Friday, April 6, 2012

Hey, New Englanders!

Since I won the Las Olas Scholarship contest and I'm about to take off to Mexico (um, 5 days!!), I wanted to tell you about another vacation contest, this one for a free vacation in northern Vermont.

Vermont has a special place in my heart.  I learned to ski there when I was a kid and spent many family vacations at Pico and Stratton Mountain; I ran the Vermont City Marathon twice; and spent a beautiful weekend at Smuggler's Notch with my family last summer.  Also:  maple syrup.

I know you love Vermont too (or would) and its green mountains, covered bridges, and charming folksiness (what's not to love?) so I wanted to tell you about this contest run by the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association.  They want to know, whether you've been to Northern Vermont or not, what your ideal summer day "in the Kingdom" would look like.  It's pretty simple.  Look around at the website that tells you all the amazing things to do in the area, and describe some of the things you would love to do, your ideal summer day.

Here are the details: 

Everyone’s idea of the perfect summer day is different, so whether you're a longtime
fan of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom or you've never visited, describe to us the
perfect NEK summer day. Get creative – write a story, paint a painting, make a video,
sculpt a sculpture... whatever it takes to sum up a perfect day in paradise! Enter
your name and email address using the contest app on our Facebook page, then post
your masterpiece on the Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Facebook page wall and you
will be entered to win the Grand Prize!

The Grand Prize is:

Two night midweek Summer stay at Couture's B & B, a lovely working farm located
in Westfield, VT. Plus, the winner will also receive a gift certificate for a three-course
dinner for two at the award winning Tastings Food & Spirits located in nearby Troy,
2 passes to the brand new Pump House Indoor Water Park at Jay Peak Resort, and
two 18-hole greens fees to Orleans Country Club.

Contest Period: April 3 – April 31, 2012. Contest ends April 31, 2012 at midnight.
Winner selected: On May 1, 2012.
Winner Contacted: Via email on May 1, 2012.

Sounds pretty lovely.  You should enter.  

Are you wondering what my connection is to this contest?   Last summer at the blogger's conference at Smuggler's Notch, I met Tom who works for a PR firm called People Making Good.  He's helping to promote this contest and I told him I'd be happy to spread the word and share it with you guys. 

I'm feeling pretty lucky that I get to go on a free vacation, and think everyone should enter things like this... because you just never know!


Nitsirk said...

I love the NEK. I did the Kingdom Swim (3 mile) last year and it was one of the best open water races I have ever done. I won passes to Jay Peak and my husband and I spent a childless weekend there in early March. I will definitely have to enter. The NEK is an amazing place! Have fun surfing.