From Our Fans: 15 Telltale Signs of Spring in Michigan

Hello Spring! Today marks the official start of the new season. We asked our fans on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram to tell us how they know that springtime in Michigan has arrived, and per usual, they didn’t disappoint!

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Michigan Begins to Bloom

When the tulips are blooming in Holland! – Facebook user Mike Riedmiller

The golf courses open! – Facebook user Kyle Ransom

When the farmers plow and plant their crops on acres of Michigan land! – Facebook user Deborah Ann Sutton

It’s Road Tripping Weather

When you can take the ferry to Mackinac Island– Facebook user Laura Hupy Copeland

You “just know” it’s time to head up to the bridge! Can’t wait! – Facebook user Susan Westfall Holloway

MackinacHouseI can hike Michigan trails again! –Instagrammer @nicolesiderius

You Enjoy The Outdoors

When the Tigers game is on the radio – Facebook user Mark Puddy

When the water is crystal clear – Facebook user Megan Holly Dowler

You can swim in Lake Michigan – Facebook user Connie Miller Calabrese

You Indulge in Pure Michigan Delights

When I can go to the wineries and enjoy a bottle outside – Facebook user Chrystal Davis

VineyardFallBell’s Oberon goes on sale! Pass the orange slice. – Facebook user Karl Bloss

You know it’s springtime when it’s warm enough to hang out on the patio at your favorite brewery! –Twitter user @hannahkesh

Winter Slowly Melts Away

You can put your long underwear away – Twitter user @beekaytulsa

Robins, Starlings and Canadian geese!  – Instagrammer @aubreyhall

The snow is finally melting and we can see grass again! – Instagrammer @revv_

What other signs of spring in Michigan would you add? Let us know below!

If you’re looking for more springtime fun, check out our April Events Roundup  and visit michigan.org/events.

You’re Invited: #AskPureMichigan Your Winter Travel Questions on Twitter

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Are you on Twitter? Are you planning a winter getaway this year?

If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, be sure join us for our #AskPureMichigan Twitter Chat on Monday, December 15th at 12:00 noon EST!

Get your questions ready! We’ll be chatting about winter travel ideas, featured deals and new activities and attractions to try out during the 2015 season.

Our partners from popular winter travel destinations across the state will also be on hand to answer your location-specific questions, including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and many other Michigan cities and ski resorts.

Here’s how to participate in 5 simple steps: 

1. Follow @PureMichigan on Twitter.

2. Sign in to Twitter on December 15th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. You can join us for just few minutes or stay for the hour!

3. Tweet your winter travel questions to @PureMichigan. Make sure to use #AskPureMichigan in your tweet.

4.  Look out for six giveaway questions from @PureMichigan during the chat.  Tweet your answer using #AskPureMichigan for a chance to win winter-inspired prizes from the Pure Michigan online store.

5. Follow the #AskPureMichigan conversation on Twitter for tips, tricks and suggestions for planning a winter getaway that’s perfect for you.

Not able to join us? No worries. Leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll answer them during the chat.

See you on Twitter!

Spring into Warm Weather with Items from the Pure Michigan Store (Plus a Giveaway!)

Spring-like weather has made its return, and it’s only a matter of time before summer will officially be here. Make sure you have the essentials ready for outdoor activities and entertainment this spring!

From outdoor accessories to home goods, the Pure Michigan Store offers a variety of items to help prepare you and your home for warmer weather. Here are just some of our favorites (Read below to learn how you can win a few of them on Twitter!)

Pure Michigan Wine Glasses: Celebrate more than 100 Michigan wineries nestled among 15,000 acres of scenic vineyards with this set of Pure Michigan Wine Glasses.

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Pure Michigan Cheese Board: Your Michigan-made cheese has never looked or tasted better once it is displayed on this custom Michigan-shaped cheese board. The Upper Peninsula makes the perfect spot to rest your favorite cheese knife on (knife & cheese not included).

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Ladies Baby Rib Long Sleeve Hoodie: This form-fitting Women’s Baby Rib Long-Sleeve Hoodie not only looks great, but it will keep you warm and cozy during any Michigan season. Perfect for sitting around a spring campfire! PM_114PH_L Pure Michigan Fun Bucket with Shovel: When you have as much shoreline as we do in the Great Lakes State, this uniquely designed Pure Michigan Fun Bucket with Shovel comes in quite handy. Makes an excellent sand castle mold.

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Pure Michigan Navy Hat: Show your Michigan pride everywhere you go with this this great-looking Pure Michigan Baseball Cap.PM_114PE_L

Pure Michigan Custom Pewter Keyfob: This Pure Michigan custom pewter key fob features a die-cut silhouette of Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.PM_115EE_S

Insulated Straw Tumbler: Easily take your favorite beverage with you without worry of spillage with this Pure Michigan 16-oz. insulated straw tumbler.PM_114RC_S

Pure Michigan Garden Flag: This Pure Michigan garden flag features a stunning image of Miners Castle along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.PM_114RE_L

Pure Michigan Custom Pine Wood Tote Basket: This Pure Michigan custom white pine wood tote basket is perfect for holding homemade goodies, jams, soaps, magazines, or anything else you can think of. Makes a great gift.PM_115EF_L

Pure Michigan Leather Wine Log: Michigan truly is wine country. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or someone who enjoys a fine wine, this Pure Michigan leather wine log is for those who enjoy the finer tastes of life!PM_115FR_L

Pure Michigan Acrylic Keyfob: This rectangular Pure Michigan acrylic key chain features a stunning picture of the Grand Sable Dunes along Lake Superior at the eastern end of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.PM_114R9_S

Which item from the Pure Michigan store is perfect for your springtime needs? 

PM_Twitter2[1][2]GIVEAWAY: We recently hit 100,000 followers on our @PureMichigan Twitter handle! As a thank you to our wonderful fans, we’ll be giving away a few Pure Michigan store items via Twitter on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. 

Followers of @PureMichigan on Twitter will have the chance to win prizes from the Pure Michigan store every hour between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this Wednesday, April 30th.

To be eligible to win, simply tweet your favorite thing about spring in Michigan to @PureMichigan on Wednesday. Pure Michigan will then choose one winner at random each hour to win prizes from the Pure Michigan store in the following order:

11:00 a.m. – Pure Michigan Insulated Straw Tumbler and Pure Michigan Pewter Keyfob (see photos above)

12:00 p.m. – Pure Michigan Insulated Straw Tumbler and Pure Michigan Pewter Keyfob

1:00 p.m. – Pure Michigan Insulated Straw Tumbler and Pure Michigan Acrylic Keyfob (see photo above)

2:00 p.m. – Pure Michigan Insulated Straw Tumbler and Pure Michigan Acrylic Keyfob

Winners will be contacted through Twitter with details on obtaining their prize. Tweets must include the hashtag #puremichigan100K and entrants must follow Pure Michigan on Twitter.

* *Disclaimer: Users can only enter the Twitter contest once and those who make multiple accounts in order to enter more than once will be ineligible to win. Those who post the same tweet repeatedly or violate any of the other Twitter Rules will also be ineligible.