superior near Christmas, MI  by Carla White. For more, visit our Pure Michigan Facebook page, Instagram, or Flickr channels.

Head over to michigan.org to learn more and start submitting your photos today!