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Tell us your Maine Thing and be entered for your chance to win a quintessential New England winter getaway to The Bethel Inn Resort, Maine’s premier four-season resort. Hit the slopes with day ski passes to Sunday River Resort’s 135 outstanding trails, then explore the western Lakes and Mountains region by cross-country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile. Here in the quaint town of Bethel, you’ll enjoy hearty traditional fare, comfortable accommodations and enough quirky Maine character to keep you warm all winter long.

  • I was stationed in Maine in the 70's. Everyday was an experience. One thing I didn't get a chance to do was go out on a lobster boat. I am coming to Maine in July to celebrate our belated honeymoon. Being in Maine for our honeymoon will be our perfect day.

    - Lee, Toledo, OH

  • Driving up route 1 from Bar Harbor to Lubec on my motorcycle. Absolutely love the northeast coast of Maine.

    - Randy, North Webster, IN

  • Snowmobiling through the great northern Maine woods. There is nothing more beautiful and peaceful than riding through the woods on a winter day.

    - Allen, Shelbyville, TN

  • I would love to bike in Acadia in September before the Jordan Pond house closes, so that I can have a great refueling stop there before moving on to some shopping.

    - Linda, Richmond Hill, GA

  • Digging steamers in Moose Cove, acquiring fresh lobsters off the wharf in Cutler and having an enormous and GREAT feast for dinner of both.

    - Daniel, Denville, NJ

  • Spending time sitting on the rocks at Schoodic Peninsula reading a book. Then watching the sun set from the top of Cadillac Mountain. Ending with a lobster dinner from a local lobster pound. And top the day off with a cone of homemade ice cream. Sounds to me like Maine is relaxingly delicious. It is!

    - Gail, Andover, NJ

  • I would love to visit Portland. I would take a foodie tour and a brewery tour. Longfellow’s house would be a must visit. A walking architectural tour and the Portland Museum of Art would be great. I would end my visit with a boat tour of Casco Bay.

    - Fran, Gananoque, ON

  • I would want to wake up to go on a half day morning white water rafting excursion, then go on a lobster boat and learn how to fish for lobster. Afterwards, I would want to go in a hot air balloon at sunset. Dinner on the beach, eating a lobster would be an ideal ending to the day.

    - Krista, Philadelphia, PA

  • I sure would love to visit Maine for the first time this fall. I'd cycle along the coast, bring my 35mm camera and take scenic shots, make my 13-year old twins leave their electronic devices at home and hike the backroads. At night I'd indulge in all the local culinary delights that I could get my hands on!

    - Gary, Scarsdale, NY

  • Our perfect day in Maine would start out taking a bagged breakfast to watch the sunrise at a high point, taking a walk around a scenic lake, enjoying a drive to see the beautiful landscape, enjoying lunch at a local roadside seafood restaurant, then an ATV ride, and then ending the day with a dinner cruise.

    - Yvonne, Atwater, OH

ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

Congratulations TO OUR 2014 SUMMER & FALL SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS: MICHAEL FROM SIOUX FALLS, SD AND KAREN FROM BROCKTON, MA.

Upcoming Sweepstakes

Winter not your Maine Thing? Whether you want to hike the mountains, kayak the shore, or just indulge in Maine’s endless list of festivals and events, check back here soon for details on our upcoming Spring and Summer 2015 sweepstakes and how you can win your dream Maine Thing vacation from VisitMaine.com!

Contest Details:

Sweeps valid dates 11.17.14 - 3.31.15. Must be 21 years or older at time of entry to qualify. See official rules.

Maine Office of Tourism

"The Maine Thing" Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

The “The Maine Thing” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended for legal residents of the 50 United States of America (“USA”), the District of Columbia (“D.C.”), and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) only, and shall only be construed and evaluated according to U.S. law. Do not enter this Sweepstakes if you are not located in the USA or Canada at the time of entry. By participating, Entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winning the Grand Prize (as defined below) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

ELIGIBILITY: Participants must be legal residents of the USA (including D.C.), or Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), who have the age of majority in their state (or province) of residence at the time of entry (“Entrants”). Employees of Maine Office of Tourism, BVK, and American Sweepstakes & Promotion Co., Inc., their immediate families (parent, child, sibling or spouse) and/or household members and any other persons or entities associated with this Sweepstakes are ineligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law.

SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Maine Office of Tourism, #59 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0059 (the “Sponsor”) and administered by American Sweepstakes & Promotion Co., Inc., 300 State St. Suite 402, Rochester, NY 14614 (the “Administrator”).

TWO WAYS TO ENTER: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“ET”) on November 17, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on March 31, 2015 (“Sweepstakes Period”). The Sponsor’s database computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. Entrants can enter the Sweepstakes thru either of the following entry methods:

  1. Sponsor's Website - Eligible participants will be able to enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period by visiting www.visitmaine.com/themainethingsweeps/ (the “Website”) and completing the Sweepstakes registration form. Each participant will be required to provide his/her full name, complete mailing address, telephone number, and email address. In addition, Entrants will also have the option to briefly describe their “Maine Thing” (What you enjoy most about Maine or what you hope to experience in Maine). Providing a “Maine Thing” response is an optional portion of entry. By properly completing the Sweepstakes registration form, an Entrant will receive one (1) Sweepstakes entry.
  2. Sponsor's Facebook Page - (www.facebook.com/MaineOfficeofTourism) (also, the “Website”). At the Website, Entrants must follow ‘like’ the page, initiate the Sweepstakes tab/app, and follow the instructions to complete the Sweepstakes registration form. The registration form will request an Entrant’s full name, complete mailing address, phone number, and email address. In addition, Entrants will also have the option to briefly describe their “Maine Thing” (What you enjoy most about Maine or what you hope to experience in Maine). Providing a “Maine Thing” response is an optional portion of entry. By properly completing the Sweepstakes registration form, an Entrant will receive one (1) Sweepstakes entry.

During the Sweepstakes Period, there will be a limit of one (1) entry per person per email address/Facebook account per day, regardless of method of entry. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person, email address, or Facebook account that submits more than maximum allowed entries.

All required information must be provided to enter and to be eligible to win. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Proof of entering information at the Websites is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsor of an entry. Internet entries must be made by the Entrant only at the Websites. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or email address, including, but not limited to, commercial Sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. The use of automated entry devices is prohibited and no mechanically reproduced entries are allowed; all such entries are void. Released Parties are not responsible for: late, incomplete, incorrect, delayed, garbled, undelivered, or misdirected entries. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. By participating, you consent for Sponsor to obtain, use, and transfer your name, address and other information for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and for other purposes as set forth below, including in the Use of Data section.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: If for any reason the operation or administration of this Sweepstakes is impaired or incapable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, (b) tampering, unauthorized intervention, (c) fraud, (d) technical failures, or (e) any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the Grand Prize (defined below) using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of, or after (if applicable) this cancellation, termination, modification or suspension date, or in any manner that is fair and equitable and best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or Sponsor’s Website; or (b) acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Winner based on an email address or Facebook account, the winning entry will be declared by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, BVK, the Administrator, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors that may prevent an Entrant from submitting an entry; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (c) printing errors; (d) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (e) injury, death, or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt of any prize. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The Grand Prize drawing will be conducted by the Administrator (as listed above), an independent judging organization, whose decisions are final in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. The Administrator will conduct the random drawing on or about April 6, 2015. The potential Grand Prize Winner will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period. Odds of winning the Grand Prize will depend on the total number of eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified by the Administrator via telephone, email and/or USPS mail, or other home delivery service of Sponsor’s choice.

GRAND PRIZE: There will be one (1) Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner, upon the Administrator’s confirmation of eligibility, will receive will receive a 6 day/5 night trip for two (2) people to The Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, ME (the “Location”). The Grand Prize package includes: (a) two (2) roundtrip standard economy airfare tickets from a major commercial airport in the United States, near the Winner’s primary residence and the Location, as determined by Sponsor (Sponsor reserves the right to substitute ground transportation for air transportation if Winner resides within 150 miles of the Location); (b) hotel accommodations for five (5) nights in a single accommodation (room and tax only) at The Bethel Inn Resort with daily breakfast and unlimited cross country ski and snowshoe rental (Midweek, Sunday-Thursday, non-holiday. Valid through 4.30.16.), (c) two-day skiing for two (2) at Sunday River Resort (Valid through 4.30.16, non-holiday), and (d) snowmobile rental for two (2) at Northeast Snowmobile Rentals (2 single sled rentals, 4 hours, reservations required, not valid on a Saturday, expires 4.30.16). The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the total prize package is $2,848 which will vary depending upon points of departure and destination and seasonal fluctuation of hotel rates and airfares. All other expenses not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to, airport taxes and fees, baggage fees, ground transportation not specifically delineated, food, beverages, additional hotel amenities or fees and gratuities, are the responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner and traveling companion. Sponsor is not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air transportation carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations necessitated by same. Sponsors shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage and/or personal property. All travel dates are subject to change in Sponsors’ sole discretion. If actual value of prize is lower than the stated ARV when prize is procured and fulfilled, then the difference will not be awarded. Travel, hotel and other accommodations are subject to availability. Travelling companion must be 18 years of age or older at the time of travel or must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Grand Prize Winner and traveling companion must travel on same itinerary. The trip must be fully executed by April 30, 2016, or the Grand Prize will be forfeited. Certain blackout dates and material restrictions may apply.

The value of the Grand Prize set forth above represents Prize Sponsor’s and Administrator’s good faith determination of the ARV thereof and cannot be challenged or appealed. By accepting any of the aforementioned prizes, the Grand Prize Winner agrees to release the Released Parties from any and all liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by entering the Sweepstakes or for damages of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use or misuse or failure to use the prize awarded, or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to and from any prize-related activity. The Administrator is not the supplier or guarantor of any prize. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent of a prize is permitted. Prizes are subject to availability and substitution with a prize of equal or greater retail value if the prize in question is unavailable or cannot be awarded for any reason, at sole discretion of Prize Sponsor and Administrator.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE CONDITIONS:The potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified by home-delivered mail, phone, or email, and must sign and return to the Administrator, within seven (7) days of the date of notice or attempted notice is sent, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release in order to claim his/her Prize. The Grand Prize Winner’s travel companion(s) must also execute and return a Travel Companion Waiver. Note: The Affidavit sent to a potential (U.S.) Grand Prize Winner will require that the Winner provide their Social Security Number to the Administrator, which will be used solely for tax reporting purposes. The Grand Prize Winner will be responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes associated with the receipt of their Prize. The Grand Prize Winner must note that the value of the accepted prize is taxable as income and an IRS Form 1099 will be filed in the name of the Winner for the value of the prize (applicable to U.S. Winner only) and the Winner is solely responsible for all matters relating to the prize after it is awarded. If a Prize or Prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to the potential Prize Winner, if the potential Prize Winner cannot be reached via phone within three (3) business days from the first notification attempt, or if the potential Prize Winner fails to return requisite document(s) within the specified time period, or if potential Prize Winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate Prize Winner may be selected.

Should the selected Grand Prize Winner be a Canadian citizen, the selected Entrant must answer correctly without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question posed by mail or telephone. If the selected Entrant fails to correctly answer the question he/she will be disqualified and another Entrant will be randomly selected. The potential Grand Prize Winner who correctly answers the skill-testing question will be notified by telephone and/or mail and/or email at the Sponsors’ discretion using the contact information provided at the time of entry. If the potential Winner is determined to be less than the age of majority in his/her province of residence, then the potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Winner will be selected in their place.

ENTRANT'S AGREEMENT:By accepting the Grand Prize, where permitted by law, the Grand Prize Winner grants to the Released Parties and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor and the Released Parties (which grant will be confirmed in writing upon Sponsor’s request), the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide IN ALL MEDIA without limitation at any time the Winner’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification. IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF, OR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES. By participating, Entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, death or losses or damages to persons or property AS WELL AS CLAIMS/ACTIONS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY that may arise from participating in this Sweepstakes or its related activities or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize(s). In addition, the Grand Prize Winner also acknowledges that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prize(s).

USE OF DATA: All information submitted by Entrants will be treated according to Sponsor's privacy policy, available at http://www.visitmaine.com/privacy-policy/. By participating in the Sweepstakes and providing any personal contact information, Entrants hereby agree to Sponsor's collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor's Privacy Policy.

DISPUTES: By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants and neighbor designee agree that 1.) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; 2.) Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys' fees; and 3.) Under no circumstances will any Entrant or neighbor designee be permitted to obtain any award for, and Entrant or neighbor designee hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with United States law the law of Maine. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Sweepstakes or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts of serving Augusta, Maine and Entrants and neighbor designee, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these Official Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The value of the prizes set forth above represents Sponsor’s good faith determinations of the ARV thereof and such determinations are final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of any prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash.

WINNERS LIST REQUEST: To request confirmation of the name, city and state of residence of the Grand Prize Winner, please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by May 31, 2015, to: ASC/BVK “The Maine Getaway” (3) Sweepstakes Winners List Request, 300 State St., Suite 402, Rochester, NY 14614.

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc. You understand that you are providing your information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook.