Win a Family Trip to Victoria, BC

I am so excited to offer this giveaway.

This week I’m giving away a two-night stay at The Royal Scot Hotel & Suites, where my family stays (again and again – they’re probably sick of us by now) on every visit. This suite-style hotel offers a small kitchen, perfect for prepping locally grown produce or freshly caught fish. The one-bedroom suites provide lots of room for a family of four or five, with a fold-out couch in the living room and a separate bedroom for the parents.

The hotel is located one block from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, within easy walking distance of the Royal BC Museum and downtown Victoria.

My favorite way to go to Victoria is via passenger-only ferry, aboard the Victoria Clipper. It’s a no-stress way to arrive in Victoria, because almost everything is within walking distance or easily accessible with public transportation.

I want you to enjoy it too – so Clipper Vacations has agreed to give our drawing winner round-trip tickets for four (two adults, two children) from Seattle, aboard the Clipper. Clipper Vacations whisks you from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria in about two and a half hours.

You cannot use this package during July and August or during really crowded weekends at the hotel. But that’s OK. I prefer Victoria when it’s not crowded with tourists, even if the weather is dependably beautiful during those months. Shoulder season months of May-June and September-October are my favorite times to go. Plenty of flowers, and Victorians have more time to chat.

If you like these kinds of tips and want even more, check out my book Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver (and order from my Amazon link).

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Here’s how to enter: You can enter a maximum of two times, using each method of entry ONLY once. You must enter via the first option (below). Entrants may be disqualified for violating any rule laid out here or for any other reason at the discretion of sweepstakes organizers.

REQUIRED ENTRY: Read this article on Victoria with kids and/or this article on dining in Victoria with kids. Next, return here to leave an entry below about what you want to do with your kids in Victoria, BC. Your entry must show up on this page. Don’t forget to leave your valid, correct e-mail address.

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Contest Rules:

This contest begins at 9:00 p.m., April 12, 2010 and ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Monday, April 19, 2010. On April 20, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received, using Random.org and will be notified by e-mail. Please ensure that you have entered the correct e-mail address in your entry. Your e-mail will not be sold or displayed.

If no response is received within one week (7 days), the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using Random.org.

Royal Scot Suites and Victoria Clipper will provide the prize to the winner. The value of the hotel stay is $400; The value of the Clipper trip is $280.

The prize is valid for a one-bedroom suite room and a round-trip tickets for a family of four (two adults, two children). Both must be redeemed by 12/31/2010; certain holiday weekends and high-occupancy weekends will be excluded. Neither may be used in peak season (July and August); other restrictions may apply.

Please reserve your room and Clipper trip as soon as possible; coordinate the stay. The prize information must be presented when making reservations. There is no cash value. There are no substitutions. The prizes are not transferable. The winner is solely responsible for any national, state, provincial or city taxes incurred.

Sweepstakes void where prohibited by law. Entrants must be age 18 and over and residing in the U.S or Canada.

If a resident of Canada is selected as a winner, they will be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a timed, mathematical skill-testing question (3*6)+(12/2)-8 to be administered by Lora Shinn by e-mail before the awarding of the prize.

By participating in the “Victoria BC Escape,” you release and agree to hold harmless CascadiaKids subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Victoria BC Escape or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory. CascadiaKids is not liable for technical error, omissions or Internet inaccessibility.

Win a Night’s Stay in Delightful Fairhaven

Oh, here it comes. That looooong stretch between the last spring holidays and summer vacation. Why not plan now for a little getaway – a quick midweek break for a day or two?

Photo Credit: Fairhaven Village Inn

The Fairhaven Village Inn is offering a lucky family a free one-night stay at their deluxe hotel, valid Sunday-Thursday nights, for our Bellingham Midweek Getaway Giveaway.

You may remember that I stayed at the Fairhaven Village Inn a month or so ago, on our trip to Bellingham. I really liked it – cozy in-room fireplaces, a library with board games, free breakfast in the breakfast nook, and a perfect location, right in the heart of Bellingham’s historical Fairhaven district.

If you have elementary-age kids, ask the teacher if it’s OK first, of course. But a midweek getaway makes educational sense if you include the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the American Museum of Radio and Electricity or the museum-gallery Mindport. And you can always schedule your getaway around an early-release day, if necessary.

Bellingham is about two hours north of Seattle, and about an hour south of Vancouver, BC.

Here’s how to enter:

You can enter a maximum of two times, using each method of entry ONLY once. You must enter via the first option (below). Please do not try to game the contest system in any way – you will be disqualified.

REQUIRED ENTRY: Read this article on Bellingham with kids and this article on Mindport. Next, return here to leave an entry below about what you want to do with your kids in Bellingham, Washington. Your entry must show up on this page. Don’t forget to leave your valid, correct e-mail address.

BONUS ENTRY: Become a fan of the CascadiaKids Facebook page and leave a response that says, “This is my bonus entry” under the post “Win a midweek getaway to Bellingham.”

Contest Rules:

This contest ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on April 6, 2010. On April 8, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received, using Random.org and will be notified by e-mail. Please ensure that you have entered the correct e-mail address in your entry. Your e-mail will not be sold or displayed.

If no response is received within 7 days from first e-mail notification, the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using Random.org.

Fairhaven Village Inn will provide the prize to the winner. The value of the hotel stay is $169. The prize is valid for a parkside room, on a Sunday through Thursday stay and must be redeemed by June 30, 2010. Please reserve your room as soon as possible, particularly if you plan to go in June. The prize information must be presented when making reservations. There is no cash value. There are no substitutions. The prize is not transferable. Winner is solely responsible for any national, state or city taxes incurred.

General Disclaimer: By participating in the “Midweek Getaway Giveaway,” you release and agree to hold harmless CascadiaKids subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Midweek Getaway Giveaway or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.