Larkspur Travel Guide
RiverPlace in Portland, Oregon.
Did you miss all the holiday shopping bargains you too nervous about swine flu to brave the holiday hoards crowding malls on Black Friday? Was your boss looking over your shoulder all day on Cyber Monday to make sure you weren’t browsing online instead of slaving away at work? Not to worry. Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants, (they who wanted to give you a vacation last month), are offering guests the chance to win one of eight $500 American Express gift cards so that you can get all the lucky little elves on your list exactly what they want for the holidays.
The West Coast-based hotel chain is still so jazzed about the launch of the new web site for its eight high-end Larkspur Collection properties that it, in addition to the Amex cards, it is giving away little holiday prizes to guests who book a reservation through the site and stay at one of the hotels from now through January 4, 2010.
Casa Munras in Monterey, California.
Summer’s over, vacation’s done, the sun is gone, and everyone seems to be settling back into their cubicles or classrooms for a dreary autumn of work, but it already feels like we need another vacation. That is why the Bay Area-based Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants hospitality group is presenting the “I Need A Vacation Because…!” contest to mark the launch of new web sites for each of its eight high-end Larkspur Collection hotel properties.
Larkspur’s VP of Marketing, Richard Flores, says that Larkspur decided it was time to create new websites to “communicate each Larkspur Collection hotel’s unique personality, while creating a user-friendly, engaging website experience.”
This isn’t just a cheesy, “tell us what you think about our web site” competition, though. Contestants will actually get the chance to win a stay at one of the eight properties. Here’s how it works: first you have to go to Larkspur’s Facebook page and become a fan. Then in a wall post of 50 words or less, you have to describe why you need a vacation. So far, people have posted reasons including everything from economic woes to job stress, to an overwhelming need just to get away from the kids for a couple days!