Friday, March 2, 2012

My Las Vegas

I loved writing my guide to DC and seeing what you all thought of my personal favorites (and recommending your own). Next up: Las Vegas! Many people that don't gamble are hesitant to visit Las Vegas but it also offers world class restaurants, shows, art and shopping too! (For the record I play slot machines for about 10 minutes and that's it-I'd rather spend my money on food. or shopping ;)

Circo: delicious Italian food at the Bellagio. The decorations make you feel like you are at the circus! Dessert is the best part
The Country Club at the Wynn: Uber preppy

Mix, which is at the very very top of THEhotel. Don't eat here if you are afraid of heights (over 60 floors up!). Yes, that is an outside deck high above the strip!

via google

Nobhill at MGM: get the mac and cheese!
Lupo by Wolfgang Puck at the Mandalay Bay: can you tell I love Italian?
I've actually never tried any of the famous Vegas buffets so that's next on my list!

If you really want to splurge (and you aren't a picky eater like I am):
Joël Robuchon
Restaurant Guy Savoy

Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Fashion Show Mall
Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (I don't think the shops are that great but fun to walk around and pretend you are in Venice)

I have two favorite Las Vegas shows: "O" (seen this one probably 10+ times) and The Beatles "Love" (I think I've seen it 5 times). O is all about water (the stage is a pool!), has beautiful music and is just magical. Love features music from the Beatles. It's so fun! See it even if you don't like the Beatles. I DO NOT LIKE: Le Reve (not original at all!). I saw Viva Elvis before it opened to the public and it seemed like it needed some work. I'm not sure if it has changed since I saw it but I was disappointed. Ka is fun if you are with people/kids who love action, samurai, martial arts, etc. The stage is amazing but too much plot for me! I saw Ka once and sitting right in front of: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in one of their very first public outings!

If you are in Las Vegas when it is warm you MUST stay in a hotel with a great pool! Both the MGM and Mandalay Bay have lazy rivers. The Mirage has 3 water slides (2 are little ones for kids). Please note: many pools are closed during winter because it does get very cold in Las Vegas! Cabanas are totally worth it in the summer.

(watching the Dodger game after a dip in the pool)

The Fountains at the Bellagio
Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel (if you can't go to the real thing...)
The Mob Museum is opening next month. I am so there! It's by the same people that designed the Spy Museum in DC
Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay
Chihuly ceiling in the Bellagio lobby:

XS at Encore
Tryst at the Wynn

Tao at the Venetian

Pure Caesars Palace

Marquee at the Cosmpolitan (it wasn't open last time I was in Vegas so I haven't seen it but have heard it's nice)

And after dinner and dancing at the club you might have to have a dance party in your hotel room. Or just snuggle with your best friends (who will kill me for posting these photos ;)

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman dancing in the same room in the movie Rain Man (the suite is at Caesars Palace)


Have you never been but secretly want to go?
Are you a Las Vegas fan? Let's hear your recommendations!


  1. I love Vegas! My mom and I took a trip right after my graduation from college and we had the best time! We stayed at The Wynn (my fave) and we LOVED Steve Wynn's Steakhouse, and also loved Postrio in The Venetian. We were very disappointed with the Brazilian BBQ place at Mandalay Bay, so I definitely wouldn't recommend that place! I've never been with my girlfriends, so that is definitely a trip that needs to be planned! Thanks for all the tips!

  2. I went in 2010, and I'm going again this summer. Can't wait!

  3. So I love Vegas and some blogger IRL friends and my bridal party are doing my Bachelorette there in August!

    A childhood friend of mine and her brother&fiancee had a joint party at Mix over New Years. Her 21t birthday and their Bachelor/Bachelorette. All of the family was there, even the Grandmother. It was out of control and so much fun!

    Just so you know, the pools in LV are disgusting. I majored in Environmental Studies and have read lots of peer-reviewed journals about the water quality of them. The casinos can say what they want but the bacteria levels were off the charts.

    Marquee is awesome - and this trip in August will be at The Cosmopolitan so I cannot wait!

  4. I had no idea the same ppl were doing the mob museum that did the spy museum--I love the spy museum! I generally just adore the fact shopping is open so late in Las Vegas. ;)

  5. I've never been, but my parents always talk about going some spring break! The Mob Museum sounds really cool, too.

  6. My friends and I decided last minute to see the Cirque Du Soleil show Zumanity. Not sure I would recommend it, but it was pretty hilarious and we still joke about it years later.
    I'll refer back to this list for my next trip... I can't wait to go back!!

  7. Thanks for the Vegas tips. I have been but it's been a while.

  8. Just found this post . . . dancing in the dark, eh?


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