Well, I’m back! I survived a four night girl’s trip in Vegas and I came home unscathed and didn’t lose all my money to the casinos. I had an absolute blast and I would definitely go back to Vegas.
I’m breaking the trip into two posts because I just have so many pictures to share and I don’t want to leave anything out. One of my favorite parts about writing vacation recaps is being able to look back later and remember the things I saw and did. So here we go!
After driving up to D.C. to stay at Megan’s house on Monday night, we flew out Tuesday morning to get to Vegas. I almost missed our connecting flight, so it was a tad stressful, but before we knew it, we’d landed in Vegas and were on our way to the hotel.
The view from our room was amazing! We used up my free Marriott nights to stay at the Renaissance Las Vegas and they gave us a high room with a great view of the strip. We were also pumped when they upgraded us to concierge level, which meant free breakfast and hors’ d’oeuvres in the evening (aka free dinner of cheese, crackers, and steak kebobs….Vegas is expensive, people, take the free food when you can).
After checking in, we were starving, so we headed out to the strip to find some food and take some pictures.
After checking out some of the resorts, we stopped at the Sugar Factory for a drink and a bite to eat. Their drinks were amazing! Fizzy, bubbly, and delicious. It was one of the funnest cocktails I’ve ever had.
We spent a couple hours walking around and going through the nearby resorts. There’s so much to see there it can get really overwhelming, but I loved checking out how over-the-top everything was.
The fountains at the Bellagio were everything I hoped they would be. They played every 30 minutes and I never got tired of it when we walked by!
We started to get tired from our day of traveling, but needed to rally because my friend Kate got into town from LA to join us for two nights!
When she found out we’d be in Vegas, she happily braved LA traffic and the desert to meet up with us. Kate and I have been friends since we were kids and I usually only see her at Christmas, so it was awesome to have her with us for a couple days.
We felt like going somewhere fancy for drinks, so we headed over to the Chandelier bars at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It literally felt like were inside a giant chandelier and there was so much sparkly stuff everywhere.
We had fun, but by 2:30 or so we were ready to call it a night. Especially since my body felt like it was 5:30 with the time change!
Our second day started waaaay too early for me. Apparently, despite a time change, my body still wanted to wake me up at 6:00 and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to hit up the hotel gym for a quick workout while waiting for the girls to wake up.
The hotel’s gym was really nice and had everything I needed. We did so much walking the rest of the week I didn’t use the gym after Wednesday, but it was nice to feel like I did something at least.
After breakfast, we did some more exploring of the strip. One of my favorite resorts was the MGM Grand. There was so much to see there and it just had a really fun vibe. For lunch, we grabbed some delicious pizza at Project Pie at the MGM.
After lunch, we decided we needed to rethink our strategy moving forward. Getting fancy and buying nice drinks was fun the night before, but no way were we spending that kind of money again! Rookie mistake, I guess.
We located the nearest Trader Joe’s, stocked up on drinks and snacks for the room, and headed back for some pool time, magazines, and champagne.
We spent most of the evening drinking in the room and just enjoying the girl talk. We were having so much fun just hanging out, we weren’t even sure if we’d go out. Around 11:00, though, we started to feel lame and decided to take our drinks to the strip and see what was happening. This time, we left the heels in the room and just went as we were. Considering our attire- I was in cut-off shorts and a t-shirt, and Kate threw on a dress over her bathing suit- we weren’t really dressed for a lot of places.
After asking some random hotel staff members where to go for a beer that didn’t cost $15, we found ourselves in a cab headed to downtown Las Vegas to a bar called Gold Spike. Apparently we were feeling adventurous to go all that way for a place we’d never heard of, but it paid off because it was a blast.
Not only did we find $4 beers, but they had cornhole, giant jenga, board games, a “backyard” and other fun stuff.
We were super close to Freemont Street, which I’ve heard is a must-see in Vegas. We had big plans to have a couple drinks at Gold Spike, then check it out. After a few drinks, though, the game playing got competitive and we were hanging out with some of the other guests playing giant jenga out back.
After a long night, we managed to make it back to our hotel at a reasonable hour. Luckily, we’d each prepared our pillows for when we got back!
We must not have prepared well enough, because ….
Me: “Hey guys, remember that time we decided that jaeger bombs were a really good idea?”
Megan: “………..I do now….”
TO BE CONTINUED….