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? 

Thank You To Our Fans – Pure Michigan Named “Best Use of Social Media” by Travel + Leisure

Pure Michigan recently received an award for “Best Overall Use of Social Media” by a Tourism Board in the 2014 Travel + Leisure SMITTY Awards! In honor of this special recognition, we wanted to send out a special ‘Thank You’ and take you on a journey through some of the posts that you liked the most over the year. 

We are so lucky to have such wonderful fans. Thank you for continuing to share the beauty of #PureMichigan!  

Which of these is your favorite? 

Five Excellent Instagram Photos from Our Fans in May 2014

We’re always impressed by the beautiful and unique photos our fans share with us on social channels each day. This May, we saw a ton of magnificent shots from our Pure Michigan Instagram community that were captured all across the state. From polar plunges in the Upper Peninsula to pastel sunsets along the coast of  Lake Michigan, here are just a few of our favorites.

For more fan photos, check out our  FebruaryMarch and April roundups and follow us on Instagram.

A breathtaking starry night sky in Michigan. Photo by @danfreiphoto.

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A priceless pastel sunrise over Charlevoix. Photo by @danberck.

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Some brave adventurers take the plunge into the lingering icy waters of Lake Superior. Photo by @lizziecorser.

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Magnificent shot of a blustery day along the shores of Marquette, MI. Photo by @ztwede.

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 A blazing Ludington sunset to end the day in Pure Michigan. Photo by @ramble142.

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Have you captured a fantastic Pure Michigan photo recently?

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 “re-gram.”