I'm writing this article to get everyone to start thinking about spring. The first day of spring falls on Saturday, March 20.

After a cold and snowy winter, all of Michigan will be ready to celebrate the arrival of spring.

There's one thing I'm really looking forward to once spring arrives and that's being out on the golf course.  (michigan.org)

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Let's take a look at several things you can add to your Pure Michigan spring travel bucket list:

1.  Attend a flower festival.  Spring blossoms brighten Michigan's landscape as soon as the snow melts.  There are beautiful colorful festivals like Wineries of the Old Mission Peninsula Blossom Day.  The annual festival takes place among 2.6 million blooming cherry trees.

2.  Go golfing.  Spring is the perfect time to make a tee time at the nearly 800 golf courses scattered across Michigan.  There is one golf course I have to play this spring and that's Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club.  You can also challenge yourself at Tom Fazio's only Michigan course at Treetops resort.

3.  Dust off your bicycle.  There are more than 1,300 miles of bike path across Michigan.  The whole family can manage the 8 mile flat, paved bicycle route around Mackinac Island.  How about 35 miles of rugged single track?  This is very challenging for mountain bikers at Copper Harbor Trails.

4.  Revisit farmers market.  Michigan is famous for its locally grown produce and farmers markets.  There's nothing better than buying spring's fresh strawberries and cut flowers.  (michigan.org)

5.  Start up your boat.  Boating season arrives with spring, and with some 3,200 miles of shoreline, more than any state except Alaska.  Michigan ranks as a boater's paradise.  There's nothing better than sailing the Great Lakes.

6.  Catch a baseball game.  This is the best part of spring, taking the family to a baseball game.  America's national pastime resumes in April, when the Detroit Tigers open the season at Comerica Park.  Minor league ball begins in spring too, including the Lansing Lugnuts.   (continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols at all stadiums)

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