In the spirit of the season and because I know that I, for one, can always use a little getaway holiday after the holidays, I’ve agreed to team up with Travelodge and give away two night’s stay in any UK Travelodge of your choice!
Naturally, this got me thinking about where I would go. After much contemplation, I think I would head back up to Edinburgh because Scotland might be cold, but it’s magical in the Winter.
Two years ago for my birthday, Jorge and I spent a weekend there, which I realize I never shared on the blog because it was just before I switched over to Little Observationist.
He took me out for a delicious dinner at The Witchery, which I’d highly recommend (it’s definitely worth a splurge, especially if you’re getting a few free night’s accommodation) and I had a wonderful spa morning as well. It’s a charming city with little boutique shops, some cobbled streets and excellent food.
If you win and you do choose Edinburgh (it’s totally up to you), take a little ride out to Roslin, one of my favourite places in the world (<–look at the photos in that link and you’ll see why). I first visited about 10 years ago while I was in the UK as a study abroad student. We stayed in a castle and explored the grounds and the famous Roslin Chapel from The DaVinci Code. It held a lot of wonderful memories. When I found out that Jorge’s sister lived there in this little village outside the city it was such a coincidence because I thought I’d never go back there. But on that trip to Edinburgh, we did. And we walked around the same castle grounds. It’s one of the most beautiful slices of nature, full of history, stories and places to explore.
The giveaway will go on until December 18 and then I’ll contact the random winner via email. Good luck everyone! And leave a comment to let me know where you’d most like to stay!
PollyDecember 9, 2014 at 10:18 am
Ooh great giveaway! I’d go somewhere near the sea for sure! Maybe near Whistable or Cornwall x
littleobservationistDecember 9, 2014 at 11:06 am
Excellent choice! I’ve been itching to get back to Cornwall again. Maybe Summer next year 🙂
NadiaDecember 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm
Very nice!! I think I would choose Edinburgh too, never been there!
GriselDecember 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm
I just starting following and this post came at a great time. We will be traveling from the states next summer with kids in tow for the first time. The fact that these hotels have “family” rooms is a great alternative I did not expect! Not sure of the location (because we’ve never been there) but the Central Princess st. seems like a great choice on paper. Thanks again and love your point of view 🙂
littleobservationistDecember 10, 2014 at 11:31 am
Thanks Grisel! Welcome to the blog 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Princess Street is definitely central and a great place to stay. Thanks for joining in on the giveaway. Hope your trip planning to the States goes well. Where are you planning to visit?
GriselDecember 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm
We recently moved to San Antonio (I originally grew up in SF). But we will be traveling to Edinburgh with the family. 🙂
littleobservationistDecember 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Wonderful! It’s such a great city to explore. Have you been before? I love San Francisco, by the way. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I’m itching to go back!
GriselDecember 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm
I spent a few months in London a life time ago but I never did make it to Edinburgh. We are super excited. San Francisco has gone through several metamorphosis since I left. Every time I go back to visit, the energy is different. It’s a great city but just like any city, it has its not so great things. Luckily the one thing that has not changed since my high school days is “the best” sandwich place in the “whole” world: Submarine Center in West Portal. The same folks and the same look and, thankfully, the same amazing flavors 🙂
LizDecember 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm
I would use it for a trip to Edinburgh or London
littleobservationistDecember 10, 2014 at 11:31 am
Definitely a good plan!
Diana MieczanDecember 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm
Eek, I am so excited about this since we are spending Christmas in Europe (England, Poland, Hungary) this year with my mom and the family, Balazs’ family and friends….Anyway, I would love to visit Edinburgh or go somewhere amazing in Ireland…I haven’t been to Ireland in ages and it would be so cool to go back after the Holidays…Good luck to everyone and have a beautiful day, sweetie.
littleobservationistDecember 11, 2014 at 10:18 am
Oh wow, that’s amazing! I’ve never been to Poland but England of course is one of my favourite places and I was in Budapest years ago and it was a beautiful city. That’s so cool you’re traveling with both of your families and friends. How exciting!! 🙂
N2December 12, 2014 at 4:20 am
Edinburgh sounds like a fabulous idea and I have friends who live nearby.
littleobservationistDecember 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm
Excellent! Thanks for entering, Nancy!
Sara HummerDecember 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm
What a lovely giveaway! I’d definitely head to Edinburgh, I lived there while attending graduate school and the city will always have my heart. If I won I’d take my little brother up to show him around in the spring when I visit him in London during his study abroad! Cheers!
littleobservationistDecember 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm
Oh very cool idea to take your little brother and show him a city you love! 🙂 Thanks for entering.
ElisabethDecember 15, 2014 at 12:31 am
How wonderful! London for sure 🙂
littleobservationistDecember 15, 2014 at 11:47 am
An excellent choice, of course 🙂
aJ o^~^oDecember 17, 2014 at 10:38 am
I’m so glad I stumbled upon your page =) Great tips & good reading
SharonDecember 18, 2014 at 12:00 am
Brighton would be perfect!
littleobservationistDecember 21, 2014 at 11:30 am
Let me know when you go 😉