With the national unemployment rate at 9.8%, there's a bit of good news for people who have been out of work for a year or more in the Midwest -- a free night at a bed and breakfast inn near Cincinnati for 12 couples throughout the year.
The Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast is in Bellevue, Ky., just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, is having a monthly drawing for what it calls "Get Me Away From My Life" getaway packages for a two-night stay. An inn in Vermont continued a similar contest for the unemployed this year.
.Entrants must have been unemployed for the last 12 months and be willing to share the details -- how it happened, how it's affected you and your family, what you're doing in your job search or if you're back in school trying to change careers. Stories must be limited to one page and include contact details and contact information for the contestant's previous employer. Drawings will be held the 16th of every month
Entrants don't have to be from Ohio and its 9.8% unemployment, although they may have the best chance of getting to this five-room inn since it's so close to Cincinnati. The B&B is in Kentucky, where 10.2% unemployment may also push some people to enter.
"Times are tough everywhere," says Leanne Saylor, owner of Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast, in a press release. "The job hunt itself is stressful and the pressure on a family where one or both breadwinners are unemployed creates a situation where people need a break, but can't afford to take that getaway."
The getaway includes a complimentary two-night stay at the inn, complete with all the amenities offered at the property, including a full breakfast each day. Added to the package will be a variety of offerings from other local businesses. No two packages will be the same. Among the perks are restaurant gift cards, massages, tickets to local attractions or discounts.
The getaway is available for stays during the week, checking in Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights and must be used within 45 days of notification. Room rates normally range from $119 to $199 a night.
"We think this type of offer will help a few people forget about their problems for 48 hours and we're happy to help them do that," Saylor said.
Entries for the promotion should be sent to: Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast/ Get Me Away, 319 Poplar St., Bellevue, KY 41073, or email: email@example.com.
Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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