For Christmas, Wendell's parents gave us a $100 gift certificate to the Park City Hotel. As our 12th anniversary approached, I thought that would make the perfect occasion for using our gift. I freaked out a little when I looked on line and found the cheapest prices at the hotel were $250 a night. Going golfing would tack another $110 on the trip. Obviously, we skipped the golf.
Still, I booked the trip and we had an amazing time. But living like the rich and famous taught us a few things that we otherwise would not know.
1. The word "hotel" is very loose. In this case it meant, "resort."
2. When staying at a resort, take cash with you. Otherwise you'll be forced to stiff the bellman.
3. If you aren't prompt with a tip for the bellman, he will stay in your suite for a ridiculous amount of time, explaining and explaining things.
4. Do not believe all websites. We found a website for a restaurant that looked wonderful, but was lame and Chuck-a-rama-esque. We backed out slowly and drove around to find something better.
5. Really fancy cars, whose names I don't know, are good indicators of nice restaurants. (Our restaurant, Easy Street, deserves it's own post.)
6. Always bring your swimming suit, even if you think you don't need it. We found ourselves with a hot tub on an outdoor deck overlooking a golf course, but we had no suits.
7. Wal-Mart in tourist towns is even scarier than in regular towns. But you can find plus size swimming suits there for $9.
8. There is no such thing as complimentary food at a resort. You want breakfast? That starts at $9. Unless you get room service which starts at $6, but you have to figure 20% gratuity, and $3 delivery charge.
9. In a tourist town, there are very few places that serve breakfast after 11:00am. Those places are not called Village Inn, Ihop or Denny's.
10. Rich people like fire places. In our suite we had a fire place in our bedroom, our living room and our deck with the hot tub.
11. Hot tubbing late at night by fire light is fun, even if you're wearing a $9 Wal-Mart swimming suit.
12. Living like the rich and famous is fun and I'd do it again in a second!
I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mom and Dad for the gift certificate to an amazing resort in Park City. You are welcome to give us this gift every year--it won't get old.
PS Thanks to Wendell for a great time in Park City. So far our 12th Anniversary was my favorite! Here's to the next 12, and the 12 after that, and the 12 after that, and the 12 after that...