As I’m currently experiencing FOMO on account of not being able to join my friends in Las Vegas this weekend, it’s the perfect time to write a throwback post about my first trip to Vegas. My sister and I took my dad for a 50th birthday surprise back in June and it went a little something like this…
We stayed at Treasure Island on the North end of the Vegas strip. The South-facing rooms have a great view of the Vegas strip and offer your very typical hotel room layout/design. They aren’t terrible nor are they incredibly extravgant, but on a Vegas trip all you need is a comfy bed, clean sheets and dark curtains. I say this without having stayed at the Bellagio, Wynn or Mandalay Bay, so take my advice with a grain of salt (or a shot of tequila). I’ve since learned that if you don’t have loads of points racked up from the casinos, priceline.com is the place to shop for Vegas hotels. Pick high star ratings and name your price.
We arrived pretty late in the evening so late night eats were a first priority. We were surprised to find that the strip was not bustling with late night food options, but it did have Hash House a Go Go with beer cans in brown bags and sides of bacon. We were sold. This burger that was the side of my head wasn’t disappointing either.
On our first day, after touring the Venetian and stopping in a couple of shops stocked with items we could never afford, Dad insisted we make our way over to Madame Tussaud’s. He arrived a couple days before us and had already been there once. Going there ended up being one of my most memorable parts of the trip, primarily because Dad entetained with his selfie stick. This fun ensued:
While we’re talking about highlights… make sure to check out the blog that I shared about our helicopter ride over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, through the Grand Canyon and above the Vegas Strip. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
We ate a lot on this trip, but the best meal was most definitely my sister’s choice at Giada. Emmy-winning celebrity chef, Giada DeLaurentiis, opened this Italian restaurant on the 2nd floor of the Cromwell. We went with the prix fixe meal which was a phenomenal choice as we got to sample a little bit of everything for each course. I didn’t meet a course I didn’t like.
The staff at Giada took amazing care of us and made my dad’s 50th and sister’s 30th incredibly special! After the meal, we didn’t think we could possibly eat anymore but when this dessert cart arrived we made the room.
Who doesn’t love a good Photo Booth? I surely do. This made me happy:
We each had our picks of things to do over the weekend and this was mine! I had seen other bloggers recount their visit to the Neon Boneyard and had to pay a visit myself. The Neon Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which collects and maintains the relics of Las Vegas’ past. The tour guides, who volunteer their services, were outstanding. We learned a great deal about the history of the neon signs and how they were collected. Aside from being incredibly hot this was a real treat!
I almost can’t believe how much we packed into one weekend in Las Vegas – and we didn’t go to a single night club! We did rent a cabana and spent a day at the pool which is the origin of this blog post title. Soon after the “booty-shaking” competition, we overheard a young gentleman say “One man’s trash is another man’s Treasure Island.” I could explain, but you know what they say… “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
So while I wish I could be in Vegas with all my friends this weekend, I have some great Vegas memories from this trip to sustain me. I hope to head back soon… but in the meantime I’m looking forward to some time in San Francisco with my old pal Jimmy, South Padre Island with the fam for Thanksgiving and a wedding in Columbus, Ohio!