If you have me on Facebook, you will know that on my first day down in Vegas, I wrote an entire blog post only to have WordPress crap out on me while I was trying to save it. Lesson learned here: type everything in Notes first.
So here, we go: my first (and only – sorry, it’s a long one) “official” post about my trip to beautiful Las Vegas!
It was a secret. A really big secret that was super hard to keep, especially with all you wonderful people in the interwebs. If you follow me regularly, you might remember when I posted the Save-the-Date invitation from my brother and sister-in-law for their vow renewal ceremony to be held in Las Vegas. I was so pumped! Las Vegas has always been on my bucket list, and what better excuse to go down than to share this epic moment with the two of them.
But then life happened – the move to the TreeHouse, variable incomes, Christmas quickly approaching, a Canadian dollar that’s been tanking – it wasn’t looking too good.
One night, with a little over three weeks to go until the big day, I decided I had to go for it. There was no way I could miss this. I went on the hunt, found a good deal on Red Tag, and booked Sean and I our trip to Vegas.
We flew out on Saturday morning, and thanks to Telus and the US Easy Roam package (just $7/day!), I was able to coordinate with Jenn an awesome surprise for my brother. A few short hours after landing, we knocked on their hotel room door just 30 minutes before the limo was arriving to take us to the chapel. Absolutely nothing from the vacation can top the moment that my brother opened that door to see us standing there.
The ceremony was lovely. It was made complete with a brief meeting of “The King” prior to the ceremony, a great officiant with insightful words of wisdom and beautiful vows, and Elvis music to dance our way out to.
Along with the ceremony on Saturday night, we also checked out our first show of the trip, which was Pin Up at the Stratosphere. It was sinsational, if you catch my drift.
On Sunday, we toured hard. I was up at 6:30 and off to Starbucks for 7. After meeting up with Scott, Jenn and Kay for breakfast at Hash House a go go (pancakes the size of our heads and an amazing chorizo hash), we hopped on the Deuce to begin the casino hop.
We capped off the night with slushie drinks and yet another incredible view, but this time from the heights of the High Roller, the world’s highest observation wheel.
The next morning brought me joy of epic proportions when we went to Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar for breakfast. Although the menu isn’t very big, the options are incredible and I’m pretty sure everything would be amazing! Sean went with the Maple Bacon French Toast (with bruleed bananas) and I got the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cornbread Benedict. Ohhhh man! Definitely my favourite meal of the trip. Look at it – it’s a thing of beauty. And now I know exactly what to do with leftover chili the next time I have any in the fridge!
You gotta try the Benny if you’re ever in Vegas; or the home fries because they taste like Barbeque chips 🙂
We toured a load more casinos: The Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Bellagio, Aria, ummmm… more? I’m not sure, I can’t remember. It was a tiring day, since I was up and at the Bucks by 7, and my phone claims that I walked my record number of steps (24,466!). But we saw some spectacular sights and had a lot of fun doing it!
The Bellagio has a magnificent Conservatory that was decked to the nines for autumn celebrations. I was a tad bit disappointed that it hadn’t switched over to the winter display yet, but what did I expect? Americans hadn’t even had their Thanksgiving! If I ever go back to Vegas again, hopefully it is a little closer to Christmas because I would love to see all the casinos decorated for the holidays.
The other show that we went and saw was The Beatles – LOVE, a Cirque du Soleil tribute production. Sean loved it. I, being more of a die-hard fan for Cirque and not so much of The Beatles, was not super impressed. It definitely is a show to check out if you’re a music lover!
On our last day there, I was up at 5:30, and woke Sean up at 6 (really, that’s 9 EST, so I’m not that terrible of a fiancee). By 7, we hit foot to pavement and walked to a larger Starbucks that I had been eyeing over the previous days, with hopes that they would have a nice Las Vegas travel mug (and not the $79 one that I posted on Twitter). Alas, they did, so we continued on to Paris, where I saw a cute Christmas ornament that I wanted to get for our tree.
For a city that never sleeps, the shopkeepers seem to. The Paris store was closed, so Sean and I played slot machines for an hour, and then headed back to meet my brother and Jenn for our departing breakfast.
And just like that, it was over.
Although I didn’t get my ornament or travel mug, I did return home with fantastic memories, pictures, my bridesmaid bouquet (that has found its seasonal home), and the joy of having gotten to share such a special time with Scott and Jenn. Thank you two for the opportunity, congratulations on your 10 Year Anniversary (DYK: Tin is the metal for the 10-year anniversary because it represents flexibility and durability. Because tin is used to protect other metals from rusting or tarnishing, it also represents protection. via JewelryWise), and all our love for happy years ahead.
And finally, I will share with you one of my favourite pictures from the trip: Kay, Sean and I doing a photo-bomb selfie in the “Tunnel of Love” with the happy couple and their photographer behind us…
and one of Sean’s favourites…