11.24.2012

A California Thanksgiving + a GIVEAWAY

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

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174 comments:

Mystica said...

Thank you for sharing.

a said...

I would love to stay at NewYork!

Sue said...

lovely! thanks Radisson.

Mrs. P said...

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

Sarah said...

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

Aunt Marti said...

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.

Kate said...

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

Mami2jcn said...

I'd love to visit Charleston, SC.

Thanks!

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Aimee said...

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

Andrea said...

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

Carey said...

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

Christian said...

I would love a night in Philly!

Amber said...

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

Grampy and Grammie said...

I would love to stay in Providence, RI.

Hannah Q. Parris said...

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!

Michael W Travels said...

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!

Katharine Smith-Warren said...

California is my choice- either LA or SF.

julie said...

Would love a stay in San Francisco!!

AlliSMiles said...

I'd love to come back to SF!

AlliSMiles said...

And so sorry we missed each other!

Jane said...

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!!!!

Elisabeth said...

At the top of my wish list is NYC!

Jonathan Mou said...

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

Hanna said...

Nice!

mkjmc said...

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

vrm said...

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

Nataly Carbonell said...

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

jmcharries said...

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

jmcharries@cox.net

Biggles209 said...

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

brooke field said...

wonderful giveaway!

everydayjami said...

Fabulous giveaway! Love the Radisson.

Rik said...

Fantastic!

Sandy said...

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

Lacey said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Deonne said...

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

Deonne
deonne70@msn.com

AubreyLaine said...

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

Liz said...

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

James Merrill said...

A free night in San Francisco would be great!

James

GB said...

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

Kelsey Clanton said...

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

Wendy Kroy said...

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

Rebecca Black said...

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

Rosie said...

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

Luckybeans said...

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

oceanchild said...

Oh Vancouver B.C. would be so fun!

Kendra Dee

Tiffany Winner said...

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

Cass said...

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

Lucid Moon Studio said...

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!

Christina W. said...

San Francisco is really THE PLACE>

Jennifer M. said...

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

tawnya said...

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

debby said...

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

Marae said...

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

Cat said...

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

m-l-e said...

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

Mike C said...

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

KT said...

Oh how wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

Hannah said...

This is awesome! I love your blog, always!

Elise said...

Vancouver, BC sounds fun but so would San Diego.

hbbs55 said...

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

hbbs55 at gmail dot com

thepainterfamily said...

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

mp said...

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

Monica said...

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

Alex said...

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!

Debi Brown said...


Thank you and good luck everyone!

Amie said...

Fantastic giveaway!

Brittany Anne Nielsen said...

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

Neal Trautloff said...

I like New York too
(treblemdk@yahoo.com

Terry T. said...

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

Sara The Farmerette said...

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

Sarah_Kaminsky said...

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

Jacqui said...

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!

CM said...

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

Cynthia Davis said...

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

Rellz Daigle said...

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

Anonymous said...

Oh my. What a great giveaway!

-Megan
meganwilson@ymail.com

Elena said...

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

elena150980@yahoo.com

Carrie said...

Perfect timing!

Erin said...

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.

S said...

Nice giveaway!

Teresa said...

anywhere would amazing! just a night away...

heather said...

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

Book Club Girls said...

San Francisco! Thanks for the chance!

Jeff said...

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...)

Sara said...

Lovely. I'd choose Chicago!

Kami said...

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

evotravelicious said...

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

Diane C said...

San Antonio on the Riverwalk is calling my name.

Anonymous said...

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

bridgemmac@yahoo.com

Kfloveinme said...

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

THanks for a fab giveaway!
kfloveinme at gmail dot com

Carbzilla said...

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

acanadiangirl2006@hotmail.com said...

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

blythe said...

A weekend getaway sounds amazing!

Sandi said...

I'd love a stay in Portland, Maine.

kalanicut said...

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

won said...

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

Bonnie said...

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

Ms. Librarian said...

San Francisco or Chicago would be great fun!

Sara said...

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

Rusthawk said...

I'd love a Chicago getaway.

annie said...

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

kh said...

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.

kh said...

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

Sonja E said...

My heart is in San Francisco!

dervla @ The Curator said...

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

Aly said...

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

McKinze said...

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!

Kate said...

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

Jennifer said...

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

Adriane said...

i'd love to get away!

Carrie said...

This would be lovely! Thanks for the chance:)

Jennie Andersen said...

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

Kate said...

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!!!)!

Tina said...

thank you for the giveaway
merleandtina@Yahoo.com

franklyentertaining said...

I would love a night away anywhere!

shirleybarstool said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lindsay Anderson said...

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.

Jill said...

I want to go to Montreal and Portland!

Melanie said...

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

BJ and Shalene said...

Would love a getaway!

Rosemariee said...

we could definitely use a getaway!

lesley said...

Fun giveaway. Thank you!

Carolyn G said...

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!

Carolyn G said...

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!

kg said...

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

kathy said...

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

Magen said...

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

TK said...

Chicago or New York would be my destinations!

Jen said...

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

sfoswjen said...

maybe san diego for some sun!

Rachael said...

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

Rachael

Teran said...

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

Nicole said...

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 :)

Lulu said...

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

Sarah said...

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

lyndsey said...

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 ;)

Mindy Sauther said...

I would love to go to Toronto!

Jenny said...

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

Sophie and Lillie's Mom said...

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

Diane Barazoto said...

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

moreandale said...

This would be so cool!! -Alejandra

gmmerrell said...

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

Marlena said...

I would love a visit to New York!

east end girl said...

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

Darcy said...

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!

debbie said...

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

Lisa J. said...

San Francisco is my favorite!

Elise W. said...

Great giveaway!

Stacy Miller said...

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

Emily said...

I would love a getaway sans kiddos!

Joy said...

A night away would be the best!

nd said...

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

Emily Foley said...

Even with an iPhone your pictures are amazing.

I would LOVE a stay at a Radisson!

Christine H said...

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

Melissa said...

I would love to spend a night in Seattle!

Angela said...

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.

xaviesh said...

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

Lisa PG-13 said...

Toronto at Christmas is gorgeous. Definitely gets my vote!

wondrous oblivion said...

london would be great!

Amy Rufo said...

WooHoo a night away!

agatewood1 said...

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

Deidra said...

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

Brooke said...

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

Sarah B. said...

Born near SF. Would be fun to go back!

Debbie said...

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

Original Kos said...

We live in NYC so prob the Radisson here.

Barb said...

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...

Sarah S (sshoemakerAThotmailDOTcom) said...

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

sshoemaker@hotmail.com

strollermama said...

I would love a night out anywhere. Sounds nice!

Stacey said...

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

Carla said...

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.

Liz said...

I would visit SFO too! Love that city

Megs said...

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

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

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

That arrow shot is great!

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