Thursday, March 1, 2012

Something to More Than Look Forward To!

May I just say that March has started out on an absolutely fabulous note?  I hadn't written anything about it earlier as I didn't want to jinx myself but around mid-February I entered into a vacation giveaway contest being held by the innkeepers at Sunset Hill House - a historic inn with a great back-story that traces its history to the Grand Resort Hotels that I love so much. Located in the town of Sugar Hill smack in the middle of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and within site of the Green Mountains of Vermont, the circa 1880 former servants' housing for the Sunset Hill House Grand Hotel is owned by two former Army officers who purchased the property in March of 2000 and have turned it into one of the finest country inns in New England.

The contest was offering ten lucky winners the chance to spend a 5-night vacation at Sunset Hill House as an "embedded Facebooker" with the only stipulation being that "winners must agree to investigate all aspects of the inn during their stay, and post what they find on the inn’s Facebook page every day." Well, if that didn't sound like it was right up my distracted wandering alley, what did?

To enter, those interested needed to apply by email "outlining why they are qualified to be an embedded Facebooker, why they want to visit Sunset Hill House and the White Mountains, what dates they are and are not available throughout 2012 and any other reasons they should be chosen." As I mulled over what to write that didn't sound too much like flat-out begging, the thought occurred to me that a 5-night vacation at Sunset Hill House would be absolutely perfect for when my friend Claire would be visiting from England later this fall. I had promised Claire a trip up to the White Mountains while she was here and what better way to do that than to be one of the contest winners?

With that in mind I finally wrote Lon and Nancy an email though I have to admit to having a bit of a problem with brevity as you guys know that I tend to run off at the keyboard from time to time to time!  It was my hope that my prolific use of words would be seen as enthusiasm rather than lack of control so after sending off the email I crossed my fingers and pestered the staff at Sunset Hill House as much as possible on their Facebook page without trying to be too obnoxious! Claire chimed in also and between the two of us I think we sent up more hopes and wishes to win than the universe wanted to hear!

The winners were announced earlier today on Facebook and am very, very, very happy to report that I was chosen as one of the ten winners of the contest!  Did I mention that I was happy to report that??  Oh yes indeed I am and I can't wait to find out what week we'll be going!  I've got no doubt in my mind that I was chosen because of my traveling companion as between the two of us, I'm sure that Claire and I will make the best "embedded Facebookers" that the inn could have picked and they won't be at all disappointed with our social networking abilities being that we are both quite versed in blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and the like.

I tell ya, this is a wanna-be travel writer's dream come true right here and I am going to be putting my Nikon through its paces and then some during that wonderful week in the White Mountains!  I promise to share all of the fun, fantastic food, and fine accommodations both here and at The Distracted Wanderer as well as on Facebook so not to worry, if you aren't a Facebooker you won't miss out.

Gee, do you think it's too soon to start packing?!?

Sunset Hill House in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire:  Image credit

18 comments:

  1. Good for you. It's about time you had something fun to look forward to.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  2. Woo Hoo I am so excited, once the dates are sorted, I will be even more excited!

    Just looks so beautiful!

    Did I mention that I was excited?

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  3. Gee... You never get to go anywhere, do you?

    Woohoo! Congratulations!

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  4. I'm doing a happy dance for you right now! You needed some good news...this is fantastic!

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    1. After all the bad news that seemed to come my way in February this was a wonderful way to start out March!

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  5. That sounds amazing! Have a fabulous time when you go.

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  6. Wow!!! so I was looking at the Website for The Sunset Hill House and WOWZA !!!! how beautiful :) and did you get a look at the Wildlife Refuge and Gardens??? LOVE IT .. girl you gotta let me know when your going so I can pack my bags too .. Gorgeous .. simply Gorgeous ... you are one lucky gal :)

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    1. I will let you know what week I'll be going as soon as I find out Rhonda; it would be great if you could join us for a little while during our stay as I'm sure you'd love it there!

      And yes, I feel very lucky to have been chosen - very lucky indeed!

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  7. Wonderful news. I did some begging on your behalf so glad all that group petitioning paid off. They couldn't have picked a better representative. Between the wanderer wandering around and the doodologist applying her skills, this will be a post we can all enjoy.

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    1. All begging is greatly appreciated by both myself and Claire too I'm sure! Thank you so much!

      I think it's going to be great fun and then some!

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  8. Oh and I love love love the Frogs.

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    1. I had to wonder for a moment there what frogs you were referring to before it dawned me on that I had changed my blog header to the celebrated frogs of Windham County!

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  9. Nice! That's right up your alley. And what a visit for Claire! You guys are going to have some fun :)

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  10. Woohoo!!! This is very deserved. You will do a fab job on blogging about his fantastic experience. Can't wait:)

    Big hugs honey...

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  11. Oh WOW lucky you! There again they couldn't have chosen anyone better than you to do a daily write-up about their hotel! Well done. x

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