I want to start this post off by saying that my thoughts are with Las Vegas. I pray for all of the victims of the senseless tragedy that took place there on Sunday night, their families and all of the first responders. My heart just aches every time I turn on the TV and see more and more horrific events like this happening in our world. I pray that the violence stops.
We often think of Vegas as a place to escape from the stresses of everyday life. As a place to let loose and have fun with friends and family. Unfortunately the acts of one person can attempt to steal that from us. Just two weeks ago my husband and I took a mini vacation and headed to Las Vegas for 5 days. I want to share a short recap of our trip with hopes of keeping the memory of the Vegas we all know and love alive.
We caught a later flight out of Houston on Thursday and immediately found a restaurant in our terminal to grab a bite to eat. We settled on Cat Cora’s Kitchen for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. It was super yummy and definitely hit the spot. I also downed two glasses of Pinot Grigio to help my nerves (I’m not a huge fan of flying).
After dinner we headed to our gate to board our plane. Thankfully the flight was smooth and uneventful. I purchased wifi to help pass the time and Schoen watched football (thanks United for the free DIRECTV access!).
When we arrived in Las Vegas it was around 8pm. After we got our bags we grabbed a taxi to our hotel, the MGM Grand. After we got checked in we dropped our bags off in our room and set out to explore the hotel. We grabbed some appetizers at one of the restaurants and the people watched for a bit. I have to say, Vegas is one of the best places to people watch!
We woke up early Friday morning and headed downstairs for some breakfast. A hearty meal was in order because we had plans to walk the strip a majority of the day. I feasted on some biscuits and gravy and Schoen had steak and eggs. After our bellies were full we set out to explore the city! Here are some snapshots of our afternoon.
We didn’t really have a plan set in stone, so we just stopped in different places that caught our eye. We stopped in the Miracle Mile shops for a while to browse some of their stores. I’m not going to lie, I really wanted to buy one of these magnets:
We stopped at one of the convenience stores to grabbed bottled water and Schoen ended up buying some whiskey. It was so weird being able to walk around and drink a beer or whiskey out on the sidewalk. The little bottles of Jameson we picked up definitely came in handy for the hubs though!
Out of all the hotel/casinos we stopped in, the Wynn’s lobby was my favorite. It was filled with a gorgeous live floral display that was absolutely stunning. The colors were so bright and vibrant. It was so impressive!
After walking for a majority of the afternoon we grabbed some coffee from a coffee shop in Caesar’s Palace and drank it outside of the Bellagio. My second favorite thing in Vegas are the Fountains of the Bellagio. I could sit there for hours and watch them dance to the music. It’s so fun!
While we were out and about we ended up buying tickets to Criss Angel’s show Mindfreak for that evening. We spent the remainder of the afternoon walking around and popping in and out of different casinos. We headed back to our hotel to get ready for evening and then headed over to the Luxor for the show.
The show was entertaining, but not as good as we expected it to be. In the end, we’re glad that we went, but didn’t think the tickets were worth the price that we paid. After the show we ended up gambling at the Luxor and when we looked at the time we realized it was 4 in the morning! The time definitely gets away from you in Vegas because there are no windows inside of the casinos! We called it a night and caught a cab back to the hotel and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit our pillows!
Saturday morning started surprisingly early considering we didn’t get to bed until 5am! We opted for room services for breakfast so we could take our time getting ready. After we ate, we headed downstairs and downed a bloody mary at one of the many bars at the MGM. After our drinks we tackled parts of the strip we didn’t get to on Friday. One of our first stops was the Hershey’s store!
Anyone who knows me knows that Hershey’s bars are my all time favorite sweet treat. So hitting up the infamous Hershey’s store on the strip was a must.
For those who are curious, the giant syrup bottles are actually empty! I was kinda bummed that they were filled with the delectable chocolate and strawberry goodness that I used to pour over my vanilla ice cream as a kid. One can only dream, right?
After the hershey’s store we checked out more of New York New York and ended up in an Irish Pub. The GGG vs Canelo fight was that night, so places were stating to get SUPER crowded. We ended up hanging around inside the casino at New York New York until it was time to get ready for the Olympia finals that evening. After we went back to our hotel to change clothes and head over to the Orleans hotel. We grabbed a quick dinner at TGI Friday’s and then headed over to the arena.
We have been huge fans of watching the Olympia each year on live stream. Seeing it live in Vegas has been on Schoen’s bucket list for a long time, so this was such a treat for him! We had pretty great seats, but the big screens definitely helped showcase just how massive these bodybuilders really are!
Sunday was once again spent exploring the strip! We came across a small side street that had a ton of fun restaurants and shops. A sprinkles cupcake store was calling my name so we popped in to grab one of their sweet treats.
The black and white cupcake I chose hit the spot and gave me a nice sugar rush to keep walking! Speaking of walking, we walked nearly 10 miles every day that we were there! That’s a lot of steps!
The remainder of our afternoon was spent exploring, popping in and out of casinos and eating some delicious food. At around 5pm we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our 7pm Cirque Du Soleil show at Treasure Island. I knew that I definitely wanted to see a Cirque show while we were in Vegas, and Mystère got amazing reviews!
The show did not disappoint! It is probably one of my favorite Cirque performances to date! It had the perfect mix of classic Cirque humor and breathtaking acrobatics. I highly recommend this show if you’re ever in Vegas! It was amazing!
After the show we walked around to the front of Treasure Island to check out their pirate ship. It was completely lit up and absolutely gorgeous at night! We then walked over to Ra Sushi (one of our favorite sushi spots) for a late dinner and a few drinks.
After dinner we were more than ready to call it a night. Our feet hurt and we were exhausted. We caught a cab back to the hotel to settle in for the rest of the evening. I spent a little while gather up some of my clothes and starting packing my suitcase. We had plans to leave for the airport at about 8:30 the next morning so an early bedtime was a must as well.
A majority of our Monday was spent traveling. The lines at airport security were quite long, so we were glad to get there earlier than planned. After we arrived back in Houston we picked up Roxie from a friends house and headed home. After 5 days away, it felt so good to be back at our house. It was definitely a fun trip filled with lots of walking, exploring and memory making!
Vegas we love you and will be back soon! Stay strong, we’re praying for you!