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.

Eight Awesome Spring Activities to Enjoy this Season

Today, guest blogger Jennifer Hamilton of The Awesome Mitten gives us the run down on some great spring activities to enjoy in Pure Michigan this season.

When thinking about what activities I will be participating in this spring, ideas such as flood-proofing my home and shopping for heavy-duty rain boots came to mind. However, I dug a little deeper into my brain and with the help of others, came up with some great spring activities that we can all delight in.

Spring Building

Spring BuildingI once visited the Upper Peninsula  and was shocked to find my friend building a bonfire in the driveway. If you want to have a bonfire and do not have a fire pit, no fear, there is an excellent Plan B. It is as simple as using a steel wheelbarrow, placing kindling and logs inside, and making fire! It is great fun and a unique way to hold a bonfire almost anywhere.

Other fantastic springtime building projects are birdhouses and bird baths. Birdhouses and baths are always useful, and they are a great project for families to create together.

Spring Eats

During the winter, there are certain comfort foods we consume on a regular basis; soup, slow cooker delights, and various heavy pasta dishes. Spring food is so much more exciting! Most importantly, we can all get our grills out again. There is nothing more delightful than recognizing that grill smell for the first time after a long winter. Additionally, seasonal foods are about to make a great change. Locally grown watermelon, tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers will soon be at our disposal. As we all know, nothing tastes as good as local produce.

Motorcycle/Bicycle Rides

A great way to delight in the smells, sights, and sounds of spring is to get out there on your favorite two-wheeled contraption. Whether you prefer pedaling a bicycle or gliding along on a motorcycle, just go enjoy the fresh air. A fellow Awesome Mitten writer mentioned that he loves going for motorcycle rides to Michigan’s best ice cream spots. And of course, our beloved potholes become a fun obstacle to weave around.

Garden Planning

Though the ground may be taking ages to thaw, it is never too early to decide what you want to grow this year. Some of these items may even be started indoors in pots and transferred outside when the time is right. Michigan’s garden centers are filling up with people buying soil, indoor planters, and seed packets. Items such as tomatoes, broccoli, and cabbage are great produce goods to start growing indoors, then transfer to an outdoor garden.

Disc Golf

Once the snow is melted enough, spring is a great time to explore some of Michigan’s disc golf courses. The sport has exploded over the last ten years, and many parks have taken notice and constructed courses as a result. Many courses wind through the woods, near water, and over beautiful areas of land. Disc golf does not require much physical effort, either, so people of almost any fitness level can participate and enjoy.

Spring Races

Disc GolfSpring is when fairweather runners make a comeback. Jump into a 5K to kickstart this running season! The best part about spring races is that many of them are themed; Easter Races, 5Ks with pets, and costume races start their season in March and continue on through the rest of the year. The best kind of race is the kind that allows you to get a little creative while running, then celebrating with some great food and beverages from race sponsors afterward! RunMichigan.com is jam-packed with races that take place literally every weekend; take a peak and pick one out.

 

 

Fishing

To go along with the great activity of grilling, one needs to catch some fish. Opening day of trout season is the last Saturday of April, so get those fishing licenses ready. Creeks, streams, rivers, bays, and lakes are all full of great tasting fish that want to come home with you. On one occasion, I even had the pleasure of purchasing live worms that had been injected with a fluorescent green dye, making the worms glow in the dark. So get those green worms ready, folks, it’s fishing season!

Morel Mushroom Picking

RelaxingThis is an activity for those with patience. It can be very tedious, but it is a spectacular way to get deep into the woods and spend quality time with your face near the ground of mother nature. Many people cook and eat these mushrooms, and quite a few also sell these morels at a fairly decent price. I do advise going in areas you are familiar with, or at least taking your phone with a GPS because it is alarmingly easy to lose track of oneself out there.

In short, spring is messy, but it is the loveliest kind of messy. Spring is for mud puddles, open windows, and new life. We Michiganders survived one crazy winter; now it is time to rejoice with a fine patio cocktail.

What are your favorite spring activities? 

1236752_10104693579790294_533864666_nJennifer Hamilton is a graduate student and outdoor enthusiast living in Traverse City. Jennifer splits her time between working in the substance abuse field, writing for the Awesome Mitten, and chasing after her three dogs.

Pure Michigan May 2013 Fan Photos

Happy June! As we move into warmer months in Pure Michigan, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite photos from May. Below is a gallery of just some of the stunning photos that our Pure Michigan Facebook community shared with us last month. See more on the Pure Michigan Flickr page.



Which photo from May is your favorite? If you have a photo to share with us, visit the Pure Michigan Facebook page and post it there.