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.

From Our Community: 21 Reasons We’re in Love with Michigan

It’s Valentine’s Day! And it’s the perfect time to show your love. We asked our fans on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram to tell us why they love the state of Michigan. We received so many wonderful and heartfelt responses. From long summer days to soft falling snow, it’s unanimous – There’s a lot to love about 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 why you’re in love with Michigan!

“I love the beauty of our state, from the miraculous sand dunes up and over the Mighty Mac Bridge to Pictured Rocks and all around the mitten the sparkly blue water of the Great Lakes!”  -Mary Distelrath McGowan

“I love the four beautiful seasons and the lighthouses.” -Lisa Foor Swartz

South Haven, Traverse City, Mission Point, Petoskey, The Great Lakes..Hot Summers..Colorful Fall Season..Apple orchards..blueberries.” -Jean Farrell DeWaters

“All the natural beauty, from lighthouses, to sand dunes, to sunsets and everything in between!” -Robin Ruff Leja

“I love the sand dunes and the wineries and the beaches!”  -Amy Parsons

“I love the smell of fresh air in Northern MI. The beautiful fresh water in our lakes…the seasons…I LOVE Mackinac Island!” -Teresa Dungey Gotch

“EVERYTHING, including the SNOW!” -Carol Hagen

“The smell of the pines and a wonderful sunset over Grand Traverse Bay!” -Linda Leder

“I love the way the sand feels on my feet 100 yards out! When it ripples into a washboard like repetition! I also love that you can find a spot ankle deep 200 yards out!” -Nathan Smith

“Skiing in Boyne!” -Lindsay O’Rourke

“The lakes and rivers to fish in. Fresh stealhead or walleye.” -Beth Powell-bennett

Fishing, camping and hiking in the Western U.P.” -Loretta Stolarz

“Summers near Ludington!” -Anne Stewart Goss

Frankenmuth, I love going there. I have been going up there for 50 years, never get tired of it!” -Louise Brown

“The snow, the lighthouses, Mackinac Island. The Lakes. Well Everything really.” -Sheila Anne Lawson

“Taking a day off to go to a lake is easy. Can’t wait for spring!” -Theresa Lynn Many

“We have a BEAUITFUL state! The water at Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior is like the Caribbean, it’s gorgeous! The different blues, you have to go see it!” -Wanda Tindle-Perry

“The 4 seasons, scenery like nowhere else, the lakeshore, and the sweet embrace when I go home to the UP!” -Cheryl Pekuri Wright

“Scenery, scenery, and more scenery. Add my family to that and I have everything.” -Tobie Kahn Scheibel

“Plentiful waters, beautiful curvy hills & a blended culture. Michigan has creative products & best small businesses anywhere!” -Twitter user @TheXExchange  

“What’s not to love about Michigan?” -Michael Tokarz Photography

Why do you love Pure Michigan? 

15 Reasons to Love Winter in Michigan

Photograph courtesy of John McCormick

Winter has arrived in Pure Michigan! To celebrate the season we asked our fans on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram “What does winter in Pure Michigan mean to you?” 

From skiing and snowboarding to warm fires and hot cocoa, winter means something unique to everyone. 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 winter in Michigan means to you!

Finding the perfect tree and having apple cider with the family putting it up.  -Angela Blasingim

When I was a kid in Petoskey and Grand Rapids it meant lots of ice skating!  -D Kay Graham Hostettler

Snowshoeing all over the north woods going to places I can’t get to in the summer because of too much brush. Going right across frozen lakes and ponds – walking on water.  - Starlajane Thunder

Crisp clean air and pretty snow flakes.  -Sandy Little-Wolney

Playing in the snow. Enjoying the beautiful white trees.  - Jackie Daniels

Lots of snow and skiing!  - Instagram user @_rangerous

Pure beauty. We live in a state that gives us the magnificence of all the different seasons and winter brings purity.  - Kaitlyn Smith

Cross country skiing, hot cider, snuggling under covers.  -Dianne Thole

Frozen Lake Michigan with ice as far as you can see.  - John-Carolyn Hinch

Beautiful snow! Crisp fresh air.  - Jill Schultz

Winter in Michigan means long afternoons and evenings on my uncles farm. Roaring fires and playing the piano. Horseback riding with the neighbors. Maybe taking out the four wheelers or ice skating on the pond if it’s frozen enough. Bliss.  - Instagram user @alicialouise5193

Serene beauty.  - Amy Socrainte

A b&b up north in the thumb and keeping warm!   – Twitter user @AmyJoyHagen

My last winter in Michigan was ’77-’78. It was long, cold, and record breaking, but I enjoyed everyday.  - Mike Jackson

Snowboarding. Sitting downtown Traverse City with friends and hot beverages. Seeing my family again while I’m on break from school. Being where I belong.  - Instagram user @klostrowski

Why do you love winter in Michigan