A Getaway Giveaway from Marriott’s Residence Inn

by DiPaola Momma (HNIC) on June 17, 2012

I lived for road trips when I was a kid. We grew up in a rural berg nestled in the High Desert of Southern California. Escaping Getting to go anywhere that held the promise of new faces, food mom hadn’t cooked and “modern amenities” was a big treat. Heck, my Hip Hippie parents didn’t even get us a TV until well after I’d become one of the Tooth Fairy’s favorites. Hotels were like a wonderland for my brothers and I. Our own little slice of Narnia, equipped with a talking box, “Magic Fingers” and a glittering machine that made us ice.. Whenever. We. Wanted!

My kids have it all. Yet they still get giddy when I say we’re headed to a hotel. Most of the time I’m a bit less excited. Having to hide the room service menu, explaining to the front desk that my 5 year old doesn’t get that they aren’t there to talk to her for hours on end about Justin and Selena and the search for “second breakfast” after the stale bagels and yogurt don’t get it done for them… not things I look forward to.

That all changed last summer when we booked a quick escape to a Residence Inn in Virginia Beach. All of the sudden I was loving the hotel time! This place had everything a family of 6 could want and more. Heck the breakfast alone was worth going back for.

We’ll stay up all night, swap stories and in the morning THEY are makin’ waffels!

Residence Inn realizes how busy life can be for moms and strives to make traveling seamless and as comfortable as possible with spacious suites, free hot breakfast, free Internet, swimming pools, great value and as we found out in Virginia Beach… AMAZING SERVICE!

What I loved most about  Residence Inn by Marriott, was the balance between getting away from it all and still enjoying the comforts of home. While Residence Inn is best known for their extended hotel stays, the suites at Residence Inn are PERFECT for family vacations!  Though I’m not terribly keen on having to cook while on vacay, I hate a huge eating out tab too so the fully equipped in-suite kitchens with a full sized refrigerator, stove,  and microwave make it easy to feed the brood on the cheap. The coffee makers make it safe for my family to be in the same room with me.

This month we’ll be traveling to the Residence Inn in historic downtown Savannah

Gorge, huh?! I’m looking forward to seeing all Savannah has to offer and taking advantage of the free grocery delivery service that Residence Inns provide. Hello, anytime I can NOT go to a grocery store, I’m all about that!

So now on to the fun stuff for YOU. Want to getaway this summer and check out all the AWESOME that is Residence Inns? Then you’re in the right place. One lucky reader will be going home with a $250 gift card for a stay at any Residence Inn in the country! Check out all the details below. GOOD LUCK!


Disclosure: As ALWAYS my opinions are my own. As a member of the Resident Mom Club, I received a gift card from Residence Inn in order to get out there and get you the best perspective I could. Because, well… you’re worth it! The contest prize is being supplied to the winner by Marriott.

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Ri June 17, 2012 at 5:38 am

Nice share, Mama! I’m in!

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flooderette June 17, 2012 at 6:02 am

Cape Canaveral, FL

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Serge B June 17, 2012 at 6:25 am

Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf

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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

Boston is one of my FAVORITE places! Good luck.

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Tonya Staab June 17, 2012 at 7:12 am

Ooh, we are planning a trip to Seattle at the moment to visit friends, this would definitely come in handy.
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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

Seattle is on my travel bucket list!

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Jen June 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

I think we would make the short two hour drive over to the Residence Inn Sandestin, Fl for a weekend getaway!

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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

I love those quick escapes. Good luck!

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Adrienne gordon June 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

Raleigh, NC

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Mary Casper June 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

I would go to Nashville

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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

I LOVE Nashville!

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Penny Snyder June 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

Residence Inn Sandestin, Fl to see family! grammypenny@frontier.com

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Sara June 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

oooh, colorado! kids have never seen mountains.

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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

Good luck! I’d love to hear all about the kids’ first trip to the mountains.

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Carly June 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

New York City

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Jessica June 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Asheville, NC

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Joanna June 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

So many places to go and see!

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Brandon S June 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Yes… Monterey is beckoning…..
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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Ooooh the aquarium at Monterey is sublime. Good luck!

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Margaret Smith June 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’d love to visit Residence Inn Savannah Downtown/Historic District .

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Katherine June 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Willaimsburg VA

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Emily N June 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I want to go to the Orlando one.

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Mrs. Mousekawitz June 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I think I might just have to travel to see 2 of my favorite students!

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DiPaola Momma (HNIC) June 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

OR go escape for a weekend with their mom!

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John June 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Would love to go to Savannah to eat and run the marathon.

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Amber June 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I’d love to go to Boston – there’s so much history and it seems like such a beautiful city!

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sara June 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

we would love to go to New York City!

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Angie June 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Los Angeles!

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Jacquelyn Cannon June 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I would love to visit Philadelphia (Valley Forge)!

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Stephanie V. June 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Residence Inn San Diego Carlsbad

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Stephanie Gregory June 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

San antonio!

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Charlotte W. June 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

I want to go to Orlando!

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Ann Fantom June 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

I would like to stay at the Residence Inn Washington, DC /Capitol

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Dawn Sandomeno June 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

I travel up and down the eastern seaboard with 3 boys that play travel ice hocke – BOY would this be great!
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Judith R. June 18, 2012 at 6:42 am

I’d love a stay at the Renaissance Tel Aviv hotel.

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Holly Chernoff June 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

I want to go everywhere! lol. but my first pick would be NYC!

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Cynthia C June 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

I’d love to go to the Orlando International Drive location.

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ConnieFoggles June 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’d love to stay in New York – Manhattan Times Square!
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James Nickerson June 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Great giveaway! I like that you can make waffles!

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Ciara B. June 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

i’d have to stay at the manhattan times square one

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Debra L. Guillen June 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’ve always wanted to go to San Francisco

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Suzanne K June 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I think I’d pick Branson, MO

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Maryann June 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Arlington Texas

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Linda G. June 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I would like to go to Atlantic City,NJ

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paige chandler June 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Residence Inn Distinct of Columbia Congress

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Jacob June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I would stay at the Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown – it’s close to all the cool attractions in Saint Louis

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Lim June 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

The Courtland Anaheim at Disneyland Resort!

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Zipporah Sandler June 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Newport, RI so I could go “home” for a vacation and see all of my friends and family.
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Marcia Goss June 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I’d like to stay at the Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach/Oceanfront hotel.

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ryan minton June 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

New York City

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Susan Smith June 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I’d love to go to Tampa and visit my sister.

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ELIZABETH C. June 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

DEFINATELY Orlando. I’ve been there several times and want to go back.

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Krys R June 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Residence Inn Costa Mesa Newport Beach

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Rick P June 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

mag mile in Chicago

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Jason Crooks June 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

My sis just moved to Orlando so I would like to visit whichever one is closest to her place. There are quite a few in orlando so not sure which exact one that would be.

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Dwayne Berry June 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I want to go to Orlando….or pretty much anywhere in Florida!

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STEVE STONE June 19, 2012 at 2:32 am

Cape Canaveral, FL

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