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 Borgata 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. 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.
For breakfast before we left the city we went to Mercer Kitchen. I love a goat cheese omelette and this place definitely didn’t disappoint. I also loved how bright and open the place was, such a gorgeous room. It was the perfect last stop before we headed on home.
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 🙂 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?
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 🙂 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 🙂
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 🙂 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 🙂 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.
After our wedding since my parents paid for it, we thought we’d take them on a trip to Los Angeles as a thank you. We rented a cute cottage in West Hollywood. My mom ended up not coming because we wouldn’t allow her husband at the time to come (long story). I’m sure she regrets her decision now! Anyway my dad still came and it was a great time. We ate all over LA which though I even lived there years ago for a summer I never really did.Also finally went to Santa Monica! Which again had never done. I’m only sad we never made it over to Malibu even though I’ve been there as a kid I barely remember it. My hubs also didn’t get to see Venice Beach. I loved sitting outside Urth Cafe having hot chocolate being a huge Entourage fan that I am (they were always there on the show). I made sure to look all celeb like putting my sunglasses on and my hair looked amazing lol. I also took a random selfie before heading to Santa Monica, and another picture my hubs took of me in Beverly hills at Villa Blanca which are still two of my favorite pics. The cottage we rented was a huge inspiration for our renovated home, seriously our kitchen will look very similar! Also the best part of our trip was going on the Dearly Departed tour! I love horror and am obsessed with all things like serial killers, murders, deaths, etc so obviously I loved it. Anyway Los Angeles is great if not superficial as hell. I’m happy I got to share one of my favorite places with my hubs.
A few years ago my mom and her now ex hubs were going to Nashville with her timeshare. They had a 2 bedroom so obviously she invited us. At first my bf now hubs didn’t want to go but I convinced him lol. He was like Nashville? ehhh. From the second we landed, till the day we left, we both loved it so much. It’s on one of our places to retire (the burbs of Nashville) I of course had to find the best breakfast to go to once we landed since it was early and I knew we’d be starving. We headed right over to the loveless cafe which till this day is one of my best breakfasts ever. I never even knew I could love grits until that day lol. We went to the other breakfast place Pancake Pantry which is legendary too but loveless was my favorite, we went back a 2nd time. Out of all our vacations it’s the only time we ever went back a 2nd time anywhere to eat. It’s just this adorable place and the chocolate milk comes in this adorable mason cup, just so perfect. It was the perfect start of a trip. Would have been the best trip ever if my okay I won’t call him dumb but um naive bf (now hubs) didn’t agree to everything with our car rental! When you rent a car you say no no no no lol. Our cheap car rental went from like $100 to $600! He was like I assume you just take all that stuff? NO! My hubs had never rented a car so I gave him that lol. Still though omg he literally got every dumb thing you can for a rental lol. I had to hurry and beg capital one to make more money available because I didn’t account for that. This was years ago when we had like low limits and not as great credit as we do now lol. Anyway if ever in Nashville, loveless cafe! P.s. also if in Nashville my friend owns Gold Club Electric Tattoo 🙂 he moved from expensive Brooklyn NY to down there and hasn’t looked back, nor been happier.