Saturday, January 14, 2012

And Where Do You “Where To?”: FREE Giveaway/Contest Winner

Wow. All I can say is WOW. 

I received so many great, unique, creative entries for this past giveaway/contest that it was way too hard to decide – I wanted to pick everyone! Since I couldn’t do that, I did eventually pick a winner:


“San Miguel. The most distant, uninhabited Channel Island. Peace and quiet. Solitude. 30,000 seals and sea lions. Trusting island foxes that approach you like dogs. Crashing surf. A boat trip past 1000's of dolphins. This is where I want to go and be. To remember life in its raw natural state. To clear my mind of all the business of life and remember ME in my raw natural state. To get in touch with who we are, who we want to be and what our dreams should truly give us!” 

This sounds like an absolute paradise. Landing on the island by skiff...only 30 visitors permitted each day... I’ve already packed my tent and picked up my camera. We’re going next weekend, right?

Daniel wins two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's IRIS in Hollywood. A big thanks for everyone who sent in an entry – they were awesome to read. I haven't been to any of these places yet,  so I excitedly added them to my own personal “List of Places to Visit in 2012.” I hope that you do get to venture off to your picks this year, and in fact, I hope that we all get to those “destinations” that we’re dreaming of in 2012 – whether that’s a new restaurant, a new vacay spot or new phase/transition in life.

Check out the other entries below and look out for another contest/giveaway soon – sooner than you might think!

Miss Wilson

Xenia of Los Angeles: “I'm absolutely determined to visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery this year during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Though the cemetery is mostly known as a great summer hang-out for its movie screenings, I've heard that it turns into the most incredible array of sights and sounds during this festival. The skeleton costumes are elaborate and outrageous, the tamales and pan de muerto are scrumptious and authentic, and the music and dance performances amongst the tombstones are mesmerizing. And what's more, I love the meaning behind it--it's to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on. What could be a better setting? Of course I've only heard about it, and have yet to go. 2012 is my year!” I'll be there right with you in the fall!

@_jennalee: “Plan on spending most of my time at the new bottle shop & tasting room in Redondo Beach @selectbeerstore” Beer tasting!!!

@StockMyGalley: “I plan on hanging out more in Downtown Los Angeles! Everyday there is a new rest/bar/lounge opening! Fav spot: @VillainsTavern”  I agree - I spend way too much time down there - there's just so many great spots. 

Warren: “Entering 2012, I was determined not to make any loosely based resolutions. Losing the same 10 pounds from Thanksgiving and Christmas, or even the same 'Out with the old, In with the NEW' mentality with friends, habits, and decisions. However, since moving to this beautiful city known as Los Angeles, Ca almost a year ago, there is one place that I am certain I have to go before this year is over......and that Angel's Crest. So what is Angel's Crest? Well, Angel's Crest is supposedly this hidden place in Malibu, CA, that has an awesome hiking trail, an a great way to be intertwined with nature and away from the busyness of LA, and it has a waterfall that simply fills up your soul. I have heard sooo many great things about this place and I am destined to go there. It even made me look back on where I have gone in comparison to this, like Runyon Canyon, Griffith Park, and other hiking parks in the city....but for some odd reason, every time I hear the place 'Angel's Crest', I am assured that I will be amazed by its beauty. :-)” If you ever find this place, let me know!

@ernestalfonso: “@WilsonsGuide @Cirque RUSH! =P…. rush rush rush rush!!!!!!!!” See you there in a few weeks :)

Renita: “I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to LAKE SHRINE. I have heard it is one of the most peaceful places to go to in LA and it feels like your at Fantasy Island. My friends also say you can mediate there and the ground keepers are also so nice and pleasant. With my crazy schedule I would love some peace and” This sounds beautiful, serene and uplifting. 

Nicole of Los Angeles: “I would LOVE to go to the Magic Castle! Part of the mystery is figuring out how to get in. Not only does the venue have breathtaking views of Hollywood, it also hosts a vibe of a bygone era. Who wouldn't want the chance to rediscover the joys of childhood through magic?” When you figure out how to get in, you gotta let me know!

@JusBeinEJ: “@WilsonsGuide @cirque ST. Thomas Baby!!!!”  Heeeey - a vacay!

@_Amandalee: “I'd like to hang at Friday nights off the 405 at the Getty! Always great bands and sounds fun! Never been but it's a just for 2012!” I went a few summers ago - it's a blast!  

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