We live in the glorious Midwest, so during the winter months Matt’s company doesn’t work and his boss likes to take a trip in January to get away. This year, we took on Las Vegas. We had no idea what to expect since it was our first time, but it was such an unbelievable trip.
There is truly so much to do (besides gambling) no matter your age or walk of life. In January, the weather was in the 60’s and the outdoor pools were closed. We went for 4 days and 3 nights, it was the perfect amount of time.
First: The Hotels
The Hotels were probably my favorite part, all of them are designed with a specific theme in mind, most after a city or place. You can tell they were designed with a lot of thought and time, everything is so detailed from the ceilings to the floors. We stayed at The Paris Hotel, and I fell in love with it from the moment we stepped into the lobby to check in. I mean how can you not swoon over those chandeliers and flooring. The casino was lined with adorable shops and Parisian cafés. Our rooms were great, very spacious and cozy. Just be careful, there are so many different elevators and wings in the hotel it is not hard to get lost:)
New York, New York Hotel looks like a miniature NYC from the outside, complete with Ellis Island, the Statue of Libery, The Empire State Building, fire escapes, and even a roller coaster.
Second: The Food
Las Vegas is also known for its amazing food and buffets. We did not go to any buffets while we were there, but we did have some great meals. My favorite was at the Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, at The D Hotel downtown. I would definitely go again! It is downtown, on Fremont Street, so you would have to drive or take an Uber, but it is worth it!! The service was top notch, our booth was so private and cozy, and the food was unreal. Everyone really, really enjoyed their meals. Of course we couldn’t stop there, we each ordered a different dessert and shared, sooo good. I started with a wedge salad, then an amazing filet mignon with olive oil grilled asparagus. For dessert, I had the Italian wedding cake. Make sure to call before your trip and get your reservation in, you won’t be disappointed!!
Our hotel, Paris, has the cutest café out front with inside and outside seating called Mon Ami Gabi. We sat outside on a beautiful morning and had the best brunch. Mon Ami Gabi has other locations in the US, so if you’re close to one I recommend checking it out!
I had a awesome ham and cheese omelet and Matt had Corned Beef Hash & Poached Eggs, which was so delicious!!
If you’re looking for a more casual dinner spot, we had so much fun at The Still, in the Mirage Hotel. It is a lively sports bar, with hightop tables, couches, and oversized chairs. They have a lot of beers on tap, a food truck located in the back of the restaurant, and even board games to play at your table. The food is delicious and mostly finger foods. You walk up to the food truck to order and they deliver it to your table. We had the best time playing jenga, we could’ve stayed there all night!
Third: The Shows/Exhibits
Las Vegas is also known for their wide range of incredible shows. Some people travel to Vegas JUST to see a show, for example, Celine Dion who performs at The Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace. However, there are so many to choose from. Whether you love comedy, Cirque du Soleil, music, or magic, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
We also went to two exhibits in the Luxor Hotel, Titanic-The Artifact Exhibit & The Bodies Exhibition. We loved both of them! The Titanic Exhibit had so many unbelievable artifacts that were pulled from the ship, I don’t want to ruin for you but it’s something really cool to see. My favorite part was that each person got a card in the beginning with a persons name and information about them; their class, age, background, and if they were traveling with anyone. At the end of the exhibit, all the names were listed so you could find out if you survived or not.
Last but not least: The SHOPPING
ohhhhh man, the shopping in Las Vegas is soooo unbelievable and over the top. I was in love. Nearly every hotel has a mall or at least multiple shops. My favorite was definitely The Forum Shop in Caesars Palace and The Venetian. They both had amazing floors, made to look like old European brick streets and the ceilings painted like the sky. You felt like you were walking around outside in Italy.
I think our favorite part of the trip was the morning we spent just walking the strip and going into just about every hotel to explore. If you are an early riser, I definitely recommend doing this! Everyone is still sleeping and the street is so calm:)
If you’re going to Las Vegas, I hope this helps you!!