(All comments inside quotation marks are winners' own words, occasionally edited for clarity and brevity.)

MATT HUNTINGTON - "Just wanted to let you know that [we took our prize trip] to the Hudson
Valley Resort!  What's more is that I recently got married, so our trip was our honeymoon!!  We don't have much money these days and there's no way we could have afforded such a nice trip without you guys. The place was fantastic.  I went to school up in that area, and I'd forgotten how clean/fresh/crisp the air is there.  Both nights I just went outside for a little bit just to breathe!  The hotel was fantastic, and they pointed us in the direction of some great restaurants in the area.  The travel was very easy and straightforward.  The hotel itself was incredible.  Very clean and well kept with an astounding lobby.  The facilities were great and the staff was very friendly.  Our half hour massages were very effective (we both immediately went to sleep afterwords)! [ ] Thanks so much for making such a memorable honeymoon!"


"I'm writing to thank you, and others in Albany whose support and cooperation you marshalled, for the wonderful, free, long weekend that my wife and I won about a month ago....Like many New York City folks, my wife and I previously had a somewhat dismissive attitude about Albany, which we had visited in 2005 for about two hours (on our way back home from the Adirondack Mountains). Now after four days there (we purchased a fourth day and added it to your three free days), we have a far more positive impression. We know that the Albany region is vibrant with cultural events, recreational opportunities, historical significance, comfortable living, fine dining, and the other advantages that a medium-sized urban area can bring...without the time-drivenness, noise, and general stress that seems inevitable when one lives and works in a huge city such as New York. From a memorable Albany weekend, I'd particularly like to single out... (1) Bill Hollister of Amtrak for his gracious assistance and personal reception of us at the Albany train station (2) The "Duck" Tour of Albany, which may take place in an ungainly-looking vehicle if ever there was one, but which was the single event that most transformed our perception of what Albany has to offer. (3) The New York State Museum (part of the Empire State Plaza), which has very fine exhibits on a wide variety of historical, cultural, and even geological factors that make New York State what it is....This was a long weekend that we will be fondly remembering." - Thanks to the Morgan State House for graciously donating lodging for the Groves!


"Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful getaway package and Amtrak provided us with in Saratoga Springs. We had a wonderful time learning to play golf at the Saratoga National Golf Club and just relaxing at the Holiday Inn, and everyone was very nice and welcoming. Thanks again!"


"We just wanted to write to tell you we had a FANTASTIC time in NYC on our recent complimentary trip at the Hotel Wales. The Hotel staff was wonderful, the location perfect, and the sights were as good as we had hoped! We used the NYC Pass for many of the attractions, and loved them all—especially the Guggenheim Museum! Thanks again for making this trip possible for us!"


"The weekend was great! We really had a nice time. Howe Caverns was very interesting and a lot of fun. The kids absolutely loved it (especially the motel!). We did take some pretty cool pictures!.... Thanks again for everything, we really appreciate it all."


"Dear EscapeMaker,
We want you thank you so much for the wonderful weekend in the Berkshires. We were so surprised we won this getaway weekend. It was the 1st time we actually left our kids at the grandparents for a weekend by ourselves. We had a great time, and loved the accommodations at the Village Inn... not to mention skiing at Ski Butternut! Thank you."

"My companion and I had a wonderful time at the Homestead Inn in New Milford, Connecticut. The inn itself is beautiful, the rooms are large and comfortable, the breakfast is delicious, and the owners, Rolf and Peggy Hammer, could not be friendlier. (Their dog, Solitaire, is also a charmer!) We were on the second floor of the main house, and our room had a lovely view that looked
out over the village green."

"We had an incredible weekend! Woodloch Pines is a great resort that seems to have thought of everything. The facilities are nicely decorated and the activities were enjoyed by all age groups. The food was delicious! My kids are very anxious to go back to Woodloch Pines and we have already referred family and friends. My family thanks Escapemaker for giving us a most enjoyable weekend. We will definitely be visiting your site for our future getaway needs!"
"On Sat. morning we began our sightseeing at the Mystic Aquarium.... My entire family enjoyed relaxing at the hotel pool after a full day of sightseeing, and before heading out to a fun dinner at Mystic Pizza. The food was plentiful and delicious.... It was great being able to transport ourselves out of the city and be on a mini-vacation only a few hours from home. Thanks for a wonderful time!"
"Thank you,, for giving us one of the most relaxing and unforgettable weekend getaways at the New Age Health Spa. It was a rejuvenating experience where everything exceeded our expectations. I'm very glad to have found your website, which allowed us to experience the hidden treasures where you can escape from the everyday stress."


"My husband and I were able to celebrate our wedding anniversary at The Clarion Resort in Atlantic City. It will be a weekend and an anniversary we will remember for a very long time to come. So here's to you,, my favorite web site. Keep up the good work."

"Our weekend in Rhinebeck was everything a great escape from NYC should be! We ate... a moan-able dinner at the Beekman Arms, breakfast at Schemmy's and divine French food and wine at Le Bistro. We shopped... for clothes, books, antiques, and crafty things. We relaxed... in our lovely room at the Beekman Arms and we even got a nap! But the most fun was driving around the Hudson River Valley in our electric blue PT Cruiser from Thrifty. Big smiles from Arnie and me. Special thanks to!"

"I had a great time at Killington Resort. Everything was awesome—the service, the room, the weather! And it wasn't crowded. Thanks, Escapemaker!"

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