Our 5 Favorite Pure Michigan Lake Effect Signs

Michigan offers America’s perfect summer destination – with long days, comfortable temperatures and endless possibilities to experience Pure Michigan Lake Effect. Though not every day can be spent at the lake, there are new arrivals at the Pure Michigan Store that let you show off your summertime passion all year long! What’s more, all signs are hand-painted and come with hanging materials.

Check out the five Pure Michigan Lake Effect signs below and let us know which is your favorite.  

1. Rush Hour on the Lake
Rush hour isn’t quite so bad when you have one of our state’s beautiful lakes beneath you! This birch wood sign, approximately 20″x 20″, will look great at your lake house, at home or even at the office! Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: the subtle nod to Michigan’s wildlife.

Rush Hour on the Lake sign

Rush hour can be enjoyed when it’s on the lake

2. The Best Meetings are Around Campfires
In a perfect world, every meeting would be held around a campfire. This beautiful lake sign measures approx. 24″ x 7″ and would serve as a great reminder of all campfire memories. This particular sign is made from pine wood. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: Some of our favorite memories have been made around a campfire. Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows sold separately!

The Best Meetings Are Around Campfires Sign

Meetings around the campfire are always productive

 3. Memories are Made in Flip Flops
When in Michigan, it’s impossible to not make memories that will last a lifetime. Let this sign refresh your memory and make your day brighter. This pine wood sign measures approximately 11″ x 14″ and will serve as a perfect reminder to plan your next trip to the beach. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: It looks great in any setting (and reminds us not to wear regular shoes to the beach!).

Memories are made in Flip Flops sign

Make some summertime memories in your sandals this season

4. Sail Through the Day
Whenever your day needs a pick-me-up, let this beautiful lake sign bring it to you! This stained plywood sign measures approximately 16″ x 18″ and is a perfect gift for an avid sailor or for dad for Father’s Day! Captain – good times ahead! Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: Boating is one of our favorite ways to spend a summer day in Michigan.

Sail Through The Day Sign

Enjoying the day is a breeze when on Michigan lakes

5. Lake Activities
When it comes to water in Michigan, if you can think it, you can do it. Let this lake sign be a reminder of the limitless fun that can be had in Michigan’s beautiful lakes. This pine wood sign measures approximately 12″ x 36″ and can be a perfect conversation piece for finding out your friends’ favorite lake activity. Why we love this Pure Michigan Lake Effect sign: It’s a to-do list for this summer!

Lake Activities Sign

What’s your lake activity?

What Michigan-themed items do you own? Let us know by commenting below!

Give the Gift of Michigan Craft Beer and Brewery Related Swag

Do you have a craft brew enthusiast on your shopping list? Today, our guest blogger from the Michigan Brewers Guild shares a few ideas for spreading holiday cheer with Michigan craft beer.

Photo via Michigan Brewers Guild

Photo via Michigan Brewers Guild

Chances are you have a craft beer lover (or two) on your holiday shopping list. This year, give the gift of Michigan beer, while also supporting locally-owned businesses and the state’s overall agricultural industry.

Stop in your local microbrewery or brewpub and pick up a growler, four- or six-pack of a seasonal brew and build your own gift basket with a selection of brewery swag like stickers, buttons, t-shirts, home décor, bottle openers, gift cards and other unique stocking stuffers. A membership in the pub’s “mug club” would also be a nice offering.

Many retail outlets around the state also feature Michigan-made brews, including 12-bottle variety packs or build-your-own-six-pack options which provide a more personal touch to your gift giving.

BEERGEARMichigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast Memberships also make great gifts, providing a year of benefits like pre-sale dates for the four official festivals and one hour early admission to each, dollar-off pint options at participating breweries, special brewery tours and an official Enthusiast t-shirt — all for just $45. Shop online at MiBeer.com for a variety of logoed items from the Michigan Brewers Guild. You’ll find everything from apparel, backpacks, tote bags, drinkware, eyewear, flags, license plates, beach balls, bottle openers, patches, pins, stickers, tin tackers, umbrellas and more.

A handful of books dedicated to Michigan beer can also be found to enhance a gift pack, including the Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Philosophy of Food & Drink by New Holland Brewing Company’s Beervangelist Fred Bueltmann; Art in Fermented Form: A Manifesto by New Holland Brewing Company’s Brett VanderKamp; Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing by David Bardallis; and Michigan’s Best Beer Guide by Kevin Revolinski.

At Meijer, look for a 2015 calendar focused on a dozen Michigan breweries or head over to the Pure Michigan store for one of their logoed 15-ounce beer mugs. For video fans, DVDs of the inaugural season of the Great American Brew Trail featuring Amy Sherman as well as The Michigan Beer Film from Rhino Media are also great gifts.

Pure Michigan Boomba

The Michigan Brewers Guild was formed in 1997 and held its first festival in July 1998. Today, the Guild hosts four festivals dedicated exclusively to Michigan craft beer produced by its nearly 140 member breweries. The Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry.

By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve a 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption. Michigan ranks #5 in the nation for the number of craft breweries – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State”.

Dianna Stampfler is the president of Promote Michigan and is the publicist for the Michigan Brewers Guild. 

Take a Guess! How Much Snow Will Fall in Pure Michigan This Winter?

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

It’s no secret that winter 2014 in Pure Michigan was one to remember! From frozen lighthouses to frozen waterfalls and ice caves to blue ice, Michigan was transformed into a glistening winter wonderland.  As we bid farewell to the brilliant fall hues and temperatures begin to drop, there’s snow in the forecast once again.

This year, we decided to have a little fun with our upcoming snowfall and ask our fans to take a guess on how much snow will fall in Michigan cities this season. Here’s how it works…

Tell us in the comments how much snow you think will fall in each of the cities listed below by December 1, 2014. We’ve provided last year’s numbers to help you make your guesses. You can make one prediction for each city (five predictions in total). On the first day of spring, we’ll check back to see who made the most meteorologist-worthy predictions.

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

For each city, the fan who submits the correct (or closest) guess will receive a prize from the Pure Michigan Online Store! 

Last year’s totals

Detroit – 91.7 inches
Grand Rapids – 114.2 inches
Lansing – 68.4 inches
Marquette – 170.2 inches
Sault Ste. Marie – 128.7 inches

As we wait for winter to officially get underway, be sure to request your copy of the Pure Michigan 2014 Winter Travel Guide to see all that the season has to offer. For more on winter in Michigan, visit michigan.org/winter.

How much snow do you think will fall in Michigan this year? Good luck with your guesses!