17 & Married Part 5: Birthday Lituation

Hey, y’all! Welcome back to another installment of 17& Married! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted, and that’s because ya girl has been collaborating on some new material for you! I appreciate the love you've been showing, and I want to show y'all some right back. So today, I'm letting you into my world and showing you how I spent my 29th birthday!

I spent my weekend booed up with photographer bae in Niagara Falls! We had the best time! take a look at a bit of footage from the weekend here:

I want to give you all the tea about the weekend! Where we stayed, what we ate, and how we had a Covid safe birthday! Want to know more? Then keep on reading!

Where we stayed:

We booked a room at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Our room was on the 26th floor; affording us a spectacular view of the city, and the beautiful falls. Not only were the views breathtaking, but the room was also sleek, comfy, and affordable.

The bathroom was beautiful. Donned with a walk-in shower that could easily accommodate two people, a private toilet, and all the towels we could need. Across from the bathroom was a sitting area for hair and makeup. There was a decent-sized tv surrounded by built-in cupboards for your clothes. We chose a king bed, which was incredibly comfortable. I slept like a baby all night long. The room was both spacious and practical. Initially, I'd wanted to book a room with a jacuzzi, but they were all booked. Thankfully, the regular king room didn't disappoint. The best part of the room was the floor-to-ceiling window that faced the falls. We enjoyed watching the sunrise and set, overlooking the city below.

The base price was $150 when booking through the resort directly, but we opted to upgrade our room for the amazing view. In total, we spent $170 for a night.


On the third floor of the resort, you'll find the pool, fitness room, and spa. The pool area had a heated pool and a couple of jacuzzi tubs. We didn’t get a chance to try it out, but I intend to when I visit again in the future. The whole area was nicely decorated and had all the lounge chairs, towels, and vibes you'd need to enjoy yourself.

Unfortunately, the spa services and nightclubs were closed due to Covid-19, so we didn’t get a chance to experience those. We plan to go back again this summer, and hopefully, they'll be up and running again.

Now, whenever I go somewhere new I always want the details on the parking! I'll tell you, the parking situation was better than I'd expected! There was a free valet available, but we chose the self-parking option instead. (Can’t be too careful.) There were parking garages as well as a surface lot. The lot was near the door, and we were able to find a great parking spot. I would give them a 10/10 on parking convenience.

Covid-19 Precautions

In this day and age, you can never be too cautious. We needed to be as responsible as possible when traveling. I felt safe at the resort with the Covid measures in place.

When we arrived, there were temperature checks to get into the resort. We were scanned and answered some covid related questions before entering. Looking around I saw constant cleaning and hand sanitizer was always within arm's reach. Everyone was required to wear a mask, and patrons were being respectful of the Covid precautions. Overall, we had a safe and enjoyable time.


Now I don't know about yall, but when I take trips, I look forward to trying the new restaurants the most! The resort offers 11 restaurants/bar- lounges. Due to Covid-19, however, only 6 are currently open.

We chose KOI Asian cuisine for dinner. If you decide on this option, be sure to make a reservation! We didn't realize that it was necessary and had to wait an hour to reserve a table.

The overall vibe and decor were nice, but I would say KOI was comparable to PF Chang's when it comes to cuisine.

We ordered the potstickers and crab Rangoon for appetizers. I decided on the duck soup as an entree and I'll cut to the chase; I didn't care for it. It was tasty but difficult to eat. The chunks of duck were so big and bony that it was difficult to enjoy the soup and get everything on the spoon. Photographer bae ordered the seafood fried rice. Now that was good! I ate most of his entree since I didn’t like mine.

Shout out to bae for letting me devour his plate of food. You're the real MVP!

KOI's dessert menu didn't offer many options, so we went next door to the Three Sister's Cafe for some cake and pie. The carrot cake was amazing! I highly recommend you try it. The apple pie was ok, it was served chilled and a la mode. I would've preferred it hot. So on the dessert, I'd give them a solid 7/10.

Overall, I wasn't thrilled with my dining experience. Next time we visit, I'll research some local restaurants and venture out a bit more.


After we'd filled our bellies, we made our way to the casino. Most people were dressed pretty casually since the nightclub was closed. We decided to follow suit and get comfortable after dinner. Now bae and I don't gamble much, so we stuck to the slots and enjoyed ourselves that way.

The casino offers two sides; smoking and non-smoking. However, due to Covid, there's no smoking permitted inside right now. Which was fine by me, as it made me feel safer.

As new members, we were each given a $15 credit on our game cards. We pretty much just used those up and went back up to the room to enjoy our night. Overall it was a really fun evening! I look forward to going back when the weather is nicer to explore the surrounding area.

Pros: views, vibe, parking, covid safety procedures.

Cons: closed restaurants/bars, food options

We stayed at the resort Friday night and headed back home for a small gathering with our friends on Saturday. And that is when the real fun began!


Saturday night:

We threw a good old fashion kick-back with the crew. We kept it small with just 10 of our closest friends/family. When I tell you, it was lit, it was lit, lit. Too lit to add footage. We ordered from Rasicci's Pizza and Chicken. We ordered chicken and jojos, and pizza. If you're from the Akron area, then you know all about Rasicci's. It's an Akron staple. And you also know that no party is complete without the Hawaiian Rolls. The menu was perfect, the vibe was set. We had music, food, and hookah!

The hookah was provided by Pure Clouds Hookah, owned by B Reese of Cleveland, OH. He and his team brought and operated two hookahs for the evening. We chose an original blend curated by B Reese himself. The hookah was smooth, flavorful, and produced some of the fluffiest clouds I've seen. The team was professional and kept the hookahs going all night long. Pure Clouds Hookah even offers nicotine-free options as well.

B Reese, a man of many talents was also the DJ for the night. If you need someone to come in and set the vibe for your party, wedding, reunion, etc. He's your man. Thank you for helping to make my party a success!

In true crew fashion, everyone brought libations, and we partied like it was my birthday all night long.

I danced, I sang, I laughed until my sides ached! It was a night to remember. To the members of the crew reading this, thank you for making my birthday so special! I love and appreciate you all!

I am so grateful to have been blessed with another year of life. I'm in the last year of my twenties now. AKA twenty-fine. 2020 taught me so much, and I'm looking forward to knocking down every one of the goals on my list this year!


I hope you enjoyed today's installment, and I can't wait to bring you more like it!

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I look forward to bringing you more tea next week. Until then, stay blessed!


Dina Shanae

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