When your husband is on tour for 2 weeks and has 2 days off in Las Vegas, you go
Traveling has always been a part of mine and Joseph's relationship, both together and separate. People ask me what its like to have a husband who travels a lot for work and honestly, it is not a big deal because I don't know anything different! One thing we have learned early on in our marriage is to support each other in what we love to do and for me, thats supporting Joseph in his passion for combining travel and work. While its easy to support him in what he loves, it can be hard to be apart for so long, so we have learned that what works for us is to not be gone from one another longer than 7 days. On the rare occassion there is a trip longer than that, one of us fly’s out to see the other or we plan a little getaway when he gets home. In this case, I flew to meet Joseph in Vegas for his two days off and it was rad. Joseph hadn’t been to Vegas before, whereas I had, so naturally, it was tempting to want to show him all the cool spots, but he was exhausted so we decided to keep it low key and restful while still having a great time.
Tickets to Vegas are relatively cheap, but spending any amount of time in the city itself can definitely add up. We didn’t care to drop a ton of cash since it wasn’t really an ideal vacation spot for us, so we managed to keep it a pretty cost effective trip and still get a nice taste of Las Vegas.
Where We Stayed: The Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo is an older hotel that is currently undergoing a huge revamp through renovations. It is on the far end of the strip which is nice because you have options to more affordable dining but is a bit inconvenient because some of the nicer hotels are about a 3 mile walk away. Besides that, I have no complaints! Somehow we managed to score one of the new rooms on the 24th floor and it was awesome. Later on, I saw one of the older rooms and was far from impressed, so if you do stay at the Monte Carlo before their reno is complete, definitely ask for on of the newer rooms! They are clean, modern, and have great views.
What We Did
Walk the strip at night - talk about sensory stimulation. So many lights and sounds! Walking around felt like we were in Times Square, but it's not something you live out every day so it was fun.
Explore the Hotels - It’s just what you do and it's free! From Paris, to Italy, to Treasure Island, to Rio, to New York, every hotel has a theme and they are all worth checking out. Our favorites though were the Bellagio, the Wynn, and the Venetian. A lot of them are connected to one another so you don't even have to go out on the strip if you don't want to (which is great during extreme temperatures).
Bellagio Fountain Show - the most epic water fountain show you will ever see outside the Bellagio Hotel. Every 30 minutes, then every 15 min after 8pm, the show is always different so it's fun to watch more than once (like we did). The first one was to Bruno Mars and the second was to The Beatles. Get there a few minutes early for a good spot and enjoy the free show!
The Bellagio Lobby - It's actually a little bit past the lobby but every season there is a HUGE floor to ceiling floral display that is absolutely breathtaking. Pop in, take a look, and prepared to be blown away.
The Venetian Hotel - explore the canals and watch the gondolas coast through. It is amazing see such a site inside a building.
We weren’t there to gamble, see a show, or hit up the clubs but obviously, those are all options as well during your stay.
Where We Ate
Vegas is not all strip clubs and gambling. The hotel life is relaxing and it is actually music and foodie heaven with so many world renown chefs owning restaurants there.
Egg Slut - Walked through a few hotels to get to Egg Slut in The Cosmopolitan. There is an Egg Slut here in LA but we had never been. It was nice being able to walk to the place instead of sit in LA traffic to get to it! There will be a line but it moves quick and your foods gets to you even quicker. We got the Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich with the Fairfax. It was a perfect, affordable breakfast.
Giordiano's - We sat at the bar and ordered appetizers, beer, and deep dish pizza. Since it was Joseph's day off, I was kind enough to let him pick the place for dinner and of course, it was pizza. While it wasn't the greatest meal I had ever had, he liked it.
Shake Shack - We didn't love New York, New York but we do love the burgers at Shake shack! Two burgers, fries and a concrete, it's a great spot for lunch and all for $20? Yes please.
Other options: If we had more time and more room in our stomachs, we definitely would have tried Gordan Ramsey Burger, Noodles, Sushi, Milk Bar
Overall, our time in Las Vegas was so good. When you have good company, good food, and a short little getaway, you are guaranteed a great time.
Sometimes, you just need to change things up a bit, plan a little adventure and go explore. Originally, I had wanted this to be a car camping trip, but we waited too late into the year and the overnight low this weekend was supposed to be 20F so husband made the executive decision to NOT camp. Made sense.
November was going to be really full - read, busy. I'm working a lot, hubby was going to be traveling for two weeks, then we were going to be driving up to visit my family for Thanksgiving. This was our only free weekend in October and November, so we decided to get the heck out of town and go see some mountains and pine trees.
Big Bear is a really small mountain town with mom and pop shops, small hole in the wall diners, a calm lake, and lots of hiking trails. The drive took us about 2 hours with the last 45min or so going up a very windy road. I may or may not have had Joseph stop the car after getting extremely car sick. We knew we were getting close when we started seeing tall, orange leafed trees, small cabins, and the temperature dropped below 50F.
Our day was filled with breakfast at a local diner, frolicking around Big Bear lake, riding up the lift and down the alpine slide, hiking to Castle Rock, watching the sunset over the mountain, and pizza on a red and white checkered table cloth. It was a long and cold day filled with adventure and fun - exactly what we needed to experience this time of year and a great way to reset before heading into the holidays.
Paris had always been a city I knew I would see eventually but besides that, I never been a big "Paris girl". However, all that changed the moment we arrived. The sites, the sounds, the people, the culture, the food, the history - all of it. How could someone not walk along the Sienne, or through the jardins, or witness the great Eiffel tower and not be blown away? I spent a lot of time before our trip researching places to go during our short visit there. Here is what we did, what we ate, and where we stayed during our 4 days in Paris.