Sunday, July 1, 2012

3x the Fun in the Sunshine State - VISIT FLORIDA

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA for SocialSpark
All opinions are 100% mine.

Those of you who know me in real life
are probably a bit skeptical reading my post title.

But bear with me. 
(or is that "bare" with me...
if you were going with me to Florida it might be...
okay...I won't go there)

I've been to Florida a few times.

Some for volunteer work,
once for a conference,
once for a cruise and
once for work/work.

I've been to the land of the sunset and had square tacos
and done the Carnival on Duval street.
I've done Downtown Disney in Orlando
(but not to Disney World, mind you)
and I've even slept in some random parking lot
(for a quick nap)
and on the side of the road at a rest stop
on the quickest in and out trip to Florida ever
to do some judging at a conference.

Okay...that is more than a few times.
Believe it or not, Florida is one of the most awesome states
because there is just SO MUCH to do there.
I've been many different times of the year
(February through October)
and I do have to say that there are three reasons why I think summer is a great time to visit:
1. Oh the crowds and the people watching (especially at night)!
2. Summertime = long break from work. Cruising (on a boat) out of Florida is the best. And cruising (in a car) through the Keys? Heaven on earth.
3. Guaranteed sunshine (which you think would be a given year round, but it actually isn't).
Though you know I love the number three,
there are three more reasons why Florida is just all around great.

Recently, VISIT FLORIDA gave away 12 (yes TWELVE!!) FREE vacations.

The best part?
The grand prize winner wins THREE vacations!!

There are 12 beyond awesome
(some, once in a lifetime)
opportunities to pick from.

If you go to Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway website
(say, if you're at work and can't access Facebook...just saying),
you can scroll through all of the options
and select your top three. Easy as that.

And you can enter daily up until June 30. 

Who else just set up a personal reminder in their outlook calendar?
(raises hand in the air)

Aside from the grand prize winner, another 9 winners will be randomly selected to win the remaining 9 packages that the grand prize winner didn't select. That's 10 winners people!
To recap:
  • VISIT FLORIDA is hosting the most amazing giveaway ever.
  • You can enter Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway daily from 5/25 through 6/30.
  • If you're not at work, you can check out VISIT FLORIDA on Facebook.
  • There are 12 awesome vacations to choose from.
  • You pick your top three and if you're the grand prize winner, you win ALL 3!!
  • Besides the grand prize, 9 other winners will win the other packages.
Here's a taste of the packages you could win:
Family Fun (trips for four):
Classic family beach vacation, St. Pete Beach
Plantation on Crystal River Swim with the Manatees Package
Visit Central Florida Family Adventures Package
TradeWinds Island Resorts Classic Family Beach Week Package

Hawks Kay Resort Florida Keys Fishing Package

Luxury GetAways (decadent trips for two):
Resort Quest Wyndham Vacation Rentals Tennis Lovers Gourmet Getaway Package
The Breakers Palm Beach The Breakers Luxury Dream Vacation
PGA National Resort & Spa Ultimate Spa-cation Package
World Golf Hall of Fame at World Golf Village Tee Time for Two 
Unique Outtings (off the beaten path/once in a lifetime trip for 2):
Bradenton Area CVB/Anna Mara Island Longboat Key Natural Florida Package
Space Coast Office of Tourism Space Cowboy Package
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trainer for a Day Package
Fountain of Youth Florida Step Into the Past Package
So of course you want to know which three I submitted right?

Can you guess?
Choice 1: Spa-cation sponsored by PGA National Resort & Spa

I would totally LOVE to be pampered and dolled up by professionals.

Three nights in healing mineral pools with a Lavender Bliss Signature mani/pedi...

I might have gone into a slight meditative state just then.
Choice 2: Space Cowboy by Space Coast Office of Tourism.

Of course they had me at "Lunch with an Astronaught". BUT! You also get to work a ranch and learn to surf...whoa now! That is just a packed trip full o' bucketlist.
Choice 3 : Toss up between Tennis Lovers Getaway (sponsored by Resort Quest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals) and Florida Keys Fishing (sponsored by Hawks Cay Resort). 
I'd alternate entries each day and get my better half to sign up for the Tee TIme for Two package sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame at World Golf Village.  
See, problem is I don't play tennis, golf or fish. BUT these packages are so awesome with all the rest that comes with them - especially the Tennis one which includes a trip to Destin, a cooking class and a $250 shopping spree to the outlet mall.  I would just feel so bad not using the hour lesson (because, let's be real, I'd be at the outlet mall or on the beach the whole time).
See? Even I, lover of all things "three"
couldn't narrow down all of the awesome selections
to just three. 
The choices are JUST. TOO. GOOD.
Your turn now.
I entered and here's my proof:

You should go to the VISIT FLORIDA Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway site or  VISIT FLORIDA on Facebook for your daily entry.
Hurry up already.  I need you to win us a trip to Florida!

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