Sometimes 2 days in Las Vegas is all you need

I love Las Vegas for many reasons. First being I can get a ticket on Southwest Airlines for $69 each way from Denver and the flight time is slightly over an hour. I love that each hotel I have stayed on the strip has a fabulous pool. The restaurants are AMAZING. I enjoy walking through each hotel and checking out the different themes. New York New York does feel homely if you look past the casino and roller coaster cruising through the building. The number one reason I love Vegas is because I can take a mini vacation and really feel like I had a great get away.

This past Thanksgiving I met my friend Jen in Vegas (my poor parents, I was in Spain last year with Jen and Mexico the year before. Next year I am going to be home to help with food prep and eat the feast fresh!) She spent the week there but I only had a 2 day opening so I left early on Wednesday morning and flew home mid morning Friday. In no way did I feel like I missed out on anything Vegas has to offer. All the excitement, the lights, the cocktails, the gambling was enough to keep me energized.

When my flight landed I met Jen & CO. in the Venetian for lunch.

My salad, fresh basil, mozzarella, tomato, roasted red peppers and olive oil

My salad, fresh basil, mozzarella, tomato, roasted red peppers and olive oil

After lunch we did some shopping and checked out the Christmas decorations in front of the hotel.

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There was even an outdoor ice skating rink

There was even an outdoor ice skating rink

We continued our stroll down the strip, stopping to gamble in the Cosmopolitan hotel, which is one of the greatest hotels in Vegas in my opinion. What girl wouldn’t love sipping Cosmos in the Chandelier Bar???

Me & Jen in the chandelier bar

Me & Jen in the chandelier bar

My cosmo

My cosmo

How great is this? I heard the bar alone cost $35 million dollars and the crystals are all Swarovski. I have not verified this info however

How great is this? I heard the bar alone cost $35 million dollars and the crystals are all Swarovski. I have not verified this info however

Night one ended up being an early one. There was a lot of cash lost on craps tables so naturally there were some adult beverages consumed. Hey- the drinks are free…why not?

I woke up early (7AM) the next day in our hotel room at the Mirage. I really enjoy the Mirage. The first time I stayed there I chose it because of the movie ‘Vegas Vacation.’ I thought it was hilarious. Of course by the time I was 21 the hotel was newly renovated and exceeded my expectations. The rooms are nicely decorated, the Beatles Love show plays there (I am a huge Beatles fan, hence my dogs name, Sergeant Pepper) and the location. There is a Walgreens right across the street which is great for stocking up on snacks, mixers and any toiletries you may have forgotten. Jen was not overly thrilled with my morning energy but we planned the day right. It was my last one there and I wanted to make it a good one. First stop the hotel gym to sweat out some whiskey. This was not my idea, I wanted to sweat it out at the pool but Jen is very into fitness and I figured it wouldn’t be the worst thing I could do in Vegas.

the gym at the Mirage

the gym at the Mirage

After the cardio we put on our swim suits to work on our tan.

The pool from my room

The pool from my room

It was 72 degrees out in November. We spent a few hours here and had a few margaritas before meeting up with the rest of the group at the Bellagio and using their pool.

the pool at the Bellagio

the pool at the Bellagio

When the tanning was done we went inside for a snack. Jen kept telling me about Jean Philippe bakery so thats where we headed. What a great choice. When you first approach you notice the line. After you get past the fact you will be waiting for a few minutes you see the amazing cakes, dessert display and ceiling to floor chocolate fountain.

It's like Willy Wonka for alcoholics and gamblers

It’s like Willy Wonka for alcoholics and gamblers

one dessert case

one dessert case

my tiramisu

my tiramisu

I got a buckwheat crepe with turkey, ham & cheese for lunch

I got a buckwheat crepe with turkey, ham & cheese for lunch

The ceiling in the lobby of the Bellagio. The glass work was done by Chihuly

The ceiling in the lobby of the Bellagio. The glass work was done by Chihuly

After lunch it was on to hotel tours to kill time before Thanksgiving dinner. We stopped to watch the fountain show in front of the Bellagio as we made our way back to the Mirage to get ready.

It is always an amazing show

It is always an amazing show

Had to snap a pic

Had to snap a pic

The group met up again at the Bellagio for Thanksgiving dinner, no turkey involved.

Thanksgiving dinner, spicy scallops with bok choy and jasmine rice

Thanksgiving dinner, spicy scallops with bok choy and jasmine rice

We finished the Holiday by gambling some more. Caesars first followed by Paris, the Venetian and the Cosmopolitan. It’s hard to get a group of girls out of that building, its so chic!

Paris

Paris

my favorite hotel!

my favorite hotel!

This was not my first time in Vegas, I’ve seen the Cirque de Soleil shows, gone to the Stratosphere and ridden the New York New York roller coaster, but even if you are a first timer in Vegas you could have done these activities in 2 days too. Maybe I spent too much time on the craps table or at the pool but it was my vacation and I made the most of my 2 days there.

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