We left on Monday afternoon, and I snapped this photo of the sunset from my window seat with my iPhone. No filter needed, just so beautiful.
We stayed at the Gold Coast, which is slightly off strip, just behind the Rio and across from the Palms. We like Gold Coast because the rooms are cheap but nice enough, and they have decent gambling downstairs. Since we have a rental car when we're out there now, we don't need to stay right on the strip. (We've been to Vegas a dozen times and stayed at many of the on-strip hotels, so I don't feel I'm missing too much by staying at a less expensive place). Our room cost us $37 a night.
These rooms are pretty much equivalent to a Hampton Inn. Flat screen tv, comfy beds, etc. And they're clean.
We arrived late at night so the first night didn't do anything but hit the sack. Started out early on day 2 though! We first headed over towards the Wynn, where we were married almost 5 years ago.
Lunch was at a delicious new restaurant called Burgr.
Tuesday night we went to the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil show. The show was incredible. If you're a Michael Jackson fan, this show does not disappoint. So many of his songs, and it was non stop action for the entire time, no intermission. If you do see this show, you want to sit further back. We picked seats in the last row of the bottom section to the right, and it was perfect. The performers come over the audience so if you sit too close you miss some of the action.
On Wednesday morning we hit the Neon Museum early, and then wandered a bit for the afternoon. We hit a delicious Mexican restaurant in NY, NY called Gonzalez Y Gonzalez. They made fresh guacamole right at your table.
Afterwards I started feeling a bit tired and full, so we went back to the hotel and I took a brief nap while Brad gambled. We just spent the rest of the night at our hotel gambling, which was fine with me.
The days felt long, I think because at home we have work and then Austin and so many things we have to get done. I felt we had plenty of time to hit everything we wanted while we were out there.
Thursday was a "hit what we missed" day. We did the fountains at Bellagio:
We went to Pandora, where Brad got me a little Valentine's Day gift:
And later at night we did the Mirage Volcano:
We had dinner at Gilley's, which is kind of a BBQ steakhouse. I was craving steak and any steakhouse on the strip is super expensive. Gilley's was reasonable and had amazing food. Jalepeno cornbread, brisket, these chipotle cheese tots that Brad got. Just ridiculously good food. We will definitely go there again.
Both Thursday and Friday morning we hit our favorite off-strip casino, Sam's Town, for some video poker. Brad was lucky enough to hit deuces three times during our trip on the Deuces Wild machines at our hotel and at Sam's Town. I didn't this time (but when I was pregnant I hit them back to back the day we were leaving, so it's ok).
It was interesting to see all the changes that had happened since we were last in Vegas. Some really great, some not so great.
First of all, the Imperial Palace was sold, and they've cleaned up that whole area in front of it. They've also added an enormous ferris wheel.
They added a Margaritaville Casino to the Flamingo. Margaritaville has been there for years, but now they've added a whole themed section of the casino, and it looks awesome.
If anyone remembers where FAO Schwarz was, they've put this enormous H&M store in there now, where that huge horse was. Yuck. (If you don't remember, here's an image of the old horse).
Sadly, they've ended the Treasure Island Sirens show entirely, and they removed the lion habitat from the MGM Grand to put in a sports bar.
We had such a nice time, and it didn't feel too short, which was great. Austin stayed with my mom and he really enjoyed himself. He was happy to see us when we returned but he didn't really miss us. He just had one big fun sleepover week.
Here's a few other pics from the trip:
The strip as we took off to go home. Love that they let you keep your phones on now (on airplane mode) when you take off and land.
The entire city was celebrating the Chinese New Year it seemed. Displays everywhere, and Bellagio had the most elaborate.
I found a store that only sold Britney Spears merchandise. Heaven! (It's for her new Vegas show). I picked up a mug that says "It's Vegas, Bitch" on it. :)
We had some ah-mazing cupcakes one afternoon. Sooooo good. Red velvet for me and orange for Brad.
That's it. I'm still trying to get these into a Project Life layout, but since we returned home I've been swamped. Hopefully I can get some downtime soon.