Thursday, November 17, 2011

Viva Las Vegas!

Last weekend Mike and I, with our friends Ange and Kyle, headed down to Las Vegas for a whirlwind weekend of fun! we started our trip with a 7am flight out of Bellingham airport on Thursday morning to get the most of our day. We promptly checked into our room at Caesar's Palace (24th Floor with a view of the Strip!) and headed out to explore. We spent the day enjoying a Texas Hold'em poker tournament where Mike came in 4th place (one away from the Money!), we explored the strip and we indulged in a dinner buffet at the Mirage (mmm.....crab legs!)

The next day was our "lets act stupid" day to live it up, party and experience the craziness that is Steel Panther. We started our day with an early bird breakfast special on the Miracle Mile and then headed down to "slots-of-fun" Casino for an afternoon of $1 Blackjack and free beer. Ange and Kyle arrived that afternoon so we met up with them and spent the evening having a fabulous dinner and yummy blended drinks at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. How can you go wrong having dinner at a place where a bikini-clad girl jumps out of a volcano, goes down a water slide and lands straight into a giant blender every hour?!?  After dinner we got decked out in our 80's attire and headed out to the House of Blues to rock out to Steel Panther. The show was absolutely ridiculous (as expected), but incredibly entertaining and well worth checking out. I'd see them again in a second and I was originally incredibly skeptical of going.

We decided we'd "class it up" a bit on the following day, so after a nice brunch we strolled along the strip and checked out all the fancy hotels. We wandered through the new City Center, Cosmopolitan and Aria hotels which are absolutely stunning. We also checked  out the craziness at MGM which was getting ready for fight night. That evening we all got dressed up and went for a nice dinner  at "Trevi" in the Forum shops of Caesar's Palace where we had a great bottle of wine and some extraordinary Ahi Tuna. After dinner we wandered down to the Bellagio to see Cirque du Soleil's "O", which was amazing and recommended to everyone! We finished off our night with some slots, poker tournaments and dollar margaritas at Gambling Bills Saloon.

Our last day on the strip was pretty laid back. We went to a tasty breakfast buffet at New York, New York and spent the afternoon at the Shark Reef Aquarium in Mandalay Bay where we got to pet some Sting Rays, which was pretty cool! After that we spent the rest of the day relaxing back at Caesar's Palace before making our journey home, ending an excellent fall getaway!

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