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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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  • At we’re always on the lookout for great travel contests and promotions for our readers. Holland America Line recently announced their “Win the Key to Half Moon Cay” Photo Contest, giving those who enter the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime Caribbean cruise for four.

    Grand Prize: The grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean cruise stopping at Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island, which is the line’s highest-rated Caribbean port of call. Winner will be given the key to the island and VIP amenities to ensure they enjoy their visit. The winner may bring up to three friends to share two staterooms (a verandah and a suite). The Grand Prize includes airfare for winner and up to three guests and other great amenities. Of course, some restrictions apply, so check out the complete Official Rules for all the details.

    How to Enter:

    • “Like” the Holland America Line fan page.
    • Submit a photo of yourself in your favorite vacation moment by December 5. You must also include your first and last name, country, email address and date of birth. (Please no brands or trademarks other than Holland America Line in your photo.)
    • Tell your family and friends to vote from December 6-26. Fans of Holland America Line will vote for their favorite photo based on originality, creativity and how well the photo brings to life the theme of living the good life on vacation. You can vote once per day. The ten photos with the most votes move to the semi-finalist round.
    • Review the semi-finalists from December 27 through January 3, and vote for your favorite photo based on the same criteria as before. You can vote once per day. The photo with the most votes will be named the Grand Prize winner on January 4!

    Who Can Enter? US and Canadian territories excluding Quebec. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

    Now that I’m personally addicted to cruises, I’m off to enter my own vacation photo. Good luck to everyone!

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  • If haven’t already heard, to celebrate The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season, United Airlines is giving away one million miles each month through May 2011.

    United also teamed up with The Oprah Winfrey Show to unveil The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane, which made its inaugural flight last week from O’Hare to LA. The plane will be flying around the country on United’s domestic network through May 2011 and we’d like to encourage people who spot the plane to upload photos to the entry site.

    “As Chicago’s hometown airline, United is proud to celebrate The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Farewell Season with our customers, employees and ‘Oprah’ show fans,” said Mark Bergsrud, senior vice president of marketing for United. “This unique plane represents the global reach of two great Chicago icons.”

    The Oprah Winfrey Show United Plane (c) United Airlines

    At the send-off event at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, customers were surprised with a special message from Oprah Winfrey before boarding the flight. During the flight, one lucky ticketed customer won the trip of his or her dreams by receiving enough United Mileage Plus® miles for a trip around the world. Each customer on the inaugural flight received a specially monogrammed “Oprah 25” fleece blanket.

    “We are delighted to team up with United to bring some of the excitement of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s Farewell Season to their customers,” said Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios and executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “It is thrilling to see our farewell season commemorated with a plane that will visit cities all over the country.”

    In conjunction with the unveiling of The Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane, United is launching the United Million Mile Giveaway – a sweepstakes that will give one million United Mileage Plus miles to one lucky winner each month through May 2011. Additional prizes include Oprah Store e-cards, and details for the sweepstakes can be found at Go check out the site and enter to win a million miles on United. I’ve entered and I’m dreaming of the places we could go and the great things we could accomplish with all those airline miles

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  • I’m always looking for ways to earn free nights or extras with hotel and airline loyalty accounts. A recent consumer survey that 60% of people surveyed who have a loyalty card don’t know what they’re getting, or only somewhat understand their program. Not only that, but almost half of respondents (45%) who are not members of a loyalty rewards program say that it is too complicated or it is too difficult to redeem the points.** Hyatt Hotels and Resorts recently announced the first ever Hyatt credit card with Chase Card Services – and they’re offering two free nights the first time you use your Hyatt credit card. This is unique among hotel reward cards as there is no point translation required or property restrictions associated with the two nights.

    The Hyatt Card offers 3 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every $1 spent at any Hyatt property, 1 point for every $1 spent on purchases elsewhere and there are no limits on the number of points that can be earned.  Redemptions are simple and easy, with no blackout dates, no limit on available standard rooms and no resort fees.   The Hyatt Card also offers no foreign exchange fees when making international purchases on the card, and Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum membership for the life of the card.

    To help get the word out about the new card, Hyatt is offering two nights anytime anywhere to one reader.  Are you looking to do a family getaway this holiday season – or just want a couple of nights at a great Hyatt property? These two nights could come in very handy!

    To enter our random giveaway, just leave a comment telling us what you’d do with two free nights at a Hyatt and where you would stay. Once you leave your first comment, you’re eligible for bonus entries. Just be sure to leave a different comment for each bonus entry so we can make sure your entry is counted. All comment entries will be recovered from spam. Winner will be chosen via

    Bonus Entries:

    1. Subscribe to the newsletter (signup located in sidebar). If you’re already a subscriber, just leave a comment stating you’re subscribed.
    2. Like TravelingMamas on Facebook and leave a comment.
    3. Check out the Hyatt Gold Passport Facebook page and like their page (if you like it). Please leave a comment for this step.
    4. Tweet about this contest and leave a comment for this bonus entry.

    This will give you 5 chances to win the two free nights. Comments close at 11:59 PM EST on 10/23/2010. There is no requirement to sign up for a Gold Passport account for entering the contest unless you are selected as a winner. If you are selected as a winner, the free night will be credited to your Hyatt Gold Passport account and can be cashed in much like frequent flier miles. Winners can sign up for a Gold Passport account at no cost. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. The total value of each prize is approximately $300. Prize provided by Hyatt Hotels. Current and former contributors of not eligible to enter.

    ** Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Hyatt Hotels and Chase Card Services.

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  • Have you always wanted to view the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live in New York City? Macy’s and partners, Delta Airlines and Affinia Hotels are giving away a trip for four to see the 84th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live and in person!  All you have to do is visit Macy’s Official Parade site and enter your personal information and your entered!

    Here’s what the trip sweepstakes includes (per Macy’s website):

    “One lucky winner and three guests will fly round trip to New York on Delta Air Lines, enjoy a 3-night stay at Affinia Manhattan hotel and receive a Thanksgiving Dinner for four at a New York City restaurant! The prize package also includes four exclusive viewing passes for the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, where you’ll see all of the action live, including giant balloons, fantastic floats, great bands and Santa himself!”

    Macy’s will randomly pick one winner around October 21st and travel must take place November 24th -27th 2010. Approximate retail value is $3,500. Must be 18 years or older and must be a legal resident of one of the 50 states in the US or District of Columbia.

    New York City is the most popular travel destination for Thanksgiving. We wish all of our readers the best of luck in this travel sweepstakes. If you don’t win and you’ll already be in or around the area for this popular American holiday, be sure to check out our tips for best viewing Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and take a look at our list of free things to do in New York City.

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