Feb 25, 2014

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas


While I am happy we got to enjoy the weekend in Las Vegas (and escape the cold and 12" of fresh snow in Minnesota) I can't say that I fell in love with the city or anything. To be honest, as fabulous as Las Vegas can can also be quite desolate. From over-hyped-impossible-to-get-into clubs and celebrity-chef-endorsed restaurants to obnoxious-giant-plastic-neon drink cups...Las Vegas has it all. At 26, I felt like I was too old to really enjoy everything that 'The Strip' had to offer and felt pretty weird about carrying alcoholic beverages out on the streets. I guess I enjoy quiet neighborhood restaurants and tree lined sidewalks over Gordon Ramsey establishments that turn a burger into a chic spelling error called "Burgr" (note my sarcasm when I use the word 'chic'). I got sick of being hassled by club promoters and street performers on the sidewalks and things got pretty sketchy the second we left the main drag. Keith may have said it best when he said: 

Las Vegas: I had fun...but I didn't like it.

Our favorite game at the casino was Roulette. Definitely a game of chance but you can get into the statistics of it as well (and Keith loves statistics). We were up and down money all weekend and ended up down quite a bit. We got to drink for free when we were gambling though and it provided hours of entertainment so it was definitely worth it. We also didn't bet money we couldn't afford to lose. I think that is the biggest key to success in Vegas: don't play with money you don't have...because you will lose it (at least most of the time). It will ruin your night if you expect to leave with more than you came with.

Here are some of the highlights from our trip:

Breakfast @ La Creperie in Paris.

(Buy my favorite J.Crew vest here)

We stayed at the Paris Hotel located right in the heart of the strip. The Casino level was filled with Parisian style cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. My favorite was probably La Creperie. This Nutella crepe was an especially sugary start to the day that I couldn't refuse.

Lunch @ Pink's outside of Planet Hollywood.

My husband and I love trying new restaurants and foodie spots in Minneapolis. He was super excited to try some of the famous dining spots in Las Vegas. Pink's is one of the most famous hot dog stands in the country originating in Los Angeles in the late 1930's. We were thrilled to find one in Las Vegas near our hotel. Even had a patio. Who doesn't love mini corn-dogs and chili fries?!


Las Vegas has some killer shopping. The Forum Shops are located inside of Caesar's Palace. My sister-in-law and I literally shopped until we dropped. It was exhausting but also great to explore some of the high end shops that we don't have in Minnesota.

The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood also had some great shopping as well as the "Grand Canal" shops inside the Venetian.

Enjoying the lights @ the Soleil Pool.

Most of the hotel pools were closed until March. Lucky for us, the pool at Paris was open (10am - 4pm).
After a long day of shopping, Keith and I escaped to the "closed" pool to enjoy some of the incredible lights. Taking this quiet minute with him was one of my favorite parts of our entire trip. There aren't many places that you can go where there aren't 1,000 tourists and dozens of street performers and club promoters.

And we got to hang out with these two...

Dinner @ Strip House in Planet Hollywood.

Strip House is a steak and seafood restaurant inside of Planet Hollywood. The girls and I were going to the Britney show so we decided to have dinner at the same hotel so we wouldn't have to worry about running late. The boys hung out and gambled at the card tables while we were singing our hearts out.

Britney Spears

Britney is a performer. She always has been. In true Vegas fashion, she put on an incredible show (even though she did lip-sync the entire time). We were lucky enough to score amazing seats thanks to Niki's father-in-law. I have some pretty amazing pictures that I shared in a previous post along with my review and the set-list.

Fremont Street Experience.

We had the best night on Fremont Street. If you are in Vegas, you definitely need to take a cab to Fremont Street. It is the cheapest entertainment you will find and in my opinion...the most fun. The casinos were much older but I liked that they weren't so obnoxiously large and closed in. Plus the light show was unlike anything that I had ever seen and people watching was even better than on The Strip (which I didn't think was possible). No need to dress up here.

Paris Hotel Room.

We had a great view of the Fountains of Bellagio outside of our hotel room. Keith and I always bring this little poodle Beanie Baby with us when we travel. It is a comfort since we can't always bring our puppy with us. This little companion has been to: Italy, Switzerland, France, Hawaii, and now Las Vegas. Did you notice the poodle was at lunch, too?

Keith's brother-in-law does a bit of business in Vegas and he was able to hook us up with upgraded rooms. The decor inside of the hotel rooms was definitely not my favorite but I would stay at Paris again and here is why: it is small.

The hotels in Las Vegas are HUGE. Two hotels that are right next to each other are still a 20 minute walk from door to door. It literally took Niki and I 30 minutes to get from one end of Caesar's Palace to the other. There aren't any windows in the casinos and the lights are dimmed. It is easy to lose track of time because it always looks the same no matter what time of day it is. It started to feel a bit claustrophobic and overwhelming. Paris seemed to be a little bit more manageable. There is only one tower and you can get through the entire casino in 10 minutes.

My best advice if you are going to visit Las Vegas? Wear comfortable shoes during the day. No one dresses up (during the day). Tennis shoes are totally acceptable if you are going to walk the strip, shop, and check out all of the hotels. Save your feet for going out at night.

As always, thanks for reading!

Have you ever been to Las Vegas?

XO, Bev

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