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"A Michigander's Ode to the Mitten" Winning Love Letter in Pure Michigan Contest

Competition was strong for the Pure Michigan “A Love So Grand” love letter contest, but Missy Langdon of Fruitport, took home the top prize with “A Michigander’s Ode to the Mitten.” Her prize: a two night stay at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island – a getaway she will enjoy with her husband Jonathan.

The Langdon’s will add the stop in Mackinac Island to their planned two-year anniversary vacation to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Her love letter submission was fueled by her appreciation of all Michigan offers throughout its four seasons.

“It didn't take long for me to come up with reasons that I love Michigan,” Langdon said. “I grew up in Michigan, and as I've gotten older, I have appreciated more and more how beautiful it is all year round.  With each new season I get a sense of excitement, seeing the scenery begin to change.” 

“A Michigander’s Ode to the Mitten.”

My Great Lake State with waters blue, to you belongs my love most true
Each season has beauty for us to behold, even in winter - so bitter and cold
From the fluffy white snow that blankets the ground to the ice covered piers and caves all around
Then you 'spring' into beauty to which none can compare, with tulips and cherry blossoms blooming with flair
And summer - what joy the thought brings to mind, a more perfect vacation spot no one could find
We can see Pictured Rocks while taking a cruise, with picturesque sunsets in breathtaking hues
Your fresh water lakes give an ocean-like view on Mackinac Island riding bikes built for two
There are mountainous dunes rolling down to the shore, and cherries, melons and berries galore
When the air turns crisp and the apples all grow you prepare for a final, most beautiful show!
Your trees and forests display overhead a canopy of leaves orange, yellow and red
Michigan, your grandness is second to none, with you shall I live till my days are done!


In addition to their stay at Grand Hotel, the Langdon’s will enjoy full breakfast, a five-course dinner and 18 holes of golf on The Jewel.

Pure Michigan’s “A Love So Grand” contest asked fans of Pure Michigan to describe in 1,000 characters or less what they love about Michigan or why they would like to visit. Langdon’s entry was one of the top 10 entries, as voted by fans, and ultimately reflected a true passion to experience Pure Michigan.

More than 325 love letters were submitted through, the Pure Michigan Facebook page and Grand Hotel Facebook page. In total, 4,000 votes were cast during the contest.

To help inspire Michigan love, travel ideas, magnificent destinations and helpful hints regarding the state’s hidden treasures all can be found on and in the 2014 Summer Travel Guide. The guide is also available at the 14 Michigan Welcome Centers across the state.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit

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