Thursday, June 30, 2016

viva las vegas!

^^^ right before the water show outside the bellagio resort and casino.
water shoots 460 feet into the air to choreographed music routines; 
it was quite the performance! ^^^
a few weekends ago, i had my very first las vegas adventure!
a friend of mine's mom was getting married, so we flew to vegas
to attend her wedding. the weather forecast called for 110 degree temperatures, 
so i brought my swimsuit, a romper, shorts, and light-weight dresses to
keep me cool; although when it's 110 degrees outside, i think the only way to keep cool
is in the water or to stay inside one of the well air-conditioned hotels.

we ate (and drank) our way through the weekend. i don't think i was
ever hungry (and certainly not bored, either!) - ice cream sundays, 
pizza and quesadillas, frozen hot chocolate, and the most delicious moscow mules!
i now understand why people refer to vegas as 'adult disneyland.'
there is so much to see and do, you could 
easily be entertained for days! although i was only in vegas for about 48 hours,
we kept very busy. i've compiled a list of my favorite activities from the 
weekend and shared them below.
the high roller, located at the heart of the las vegas strip,
was by far my favorite activity! it is the world's largest observation wheel 
and allows you to see all of downtown vegas. each pod of the high roller 
holds approximately 40 people, and some of the pods have an open bar inside. 
the views from the top were incredible!

beer park is a 10,000 square foot outdoor rooftop bar and grill, located 
at the paris las vegas hotel and casino. with music, flat screen tv's, and larger
than life games (like chess, tic tac toe and connect four), this 'park'
was a lot of fun! they have 36 beers on tap and offer all-american food. 
we ate prior to stopping by, but enjoyed playing games, people watching, 
and sampling a few different beers.
explore the casinos
i'm not much of a gambler, but i loved walking through the different casinos.
the architecture is incredible, and i felt as though i was saying 'oh my gosh, 
did you see that?' throughout the weekend. this painted ceiling was my favorite!
although we didn't eat here, i had to stop by for a picture!
i grew up listening to jimmy buffett ('margaritaville,' 'come monday' and 
'cheeseburger in paradise' are a few of my favorites). i immediately
sent this picture to my dad, as he is a big supporter of jimmy, too.
on my next trip, i hope to stop by for the seafood mac and cheese,
beach tacos and nightly music!
located just outside caesar's palace, serendipity 3 is comparable to an 
old-fashioned ice cream parlor! everything is vibrant and pink, and the food and drinks
were incredible. my girlfriend and i stopped by for lunch, and i ordered
the most delicious frozen hot chocolate and a turkey b.l.t. sandwich.
i think my hot chocolate was predominately whipped cream, but i'm okay with that.

my weekend in vegas could not have been more memorable.
the outdoor wedding i attended, held at the flamingo hotel, was gorgeous -
complete with a waterfall, palm trees, and flowers galore!
i would love to go back and am already planning other activities
i would like to do - attending a cirque du soleil performance, 
watching the street performers, shopping downtown, and zip-lining
down fremont street in old vegas (to name a few!). 

have you visited las vegas? if you're planning a trip any time soon, 
be sure to visit vegas.com for deals, travel tips, and everything you need to 
know about planning a las vegas getaway!
#capturingvegas
xoxo.