The older we get, it seems - the harder it is to find the time to spend with loved ones. Growing up, my sister and I were extremely close, and we still are to this day, however - it's getting harder and harder to spend quality time together. With our busy schedules, kids (her - not me, obvs), taking care of our homes etc - it's not easy to find the time to get away. So, when you're invited out for a whirlwind 24 hours including a luxurious deluxe suite, concert, dinner and relaxation at a spa - you go! Don't just go, run! LOL And that's exactly what I did when I was invited out to Casino Rama Resort, and I dragged my sister along for a mini girls weekend away!
In case you haven't noticed - I'm a HUGE fan of taking roads trips and discovering new places that can make for great weekend escapes. Casino Rama Resort is located less than 2 hours north of Toronto in Orillia, ON. We opted to take one of the many bus tours that go up to Casino Rama as opposed to driving. The bus ride was where our mini vacay started and let me just say - we had a little too much fun on there! Cracking jokes with each other, and everyone else on the bus helped pass the time, especially when we got stuck behind an accident that made what would have been a 2 hour ride a 4 hour ride!
|Not too shabby of a view, right?|
When we walked into Casino Rama Resort and up to the hotel check-in - it honestly felt as though we were not in Orillia. The large foyer with a waterfall and luscious greenery made it feel more tropical, or even a Las Vegas feel! As I mentioned, Casino Rama Resort is located in Orillia, ON surrounded by beautiful farmland which makes for a gorgeous view. See above if you think I'm fibbing!
When we got to our deluxe suite, I noticed Casino Rama Resort had left us a lovely surprise! A gift basket filled with delicious goodies! Casino Rama Resort also included a couple wine bottle openers in the gift basket...they sure knew their visitors well because we brought a few bottles up! Obvs. We dug right into the Swedish Berries and nibbled on those as we drank sparkling wine and got ready for the night!
Saving those snacks came in handy later that night when we curled up to watch a movie after our eventful night (stay tuner for the follow-up posts because it was pretty epic!). Even though my sister fell asleep a few minutes into the movie...LOL...I stayed awake and watched the entire thing!
We I watched That Awkward Moment and I'm surprised my giggles didn't wake my sister up because that is one funny movie!
Side note - hello Zac Efron!
Before we started our night, we obviously had to get ready. The washroom in the suite was stunning with all marble floors and countertops! Seriously, it's as if they knew two ladies would be there and need ample space to prepare for the epic night ahead! A gorgeous enclosed shower with a separate soaker tub made it a spa-like oasis. The vanity was massive going us plenty of room for all of our makeup, hair care products, perfume, etc. Of course, the multiple (large) mirrors not only in the washroom, but throughout the deluxe suite made for many perfect #selfie stations. I think the #selfie gene runs in the family...sorry sis, but you took more than me! LOL
With two double, pillow top beds it wasn't hard to get one of the best nights sleeps I've had in a LONG while. That is...when we finally got back to the room! LOL And actually, I really only got a couple hours sleep but because the bed was so comfortable it felt like oh-so-much more! The deluxe suites are furnished with either double beds or a king size bed, extra seating, a 42" TV and most have a gas fireplace! I turned ours on as soon as we got back to the room and curled up beside it to watch the movie.
After getting ready and enjoying some wine, we made our way downstairs for dinner and the concert. We were so comfortable in the room it was difficult to leave though! LOL I'm sure glad we did...stay tuned for follow-up posts about the amazing lamb and lobster dinners we had, the Boyz 2 Men concert, the adventures after the concert and the pampering we received at the spa the next day!
I'm seriously already trying to plan another trip up to Casino Rama Resort because I enjoyed it so much!
Disclaimer: My stay at Casino Rama Resort was complimentary, but as per usual my views are entirely my own and that bed really was ridiculously comfortable!