Great Tennessean Road Trip Sweepstakes Official Rules

Dates: September 15, 2020 – October 23, 2020


1. SPONSOR: Graduate Hotels® (as further described below, the “Sponsor”) will serve as the sponsor and administrator of the Graduate Hotels Great Tennessean Road Trip Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”).

2. ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico and all United States territories and possessions) who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. You need not be present to win. Employees (and their immediate families or those living in the same household) of Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, parent and related companies, suppliers, printers and advertising, promotional and judging agencies are not eligible to enter or win. An “Entrant” is an eligible person who submits an entry in accordance with these Official Rules.

3. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins September 15, 2020, 12:00 a.m., C.T., and ends October 23, 2020, 11:59 p.m., C.T. (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

4. HOW TO ENTER: You may enter this Sweepstakes only via the entry methods described below. Proof of depositing entry in mail is not considered proof of delivery or receipt. No photocopied or mechanically reproduced entries will be accepted. Illegible, incomplete and duplicate entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted from post office boxes. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

  • a. RESERVATION ENTRY METHOD: Beginning on September 15, 2020, you may enter this Sweepstakes by submitting your entry online at All such entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., C.T., of the last day of the Sweepstakes Period (October, 23 2020).
    SELECTION OF WINNERS: All Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period will included in a random selection of a winner.
  • b. MAIL-IN ENTRY METHOD: Alternatively, you may enter the Sweepstakes by hand-printing the words Graduate Hotels “Great Tennessean Road” Sweepstakes, your name, age, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) on a 3” x 5” card and mailing it in an envelope to: Graduate Hotels “Great Tennessean Road” Sweepstakes c/o Graduate Hotels, 133 N Jefferson St., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661.All Mail-In Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., C.T., on October 23, 2020.

If it is discovered that an Entrant has registered or attempted to register more than once using multiple e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, multiple identities, IP addresses, use of proxy servers or any other method of unauthorized entry, all in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, all of that Entrant’s entries will be declared null and void, Entrant will be disqualified from the Sweepstakes and any Prize that Entrant might have been entitled to receive will not be awarded to him/her. Entries that are late, lost, illegible, duplicated, mechanically reproduced, contain false information, damaged, misdirected, mutilated, garbled or incomplete, altered or otherwise irregular in the sole discretion of Sponsor, that have been submitted or generated using robotic, programmed, script, or any other automated means, or illicit means, or do not conform with or satisfy any or all of the conditions set out in the Official Rules, as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion, may be judged void and disqualified.

You may enter the Sweepstakes only once.

5. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: There will be (1) Grand Prize awarded and (4) additional winners, The grand prize and additional prizes (each a “Prize” and, collectively, “Prizes”) consists solely of the prizes outlined below to be used on a date acceptable to Sponsor, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (each, a “Room Night”).

(1) Grand Prize Winner

Graduate Nashville:

  • Complimentary Two-night stay at Graduate Nashville, upgraded to the best suite available
  • Private tour of Graduate Nashville, Cross-Eyed Critters and White Limozeen with Graduate Hotel’s Storyteller
  • Tickets to all itinerary suggestions 
  • Post-card to write home (postage included)
  • Complimentary late check-out, exploring can be tough.
  • Complimentary amenities for your arrival and departure to make life on the road a bit easier.

Graduate Knoxville:

  • Complimentary Two-night stay at Graduate Knoxville, upgraded to the best suite available
  • Private tour of Graduate Knoxville and Saloon 16 with Graduate Hotel’s Storyteller
  • Tickets to all itinerary suggestions 
  • Post-card to write home (postage included)
  • Complimentary late check-out, exploring can be tough.
  • Complimentary amenities for your arrival and departure to make life on the road a bit easier.

Atlas Obscura Prizing:

Approximate retail value (“ARV”) for the Grand Prize is $2,225.

(4) Additional Winner Prizing:

  • Complimentary One-night stays at Graduate Knoxville & Graduate Nashville with a Private Tour of each property’s Storyteller
  • Atlas Obscura Book
  • Atlas Obscura Journal 
  • Complementary ticket (1) to any Atlas Obscura  Virtual Experience

Approximate retail value (“ARV”) for the Grand Prize is $600.

The Sponsor’s funds will be used to purchase the Prizes for this Sweepstakes.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Travel arrangements must be made through the Sponsor or its agent (see below), and any changes after booking are permitted only in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All other expenses not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to taxes, additional lodging, travel, meals, beverages, alcoholic beverages, parking, gratuities, transportation and other costs and expenses incurred are the responsibility of each Winner and guests and are solely the responsibility of the prize winner and guests. All details of the prize not specified herein shall be determined solely by Sponsor. Travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by such person’s parent or legal guardian.

CONTACT AGENT: Each Winner will be contacted by a Graduate Hotels representative via the contact information provided in the entry form.

6. RANDOM DRAWING: The winners of the Prizes (each a “Winner”, and collectively the “Winners”) will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries, on or about 11/2/2020 (“Drawing Date”) by the Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. The Prizes are guaranteed to be awarded. Sponsor will use reasonable efforts to contact the Winners within two (2) weeks of the Drawing Date.

If selected, Entrants will receive prize notification from the Sponsor via electronic mail, by mail, or overnight mail, and/or phone call using the contact information provided at entry.

7. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning the Prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received for the Sweepstakes and are equal regardless of method of entry.

8. PRIZE CONDITIONS: No substitution for any Prize will be permitted. If necessary due to unavailability of a Prize, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded at the discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are not transferable, assignable or redeemable for cash. Winners will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release, and an IRS W-9 form (i.e. Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification) within fifteen (15) days of issuance by Sponsor. Failure to respond to a winner notification or return all required documents in this time period may result in a Winner being disqualified and an alternate Winner selected. If a prize notification is returned to Sponsor as undeliverable or if an Entrant is found to be ineligible or declines to accept a Prize for any reason, an alternate Winner will be selected. By entering this Sweepstakes and/or accepting a Prize, each Winner and Entrant hereby consent (except where prohibited by law) to the reasonable use by Sponsor of the Winner’s and Entrants’ photograph, voice, likeness and/or image, hometown address, contents of the entry form and the name and age of Winners and Entrants without any further compensation for any future promotional activity related to this Sweepstakes.

Reservations of the Room Nights are subject to availability and must be made at least three (3) days in advance. Blackout dates do apply. The Room Nights will be for standard rooms, with a maximum occupancy of three (3) guests. The Prize is based on one (1) guest per room, additional person charges may apply. Incidentals are not included in the Prize and are the responsibility of the Winner. Room Night cancellations must occur by 6pm local time at the relevant hotel, twenty-four (24) hours prior to the Winner’s expected arrival date, or applicable charges will apply. All Room Night stays must occur prior to April 1, 2021, and any unused Room Nights will be forfeited. The Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer including existing Graduate Hotel reservations. Each Winner must be the person to make the Room Night reservation and must be present at the Room Night check-in, which requires a credit card and valid government-issued identification

9. CONDUCT OF PARTICIPATION IN SWEEPSTAKES: By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrant affirms that he or she has read and agrees to abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant acting in violation of the Official Rules or found tampering with the entry process or with the operation of the Sweepstakes or the website. The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States and, by entering, Winners and Entrants hereby submit to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts located in Illinois. As a condition of entering this Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees that: (a) under no circumstances will the Entrant be entitled or permitted to obtain awards for, and the Entrant expressly waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than actual, out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, and in no event shall attorney’s fees be recoverable by either party; and (b) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes or any Prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE RELATED TO SPONSOR OR THE SWEEPSTAKES OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

10. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Released Parties (as defined herein) are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry or entries, errors in calculations, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; printing or other errors; and any entries or mail which are late, lost, delayed, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, mutilated, illegible, postage due or any combination thereof. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Sweepstakes in the event that it becomes necessary due to circumstances beyond Sponsor’s control. In the event the Sweepstakes is terminated early, Winners will be selected from all eligible entries received at the time of termination.

11. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating, Winners and Entrants (and the parent or legal guardian thereof if a Winner or Entrant is deemed a minor in his/her state of residence) agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its affiliated entities, affiliates, subsidiaries, parent corporations and companies, and all of their respective officers, directors, shareholders and principals, employees, representatives, agents and franchisees (collectively, “Released Parties”), from and against any claims made by Winners and Entrants or any other third parties related in any way to the operation of this Sweepstakes, as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses (whether alleged, threatened, or actual) to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Sweepstakes or any related activity. Winners and Entrants (and the parent or legal guardian thereof if the Winner or Entrant is deemed a minor in his/her state of residence) assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or acceptance, use or redemption of any Prize.

12. ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The following are conditions to winning a Prize and additional terms and conditions binding on Entrants and the Winners:

  • a. As used herein, “Graduate Hotels” and “Sponsor” means Graduate IP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.
  • b. All federal, state, local tax liabilities and any applicable fees associated with accepting a Prize or participation in this Sweepstakes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.
  • c. If a Winner declines a Prize, or if person who is chosen is not an eligible entrant or has not complied with these Official Rules, such person shall be disqualified and another person will be chosen to receive the applicable Prize.
  • d. No transfer, substitution, division or splitting of Prizes allowed.
  • e. Acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission by an Entrant to the Sponsor and/or Administrator and their agencies to use Entrant’s names and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, in perpetuity and in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, unless prohibited by law.
  • f. Decisions of Sponsor and/or Administrator are final with respect to determination of Winners and all matters with respect to the conduct of the Sweepstakes.
  • g. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants and Winners agree to be bound by the Official Rules.


By participating in the Sweepstakes, eligible Entrant hereby consents to Sponsor’s or authorized agents’ collection, use, and disclosure of Entrants’ personal information for the purposes of administering the Sweepstakes and prize fulfillment. Entrant acknowledges that he/she has read, understood and accepted the Sponsor’s Privacy Statement, which provides more information about Sponsor’s privacy practices and is located at

Entrants may be offered the optional opportunity to receive coupons, newsletters, informational materials, marketing communications, or other special promotions, or other offers from Sponsor, affiliates within the Sponsor, and/or third-party service providers. Entrants will not be contacted for marketing purposes unless they have provided their express consent.

By accepting a Prize, Winners agree to Sponsor's use of his/her entry (including any and all portions of the Entry), name, city/province of residence, picture, biographical information, statements, voice and likeness in any advertising and publicity Sponsor and its respective successors, assigns and licensees may conduct relating to the Sweepstakes in any media or format, whether now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the Internet, at any time or times in perpetuity, without further compensation or notice, and hereby releases Released Parties from any liability with respect thereto (except where prohibited by law). Winners may be required to sign a further release regarding the grant of these publicity rights in order to receive a Prize.

By accepting a Prize, Winners (or the Winners’ parent/legal guardian if a Winner is a minor in the Winner’s state of residence or under the age of 18) grants Sponsor Winner’s permission (except where prohibited by law) to reasonably use the Entry (or any portion thereof) and name and to use, copy, publicly display, distribute, alter, and create derivative works from the Entry without any further compensation for any future advertisements and promotion materials, whether in print, audio, video or other media.

14. WINNER LIST AND OFFICIAL RULES: You may obtain copies of the Official Rules or a list of Winners by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope that reads: Winners List – or – Official Rules, Great Tennessean Road Trip Sweepstakes c/o Graduate IP LLC, 133 N Jefferson St., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60661; all requests must be received within six (6) months after the end of the Sweepstakes Period. The Official Rules will also be posted at


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