Ever spent hours (okay, days/weeks/months) planning out your dream vacation, only to realize that your budget and your bucket list are on two different planets?  You're not alone.  But, right now, thanks to Midwest Living, you can have a chance at not one, but twelve Dream Trips, each jam-packed with insider experiences and excursions you simply won't find anywhere else.  It's all part of the Midwest Living Dream Trip Giveaway, and we're ready to share a glimpse at what one lucky winner (ahem, you?) will experience on their Go Great Lakes Bay Dream Trip:


#1: Going Behind The Foodie Scenes 

  • Insider Experience At World-Famous Wonder, Bavarian Inn Restuarant
  • Private Chef's Dinner & Wine Pairing Inside Table at the H Hotel 

Dream Trip - Bavarian Inn Restaurant 


Sure, almost everyone has heard of (and even tasted) Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant's world-famous family style chicken dinners.  But how many lucky chicken-leg-loving foodies can say they've seen how these massive meals get their authentic German magic?  You'll be one of few when you take part in a private kitchen tour and live cooking demo alongside the loveable co-owner, cookbook author, kitchen extraordinaire, and Bavarian Inn Restaurant matriarch herself, Dorothy Zehnder!  


Dream Trip - Private Chef's Dinner At Table Restaurant 


Then, on another evening of your Dream Trip Getaway, fine dining will take on a whole new meaning when you taste and sip from a menu personally prepared (and wine-paired!) by Chef Peter Maiers inside the swanky, boutique setting of Table Restaurant at the H Hotel.


#2: Adventuring In The Great Outdoors

  • Hands-on Tall Ship Sailing Excursion
  • Guided Wildlife Boat Tour Through 10,000 Acre National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ziplining Experience At Michigan's First Aerial Forest Park
  • Kayaking Excursion With Ike's Mobile Kayak
  • Private Tour Of 110-Acre Botanical Gardens

Dream Trip - Adventure Park At Frankenmuth 


We're sure these outdoor excursions will leave you thinking, "Workweek, what?" "Deadlines, huh?" and "Laundry? Someone else's problem!"  Because, when you're ziplining among the trees at Michigan's first aerial forest parkpowerboating through 10,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge, and taking a once-in-a-lifetime sail along Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, you'll have a hard time remembering all that other stuff you left behind (and we wouldn't have it any other way!)


#3: Having A Shopping Spree Without Spending A Penny

  • $500 Shopping Spree At The Midwest's Largest Outlet Mall
  • $500 Shopping Spree Through Downtown Frankenmuth
  • $500 Shopping Spree At The World's Largest CHRISTmas Store
  • $2,000 Visa Gift Card For Travel Expenses From Midwest Living

Dream Trip - Shopping Sprees 


You'll have plenty of chances to take home every last souvenir your heart desires with this supercharged combo of shopping sprees.  That's because you'll have $500 to spend at each of these locations: the Midwest's Largest Outlet Mall, Birch Run Premium Outlets, the World's Largest CHRISTmas Store, Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, and the one-of-a-kind European marketplace that is Downtown Frankenmuth.  Best yet, Midwest Living is also giving each lucky winner a $2,000 Visa Gift Card for travel expenses, making your Go Great Lakes Bay Dream Trip virtually free from start-to-finish!


#4: Staying In Complete Luxury

  • 3-Night Stay Along The Bay Inside Luxury Riverview Suite
  • 1-Night Stay in AAA 4-Diamond Luxury At The H Hotel

Dream Trip - Doubletree By Hilton - Bay City Riverfront

With all of this incredible dining, adventuring, and shopping, you're going to need a great place to rest and rejuvenate.  That's why, as part of your Dream Trip Giveaway, we're giving you the gift of a great night's sleep (times 4)!  You'll enjoy 3 nights inside Doubletree By Hilton - Bay City Riverfront's exclusive Luxury Riverview Suite, overlooking Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, and 1 additional night in AAA 4-Diamond luxury in a Deluxe King Suite at The H Hotel in Midland (complete with breakfast in bed).

How To Enter Midwest Living's Dream Trip Giveaway 

We know what you're thinking.  "Okay, already!  I'm in!  Now how do I win?"  The good news?  All the makings of your Dream Trip have already been coordinated, and all you have to do is make it yours!


Between now and February 29, 2016, you can enter the Midwest Living Dream Trip Giveaway once a day.  Simply enter the Dream Trip Giveaway by selecting your Dream Trip destination of choice (Great Lakes Bay, Michigan, of course!) and filling out the ultra-quick online entry form (name, address, e-mail, and you're on your way to Dream Trip bliss!).  Winners will be announced on March 15, 2016, but in the meantime, you can view the Official Sweepstakes Rules and start envisioning yourself on the Great Lakes Bay Midwest Living Dream Trip of a lifetime!