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Viva Las Vegas

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Good morning and Happy Monday! A couple of weeks ago Mike went to Las Vegas for a work conference and we decided to turn it into a little weekend getaway for the two of us after the conference was over. I flew out on a Thursday night and met Mike at the MGM where he was staying for work. I’ve been to Vegas once before and this time around I was still just as amazed by just how grandiose everything is. The size of the casinos, the lights, the restaurants, the shopping, the people…it’s all just so over the top and I love it! After a good night’s sleep we had breakfast and I had a relaxing hour at the MGM Grand Spa before we headed over to our hotel for the next 2 days-the Mandarin Oriental. The Mandarin Oriental was amazing-our room was beautiful and everything about the hotel just screamed luxury. I also really loved the fact that the Mandarin doesn’t have a casino so it was very quiet and private-a great retreat from all the craziness out on the strip!

Mandarin Oriental

Our room at the Mandarin Oriental

The pool at the Mandarin Oriental

The pool at the Mandarin Oriental

Sunrise view from our room at the Mandarin Oriental

Sunrise view from our room at the Mandarin Oriental

After getting settled at the hotel we headed out to explore the strip. We spent the day walking around the casinos and shops, stopping here and there for a drink, basically just relaxing and having a good time. We stopped at Todd English P.U.B. in Aria for a quick snack of their addictive Lobster Rolls before our excursion off the strip for dinner at the incredibly popular Lotus of Siam.

The Shops at Crystals

The Shops at Crystals

The glass flower ceiling at The Bellagio

The glass flower ceiling at The Bellagio

Lobster Rolls at Todd English P.U.B.

Lobster Rolls at Todd English P.U.B.

Lotus of Siam

Lotus of Siam

After dinner we called it an early night so we were ready to go for a busy Saturday. On Saturday we woke up an headed off the strip to The Gun Store.

The Gun Store

The Gun Store

Neither Mike nor I have ever fired a handgun so we decided to give it a try here in Sin City. It was a crazy, scary experience for me and while I’m glad I did it I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. Here’s how it went…we walked up to the window outside and chose our shooting package and targets. Inside our instructor gathered our guns and ammo, we picked up eye and ear protection, and then headed into the range. After some quick instruction I was shooting at my zombie target with a glock 19. It was so loud and the recoil was so strong…not what I was expecting and definitely very startling. Mike and I took turns and after he shot his handgun I shot a bigger, automatic gun.  Again-loud, strong, and scary. Bottom line: guns are scary and I’m just not a huge fan.

The menu at The Gun Store

The menu at The Gun Store

After this early afternoon excitement we headed back to the strip, stopping to get our In-N-Out Burger fix on the way. Cheeseburger Animal style and Animal fries are the only way to go!

In n Out

In N Out

Cheeseburger, animal style with Animal fries

Cheeseburger animal style with animal fries

Back on the strip we hung out at Todd English P.U.B. (definitely our go-to bar of the trip) before it was time for dinner and a show. We were seeing Cirque du Soleil – “O” at the Bellagio so I chose Le Cirque for dinner as it’s just steps away from the theater. We had a great prix fixe pre-theater dinner complete with wine pairings…highly recommended if you’re looking for somewhere that leans towards the fancier side. When we were in Vegas a few years ago we saw Mystere at Treasure Island and we really enjoyed it but we were even more impressed with ‘O’. Odd and eccentric in true Cirque fashion, but the water stage just takes the acrobatics to a whole new level…another highly recommended Vegas activity!

Dinner at Le Cirque

Dinner at Le Cirque

The Strip from our room at the Mandarin Oriental

The Strip from our room at the Mandarin Oriental

On Sunday our flight left a little later in the afternoon so we headed back to our new fav Vegas spot, Todd English, to take in a little NFL action before heading home. A fun weekend feature at Todd English is their Bloody Mary bar where you choose from a long list of fixins to make your dream Bloody Mary. Mine was basically a meal in a glass and coupled with their loaded chips it was the perfect Sunday football indulgence!

Bloody Marys at Todd English P.U.B.

Bloody Marys at Todd English P.U.B.

Loaded chips at Todd English P.U.B.

Loaded chips at Todd English P.U.B.

I had such a fun couple of days in Vegas and am now even more excited for my girls’ trip in January! Even though I seem to get sick every time I visit, I’m thinking that Vegas needs to start becoming an annual thing!

Mentioned in this post
  1. Las Vegas
    City in Nevada

    Las Vegas Nevada
  2. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
    Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada

    3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 590-8888
    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/?htl=MOLAS&eng=google&src=local
  3. Todd English P.U.B.
    Restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada

    3720 S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 489-8080
    http://www.toddenglishpub.com/
  4. Lotus of Siam
    Restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada

    953 East Sahara Avenue # A5
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 735-3033
  5. The Gun Store
    Attraction in Las Vegas Nevada

    2900 East Tropicana Avenue
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 454-1110
  6. Cirque du Soleil -
    Attraction in Las Vegas Nevada

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (888) 488-7111
  7. Bellagio Hotel
    Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 693-7111
    http://www.bellagio.com/
  8. Le Cirque
    Restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 693-8100
    http://www.lecirque.com/index

  • Wow everything is bigger in Vegas! Especially the bloody. Looks like a great trip!

  • What a great post Lauren! Great photos, especially of In N Out Burger! I used to go there quite often while growing up in Newport Beach, CA! Looking forward to more of your posts. 🙂

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