Monday, September 18, 2017

Las Vegas

 Oh Las Vegas. We aren't your typical Vegas people...we don't go to gamble or watch shows or anything (although we did see one show). Manny and I first visited Las Vegas in 2012. Neither of us had ever been and since it is only a 3 hour road trip, I decided to surprise him for his birthday and off we went. Since then we have done a quick overnight trip with family, spent a weekend attending a wedding there, and for the last few years have tagged along on Manny's business trips. Each time we come to Vegas we have a great time, are ready to go home after a few days, and usually decide on the car ride back that we would be fine if we never visited again....but somehow we keep ending up back there! Ha!  So even though we aren't your typical Vegas people, here are a few things we have done there and some of the places we have eaten and liked!

Things we have done in Las Vegas:
Walk the Strip. We have walked, and walked, and walked some more. Our first few times here, we walked the Strip to pop in and check out all the hotels and casinos. They are pretty fascinating! Now that we have checked most of them out, we just pop through some of our favorites. 

Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden. On Manny's last business trip, the kids and I checked out the Dolphin Habitat and Secret Garden at the Mirage. It is small but was perfect for 2 little kids. We got to see Dolphin training sessions, a few tigers, lions, and leopards. We were there on a weekday so it was pretty quiet and really nice to walk around. 

The Bellagio Watershow. I always love to see the watershow at the Bellagio! We've taken our kids a few times and so far they could have cared less....maybe one of these years it will be interesting to them.

Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat. Lucky for us, this is pretty close to Sprinkles Cupcakes so we always pop in with the kids and walk around to look at the fish, turtles, flamingos, and water. It is small, but again perfect for little kids. 

The BeatleShow. This is the only show we have ever been to in Vegas. Manny is a huge Beatles fan so I got tickets during his birthday trip years ago. It was really good!

Places we have stayed:
The Mirage Hotel and Casino (our favorite!)
Silverton Resort and Casino
The Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
The Orleans Hotel and Casino

Favorite Food Places:
The Pantry 
LVB Burgers 
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Cracker Barrel
PBR Rock Bar and Grill
Cafe Bellagio
Garrett Popcorn (get the Chicago mix!)
Gordon Ramsay Steak 
Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak

** the last 2 (both Steak Houses) are ones that Manny eats at during his business trips and loves!

So as you can see from the above list, we aren't your typical Vegas people, but we still have a good time when we go! We are typically in Las Vegas once a year while Manny is on business and are always looking for things to do with the kids and new places to eat so if you have any suggestions please comment or email me. Until next time Las Vegas...


  1. By the third day in Vegas we are always ready to get home. For us, it's the easiest place to get away to for a weekend, and once a year seems to be our thing as well. We saw Danny Gans one year. Unfortunately he passed away a couple months after we saw him. He was so talented and it was one of the best shows we've seen.

    1. Glad we aren't the only ones! Too bad about Danny Gans :( Have you seen other shows?

  2. Fun to read about your visits to my hometown. Since you're here about once a year, check out my blog post about some of our favorite local places to dine when in Vegas. My girlfriends contributed to the post, and you know, girlfriends will never steer you wrong. Have fun!

    1. Oh awesome!!! Thank you so much! I will check it out!!! And totally ordering those packing cubes you blogged about :)