The Mr. and I just got back from fabulous Las Vegas and I thought I would tell you all about it. We had an absolute blast! Our honeymoon back in June was a flop, so on that trip we decided to start planning a Christmas trip to Vegas as a bit of a redo. The Mr. and I had been looking forward to the trip for months and I am so happy we decided to take the plunge even if that meant spending Christmas without family.
The Mr. and I are not much for partying and feel like we both did enough of that during college, so our trip was a little different than most. We did a lot of walking, shopping and saw three shows while we were there. We also did A LOT of eating, naturally. Afterall, what is a vacation without good grub?!
I’m a planner to the definition of the word, so we booked our flight, hotel and show tickets in July. I like looking forward to a trip knowing that some of the potential stress is out of the way. It is also great going into a trip knowing that you paid for nearly everything months ago. I also did some research to find places that I knew we would want to eat at. The Mr. and I appreciate delicious food and are always ready to try out different cuisine than what we would eat at home.
HOW LONG WERE WE THERE?: 7 days, 6 nights
WHERE DID WE STAY?: Caesar’s Palace on the Strip
WHAT DID WE DO?: Dining, Shopping, Walking, Shows
WHERE DID WE EAT?: Serendipity 3, Border Grill, House of Blues, Bobby’s Burger Palace, The Griddle Cafe, Hash House A Go Go, Yard House, Sprinkles, Guy Fieri’s Las Vegas Kitchen, Carmine’s, Buddy V’s Ristorante, Zeffirini’s, Payard Patisserie
The Strip was full of colorful lights and holiday décor. The casinos were beautiful and every inch of the Strip was something to see. The shopping malls were also gorgeous and we were so glad we were able to experience Vegas during the Christmas season.
The best part of the trip was the feeling of relaxation. We decided early on that we wanted to enjoy the trip and not be hungover, stressed or rushed. We enjoyed walking around to see all the casinos that were decorated for Christmas and seeing all the upscale window displays. The shopping malls were also quite the sight because the interiors were all set up to look like an outdoor villa complete with fountains and painted ceilings.
Nearly all of the food that we ate was completely delicious. We only had two meals that were a bit of a miss, so I’ll take it. It really pays to do your research before hand so you know what to expect, especially if you are working around dietary restrictions.
I ran a couple miles on the first morning of our trip, but that was it. I wish I would have ran more, but we walked everywhere. The Mr. and I did a little math and determined that we walked an average of at least 6 miles a day. The walking was great cross training and I think it has helped my hip alignment significantly. We even picked up these cutie Nikes for me early into the trip. I got a huge blister on my heel from some boots the first night, so I was very thankful for these comfy sneaks.
The Blueman Group Show was at 9:30pm on the night that we arrived in Las Vegas. We were struggling to adjust to the time change and so tired from traveling, but the show definitely woke us up. I didn’t know what to expect, but the show was energetic, silly and relied on the energy from the crowd. We were on the front row and didn’t even know it until we got there! It was crazy being so close to the stage. Our neighbors had ponchos on and after a while I figured out why. There was paint flying everywhere! We made it out without paint on our clothes and it was so much fun.
The LOVE Show was a tribute to the Beatles so naturally I was in love after the first number. The show was incredible, told a story and encompassed the journey of their music. I really thought they did a wonderful job bringing their music to life. It was a colorful and lively display and the perfect ending to a Monday.
Criss Angel is just too cool. No matter how hard you try there is no way to figure out how he does it. Needless to say we left the show in a state of wonder.
I am glad to be at home back in Atlanta, but I left a little bit of myself in Las Vegas. I can’t believe it is almost the new year. Spending Christmas in Las Vegas was the perfect way to round out the holiday season and I can’t wait for 2015!
What’s your favorite thing about Sin City?
Do you ever go on a Christmas trip?