Last night we returned from Vegas to a chinook. On the upside, the weather was not a major shock to the system when we arrived back home. On the downside, I developed a massive headache brought on by the air pressure change in Calgary. Today I had a killer migraine and was in bed till 2PM. My sister was asking if I had a “Vegas Headache”. The answer is no. I blame the Chinook and a late flight that got in after midnight.
While Vegas is not really my style, Eric and I had a fabulous time! We went with another couple who left their two kids at home and the four of us partied like it was 1999! From Thursday to Monday, we ate, drank, shopped and played the slots. Highlights of the trip included:
Sipping Mojitos at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.Eric and I really liked the modern decor of the Cosmopolitan paired with its new HVAC system. As non-smokers, we really liked hanging out in a casino that smelled less like smoke and cheap perfume than the average hotel/ casino on the strip. The other great thing about the Cosmopolitan was the high quality of their free drinks. We spent an evening at the penny slots, playing one line at a time, sipping fantastic free mojitos. Below, Eric is playing a machine called Pink Diamond. That was one hot slot machine!
Escaping Las Vegas and Walking Across the Hoover Dam. On Sunday we decided to leave Las Vegas. We rented a car, and drove out to the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam tour was super interesting. It was crazy to walk through the underground tunnels in the rock of the sides of the canyon. It was even crazier to walk through tunnels inside the dam and look out through slats in one of the vents on the face of the dam. I really loved the art deco sculptures and styling of the dam grounds as well as the history of this engineering marvel.
Once we finished the dam tour, we drove across the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, crossing the Nevada Border into Arizona. Once we hit Arizona, Eric and I crossed back over to the Nevada side of the bridge, parked the car and walked out onto the bridge to snaps photos of the dam. The view of the dam is unbelievable and should not be missed!
Diner at Botero. It was not the most amazing meal of my life but the surroundings, atmosphere, service and company were top notch. Coming from frigid Calgary, it was so awesome to sit outside and enjoy dinner in December. Inside, the space is full of Botero sculptures and pantings, which customers get to look at up-close. The service was friendly and the very attentive without being intrusive.
While the food at the restaurant was really good, it was extremely expensive. One word of warning, the portion sizes are HUGE for fine dining. Eric and I ordered more food than we needed because we were expecting small size fine dining portions for each course. Although I really enjoyed my dinner, I’m more of a slow food gal and prefer meals that use as many local ingredients as possible.
Exploring the Strip. We had so much fun exploring the strip by foot, checking out all the casinos and hotels and gawking at their gaudiness and sheer size! It’s strange to walk around outside with a drink in your hand. In Canada that’s illegal and it feels kind of surreal!
Watching the Vegas Marathon. It was amazing to see the strip shut down and filled with thousands of runners! It was fun to watch and see people running in their costumes. We also enjoyed the Kiss cover band playing along the route and watching 100s of people renew their vows on tv from the comfort of our hotel room in the Bellagio!