1. On the Road Writing Contest Winners

    Congratulations to all of the winners of our On the Road Writing Contest and a big thanks to our sponsor, Fairmont Hotels, and all who took the time to enter and vote.

    The final editorial prize winners are:
    Editors’ Choice Grand Prize: Susan Offer Szafir
    Editors’ Choice Runners-Up Prizes: Peter Herring and Alexis Bohan Peschiera

    The editorial prize semifinalists are listed here. Great job to all—we loved reading about your roadside finds—please keep writing!

    The People’s Choice winners are:
    Indrani Ghose, Christine Medina, David Joshua Jennings, Carolyn Turner, Sandra Dee Carr, Carly Mary Cady, Daniel Scharch, Nicole Bigelow, Kate Baggott, Dejon Flow Simons.

    We can’t wait to hear all about our winners’ stays at Fairmont’s beautiful hotels and read about their adventures on Trazzler.

    Our Smart Travel Writing Contest is well underway—get your entry in now.

  2. On the Road Writing Contest—Sponsored by Fairmont Hotels

    15 Prizes totaling $6000 and 80 nights at luxury Fairmont Hotels and Resorts around the world (choose among 50+ locations). >Details
    Summer is upon us, which means a flurry of trip planning and happy escapism. We think a trip can be much more than a constellation of must-see places—isn’t travel really about the movement and momentum that it takes to connect the dots? Jack Kerouac put it succinctly: “the road is life.” For our next contest, we want you to write about the road: the in-between places, quirky attractions, scenic drives, irresistible pitstops, natural oases, sleepy forgotten towns, places of pilgrimage, roadside enigmas, monuments, crossroads, and one-of-a-kind ways of getting from point A to point B. Our winners will get a chance to hit the road in style—we’re giving away $6,000 and 80 free nights in any of Fairmont’s 50+ eligible luxury hotels all over the world.

    enter now

  3. Win a Weekend Stay in Mendocino

    From its charming coastal New England-style village to its forests of towering Redwoods, Mendocino County is a Northern California destination that combines the sea, the wilderness, romance, and outdoor adventure. The region is a playground for beachcombers and nature enthusiasts: there’s Van Damme State Park and Glass Beach, and sophisticated getaways from its quaint inns along the coast to its artisanal wineries.


    If you’ve passed through Mendocino County, we’re certain you have visited an attraction—a bed & breakfast, a secret cove, an annual festival, a foodie spot— that you hope to return to someday. And, if you live here, we know you have a regular hangout, a hidden local spot on the coast, or a favorite family winery that you can’t wait to share.

    Now is your chance to write about these places in Mendocino County. We’ve partnered with Visit Mendocino County for our newest regional writing contest: the Mendocino Writing Contest. Our Mendocino County sponsors have put together an assortment of prizes:

    People’s Choice Grand Prize: A weekend stay and tango workshop at Weller House Inn and dinner for two at Ravens’ Restaurant, an award-winning vegetarian foodie spot. (Alcohol and gratuities are not included.)

    People’s Choice Runner-Up Prize: A $100 gift certificate for MacCallum House Restaurant and two magnum bottles of Syrah from Meyer Family Cellars.

    People’s Choice 2nd Runner-Up Prize: Two passes to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and two bottles of Pinot Noir from Barra of Mendocino.

    Note: Proof of age is required to claim prizes of alcohol.

    Editors’ Choice Prize(s): Trazzler will also award a $250 freelance writing contract to contest entrant(s) to write more trips about Mendocino County.

    Want to enter? Visit the contest page and “Enter Now.” You’ve got until September 20, 2010. We look forward to reading your entries…

    —Cheri Lucas