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A Mothers Day Weekend in Vegas

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Mothers Day Weekend in Vegas

Who would have thought that I'd be selected- out of gosh knows how many people- to win Spa Week's Escape to Vdara Giveaway!  All I did was put my name in a jar at a Spa Week event. Being the skeptic that I am I asked the lady manning the booth,

 "Is this for real?  Does anyone ever win?"
 "Yes.  You never know.  It doesn't hurt to try," she responded.

What the heck? She was right. I might as well give it a shot. Besides, it didn't cost me a dime to throw my name in the hat among hundreds, if not thousands of people that night. Fast forward two weeks later and I get a call from some lady claiming that I won a trip to Vegas.  I chalked it up to one of the many bogus calls I usually get about winning a cruise some where.  I almost hung up the phone.  But, then she said something that triggered a memory from that night.

"Yeah right.  How much does it cost?" I asked.
"Nothing! You won! I remember you. I was the one who took all your info at Spa Week," she said.

It took a little bit more convincing, but I eventually realized that this thing was legit.  My skepticism grew into pure excitement.  I couldn't wait to tell my hubby.  I knew that he wouldn't be excited  about the idea of going to a spa.  The only time he's ever had a message was on our honeymoon.  He said that would be the last one he'd ever get.

But, this is Vegas baby!  Spa or no spa, he was totally down for this vacation.  The major hurtle we had to overcome was deciding whether or not to bring Princess along.  We ultimately chose to make this a baby-free vacation.  I can't say it was easy to leave her behind, but I'll chat more about that in a later post.

I had up to a year to fulfill the prize which included a three night stay in a penthouse suite, a spa and salon credit, a dining voucher, and limousine transportation to and from the hotel.  We booked our spa retreat for Mothers Day weekend which worked out perfectly.

I've never been to Vegas before.  But when I think of Sin City, a scene from The Hangover comes to mind.  Thoughts of a bunch of guys at a bachelor party getting wasted, followed by a bunch of other crazy events.  Basically, I was totally clueless and didn't know what to expect.  As it turns out, Vegas is a beautiful city with so much more to offer than just casinos and booze.  Check out the scenery from our penthouse suite.

If you think the view outside is cool, check out the view inside.

It was our first time in Vegas and staying in a penthouse suite was also a first for us. This alone would have been enough. But, there was so much more to enjoy. The first thing on the agenda after checking in was to grab a bite to eat, and hit up the casinos. Being novice gamblers, we played it smart and went over to the slot machines.  I did pretty well in the beginning.  But I should have walked away when I was up.  I ended up losing my money.

 I had my spa appointment the next morning and we were famished from a long day of traveling. So, we made it an early night.

Our stay at this point was absolutely amazing.  But, visiting Vdara Spa and Salon completely took my breath away.  I was scheduled to have a message, facial, and brow wax.  I also got a chance to enjoy the other great amenities the spa had to offer.  I rotated between the stream room, sauna, jacuzzi, and relaxation room the entire day.  In fact, I loved it so much that I return the following day for another round.  I even talked my hubby into coming along.  They don't normally allow picture taking.  But, my tour guide said that it was ok to snap these pics.

From gambling to pampering, the fun didn't stop there.  We got a chance to see "O" Cirque du Soleil, and a variety show.  We weren't allowed to take pics during the show.  My hubby snapped this one after leaving one of the performances.

We also spent some time touring the neighboring hotels, and the fabulous Vegas strip.

When it came to satisfying our pallets, there were tons of different restaurants to choose from.  Being the foodie that I am, I wanted to try different cuisines.  The Japanese restaurant, Blossom, was definitely one of our favorites.

Our first trip to Vegas was a blast!  We were able to fit a lot of activities in during our three night stay.  We'd definitely love to return, and explore more of what Sin City has to offer.

Thank goodness I put my name in that jar at Spa Week, and I thank my lucky stars for not hanging up the phone.

Big up to Vdara Spa and Salon for sponsoring our hotel stay.  A special shout out goes out to Spa Week for hosting the giveaway.

Weather Anchor Mama

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At May 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Quiana said...

Oh wow! How fun and what a fabulous first trip to Vegas. You've got me excited for my trip in September. DH and I have been going since 2005 and are totally in love with Las Vegas. I get sad when people think it's just gambling and booze so so much more to it than that and good job showing that. Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day and can't wait to hear how it was leaving Princess behind as we're preparing to leave her 3 nights as well this Memorial Day weekend.

At May 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Really?! That's great that you guys keep going back. I remember an older married couple telling me and my hubby to hit up Vegas years ago. We've always been meaning to go. Now that we have, we can't wait to go back. It's so true! There is so much more to offer. I even saw families there having a great time. There's something for everyone. Leaving Princess was so hard, but we made it. Can't wait read about your trip!

At May 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Amarie said...

Ohhh, that sounds like so much fun! The only thing that could have stopped me is the plane ride! I'm still freaked out by flying, but I'm sure this would have been well worth it!

At May 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

I hated the plane ride! But, it was worth it.

At May 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Carlo Powe-Crawford said...

Isn't Vegas cool? I have quite a few family members who live there, so it's a place that I've gone to, off and on, for years. The only thing is, they're all retired and I'm not, so I have to readjust my lifestyle after hanging with them for a week or two; they sleep longer into the day that I ever would and stay up late at night like I usually do.

I'm glad that you guys had the opportunity to go. Congrats too on winning the trip!
How fun!

At May 16, 2012 at 1:02 AM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks so much Carlo! We had a lot of fun. Kinda wish we were still there with Princess

At May 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Georgina said...

Dropping by your blog from SITS! Your post is fantastic - congrats on winning that great getaway! It looks like you truly deserved it with all that you do.

Thank you again for stopping by - I look forward to reading more :)

At May 16, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks Georgina! It was so much fun!

At May 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM , Blogger Pegster said...

Such a fun trip. Congrats on winning the trip and making the best of it.

At June 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM , Blogger The Mrs./The Mom said...

Congrats on winning the trip! It looks like you guys had fun. I haven't been to Vegas yet- and I can't wait to go!

At June 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Thanks! We had so much fun! When are you going?


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