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  • In anticipation of summer, Colonial Williamsburg has a special trip giveaway offer for Traveling Mamas readers. One lucky family will have an opportunity to win one (1) complimentary 4 day/3 night package getaway to enjoy interactive history and unparalleled southern hospitality at one of the country’s most popular must-sees for families. This summer, Colonial Williamsburg will be introducing a variety of new interactive programming adding to the fun, and the Colonial Williamsburg Resort is celebrating 75 years of hospitality, so you’ll enjoy the best in customer service, as well.

    Colonial Willamsburg Family Travel Destination image by Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg Family BlacksmithProgram highlights this summer include RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn, the second chapter in a popular text message-based adventure through the Historic Area. To save the Revolution, players text in for clues that help them decipher codes and find symbols in Historic Area locations they might not otherwise explore. Find your allies among Historic Area interpreters and see if you have what it takes to save the Revolution! Additionally, Colonial Williamsburg’s newest exhibition building, the Public Armoury is open, showcasing historic tradespeople at work.

    Kids are invited to play games, learn to dance and practice 18th century manners at the Benjamin Powell House, help tend the plants at the colonial nursery, pick tobacco at Great Hopes Plantation, or take their shoes off and stomp in the mud helping the brickmakers at the brickyard. For a fun, family meal, the new Huzzah! BBQ Grille features great BBQ favorites with international flair.

    At the Williamsburg Woodlands, families can take advantage of the Fun Zone, including an outdoor pool, putt putt, shuffle board, ping pong, magic shows, cookie decorating, making your own sundaes and more, all right on-site at the hotel.

    With this offer, families can also take advantage of nearby Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Bounce giveaway package includes:

    • 4 days/3 nights at the Williamsburg Woodlands, an official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel
    • Daily breakfast
    • Admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums
    • Admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
    • Access to the Fun Zone (outdoor pool, putt putt, ping pong, shuffle board, cookie decorating, magic shows and more)

    The package has a value of more than $800. Can’t make it this summer? This offer can be used anytime within the next 12 months, depending on your schedule.  Some blackout dates apply. The Summer Bounce Package is good until August 30, 2012. Aug 31-Nov 20, the package would include accommodations, breakfast, Colonial Williamsburg admission, and components of the Fun Zone (putt putt, ping pong, shuffle board).
    Colonial Williamsburg Family mini golf activity image by Colonial Williamsburg

    How to Enter:

    Leave a comment letting us know if you’ve ever visited Colonial Williamsburg and/or what activities your family likes to participate in during your summer family vacation. That’s it! Comments close on May 14, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. One comment will be chosen randomly via and the winner has 48 hours to respond once notified by email from Must be at least 21 years old. Transportation is not included and we’re opening this contest to citizens worldwide who are planning a visit to the US in the next 12 months. One entry per email address per day. Valid comments will be recovered from Spam.

    Thanks to Colonial Williamsburg for providing this fun family giveaway to readers.

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  • We love Pringles at and always pack a tube of our favorite flavor on almost every road trip.

    Pringles presents the Tournament of Flavors — a video bracket-style contest on Pringles’ Facebook that premiered recently, where fan-submitted videos showcase a humorous spin on Pringles’ flavors for their chance to win a cash prize.

    In celebration, we’re giving away one (1) $50 American Express gift card to one randomly selected commenter on this post.

    Fans of Pringles can view and vote for their favorite video on the Pringles Facebook page. Here’s my favorite, a fun performance In the Hall of the Pringles King:

    The Pringles Tournament features 16 total videos, 8 Flavors (2 of the same flavors go head-to-head in the first rounds), and 4 Voting Rounds. Voters can also win prizes along the way until the winner is chosen!

    How to enter the Pringles $50 American Express Gift Card Giveaway: Leave a comment telling us which Pringles flavor is your favorite. That’s it! Winner will be chosen randomly via and notified via a valid email address provided by the commenter. All comments will be recovered from spam. Must be 18 years or older to enter and a legal resident of the US. Entries close at 11:59PM EST April 15. Winner will have 48 hours to provide a mailing address.

    Bonus Entry: Tweet this contest and leave the link to your twitter status as a comment to be valid.

    Disclosure: Pringles provided with a gift card for sharing this contest with our readers. All opinions are our own.

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  • It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted any travel deals, only because we only like to post AMAZING deals, not just any travel deal that comes along. We’ve been keeping our ears to the ground listening for room rates and special packages. It’s fun to be spontaneous and surprise your loved ones with a quick and affordable getaway. Here are some not-to-miss packages and travel discounts.

    Getaways (Expiring REAL Soon)

    Branson, MissouriGroupon Getaways has a great deal at Grand Country Inn. This soon to expire discount offers two options: 1 night package for $139 or a 2 night package for $199. Packages include indoor waterpark entrance for the length of stay, buffet coupons, show tickets, and more. You can purchase two packages and use them for back to back stays. Blackout dates do apply during the holiday times and can be booked as late as mid May 2012. Get the travel deal!

    San Antonio – Spend a few nights in romantic San Antonio on the Riverwalk with this Groupon Getaway at The St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel. The deal is $80 for one night or $139 for two nights. Both packages include a $30 room credit. Combine two of these for a longer stay. Get the travel deal!

    6 Night European Retreat – Enjoy an unforgettable week in High Tatras and explore the 7 wonders of beautiful mountain landscape in Slovakia. 389€/person for 6 nights in a double room. Get the travel deal!

    Cruise Deals

    Cruise for less than $200 – Carnival Cruise Lines is offering rock bottom prices on a few of their cruises. A four day cruise out of Miami with stops in Key West and Cozumel is only $179 per person (inside stateroom) for the November 26, 2012 sailing on the Carnival Imagination. Get the cruise deal!

    16 Day Cruise $899 – Cruise on the Star Princess from Venice, Italy to Rio de Janero, Brasil on a 16 day cruise for less than $900. That’s less than $60 per day! Cruise leaves December 8, 2011 and includes 8 ports of call. For only a few dollars more per day you can upgrade to an oceanview cabin. Get the cruise deal!

    $139 Bahamas Cruise – If you can cruise this Friday from Miami, you can take advantage of this hot cruise deal from Royal Caribbean. Enjoy a four day weekend on the Majesty of the Seas and get a little beach time at CocoCay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Get the cruise deal!

    Tours and Activities

    NYC – Shop Gotham has 5 regularly scheduled tours each week, starting at $38pp.  Each tour has a suggested mininum age and a maximum of 12 guests for a personalized experience.  One teen may come complimentary with each paying adult. Get the travel deal! (Use Booking Code: freeteen)

    Contests and Giveaways

    $500 for the Holidays – In the spirit of giving, Enrout wants to make everyone’s holiday plans a little more special so they’re giving away $500 to one lucky winner!  Whether it be a ski trip to Lake Tahoe or a sunny excursion to Maui.  Entries will be accepted until 12/09/2011, 11:59pm PST. Enter the giveaway!

    #OnlyOneKentucky – From now until November 23, 2011, fans can enter the contest by tweeting their opinions about what they love about 26 of Kentucky’s unique attractions. Each day, winners will be selected for prizes ranging from an official Kentucky Unbridled t-shirt to an amazing Nook Color E-reader and more! Enter the contest!

    Tourism Vancouver Trip Contest – Enter the Dine, Ski and Tea sweepstakes with Tourism Vancouver for a trip for two to Vancouver, Whistler & Victoria in February 2012. Entries must be submitted by November 30, 2011. Enter the travel contest!

    $5000 Cheeze-It American Road Trip Contest – Enter for a chance to win $5000 towards your next road trip.  Entries must be submitted by November 15th. Enter the road trip contest!

    That’s all the deals we have to share this time around. We’re thankful for all of our readers and subscribers. If you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, you might want to go ahead and fill out the form (link below). You would’ve gotten these deals a day earlier than they were posted on

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  • Forget waiting around for those 11/11/11 travel deals – we’ve got some scary getaways for those looking for a haunted thrill.

    Groupon Getaways and Expedia, have scoured the country to curate a collection of Haunted Getaways involving the eeriest travel destinations nationwide.

    Spooky spots include: 

    • Two-Night Stay for Up to Five in Suite or Themed Tours for Small or Large Group at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Bakers City, OR. You can travel as late as spring. Get the deal! 
    • An evening stay and ghost tour experience at the hotel that inspired The Shining, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This deal is 60% of the regular rate. Get the deal
    • Two nights at Stowe, Vermont’s Green Mountain Inn, a hotel widely known for its permanent ghost in residence, Boots. Visit with Boots for 50% off the regular rate, plus an added food and beverage credit. Get the deal! 
    • A two-night stay at The Lucerne Inn, a legendary haunted bungalow nestled in New England and surrounded by mysterious area attractions. You can purchase two of these deals and combine them for a four night getaway. Get the deal
    Hurry before these deals are all gone. Remember, Groupon deals expire in a few days, so don’t wait to book. We can’t guarantee you’ll get a good night’s rest at any of these properties. Remember, they ARE haunted!
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  • Red Christmas Ornament (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.comSearching for the perfect holiday travel gift that won’t break the bank? Here are a few of our favorite travel gifts and gadgets that are affordable and practical for this holiday season.

    Monster Cable mini power strip – I travel EVERYWHERE with this travel sized power strip. It is compact and has saved my behind at many layovers. Have you ever arrived at your assigned gate only to find that the one plug in the entire airport is already claimed by two other travelers? I have yet to have someone tell me they won’t share their power with me once I show them this awesome travel gear. It also comes in handy in hotels when charging all those gadgets.

    Bottlewise Bot’l Pak – Bottlewise has come up with a practical way to transport bottles of wine or other breakable items when checking luggage on a trip. Their innovative system not only keeps the bottle protected, but also helps keep your other items safe, should a leak occur. I have a Bottlewise Bot’l Pak wine travel bag, but hope that I get one of their new rollup bags under the tree.

    Travel Size Beauty Items – Since we are usually carry-on mamas, we’ve got compact packing down to an art. Travel size gift sets of our favorite body cleansers or beauty items make us very, very happy. ThemeparkMom found a great site,, which sells travel gift sets in TSA friendly sizes.

    The X-Shot – Have you ever been in one of those situations where you want that family photo but have no one to hold the camera and no place to set it for the timer shots? What about when traveling or trying to take a video of yourself? A few years ago I bought an X-Shot, the ultimate camera extender. There have been upgraded models to come on the market, but I still use the original.

    Shoes BagsShoe bags for travel aren’t boring anymore. We’ve found a variety of fashionable shoe bags that aren’t just practical, but make you smile when you pack for your next trip. Find one that fits any personality, from classic colors to bold prints.

    Coffee Travel Tumbler – Travel tumblers are perfect for the coffee lover on the go. This is an easy to find item available most anywhere. The particular coffee travel tumbler I take everywhere is sold on the Community Coffee company website as the New Orleans travel tumbler set. I love the way it fits in my hand, and of course I adore the design.

    Gloves for Touchscreen Mobile Phones – Do you have a touchscreen mobile phone and plan on traveling to a cold weather destination? Check out AGloves, the glove that works on touchscreen phones. We heard about these types of gloves last season and this year CarolinaMama has reviewed AGloves to see if they really work.

    These are just a few of our favorite travel gifts for the holidays. What are some of your favorite affordable travel gifts?

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