Today I’m heading over to Salt Spring Island (otherwise known as our ‘Happy Place’) to enjoy the second annual Glowtini competition. Bartenders and mixologist from the isle will compete to tantalize taste-buds with a custom cocktail created specifically for Salt Spring Islanders and guests this holiday season. I’ll be joined by Janice Mansfield and David Wolowidnyk at the judges’ table to sip and sample contest entries — it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!
The Glowtini contest will begin at 8:00pm tonight and those in attendance with us at Harbour House can make a donation to Salt Spring’s Copper Kettle Community Partnership to try the cocktail that gets crowned as this year’s Glowtini.
Salt Spring Island is fast becoming a year round destination, as visitors discover an increasingly popular winter vacation awaits them. Recently named one of the top 10 islands to visit during the festive season, Canada’s organic food capital is a welcoming retreat with exciting offerings for the holidays. Take in spas, winery tours, boutique shopping, galleries, outdoor adventures, dining and foodie experiences including the Saturday Market and visits to Salt Spring Cheese and the Bread Lady as well as one of three wineries. And now it’s “Christmas on Salt Spring!” and the secret is out.
Helping to coordinate the island’s festivities is the Salt Spring Christmas Committee comprised of the Island’s accommodation providers, retailers, restaurant owners, specialty stores, non-profit groups, local media, the chamber of commerce and the island’s arts community. Visitors will enjoy an authentic BC holiday focused on family and friends having fun, and enjoying unique experiences.
As previously mentioned, Salt Spring Island is very special to John and me, which is why I’m excited that they have once again partnered with me for a campaign. Last year I attended the Glowtini event and gave away a getaway package and we’re doing the same. Here’s what Salt Spring Island businesses have provided for this year’s giveaway:
Hastings House Country House Hotel Invites you to be their Special Guest!
Settle into your deluxe accommodation overlooking Ganges Harbour. Your hillside room features a king size bed, gas fireplace, large bathroom with deep soaking tub and separate shower, heated floors and a covered balcony to drink in the views. That evening your dinner reservations will be at one of the Island’s favourite dining establishments.
The following day you will discover a morning hamper at your door, inside are freshly baked muffins and coffee to help awaken you. A full English Breakfast served in our Manor House will complete your visit and prepare you for another day of discovering more fabulous adventures on Salt Spring.
- Round trip flights for two, courtesy of Saltspring Air
- Two nights accommodation for two, at Hastings House Country House Hotel including: Afternoon Tea and English breakfast and a $50 Wellspring Spa gift card
- Dining gift card at one of the Island’s popular eateries, Auntie Pestos
- Salt Spring Hamper full of locally produced goodies
- $50 Gift card for boutique shopping at Twang & Pearl
If you need further affirmation that this is a great place, perhaps this Open Love Letter to Salt Spring written by last year’s contest winner will win you over:
“In Miss 604′s original post, she described Salt Spring Island as “magical”. There is truly no better word to communicate the feeling of being in your presence…” “…Salt Spring Island, this was my first visit, but it will certainly not be the last. We loved your easygoing attitude and quiet pride. Locals and fellow tourists alike were singing the praises of your community in the summer, when the market is bustling and the outdoor adventures of kayaking and hiking become a real possibility. I look forward to the day when I will see you again. But until then, I send you my love and my loved ones.”
- Leave a comment on this post naming an upcoming Christmas on Salt Spring event (as listed on their website) (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 12:00pm. Must be 19+ to enter and claim. Prize includes and is limited to the items listed in the prize recap above. The winner will have to claim their prize between January 15th to April 15th, 2013, based on availability of flights and accommodation. The winner will also agree to be disclosed and do any follow-up interviews/ or media related activities. The Salt Spring Christmas Committee, Hastings House Country House Hotel as well as Salt Spring Air, and the Chamber of Commerce sponsor the contest.
Update The winner is Wanderlust Megan!