The Girlfriends Getaway Guide To Las Vegas
Las Vegas has long solidified itself as the place to go when you want to have some fun — big fun. You’ve no doubt accepted at least one invitation to a bachelorette, birthday, or other part of choice in the desert city, but rarely do travelers consider Vegas as a place to get away.
It may sound odd to travel to one of the most stimulating cities in the U.S. to actually get away from your stressful day-to-day, but we guarantee if you grab your girls and follow this guide, you’ll have an invigorating stay in Vegas like you’ve never had before.
Where to Eat
Jean Georges Steakhouse: This restaurant could easily be dubbed “carnivore’s heaven” because, as its website states, it’s “so much more than steak.” And though you have your share of cuts when it comes to the steakhouse, you can also indulge in short ribs, lamb, veal, grilled octopus, scallops, crab legs, salmon, sea bass, shrimp, foie gras, and so much more. That more I’m referring to are the sides which are as magnificent in taste as the meats they accompany. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t try the truffle mash potatoes.
Mr. Chow: This international beacon is the definition of “treat yourself,” but, hey, isn’t that what a getaway is for? Everything inside of Mr. Chow is pristine from the bright white decor to the infamous champagne trolley featuring a selection of premium bubbly. The servers here aim to please, so the only trouble you’ll have is deciding which dishes to indulge in from the extensive menu.
Lago: This modern restaurant is the place to be for Sunday brunch which lasts from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm. The menu features unique twists on traditional Italian cuisine like mac carbonara, an Italian sausage fried egg burger, and eggplant Parmesan Benedict. Reservations are highly recommended, and you’ll definitely want to arrive early so you can get a front-row seat to the Bellagio fountain show right on the restaurant patio.
Lakeside: I’m sure you’ve heard of farm-to-table restaurants, but what about ocean-to-table? That’s what Lakeside at the Wynn Las Vegas is known for, thanks to its extensive menu of fresh fish caught from Hawaiian waters, not to mention its oven roasted lobster and crab and prime aged steaks. An exceptional view of the Lake of Dreams makes the dining experience here one you can’t wait to tell others about.
What to Do
Sundance Helicopters Heli and Wine Tour: If you want to really see Vegas, airborne is the way to do it. Sundance Helicopters’ Heli and Wine Experience gives you beautiful views of the Red Rock conservation area and Mount Charleston Peak on the way to the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery. Here you’ll have a wine tasting where you’ll be given your own personalized bottle of wine before indulging in a delicious four-course dinner. Just don’t overdo it because you still have to make your way home. On the way back, you’ll fly over the Spring Mountains into the Las Vegas Valley as the lights turn on on the Strip. Did I mention there’s complimentary stretch limousine pick-up and drop off at your Las Vegas Strip hotel?
The High Roller at The LINQ Promenade: If you’d like an elevated experience that’s a little less turbulent, check out The High Roller, the world’s largest observation wheel right at the Linq Promenade. The 30-minute ride offers 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip and you can even upgrade your view to an open bar cabin for a Happy Half Hour just for you and your ladies.
Seven Magic Mountains: For an art experience that’s as striking in person as it is Instagram-worthy, make the trek to Seven Magic mountains. The colorful boulders are set within the Ivanpah Valley about 10 miles outside of Las Vegas, and at 30- to 35-feet high, the totems are definitely a site to see.
Drai’s: Sure, a girls’ trip could be complete without a night out, but hitting the club together definitely amps up the fun — and the memories. In Vegas there’s only one club that matters and that’s Drai’s. Sixty-five thousand square feet of luxury awaits inside this venue which is always packed with cool people, from the club-goers to the live performers which have included everyone from Future to Trey Songz and Big Boi.
Qua Baths & Spa: The only thing that makes a late night out better is following it up with a long day in. And what better place to stay in than at the spa? Qua Baths at Caesars Palace will definitely revive any energy (and elasticity) you may have lost hitting the streets. I can personally vouch for the restorative properties of the classic massage I received in the relaxing zen environment and I’m certain a signature facial wouldn’t fail you.
Claude Baruk Salon: Want a little extra zhoosh? Grab your girls and head over to Claude Baruk Salon at Wynn Las Vegas for makeup and hair before treating yourselves to a fancy dinner.
Where to Stay
Vdara Hotel & Spa: Remember that point about getting away from it all? The Vdara Hotel and Spa is a rare find, in that it’s one of a handful of hotels on the strip without a casino inside, which keeps the foot traffic and accompanying noise to a minimum. (Don’t worry, if gambling day and night is your thing, Vdara is connected to the Aria hotel which has a bustling casino on the main floor.)
The hotel rooms are sleek and sexy, with stunning nighttime views of the illuminated strip.They’re also spacious, featuring a spa-style soaking tub, walk-in shower, and a kitchenette with a dining table that’s perfect for in-room cocktails before exploring Vegas nightlife — just be sure to connect your cell phone to the media hub for some tunes to set the mood. I highly recommend you place an order for a few sliders and VV fries (we’re talking bacon, crushed avocado, and chipotle cheese fondue) from the hotel’s lobby restaurant, Vice Versa, before you leave.
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