Waking up in Vegas

I have been to Las Vegas more times then I should probably own up to. But I can’t help it! I have never, ever had a bad time there. The first time I went I instantly was thinking “I’m moving here!” There is constant attractions, food, fun, sun – what more could you ask for? Before I was a married lady with a job, I was a single gal in university – working in bars and restaurants to pay my way and I would go to Vegas twice a year. Over time I have stayed at various hotels and been to countless bars and shows, through all those trips I have developed my favourites.

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I have stayed at Mirage, Bellagio, New York New York, Ceasar’s Palace, Monte Carlo and MGM. The Mirage has gotten my top spot for hotels. It’s not the fanciest or newest but in overall satisfaction it gets my vote. The location is perfect. It’s really central on the strip and not a far walk from some of my other favourite hotels like Caesars or the Wynn. The rooms are pretty standard but they’re all updated, and I have never been disappointed.  They’re pretty big and one of the nights we usually end up getting room service and it’s always good.

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My pink and striped bikini is Victoria’s Secret and Lisa’s is from Simons. My sunglasses are Prada.

One of the biggest reasons I choose the Mirage is the pool. Its really big and spacious, aesthetically well done and I find the drinks and service to be pretty good. If you’re going with a group (4 plus), get a cabana there (they’re pricey), it is totally 100% worth it. The cabanas are really nice, with super comfy lounge chairs, you’re in a private area, you’re stocked with a fridge full of water, pops and juices, and it comes with a fruit tray and a cheese tray, a flat screen tv and couches. If you go there in July or August the heat is outrageous and the cabana’s have misters which is so cooling. Mirage also has a their party pool BARE, and it’s topless, but obviously you don’t have to go topless! If you want a party pool this is a good one because it’s not too huge and it has a fun infinity pool.

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Bikini is from Disney World, randomly enough, suns are Prada and hat is from the GAP I’m pretty sure, it’s old.

I have been to a lot of shows in Vegas. I have seen Cirque’s Zumanity, O, Love, KA, Elvis, Zarkana, I have also been to Peepshow, Jubilee, La Reve, Thunder from Down Under (NO.), Absinthe, and I have watched stand up from David Spade, Ray Romano, and Jerry Seinfeld. There is probably more but I really can’t remember. Hands down, my absolute favourite is Cirque Du Soleil LOVE. It is to all music by The Beatles, the acrobatics are insane, the dancing is awesome and it has a great message. I cried the first time I went to it, I have been three times and I would go again. I grew up listening to Beatles music and I am a huge fan, but it is certainly not just for Beatles fans.

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If you want something more authentically Vegas try Jubilee at Bally’s. It’s a topless revue, with showgirls and glitter and feathers, oh my!

There are a zillion restaurants in Vegas to try, I have not come close to trying even an eighth of them. But I do have some favourites that I return to every time I go.

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I don’t know what it is about The Peppermill but I am completely obsessed with it and every person who goes to Vegas with me is forced to go there. I’ve only been for breakfast, but the portions are HUGE and delicious. I think what makes me love it so much is the ambiance. It’s been there for 40 years and I don’t think they have updated it even once. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same staff too. It is total old school Vegas and I can’t get enough. It’s kind of far down the strip, past Encore, but I always walk it and it’s fine. If you go with a group get the western fruit plate, and I usually get the garden omelette. Just trust me and go.

Another place I always go to is Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. If you’re not starving then you should definitey wait for the patio. It is right on the strip and you have amazing views of the Bellagio fountains. The food is great. Be prepared to eat a lot and spend a few hours.

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Ryan and I sat inside at the window and that was nice too, but nothing beats the patio. My dress on the left is from Zara and my top on the right is from H&M and I wore it with black dress shorts.

Some of the other restaurants I enjoy are MESA at Ceasars, Serendipity at Caesars (get the frozen hot chocolate), Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill at MGM, Spago at the Forum Shops, Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris, Cafe Bellagio for late night, Henry at Cosmopolitan for BRUNCH!!!!, Tao and the list goes on and on.

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There is always nightlife going on, no matter what day, what time, what time of year etc. Some of the places I have had fun are Tao, LAX, Jet (now 1oak), Pure, Marquee, Surrender, Tryst, and Bond.

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While you’re there be sure to go to the Bellagio fountains and gardens, shop at Forum Shops and Fashion Show Mall, head to the canal at Venetian and explore the hotels, check out Fremont Street, gamble at the tables, have frozen drinks and sangria and let loose! Now I want to go back immediately!

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4 thoughts on “Waking up in Vegas

  1. I agree, I’ve NEVER had a bad time in Vegas! I live in Los Angeles and go 3-4 times a year. It’s funny, every time I have a trip planned, I am just as enthusiastic, the level of excitement hasn’t waned over the years. My next trip, with my boyfriend, is planned for early November and we are already excited for it!

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