Mt. Rainier Writing Contest

Photo credit: Deby Dixon

Win a getaway at Mt. Rainier’s National Park Inn, a $200 shopping spree, outdoor adventure getaways, or a $250 freelance contract!

No matter where you go on the globe, you are sure to find beloved spots that capture the spirit of the local culture. But there’s nothing quite like finding (and returning again and again to) these spots in your own hometown. Majestic Mt. Rainier—we want you to write about the kinds of places and experiences you can’t wait to share with a good friend visiting from out of town or find yourself pining for when you’re far from home. Maybe it’s your first visit to the mountain’s wildflower meadows, or watching your children’s reflection blend with the mountain’s as they play near an alpine lake. It could be a quiet moment in the center of an old growth forest or the silence of a snowy evening. Some of our favorite local trips feature area parks, outdoor adventure activities, quaint nature retreats and rustic cabins, festivals, unique shops, historical sites, and romantic places. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

* Hiking at Mt. Rainier
* Longmire’s National Park Inn
* Narada Falls
* Rainier Mountain Festival
* Horse camps in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
* Climbing Mt. Rainier
* Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
* Wonderland Trail
* Fishing in the Cowlitz and American Rivers
* Tipsoo Lake
* Paradise wildflower meadows
* Snowshoeing at Longmire
* Volunteering at Mt. Rainier National Park
* Mountain Biking in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

After the contest and once winners are announced, Trazzler will feature their favorite entries on their website and on Twitter, so this is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to tell the world what makes Mt. Rainier a one-of-a-kind place. Spread the word!

Photo credit: Deby Dixon

About Trazzler’s Writing Style
When you sit down to write, get cinematic and zoom in: on a particular moment, action, experience, observation, insight, sensation—sound, sight, taste, smell, feeling—transport us to this place through your writing. The Trazzler travel-writing philosophy is different from anything else out there, so be sure to study our writing guide.

Important Dates
Entry Start Date: August 25, 2010
Entry End Date: October 25, 2010
Winners Announced and Prizes Awarded: The week of October 25, 2010

How to Win
Visit Rainier and Trazzler invite you to vote for your favorite submissions. The trip that receives the most votes during the entry period will win the People’s Choice Grand Prize. A vote is registered when a user “Saves” a trip page. Starting on August 25, 2010, at 12:00 am EST, all valid contest entries will appear on THE ENTRIES PAGE.

People’s Choice Grand Prize

The entry with the most votes wins a Mt. Rainier Getaway for Two.

Historic Lodging for Two at the National Park Inn: Enjoy two nights at this relaxing retreat in Mt. Rainier National Park. Spectacular views of Mt. Rainier are yours to enjoy from comfortable chairs on the front porch. Hiking trails are just steps from the front door and the Inn features a full service dining room and general store.

Whittaker Mountaineering Shopping Spree: A $200 gift card from our friends at Whittaker Mountaineering, the expert supplier for Mt. Rainier adventures. Experience your Mt. Rainier weekend in comfort and style.

Dinner at the National Park Dining Room: Savor the flavor of the Pacific Northwest in this inviting, family-style dining room at Longmire inside Mt. Rainier National Park, open year-round offering hearty meals. Menu selections include Seafood Linguine, a fresh Farmers Market Salad, Northwest Wild Salmon Cakes, and even a Buffalo Quesadilla. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During the summer months, experience their mouth-watering Sunday Brunch.

Other Prizes
The trips with the second- and third-highest number of votes will receive runners up prizes.

Photo credit: Jeff Caven

People’s Choice 1st Runner-Up:
Grab your ski partner and hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain. Be one of the first to experience the new additions at the ski area. Crystal Mountain is installing a gondola this summer and building a brand new terrain park for next winter. Ski rentals for two included.

After shooshing down the mountain, spend two nights in the charming accommodations provided by Crystal Mountain Hotels. Choose from three separate buildings each offering a different style and character. From a traditional Bavarian style lodge with modern comforts, to contemporary styled accommodations, your getaway will include a breathtaking setting in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

People’s Choice 2nd Runner-Up:
Sit back and enjoy a tour for two with EverGreen Escapes, the Pacific Northwest’s premier local and sustainable adventure travel company based in Seattle. Ride in style in bio-fueled Mercedes Vans and Crossovers while you journey through the rugged landscape of Mt. Rainier National Park. Enjoy a naturalist-led hike or snowshoe as part of your experience.

Editors’ Choice Prize: Trazzler wants to reward great writing. In addition to the prizes based on voting, Trazzler will award a $250 freelance writing contract to a contest entrant or Mt. Rainier local expert.