A few weekends ago, Nelda, Julie, and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas while our husbands stayed home with our kids. That’s right – they stayed (home), and we played.
This was a surprise (Julie didn’t know where we were headed until I picked her up to go to the airport!) getaway trip to honor Julie’s recent milestone birthday. It was a very quick trip, but a fabulous way to relax, have fun, and to celebrate Julie.
After enduring painful rush hour traffic, Julie and I took an early evening flight from Houston to Vegas on Friday. We had fun on the plane and enjoyed the complimentary food and drinks in the first class cabin. We spent a lot of our time reading magazines and relaxing, although I did spend an hour working (adult life is hard sometimes, am I right?). Once we landed in Vegas, we took an Uber to Caesars Palace.
We were upgraded at check-in and spent a few extra minutes trying to work out our accommodations. Long story short, I originally booked a large room with 2 queen beds and sleeper sofa, but the hotel upgraded us to a very large suite with a King bed (more on this in the hotel review). It all worked out in the end, but took some negotiations. As a business traveler, I know a thing or two about scoring exactly what I want/need, and I was more than happy to put my skills to use.
While Julie and I got settled into our room, Nelda made her way to the hotel (she flew in from Austin). Julie didn’t know Nelda was joining us (I lied about her not being able to make it!), but she was thrilled when she arrived. Once we were ready, we made our way to the Cromwell Hotel for a very late dinner at Giada’s.
We kicked things off with a bottle of sparkling rose, and then proceeded to enjoy a high-end Italian carb-fest.
We enjoyed marinated olives, crostini, three homemade pasta dishes, espresso, and a large plate of cookies (some were taken back to the room for snacks).
After dinner, we spent some time gambling and people-watching at the hotel. Good times. We ended our night gambling at Caesars Palace before heading up to our room.
By our Mom standards, we had a pretty lazy Saturday morning. Even though we were up early, we had no place to go and no immediate plans. In other words, it was a perfect morning. We ordered room service, read magazines, and watched political SNL clips.
After a while, we got ready, and then did some shopping at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops. We scored some great finds at H&M, Sephora, and BCBG.
For lunch, we walked to the Aria and had a great meal, compete with margaritas, at Javier’s.
After lunch, we spent some time gambling and enjoying the smoke-free ambiance. I won $270 on a 1 cent slot machine (!) and used the winnings for our evening activities. It was literally a win-win for everyone.
Afterwards, we did some window-shopping at the Crystal Shops before heading to the spa at the Linq Hotel. Thanks to Nelda, we had late afternoon manicure/pedicure appointments. Uncharacteristically, I went with a gel manicure. My nails are often the victim of business travel mishaps, so I never bother painting my nails. Hey, but when in Vegas, right?
We had a nice time at the spa – it was a relaxing and casual environment with great customer service.
Once we got all dolled up, we made our way to Fizz for pre-concert cocktails and light bites.
We had rose flights and champagne cocktails, a cheese plate, and tiny grilled cheese sandwiches.
We had a great time pre-gaming and catching up. After a while, we made our way into the Coliseum for the Elton John concert.
In a word, the concert was AMAZING. Elton John is a true entertainer and spent almost half of the two hour concert solo – singing and playing the piano.
After the concert, we had a late dinner at Mesa – a restaurant owned and operated by Bobby Flay. We had a nice quick meal, and then returned to our room to get ready for bed, and to pack.
My feet hurt so badly that evening. I am woefully out of practice, friends!
We were all up early on Sunday in order to catch early morning flights back home. Nelda left first and Julie and I followed after checking out of the hotel.
Security lines at the airport were crazy, especially for early morning flights. Even still, we all easily made our flights. Julie and I flew back to Houston together and it was possibly the quietest flight I have ever been on. Almost everyone slept on the plane, including Julie and me.
Julie, Nelda, and I were fortunate to be able to spend time together as sisters, and to celebrate Julie’s birthday. We had a really fabulous time, even though we all wish we had more hours together in Vegas to celebrate. At least we will always have the memories!