A California Thanksgiving + a GIVEAWAY

• 24 November 2012

And the winner of a free night at any Radisson in North America is...Teresa!  Please email me, Teresa, with your contact information at "stephmodo@gmail.com".  Thank you!





Hello + Happy Weekend!  How was your Thanksgiving!?  We just wrapped up a delightful family excursion to Northern California where we soaked up sunshine, watched movies, ate more than our fair share of treats and enjoyed relaxing together as a family.  Today, we hopped around San Francisco on a photo scavenger hunt, which our kids enjoyed tremendously.  Between riding the cable car I used to take to work, eating our way through the Ferry Building and enjoying the sweeping views of the bay on just about every block, I have to admit I felt a twinge of nostalgia for the years we lived in that beautiful city.

Speaking of family excursions and getaways in general, I was recently approached by Radisson Hotels with a generous offer to give one of my readers a free night's stay in any of their hotels in North America.  Radisson is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and subsequently hosting a "50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Rooms" extravaganza; and today, November 24th, is the lucky day on which I get to share this offer with you.  Whether you're craving alone time with your significant other, or a family getaway, a night on Radisson sounds like a nice bit of icing on your holiday cake.

In the past, some of my favorite quick destinations include: New York, Quebec City and of course, San Francisco.  But, at the top of my wish list are: Santa Fe, Chicago and Vancouver, BC.  Do you have any favorites to add yourself?  If so, please do in the comments.  Thanks!



Giveaway Guidelines

- You have 3 days to enter this giveaway (closes Monday, November 26th at midnight).
- Make 1 comment on this post to enter.
- Anonymous comments will not be considered, so please make sure we know who you are.
- The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced next Wednesday at the top of this post--so make sure you peek back and see if you're the lucky one.  Thank you!

note: Radisson is also allowing our family (or maybe just the two of us) to stay at a Radisson too :)

images snapped with my iPhone

174 comments:

  1. I would love to stay at NewYork!

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  2. Chicago, Washington, D.C., NY, Quebec. Sounds delighful.

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  3. I'd love to enjoy a night away without kids!

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  4. I would love to win a night at the Radisson, Tokyo for my great niece and her fiancee. He serves on the USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan.

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  5. My husband and I were hoping for a quick getaway for our upcoming anniversary, so this would be so great to win! Thanks!

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  6. I'd love to visit Charleston, SC.

    Thanks!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  7. I'd love to visit Quebec or Montreal! There are so many places.

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  8. I would love to surprise my husband with a night away in Chicago. Drop the kids at Mimi's and have a wonderful night.

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  9. I'm glad you get a get-away too!

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  10. How fun, I'd love a get away in Chicago!

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  11. I would love to stay in Providence, RI.

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  12. A free night would be amazing! I'm partial to Chicago (since I used to live there), but we love traveling, so it would be fun to explore a new city, too!

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  13. One of my favorite cities for a quick visit is Philadelphia! I love the Reading Terminal Market, cheesesteaks and great history the city has to offer!

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  14. California is my choice- either LA or SF.

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  15. Would love a stay in San Francisco!!

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  16. And so sorry we missed each other!

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  17. I've never been to Austin, TX or Savannah, GA. Both of those are at the top of my USA quick trip destinations. great giveaway!!!!

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  18. At the top of my wish list is NYC!

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  19. I think I'd use it to stay in Chicago IL!

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  20. I am a Chicago fan also. have family there~ kathypersons@yahoo.com

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  21. I hope I win a stay at the Radisson!!
    That would be so wonderful. Iam a loyal Radisdon guest
    And absolutely luv the NYC and Aruba properties!!!
    Thanks got letting me enter

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  22. Ohh nice giveaway, I'd love to stay at Radisson

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  23. Very cool! I would love to stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago! Great Hotel - Great City!

    jmcharries@cox.net

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  24. I'm also looking forward to my first visit to Chicago - and the Radisson Blu

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  25. Fabulous giveaway! Love the Radisson.

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  26. I'd love a night away- anywhere! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. I would love to plan a little getaway with the hubby! Thanks for the contest.

    Deonne
    deonne70@msn.com

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  28. I'd love a getaway to Chicago!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  29. I would love to stay at the Radisson Blu in Chicago!

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  30. A free night in San Francisco would be great!

    James

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  31. Maybe Massachusetts or Maine? Montreal would be wonderful as well! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  32. I've never stayed in a Radisson hotel! Sounds like a great giveaway!!

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  33. I would love to visit friends and family in Chicago. Thanks for the opportunity!
    wendy_kroy(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. My hubby and I would love a night in a nice hotel, being pampered, and all to ourselves!

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  35. We'd love a short getaway to Portland or to use this for a trip to New York!

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  36. A night without children for the first time in fifteen years? Does it even matter which hotel we choose? :)

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  37. Oh Vancouver B.C. would be so fun!

    Kendra Dee

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  38. thanks, we could use this when we visit my in-laws
    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  39. Love San Fran, but I'd love to take the hubs to Seattle!

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  40. I'd love to stay in Charleston, NC, but we are going to PA for Xmas, so that would work too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. San Francisco is really THE PLACE>

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  42. This would be a wonderful blessing, for business not pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving to your sweet family, Stephanie.

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  43. I've been craving a weekend in San Francisco with my husband!

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  44. there are so many places i would love to get away to with the husband. great giveaway!

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  45. a night away sounds like a dream! sante fe for me.

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  46. Quebec city or Maine would be great!
    cathytheroux@videotron dot ca

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  47. What a fantastic interview! I'd love to go so many places-- NYC, quebec and more! Thanks for hosting!

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  48. Hey I'd like to visit the Radisson Blu in Chicago. Heard great things about it.

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  49. Oh how wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  50. This is awesome! I love your blog, always!

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  51. Vancouver, BC sounds fun but so would San Diego.

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  52. I love to go to NYC for a quick getaway, love to see broadway shows!

    hbbs55 at gmail dot com

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  53. I think entering a giveaway during the holidays is even more exciting!!

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  54. how fun! i would love to take our new baby on a little road trip!

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  55. We are planning a trip to California for next spring... This would be nice!

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  56. Great giveaway! I would love to go to Savannah or New York or Portland again for my free night, but more realistically we might end up in Flagstaff or Sedona - still great!

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  57. Thank you and good luck everyone!

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  58. Always loved Radisson's. I hope to win this!

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  59. I like New York too
    (treblemdk@yahoo.com

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  60. San Diego is one of my favorites.
    terrytraut36@gmail.com

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  61. Oooh, how fun! I'd pick Chicago so I could visit my cousin and her family.

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  62. Great giveaway! I can think of a lot of places I'd love to visit! :)

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  63. My fiance and I would be so blessed to win this! Being an elementary school teacher and a police officer, we don't really have the funds to travel as much as we'd like.

    Keeping our fingers crossed!

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  64. I would like to win a stay night at this great hotel

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  65. We love Vancouver!!! We need a mini vacation!!
    Cynthia

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  66. I just got married and would love to stay at one in Atlanta.

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  67. Oh my. What a great giveaway!

    -Megan
    meganwilson@ymail.com

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  68. I would go to San Francisco if I win. Thank you!

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  69. If you ever decide to make the trip to Santa Fe, let me know. We lived in NM for quite a few years and I definitely have some favorite spots and restaurants in Santa Fe.

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  70. anywhere would amazing! just a night away...

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  71. I can always use a night away! Thanks for offering!

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  72. San Francisco! Thanks for the chance!

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  73. From your list, I'd pick NY :)

    Otherwise, you could plan a stopover in London on your way to La Maisonnette...

    Or since you guys often stay in Paris for a night or two, they have a few there as well -- just think, the money you'd save on lodging that night..you could instead spend on some great shopping.. (Don't tell Ben I said that...)

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  74. I would L.O.V.E. nothing more!!
    Please, please :)

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  75. Chicago would be my #1 choice right now. I love their Aquarium.

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  76. San Antonio on the Riverwalk is calling my name.

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  77. Fingers are crossed!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    bridgemmac@yahoo.com

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  78. I would definitely do a weekend trip to Chicago if I win.

    THanks for a fab giveaway!
    kfloveinme at gmail dot com

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  79. We've been dying to check out Denver or San Antonio. What a great giveaway.

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  80. acanadiangirl2006@hotmail.comNovember 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    This is such an awesome giveaway. The New York Radisson would be my pick!

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  81. A weekend getaway sounds amazing!

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  82. I'd love a stay in Portland, Maine.

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  83. Hello Fiji or French Polynesia....What a fun giveaway.

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  84. Wrightsville Beach left fond, forever memories. I'd love to go back and live out my forever on the beach there...

    Wendy T
    won2xx at gmail dot com

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  85. I'd love to take a girlfriend or 3 and head to Key West!

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  86. San Francisco or Chicago would be great fun!

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  87. I'd love to win for a weekend in Chicago, thanks for the chance to win!

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  88. You hit the nail on the head with
    San Fran! My heart belongs to that great city <3

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  89. Thanks, Stephmodo and Radisson! I don't think I've met a vacation spot I didn't like. : ) Up next, Monterey and Carmel, and hopefully some time in the South (Charleston, Savannah, NOLA). Anything with the smell of magnolias, pretty please.

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  90. ps--your carrot souffle was a HIT at our family's Thanksgiving!

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  91. I'd go for San Francisco, Chicago, or LA. Hope you had a lovely thanksgiving!

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  92. I adore San Fran and Chicago!!! Of course, Montreal is amazing too. Thank you for sharing the giveaway info...Sure would be a treat for this mama to spend sometime with the hubby on a long overdue trip! Alyson Wooldridge - alywool@gmail.com

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  93. Thanks so much for hosting! (And thanks to Radisson as well.)

    We recently moved to Oregon and I would love to visit Vancouver, BC...this would be a great opportunity!

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  94. Thanks for offering the giveaway! A getaway at the Radisson would be absolute HEAVEN. :)

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  95. My husband and I would truly appreciate a night without the kids.

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  96. This would be lovely! Thanks for the chance:)

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  97. Thanks for the offer! I've stayed at quite a few Radissons, with the Radisson Blu in Paris being my favorite. Thanks!

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  98. What a fabulous giveaway! Can you believe my husband has NEVER been to SF? I would love to take him and be his little tour guide. Hope we win (crossing our fingers!!!)!

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  99. thank you for the giveaway
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  100. I love getaways with my family or just my husband. We'd love any excuse to head to San Francisco, but Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland are all easy for quick overnights.

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  101. I want to go to Montreal and Portland!

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  102. I'd love to go to NYC- especially at Christmas! Thanks for a chance at this giveaway!

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  103. we could definitely use a getaway!

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  104. Our quick destination would be Charleston SC!

    And you need to go to Santa Fe if you can. I lived there for a few years and it is fantastic!

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  105. Our quick destination would be Charleston SC!

    And you need to go to Santa Fe if you can. I lived there for a few years and it is fantastic!

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  106. Would love to win. We're in the South and love going to Destin!

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  107. We would be headed to Chicago! Would be wonderful to win! Thanks Stephanie and Radisson.

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  108. Would give me a good reason to take a weekend trip!

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  109. Chicago or New York would be my destinations!

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  110. Oh, how I could use a good getaway with the hubs before baby #2 arrives!

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  111. What a generous giveaway! We'd love a little getaway!

    Rachael

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  112. My fiancee and I are beginning our honeymoon planning, and a night free would be wonderful! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

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  113. I'm intrigued by Santa Fe as well, but I would also love to visit your city! I've never been to Seattle before but I would sure love to :)

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  114. I would love to be at a Radisson Inn in SF!!

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  115. My baby is getting old enough to leave for a night away. A free night away would be even better. :) Thanks!

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  116. i'm dying for a trip and would go anywhere, but lately i've been dreaming of hawaii, miami & costa rica. guess i'm tired of seattle's gray skies ;)

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  117. Fun! It would be fun to get away in the near future--maybe Vancouver, BC too?:)

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  118. Carmel is always nice...Carmel, CA, that is ;) What a great giveaway!!

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  119. San Francisco!--my husband's birth place. We haven't been back in years and would love to visit again.

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  120. This would be so cool!! -Alejandra

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  121. I would really love to go back to New York City or to Albuquerque! They are both cool places that I LOVE!

    gmmerrell@yahoo.com

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  122. I would love a visit to New York!

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  123. We were thinking of a quick getaway in either Quebec City or New York, so this would be perfect!

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  124. I would love to visit any city in New Mexico (I've never been!) or San Francisco! We are long over due for a trip!

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  125. I love Chicago getaways. But, I would love to go to Austin, Boston or SanFransisco.

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  126. San Francisco is my favorite!

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  127. I want to give this to my travel bug Dad for Christmas.

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  128. I would love a getaway sans kiddos!

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  129. A night away would be the best!

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  130. fun to think of a night away...crossing my fingers! thanks for the giveaway!
    noelle

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  131. Even with an iPhone your pictures are amazing.

    I would LOVE a stay at a Radisson!

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  132. What a great giveaway, would love to win a night away. Thanks!

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  133. I would love to spend a night in Seattle!

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  134. Fingers crossed. If I win this prize I will stay at the Radisson in Tucson and visit my son who is a student at U of A. I miss him.

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  135. San Fran is my absolute favorite place in the whole world!

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  136. Toronto at Christmas is gorgeous. Definitely gets my vote!

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  137. I'd visit Kissimmee, FL! Thanks for the chance!
    ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

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  138. Chicago is close, but our grad student budget doesn't allow for staying the night. I'd love to make a full weekend visit!

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  139. There aren't many places I wouldn't like to go!

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  140. Born near SF. Would be fun to go back!

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  141. We're heading to Seattle in February!!! Radisson would be perfect for our stay!

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  142. We live in NYC so prob the Radisson here.

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  143. I've never been to San Francisco! And I'm dying to take my little family to the beach and Disneyland... or Hawaii... or San Diego...

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  144. Sarah S (sshoemakerAThotmailDOTcom)November 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    What a fun giveaway - who knows were I'd like to go... too many choices!

    sshoemaker@hotmail.com

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  145. I would love a night out anywhere. Sounds nice!

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  146. We would love to go to NYC, never been, but two of my favorite actors are in a play the Heiress and this would make it so much fun to win a free stay!!! staceyannturner@gmail.com

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  147. I would love to go to SF and stay at the Radison there. The pics in this post remind me of wonderful long weekends there in CA.

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  148. I would visit SFO too! Love that city

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  149. Great giveaway. Thank you so much! A getaway sounds wonderful :)

    megan(dot)mullins(at)yahoo(dot)com

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