I may not be an expert on many things (besides: doing hair, being awesome, wasting time, talking ears off, writing mindless drivel…you get the picture). But, I have been to Vegas about fifteen times. No, I am not addicted to wearing skin tight mini dresses, eight inch heels or gambling.
My parents took us as kids plenty of times and since turning twenty one I have been about eight more. Mostly for fun, but I have also been for a few conferences. It is only a twelve hour drive from Denver, as some of you may recall from a road trip where I encountered a Texas Chainsaw Massacre town and a killer. I have covered pretty much the entire scope of what Vegas has to offer.
Disclaimer- I have never called a girl on a trading card that was snapped loudly in my ear (If you have been, you know what I mean). So, if you are looking on tips for escorts…I’m not your girl. I’m not sorry.
Vegas is a dream, it can be anything you want it to be. What style of Vegas are you?
Children: Who would bring their kids to Vegas? I’m telling you, it can be fun. Once my brother and I were deemed “trustworthy” enough to stay alone in a hotel room, we went. That may sound abusive on my parent’s part, but it was fun. We would spend the entire day at a water park or arcade and stay in a kid friendly hotel. At night my parents would let us order a movie (my brother usually picked because he was older and meaner) and order room service. Looking back, I’m sure my parents were exhausted from entertaining us all day. But, they would always rally enough to go have a couple drinks, a fancy dinner and reconnect. I have very fond memories of these trips and would drag my kids to do the same.
Foodies: Hey you! The one taking a picture of your food, this place is for you. This is a foodie’s paradise. No matter your dietary requirements, picky taste buds or budget. Countless possibilities will overwhelm you as you walk through any of the massive hotel structures. At every turn is an iron chef, top chef or up incoming chef. There are cheap dining options- The Salsa Cantina has breakfast for $3.95, with a line out of the door. I try to enjoy a little of everything. On my last trip, a couple weeks ago, I ate at Emeril’s one day for lunch (a delicious po’ boy), a fancy dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa grill and my personal favorite, Chicken and Waffles at the PBR Rock Bar. We even ventured out to a buffet at Aria, where my husband and I consumed an obscene amount of crab legs.
Night Club/Bottle Service: Street walker or high class hussy? It’s hard to tell the difference anymore. Don’t get me wrong, some of you ladies look amazing in your constricting, lycra dresses. Some of you don’t even need Spanx. I have explored this part of Vegas, especially in my early twenties. I love to get dressed up, but honestly, it has never been a scene that I am especially comfortable in. That is not to say it doesn’t have its virtues. In one club, the ceiling literally opened up and a gorgeous woman on a half moon was lowered. She did a very flexible and seductive dance and then disappeared back into the atmosphere. Pretty cool, actually. This is the part of Vegas where you are treated like royalty. For enough money (an indecent amount) you can have your own area to sit, relax and drink a bottle of Grey Goose with your friends. Beware, long lines and grouchy bouncers. If you go with the right people, you won’t have to worry about either.
Laid back dive bars and Fremont Street: Dive bars? In Vegas? That’s right. An underworld of people like me, who don’t want to pay exorbitant prices and want to experience, the Old Vegas. Old Vegas is where you can still feel the presence of a thriving economy, thanks to mobsters. New Vegas has somehow lost its slightly sketchy vibe, now riddled with corporations (really though, they are just white collar mobsters). Donald Trump’s name reigns supreme on the face of an enormous gold building. Why? Oh why? I prefer the sketchier side. Free concerts nightly, and the feeling of a time past. Besides, I can play Blackjack for hours at three dollars a hand.
Conferences: This is a great place to hold your next work event. I have been to countless hair shows and hopefully soon, a writing conference. What an experience, gathering together with co-workers and hundreds of like-minded people in the city of sin. You may see a side of someone you didn’t know existed. A huge group of people, all in their element and ready to let loose. Beware missing seminars due to over partying. I have had several friends become fallen comrades on critical workshop days.
Shows/Music/Plays: Vegas has perfected entertainment. Whether it is comedy, music, Cirque du Soleil (a genre all on its own), a Broadway play, dancing ladies or magic…there are countless ways to tickle your fantasy. I have been to many different venues and enjoyed them all. The arts give this city vibrancy, a way to experience something completely different. There is a half-price ticket booth if you buy your tickets on the day of. Also, most hotels offer a discount if you book directly through them.
I could go on and on about the different hotels, the pools, the private events. It’s endless. If you have any questions – just ask. What kind of Vegas are you? Have you had any crazy experiences…that you are willing to share?