Michelin Green Guides Giveaway!

Stay tuned for 2 more fab giveaways coming soon, and be sure to check out my 2 nights of luxury in Napa giveaway!

Several months ago, I was approached by Michelin Guides stating that because my interest in sustainable and responsible travel jives with their mission, they hoped that I would agree to represent them as a brand ambassador. While I was excited about the prospect of working with a reputable guidebook company (because I LOVE guidebooks), I needed to actually use one of their guides to see if I felt confident promoting them. Soon after, the California guide arrived in my mailbox, and I carefully familiarized myself with the guide and soon decided Michelin would be my guidebooks of choice. Here are my top three reasons:

1) The size and shape:

After talking with people and reading reviews, I found out that the size and shape are a big reason why people love Michelin Green Guides. Now that I’ve been using mine, I completely agree. Their long, rectangular shape makes it easy both to read and to pop into a bag or even a pocket. The size is not too big, not too small–they contain enough information without being bulky.

Michelin Green Guides

Wine Trails of Italy–I can’t wait to try out this one!

Michelin Green Guides

2) The Michelin Stars

3 stars, 2 stars, 1 star, or no stars? While I know that I can and should create my own impressions and opinions about the places I visit, when I am in a new place, I appreciate the guidance of those who have been there before. Instead of just a list of “must-sees,” Michelin guides rate the sights with their famous star-rating system. By giving places 0-3 stars, I have a better idea of which places are not to be missed and which I might be able to skip.

3) Guidebook symbols help me find family-friendly sights

The guides use easy-to-understand symbols for various aspects of the travel experience, such as cost, opening hours, and type of activity. The one I appreciate the most is the family symbol–unlike other guidebooks, Michelin lets me know exactly which sights are suitable for kids. It’s not in a separate section; instead, when I look up San Francisco, for example, all the family-friendly sights are labeled with the family symbol, making it easy for me to spot them among the other sights listed in the guidebook.

This system of symbols came in handy on a recent day trip to Napa Valley with my two little guys, and because I enjoy traveling with my kids, I know we will continue to look for the family symbol in Michelin guides when we travel.

So then…A funny thing happened after I decided that Michelin guides were a perfect fit for me and my site. I told my mom, and she excitedly reminded me that she had Michelin Green Guides when I was a kid. She also told me that she still has the guides and uses them for research even now! (She writes historical romance novels and uses the guides for research about locations and historical details of places). I had already been thinking about the company’s long history and reputation for quality information–these show in her loyalty to the guides and the fact that she still has them on her bookcase!

Using Michelin Green Guides in Italy

My mom’s old (early 1980s?) Michelin Green Guides with her new one of Tuscany

Soon after, she and her husband went to Tuscany, and I made sure they tried out the Tuscany guidebook. She enjoyed using the guidebook for two main reasons. One was that she wanted to do some things in Florence that could offer a bit more authentic history of the city, things that may not on everyone’s must-see list. The reliable information in the guide helped her decide where to go.

Using Michelin Green Guides in Italy

At the Palazzo Medici-Ricardi in Florence, Italy

Second, the guidebook includes walking tours, and they tested one out during their three days in Lucca. Because the guidebook is not big, she could put it in her bag and easily use it to help them navigate their way around the town while sightseeing.

Using Michelin Green Guides in Italy

On their walking tour of Lucca, Italy

The Giveaway:

I think you will love Michelin Green Guides like I do, so I’m giving one away for this holiday season. Please take a moment to look at the Michelin Green Guides on Barnes & Noble and tell me which one you would like to win and why. Then fill in the Rafflecopter form below–don’t worry…no spam. (Note that Michelin guides specialize in Europe (smile) and the U.S.)

This offer is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

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20 Responses to Michelin Green Guides Giveaway!

  1. Joan 12/01/2013 at 8:44 am #

    I’d love a Michelin Green Guide Portugal. My husband and I are flying into Madrid, renting a car, and driving down the coast of Portugal and back up to Madrid in January – a copy of the Green Guide Portugal would be a huge help in planning our trip!

  2. Denise 12/01/2013 at 11:33 am #

    Would love to get the Switzerland guide. Hoping to plan a trip there soon. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Cindy 12/01/2013 at 11:40 am #

    Another great post, Jenna! It’s so true that Michelin guides are a perfect size to fit in a bag, and they are chock-full of great information. I especially love the history that they provide.

    Coincidentally, our new Green Guide for Brittany just arrived yesterday (in anticipation of our trip, which is 7 months away!) We’ve already been looking at it. I may indulge in the new Paris guide, too. :-)

    I’ve moved many times over the years and have downsized a lot, but I always keep room on my shelf for my MIchelin Guides!

  4. Jenna 12/01/2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Susan on my Facebook page says: “I like these guides because of the compact size for storing them as you walk around, not looking like a lost tourist. I like to travel as a solo and find the Michelin Green Guides to provide really good suggestions of what to see and where to go in a new local, but also have been pleasantly surprised to find some places off the beaten path. I would like the guide to Brittany. I have traveled to many parts of France yet still look forward to exploring this area.”
    Thanks, Susan!

  5. Christina 12/02/2013 at 10:49 am #

    You’re definitely right that the Michelin Guides have helpful practical information! They are great to look through before you leave during the planning phase.

    Since they are French company, I am going to be a purist and would want a French regional guide. Alsace Lorraine Champagne, the Rhone Valley or Dordogne Berry Limousin would be awesome! Hope I can spend more time in France soon with a Green Guide!
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  6. Lesley Peterson 12/02/2013 at 6:55 pm #

    I’m a big fan of guidebooks and Michelin are some of the best. It’s truly a false economy to not invest in a guidebook after everything else you’ve invested in a trip. It’s terrible to find out after the fact that you missed something fantastic by mere metres.
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  7. Maureen Moore 12/06/2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Hi Jenna !

    This is a great blog post, offering a great travel resource. I particularly enjoyed the lovely color photos as representative scenes that one might see using a Michelin Green Guide.

    I would love to have my own copy of Michelin Green Guide Great Britain as I am planning an extended research trip to the UK in 2014. Along with researching historical sites I will also be blogging from my travel blog Pinnacles and the Pedestrian. A Michelin Green Guide would certainly figure largely in my travel, research and blogging experiences!

    Thanks for the consideration!
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    • Jenna 12/09/2013 at 3:21 pm #

      It sounds like that guide to Great Britain would get a lot of good use!

  8. Ashley at No Onions Extra Pickles 12/06/2013 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m actually completely new to Michelin Guides! They’re not my “go to” guidebooks (to be honest, still looking for my “go to” guidebooks) but I will be off to New York City next year and would love to try them out while I’m there. I’m going to see the big Futurist exhibit at the Guggenheim…and have done absolutely no other planning for the trip…so I could definitely use the help of the Michelin NYC guidebook.
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    • Jenna 12/09/2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Ooh, what a fun trip that sounds like!

  9. Kelley 12/06/2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Jenna,

    I always enjoy your fantastic posts and picture. Thanks for this generous information and offering. We are going to Ireland soon so we’d like to put if for Ireland Michelin Guide. Thanks and as always…..keep up the excellent work and adventure.

    • Jenna 12/09/2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Ireland? How exciting!!

  10. Tricia 12/09/2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi again Jenna, and congratulations on the brand ambassadorship. :) Since we’re hoping to explore Italy and France this summer, I’d be thrilled to get my hands on a Green Guide for Italy or France. Thank you for the opportunity.
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    • Jenna 12/09/2013 at 3:24 pm #

      Italy and France? Sounds wonderful!

  11. paul manson 12/10/2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Spain san Sebastien Just one more day to enter my Michelin Green Guides Giveaway Win your choice of travel guidebook!

  12. Cassie 12/10/2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Interesting! I love guidebooks too but I’ve never even seen this brand. I’d love to try the California one, as my home location test case :)
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    • Jenna 12/12/2013 at 12:38 pm #

      I have the California one and really like it. It might be a bit general for someone like you who lives in the state and travels here frequently, but I have used it to plan trips here and found it very handy.

  13. Sharron 12/11/2013 at 7:52 am #

    It’s so hard to decide where I might like to go next. While a book on the US might get more use, I think I’d like to have a Green Guide on Scotland. It’s a place I’ve dreamed of visiting for a long time, and maybe the book would push me into finally buying a ticket! Thanks for sharing your opinion about these books, Jenna, and thanks for sharing so much about your traveling. It gives a lot of us a chance to live vicariously and dream!

    • Jenna 12/12/2013 at 12:37 pm #

      I agree that getting a book about a place you want to go is a nice idea–I’ve done that!

  14. Jenna 12/16/2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Congratulations to Joan on winning this giveaway! She will be receiving a guide to Portugal to use on her trip there in just 2 weeks from now!

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