As soon as we walked in, we were blown away by the lobby! Talk about impressive. The hotel has only been open a few months, but they've already swapped out their lobby decorations a few times. I can't wait to visit again near the holidays. I can only imagine their Christmas decor.
We walked right up to the self check-in kiosk, scanned the email sent to me, and keys were handed over to us along with a glass of champagne. We wanted to explore the hotel and casino, but decided to drop off our bags in the room first. We scanned our key at the elevator and were whisked up to the 21st floor.
The room was super modern and chic. We loved that the bathroom was not right as you walked in, but tucked around the corner. It made the room seem huge. All the closets were built-ins and even the furniture seemed to blend into the wall.
The view outside wasn't too shabby either... the Potomac, National Harbor and the Capital Wheel!
We roamed the hotel for a bit checking out the stores, restaurants, and found ourselves on the rooftop checking out the view of downtown DC (we could see the Washington Monument in the distance) and watched the planes landing over at National Airport.
|TAP Sports Bar has outdoor seating and bar games on Potomac Plaza|
|View from the roof|
Next stop... the casino! Nick and I managed to have some decent luck in the afternoon. The hotel gave us some free play on our new players cards. Nick was bored watching me wrestle with a machine that wasn't accepting my card, so he inserted his card into the machine next to mine. He hit a few buttons and BOOM, he's $150 dollars richer (and my machine ate my free $10 in less than 30 seconds).
Mimi had given us some playing cash and I proudly managed to not blow it all over the next few hours as we explored the casino and tried a few different games and machines. I was proud to still carry all my cash back to the room when we went up to get ready for dinner. Nick couldn't say the same!
As always, our children seemed to be devastated by our absence...
|Look how miserable they look at the playground with Mimi|
We had dinner reservations at Voltaggio Brothers. As usual, Nick somehow managed to order a girly drink with flowers. The man LOVES ordering his girly drinks!
Being a good Mom, I watched the fountain knowing that Georgia would have LOVED it! Just like in Vegas, there were a ton of kids running about inside the hotel and around the restaurants. Not sure if that is typical, but for spring break, it seemed normal. Nick and I said we'd definitely bring Georgia one night for dinner - she would love it.
|Love that you can see the Capital Wheel peeking up in the distance!|
We spent the rest of the night playing slots and I watched Nick play craps for hours. It was so interesting to watch... and terrifying as the money comes and goes! I swear they pump oxygen or caffeine into casinos because it was midnight before we even started thinking about heading back to the room for the night (and I barely make it past 10pm these days).
In the morning, we were up and I was ready to see my babies, but not before pancakes at Marcus (soooooo good).
We headed back to our side of Maryland and made it back in time to take Georgia to the Easter egg hunt at the outlets near our house. We really didn't know what to expect, but it was a gorgeous afternoon, so while Grant napped, the girls headed over to check it out. We arrived right at 1pm (the starting time) and weren't sure what to do, but we spotted some signs on certain stores. We busted into the first store and yelled "Happy Easter!" and Georgia was rewarded with an egg filled with candy. Score!
The stores loved that Georgia was wearing her bunny ears, so she managed to score some bonus eggs! One store pretty much dumped their entire basket into her bag.
|Waiting patiently at a store|
The event was super cute. We spotted lots of neighbors enjoying the gorgeous day. We even spotted the Easter bunny! We've come a long way from hiding from characters in costume...
Mr. Easter Bunny loved her ears too!
We got home and Georgia sorted all of her eggs and candy. 39 eggs! Thanks C'burg Outlets!! Even better... most of the eggs were filled with Starbursts and Skittles. This food allergy mama's heart was so happy. I was fully prepared to do some major swaps and/or have to be the bearer of bad news that she couldn't eat the majority of the candy, but only a few items weren't nut safe (I may have helped make those disappear rapidly into my belly!).
Since we had a "babysitter" in town, Nick and I took advantage of Mimi and went to the gardening center to pick up all the plants for our deck and planters. It usually takes a few hours to get everything into the pots. Georgia was my helper and Grant enjoyed watching the chaos.
Nick managed to find one of our bunnies while cleaning under the deck!
|Hippity? Hoppity? Hippity 2?|
And then it was time to prep for Easter!