Vegas. Whoa. Quite the way to end Christmas vacay, that's for sure. Cottage relaxation flew out the door the moment we stepped off the plane and into a whirlwind of glitz, glamour, neon, boozy slushies, flashing lights, and tons and tons of people. I went into this trip with zero expectations, happily balanced between excitement and nervousness, and left in a haze, curious as to whether or not I'd ever want to go back.

Four days was the perfect amount of time - a day and a half of car rental explorations, and two and a half days of hotel lounging, casino gambling, evening shows, fine dining and overpriced shopping. Had it been warm, poolside lounging would have definitely made the cut. A few thoughts and recommendations below...


Anywhere on the strip really, but I would highly recommend the Wynn. Though a little north, its probably the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in (thank you hot wire for making this possible).

TO SEE & DO //

neon museum
the old downtown & freemont street (at night)
absinthe (or any of the other gazilion shows)
cosmopolitan casino (so much glitter!!)
bellagio night time water show
venice, paris + new york
hoover dam
valley of fire state park


dinner at otto
brunch at tableau
brunch at bouchon
buffet (wicked spoon or bacchanel - we didn't make it, but I hear good things)
mon ami gabi
le village buffet (not the best buffet of my life, but includes unlimited champagne - winning)
boozy slushies (apple cider + fireball whiskey was my fav)
happy hour margaritas at the seafood shack at treasure island
in-n-out burger (i had never been!)