For our one year anniversary, my lovely wife and I decided to head back to where we were married. Vegas baby! We didn’t get to see much of it last time, so we thought we’d do it right. I had originally booked a room at the Excalibur, but as luck would have it, Hilton Grand Vacations called me the week before we headed out and offered the four days/three nights in exchange for listening to a sales pitch on timeshare ownership. I’ve done it before. It’s nice to dream and fun to see the best the property has to offer, but do NOT sign anything without doing some research. They’ll tell you this is a one time offer. It’ll be the same or better next time. We stayed at The Elara which was really beautiful. Our room was on the 34th floor and had a spectacular view.
While staying here would be pricey, it would be worth it. Family friendly, but we didn’t actually see many kids. Security at the elevators. Starbucks onsite and our favorite, no smoky casino on the ground floor to walk through. Besides the deal on the room, we were able to cover the nominal charge with points from our Capital One Venture.
We also got a pretty good deal on our flights. The original reason we decided to book the trip in fact. United offered tickets for $99 round-trip with one stop. While we normally take nonstop flights the price was right. Besides a little walking through specific casinos just to say we had been…
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…and to pick up some poker chips as souvenirs. The rest of the time was chilling at the pool, eating at some amazing restaurants and having tasty cocktails. Here’s where we went:
5675 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146-0310
We picked Capo’s based off a Thrillist article about the area. It was a 15 min car ride from the Strip. Upon entering, you’ll need to push the button to call someone to the door. Once inside, you’ll be treated to a dark restaurant. Don’t worry though, they have little lights to help you see. I had the meatball while my beautiful wife had the eggplant parm. All this while being crooned by a very talented singer and being nestled in one of the velvet booths. Be sure to make reservations if you’re headed there during the weekend as it is popular.
3713 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102-3849
After dinner at Capo’s we came here for drinks. After seeing the menu and a few of the steaks they brought out, we plan to make this our next dinner reservation. We enjoy finding great cocktails and this place delivered. There are plenty to choose from. This evening we tried Blackthorne, Remember the Maine (my favorite), Vieux Carr’, Blinker and Lion’s Tail. If you can’t choose, tell your bartender what you’re after and they’ll mix you something special. If you’re in Vegas, this place is a must.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 89119-1005
We had dinner before our show and picked here primarily based off of reviews from here are Tripadvisor. We started with the Siberian Nachos, Root of Sin and White Ruskie. For the main course we had the Chicken Kiev and Beef Stroganov. While pricey, the food and drinks were amazing.
3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Paris Las Vegas, Las Vega
We came back for our anniversary dinner. The food and drinks are really delicious, the service is great and the atmosphere is wonderful. A year ago we went on a Saturday at night and it was packed. Even with reservations it took a moment to be seated. This time it was a Monday evening and was much calmer. We were able to get on the patio where you can see the fountains. The steaks are tender and tasty. The cocktails are delicious and classy.
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Being lovers of breakfast and especially eggs, we decided to hike over to the Cosmopolitan the tryout Egg Slut based on reviews. Based on the 30min line, I think many other people did too. My lovely wife had the Bacon, Egg & Cheese while I had the Fairfax with added bacon. The sandwich was good, but overpriced. So were all the drinks. It was disappointing especially given the time it took to order and get the food. Skip it and find someplace better.
113 N 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101-2932
We decided to do breakfast here Monday morning. It was very quiet so our server had plenty of time to give us attention. We had the breakfast taco and Bacon-Cheese Enchiladas Rancheros. It’s definitely worth the trip. We also got free margarita cards. Seems like they were handing more than a few out. It was made with the commercial mix, so I wouldn’t bother. Just buy a proper top shelf and save your stomach and throat.
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 89119
We decided to see the show and bought tickets pretty well in advance. The show was amazing! It’s visually and audibly satisfying. If you have the chance to see it, you should.
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , NV 89109
We went to the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower attraction and got to see the fountains go off from 400ft. It’s a unique way to see them. While we were up there, we met some ladies from France. When asked why they would come here to see the Tower when they have the real thing back home, they replied “to get a different view.” :^) Get your tickets at Tix4tonight for half off the day admission.
We plan to go back another year to see more of north Las Vegas downtown and off The Strip. Places like Fremont Street, The Stratosphere and a couple of restaurants.