This post is woefully overdue because my wedding anniversary was actually a couple months ago. It was a BIG one!! It was our 20th wedding anniversary and we decided to go back to the scene of the crime…the place we got married. Vegas Baby!
We actually spent an entire week in Vegas which is actually quite a long time for that locale. Whereas a week in Hawaii might not be long enough, a week in Vegas is almost pushing sanity…almost. It is just so much sensory overload and there are so many things to eat, drink, and do that you can’t even scratch the surface in a whole month. The constant hustle and bustle and urge to go, go, go is exhausting mentally and physically. A week of that was plenty. Just about all our Uber/Lyft drivers were amazed by the idea of staying a whole week so I guess it is pretty rare.
Where We Stayed: Tahiti Village Resort
This fabulous resort is off the strip by a mile or two. We really went back and forth on the decision to stay on or off strip and eventually went with this resort because of its gorgeous setting and the “idea” of relaxation poolside and in the spa. Ha! We never even dipped our toes in the pool and only did one resort event, other than one of the grocery runs.
The grocery runs are helpful if you want to eat in, because most units have kitchens. We bought snacks and beverages but that was about it. We dined out every meal other than the couple of times we had some Jack in the Box delivered via DoorDash. Hey, this Southwestern gal living in the Midwest sorely missed her Jack In The Box. They also have shuttle service between the hotel and two spots on the strip every 30 minutes.
If you want a resort feel in Vegas though, this resort is amazing. They have lots of planned outings and activities…craft hours, yoga, Red Rock tours, movie nights and much, much more. They even offer discount tickets to a variety of shows. We did our research and saved $10-20 per ticket by going through their concierge.
Shows We Saw/Experienced: V – The Ultimate Variety Show, Absinthe, and Zumanity
You cannot go to Vegas without catching a show or two. You just can’t. We chose really, really well and I highly recommend each of these shows. In fact I would see all three again in a heartbeat. That said my husband and I like raunchy humor and nudity does not bother us.
The Ultimate Variety Show – This was the tamest show of the three. It is a pretty “safe” show for everyone and kids can come too. It is a live stage show featuring a wide variety of acts including comedians, acrobats, skaters & jugglers. We were blown away by the talent and spent the entire show laughing as well.
Absinthe – This is a very politically incorrect show so if you get easily offended, skip this one. It has raunchy, crass, sexual humor and an amazing showcase of world-class artists who perform amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility. I LOVED it a million times over. It is actually performed in a circus tent on the grounds of Caesars Palace. The only drawback was that the seating is a variety of mismatched wooden chairs and stools crammed together in a tight space. You will be REALLY close to your neighbor and the chairs were not comfortable.
Zumanity – This is a Zumanity is a cabaret-style show by Cirque du Soleil at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. The show is raunchy, sensual, amazing, and funny. It also has nudity and what can be very intimate audience participation. My husband and I had front row tickets and so we were both selected for participation. My husband ended up on stage with a topless woman. I loved every minute of it and so did he!
Other Exciting Things We Did:
- A realistic apocalyptic zombie combat experience
- ATV riding in the Nevada dunes
- A spin on the 550-foot-tall High Roller
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Amazing Places We Ate:
- Gordon Ramsey Burger
- The Sterling Brunch at Balley’s
- Pampas Brazilian Grille
- Carnival World Buffet
- Bacchanal Buffet
- Yong Kang Street Noodles
The standout favorite was the Sterling Brunch (only on Sundays). It is not to be missed! The hottest brunch in Vegas…$105 per person but you get lobster, caviar, oysters, rack of lamb, filet mignon, prime rib, endless champagne, the works…
Ways to Make It Green – Rideshare via Uber and Lyft. We did this 100% of the time and when we could we shared the car with other travellers. We bought Fat Tuesday reusable cups and refilled them the entire week with our fave alcoholic beverages. If you want vegan foods they have TONS of it there as well. Walk rather than drive or rideshare…we did PLENTY of this and it is the perfect city for it. We also used the shuttle service offered by our resort quite often.