Guest Author - Kara Williams
I learn about many vacation giveaways that might make great prizes for honeymooners, but I rarely write about them here at BellaOnline.com, since the contests often have immediate entry deadlines. However, this offer from the Inns of Elegance -- a collection of six romantic bed-and-breakfasts on they bayfront of in St. Augustine, Florida -- is different: honeymooners can win one of 12 prize packages being awarded every month through 2009.
Honeymoon Prize Details
Valued at $1800, each of the 12 prize packages includes:
-- Four nights of accommodations in one of the six Inns of Elegance (Sunday to Thursday)
-- Champagne & chocolate upon arrival
-- Welcome cocktail at the Casablanca Inn's Tini Martini Bar, St. Augustine’s newest chic cocktail lounge (pictured top right)
-- Dinner at Bistro de Leon, St. Augustine’s newest French bistro featuring Chef Jean-Stephane Poinard’s exquisite cuisine (pictured at left)
-- Lunch at Columbia, a Spanish restaurant celebrating its 104th (!) Anniversary
-- Dinner at Raintree, another favorite romantic St. Augustine restaurant
-- Unlimited transportation on the Old Town Trolley (pictured bottom right) throughout the Historic District for length of your four-day stay
-- A gift of Claude’s Chocolates, European gourmet bon bons featuring passion fruit filled dark chocolate hearts
-- Tickets to Old St. Augustine Village, a city block of nine homes spanning 1790 to 1910, with pretty courtyards, gardens & old general store
-- Tickets to the "Fountain of Youth," a world-famous archaeological park "where history began"
-- A romantic sunset sale on the Schooner Freedom.
-- Entry to the famous St. Augustine Lighthouse, a grand working lighthouse and museum.
About St. Augustine
I've never been to St. Augustine, but it's on my wish list of Florida destinations to visit (along with Sanibel Island and the Florida Keys). For history buffs, it's a gold mine -- as the nation's oldest city, it's filled with Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and old courtyards. This is where Ponce de Leon landed, and where he "discovered" the Fountain of Youth (now a national archaeological park). On the coast between northeast and central-east Florida, St. Augustine is convenient to the Orlando, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach airports.
Besides taking in the magnificent number of historical sights and landmarks, visitors have lots of opportunities to play golf, fish, go surfing, diving or parasailing, or simply relax on 43 miles of pristine beach.
How to Win a St. Augustine Honeymoon
Click on the "Romance is Inn the Air Contest" link below and you'll find an official entry form, where you will submit a 200-word essay, "Why Romance is Inn the Air in St. Augustine."
Representatives from the Inns of Elegance will judge the entries and award one honeymoon prize package monthly through 2009 to the most creative and original entrants. You must be 21 or older to enter. Good luck!