Monday, December 10, 2018

How I Spent 48 Hours In Vegas

Since I am taking a break from work, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity for a quick getaway. I talked to one of my close friends (who lives in the Bay Area) and we decided to meet up in Vegas. Even though the trip was short, we had a blast. Thank you to my husband for taking care of the kids so that I could getaway for a couple of days. I thought I'd put together my itinerary just in case you're looking for ideas. I landed late on Thursday, checked in and went straight to bed =) Outfit details: Express sweater dress | Stuart Weitzman boots | Le Specs sunglasses | Leopard sweater *the quality is amazing* | Gucci bag 

Day 1:
7:00 a.m: Start day 1 - Woke up and grabbed a Starbucks (I was still on east coast time). We stayed at Bally's and there is a 24-hour Starbucks connected to the hotel!
8:00 a.m: Sightseeing - We took  an Uber ride to the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. I suggest you go early to avoid the crowds
9:30: Brunch - Headed to Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace for brunch. To be honest, I didn't care about their buffet. If you're visiting Vegas for the first time then give it a try. It's a fun experience. Otherwise, I think Vegas buffets are overpriced for what you get.
11:00 a.m: Shopping - After brunch, we took an Uber ride to Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. This outlet is huge. They have a wide variety of upscale brands. Give yourself at least 2 hours if you really want to shop
3:00 p.m: Massage - We booked a massage session at 3:45 p.m. After a few hours of walking, it was much needed. Let me tell you, I walked out feeling like a new woman (lol!)
5:00 p.m: Dinner time - There are so many restaurants are on the strip or just a mile or so off the strip. Depends on what you're in the mood for, there's certainly something for everyone
9:00 p.m: Catch a show - There are a lot of show to choose from in Vegas. If you like Cirque du Soleil, I highly recommend O by Cirque du Soleil. Make sure you purchase tickets in advance.
11:00 p.m: Grab a drink or head to bed - I chose the latter =) It was a fun filled day

Day 2:
7:00 a.m: Start day 2 - Grabbed my usual Starbucks in the morning.
8:00 a.m: Hotel hopping - Hotel hopping is one of the best free things to do in Vegas. Especially this time of year when every single hotel is decked out in elegant holiday decor. The Bellagio conservatory takes the cake. The display is absolutely stunning. Holiday themed decorations at Caesar's Palace, the Wynn and the Venetian are equally beautiful.
10:00 a.m: Visit a museum - We decided to check out the Madame Tussauds (wax figures of celebrities). It was fun but somewhat creepy (just because they look so real). You can save $10 per person if you purchase the ticket online.
12:00 p.m: Lunch time - We went to District One to check out their lobster pho. It was neat to try but I still prefer the traditional version.
2:00 p.m: Visit China town
5:00 p.m: High-end shopping - The Forum shops at Caesar's Palace has every single luxury brand that you could ever imagined. Talk about Chanel, Gucci, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Cartier. A few things definitely caught my eyes =)
8:00 p.m: Watch the Bellagio water show (see above) - It's a free show every 30 minutes from 3:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m and every 15 minutes from 8:00 p.m - midnight. It's pretty amazing!
9:00 p.m: Catch a ride to the airport
DictrictOneLasVegas_SydneysFashionDiary {Lobster pho | Oxtail fries}
A few tips to help you save (they're not necessarily ground breaking but can be helpful if you're visiting Vegas for the first time)
- Airfare: Flights are usually cheaper if you can travel mid-week. I was able to purchase a round-trip direct flight from Columbus, OH to Las Vegas for $103 (yep, that's right!)
- Accommodation: Same type of deal - Hotels generally have better deals in the middle of the week.
- Food: We found several great deals on Groupon - Bacchanal buffet at Caesar's Palace, Giada's at the Cromwell, 3-course menu for two at Koi. There are also deals for massage packages - 50-minute massage session at Rio, Spa at the LINQ
- Shows: Check out the discount booths along the strip for discounted show tickets on the same day. They're not always half off but are slightly lower than face value.
It was a quick trip but my friend and I had a great time. She's been through tough times. With our hectic schedules, I am glad I was able to catch up and have fun with her for a couple of days. Take advantage of the season by making plans with your friends. Doing things together can make a world of difference to friends who might go through a difficult time.

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