Earlier this month, I entered a contest on the Chicago Tribune’s website to win an “Ultimate Staycation” trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin — and guess what? I won! The trip includes:
- One-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee (6401 S. 13th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
- Four VIP tickets ($30 each) to the China Lights festival at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corner, WisconsinM
Have you seen China Lights? It looks absolutely breathtaking! These tickets include a backstage tour of the festival, your own lantern, and participation in the festival’s light parade.
For the past week, our family has been wrestling with how we can make this work. October is extremely busy for us between school, scout, church, and family activities — I am actually looking forward to November so our schedule can breathe a bit! We have finally concluded that as much as we’d love to go, we simply can’t swing this amidst all of our other commitments this month.
This hotel stay and visit to China Lights must be used by October 31, 2016. Can you go? If you’re serious about taking a trip to Milwaukee this month, please leave a comment below. I would love to pass this along to someone who can use this trip! As this isn’t a formal giveaway, I’m going to pick the comment that I enjoy the most, so let’s hear how much you love Milwaukee, how much you need a little getaway, or how much you’d enjoy spending a fall evening surrounded by gorgeous Chinese lanterns.
I’d like to overnight these tickets and hotel voucher to one of my readers as soon as possible, so if you can go, leave a comment. At 11:00AM Central tomorrow, October 20th, 2016, I will select a winner — any comments received after 11:00am will not be part of the giveaway. If you’re selected, I’ll email you at the address you used to comment, and I will overnight the package to you in tomorrow’s mail. If you’re unable to respond by noon, I’ll select another winner.
So… who wants to go to Milwaukee?
UPDATE – GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED: There have been SO many amazing responses to this! I’ve really enjoyed reading every single one of them. I wish I had a bunch of these to give away, as it seems so many of you would truly love a little getaway.
As I read your posts though, there was one that I really related to. Deborah H. wrote about her recent marriage, new blended family, and lack of honeymoom budget. Back in the summer of 2003, I found myself in a similar situation. My husband and I got married on a shoestring budget – $2000 for the ceremony, reception, and the dress. We had a very small wedding with 40 guests, and we really couldn’t afford a honeymoon afterward. Our “honeymoon” was one night at a hotel in Schaumburg and lunch at a salad bar the next day!
My marriage also made me a mother to an gorgeous 7-year-old little girl. I presented her with her own ring during our wedding ceremony, and since then, many you have since watched her, via this blog, grow into adulthood and head off to college. Along the way, we’ve also been blessed with two amazing boys who made our family complete. (Incredibly, to this day, my husband and I have never taken a vacation without at least one child along — we have been parents since day one! We keep vowing to change that and finally take a honeymoon at some point, but I digress…)
Deborah, I can appreciate everything about your situation. Congratulations on your new marriage and your new life together as a family. You’re off to Milwaukee!
10/21/16 UPDATE: Discount ticket site Goldstar just added half-price admissions to China Lights today! For those of you that didn’t win but are still interested in seeing the festival, check out these deals: Goldstar has regular admissions for $7.50 each (reg. $15) and VIP admissions for $15 (reg. $30!)