Towards the beginning of the year Rob and I decided we wanted to really celebrate our anniversary this year. It was our 5th but only our 3rd actually celebrating together in the same country. We went back and forth on location and finally decided Vegas had the perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment. We booked a crazy early flight that got in at the same time as our good friend who was vacationing with us, just in time for a 10am shot of tequila.

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We stayed at the Vdara, one of the newer hotels in Vegas, and the only with with no casino and no smoking.

Hotel

The room was wonderful and the view was perfect. The entire hotel felt crisp and clean, more like a Caribbean retreat then center Vegas.

Food Collage

We indulged in some of the best food I have had in a long time. The Vdara has a weekend tapas breakfast and lunch that was incredible. My favorite was the Not Your Father’s Root Beer float. We also decided to spend an evening in Fremont Street and had dinner at Andiamo Italian Steak House. Oh goodness was it yummy. Everything from the adult beverages (and a few shots of Rumple Minze) wedge salad, jumbo meatball appetizer, and the filet mignon.

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We tried to plan a mix of relaxation and adventure to keep us busy but not wear us out!

Cabana

We rented a cabana for the day which included the works. Private TV lounge area, reserved lounges by a private wading pool, complimentary fruit plate and pool side service. I almost felt like royalty just relaxing in the sun crafting.

Spa

We all booked some spa time at the Vdara ESPA. The boys got massages and I had an amazing facial. This was one of the best spas I have ever been to. So relaxing and the additional amenities were impressive. The bathrooms were stocked with anything you could possibly need and the whirlpools were available for the entire day of your spa service.

Slotzilla

Two of the most adventurous things we did was the Slotzilla Zip Line on Fremont Street and a helicopter tour of the strip at night. I definitely recommend both if you are vacationing in Vegas anytime soon. Make sure to book early because spots can go quickly. A limo picked us up for the helicopter tour and brought us to the airport where we were bused out to our helicopters. Our pilot was a retired military pilot who does this just for fun.

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I’ve been itching for a new tattoo for awhile. There are a few that I have on the agenda but didn’t want to rush into them so I looked around. Rob actually ended up picking this one out and I thought the symbolism would be perfect. We got married during the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC and of course it is the name of this blog which has become part of me.

Tattoo!

All in all it was a great vacation and a much needed R&R for this momma and poppa.