Revel Atlantic city

For my 30th birthday, the actual day of September 18th years ago. I wanted to do something so I thought let’s finally go to Atlantic city. As I looked at hotels I was pretty disappointed. I mean I know it’s not Vegas but it was just not nice lol. Revel had been opened I think a few months at the time and once I saw it, I knew that was the place. I remember the biggest suite was maybe $300? Really cheap considering it was the biggest suite they had. It made me really like AC at the time. We stayed one last time a year later before they closed for good. We also stayed at the BorgataΒ  a week before we got married, which was super nice, the Tropicana too (before they redid it of course, so ghetto it was lol) My hubs old job it was easy to just go to AC for a night for like $50-$100 so we’d go a lot even though we both don’t gamble. If they ever open Revel again as any other hotel I suggest anyone go! It was definitely a nice place while it lasted.Β  We don’t take over night trips anymore that much because his new job, and when we do it has to be when my dad is home so he can watch our diabetic dog.

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Scottsdale/Phoenix Arizona

When my girl moved out to Arizona with her fiance we decided to go visit them plus I always wanted to go. They ended up moving back to NY and breaking up but that was a year later. I wanted to stay at a Kimpton but when I saw a cute house for rent just a few miles from Scottsdale I decided on this house instead. Then my mom decided to come and meet us out there. I loved scottsdale so much, it’s one of the places we are strongly considering moving to when we’re older and retired (like 30 years from now lol) I loved the area, the food, everything. When my mom met up with us we made dinner in the house and I’m blaming that for the horrible food poisoning I got. Seriously I felt like death for 2 whole days. I couldn’t eat, all I did was sleep, drink ginger ale, and it was just the worst. It cut our trip in half and I barely saw my mom. I was definitely happy we had rented a house instead of a hotel room since I slept most of the time and it would have been worse just being in a small room, screaming at my hubs to shut up at 1 in the afternoon lol. Luckily the last day I started feeling better and since we had a red eye flight we hopped in the car and took the drive to go see the grand canyon. I just wish I hadn’t gotten sick and was able to enjoy it more, and show my mom around. I loved the house we rented and it really inspired me to do grey in our own home. I also was introduced to an omelette with goat cheese which is now one of my favorite things πŸ™‚ It’s the little things. It was at this place called the breakfast club which I still remember till this day because of the movie with the same name. Also omg the truffle fries at Zinc Bistro, I loved them so much we went back a 2nd time (very rare). We almost have those same curtains in our bedroom now. This house just proves how much rental houses, hotels, have inspired me for our own home. The grand canyon is something I will never forget and I’m so happy I was able to go see it. This was the first time we used Airbnb too. Usually we use Homeaway or VRBO.

Cabo! Me Cabo

My bff got married, then I got married and we decided on a married girls only trip to Cabo. We went a month after I got married and luckily we did because she was knocked up a month later lol. Out of all the places I went looking in Cancun, I finally found a chihuahua in Cabo but didn’t buy it sadly. I wish till this day I had. My hubs thought it was creepy though when I sent him a picture of it. Anyway we had a fun time dancing and hitting up all the clubs there, or ordering room service at 2 am drunk lol. It was the perfect last girls trip before my bff became a mom and eventually one day I will be a mother too…. We booked Me cabo from Skyauction for like $600 total? split between the two of us that was $300 each in a really nice hotel over looking the pool/beach. The only bad thing flying from NY to Cabo is extremely difficult so we had a layover in Cali for the night. Finding our way to the free hotel there by a shuttle was an adventure in itself. I loved Cabo and it felt more like Cali then Mexico. We hung out with a ton of different bachelor parties while there, seriously that’s the place to go for them. On our way back we stopped in San Francisco (just the airport) but being there made me realize I wanted to go to San fran which lead to me and my hubs trip a few years later. It was also really easy to walk around from our hotel to town. For couples though I think los Cabos is probably better then Cabo. Cabo was definitely a party town.

Woodstock, NY aka the Catskills

A few years ago every year we’d all go up to Woodstock and rent a huge house every year. As everyone got older, people now have kids and yeah no more. I still went up a few times with just my husband, the last time we went up was with our friend and her now ex fiance. We rented a cute house right in town with a creek in our backyard. We also went hiking and yeah that was the best trip up there I’d say. Small house, food in town, right by town, and hiking a mountain. Oh yeah and we went to a haunted house πŸ™‚ When I was a kid we would go up to the catskills every year, so that’s what made me when older want to go back up there. It’s so different now besides Woodstock most of the area up there is pretty empty. Definitely not how it was back in the day! The cabins we stayed at when I was a kid are all abandoned and the place is closed now. No idea how somewhere that close to NYC could fail but I guess it happens. I guess more people go to Lake George?

The Soho Grand!

For our anniversary I wanted to stay at the Soho grand but by the time I went to book, it went up considerably in price so I said forget it and we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria before it closed. They had a flash sale and I couldn’t resist so we finally stayed at the Soho grand which is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I love Soho and I’d say it’s my favorite part of the city, most of my favorite restaurants are there or at least by there. I just love it and it’s not touristy like midtown can be. We had a suite and had a great night of hot cocoa, netflix, and hanging in the living room of our suite before bed πŸ™‚ I’d say it was 1000x better than our trip to the city in January. I also loved our room. Seriously we had a bar in our hotel room, an actual bar! I’m hoping to one day stay at the sister hotel the Roxy. We’re also about to reno our kitchen, bathroom, etc so I was happy to go to CB2 for some bathroom things πŸ™‚

Costa Rica! Arenal. 1 year anniversary

On groupon before we got married I saw this hotel called The Springs and wanted it for our honeymoon BUT it was literally a few months before and we were broke lol. I wanted to just wait to go on our honeymoon when we could afford this but my hubs wanted to do be tradition…. I hated our honeymoon from allergic reaction, to just being in bed itchy, yeah not fun. Our 1 year anniversary I knew we’d come here and I checked groupon nightly for months until the deal came on again. I remember I had to wait to buy it for a day I can’t remember why but yeah groupon ended up having a sale so not only was this trip already a great deal but it became even greater πŸ™‚ Seriously I think the hotel if you booked at the time was $1500? We got the deal for $450? It might have been $550 I can’t remember now. It was a steal. I consider our 1 year more of a honeymoon then our actual honeymoon, it was far more memorable. We landed in Liberia and found our driver then stopped in town for some juice, soda, etc from the local supermarket. I remember it just felt so safe & friendly being in town. Then we headed for the 2 hour drive deep into the rain forest. It was like being in a dream this hotel. I loved waking up and going to breakfast at this resort deep in the forest. The views from our balcony looked like Jurassic park (I think they even filmed there at one point?) The only downside was the last day it rained, I mean rained like a monsoon. We’ve never seen anything like it, it was awesome. We’d lay there just listening to the crazy rain and couldn’t believe it was real. We also luckily brought a ton of movies with us so we spent the night drinking/watching movies/etc πŸ™‚ We tried out every single spring and at times felt like we were there all alone. It was one of my most favorite trips and I totally understand why people retire there. They also had an animal rescue place to go check out and we did. They also filmed some tv shows here the bachelor? I don’t watch and only know because it advertises it on their website. Seriously if you check groupon around the summer time they usually still post a deal on groupon every year, it’s definitely worth it! This was a true 5 star hotel.