Ghirardelli Chocolate San Francisco Getaway
Official Rules

ELIGIBILITY: This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the continental United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years or older at the time of entry and shall be governed solely by U.S. law. Residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Alaska, and Hawaii are not eligible to enter. Employees and their immediate families, including household members, of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and its sponsoring partners ("Sponsors"), its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: If you are entering online, you must be the registered subscriber of the e-mail account prior to May 15th, 2012 by which the entry is made. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. All entries become the property of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. You will be required to indicate your agreement with these Official Rules before your Submission will be submitted. Neither Sponsors, nor their respective advertising and promotion agencies, nor any telephone network or service providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmissions, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries. Any information collected on the Website shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by entrants at the time of the entry, these Official Rules, and the Ghirardelli Privacy Policy, which can be found at

HOW TO ENTER: This sweepstakes begins on 12:01 a.m. Pacific Standard Time ("PST") on May 15, 2012 and ends on 11:59 p.m. PST on July 31, 2012 (the "Entry Period"). Only one entry per person. Only valid entries will be accepted. You can enter this sweepstakes by one of the following means:

PRIZES: There will be one (1) Grand Prize Winner who will win the following: round-trip coach (economy) class air transportation from a major commercial airport in the continental U.S. closest to the winner's residence (selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion) for themselves and one (1) guest; two (2) nights standard hotel accommodations in San Francisco; a cable car ride for two (2) provided by SFMTA; two (2) sampling tickets for The 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival (2012); two (2) tickets for a Sunset Cruise with Red & White Fleet Cruises; and a basket full of Ghirardelli Chocolates. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of the Grand Prize: $3038.00. Actual retail value of the Grand Prize depends on the date, time, and point of departure of the winner's flight. Any difference between the stated ARV and actual value will not be awarded. Grand Prize Winner and Guest are solely responsible for checked baggage fees, food and beverage, gratuities, other incidental hotel expenses and other expenses not listed in these Official Rules. Grand Prize Winner and Guest must travel from one departure location and must travel on the same itinerary. Travel must take place on Friday, Sept 7, 2012 and Sunday, Sept 9, 2012. If Grand Prize Winner resides within a 100-mile radius of San Francisco, ground transportation may be provided in lieu of air transportation and no compensation or substitution will be provided for any difference in prize value. Two (2) Second Place winners will receive the second-place prize of a Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Basket with an ARV of $180.00. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions are allowed.

Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received from online entries and in-store entries. By accepting the prize, you will consent to Ghirardelli Chocolate Company's use of your name for promotional purposes, including online announcements, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. All taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. No prize substitution, cash substitution, or assignment or transfer of prizes is permitted, except by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company for reason of unavailability in which a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. All prizes will be awarded. All potential winners must meet all eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules to qualify for a prize.

DRAWING: The prizewinners will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries received by the end of the Entry Period. The random drawing shall be conducted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, whose decisions are final with respect to all aspects of the sweepstakes. The winner will be notified by mail and email (if provided) within 7 days of the drawing. Winners must complete, sign, and return an affidavit of eligibility and release and a travel companion form (Grand Prize only) within seven business days of receipt of prize notification or the prize may be forfeited. If prize notification is returned as undeliverable or the winner fails to return the affidavits and release as specified, the winner will be disqualified and the award will be forfeited. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is not responsible for technical, telephone, hardware or software malfunction, lost, interrupted, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications, including the inaccurate or incorrect capture of online entry information, or any other errors of any kind, however caused, that may occur in the processing of the entries in this sweepstakes. If, in Ghirardelli Chocolate Company's opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with or alteration of any portion of the sweepstakes, or if any technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the sweepstakes, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company reserves the right to terminate the sweepstakes or void any or all electronic entries. Persons entering via the web (Internet) must provide a valid email address. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify the sweepstakes judges in writing if the entrant changes his/her email address after entering the sweepstakes (to do so email: In case of dispute as to the identity of a winner who entered online, such entry will be declared made by the registered user of the email account, and if a prize is won, and such registered user is a valid entrant, the prize will be awarded to such registered user. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to legal action by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company or its agents.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO PRIZES: All prizes will be awarded provided sufficient number of eligible entries received. Prize details and availability are subject to change, in which case, unless otherwise specified herein, a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted at Sponsor's sole discretion. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Each winner is responsible for any applicable fees, federal, state/provincial and local taxes, if any, and any other unspecified expenses associated with acceptance or use of prize. Prizes are provided "as is" and without any warranty of any kind. Ghirardelli Chocolate Company reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. Sponsor and its affiliates, representatives, and advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for any: (a) telephone, computer, hardware, software, or programming malfunctions or errors or interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, network malfunction, or other technical failures or error; (b) communication disruption or other forces beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor, including inability to access the Website, submit Submissions, or other disruption related to internet traffic, virus, bug or non-authorized intervention; (c) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer from entrant's access of the Website, whether human, mechanical or electronic or (d) incorrect or inaccurate information , whether caused by the Website users or by any of the programming or equipment associated with or used in the sweepstakes contest. If, for any reason, the sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of, but not limited to, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which Sponsor deems could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to cancel terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. Any attempt by user to deliberately damage the Website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Website is a violation of Criminal and Civil Laws. Should such an attempt be made, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in this Website and/or the Sweepstakes Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, printers, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective employees, officers, directors, representatives and agents (collectively, the "Releasees") from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, use or misuse of a prize, participation, or inability to participate in the Website and/or the Sweepstakes Contest. Releasees are not responsible for printing errors or for lost, late, unintelligible, misdirected, incomplete, damaged, or garbled Submissions, or any other documents.

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrants agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of California.

WINNERS' LIST: For the name of the winners, after August 15, 2012, email sponsor at, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, 1111 139th Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94578 and include the text: GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE SAN FRANCISCO GETAWAY WINNER LIST.

Requests received more than sixty (60) days after the completion of the entry period will not be honored.