|by Valerie Rains||Pop Culture and Travel, New York City, Questions and Opinions||4|
If, like me, you're both holding your breath for Sunday night's season finale of Mad Men and wishing it would never come, there is a sweepstakes here with your name on it.
In an ouroboros-like circle of marketing genius (or to television purists, perhaps expertly sinister product placement), the Hilton Hotels chain—whose founder, Conrad Hilton, was a major character in the show's current season—is running a "Live Like a Mad Man" sweepstakes through November 15, 2009.
The grand prize is pretty impressive: a four-day, three-night New York City getaway including airfare for two, accommodations at the Waldorf-Astoria, a souvenir wardrobe item from the show, an autographed script, DVDs of the first two seasons, and gift cards for use at swanky restaurants and bars around the city.
My favorite part? The winners also get period makeovers by one of the show's stylists. Fun! (Do you think there's a Joan wig? Or a corset/bustle combination?)
If it weren't an egregious conflict of interest (and I didn't already live in New York), I would definitely be entering the contest. But there's just a little time left! If you want to give it a shot, book a room online at hiltonfamily.com/madmen for any participating Hilton hotel around the world, and complete your stay by November 15. Winners will be chosen on or around December 7.
And if you win, you must tell us how it was. Seriously.