Like I said in my earlier post, I got to take two trips this year, both somewhat spontaneous. In June, I was having lunch with my best friend (it’s pretty awesome getting to work with your best friend!), and he mentioned that he was going to Las Vegas with an old co-worker. That conversation turned into him inviting me to go with them! We ended up booking our flights the same day (yes, before I even mentioned it to my husband. Oops.) and that was that. I don’t *do* spontaneous trips, generally, so he must have caught me on a good day. He had been two or three times before, so he planned everything and it was glorious! I was a Vegas virgin.
His old co-worker ended up not being able to go after all, so it was just the two of us. We were so excited! We had three days to cover a LOT of ground.
We basically landed at the airport, took a cab to the hotel, and hit the ground running. We stayed at the Treasure Island hotel. It was in a great location, and our room had a really nice view (I was impressed, at least).
The first day, we walked up and down most of the strip. I was in awe of how different Vegas was from little old Fort Worth where I live! I wasn’t used to seeing 90% naked women and men walking down the street, that’s for sure – but hey, whatever works.
We stopped and shopped at Caesar’s Palace, and of course had to stop and have our first drink. It was HUGE, and not cheap! It’s all part of the experience, though, so I was okay with it.
For dinner that night, we went to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris Hotel, and it was SO good. We both had steak frites, which is what that restaurant is known for, and it did not disappoint. After dinner, we walked by the Bellagio, hoping to see the fountains at night, but they malfunctioned and didn’t put on a show for us. Oh well.
Yeah, that night we were in bed by 9:30. We were exhausted. On a map, and even in person, everything looks so close together. It’s definitely not. Distance + heat + alcohol = tired travelers!
The next day, we had breakfast at Serendipity 3 (frozen hot chocolate… what?!). We did a little more exploring, played on the slot machines a little, and went back to the room for a couple of naps. We had a big night to look forward to, and we knew it wouldn’t be good if we didn’t rest up when we had the chance.
That night, we headed to Old Las Vegas (Fremont Street). Blake had never been to that part of Vegas, so it was new for both of us. They call it the Fremont Street Experience… and it was definitely an experience. I said to him several times, “I don’t understand how and why people bring their KIDS to Vegas!” – as naked showgirls walked past us. I saw some things I can’t unsee on Fremont Street, but we loved it. No, we didn’t zipline – maybe next time!
We went to a bar called Commonwealth. It was SO COOL. Definitely the coolest bar I’ve ever been in! They had live music, the decor was perfect, and everyone was laid back. My kind of place. Inside Commonwealth, there is a speakeasy, which was our main reason got going to the bar in the first place. I found out about the speakeasy online, and had to make reservations a few weeks ahead of time. I don’t want to give too much away since it’s supposed to be secret, but I’m sure if you are decent at Googling, you can figure it out! Blake and I both agreed – that was our absolute favorite part of the trip. Definitely worth going back for. We ate next door at a Thai restaurant, strangely enough called Le Thai, and it was also wonderful.
After that, we took an Uber BACK to the strip, because it was time for our next adventure.
Yeah, that’s right, we did the Happy Half Hour on the High Roller. Yours Truly found a Groupon for $40 – all you can drink for 30 minutes (once around on the High Roller above Las Vegas). We SO got our money’s worth! I highly recommend it, even if you don’t do the open bar car. It was awesome to see at night. If you can get Orlando as your bartender, DO IT.
After that, we somehow made our way to a club and had a good time there as well. I think we finally got back to the hotel around 3:00 am. Remember when I said we had those naps? That’s why.
The next day, we went to a couple of hotels that we hadn’t visited yet, because there was a Trump rally at Treasure Island that morning. Needless to say, it was a madhouse between security, the people waiting for Trump, and just craziness in general. We wanted to avoid it at all costs! Our feet hurt from all the walking, so we ended up doing a lot of sitting and people watching (also a fun thing to do in Vegas).
Our flight was later that afternoon, so we headed back to the airport – tired, happy, exhausted, and quite a bit poorer. It was so worth it, though. I can’t wait to go back!