Monday, May 31, 2010

Win a Trip to Italy!

Want to win a trip to Italy? Well, if you live near a Buca di Beppo restaurant, go there and ask for an entry form to enter their "Letters to Juliet" sweepstakes. All entries must be filled out and given to the manager of a Buca di Beppo restaurant by June 15, 2010. If your entry is selected, you could win a trip worth $8,000. The Grand Prize includes:

  • Round trip economy airfare for two (2) from the closest major airport to Grand Prize Winner’s residence to Verona, Italy
  • Hotel accommodations for two (2) persons for five (5) nights at the Relais de Charme Il Sogno di Giulietta ("The Charming Inn of Juliet's Dream", juliet-dream.com) in Verona, Italy
  • Five (5) days of car rental from AutoEurope (compact class, manual transmission) (In the event Grand Prize winner does not qualify for use of rental car, Sponsor reserves the right to provide alternate ground transportation to/from the airport). Winner may elect to upgrade vehicle at his/her own expense.

Who Can Enter to Win this Trip to Italy?

Only legal U.S. residents who are eighteen (18) years of age or older are eligible to enter. Of course, people working for the sponsor and their advertising agency, as well as members of their immediate families or those living in the same house are not eligible.

Just FYI: You do not have to purchase anything at Buca di Beppo to win. Just go in and ask to fill out an entry form. There is a limit to one entry form per person. For the sweepstakes rules, go to bucadibeppo.com/LTJ

Good luck!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cave Tours in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is known for many things - historic battle sites, covered bridges, old cemeteries, charming B&B's, rail tours, vineyards and wineries. But, it's also known for some pretty spectacular caverns. That's caverns, not taverns.

Caves and caverns are fun to explore, allowing you to experience something that often feels otherworldly. A couple standout caves you might consider on your next Pennsylvania getaway:

Woodward Cave and Campground
148 Woodward Cave Dr.
Woodward, PA

Woodward Cave is one of the largest caverns in Pennsylvania, nicknamed "The Big One" because of its 5 large rooms. Tours of the cave include visits to these 4 rooms:

  • The Ballroom, which is used for square dances and banquets
  • The Dragon’s Den Room
  • The Hanging Forest, featuring the largest collection of stalactites found in the cave
  • 200-ft.-long Hall of Statues, with its 60-ft cathedral ceiling
Do remember to bring a warm jacket and proper footwear; the temperature in the cave is only 48 degrees.

There is also a 19-acre campground for those of you wishing to stay awhile. The campground is suitable for tents as well as RVs, with electricity and water.

Crystal Cave
963 Crystal Cave Rd.
Kutztown, PA

Located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Crystal Cave Park is one of the most popular natural attraction in Pennsylvania. Discovered in 1871 and visited by millions of people since, Tours descend 125 feet underground, where the temperature is a constant 54 degrees. Other attractions at the park include a miniature golf course, 125 wooded acres with nature trails, and a rock and mineral shop and museum.

Lost River Caverns
726 Durham St., Box M
Hellertown, PA 18055

The Lost River in the name refers to the clear waters which move through the cave, mysteriously originating from an unknown source, then disappearing beneath the earth's surface. The cave consists of five picturesque cavern chamber, one of which was dedicated as a chapel in 1949. This underground chapel has been the site of over 80 wedding ceremonies and was also used as a ballroom in the late 1800's. An interesting fact about the cave is that it was also used by bootleggers during prohibition.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Enter to Win a Trip to Turks and Caicos

There's still time to enter and win a a Trip to Turks and Caicos sponsored by TripAdvisor.

Prize:

Two (2) winners will receive roundtrip airfare for two (2) to the major airport nearest Beaches® Turks & Caicos Resort, up to $1,000 in value per ticket, along with seven (7) nights accommodations for two (2) in a suite (single room, double occupancy) including meals and beverages. This trip must be taken within one (1) year from date prize is awarded. Approximate retail value of this prize is $5,000 (remember, you have to pay taxes on your winnings!).

How to Enter and Win this Fabulous Vacation:

Visit tripadvisor.com/Beaches and fill out the entry form. Once you do that you will have entered the promotion.

Deadline to Enter:

The deadline is coming up fast: The sweepstakes ends on ends on Sunday April 26, 2009 at 11:59PM ET.

Who can Enter:

This vacation sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) or older and reside in the United States. Employees of the sponsor and their family members are not eligible.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Enter to Win a Trip to Costa Rica

The vacation sweepstakes are starting to heat up! Around this time each year many different companies hold sweepstakes with trips as the grand prize, and we think you're going to love the following:

Win a Trip for 2 to Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica!

This vacation sweepstakes is sponsored by FX Networks, and is called The FX Network - Damages Giveaway Sweepstakes, after, of course, their brilliant show, "Damages."

The Prize:

The winner of this sweepstakes will receive a trip for 2 to Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The prize includes round-trip First Class airfare, for the Winner and 1 Guest to Liberia, Costa Rica, as well as 5 nights hotel accommodations in a hotel of the Sponsor’s choosing AND 1 elegant dinner for 2, meal not to exceed $400.00 (yeah, that's elegant) AND 1 $5,000 gift card for Winner to a store of Winner’s choice and a $5,000 hotel credit that may be used between both Winner and Winner's Guest. The approximate retail value of this prize is $21,200.00. Not bad!

How to Enter:

To enter to win this fabulous vacation, do the following:

Go to www.DamagesGiveaway.com and complete the entry form

You may enter only once per person.

Sweepstakes Ends:

March 31, 2009.

Who Can Enter:

Legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older (or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older).

So, go enter. And, when you win, drop us a comment and tell us how you liked it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Getaway - Northern California Coast

Saw this little blurb from iLoveInns.com and thought I'd pass it along to all those looking for a lovely, yet relatively inexpensive Thanksgiving getaway along the Northern Coast of California.
The Country Inn Bed and Breakfast in Fort Bragg is offering a Thanksgiving package which includes the following:
three nights lodging
home-cooked Thanksgiving meal
two tickets to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens

This special is only $340 for a non-fireplace room and $430 for a fireplace room.

The Country Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Fort Bragg, along the Mendocino coast in Northern California, within walking distance to Glass Beach and the Skunk Train, which takes passengers on a sightseeing tour through coastal redwoods. Antiquers will also love the close proximity to some of the wonderful antique stores in Fort Bragg.

If you care for a walk after Thanksgiving Dinner, you're also close to the Ten Mile Coastal Trail, which offers a great spot for ocean-front walking, jogging, or cycling.

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

This special offer includes two tickets to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, which is the only public garden in the continental United States that sits directly on the Pacific Ocean. There you will find, manicured gardens, as well as a coastal pine forest, with bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

For more information about this Thanksgiving Special, you can email them at info@beourguests.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Top U.S. Hotels According to Conde Nast

If you wanted to vacation at one of the top 3 U.S. hotels, you might want to take a look at what the readers of Conde Nast have chosen in the latest Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards:

The Peninsula - Chicago
Elizabeth Point Lodge - Amelia Island, Florida
Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Oregon
What better way to get to know some of them than to sample one of the many specials, promotions and packages they offer:

Elizabeth Point Lodge Package

The Elizabeth Point Lodge on Amelia Island also offers many wonderful packages. One I like is the “Thanksgiving Package” which is a 4-night vacation package in an oceanfront King Superior room for $1,551, and includes (among other things):

  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception each evening
  • Full oceanfront breakfast each morning
  • Thanksgiving dinner for two at Beech Street Grill with choice of preferred seating (dinner, gratuity, and tax included)


  • You can find more packages at Elizabeth Point Lodge by going to ElizabethPointeLodge.com. Their phone numbers are Toll Free: 800-772-3359 800-500-9620 and 800-544-2704. You can also email them at info@elizabethpointelodge.com

    Stephanie Inn Specials

    The Stephanie Inn offers numerous specials and packages, including

    Good Things Special

    This special runs from October 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008, and is as follows: Stay one night at full rate Sunday through Thursday and receive the second night at half price. This special includes a country-style breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and evening night cap. Minimum 2-night stay. There is a 7% lodging tax.

    This special must be requested at time the reservation is made. , so be sure you mention the October Internet Special to the reservationist at the Stephanie Inn.

    The Golden Sand Dollar Special

    Exclusively for seniors 55 years or older, and is as follows: For $189-$199 per night plus tax, you can choose from a $25 dinner credit in their dining room, a bottle of champagne, wine or cider, a "Stephanie Inn Cookbook", or a one pound box of chocolates in your mountain view guest room on the first night of your stay.

    This includes a complimentary country-style breakfast buffet, afternoon wine gathering and evening night cap. This special is available Sunday through Thursday, October 16, 2008 through December 30, 2008.

    For more info on Stephanie Inn specials and packages, go to: stephanie-inn.com. You can also call The Stephanie Inn at 1-800-633-3466 or email: info@stephanie-inn.com

      Tuesday, October 14, 2008

      Things to do in Scottsdale, AZ

      Visiting Scottsdale, Arizona any time soon? Well, Scottsdale.com has come up with a list of "10 Best Things To Do In Scottsdale Arizona." What do they recommend?

      1. Golfing at one of the numerous golf courses around Scottsdale: Troon North Golf Club with two 18-hole courses and fabulous views and JW Marriott Wildfire Golf Club come recommended by them.
      2. Humvee and ATV Tours of the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
      3. Viewing open houses around Scottsdale.
      4. Scottsdale FBR Open beginning the end of January through the beginning of February. The Scottsdale FBR is one of the first PGA golf events of the calendar year.
      5. Visiting the Scottsdale Desert Botanical Gardens.
      6. Taking a ride on a hot-air balloon.
      7. Attending a Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks or Phoenix Coyotes game.
      8. Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon. They recommend Papillon Helicopters Tours.
      9. Hiking the local mountains in Scottsdale. Camelback Mountain offers hikers of all levels fabulous desert mountain hikes.
      10. Visiting Old Town Scottsdale & Art District. If you're there on a Thursday night from 7-9PM, you can take part in ArtWalk, which allows you to experience the galleries of Old Town, "one of the most prominent and respected art districts in the nation."

      What did they leave out? Well, restaurants, of course! What are some of the top restaurants in the Scottsdale area you won't want to miss? (Unless otherwise indicated, the restaurants are located in Scottsdale)

      Furio
      7210 East Second Street

      Centro Paninoteca
      7120 East Becker Lane

      La Torretta Ristorante
      16640 North Scottsdale Road

      Medizona
      7217 East Fourth Avenue

      Capital Grille
      16489 North Scottsdale Road

      Un-Bacio Ristorante
      7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.

      Gardunos of Mexico
      8787 N. Scottsdale Rd, Ste. A-102

      Asia de Cuba
      7353 E. Indian School Rd.
      (Inside the Mondrian)

      Pink Pony Steak House
      3831 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (between 1st St. and Main St.)

      Zinc Bistro
      15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (Scottsdale Rd. and Greenway Pkwy.)

      Binkley's Restaurant
      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.
      Cave Creek, AZ

      Rancho Pinot Grill
      6208 N. Scottsdale Rd.
      (Scottsdale Rd. and Lincoln Dr.)
      Paradise Valley, AZ