For our wedding gift, my dad paid for me and Chris to spend a long weekend in Las Vegas. We left two weeks after our wedding and decided it would be our mini honeymoon until our big European trip.
We flew out on Friday morning and wanted to make the most of our day. When we arrived we got an uber and went straight to our hotel. We decided to be a little bit fancy and booked to stay at Caesar’s Palace. We really enjoyed our stay, but noticed they didn’t really go above and beyond. Our room had a view of the many pools you can go to at Caesar’s.
As per our tradition, our first stop was at the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and then straight to Fat Tuesday to get our large frozen cocktails. It was getting a bit late in the day so we decided to head back to our room to get ready to go out for the night.
We love to go to Cirque shows and wanted to see something new, so we booked tickets to see Zumanity. It is a burlesque cirque which is something you can only find in Vegas. We did really enjoy the show but would opt to see something with a bit more ‘cirque’ in it next time.
For our second day, we wanted to relax and fully remove all the stress we had from wedding planning, so we booked a day bed at one of the pools to hang out for the entire day. We started with mimosas and breakfast at the pool, which led to more pitchers of mojitos to cool us down in the 43 degree heat. It was so hot that as soon as you were out of the pool, you were nearly dry again.
After a full day at the pool, we were so excited for our dinner plans. We both huge fans of Gordon Ramsey and his show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. Last time we were in Vegas together, the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant was just being built, so this time we needed to make sure we went. The restaurant looks exactly like the restaurant in the tv show, even though it isn’t the same one. We were seated by the kitchen which was neat to watch. Chris and I ordered what Gordon is known for the most – I had the lobster risotto to start, which Chris ordered the scallops. For our entrees, I ordered the steak and Chris ordered the beef wellington. We couldn’t leave without tasting dessert so we shared a sticky toffee pudding. The food was unreal. It was a bit pricey, but I would go back in a heartbeat. To make our experience even better, we even saw season 27 winner Michelle.
The weather was still unreal hot, so we wanted to do an indoor activity. After getting brunch we headed into Old Vegas to check out the Mob Museum. The museum is three floors and offers experiences such as moonshine tasting and CSI training. You are supposed to start at the top of the museum and work your way down, but we had booked into the moonshine tasting first so started at the bottom. In the basement, there was a prohibition bar where you learned about the roaring ’20s and could have cocktails that were popular back then.
We really loved the museum and spent hours there, with the exception of one hiccup. Chris and I went to book into flights home the next day with Air Canada, which we booked through Expedia. We found out that our flights actually didn’t exist and we would have to fly home 7 hours earlier. We ended up being on the phone with Air Canada for over an hour trying to sort out our flight. We had the option to either fly home the next day, or forfeit a direct flight and have a layover in San Francisco. As we both needed to work the next day, we booked the flight with a layover.
Since it was our last night, we wanted to leave with a great activity. We had booked into a night helicopter flight over the strip. We were picked up by shuttle and greeted with champagne. We were on the flight with 4 other people but Chris and I ended up in the very front. I am not a huge fan of flying but I really enjoyed the tour. It was so neat to see the strip at night from a different view.
When we were done, we went back to the hotel for a few drinks and a bit of gambling (our first time during the trip and we left with some winnings!) before calling it a night and saying goodbye to Vegas.