On Monday I told you about the latest promotion from the Bermuda Department of Tourism, a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend including luxurious accommodations, sumptuous meals and smooth R&B performances (Chuck Jackson + Babyface = Crazy Good). The package deal is still very much available, but in case you were looking for a Bermuda getaway that costs even less—like an all expenses paid five-night vacation for two—then listen up. That’s right folks, there’s a free trip up for grabs, best of all it’s sponsored by newly renamed The Reefs Hotel & Club—formerly The Reefs but still the top resort in the Atlantic as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2009. So how do you win said vacation? Submit a story of 300 words or less about a favorite experience at The Reefs or in Bermuda—maybe a proposal you got in the sand, a special family vacation, an encounter with Bermuda’s one and only Johnny Barnes—it could be anything, but you’ve gotta enter by February 14. Once all submissions are made, the stories will be narrowed into a group of finalists then posted online, when the public will select its favorite story from February 18 through the 28, sort of like American Idol Bermuda style. The winner will receive a five-night stay in an ocean view deluxe room at The Reefs Hotel & Club including breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner daily and one lucky voter will also be selected to win an additional five-night vacation for two. Not too shabby. So, what are you waiting for? Time to let those Bermuda memories bubble up to the top. Remember, you’ve got until February 14 to enter the contest (for more information click here). And in case you're wondering, yes, that'll be the beach you'll be relaxing on during your free vacation. Now go get writing!
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).