Puerto Vallarta Mini-moon

Okay, obviously these posts are a little bit delayed, but I'm trying to make sure I blog about this before we forget everything!  A week after the wedding, we took a trip to Puerto Vallarta.  I guess you could consider it our "honeymoon," but since neither of us could take much time off from work, we only went down for 4 nights.  Half the time we refer to this as our "mini-moon" because we're reserving our honeymoon for a big trip later on.  Anyways, we were both really excited because this was our first actual vacation together, just the two of us. We went through Costco Travel and everything was great.  We didn't have any problems with flight delays (hard to believe).  Our flight left Seattle at 5:50 am on Thursday, and we had 1 layover.  We ended up getting to Mexico around 3PM.  We stayed at the Grand Velas, which is a 5-star all-inclusive resort.  It was SO NICE.  Scott and I were blown away because we are not used to staying at such high-class places.  The customer service was the best we've ever had.  Time for some pics!

Right when we arrived, we were greeted with towels and a cold beverage, while we waited to check-in.

The view from our room.

We went during the low-season, which is also the rainy season.  We were worried that it would be rainy, but the weather was perfect the entire time.  Well, besides it being VERY hot and humid.

Because we did the all-inclusive package, EVERYTHING was included.  This meant we could eat and drink to our heart's content.  The resort had 24-hour room service, 3 gourmet restaurants, a couple snack bars, and then another more causal restaurant.   The only thing bad about doing the all-inclusive thing is that we felt like we needed to constantly eat to get our money's worth.   When we got back, I felt like I needed to detox from all the food I had eaten!

Our first meal, room service.  We ordered room service for breakfast every morning, and whenever we wanted a snack.  They always brought in a special table and had it set so nicely.

The first night we ate at the mediterranean restaurant.  I had this delicious lamb.

Us at the French restaurant.  The setting was SO beautiful.

We figured we HAD to try the escargot.

Scott actually liked it.   He may have gotten a little bit of sun.

The third restaurant was the italian restaurant.  I had this delicious duck.

Here we are at the casual restaurant, right on the beach.

Our resort was about 20 minutes away from downtown Puerto Vallarta, so we didn't do much sightseeing.  That was fine with us, however, because we just wanted to relax and unwind after all the wedding madness.  The pool area and beach were perfect for that.  Plus, there was hardly anyone else at the resort so we had the waitstaff almost all to ourselves.

The pool at evening time.

Scott was THE whitest person there, so he was pretty easy to spot.

We spent most of our time laying out by the pool.  Of course, this weekend trip also coincided with the kickoff of the college football season.  Saturday, we spent in our room, watching the Georgia football game, which was on tv in our room because it was on ABC.  We had a tougher time finding the UW/LSU game, which was on Saturday evening.  We ended up going to a sports bar in downtown PV, which was PACKED with people cheering on Mexico in a soccer match.  We were able to get one of the 20 televisions for the UW game.  It was quite interesting to be mixed in with all the crazy Mexico fans cheering on their soccer team.  They had blow horns and everything.

Here I am, all ready to cheer on the Huskies

And what would a trip to Mexico be without trying some tequila?

Funny story of the trip:  Because I had booked the trip under my name, they had us in their system as Mr. and Mrs. Radach.  So everytime we would call to order room service, they would answer and say "Hello, Mr. Radach, how can I help you?"  Well, about halfway through the trip, Scott made them understand that we were "the Raymonds."  But before that, they printed a special congratulations to us in their daily activities newsletter.

Here's the newsletter.  As you can see, it lists daily activities for the resort.

And here is the special congratulations message.  To add insult to injury, they didn't even spell my name right.  We thought this was hilarious!

Overall, it was a fabulous trip!