Trip report from our Sweepstakes Winner

On the snorkeling boat (credit: Heather Woodward)

On the snorkeling boat (credit: Heather Woodward)

Fintastic Sweepstakes Winner shares her Florida vacation experience

We’re publishing the following report and photos sent in from Heather Woodward, our Fintastic Sweepstakes winner for 2012.

From Heather

My husband Ryan and I send our thanks to Holiday Tripper for our great time in Ft. Lauderdale! From the moment we arrived at The Atlantic hotel, we were treated as honored guests. The Atlantic hotel was by far the most beautiful hotel we’ve ever stayed in, and our King Suite boasted a waterfront view of the ocean! Soon after arrival, we were greeted with some warm chocolate chip cookies. On our first day in Ft. Lauderdale, we enjoyed the impeccable beaches, the sights of the Riverwalk via the water taxi, and a delicious dinner at Johnny V’s. We began our second day in Ft. Lauderdale with a complimentary continental breakfast and a snorkeling trip on a glass-bottom boat. It was our first time snorkeling in the ocean, and the fish were aplenty! After returning from our snorkeling experience, we relaxed on the beach and then got ready for another fun night shopping and dining on famous Las Olas Boulevard. My husband and I were sad to leave Ft. Lauderdale but can’t wait to come back. Thanks again for the fabulous vacation!

- Heather Woodward
Summer Sunset (credit:

Summer Sunset (credit:

Q&A with Heather Woodward

We asked Heather to answer our Q&A regarding her Sweepstakes trip:

What was your favorite meal?

My favorite meal was at Johnny V’s in Ft. Lauderdale. My husband Ryan treated me to a nice belated birthday dinner, as we were moving during my real birthday at the end of June! Ryan ordered the short rib, and I ordered blackened grouper. We were also treated to 2 free courses before our main entrees. Coming from the Midwest, I really enjoyed eating fresh seafood! The ambiance and service were great, and we enjoyed the night just people watching on Las Olas Boulevard.

What was your most fun moment?

My most fun moment was snorkeling with Ryan in the Atlantic Ocean. It was something we probably wouldn’t have done if we didn’t have free tickets, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity! I will never forget it.

What was your most romantic moment?

My most romantic moment was sipping wine and riding the water taxi at night with Ryan!

How did you find out about the contest?

I found out about the contest through Facebook’s “Promotions” Application.

When you found out you won, what are the first three things you did?

Jumped for joy, emailed Holiday Tripper to make sure it was real, and told my friends and family!

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