Monday, March 31, 2008

Win a Trip to Kissimmee, Florida

Who wouldn't want to win a vacation to Kissimmee, Florida? Well, okay, maybe people who live in Kissimmee, Florida. But, if you're not one of those people, then listen up. Women's Day is sponsoring a sweepstakes with the grand prize of a 6-day/5-night Kissimmee vacation for four, which inlcludes the following:

..:: Lodging in a fully-furnished, two-bedroom, two-bath condominium at Parkway International Resort.

..:: Tickets for four (two adults, two children) for the following activities: one day at one Disney theme park of winner’s choice, golf at Falcon's Fire Golf Club including lunch, Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Full Speed Race & Golf, Fun Spot Action Park, and Skycoaster of Florida.

There is no purchase necessary, but you do have to be over 18 years of age to enter, as well as a legal resident of the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. If you are an employee of the sponser, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., or are an immediate family member, you cannot enter.

Your entry has to be received by the end of the day (Eastern Time) on April 25, 2008. Here's the good part. You can enter to win once per day at www.womansday.com/wdextras.

Good luck! We list other vacation sweepstakes on this blog at: http://vacation-getaway.blogspot.com/search/label/win%20a%20vacation

Monday, March 24, 2008

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over California Wine Country

I saw this YouTube video about hot air ballooning over the wine country of California and just had to put it on this site.

Several years ago I tried to take a hot air balloon ride over Northern California wine country leaving out of Santa Rosa, but it was cancelled due to rainy weather. Later that year I did take a sunset hot air balloon ride outside of Del Mar in Southern California, which was absolutely gorgeous.

For those of you who are leary of taking a hot air balloon ride, let me say that the one I took was very gentle. A little too gentle for me. I was kind of hoping for a bit of a thrilling ride. But, hot air balloon rides are actually really calm and peaceful. The views, though, are really nice.

The ride I missed was a sunrise flight, while the one I took was a sunset flight. If you don't like getting up at an unGodly hour, then you may want to choose a place which allows for sunset flights.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Win a Mediterranean Cruise

Have you always wanted to go on a Mediterranean cruise, but couldn't afford it? Then try winning a cruise! Holland America is having a sweepstakes, with the winner receiving a 10-day Holland America Line Mediterranean Enchantment Cruise for two aboard the MS Noordam departing in 2008. (If you're here looking for the Family Circle sweepstakes info, scroll down, you'll see my entry about that sweepstakes. Or, you can click this link: http://vacation-getaway.blogspot.com/2008/02/vacation-sweepstakes.html).

The lucky winner may select any one of 6 HAL Mediterranean Enchantment cruise departures on the Noordam between May 9, 2008 and September 14, 2008, subject to availability at time of confirmation.

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States, District of Columbia and Canada (with the exception of Quebec) who are 21 years of age or older, and who register to win by april 30, 2008. You can enter online, but you can only enter once, by going to www.requesthal.com/europe.

The winner is responsible for non-discountable amounts and taxes (as those terms are used in the HAL brochure) before the tickets will be issued. The prize includes stateroom accommodations for 2 guests in the same stateroom and most shipboard meals. The cruise prize DOES NOT include airfare, ground transfers, shore excursions, hotel services charges, other onboard expenses, and applicable passport, visa and entry/exit fees. (Is it just me, or is Holland America cheap for not paying your airfare? Oh, well, a free cruise is still a nice way to spend a vacation).

Oh, one odd thing about this sweepstakes is that if it's won by a Canadian, he or she will have to answer an unaided, time-limited math skills question by phone before he or she can claim the prize. So, if you're from Canada, enter then hone up on your math skills. Have no idea what the test is all about; have never seen such a requirement before.

So, there you go all you cruise lovers. Go there now and enter.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Win a Trip to Santa Monica, California

I know, I know, another vacation sweepstakes for you to enter. (see my previous entries of the Family circle sweeptakes and the Frommer's Sweepstakes). But, who knows, maybe you'll win a free trip, right?

Okay, this one is for a trip to Santa Monica, California. Not that exciting for people who already live in Los Angeles, but a great trip for all the rest of you.

This sweepstakes looks pretty cool, co-sponsored California Tourism and Conde' Nast Publications. Here's what you get if you win:

**2 coach roundtrip airfare ticket/s from the winner’s primary residence in the U.S. to Los Angeles and 1 standard hotel room (double occupancy) for 2 nights at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

**Dinner for 2 at Katsuya in Brentwood - not to exceed $300 (that's right, $300 dinner for 2)

**2 tickets to the latest show at The Pantages, not to exceed $500

**A private, 1-hr. yoga session for 2 at Maha Yoga

**1 $500 American Express gift card for a Katharine McPhee–inspired shopping spree

**Dinner for 2 at Il Ristorante de Giorgio Baldi, not to exceed $250.

The sweepstake's open to U.S. and District of Columbia residents 18 and older. Now, here's how you enter. Go to www.visitcalifornia.com/vanityfair and enter. That's it. The sweepstakes ends on 4/30/08, so go there now to enter.