Fun Weekend Getaway to Las Vegas
There's no better place than Vegas when you need a quick weekend getaway. Being within a few hours' drive or a 45-minute flight away from Las Vegas, I've been more times than I can count, and each time has been completely different from the last. From NBA All Star Weekend, to my random 29th birthday celebration, New Year's Eve a few years apart and most recently seeing BTS all 4 nights they sold out Allegiant Stadium, Vegas has something for everyone. See a concert, eat to your heart's content, stay out all night, then decompress with a massage and facial before heading back to the grind on Monday: Vegas is a proper getaway.
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Things to do in Las Vegas
Lip Smacking Foodie Tour: If you've never done a food tour before, this is the one! You'll get to tour four of The Strip's most exciting restaurants, get a few history lessons and eat some food you would have never ordered yourself. This tour features a small group setting, but private tours also available, as well as a number of different experiences, from an Afternoon Culinary Adventure to a Boozy Brunch. Advance purchase necessary.
Upside Down Boozy Tea Party at The Shag Room: This experience is exactly what it sounds like: a tea party— not. Enjoy this "tea party" before you head home on Sunday. The tea's are spiked and iced, paired perfectly with mostly sweet and a few savory bites. The food and beverages regularly change with the season. Reservations needed.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace: Chances are that if you're in Las Vegas, you're here to spend some serious cash and there's no better place than The Forum Shops. Touting more than 50 luxury brands (Think: Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Tom Ford, etc), restaurants (from The Cheesecake Factory to the exclusive Sushi Roku), cafes, an Apple Store, a cigar bar, the quintessential Las Vegas Gift Shop and everything in between, there is something for everyone whether you're spending or just window shopping. Note: reservations are needed for some of the higher end luxury stores like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The Shops at Crystals is exclusively luxury brands and concierge shopping services if that's your jam.
For the sophisticates in the group, the Elena Bulatova Fine Art Gallery at The Shops at Crystals is a fun break from the norm. The Bulatova gallery is home to those oversized floral bears, lollipops and other fun, giant pop art.
Las Vegas has no shortage of concert venues, from the ginormous Allegiant Stadium to the smaller T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand Garden Arena and more intimate venues like the Encore Theatre. If the club scene is your thing, Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub host a different hip hop artist every night. You can also check out your favorite artist doing a residency like Silk Sonic, Adele or Billy Idol.
If you're in town for a Raider game but you don't have tickets to the game itself, Vegas comes through with a sports bar for every taste. TAP Sports Bar, BETMGM Sportsbook & Lounge, Chickie’s & Pete’s and the Raiders Tavern and Grill (off The Strip at M Resort) are just a few of the many sports bars to satisfy the sports fans in your group.
A weekend away means self-care and Vegas has so many options to relax and recharge. Qua Spa at Caesar's, Awana Spa & Wellness at Resorts World, The Spas at the Wynn and the Encore, The Spa at Virgin Hotel and The Spa at the Mirage offer an array of treatments including massages, facials, IV therapies, scalp treatments and personal training sessions.
During the summer months, The Palazzo Pool Deck and the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis are two of the best pools for cooling off. Get a cabana, order some drinks and chill out. These two pools are more laid back than the day clubs on The Strip so that you can relax without the crowds.
It's not a weekend away if you don't have at least one night out and Vegas has options. Resorts World has an underground tequila and mezcal bar called Jalisco Underground, with a $100 margarita and $100 nachos. The Purple Zebra inside Caesar's has the Mojito Hut for all your mojito wants. VICE VERSA Patio & Lounge at Vdara is a great place to people watch after hours. Eight Cigar Lounge (Resorts World), Montecristo Cigar Bar (Caesar's) and The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails (The Cosmopolitan) offer truly unique cocktail experiences with cigars and even haircuts.
Places to eat & drink in Las Vegas
Best Friend: Korean restaurant with a convenience storefront at the host's station. Reservations are strongly advised as you won't get to eat in the restaurant proper section without one. Inside are a DJ and the servers wear Adidas track suits. It speaks to my 90's teen heart. The Kimchi Fried Rice is a favorite but the Garlic Chicken is a must.
Café Lola: This is one of the most instagrammable cafes in America for a reason. It is a super adorable place to grab a bite to eat before hitting The Strip. Women of Color founded and owned, there are multiple locations to get your Instagram on, but the one coming soon to the Caesar's Forum Shops is the most convenient. The Cotton Candy cocktail is a fun one as well as the Under The Sea Lemonade on the Just for Kids menu.
Bardot Brasserie: A sexy French restaurant inside Aria. The dark and sensuous decor is masculine and sexy meant to transport you directly to 1920's Paris. The French Toast is worth the trip to Vegas and a true French 75 and the Le Peche Mode cocktails are some of my favorites here.
Nine Fine Irishmen: A fun Irish pub with a U2 cover band for when you want to get away from the bougie. You can't not have the fish and chips paired with any beer.
Alexxa's Kitchen and Bar: A nice restaurant for people watching. The Beer Cheese fondue is a must and the Prime Rib French Dip is delicious, especially slathered with the horseradish cream. Seating at the bar is faster, especially at brunch on a Sunday.
Dick's Last Resort: Not for the sensitive or easily offended, Dick's Last Resort offers what just about every other restaurant in Vegas does not: the complete opposite of an upscale, elevated and luxurious dining experience. If you're ready to let loose, share the Drunken Shrimp Cocktail and any of the colorfully named cocktails.
Virgil's Real BBQ: For the BBQ lovers in your group, you can't go wrong with the comfort food at Virgil's. The Mac & Cheese and the Ribs are staples!
Metro Pizza: Consistently voted Best Pizza in Vegas, Metro is the place to go for a slice of pie. The Margherita Pizza and the South Side pizza with its blend of cheeses including ricotta are two favorites among vegetarians; the Memphis and Olde New York are favorites among everyone else.
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If you're in Southern California, flying in from Ontario, LAX, San Diego International or any other Southland airport will save you the hassle of driving into Vegas on Friday afternoon and getting stuck in that notorious Sunday evening traffic on the 1-15.
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