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? 

Twelve Amazing Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Visit Michigan Immediately

We are continually blown away by the phenomenal photographs our Pure Michigan Instagram fans share with us each and every day! Our fans have quite the knack for capturing stunning Pure Michigan moments. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your mid-afternoon brain break or searching for some inspiration for your next summertime getaway, these 12 amazing Instagram accounts will make you want to plan a trip to Pure Michigan immediately.

Instagram user @tony.bennett [Photo captured near Detroit, MI]tony.bennett Detroit

Instagram user @NeilWeaverPhoto [Photo captured at Little Presque Isle in Marquette County]@neilweaverphoto Little Presque Isle Lake Suprior

Instagram user @ExperienceGrandRapids [Photo captured near the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids, MI]experiencegrandrapids claywol

Instagram user @oni_one_ [Photo captured at Miner's Castle near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore]Oni_one_ Miners Castle

Instagram user @DiscoverHolland [Photo captured at Windmill Island Gardens]discoverholland

Instagram user @satcheldog [Photo captured along Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie]satcheldog Hemlock forest UP

Instagram user @tototoophoto [Photo captured in Grand Haven, MI]tototoophoto grandhaven

Instagram user @mikeconnick [Photo captured at Sable Falls]sable falls mikeconnick

Instagram user @SouthHavenCVB [Photo captured in South Haven, MI by @mckarly13]mckarly13 southhavencvb

Instagram user @danfreiphoto [Photo captured on Mackinac Island]mackinac island danfrei

Instagram user @leighannarbor [Photo captured at Burton Memorial Tower in Ann Arbor]leighannarbor BuronMemorialtower

Instagram user @AwesomeMitten [Photo captured at Comerica Park in Detroit]AwesomeMitten tigers

Have you captured a fantastic Pure Michigan moment recently? Follow us @PureMichigan on Twitter or Instagram and share it using #PureMichigan. For more fan photos or Pure Michigan getaway inspiration, like us on Facebook or visit our Pure Michigan Flickr gallery. 

From Our Community: 17 Reasons We Love Summertime in Michigan

As the temperature heats up, Michiganders and visitors alike are reminded of the sights and sounds that make summer in Michigan so special! From long days on the lake to outdoor festivals and camping, the season holds unique traditions and special meaning for everyone! 

With summer officially underway this Saturday, we asked our fans on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ “What do you love most about summertime in 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 below what summer in Michigan means to you!

JumpingI think it’s more than just a single place or thing about Michigan that makes it special. It’s more of a feeling, an emotion which are born out of memories of good times. Sleeping Bear Dunes area, the Lake Michigan shore, Mackinac Island and too many more to name here. Just so many special places, all with attached memories. -Mike Bostwick

How the further north you are, the light at dusk still lingers as late as 10 pm, then gives way to a spectacular star-filled sky, mother nature willing. Nothing like sitting by a campfire with friends and family watching the night unfold with loons calling in the distance. -Jill Schultz

Everything to do with water. And the Lake Michigan sunsets. Wish I was there. – Karen Boudreau Covington 

Fishing, camping, going home to the UP to visit my family, hiking in the woods, walking on the beaches…there’s no where else like our beautiful state! – Lindsey Betzner

The smells of smoke from the bonfire in the morning mist off Lake Huron! – Diane Hartley

Every day is unexpected. You never know what it will bring. – Louise Sager Larry

My new forever home: Leland, Michigan; and my family’s two cottages on Big Whitefish Lake. – Ems Dantechuan

Summertime in Pure Michigan to me..is seeing the sky blue water of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and then, there’s the opportunity to climb the stairs in Arcadia and stare in wonder at the sights in each direction. Or perhaps its the Grand Haven Lighthouse, Ludington State Park, the peninsula in Traverse City—oh the vineyards, Sleeping Bear Dunes, of course mighty Mac, and stepping on to the porch of the Grand Hotel, or, perhaps its Cedarville and the quaint-ness of this area, I guess I don’t have room to go on to truly explain the beauty of pure Michigan… – Lynne Lenfesty

Warm weather, cool breezes off Lake Michigan, gorgeous sunsets … All of it. – Tamara Stevens

1009378_10152008225443289_365014519_oSunsets over the lake, the hot sun, the warm breeze, the occasional thunderstorm, with bright lighting, loud cracks of thunder, and pouring rain. The wildlife. Bonfires at camp, cooking brats, dogs, burgers, corn, beans, everything on the grill. Yumm. Walking around bear foot, shorts, capris, sandals, sunglasses. – Kelly Illikainen

Living at the lake cottage in northern Michigan and visiting all the towns for shopping, craft shows, car shows, boat shows, etc. Also, swimming, boating, and northern Michigan products! Being a laker for the summer is awesome! – Kimberly Dean

Fishing, blueberry picking, eating breakfast, lunch & dinner by the lake, swimming with the minnows, and catching up with our up north neighbors. – Christine Hawn Wood

Floating on the water early morning or evening, smelling the moist air, and hearing the water lap against the side of whatever “float” you are on! – Judy Taylor-Kirby

So many things to love about Michigan summers!! Bonfires, cookouts , beach, hiking in woods, visiting lighthouses, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, camping, UP, boating and swimming, fishing, beautiful weather! Silver Lake Sand dunes! Just enjoying and learning new places to explore in my home state! – Nancy Phillips

Knowing during this time there is nowhere else I would rather be. – Alex Chamberlain

Kayaking and sailing, taking friends from out of state to the Straits of Mackinac to go deep water diving (upcoming! So excited!), long walks in forests along beaches and in rivers, the summer ferns, the trilliums, actually… all the native Michigan plants, sweeping instead of shoveling, finding rocks that show their markings when you get them wet, BBQs bonfires and picnics, sunsets I can’t stay awake for and of course, all the wineries and berry picking. Just the short list… – Liz Storm

Every. Single. Moment. – Leeann Wright

What is your favorite thing about summer in Michigan?