When I first starting talking to Amtrak about sponsoring the book tour, I pointed out to them that I thought Honeymooning via Amtrak was perhaps the best idea on the planet. Now that I’ve listened to a history tour through the Sierras, crossed the Rockies in a snowstorm, watched the snowy fields of Iowa fly by while drinking coffee in my heated compartment, slept in the cozy Amtrak double beds, had lunch delivered to my room, and waved to Southerners on their porches while the train chugged by, I think it’s an even better idea.
Seriously. I think Honeymoons are built for one particular thing: blissing out with your partner while you stare at your new rings, cuddle up, and nap. And it turns out, there is no form of transportation better built for that than a sleeping car on a train.
Plus, for those of you trying to make your weddings as green as possible, not only is train travel pretty darn green, Amtrak is dedicated to keeping things environmentally friendly. Most of what you use in Amtrak sleepers isn’t even disposable (hello, cloth towels), but to add to that, I’ve seen so many compostable Amtrak cups that I love them more every day.
That, and trains take you interesting places. Like, say, New Orleans. Or exploring the West Coast.
So! I’m super excited to announce that APW is giving away a honeymoon via Amtrak! Hooray! (Now, while this is technically a honeymoon giveaway, according to the terms and conditions, anyone can enter, so you could use this for a mini-moon trip together if you’re already married.) But seriously, you didn’t think I was going to have Amtrak sponsor the APW Book Tour, and write about how much fun I was having traveling by sleeper car all over the country, without having a big giveaway for you guys, did you? Of course not.
Here are the details of what Amtrak is offering for the Honeymoon Giveaway:
A round trip for two in a “Roomette” to any destination served by Amtrak’s Coast Starlight or a round trip for two to any destination served by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans. The trip is valid for travel until December 31, 2013, subject to blackouts and other restrictions that may apply. The winner has the option to upgrade to a bedroom upon payment of accommodation charges, subject to availability.
Amtrak and APW picked these train lines as the options because they are particularly good ones. The City Of New Orleans line goes from Chicago to New Orleans (Maddie and I explored New Orleans for you this weekend… check back this afternoon for details) with a stop along the way in Memphis. The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs between Seattle and Los Angeles, and goes along some of the most beautiful track in the United States, including over the sand on beaches that are unreachable by road. No matter which line you pick, it’s going to be an amazing trip for whoever wins. And may I suggest that you spend your dollars on a bedroom? For a honeymoon, it’s the only way to go.
HOW TO ENTER (You may enter each way one time.)
1. Leave a comment in the comment section of this post.
2. Post a link on Twitter to this contest page, and include the hashtag #APWamtrakhoneymoon
The contest begins 4:30 AM PST 2/8/12 and ends 11:59 PM PST 2/14/12, when I will close comments. I’ll announce the winner the following week.
Important details: You have to be 21 to enter and a resident of the United States. Please read the Official Contest Rules before you enter.
I’m so grateful to all of you for making the APW Book fly and for supporting me during this long, intense, and wonderful month of traveling around the country on book tour. This giveaway is just a token of how grateful I really am. Now let’s get cracking! And tune in this afternoon for a serious chat about New Orleans and how I think you should go there (probably by train).
**This post was made possible by Amtrak, who is sponsoring the book tour, and this giveaway. Thank you Amtrak!**
Picture: One of my favorite views of my trip, in the Sierras. Personal for A Practical Wedding.