Hey Everyone! It's been a long time since I posted a Vegas Trip report. Looking back the last time I posted was my trip in July 2013! I missed posting about my last trip which was in June 2014 and was a reunion trip for some old friends and I. This time around my hubby and I decided Vegas would be the perfect spring break trip to get out of the rain (we live in Vancouver, WA) and we booked a last minute trip (for us at least) one month ago. I was super excited to book a hotel I'd never stayed at before! Previous trips have included the old Imperial Palace, the Luxor, two Tropicana trips, Palazzo, and MGM. I decided that I wanted to try out Vdara for the fact that I did want a "quieter" Las Vegas stay than usual. We flew out of PDX very early because we wanted to maximize our time in Vegas. The flight got into McCarran at 9 am and we while we were waiting for our bags I spotted this vending machine! I love Original New York Seltzer and buy it all the time at Winco! I was pleased that they had this in a vending machine at McCarran. We gathered our bags and took the shuttle over the rent a car. We stood in line for awhile at Thrifty and were helped by a nice lady who asked us if we were there for March Madness. Hubby is a huge sports fan especially the Oregon Ducks who were in the tourney so we said yes and that we were hoping to get a couple bets in before the games that afternoon/evening. We picked a Wild Card for our car hoping for an upgrade but sadly all that was left was economy which we rolled with since we knew there was a possibility we would get that anyway. We went down the escalator to collect our car and the attendant said they didn't have any economy or compact to give to us so he sent us over to a VW Jetta and said take this one. Nice car with satellite radio. So we couldn't check in until 3 pm so we drove out to Nordstrom Rack off of Stephanie Street to do some shopping. I have had the best luck at Nordstrom Racks in Vegas. I can always find tons of stuff to take back with me. After perusing the store for almost an hour I found my hubby and we were both empty handed. Nothing spoke to us and we decided to head out the other Rack in Summerlin to see what it had to offer. On our way we stopped at our favorite Grimaldi's for some pizza, salad, and a cannoli! It was so nice to sit on the patio and enjoy the 75 degree day. After lunch we headed over to the Nordstrom Rack in Summerlin. We both looked around and still couldn't find any treasures. Oh well! If you haven't been yet this is a very nice new open air mall you need to go! . We planned to come back later in the week to see what else was around. After Nordstrom Rack we drove across the parking lot to Trader Joe's to get some water for the room. While we were admiring the store we found Sanjay the Seahorse (the Summerlin store mascot). We love Trader Joe's and as an employee I always seek out the stores to check out what they are doing. We grabbed some water, said hello to an employee we had run into at another location back in 2012 off Decatur who now worked at this store and got our discount. We planned on coming back the next day to grab a few more items after we got settled into our room. It was now around 2 pm and we decided to head over the Strip to see if we could check into Vdara. We self parked at Aria (Vdara doesn't have self park only valet) and took the tram over to the Bellagio/Vdara stop. The tram would be the story of our lives this trip as we self parked the entire time and because we like to leave the Strip often we were definitely felt like the trams' best customers during our stay. Hubby doesn't like to valet cars (especially rentals) after our incident in San Francisco where the valet wrecked my car while parking it causing over $1800 in damage. Here we are on the tram! We probably took rode it over 20 times in our 4 day stay. We prayed it wouldn't break down like I've seen a few other times I've visited! We were able to get checked into Vdara very quickly. We got our keys and headed up to the 30th floor. I was able to get us a view of the Bellagio fountains. I liked our room it had a small kitchenette, a soft bed, a couch, and a very nice bathroom. I also liked the smell of the hotel lobby. It smelled like flowers! Pretty! Here is a view from our window. We decided since it was a nice day that we would head down to the pool for a couple hours before heading out on the town. When we got down to the pool it had become super windy outside and it was rather "cold" by Vegas standards. Hubby went into the water which he said was warm but was terribly cold when he got out because of the wind. Towels, empty glasses, and magazines were blowing everywhere. We decided to head back up after only 20 minutes. Little did we know wind would be the story of our lives this trip as well. For dinner we made our way over the Venetian to eat at the Grand Lux Cafe. Along the way we stopped by the Linq so my hubby could check out the changes and the new High Roller. Here is a cute photo of the Sprinkles sign. I meant to get a cupcake but forgot about that after I started having a few drinks. At the Grand Lux I had a club sandwich and hubby had chicken pasta telefono. Both were great as always. I had a sparkling rose strawberry sangria which was pretty tasty but I unfortunately didn't get a picture of it! After dinner we walked over to Walgreens to get a couple drinks to enjoy while we walked around. Hubby got Ballast Point IPA and I got a Bud Light Lime. We walked around and took it all in. Here are a couple pictures of our adventures that night. A pretty picture of the Venetian Gondolas and a "character" we saw who appeared to be levitating in front of Ceasars. While we were checking out the "character" a woman asked us if she would get in trouble if she climbed up on rocks/fountain so we could take a picture of her. Hubby said he wouldn't recommend doing it if she didn't want to deal with security. She ended up not doing it but we seriously thought she was going to because even with our warning she was still contemplating it with her friend. After that we were tired from getting up at 4 am that morning so we headed back to our room. I forgot to mention that earlier we did stop by Sportsbook in Bellagio and put 20 bucks down on the Ducks unfortunately since they didn't cover the spread we lost!