This will be the first part of a three part series detailing my experiences in Las Vegas.
Oh Las Vegas. You have fascinated me forever. You were once going to be my future home. You are timeless, classy, messy, and full of wish fulfillment. I have been three times. Each a different experience on its own and each a load of fun. Still waiting for my VIP high roller experience trip, one day, one day!
Read on to enjoy mini reviews, tips and tricks, and hear about my antics in Vegas. What happens in Vegas does NOT always stay in Vegas 😉
My first introduction to the Vegas was with my dad on our road trip. We were there for roughly 24 hours. So clearly I was a little overwhelmed. I foolishly thought we would be able to see every hotel on the strip in that time frame. I wrote out a very detailed list/schedule. And then I learned the truth… that Vegas is FULL of distractions. Every corner you turn there is one. Some of these distractions occupy 10 minutes, others 5 hours. Either way, Vegas and schedules do not meet. That is one of the things that makes Vegas so incredible, the unexpected is always around the corner. Whether it was a little shop, statue, entertainment, photo op, or a restaurant, my senses were bombarded the whole time walking on the strip!
We drove into Vegas after a brief brief stop at the Hoover Dam, navigated through the traffic (rather my dad did while I stared awe-struck at hotels that looked like toys) and valeted the vehicle at the Bellagio where we were staying for the night. Oh the Bellagio…hotel class at its finest. <3. Every second of being there was a delightful experience. Once we were all settled in at the hotel – it was time to bust out my list and attack!
We made it about two blocks before I realized that I was NEVER going to do all that I wanted to do, and that made me feel just a bit overwhelmed. So sensing my being on the verge of freaking out. my dad bought me my first Vegas drink. A pina colada in a metal goblet from Excalibur. Then we played the slots and sipped our drinks…I was in the Vegas spirit now!
The rest of the day continued with some shopping and sightseeing, including a stop at the epic Coca Cola store and M&M store. Still two of my must visits every time we go there. I was a sucker for anything touristy and came back with a boatload of items, that I still enjoy looking at today.
After a busy and tiring afternoon of walking around, it was time to relax by the pool. Vegas sure does know how to do pools! The pool at the Bellagio was just gorgeous. We spent a couple hours sipping on delicious drinks poolside, and enjoyed hopping between the different pools. It was really hard to leave! I could easily just visit Vegas for a weekend of sitting by the pool.
However, we did only have the 24 hours, so it was eventually time to head off to dinner. We chose to have dinner at Circo, in the Bellagio. The decor and locale was phenomenal (we had a view of the fountains from our table) and the food was delicious, however a trend I notice in Vegas is cramming as many tables together as possible in a restaurant so it ruins the atmosphere when you are bumping elbows with your neighbor. I would still recommend eating here based on the actually cuisine though. Eating in Vegas is such a struggle for me because almost everywhere looks good, so how do you decide!
Following dinner was more touring and shopping around the nighttime strip then it was time to head back to the hotel to tour around. I really love the Bellagio Conservatory, and try to visit it every time because it is always beautiful and always different. For this trip, it had a fall harvest theme. So beautiful! So far I have got to see three different seasons! And of course who can say no to the chocolate shop…
Finally it was time to head back to the room and for me to enjoy the AMAZING bubble bath tub in the hotel room and just chill out before another day of driving. In the morning we got up and enjoyed the best Eggs Benedict at the Cafe Bellagio that I have ever ever had. And then it was time to say goodbye to Sin City until next time! 🙂
My biggest take aways from my 24 hours in Vegas: you have to go with the flow there, you need comfy shoes, when it doubt grab a refreshing drink, and most importantly, enjoy the fun! For this time, we stayed at the Bellagio for one night. We had lunch at the pizza join in New York, New York, dinner at Circo, and breakfast at Cafe Bellagio. And of course, an assortment of drinks at Excalibur, Bellagio, and Hard Rock hotel.
Next time was a trip with Caitlin and our three guy friends. Stay tuned to hear all about that! Till then…
– xoxo Veronica