Stay an extra day in the Big Bend, enter May contest

AUSTIN - The Texas Mountain Trail Region is celebrating the Texas Heritage Trails Program’s 50th anniversary by offering a weekend getaway with prizes in and around Big Bend National Park. Why take a daytrip when you can stay an extra day? The Stay an Extra Day Sweepstakes encourages travelers to take a deeper dive into their explorations of the Lone Star State by staying longer to get a sense of a place.

Entries are now being accepted until May 31 for a chance to win lodging, tours, and meals for two in the Big Bend area. The prize package includes two nights of lodging at the Gage Hotel, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in Marathon that was built in 1927 and designed by the famed southwest architecture firm of Trost and Trost. An ideal retreat after a day exploring the Big Bend region, the hotel features fine dining, a spa, and other premier amenities.

Winners will receive passes for two to Big Bend National Park; a tour of Big Bend Brewing Company; free admission to the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, which provides an overview of the region’s human occupation that spans the last 11,000 years; lunch for two at Lajitas Golf Resort in Lajitas; dinner at the Gage Hotel’s 12 Gage Restaurant; Breakfast at the Gage Hotel’s V6 Coffee Bar; and lunch at Reata Restaurant in Alpine.

The contest is open to adults ages 18 and older. For more information and to enter the contest, visit www.ExtraDayInTexas.com. Follow @ txhistcomm on Twitter and Instagram for dates and announcements.

The Texas Heritage Trails Program (THTP) is the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) award-winning heritage tourism initiative. An economic development measure, the THTP encourages communities, heritage regions, and the state to partner and promote Texas’ historic and cultural resources. These local preservation efforts, combined with statewide marketing of heritage regions as tourism destinations, help Texas communities promote tourism, revitalize local economies, and foster community leadership through historic preservation.

The Trail Regions are based on the original 10 scenic driving trails created in 1968 by Gov. John Connally and the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation) for HemisFair. One of the original messages in the campaign promoting the creation of the scenic driving trails in 1968 was encouraging tourists to stay another day in Texas. Additional Stay an Extra Day travel packages will be offered by other Trail Regions throughout the rest of the year.