April 16, 2010

Pics and Vids: Adults Only

As a kid, I felt that becoming a sophisticated adult entitled me to the following perks:
  • Ordering pu pu platters
  • Wearing high heels
  • Going to romantic weekend getaway destinations
However, I'm ashamed to admit that I don't do any of these things on my "sophisticated adult" list: I have yet to take full advantage of a Chinese appetizer sampler. A lone tear fell down my cheek when I typed that.

I didn't expect that I'd grow up to be 6'1, so the high heels thing isn't part of my wardrobe. Plus, I can't walk in 'em. That's out.

So, that leaves me with my third one. Growing up outside of Chicago, I'd see these ads on TV about this romantic wonderland called Sybaris. According to their extremely cheesy, low-tech ads, I could look forward to flower petals on beds, wearing robes, fireplaces, and MY OWN IN-ROOM WHIRLTUB! Where do I sign up for this? Look at this place:


The funny thing is that it didn't even register at all as a creepy thing. It just looked like so much fun to rent a pool suite! I imagined it'd be like we were riding in Vince Neil's limo cruising down the Sunset Strip, right? Break open the champagne.

In high school, I heard that a few friends were going to rent out some rooms at Sybaris after prom and it re-ignited my desire to go. I asked my boyfriend at the time if he'd be into it and he flatly rejected the idea. No rose petals? No luxurious robes? No in-room whirltub? Nope. None for me. He was never up for anything like that. I mean, he worked at a record store. Those guys aren't exactly known to kick up their heels. 

Am I alone in this? Did anyone else ever think that these places were the height of fun and romance? Did the lunatics on Blind Date kill this whirlpool-during-a-date idea? So many questions!

15 comments:

Akai said...

Romance or no, that place looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

A good boyfriend would try to make your dream come true, even if it doesn't turn out to be all it is cracked up to be. He should be GGG. If I'm ever your boyfriend I promise to take you.

Anna said...

Anonymous, if you're under 5'8, have brown hair and live in Philly, then yes, you can be my boyfriend.

xoxo

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! I grew up outside Chicago and used to be very confused by these commercials as a child. In fact, for a while we lived close by to one. I was too young to realize that they were for couples--I thought they looked like fun! I remember asking my mother if we could go there and she gave me the look of death.

Anna said...

I totally thought that they looked like fun. WHIRLTUB!!!

Anonymous said...

Man, that place looks like you would contract a venereal disease just by using the pen at the front desk when you check in. Hot tubs = chlamydia stew.

"5ft 7ins Brown haired guy just passing through...." said...

Exotic? Sensual? Intimate? Fun? All under one roof...what more can you ask for....that is the place to be.....got my speedo's at the ready.

xkatzelmacherx said...

It's all about Fantasuites™ - you can stay in a castle or an igloo.

Julie said...

Loved this.

And BTW, I remember thinking the champagne glass tubs in the Poconos would be super fun.

Alyssa said...

Yes!! This commercial was on local cable and they only showed it at night!

Maggie said...

two people i know just got engaged during a "romantic" weekend at caesar's paradise streams resort in the poconos. before now i thought it was just too corny to happen - but it did.

Anonymous said...

Anna, three strikes, I'm out, but I hope you find that boy. -not a potential bf

Jess W. said...

I always saw those commercials growing up and thought they looked like fun. I then stayed at one on my wedding night and found that they are indeed fun (private inroom pools are great). Also the number of mirrored surfaces in the rooms is rather impressive.

Anna said...

Jess, you are my hero. xoxo

Jaime said...

I don't even know how it entered my consciousness, but I remember seeing a champagne glass shaped hot tub once and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. I inspect hotels now, so I've seen several of those (as well as many a themed-room) at the Caesars resorts in the Poconos. Paradise Stream is the best one ;)

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