Long time no talk! What have we been up to? Well, I turned 27 two days ago, and we took a last-minute trip to Vegas the weekend before my birthday. So, we’ve been up to a lot!
I’m not kidding when I say last-minute. Literally, we booked the trip four days before we left. You see, it all started when we were looking at our calendars and realized we had a long weekend off together. With Kevin’s crazy schedule, this never happens. We jumped at the opportunity, and immediately looked at where we could go (on a budget, of course). Asheville? Been there/expensive. Nashville? Just went there. Denver? Not good flight deals. Austin? Same problem as Denver. Orlando? We were just there in Feb. Bahamas? Not in the budget.
Well, the news that the Rams were being shipped off to LA came in the midst of looking (don’t wanna talk about it), so I gave up and nearly went to bed. But then, Kevin happened to find an amazing deal to Vegas on Priceline.com. Two roundtrip direct flights from Cincinnati (we usually fly out of there anyways) to Vegas, plus three nights in a hotel on the strip = $300/pp. SOLD.
I had been to Vegas twice as a kid, and again a few years ago for work, but I’ve never really “done Vegas.” Kevin has been as a kid and went for a guys weekend back when we were dating, so he was ready to go back. So, we grabbed some clean clothes and hopped on a plane to LAS. (get it? ha.)
Here’s where we stayed, where we ate and what we did.
Where we stayed: Our Priceline package gave us three nights at the Luxor, which was just fine with us. Kevin had stayed here as a kid and I read reviews online to make sure it wasn’t totally sketchy. We were “upgraded” (I say that because it’s hardly an upgrade) to one of the towers, which I was thankful for, because I don’t think I’d like the sideways elevators too much.
Where we ate: Well apparently things have changed because as a kid, I remember everyone saying it was super cheap to eat in Vegas. Gone are the days where you pay $3.99 for a buffet. SO, we pretty much slept in every day and at a late breakfast/brunch, and then dinner later that night. Remember, we didn’t exactly budget for this trip so we didn’t want to go too crazy on meals.
Some memorable meals include Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor. Grab a 42 oz. margarita (with two beers inside it), and get $5 refills all day erry day for the rest of your trip. We started each day with a marg, and they give you a lid and a straw, so you can take it on the strip.
We also really enjoyed our dinner at Tom’s Urban, where we pigged out big time with lobster mac & cheese and spicy chicken sliders. And we split a 33 oz. beer. When in
Oh, how did I almost forget? You MUST go to Secret Pizza inside the Cosmopolitan. It’s not listed on their website because it’s well, a secret. But, here’s more info. Trust us…go!
One last thing…I highly recommend popping into the Cosmopolitan for a drink at the Chandelier Bar. So fancy!
What we did: We spent a lot of time walking the strip and checking out the various hotels, including the Bellagio, Vatican, Caesar’s Palace, Aria, Cosmopolitan, Planet Hollywood and MGM. We went to a nightclub – Hakkasan – which was a major cluster…don’t waste your time. The drinks were ridiculously expensive ($11 for a Budweiser, I kid you not) and unless you had bottle service, you didn’t have a place to go except the hallway. So, we left after maybe an hour.
While you’re walking the strip, I recommend stopping in some of the casinos to see the different slots that they have. I was thrilled to see a Britney Spears slot (even though she took my $20. #britneybitch.), a Titanic slot and a Friends slot! After losing $20 on Britney, I learned my lesson and just took photos of the machines the rest of the weekend. I hate losing money!
One afternoon, we headed up to Fremont Street, where we won $30 in Black Jack! TAKE THAT, Britney!
Oh! And we saw a show. We were told by friends to buy tickets at a Tix4Less stand, and I’m glad we did because they were about half price. We decided to see Zumanity, one of the Cirque du Soleil shows. We read online that it had great reviews, but we were warned it was the “sensual side of Cirque.” Well let me just tell you, don’t see this show with your grandma. We really enjoyed it. I’d describe it like a comedy + drag + burlesque show, combined with Cirque. It’s a good thing we’re young and have a sense of humor, because I could see some people getting offended.
We fit a whole lot of fun in 3 days/4 nights, as you can tell. I still can’t believe we booked a spontaneous trip like this, and I’m so glad we did. As much as I hate the saying, YOLO, right?