Mother’s Day Giveaway 2013: A Weekend Getaway at The Westminster Hotel

BY  |  Monday, Apr 29, 2013 7:00am

Mother's Day

WINNER: Congratulations to bloomingmom!

Last year, I shared how I once treated myself with a night at nearby Westminster Hotel. I thought it would be the perfect giveaway for Mother’s Day and last year we offered a weekend stay and spa treatment to one lucky mom. I don’t need to tell you how popular the giveaway was, so we’ve decided to do it again.

The Westminster Hotel is a perfect getaway and a chic, luxury hotel designed with clean lines and leatherbound furnishings that strikes the perfect balance between contemporary style and classic comfort. There is a small, serene spa on site and a beautiful indoor, atrium lit pool. You can enjoy a delicious meal at Strip House, a striking steakhouse, bar and lounge.

The pool at The Westminster Hotel

The pool at The Westminster Hotel

Thanks to the generosity of The Westminster Hotel, one very lucky mama will win a complimentary weekend stay in a one bedroom suite and a 60 minute spa service of her choice (massage or facial) for Mother’s Day.

The spa at The Westminster Hotel

The spa at The Westminster Hotel

Just tell us why you, or a special mom in your life, need(s) this Mother’s Day getaway in comments for a chance to win.

No purchase necessary. Starts Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7 am EST and ends Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm. One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, May 5, will be chosen at random to win a complimentary weekend stay in a one bedroom suite and one 60 minute spa service of her choice (massage or facial). Open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Void where prohibited.

You MUST leave a comment here to be entered and you may only comment once to get an entry, but if you want another entry and up your chances of winning, here are a couple of ways:

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Good luck!


  1. POSTED BY boonanas  |  April 29, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    She’s supportive in everything I do, I couldn’t have been the person I am today without her.

  2. POSTED BY cynthiadarling  |  April 29, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    She has supported my sister and me without fail during every up and down in our lives. And, she has a great sense of humor. She is, in short, the best!

  3. POSTED BY ilona  |  April 29, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    She’s always there when I need her!

  4. POSTED BY Grover  |  April 29, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    It’s my first mother’s day! I sure could use some pampering and luxury (and a good night’s rest!) with a 2 month old keeping me busy these days

  5. POSTED BY bloomfield mama  |  April 29, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I work hard, have a crazy busy career, but still devote tons of energy to my child!

  6. POSTED BY dnafails  |  April 29, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    My daughters really want me to win this because I’m “the best cook in the world” and they want to go swimming :).

  7. POSTED BY Selma Avdicevic  |  April 29, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Oh, please God, let it be me…

  8. POSTED BY mtclibn42  |  April 29, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I really need a break. I am a mom, a full-time employee, a part-time student and a tireless volunteer for various orgs.

  9. POSTED BY crankinmontclair  |  April 29, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Because I usually stay at budget motels and this place looks great!

  10. POSTED BY stu  |  April 29, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    Our 2nd child appears to be bipolar. ’nuff said.

  11. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  April 29, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    This mom of 2 would LOVE to win this night away!

  12. POSTED BY teamb  |  April 29, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Because right now, my daughters are in the room with me, singing “Hoedown Throwdown,” and I am looking at the pictures above, dreaming of a place with no Hannah Montana songs.

  13. POSTED BY sweetheart1684  |  April 29, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I work nonstop in addition to mommy duties and I could use a relaxing getaway for a night 🙂

  14. POSTED BY hannahz  |  April 29, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    My mom is an amazing woman. She’s an inspirational, independent lady and I love her to death. She’s a single mother who works her butt off to provide for me and my sisters and winning this would mean the world to her. I love her so much and I couldn’t live without her. She is without a doubt my hero.

  15. POSTED BY gestaltone  |  April 29, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I’d like to nominate my wife for this. My wife and I just had our 2nd child in January. Aside from having our 4-5 year old, our newborn was born with a liver issue. By the time 30 days old he had blood drawn 14 times. At 30 days he underwent surgery for a possible kasai procedure and I hate to admit but the worst part was when the doctors told us to say our goodbye’s as if our son was never coming back to us. He pulled through and mom has been as strong as she could be for everyone. Next week our son will be 4 months old. We have been in and out of the hospitals and aside from buying medicine, special formula “pregestimil”, maintaining our home and lifestyle, and working 50+ hours a week each I’d say my wife deserves a little break. She is the best mother anyone could ever ask for and more. She is the world to me and the kids.

    Thank you,

  16. POSTED BY not a jersey girl  |  April 29, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    i’m a mother. i love my kids. they drive me crazy. i need a vacation…

  17. POSTED BY dhwrench  |  April 29, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

    My beautiful wife is the best mother in the world (sorry, I’m biased) to our 16 month old daughter. She is also pregnant with our second and could use a couple nights sleep, room service, girlie movies in bed, and time to herself. She is also a frequent visitor to Baristanet – so Jess – if you are reading this, early Happy Mother’s Day and I love you!

  18. POSTED BY pamplemousse  |  April 29, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    My sister was let go of her job several years ago. Despite her constant networking and interviewing, she’s been struggling to stay afloat with 3 kids. She still managed to work as one of the head volunteers for the Office of Emergency Management for her town during Hurricane Sandy as well as get her kids involved helping entertain the other kids. And she regularly volunteers at a battered woman’s shelter. She could really use a break and some pampering.

  19. POSTED BY MellonBrush  |  April 29, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    My mother is gone now. She passed away the same weekend as the Columbine shooting. Having been a teacher for much of her life and living in Wheatridge at the time, I think the event was just too much for her heart. When my brother and I were saying goodbye to her, we stopped by the school to lay some flowers in her memory at the foot of a mountain of other flowers. It was a touching and very emotional time.

    Having been abandoned by our father, my brother, three years old, me five and mom were not in a very good spot, but she was a lioness and was able to get a job at the ‘Bruce Street School’ for the deaf in Newark. She couldn’t drive so she walked from our place on Grove St. in East Orange, down to Newark and back every day. Later she got her teaching certificate at MSC and taught at Elmwood Elementary school in East Orange.

    Emily won’t win this contest, but my vote is for the ‘working, single, mother’ out there – there has to be one in this crowd – one of the most courageous beings there every will be.

  20. POSTED BY chuckles  |  April 29, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    I nominate my wife of 45 years, the guiding light for our son who wrestles with a number of challenges, still holds down a full time sales position and was a dedicated and inspirational soccer coach for 5-6 year olds back in the days when the Montclair Stars was just being formed. I love you, sweetie !!

  21. POSTED BY mandy939  |  April 30, 2013 @ 2:46 am

    I live in Germany now, my Mom, a Montclair resident has been visiting for a week now with my Daddy and brother. She is EXHAUSTED from traveling, and still has a week more to go. She NEEEDS this well deserved break. Walking around for hours every day….WITH a foot problem. She´s a champ!

  22. POSTED BY R. King  |  April 30, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    My mom has always put her family first and she deserves some pampering.

  23. POSTED BY desireeallen  |  April 30, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    I’d really like it for myself. 😛 But… I will nominate all of my girls in the New Jersey Digital Moms group. They are #jerseystrong – all beautiful, all powerful in their own right. And all of them are deserving of a night away and a little pampering! Oh, but, if I win, they’ll have to fight over the weekend getaway at The Westminster Hotel. Maybe you shouldn’t pick me after all. Haha! #njdmoms for life!

  24. POSTED BY aptdweller  |  April 30, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    I would like to nominate my mom, who tirelessly helps with watching her grandchildren!

  25. POSTED BY shallot  |  April 30, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I would love to take my daughter swimming — I like to spend time with her on Mother’s Day.

  26. POSTED BY fpjp33  |  April 30, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I would love to be able to win this for my Mom as we have not had the money to go on a night away in 6 years, we would love to be able to relax a bit and get away, for our mom does so much for us working taking care of the house and finding time to do all that we want to do. we love you mom….

  27. POSTED BY marcythompson  |  April 30, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Two words: four boys. I need some peace and quiet real bad.

  28. POSTED BY Howard Beale  |  April 30, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    My two sons became the first male college graduates on my side of the family mainly sue to the dedication and perseverance of my wife in assuring that they did well in school. She just retired after over 40 years of employment. I smile when I hear our nieces complaining about how hard it is raising their kids.

  29. POSTED BY megblue  |  April 30, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    I am nominating me! With two active boys I’m living the movie Overboard!!!

  30. POSTED BY katvanwin  |  April 30, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    I’d love to win it to share with my mom. She a great mom and grandma.

  31. POSTED BY katvanwin  |  April 30, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    @Kat_van_Win tweeted about the giveaway.

  32. POSTED BY kelbel  |  May 01, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    i have a one year old son, work fulltime and my husband is unemployed – we are on an extremely tight budget and it would be nice to have even an hour of pampering : )

  33. POSTED BY whitneym  |  May 01, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    I’m voting for me 🙂
    I have 2 girls 7 & 9 and then we went back and did it all over again and now having a happy bouncing baby boy! He is the apple of my eye, but boy oh boy am I tired and in need of a little pampering and a little peace and quiet. Between being a working mom the girls activities and a new baby I’m wiped.
    Well that is my 2 cents.

  34. POSTED BY joeb3  |  May 01, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    I’m voting for my wife… Fabulous mother to our 3 kids, and desperately in need of a getaway…

  35. POSTED BY wonderwoman  |  May 01, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    I’m in.

  36. POSTED BY montclairchelle3  |  May 01, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I love my kids, but miss my sanity! 3 kids + f/t job + no help = tired mommy. I can’t say I need it any more than any of the other great mommas out there, but I can promise to enjoy and appreciate it to the fullest!

  37. POSTED BY katanz  |  May 01, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Mom of 3 would would love a night out !

  38. POSTED BY numbuh1chef  |  May 01, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    i would love to have this getaway after working 40+ hours a week in the food industry and working every single weekend plus holidays in the industry that I am in for one weekend out of the year it would be nice to be pampered and relax. Also taking care of my four year old daughter while my husband is going to school full time isnt easy and after working 10+ hours a day and then come home take care of my daughter and being up for about 18 hours a day i need some relaxation. Plus all the money i make goes directly to bills, food and gas, i never have any left over even for a chocolate dose every now and then and it would be nice just to have something for me and not be burning the light at both ends.

  39. POSTED BY lilly555333  |  May 01, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    MY mom NEEDS this get a way because she is very stressed and has 6 kids…she can’t get away like this cause money so this would be great!

  40. POSTED BY lilly555333  |  May 01, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    My mom needs this because she hasn’t been able to get away……she has 6 kids and is stressed…I am only 12 and I know this and I feel bad with everything she does for us she needs this!

  41. POSTED BY lilly555333  |  May 01, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Voting for my mom 6 kids busy all the time…she needs this.

  42. POSTED BY montclairjane  |  May 01, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    Would love to win this! Have two small girls, work full time and just always trying to do my best!

  43. POSTED BY akd78  |  May 02, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Because absence (from my kids) makes the heart grow fonder…

  44. POSTED BY Hollster  |  May 02, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I’m tired, I work hard at work and at home, I love my kids and my husband, and I would love a small break!!!!

  45. POSTED BY lisaff  |  May 02, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    I have two boys under 6 at home and work with 150+ kids everyday. I need it.

  46. POSTED BY emwallace1  |  May 03, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    I am a mother of 7. The youngest are 18 month old twins. I love being a mom, but in the 17 years that I have been a mom I have never been able to have any time for me. I am a full time student and work full time as an LPN. I would really love to win this to rejuvenate!!

  47. POSTED BY daniela3940  |  May 03, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    My mom deserves this getaway for all the times she has been there not just for me but my whole family. She is the support that keepsn all together and I love her very much. ^.^

  48. POSTED BY rockinrobin  |  May 03, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    Ideally, I would love for my mom to fly up to NJ and join me. We are both so busy lately with family and work that we barely get a chance to talk these days. You are never too old to enjoy a good mother-daughter bonding trip!

  49. POSTED BY stefhl  |  May 03, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

    Because I’m the mother of a toddler and have not spent ONE night away from her since she was born!

  50. POSTED BY cmancinelli  |  May 03, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

    A mother in its very own distinct term relates self sacrifice. That is precisely why I am nominating my mother for this getaway. Growing up, I had learned the definition of altruism through the eyes of my mother. Most of my childhood represented trials, tribulations, grievances, and heartbreak. When I was the tender age of 15, my father had passed away leaving two bold women striving to survive against the world. Life had created a whirlwind around us that was engulfing our beings. We were financially unstable, emotionally torn, and pulled toward angst and anguish. My mother aiming to support her child, created a stable environment noting that her child’s life was in the balance. She used all the funds she could muster through selling her belongings and working overtime at her part time employment, to provide for my basic needs. She utilized her sole monetary gain to ensure I was not only physically fed but emotionally and cognitively fulfilled with a high level education. With this concept in mind, my mother had surrendered all personal necessities as well as any type of luxuries to guarantee that I had the proper schooling to thrive in my adulthood through the obtainment of a degree. Through her benevolence, generosity, and patronage, I am currently a Registered Nurse, now able to save the lives of others and provide high quality care to patients. My mother has given up everything for her only daughter throughout her existence and has never been rewarded. Instead she has been plagued by more tribulations. Unfortunately at this time she is unemployed, in financial ruin without any money to support herself, and risks becoming homeless. Rather then be in this current situation, she should be granted with incentives and compensation. I hope to give her the reward she deserves with this prize. She wholeheartedly has earned it.

  51. POSTED BY nausikaa  |  May 03, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I’m an introvert with two extroverted children. A weekend alone would be magnificent.

  52. POSTED BY Tim Lynch  |  May 04, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    My wife could use this — she’s got a very demanding job on top of being a great mom to our eight-year-old, and more than anything she never lets herself just relax. This might do the trick, though! 🙂

  53. POSTED BY bloomingmom  |  May 05, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Like many other mothers in the area, I have 2 kids under age 5 that I stay home with all day…every day. Running them all over the place and taking mommy & me-style classes. I think we could ALL use a break and a spa trip, but I sure hope I win!!!

  54. POSTED BY Sula  |  May 05, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    I’d like to win because I taught my daughter how to say “Louvre” today.

  55. POSTED BY choster1  |  May 06, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    please let it be me………please!

  56. POSTED BY mdsgigi  |  May 06, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    My wife is the best mom to our 2 kids and really deserves this.

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