Washington, Oregon and British Columbia Travel Giveaways

Updated: May 6 2011

A whole mess of giveaways! The giveaways and sweepstakes listed below aren’t provided by me, but by regional tourism bureaus, travel websites, businesses and other resources. Check ’em out and enter today. I’ll add more when I hear of them, and remove old ones that have expired. Let us know if you win! Four Cascadia Kids readers have already become winners (see below).

Carefully read the contest rules. Some contests are limited to Canadian or US residents. Others are open to all.

Oregon Trip Contests and Giveaways:

The Oregon Adventurecation is back! Pick one of seven incredible Oregon vacations, courtesy of Travel Oregon. Ends June 15, 2011.

Gift certificate are given away every week for the Mt. Hood Territory. The grand prize will be a three-night vacation for two to Mt. Hood Territory and a $500 travel allowance for local lodging and meals.

Kids are almost always welcome in our region’s pubs.  Win a two-night weekend in “Beervana” (that would be Portland, of course), airfare, plus dinner at the BridgePort Brew Pub and tickets to Brew Fest. Ends June 26, 2011.

Win round-trip airfare plus two nights stay in Seattle (or Portland) and farm-to-table experiences with Tully’s Discovery Getaway.

Giveaway for a one-night stay in Astoria, Oregon from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Ongoing, monthly winner.

Washington Trip Contests and Giveaways:

Share your Washington! Invite friends and family to visit our gorgeous region and you could win a year’s worth of in-state air tix PLUS two free tickets to anywhere Alaska Airline flies. Ends June 15, 2011.

Clipper Vacations is celebrating 25 years in the boat business; the fleet’s ships ferry people throughout the Puget Sound. Win a three-city, three-night tour of the Northwest’s best spots — the winner will enjoy a night in Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle, free transportation and free activities (such as a visit to Butchart Gardens and a guided tour of Seattle’s Pike Place Market). Ends June 30, 2011.

Win a Leavenworth Staycation from Seattle Perks Prize-a-Thon. Ends May 12, 2011.

Win a night at Hotel Murano or the Seattle Sheraton, win tickets to top attractions, plus gift cards from Tourism Revealed: Puget Sound. Ends May 31, 2011.

Win $200 RainierBucks to use on a Mt. Rainier stay via Visit Rainier.

Win a night’s stay in Leavenworth via the Best Western Icicle Inn. Ongoing, monthly winner.

Win round-trip airfare plus two nights stay in Seattle (or Portland) and farm-to-table experiences with Tully’s Discovery Getaway. Ends May 31, 2011.

British Columbia Trip Contests and Giveaways:

Clipper Vacations is celebrating 25 years in the boat business; the fleet’s ships ferry people throughout the Puget Sound. Win a three-city, three-night tour of the Northwest’s best spots — the winner will enjoy a night in Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle, free transportation and free activities (such as a visit to Butchart Gardens and a guided tour of Seattle’s Pike Place Market). Ends June 30, 2011.

The MV Coho is giving away two free round-trip tickets for car and driver to Victoria, British Columbia; once there, the winners will enjoy two nights at the Hotel Grand Pacific and events at the Victoria International Cycling Festival Events. Contest ends May 27, 2011; Tickets must be used June 10th-12th.

Hey mountain bikers. Ride on FOX Racing Shox in Whistler and win five nights accommodations, a ride with Fox Racing Shox rider Andrew Shandro, an adventure activity and a $100 dining voucher. Ends June 30, 2011.

Tourism Vancouver Island collects and posts island-wide contests — there’s always a Vancouver Island resort offering a free night’s stay somewhere. Ongoing.

Party of Five to Pride Sweepstakes. A celebration of Vancouver’s Pride Weekend with two nights shared accommodations for five people (in two connecting Superior Rooms) at the chic OPUS Hotel Vancouver on the edge of Davie Village, and a gift of $500 worth of culinary bliss at Raincity Grill Restaurant.

Win airfare to Los Angeles, then an Amtrak Coast Starlight trip from L.A. to Seattle, then a connecting train from Seattle to BC. (Whew, are you tired yet? You also get $500.) This trip sweepstakes is courtesy of Wild Horse Canyon wines. BC residents only. Closes May 15, 2011.

Did I miss a giveaway? E-mail me at lora AT cascadiakids.com or leave a comment below.

A Family Resort Giveaway for San Juan Island!

This may be my best giveaway yet!

When a friend or family member says they want to get away and escape the everyday – but not take a flight necessarily, or head abroad – I recommend Roche Harbor Resort. The resort is a gem set amongst the San Juan Islands, about 30 minutes from Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island. Take a ferry (or a floatplane, if you must) and you’re far away from school, work or other worries.

Cascadia Kids is hosting a giveaway for a two-night stay at Roche Harbor Resort. You and your family will enjoy staying at one of the property’s 800 sq. ft. Historic Company Town Cottages – near the pool and playground.

Company Town Cottage

Company Town Cottages at Roche Harbor Resort

These cottages go for between $199-339 a night, and are worth every penny. You get a two-bedroom cottage all to yourself (and the kids), along with a fully equipped kitchen for cooking your farm-fresh purchases. A BBQ and picnic table offers outdoor dining as well.

Kitchen in a Company Town Cottage

While at Roche Harbor, you can enjoy the resort’s family activities, like a scavenger hunt (with an ice-cream prize), a historic walking tour, hiking or whale watching. I can certainly vouch for the Roche Harbor doughnuts served up at Lime Kiln Café as a total kid-pleaser.

Boats parked in Roche Harbor

As I wrote in my book, Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, I love the resort’s grand historic feel (the signature “Hotel De Haro” was constructed back in 1886 as part of a company town) and waterside setting. But there’s also plenty of modernity to be found – just visit the 19-acre sculpture park.

If you win the prize, you can reach Roche Harbor by taking a Washington State Ferry, the Clipper (passenger ferry to Friday Harbor; May-Sept only, includes whale-watching) or by Kenmore Air’s seaplane. Transportation is not included in this giveaway; the ferry is the cheapest option.

To Enter: Leave a comment on this blog, below, describing what you’d like to do on San Juan Island with your kids.

Bonus Entry: Tweet “San Juan Island giveaway to @rocheharbor on @cascadiakids. #Contest” PLEASE RETURN and post a note that you’ve tweeted, in case I somehow miss your Twitter entry.

Extra Bonus Entry: Sign up for the Cascadiakids.com e-mail newsletter. PLEASE RETURN and post a note that you’ve subscribed, in case I miss your new subscription entry.

Want another chance at winning an incredible prize? Check out Passports with Purpose. PWP raises money for a good cause (tax deductible!) while giving away amazing prizes (like a hotel stays in the Caribbean!).

Rules:

This contest begins today, December 8, 2010, and ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, December 15, 2010. On or about December 16, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received on this page’s comments, using Random.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or around December 16. 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 from the first-drawn winner within one week (7 days), the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using Random.org. The value of the two-night hotel stay is ( $850.00) and the Roche Harbor Resort has provided a gift certificate for the giveaway.

The prize is valid for a two-night stay in a Company Town Cottage at Roche Harbor Resort. The room must be redeemed by December 30, 2011, but is not valid in July, August and certain high-occupancy weekends. Other restrictions may apply. Please reserve your room as soon as possible.

The prize information must be presented when making reservations. There is no cash value. There are no substitutions. The prize is not transferable. Guests are responsible for transportation to San Juan Island. 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 “Roche Harbor Resort” giveaway, you release and agree to hold harmless CascadiaKids.com 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 getaway 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.com or the administrator is not liable for technical error, omissions or Internet inaccessibility.

I did not accept money, services or gratuities in exchange for this giveaway. I requested the giveaway prize, because I like the hotel and think it’s a good match for CascadiaKids readers.

Good luck!

My Passports with Purpose Picks

So, you’ve probably heard about the great Passports with Purpose program, which is raising thousands to build a village in India. What should you bid on? Here are my picks for the Pacific Northwest-centric donations and raffles. I mean, of course you can also bid on excellent options like Caribbean vacations, but these all have that unique NW stamp and should appeal to families. A few are for mom and dad only, though!

Click here to enter into the giveaway for one of these prizes:

Clothing

Keen shoes or sandals. Because every Cascadia woman has at least a pair in her closet.

Electronics

Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader. Because you need a great book on the Amtrak between Vancouver and Seattle.

Apple iPad 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G. And you need an iPad too.

Bakery Nouveau Gift Certificate. Seattle pastries + super-cute West Seattle neighborhood = Great idea.

Hotels

Hotel 1000 Stay and Spa Package.  An overnight Seattle stay, spa treatment and indoor golf for two our for up to 40 PEOPLE. That is a little wacky and cool.

B&B package at Fairmont Olympic, Seattle. This is a giveaway for a drop-dead gorgeous 450-square foot room. And breakfast. And valet parking.

Hotel Monaco One-Night Stay in Seattle. Hey, this one is mine! Stay at one of my favorite Seattle hotels for families.

SageCliffe Resort Weekend Getaway. Sick of the rain? Drive over Washington’s mountains and enjoy a retreat at a deluxe winery.

Lakefront Room at the Woodmark Hotel (Kirkland, Wash.). Just 10-20 minutes from Seattle, if you win the Woodmark, you’ll be blessed with a lovely location and a few surprising extras…

Two night Getaway to Juniper Lane Guest House, San Juan Island. A great pick for Victoria, BC or Northwest Washington residents, this stay is a two-night grownups-only score.

One night at Seattle’s Hotel Andra. How about a night in the hip Hotel Andra? Yeah, that’s awesome.

Other

2 Adult/2 Child 3-Day Go Cards (city of winner’s choice). Use this card on your next Seattle trip – it offers admission to an incredible number of the city’s family-friendly attractions.

Two Walrus and Carpenter Picnic Tickets. Have you ever gone oyster harvesting? At night? One of those do-it-before-you-die PacNW experiences. 

Travel Gear

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti with Solar Charging Case – Water Purifier. A steripen will come in handy for all of your Pacific NW camping excursions.

Vacation Packages

Portland Perks Travel Package. This package – worth $500 – is a total steal. Includes two-night stay, free breakfast, free parking and a Portland coupon book.

Willows Lodge-Barking Frog-Wine tour. A Woodinville retreat (not far from Seattle) and dinner for two, plus a tour. Nom.

Two-night stay at any Kimpton hotel. Ooh, you know I love those Kimptons (the parent hotel of the Monaco I offered above).

One note: If you have any questions about when your stay would be valid, you should ask the hosting bloggers. Last year, I won a two-night stay in Vancouver but didn’t know it had to be used in the next two months (Jan-Feb), which caused some logistical issues. It was a great stay, nonetheless, partially because they bent the rules to allow a March visit. But I might’ve bid differently had I known.

Did I miss anything? Yes? Let me know!

Click here to enter into the giveaway for one of these prizes.

Win a free Suncadia family stay

As you may recall, I recently visited Suncadia Resort in Washington State.

Would you like to go, too?

Suncadia has offered our readers an exclusive one-night stay in a Lodge one-bedroom, which can be used any time in the next year – excluding all holiday weekends and weekends in July and August.

Still, that leaves you plenty of time to try one of Washington State’s newest family resorts.

Want to enter? Go visit the Suncadia page (or my previous post here about Suncadia) and tell me what you and the kids would like to do at Suncadia or in nearby Roslyn, and what time of year you’d like to visit.

The winner will be drawn at random.

You have three ways to enter this drawing:

  1. Read any of my articles on Roslyn or Suncadia or visit the Suncadia resort site and tell me what you want to do in the area. Leave a note below.
  2. Sign up for the mailing list (enter at right) and come back and tell me you did so (leave a comment.
  3. Tweet this contest. Come back and tell me you did so (leave a comment).

Please be patient when waiting for your comment to appear. I have to hand-approve all comments. If it doesn’t come up in 4-5 hours, e-mail me.

See you at Suncadia!

Contest Rules:

This contest begins today, June 30, 2010, and ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. On July 6, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received on this page’s comments, using Random.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or around July 7. 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 from the first-drawn winner within one week (7 days), the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using Random.org. The value of the hotel stay is $215+ and the Suncadia Resort will provide a gift certificate for the giveaway.
The prize is valid for one night in a Lodge one-bedroom room. Prize is valid for one year from start of contest. Redemption is subject to availability and excludes weekends in July and August and all holiday weekends. Other restrictions may apply.
Please reserve your room as soon as possible. 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 “Suncadia Giveaway” 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 Seattle getaway 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.
I did not accept money, services or gratuities in exchange for this giveaway. I requested the giveaway prize, because I like the hotel and think it’s a good match for CascadiaKids readers.

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Cle Elum Family Vacation

Giveaway: A Portland, Oregon package deal!

So, if you know me, you know how much I love Portland, Oregon.

I grew up near Portland, so I have all my own childhood memories of the vibrant, funky city – shopping the Portland Saturday Market, hanging out with the wildlife at the Oregon Zoo and making stump speeches at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve rediscovered the town. I love taking the kids to Portland for OMSI, kid-friendly brewpubs, family-friendly (and cheap!) food, the Portland Children’s Museum and oddball attractions like the 3D Center of Art and Photography and 24-Hour Church of Elvis (around since I was a teen).

Wanna love Portland as much as I do? It’s easy! You can enjoy a one-night stay in the City of Roses at one of my favorite hotels – the Hotel Monaco Portland.

The Hotel Monaco offers enormous rooms, with pull-out couch in one room, connected by a glass sliding door to an extra-large bedroom; a convivial lobby (wine hour every afternoon, with Wii games and sparkling apple juice for the kids) and kid-friendly amenities like robes and a goldfish you can babysit. Yeah, really.

It’s right in downtown Portland, so you can train in via Amtrak from points south or north, or drive into Portland and park your car for the weekend. Take the MAX right up to Washington Park’s attractions (zoo, children’s museum, playground, rose garden, mini-train).

My monkeys jumping on the bed at Hotel Monaco. No monkeys or beds were hurt during the production of this photograph.

Not only do you get a King Suite, you’ll also enjoy the awesomeMini Da Vinci Kids Package:”

  • 4 tickets to the Portland Children’s Museum
  • Free Valet Parking
  • A complimentary bottle of Hotel Portland’s private label Oregon wine
  • Cookies and Milk
  • 2 Kid’s packs at check in (includes coloring book, crayons, playing cards and more)
  • 4 5×8 canvases with watercolor paints
  • In-room movie

Read more about the Hotel Monaco Portland and Portland Children’s Museum in my book, Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver
(the book has tons of family-friendly Portland hotels, parks, restaurants and attractions).

Wow, it’s going to be fun. Do you have room in your car for me?

You have three ways to enter:

  1. Read any article on Portland and tell me what you want to do in Portland or why you want to stay at the Monaco. Leave a note below. Don’t miss the article on family-friendly Portland restaurants.
  2. Sign up for the mailing list (enter at right) and come back and tell me you did so (leave a comment)
  3. Tweet this contest. Come back and tell me you did so (leave a comment).

Please be patient when waiting for your comment to appear. I have to hand-approve all comments. If it doesn’t come up in 4-5 hours, e-mail me.

See you in PDX!

Contest Rules:

This contest begins today, June 9, 2010, and ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. On June 16, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received on this page’s comments, using Random.org. The winner will be notified by e-mail on or around June 16. 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 from the first-drawn winner within one week (7 days), the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using Random.org. The value of the hotel stay is $215+ and the Hotel Monaco Portland has provided a gift certificate for the giveaway.
The prize is valid for one night in a King Suite and the “Mini Da Vinci Kids Package.” The room must be redeemed by May 11, 2011. Other restrictions may apply.
Please reserve your room as soon as possible. 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 “Portland, Oregon Package Deal” 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 Seattle getaway 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.
I did not accept money, services or gratuities in exchange for this giveaway. I requested the giveaway prize, because I like the hotel and think it’s a good match for CascadiaKids readers.

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Giveaway: Your ticket to family travel

If you’re like many of us, you haven’t figured out how to spend your summer. Should you go on a trip? If so, where to? I’ve got a solution for you.

Next Thursday, I’m participating in the Moms Night Out: Sip and Plan Your Summer Trip event on Thursday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. at the Woodmark Hotel Yacht Club and Spa in Kirkland, Washington.

For $22, you get a copy of the book Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids
by Michelle Duffy, one glass of wine, light appetizers, a swag bag stuffed with goodies and the chance to learn more about family travel.

Who’s gonna be there? Four family-travel bloggers — baby-travel-savvy Debbie Dubrow (from DeliciousBaby.com), world traveler Michelle Duffy (from Wandermom.com), and luxe expert Anne Taylor Hartzell (from HipTravelMama.com) and oh yeah, ME.

I’ll also have copies of my book for sale, so bring a $20 if you want to purchase it on-site.

There will be two giveaways at the event, too:

  • One attendee will win an Escape to the Lake package at the Woodmark Hotel: An overnight stay in a lakefront room and breakfast for two.

You can read more about these giveaways at Hip Travel Mama.

But what am I giving away? A free ticket to the event. Yup, I’m gonna pony up $22 for you to meet us and get custom tips for your summer trip.

To enter this drawing, leave a note below with a question you’d ask our experienced panel. All entries must be in by midnight PST Monday. I’ll draw names on Tuesday and will contact you on Tuesday. If you don’t respond by midnight Tuesday, I’ll choose the next person on the list (we have to get you this ticket in a hurry!).

As always, please be patient for your comment to show up, I have to hand-approve all comments. Thanks!

Giveaway: Win Northwest Kid Trips

Every week, I’ll be giving away something on Wednesday – gift certificates, books, hotel stays and more. I’m lining up months of goodies, so check in on Wednesdays to enter the giveaways.

This week, I’m offering a copy of my book, Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, valued at $19.95. My guide describes kid-friendly, locally owned hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops in our region’s big cities. I outline fun neighborhoods off the tourist track, like The Drive in Vancouver, Alberta in Portland, Ballard in Seattle and Oak Bay in Victoria.

I’ve got popular side-trips too: San Juan Islands (WA), Whistler (BC), Mt. Hood (OR) and Cannon Beach (OR).

If you don’t win, you could always order the book. Please order from my Amazon link, if you want to help support the author (you do love me, don’t you? oh,  just pretend like you do).

If you’d like to enter the drawing, leave your name below. Extra entry: Tweet this: (Win a free copy of Northwest Kid Trips. RT to enter. http://amzn.to/dp54GQ Add’l entry here http://bit.ly/9bxb4a). Extra entry: Leave note on the CascadiaKids FB page.

The winner’s name will be drawn on Sunday, May 2 at midnight. I’ll inform the winner on Monday. Good luck!