Win 2 Free Nights at a Country Inn & Suites – You Choose Where

I was originally going to write this post when I got back from Mexico.

I was going to tell you how good it was to get away for a while and how excited I was to be able to offer you the same chance.

Then my dad got sick, I hopped on a Greyhound, and I ended up having to spend two weeks away from my family. Getting away was suddenly much less appealing.

Of course, whenever we’re away from one place, we’re also at another. While I was away from my husband and kids, I was at my step dad’s bedside and then in my mother’s home. I was visiting my in-laws and loving up on my nieces and nephews. I was having lunch and dinner with friends I’ve known since I was 12. As much as I hated being away, I made the most of my time there.

And that’s what travel is about in the real world.

It’s being there while you’re away.

It’s learning to appreciate where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going all at the same time.

It’s discovering new restaurants and beaches, and having your favorite comfort foods with old friends.

It’s going on vacation and going home.

Travel is not always glamorous, but it is a privilege and an opportunity. Every single time.

And on that note, I am thrilled to offer you the chance to do a little real world traveling of your own.

Through November 30th, Country Inn & Suites is running a “Free Night Fall” promotion. Basically, if you stay at one of their North American properties before November 29,2012, you get a free night to use before February 15, 2013. YAY for discounted travel! (You can get the full scoop on the promotion here.)

Here’s the really exciting part:

I get to give away two 2-night stays at any North American Country Inn & Suites property to one of you happy people.

YAY for FREE travel!!

How to win two free nights at any Country Inn & Suites in North America

I’m going to quit rambling now and get straight to the contest, because that’s what I’m most excited about and I hope you are too.

How to enter between now and Midnight EST Monday, November 26, 2012:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me where you might go! (1 Entry)
  • Tweet a link to this contest, then leave the URL for that tweet in a separate comment on this post. (1 Entry)
  • Share this post on Facebook, then leave a link to that status update in a separate comment on this post. (1 Entry)

I’ll choose and announce the winners (TWO WINNERS!!! YAY!!) on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2012.

That’s it. You can choose any one, two or three ways to enter, but only once per method (in other words, don’t make your Facebook friends or Twitter followers hate you – or me.)

More official things to know:

  • Entrants need to reside in the US or Canada and must be at least 18 years old.
  • Each free night voucher is valid for one free night, standard room, double occupancy at any North American Country Inns & Suites of the winner’s choice. The voucher expires one year after the issue date. The full terms and conditions are located on the room night voucher.

Alright, are you ready to get yourself some free travel?

And…. GO.

Update: Congratulations to Jane and Angi, the two winners of the two-night vouchers from Country Inn and Suites!! I’ve sent off emails to you both and your info is on the way to the PR company so they can process your prize. YAY!!!

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  1. I’d LOVE to meet our family halfway in Tennessee or somewhere south… that’s what we’d do with it!!

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  2. Great contest, Britt! I would choose Los Angeles, CA because Brian’s grandfather lives there and he hasn’t been well for awhile. We’d love to go visit him, and being able to stay at a Country Inn & Suites hotel would greatly help with travel costs. Thanks for the chance!
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  3. Kim says:

    I would just go to a local hotel or mabe to Branson a few hours away, just to relax, unwind, read a book and catch up on sleep, enjoy just being me!

  4. Jen Pattison says:

    I’d come to Pittsburgh to see my best friend ( and you)!!!

  5. Lindsey Zimmerman says:

    I would use it for travel soccer season for my girls. All that travel for soccer tournaments gets expensive!

  6. Danyelle says:

    We are spending a week in Orlando next month so I’d love to have somewhere to stop and stay for free on our 17 hour drive.

  7. Liza Glick says:

    Would love to go to CA!

  8. Lauren M. says:

    Anywhere! My husband and I need some us time!

  9. sarahviz says:

    A getaway with my husband somewhere in New England sounds perfect to me!
    sarahviz’s most recent post: Thank the Troops from Shutterfly

  10. Allyson says:

    I’d use it to stay in Pittsburgh and check out your new place in Squirrel Hill. And hopefully spend time with your family and Becky.

    If I win, would mind emailing me? I don’t use facebook or twitter.

  11. Lisa says:

    I would go to Washington State to see my sister and her wife get finally, legally married after 15 years. Thank you election 2012

  12. I would go to Huntington Beach, Ca and run the Surf City 1/2 marathon in February!

  13. Suebob says:

    I’m feeling like going to Seattle!
    Suebob’s most recent post: All Growed Up

  14. Autumn says:

    I want to finally see New Orleans this year.

  15. Megan says:

    Nashville? Tennessee is maybe on our “list of place to move.” Not sure though.
    Megan’s most recent post: I Am Here

  16. We’re planning a family trip to Philly and DC next fall. We could really use the help with our travel costs!
    Nancy at Spinning My Plates’s most recent post: It’s been far too long

  17. Kathy Mahoney says:

    My husband and I were just talking about the Finger Lakes and a winery tour!

  18. Kristen says:

    Going down to Tennessee sounds nice.

  19. Debbie says:

    I would love to just throw a dart at a map and go see someplace I’ve never seen before!
    Debbie’s most recent post: But he did drive away…

  20. Jodi says:

    I have NO idea where I’d go, but would definitely use it as a way to get away with my special someone.

  21. Cosette Z. says:

    I would go to Disneyland! That, or I’d go on a babymoon with my overworked spouse, somewhere along the Pacific Coast. :)

  22. I’d love to head out to Alberta or British Columbia.

  23. viv says:

    I would love to go to Southern California to visit family I haven’t seen in a while!

  24. Cindy says:

    For me it would be somewhere in the Smokey Mountains.

    Ahhhh! I hope I win!

  25. Kelly Noble says:

    I would head to Banff for a weekend getaway!

  26. Steph S. says:

    I would either use it when we go home (Sioux Falls) for Christmas or sweet talk my hubby into going to Minneapolis for a weekend getaway!

  27. Julie S. says:

    Maybe a shopping or anniversary weekend in Dallas, or visiting relatives in OK City, St. Louis or Indianapolis,or even better, somewhere we’ve never visited…good thing the winner has a year to use it. It might take me that long to make up my mind :)

  28. Shelly says:

    I’m heading to Arizona and California shortly before Christmas so I’d stay at a Country Suites down there.

  29. tracey says:

    Oh my GOD. I would take my husband to New Orleans. We want to go there so badly but always have too much to spend our money on besides ourselves…
    tracey’s most recent post: A Slightly Better Birthday Wish

  30. Susie says:

    I clicked “let us chose for you” on the CI & S website and it said Orlando! Who am I to argue? Thanks for the contest!

  31. Tamara Holloway says:

    My 10yr old daughter and I pick places we have never been before as one of the “rules of our travel game”. We choose Santa Fe, NM

  32. Trisha says:

    Right here in town! It would be great to getaway for a weekend where there is a pool, hot tub, work out room etc. Ahhhh!

  33. Kelly C says:

    I would love to take the kids to Miami. We really want to go to the zoo!

  34. Jaime says:

    we’d probably go somewhere in florida…either visit my parents by the beaches, or maybe over by disney world, or maybe explore new territory in the state.

  35. Kim D says:

    I’d go to Virginia Beach, to see my daughter who can’t make it home for Thanksgiving this year. (She’s in retail, and for her, Black Friday begins at 10 PM on Thursday.) We had hoped to visit her the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it’s simply not in the budget…

  36. Deb Damge says:

    I would love to give this stay as a gift to my daughter and her new husband who were just married last week! They are delaying their reception until January and this would be a nice wedding reception gift for the new couple in Waterloo, Iowa.

  37. Vicki says:

    We always stay at Country Inn Suites in East Lansing, Michigan when we go to MSU football games – I would use it for that :-)
    Vicki’s most recent post: Change of Scenery

  38. angi says:

    I want to take my husband back to Philly.

  39. melissa says:

    I would go to NH to visit my parents with my kids <3

  40. Nicole says:

    Chicago – my sisters and I are headed there soon with our mom for a girls weekend.

  41. Leslie says:

    I would go anywhere as long as it is with my husband and only my husband. We could use a just the two of us get-away!
    Leslie’s most recent post: Are you a writer?

  42. Jenn says:

    I would definitely go on a babymoon….anywhere near Chicago. :)

  43. Julie Casillas says:

    I’d love to go visit my in-laws in Chicago and spend some time with my niece and nephew. They grow too fast!

  44. Charie says:

    My husband and I would go to the coast. San Fransisco, Monterey or Morro Bay probably and just be alone together for a while.

  45. steph says:

    Especially after Sandy, we’d love to go see friends up in the NY/NJ area!

  46. Gina says:

    I have been wanting to take the kids to DC, so I would probably pick the Arlington location.
    Gina’s most recent post: The House

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  48. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to use it in Southern California or the Denver Colorado area. Or, honestly, just about anywhere to get away ha!!

  49. Darlene says:

    I would choose to travel to and stay in Vancouver, BC, just to visit with our kids!

  50. Ashley Hatten says:

    would use it towards our upcoming Disney trip in Kissimmee, FL! thank you so much for the chance!

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  52. Ashley Hatten says:
    shared on fb!

  53. maria says:

    I’d use it to go somewhere nearby in the next few weeks…we’re almost done with our IVF cycle and I think the two week waits going to be long and drive me crazy waiting to find out whether it works and we’re pregnant, so this would help us to get away! Thanks for the giveaway, :-)

  54. Joan Pratt says:

    St. Augustine Florida. Love it there!

  55. gina says:

    Probably somewhere within 2-3 hour drive from home. Maybe Chicago or Michigan/Indiana Dunes.

  56. Kristine says:

    Man, I might just go to the one down the street from my house & pretend I’m countries away :)

  57. where might i go? oh man, that is a tough question because i would probably let my whim take me somewhere new. perhaps dc? maybe va? or how about md?
    hello haha narf’s most recent post: Adventure in Tahn

  58. Lisa says:

    I would take Jason on a mini getaway to the Bay Area. He hasn’t spent any time in San Francisco and I think he’d love it!
    Lisa’s most recent post: So I Went to Pittsburgh

  59. Gwen says:

    Probably Portland.

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