Ithaca, N.Y. — A woman from New Paltz, N.Y., has won a month-long stay at a house on Cayuga Lake, the Ithaca Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced Monday.


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“I never win anything,” said winner Erin Quinn, a mother of three, in a news release. “It’s been a long winter, so we’re thrilled about the opportunity to be lakeside in this beautiful house come summer.”

Quinn was one of 18,000 to enter the 2015 “Live It Like You Own It” sweepstakes held by the visitors’ bureau.

From the rest of the visitors’ bureau news release:

Quinn and her extended family will kick back for a month in the 4 bedroom house with a 140 degree view of Cayuga Lake with breathtaking sunsets, kayaks and canoes, nearby access to waterfalls, farmer’s markets and wineries. The house is also conveniently located less than a mile from downtown Ithaca where boutique shopping, farm-to-table eateries, theater, music and entertainment are abundant.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official tourism organization of Ithaca and Tompkins County, launched contest to promote everything families can see and do in Ithaca during the summer. For additional information on summer in Ithaca, log on to …

Quinn is a writer for the New Paltz Times and mother of three. Quinn also coaches her local high school swim team, and has adopted swimming as a form of recreation and fitness into her family’s lifestyle.

Added Thrillist about the contest:

The prize, valued at $18,000, also comes with kayaks and a canoe, so you can venture out on the water… just don’t accept any invitations to go fishing though, especially if your name’s Fredo. Transport isn’t included, so you’ll have to make your way there and back, but are you really gonna complain about winning a free lake house?

Plus, the house is near the region’s famed Wine and Beer Trails, a bunch of scenic waterfalls, and hiking and cycling routes. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.