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Win an “Ultimate Guy’s Getaway” in Lehigh Valley with Golf, Grand Prix Racing, Horse Racing

April 29, 2014

There’s still time to enter a contest to win the ultimate “guy’s experience” in Lehigh Valley, filled with golf, grand prix racing, and horseracing.

Discover Lehigh Valley, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania, is partnering with Woodstone Country Club, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, Pocono Raceway and more to give one lucky winner the ultimate guy’s experience.

The Ultimate Lehigh Valley Guys’ Experience is a month-long promotion that will have a winner and three of his friends putting the pedal to the metal with a few of his buddies. The winner will be challenging his friends on the links, trying to lap them on the track, and experience Pocono on race day.

Visitors can enter throughout the month of April at LVUltimateExperience.com. This experience includes:

DAY ONE (JUNE 6)

Lunch at Woodstone Country Club

18 holes of golf with cart at Woodstone Country Club

$150 gift card to enjoy dinner, drinks and cigars at Leaf Cigar Bar

A private tour of Leaf’s humidor

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

DAY TWO (JUNE 7)

Lunch at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix

Afternoon of racing at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix

$100 to enjoy dinner at Allentown Brew Works

Four $10 slot vouchers to the Sands® Bethlehem

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

DAY THREE (JUNE 8)

Roundtrip luxury transportation service from hotel to Pocono Raceway

Food & drink tickets for Pocono Raceway

Four Club Level tickets and four Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Passes to NASCAR’s June 8, 2014 Pocono 400

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

ADDITIONAL COOL STUFF

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix swag

Woodstone Country Club Golf swag

Official Pocono Raceway program.

 

The Grand Prize winner will also receive an Olympus digital camera to capture their Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience courtesy of our friends at Olympus. A winner will be announced in the first week of May.

The Lehigh Valley Ultimate Family Experience is one of 12 monthly experience-based travel packages Discover Lehigh Valley is giving away through June 2014. For more information, full rules and prize descriptions for The Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience, visit LVUltimateExperience.com.

For more information on Discover Lehigh Valley and its activities or to request a Lehigh Valley Official Visitors Guide, call (800) MEET-HERE, or visit the official tourism website of Lehigh Valley at DiscoverLehighValley.com.

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Japan Restaurant Week in NYC, Feb 17-Mar. 16 Evokes Century-Old Culinary Tradition

February 4, 2014
Thirty participating Japanese restaurants will transport diners 100 years back with special traditional dishes during Japan Restaurant Week in New York City, Feb 17-March 16.

Thirty participating Japanese restaurants will transport diners 100 years back with special traditional dishes during Japan Restaurant Week in New York City, Feb 17-March 16.

Thirty participating Japanese restaurants will transport diners 100 years back to Japan with special traditional dishes during Japan Restaurant Week; a sweepstakes tied to the event can win trip to Japan

Japan Week, a public-private partnership that promotes Japanese culture, food, and travel to Japan, announces today that Japanese Restaurant Week 2014 will begin in New York City from February 17 – March 16, 2014 with nearly thirty participating restaurants. The special dishes served will evoke the “100-Year-Old Flavors of Japan” theme, with a focus on the regional cuisines of Japan.

The event is being tied to a sweepstakes to win a free round-trip ticket to Japan.

Highlights of Japan Week include creations that showcase the popularity of Japanese meat from a century ago, such as Wagyu beef and Bluefin tuna sushi from Megu New York, and sukiyaki from Restaurant Nippon. Regional cuisines such as Kanazawa-style curry, sweet-and-sour fried chicken from Miyazaki, mizutaki hot pot from Kyushu, Edo-mae (Tokyo-style) sushi platters, and more.

Some of these dishes will be available for purchase at the Japan Week festival in Grand Central Terminal during March 6-8, 2014.

The participating restaurants are: Go Go Curry, Hakata Tonton, Hakubai, Hatsuhana, Ichie, Inakaya, Izakaya Ariyoshi, Izakaya MEW, Izakaya on Smith, Jado Sushi, Katsuno, Koi SoHo at Trump SoHo NYC, Kuboya, Megu New York, Mira Sushi & Izakaya, Misoya, Ni Japanese Deli, Ramen-Ya West Village, Restaurant Nippon, SakaMai, Sobakoh, Sunrise Mart, Sushi Ann, Sushi Azabu, Sushiden, Torishin, Wasan and Yuba Restaurant.

Additional Japan tourism information and cuisine history will be available at each participating restaurant and on www.japanweek.us/restaurantweek. On this website, you can enter a sweepstakes to win a free round-trip Delta ticket to Japan and taste these unique foods in their regions of origin.

Founded in 2012, Japan Week is a promotional tourism event aiming to encourage travel to Japan. It is a cooperative effort between the Japan Tourism Agency, diverse businesses, and local Japanese governments. The multi-dimensional event is open to the general public and promotes Japanese tourism through culture, food and beverages. For more information about Japan Week, visit japanweek.us, Facebook at www.facebook.com/JapanWeekNY and follow on Twitter at @JapanWeekNY.

For more information about travel to Japan, visit www.japantravelinfo.com.

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Mystic Seaport seeks applicants to ‘stowaway’ aboard Charles W Morgan this summer

January 30, 2014
The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

OMG! What an opportunity for an adventurer: to be a stowaway on 1841 whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan making its first voyage in 80 years! There’s a contest – applications due Feb. 18 – and if you win, you live aboard the ship for 3 months and actually get paid! The rest of us get to visit the ship when it is in port.

To land this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you need to apply to Mystic Seaport, the maritime museum in Connecticut which is home to the Charles W. Morgan and three other landmark vessels, by February 18. To apply, you need to submit a resume, online application including essay, and 60-second YouTube video, by February 18.

The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must. It’s probably also a good idea to be should be somewhat well-bodied in being able to move about the ship. The stowaway will receive a stipend.

To apply and submit your video entry, visit www.mysticseaport.org/stowaway.

“This is for someone with a sense of adventure,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “The word stowaway brings to mind a romantic image. To take a chance. To not know what you’re getting into until you’re already in it, and to go to places you’ve never been before, or go to places you’ve been, but seeing them in a whole different perspective.”

While on the 38th Voyage from May to August, the Charles W. Morgan will stop at historic ports of call throughout New England including visits to New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; and Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass., where she’ll dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off the coast of Provincetown, Mass. for day sails to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales in their natural environment.

The stowaway will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share the voyage experience with the general public through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities. The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must.

The stowaway will be immersed in all aspects of the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage while living on board the ship with the crew. The stowaway will learn and take on any jobs associated with living and working on a 19th-century vessel including handling the sails and lines, steering the ship, and scrubbing the decks. The stowaway will be a key player during events and exhibits at each port of call with an opportunity to explore and meet new and interesting people. The stowaway will receive compensation in the form of a stipend for their work.

“This is a unique opportunity, a moment in time that won’t come around again,” said Funk. “This person will go into record as the stowaway on board this voyage. This is going to be the Morgan’s most documented voyage ever.”

The Stowaway program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is one of the nation’s leading maritime museums. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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Mystic Seaport seeks ‘stowaway’ for historic Charles W Morgan voyage this summer and slideshow

See our stories on sailing with Capt. Kip on the Maine Windjammer, Victory Chimes and sailing in the Great Schooner Race:

A Maine Windjammer Cruise Aboard ‘Victory Chimes’ and slideshow

Onboard Maine Windjammer ‘Victory Chimes’ for the Great Schooner Race and slideshow

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Villas of Distinction Celebrates New Website with Chance to Win 7-Nite Stay at Villa Aquamare

January 28, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, a premier villa rental company that is part of World Travel Holdings, is celebrating the launch of its redesigned, mobile-friendly website with a 7-night stay giveaway at the beautiful Villa Aquamare, in Virgin Gorda.

Through March 12, consumers who visit the newly enhanced Villas of Distinction website can enter for a chance to win a 7-night stay in the luxurious Villa Aquamare. One lucky winner can bring up to nine guests to stay in one of Aquamare’s 8,000 square foot, 5-bedroom beachfront villas with unobstructed sunset views over Sir Francis Drake Channel and experience Virgin Gorda, one of the most breathtaking islands in the Caribbean.

From a private stretch of Mahoe Bay Beach, a private heated pool and outdoor showers to complimentary kayaks and snorkeling equipment, signature spa treatments and daily maid service, this is an ultimate vacation in a stunning location that some only dream of.

Villas of Distinction’s new website that launched today, is mobile-friendly, has updated search capabilities, streamlined navigation and larger images making it easier for consumers to find and select the villa that best fits their vacation wishes.

To enter to win a 7-night stay at Villa Aquamare, a premier rental villa in Virgin Gorda and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Aquamare contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

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Win a Ski Trip in Lehigh Valley, PA

December 6, 2013

Discover Lehigh Valley, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania, is partnering with premier ski slopes in the area to help create new memories this winter. One winner will visit Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pa. and the other will visit Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton, Pa. for two days of fun, food, and relaxation.

Hit the slopes with lift tickets, rentals, and lessons, if needed. Then, enjoy dinner at local or on site restaurants and relax in accommodations that will help you rest your tired muscles. It’s all a part of this snowy Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience.

Visitors can enter throughout the month of December at LVUltimateExperience.com.

ULTIMATE BEAR CREEK EXPERIENCE

DAY ONE

·         Two lift tickets to Bear Creek Mountain Resort

·         Two ski or snowboard rentals

·         Two private lessons (if needed)

·         Behind the scenes groomer ride

·         Private dinner for two with a Bear Creek chef at The Grille

·         Overnight accommodations in the Executive Suite at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

DAY TWO

·         Two tickets to snow tube Bear Creek Mountain Resort

·         $25 gift card to enjoy breakfast at Trail’s End Café

·         $75 gift card to enjoy dinner at nearby GIO Italian Grill

·         Overnight accommodations in the Executive Suite at Bear Creek Mountain Resort

 

ULTIMATE BLUE MT. EXPERIENCE

DAY ONE

·         Four tickets to ski or board Blue Mountain Ski Area

·         Four ski or snowboard rentals

·         Four private lessons (if needed)

·         Babysitting service (if needed)

·         Four Blue Mountain sweatshirts

·         Dinner for four at Cornerstone at Blue Mountain Ski Area

·         Overnight accommodations at Best Western Plus Lehigh Valley Hotel

DAY TWO

·         Four tickets to snow tube Blue Mountain Ski Area

·         Babysitting service (if needed)

·         $50 gift card to enjoy lunch at Slopeside Pub & Grill at Blue Mountain Ski Area

·         $75 gift card to enjoy dinner at Red Robin

·         Overnight accommodations at Best Western Plus Lehigh Valley Hotel

The Grand Prize winner will also receive an Olympus digital camera to capture their Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience courtesy of our friends at Olympus. A winner will be announced in the first week of January.

The Lehigh Valley Ultimate Winter Experience is one of 12 monthly experience based travel packages Discover Lehigh Valley is giving away throughout 2013-14. For more information, full rules and prize descriptions for The Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience, visit LVUltimateExperience.com.

 

Win Trip to San Francisco with ‘Magic Hour’ contest for best San Francisco Holiday Memories

December 6, 2013

Holiday memories of San Francisco can not only warm the heart, they can be worth a trip to the city by the bay.

The San Francisco Travel Association invites those with holiday stories and photos of “magic hours” spent in the city to submit them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tag them with #MagicHourSF.   Entries must be posted between Dec. 2, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014.   Details are available at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/magichoursf.

Some posts will be selected by a panel of judges to appear on San Francisco Travel’s social media pages, www.facebook.com/onlyinSF, https://twitter.com/onlyinsf and http://instagram.com/onlyinsf.

The three best posts will win San Francisco prize packages.

 

“Magic Hour” Grand Prize –

Two nights at the Hotel Diva (subject to space availability)

Two adult tickets and two youth tickets to the Exploratorium

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $50 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

A $100 Levi’s gift certificate

 

“Starry Hour” First Prize

$50 gift card from the Exploratorium Store

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $30 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

 

“Happy Hour” Second Prize

Two tickets to After Dark at the Exploratorium

Two tickets to the Asian Art Museum and a $20 gift card from the museum

Two tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of Giselle, Jan. 25 – Feb. 2, 2014

Two San Francisco CityPASS booklets

 

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, activities and more, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000.  The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.

For an insider’s perspective, join the more than 540,000 people who follow San Francisco Travel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/onlyinsf and the more than 116,000 who follow “OnlyinSF” on Twitter at http://twitter.com/onlyinsf

American Express® is the official Card partner of the San Francisco Travel Association.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international points on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 76 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit flysfo.com. Follow SFO on twitter.com/flysfo and facebook.com/flysfo.

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CruisesOnly® Million Bonus Points Giveaway Sweepstakes Deadline Dec 9

December 5, 2013

The deadline is fast approaching for consumers to enter the CruisesOnly® Million Bonus Points Giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize: one million Hilton HHonors points, a seven-day Norwegian cruise, a four-night hotel stay and $1,000 cash for spending money.

The Million Bonus Point Giveaway, which ends December 9, 2013, is a gracious offer extended by Hilton HHonors & CruisesOnly, also includes five runner-up prizes – each worth 50,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.

For more information about this sweepstakes visit http://www.cruisesonlyhiltonhhonors.com/million.

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Offers ‘Check-In to Win’ Instant Win Sweepstakes This Summer

July 13, 2013

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® hotel brand is offering a “Check-In to Win” instant win game and sweepstakes, giving travelers across the US and Canada a chance to win a share of $10,000 in prizes this summer.

Available exclusively at www.microtelsweeps.com, Check-In to Win challenges players to navigate a virtual game board and check-in to a Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: a $500, $1,500 or $3,000 Visa® gift card.

As the game progresses, players learn about Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotels—contemporary rooms, free breakfast and Wi-Fi, low daily rates—while also getting a chance to win one of over 300 instant win prizes. Instant win prizes range from 1,000 to 20,000 Wyndham Rewards® points each, with the value of all instant win prizes totaling one million points.

Check-In to Win is available through August 24, 2013 and can be played daily. Upon registration, players receive five initial game plays. Players interested in earning additional game plays may receive an extra 16 by completing  simple Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham related tasks such as signing up for promotional emails, liking the brand on Facebook, joining the brand’s Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, booking a stay at a Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel, or sharing the game with a friend who registers. Official rules are available at www.microtelsweeps.com.

To learn more about Wyndham Rewards, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotels, or to enroll, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

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Golden Spike Tower, North Platte, Nebraska Train Attraction, Hosts Train Photo Contest

May 11, 2013

Train-loving photographers could have their work on display at one of the most popular train-oriented attractions in the world.

The Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center, overlooking Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, has announced its first-ever photography contest—and the rules are pretty simple.

“The only requirement is that the photo include a train—any kind of train, any part of a train,” said JoAnne Hoatson, executive director of the Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center. “The photo can also include people, animals, scenery and so forth—there just needs to be a train somewhere in the photograph.”

The winning photo, selected by a panel of judges, will be enlarged to an 18″ x 36″ print, framed and placed on display in the main entry area of the Golden Spike Tower for one year. The photographer’s name and hometown will be prominently noted as well. The winning photograph will be announced in September.

Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2013. Online entry and contest details are available at www.goldenspiketower.com/photocontest. Cost is $25 per entry. Photos can be black & white or color.

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The Golden Spike Tower & Visitor Center provides a panoramic, eight-story high view of Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, which claims to be the world’s largest rail yard. For information, visit http://www.goldenspiketower.com.

Voting Opens on “Test Drive Your Dream Retirement Overseas – A Free Month in Nicaragua” Competition from InternationalLiving

May 8, 2013

InternationalLiving.com has stepped up its hunt to find the ideal candidate(s) willing to try out life as expat retirees in Granada, Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.

InternationalLiving.com has been inundated with entries since February when it asked Americans and Canadians willing to live for free in Nicaragua for a month to get in touch.

InternationalLiving.com received hundreds of videos from hopefuls who explained why they deserved to win the prize.

These were then trimmed down to the just-released list of 20 finalists, and voting on who should win the trip has now opened.

Now InternationalLiving.com is calling on the public to help them decide who should win a competition for an all-expenses-paid, month-long “retirement test-drive” in Granada, Nicaragua.

“By sending a lucky winner to Granada for a month, we’ll prove you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement on less than it would typically cost you to stay home,” explained InternationalLiving.com’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

Nicaragua’s lower cost of living does not mean you have to sacrifice the quality of life you have been accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada.

The winning entrant will receive round-trip airfare for two to Nicaragua from his or her “home city” in the United States or Canada, a four-week stay in a furnished apartment or house in the beautiful colonial city of Granada…plus $1,500 spending money.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Granada on a budget of $895 per month, after rent.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and free e-letters.

Winners will be announced on the InternationalLiving.com website on May 30, 2013.

The public can vote on who out of the 20 finalists they would like to see win the prize, here: Top 20 Finalists.

A slideshow of images from Granada can be viewed here: Granada Photos.

Source: InternationalLiving.com

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