family vacation i.

by Janetha on September 16, 2012

in dogs,family time,travel

i’m back in the salty city! well, the city just to the north, i suppose.. since i don’t live right in salt lake city. y’know what i mean, though. i am home from my family vacation and i just got out of bed… at 10:31 AM. i am claiming jet lag (even though it was a road trip) because there is an hour time change. yep, good plan.

my family is really close–we are that annoying family that loves to do lots of things together and thrives on tradition. unfortunately, it’s hard to get EVERYONE together very often due to busy schedules and the fact that my eldest sister and her family live in san diego. well, my mom, AKA momma b, turned 60 on thursday. to celebrate, we ALL headed to lake las vegas resort (which is just 20 minutes or so from las vegas) to enjoy a few days of hardcore family & birthday fun. the destination was about a 6-hour drive from home. we left our house close to noon and only made one bathroom/gas stop along the way. 


a bonus? marshall and i were able to bring the dogs along! my family was staying in some condos on the lake, but they didnt allow dogs.  so, instead, marshall and i booked a room at loew’s, which was 1.8 miles from the rest of the fam, because it sounded perfect for people traveling with pups. they offered dog walking, pet sitting, animal massages, and had an in-house gourmet chef to whip up tasty treats for the pups. when we arrived on wednesday evening, we saw that the hotel had changed from loew’s to a westin. no big deal, right? wrong.

after we had settled into our room (and i posted a blog post) i tried to find the pricing for the pet sitting, since we would want to utilize that service while we were out and about during the vacation. come to find out, the pet sitting feature (along with all the other awesome animal offerings) were no longer available since the hotel had changed ownership. WHAT? so, to make a long story just slightly shorter, we ended up getting them to cancel our reservation and we moved to the ravella, which was another animal-friendly resort but was walking distance to the condos where everyone else was staying. added bonus: the rooms were much nicer and the staff was much friendlier.

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the downside was they didn’t offer pet sitting, either, so we had to figure out a way to juggle the pups the whole time. had we known that pet sitting wasn’t available, we would have left penny and randy at home. we only brought them because we thought it would be fun and easy to have them tag along. in the end, it did all work out and we were able to take them most places with us, but it was slightly aggravating that the hotel had done a switcharoo without letting us know! i will be reviewing both the westin and the ravella on yelp and tripadvisor. i think it’s important to share experiences–both good and bad!

we turned in pretty early wednesday night so we could wake up and hit the lake first thing in the morning. the bed was super comfy and it was nice to have a big king-sized bed to share with our two furry bed hogs. 

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on thursday morning, we needed breakfast before heading out the door, so we decided to get a little fancy and order room service. it was a first for both of us!

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i had a frittata and marshall had his favorite–huevos rancheros. we also shared a pot of lavazza coffee. 

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the best part? the miniature condiments! squeal. times ten.

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if you don’t get a kick out of this baby tabasco bottle, i question your character. 

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the poor pups were begging for food the whole time, it wasn’t fair to be cooped up in a hotel room with room service that smelled SO good–especially to randy’s super power basset hound sniffer.

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after awhile, marshall did give them some of our toast. we typically don’t feed them human food, but  they were on vacation, too, after all!

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after our fancy shmancy room service, we threw our swimsuits on and headed to lake mead for a day of boating to celebrate momma b’s 60th!

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this post is already pretty lengthy, so i’ll recap the boat day in my next post. hope you have an enjoyable sunday! i am going to unpack and possibly squeeze in a garage workout.. i haven’t sweat from exercise since last wednesday. sweating from 100-degree temps is a different story… 


do you have any hotel experiences to share–good or bad? the more you know…

xo. janetha g.

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Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie September 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

Omg your puppies are SOO cute! And I love the little mini bottles they give you with room service, it’s probably one of my favorite things about it! ;p

kristine September 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

that’s funny. one time i stayed in a hotel and brought home those little condiments and used them as stocking-stuffers which the recipients thought was totally weird. i thought it was awesome and hilarious and they were like, “ketchup??? in my stocking???” but i recommend it :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

HA! Before you even mentioned the mini condiments I was thinking “look at those condiments – so cute!!” ;)

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I would love that tiny ketchup bottle – although with the way I go through ketchup, it would last approximately 2 days.

Kim@hungryhealthygirl September 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Those little condiments are adorable. I hate when unexpected mixups happen, but at least your’s turned out somewhat positive. Look forward to your next recap!

Amy September 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Looks amazing! The room is beautiful! Its so nice how you are your family are so close :)

I had a really lovely hotel experience in Italy when I visited Venice it was a an adorable cute room and the staff were great. However I’ve also been to a hotel in Paris that was freezing cold and really unclean D:

Love the little bottles! Thats not enough ketchup for me though. I like me some sauce ;)


Alex @ therunwithin September 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Loving those cute condiments.

purelytwins September 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

love the mini condiments too cute. just love mini things, not sure why, but always brings a smile to our face ;)
our family is very close too and love doing things together but lately we all have been so busy that we don’t get to see each other that much but when we do it is always a great time!

Heather @ Heather's Dish September 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

omg the mini things are amazing – i would just carry them around in my purse to show off. seriously. :)

Erica September 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

ah! So fun that you got to bring the puppers (despite all the hotel craziness). We went to a wedding this weekend and I hate leaving Frankers behind. Your family is too cute! Happy bday to your adorable Mama (when is she finally going to start a blog?).

Janetha September 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

She used to have one.. but it was too hard to keep up! Now she just reads them haha

T September 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Sure hope your dogs don’t have fleas, since you had them in the hotel bed.

Janetha September 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I am happy to report they are both flea-free! But for what it’s worth, the hotel beds are animal-friendly and they asked if we’d like a king to accommodate our two dogs. Love the pet-friendly policies!

Meg September 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hotel Monaco in downtown SLC has a floor dedicated to pets! We stayed there for my husband’s 30th. They had a little welcome basket full of doggy treats and all the normal dog things. They were awesome and so friendly :)

Janetha September 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I LOVE MONACO! I lived there briefly (three weeks or so) with a dog and it was heaven.

Nicole C September 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I’m glad you are reviewing the hotels! Before our trip last year I researched the hell out of hotels and location. Plus, Lake Las Vegas has changed SO much the past couple years, I’m surprised it’s still open. I do have a friend who does dog sitting FYI for next time, or I can help. I know how it is to leave your pups behind.

Sarah September 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I love the mini condiments. Although, that’s like half a ketchup serving at best.

kaitlyn September 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I would have been frustrated about the dog thing because like you said you could have just left them with a dogsitter back home. But, way to make the best of it! Looks like room service was a treat for all.

Annette@FitnessPerks September 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

LOVE the little bottles!

I would’ve been SO mad about the hotel thing. Like super mad. I’m glad they let you cancel the reservation though!

Can’t wait to hear about the boating!

Momma b September 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

Yep sure glad we got you closer to us! Love anything mini….makes me smile and squeal too!

They gave you a king bed to accommodate the pups haahaa. I love that too!!

Love you four!!

BroccoliHut September 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Aaah! Those mini condiments are so cute!

jessiker September 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

MAJOR SQUEEE!!!!!! I love little things. Especially you.

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