Monday, March 24, 2014

Get Out of Dodge!...

Let's face it - everyone needs to "get out of dodge" every once in a while.  And when you can plunk money down on an already planned vacation... and the money you plunk down goes to a worthy and heartwarming cause like Gavin's Playground Project... that's a win-win, if you ask me.

Since the silent auction begins one week from today, I thought I'd preview the trips I'm featuring!  I don't know anyone who would make a quick decision about a vacation (I wish I did - those hypothetical people sound exciting and adventurous and kooky!)  This preview will give you a week to think about your vacation desires... to check your schedules... to beg your spouse (hee hee!)... and google these locations and hotels and airfares if they aren't included.

I have readers all over the world - which stuns me, still.  So while someone like me may not dream of flying to Monte Carlo - it may not be much for someone already in Europe! There's a lot of trips that hopefully will appeal to many, wherever you live.  And I purposefully didn't include airfare on many of the trips because that's something that people can find deals on - or use miles - to make it more affordable.

Remember to register for the silent auction - which is open to EVERYONE and doesn't cost a dime! - HERE.   And don't forget to purchase your ticket if you're coming to the event on April 5th!  This is the last week for "early bird" tickets!

Happy vacation hunting!!  

A Royal Retreat
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Gather with the international elite in Monte Carlo, Monaco (Europe) for seven days and six nights at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in a Suite for Two!  (Land only)

British Flavor, Exotic Flair in Bermuda!
Experience the old-world splendor of Bermuda for five days and four nights at your choice of the Fairmont Hamilton Princess or the Fairmont Southampton with economy class air for two.

Cabo San Lucas All-Inclusive Comfort!
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Escape to Mexico's hot spot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for four days and three nights at the Riu Palace Cabo for two, including a sunset dinner cruise and $1,000 airfare allowance or gift card.  (Land only)

Castle in the Rockies
Alberta, Canada
Escape to the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada for five days and four nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs with economy class air for two.

Disney World Family Vacation
Orlando, Florida
Disney World magic comes to life in Orlando, Florida at the Sheraton Vistana Resort for seven days and six nights in a two bedroom apartment for up to eight people, including a $2,000 Disney gift card!  (Land only)

Enjoy Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wander along the maze of canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe) for seven days and six nights at the Swissotel Amsterdam for two. (Land only)

Escape to Victoria's Elegance and Grandeur
British Columbia, Canada
Experience Victoria in British Columbia, Canada for three days and two nights at the Fairmont Empress for two.  (Land only)

Explore Kenya's Breathtaking Landscape and Wildlife!
Kenya, Africa
Escape to the unspoiled natural beauty of Kenya, Africa for eight days and seven nights at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club for two, including a $2,000 Fairmonth gift card that can be used for your choice of adventure experiences!  (Land only)

Explore Scotland's Heroes, Castles and Historical Highlights!
Edinburgh, Scotland
From private tours to whiskey tastings, get a true taste for Edinburgh, Scotland (Europe) for seven days and six nights at the Apex City Hotel for two, including a city tour of Edinburgh with a visit to the Castle, Scotch Whiskey experience and your choice of two legendary Scottish tours. (Land only)

Fall in Love With Italy!
Rome, Italy
Immerse yourself in Italian wonders in Rome, Italy (Europe) for seven days and six nights for two, including guided tours of Rome, the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel!  (This is a dream trip!  Land only)

Philadelphia Freedom!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Explore history in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for four days and three nights at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing in one guestroom with economy class air for four. This includes a historic trolley tour of the city, admission to the National Constitution Center, the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo as included in the Philadelphia City Pass!

Indulge in Luxury with the Ritz Carlton!
St. Thomas, USVI; Aspen, Vail, Colorado; Lake Tahoe, California; or Jupiter, Florida
A luxurious family trip for four to any participating Ritz Carlton Residence listed above for four days and three nights, including round trip airport transfers.  (land only)

Magnificent Alpine Resort
British Columbia, Canada
Escape to the alpine elegance of British Columbia, Canada for four days and three nights at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for two.  (Land only)

Perfect Moments at The Plaza!
New York, New York
Theater and elegance are yours in New York, New York for three days and two nights at The Plaza for two, plus live entertainment package.  (Land only)

Rejuvenating Seaside Escape!
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Discover coastal chic at this oasis by the sea in Hilton Head, South Carolina for four days and three nights at The Westin Resort Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa with economy class air for two.

Revitalize Yourself With An Escape to Paradise!
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
From tempting azure waters to historical tours, you're in for an island adventure in St. Croix, USVI for five days and four nights at The Buccaneer for two, including $200 resort credit for a 50 minute massage per person or an island eco-tour! (land only)

San Francisco Bay's Most Treasured Icon
San Francisco, California
Explore five of San Francisco's best attractions on your trip to San Francisco, California for four days and three nights at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square in a two bedroom suite for two adults and two children, including a San Francisco city pass. (Land only)

Spectacular Coastal Community
Monterey, California
Experience a golfer's paradise on one of America's top golf courses in Monterey for three days and two nights at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa for two, including a $300 Hyatt gift card for golf at the Del Monte golf course or spa services. (Land only)

Treasures of Italy
Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan- Italy
History and culture abound in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan (Europe) for eight days and seven nights for two, including first class train travel between cities!  (Land only)

Unforgettable Coastal Paradise
Laguna Niguel, California
Premier luxury ensures a magnificent experience in Laguna Niguel for three days and two nights at The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel for two.  (Land Only)

Unforgettable Waterfront Escape on the Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts
Discover 300 years of American history on your tour of Boston for four days and three nights at the Fairmont Battery Wharf for two, including a Fenway Park tour, Hi-Speed Catamaran whale watching cruise, Boston Harbor cruise, Hy-Line Nantucket Ferry, admission to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and Hyannisport Harbor cruise, as included in the two day Go Boston card.  (Land only)


  1. Wow! What a great selection! Great job, Kate.

  2. Wow I wish I could bid these look incredible!!!

  3. Amazing adventures! Everything offered for the silent auction is breathtaking! Way to go Kate! I know the outcome if this will be incredible :)


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