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Contest Watch: Costa Rican Family Adventure, More!

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After Snowmagedon 2011 ravaged 49 of the 50 states this month, the time is right to live it up away from icy driveways and slushy sidewalks. Whether you’re in the mood for a seductive escape to Thailand, Las Vegas, or New York or an energetic romp in Costa Rica or Utah, this T+L Contest Watch has you covered.

Costa Rica: Get Going Costa Rica Family Adventure Sweepstakes
Enter by April 8th, 2011
The Costa Rica Tourism Board, together with the National Aquarium (locations in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.) and the Los Angeles Zoo is offering the "Get Going Costa Rica Family Adventure Sweepstakes." Two lucky families of four will win an all-inclusive family eco-adventure to Costa Rica for six nights and seven days in the summer of 2011. The prize includes roundtrip airfare to Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, and then travel to Manuel Antonio National Park. Families will also observe dolphins and whales in Costa Ballena, explore the wildlife and pristine beaches of Corcovado National Park. Winners will be accompanied by Los Angeles Zoo and National Aquarium conservation experts to learn more about the wildlife and protection of Costa Rica’s rich land. The sweepstakes has two distinct registration times, one for each partner. Currently, the National Aquarium portion of the contest is up and running through April 8th. The Los Angeles Zoo leg will begin on March 1st. Participants can enter by visiting www.visitcostarica.com.

Bangkok and Samui Island: Singha Transportraits Full Moon Party Giveaway
Enter by Feb 21, 2011
The Asian brewery will give one winner 2 rountrip tickets to Bangkok, hotel accommodations, transportation to and from Samui Island, as well as VIP tickets to Singha’s annual Full Moon Party. The total five-day, four-night prize is valued at $10,000. To enter, visit www.singhatransportraits.com and click the sweepstakes tab. While you’re there, check out Singh-inspired art galleries, other official parties, and photos from last year’s Full Moon extravaganza. Teen-travelers beware, you must be 21 to enter.

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Newport, RI: Memorable Moments Photo Contest, Win a weekend at the Chanler
Enter by December 31, 2011
For anyone planning a trip to Newport’s Chanler Hotel, don’t forget your camera! Past and present guests are welcome to submit their photos for the property’s photo contest. Categories include: Historic (before 1950), Vintage (1950-2000) and Today (2000-present). Submission of photos will last all year and at the end of 2011, General Manager, Christine Sullivan will pick an image from each category that best represents The Chanler and the time period. Winners receive two nights accommodations (based on a couple), breakfast each morning and a dinner at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Spiced Pear. To submit your photo, simply upload your image to the hotel’s Facebook page or send them directly to The Chanler at memorablemoments@thechanler.com or by post to: 117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840.

Las Vegas, NV: Live the M Life Sweepstakes from MGM Mirage
Enter by March 28th, 2011
As a way to promote the property’s new MLife Player’s card, MGM Mirage is giving away 11 different VIP Las Vegas experiences—one every week. Each prize is worth $4,000 and range from VIP access to the American Idol finale to a High Roller Vegas Weekend with accommodations in the ARIA resort’s Sky Suite. All individuals 21 and older can enter the Live the M life Sweepstakes through www.mlife.com or via the new M life mobile app for smart phones.

New York, NY: Win a Valentine’s Weekend Retreat
Enter by February 3rd, 2011
Need a romantic escape for two to New York City? The Kimberly Hotel will be posting iconic New York locations on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Share your favorite memories and you could revisit them February 11-13th during a luxury hotel stay for two including champagne and daily breakfast. To get you started, here are a few of the places the Kimberly wants to hear about: Central Park, The Empire State Building, Tiffany & Co, and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Park City, UT, “I Need a Winter Getaway” Photo Contest
Enter by January 31, 2011
Shutterbugs have just two weeks left to submit their winter-themed photos to the Waldorf Astoria Park City’s Facebook page. One lucky winner will be shipped off to Utah for 4-day, 3-night stay complete with new skis (from Bluehouse Antics), lift tickets, a massage for two, and a $200 plane voucher. It may not be any warmer, but at least you won’t have to shovel out your car each morning.

Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photos by Todd Marshard (top) and the Chanler at Cliff Walk

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