Want to win a trip to Traverse City? Here’s your chance!


As many of you know, I am in love with northern Michigan. It’s the place that inspired me to start a blog and begin this crazy journey. A little over two years later, I’ve just celebrated my MILLIONTH view.

MILLIONTH. 999,000 more than what I ever expected. So yeah, that’s kind of awesome.

For my big milestone, I’m hosting an incredible giveaway with M22, Benjamin Twiggs, and the Cherry Tree Inn & Suites. All Traverse City brands who want to help you escape reality on a relaxing and adventurous trip to the Cherry Capital.

What’s the prize?

When life gives you lemons, you run up north. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the beachfront hotel Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, a welcome gift basket provided by Benjamin Twiggs, and some rad M22 gear to wear along the lakeshore. I really wish I was allowed to win my own contest, dang it. So if you’re interested in winning a trip to Traverse City, don’t miss this chance.

How do you win?

It’s easy! To win this getaway, all you must do is enter your information below, comment your favorite thing about Up North Michigan, and ‘like’ Shalee Wanders, M22, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, and Benjamin Twiggs on Facebook. It’s that easy! No catch, no difficult forms, just the chance to enjoy a vacation.

When is the contest period?

The contest is open NOW through May 25th.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Thank you to the following brands:

For helping me host such an incredible giveaway in celebration of one million views. I love each of these brands personally, and I recommended checking them out/staying with them whenever you are visiting. I would never refer something on my blog that I don’t personally love, these companies especially.


Official rules

  • Must be 18 years old or older to enter
  • No Purchase Necessary
  • Winner will be notified around May 27th, 2016
  • Purchase does not enhance chance of winning
  • Contest period May 12th 12:00pm EST—May 25th 11:59pm
  • Winner must be a U.S. resident or have a valid passport
  • One entry allowed per applicant
  • Prize includes a two night stay at the Cherry Tree Inn, a welcome “cherry” gift basket from Benjamin Twiggs, and an M22 gear package. Trip will be taken in October 2016.
  • Void where prohibited
  • The contest is sponsored by M22, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, and Benjamin Twiggs
  • Shalee Wanders Travel Blog is the official contest host
  • Randomly selected winner
  • Applicant must complete all required steps in order to be eligible for the prize
  • Shalee Wanders, Cherry Tree Inn & Suites, Benjamin Twiggs, and M22 are not responsible for any injuries, accidents, or incidents that occur during the trip. Winner is responsible for transportation to and from Traverse City, food, and any extra activities during the stay.
  • Odds of winning depend on number of applicants during the contest period


  1. C. Stewart on May 20, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    I love the diverse selection of breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries.

  2. Adrienne S on May 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    I love the smell of the clean air, tinged with pine needles!

  3. Katie Kochanny on May 23, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    I love the laid back lifestyle up north. Everyone is always happy and easy going and nothing is more relaxing than that 🙂

  4. Lisa Biering on May 23, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    My favorite thing about northern Michigan is the snow! It’s a beautiful winter wonderland and what dreams are made of.

  5. Mary on May 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    My favorite thing about Up North is getting away from my regular routine.

  6. Danielle on May 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    My absolute favorite thing about being up north is the scenery and the quaint towns. I love being able to wake up and walk down the street to get coffee in the morning and then finish the day with kayaking or hiking.

  7. Michaella on May 25, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    By far, the best things about Up North are the phenomenal state parks, particularly Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I will never forget my first time visiting; we went on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and when I climbed up the hill to the Lake Michigan Overlook stop my breath was taken away. I never realized just how beautiful our incredible mitten state could be until that moment. Now when I hear about anybody going Up North, I highly recommend them to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, as it is so close to Traverse City and other popular Up North attractions (not to mention, it is, for the most part, handicap accessible for those unable to climb the miles of sand dunes). Our state is so incredibly beautiful, unfortunately many have yet to see just how beautiful.

  8. Traci on May 25, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    I have never been! It would be a fantastic vacation!

  9. Kelly Downum on May 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    MY favorite thing? Easy. Memories of living the first 18 years of my life there and my family that still live there…

  10. Matt Reckinger on May 25, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    I love spending time on the beautiful lakes up north!

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