Dreaming of that perfect vacation for 2017 but can't quite get your budget and your bucket list to line up? Don't sweat it. We've teamed up once again this year with Midwest Living to bring you a chance at the Go Great Lakes Bay 2017 Midwest Living Dream Trip Giveaway, right here in the heart of Pure Michigan! Best of all, this year, Midwest Living is giving one lucky winner $2,000 to design their own dream trip to our destination. Even so, we've put together a few favorite excursions to give you a glimpse of what your Go Great Lakes Bay Dream Trip could look like when you Wine & Dine Along Our Waterfront Flavor Trail:
Sunrise Pedal Trolley
An extra dose of wind-in-the-hair is all yours as you pedal along the Bay City waterfront on a 15-passenger group bike shipped straight from the Netherlands - the Sunrise Pedal Trolley. But don't forget to slow down for favorites like Artigiano, where artisan cheeses beg to be brought home by the suitcaseful (to complement the wine souvenirs you'll snag all along your Dream Trip!)
BaySail Appledore Tall Ships
Cozy up on the deck of Real Seafood Co. in Uptown Bay City, where you'll enjoy fine wine and fresh catch before heading out for a magical night on the waterfront. Once you board BaySail's Appledore IV schooner, it'll be nothing but cozy quilts and clear skies for miles as you cruise beneath the constellations on a Stargazer Sail along Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay.
Table Restaurant & Whine Bar
Experience art on the plate inside Table Restaurant at the H Hotel, where artisan charcuterie and well-aged wines are just the precursor to a magnificent food story. After your meal, head to Whine Bar, where you'll sip hard-to-find wines from the comforts of a cozy, overstuffed leather chair. Before you leave town, be sure to visit Eastman Party Store and shop their massive selection to craft the perfect take-home basket of wines and gourmet cheeses so you can travel the Great Lakes Bay flavor trail time and time again, even after your Dream Trip is done.
Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Tours
Escape to someplace other-worldly. A place where the soft swoop of mature bald eagles overhead is the soundtrack to almost 10,000 acres of Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge known only as "The Flats," and local legend, Johnny Panther, and his shallow-draft boats are your insider guide to it all. It's all here waiting to be discovered when you Go Great Lakes Bay on a Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Trip.
Old Town Saginaw
Stop into Old Town Saginaw's farm-to-fork hideaway, Bradley's Bistro, for a bite, where the menu is not-to-be-missed and never-the-same-twice. From starters like hand-cut truffled sea salt fries to mains like Faroe Island Salmon in fresh citrus ponzu, you'll find an "elegantly down to earth" farm-to-table experience from start to finish.
Frankenmuth Fun Ships
Sure, you've done wine tasting a'plenty. But one aboard an electric boat while cruising down the scenic Cass River, sampling perfectly-paired chocolates alongside every sip? Not until you've experienced Frankenmuth FunShips! Charter the boat for just your crew, or join them for an open cruise!
How To Enter Midwest Living's Dream Trip Giveaway
With all of this dining, drinking, and downright adventuring, you're going to need a great place to rest and rejuvenate. That's why, as part of your Dream Trip Giveaway, you'll want to choose from our incredible selection of Great Lakes Bay Region hotels & resorts.
"Okay, already! I'm in! Now how do I win?" The good news? We've already crafted the ideas above for your Dream Trip, but it's up to you to make it yours! Between now and February 28, 2017 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 online entry form. Winners will be announced in March, 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, with $2,000 in hand to make it all come to life!