Viva Las Vegas – Day 2

Viva Las Vegas – Day 2

There’s no sleep in Sin City, that’s for sure. Between going to bed LATE Vegas time and waking up early east coast time, we didn’t get much sleep. However, we were thrilled to get day two in Las Vegas started with some fun.

Our first stop was The Neon Museum, a graveyard of all the great Old Las Vegas signs. We had a wonderful time looking around at all the old signs and learning their history. I also have a whole post dedicated to The Neon Museum Experience, so I won’t spill TOO many of the details here.

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After hitting up The Neon Museum, we decided to go check out Old Las Vegas/Fremont Street. The Fremont street experience is totally unique. It’s so much outside of the strip that it feels like it’s own version of the strip, just slightly more “vintage”. We grabbed drinks at a hotel I assume was only named after my own hearts desire, The D. Before walking right into Fremont East. Fremont East feels like where most locals go when they want to go out. There’s really cool dive bars and the prices are MUCH better than they are on the strip. There’s cool vintage signs everywhere, and everyone walking around just has that certain cool AF vibe.

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We ate lunch inside The Golden Nugget at The Paradise Buffet. This was an experience all in it’s own. While I can’t say that the food was amazing (it tasted pretty cheap, because it was pretty cheap), the way the restaurant is set up and all the gorgeous attention to detail in this Chinese Garden style cafe was worth the scavenge for decent grub. I felt like a princess in my pink plush booth, surrounded by ornate light fixtures and wonderful topiaries, definitely come for breakfast if you can – I’m sure their french toast is better than their lasagna and you’ll love being in the atmosphere this buffet offers.

paradise buffet old las vegas

paradise buffet las vegas

 

After lunch we went to the room to rest for a bit, then changed clothes and headed to Caesar’s Palace. Both Jawny and I had drink campaigns to shoot for there, and James was at the Black Jack table with a co-worker so it all worked out perfectly to spend the afternoon checking out the hotel part. After some casino exploration, Jawny and I stepped inside the Venus pool, on accident actually we were just trying to find a bar, and we walked into this 21+ area thinking it was like a club at the pool and then all of a sudden titties were out EVERYWHERE. While I am all about the free spirit lifestyle, I wasn’t in a mental state to pull my DD’s out at that point so we quickly got some God’s Mimosa’s from the bar and explored OUTSIDE the closed curtain. The pool at Caesar’s is truly unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced before in my entire life. The numerous statues, fountains and sculptures all in true Greco-Roman style where just magnificent to behold in person. Walking into the Garden of the God’s Oasis I felt really overwhelmed with the excitement and stunning amenities. Maybe it was the $30 perfect mimosa talking, but I honestly think I could just live my life at that pool area and be a content AF individual.

 

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garden of the gods oasis caesar's palace las vegas

garden of the gods oasis caesar's palace las vegas

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Since I was stupid and didn’t wear my bathing suit to Caesar’s pool, we headed back to The Palms and hit up their rooftop pool for a bit before changing clothes to have dinner at the AYCE buffet and going out for the evening. Our first stop that night was the Bellagio. I HAD to watch the fountains, which play a new song ever half hour. We missed the first one so we walked inside to check out the current conservatory art installation and grabbing a fancy drink at the bar.

bellagio las vegas

After a certain point, Vegas just seems like a bunch of the same stuff with a different theme surrounding it, but it’s still to go check out the different themes to each piece of real estate out there. We hit up The Cosmopolitan to have a drink at the ultra swanky Chandelier, took in the sights of the bright neon lights of the strip, then finally got prime viewing space for a wonderful fountain show at the Bellagio.

paris las vegas at night

The days and nights are long out in Vegas, so after the show we headed back to Fremont East to check out some of the hipper and cheaper night life. Our first stop was Commonwealth, a very Euro style pub with live music and a rooftop deck. While we sipped on cocktails we plotted our next stop, and decided on Beauty Bar. Beauty Bar was probably my favorite bar. It legit looked like a beauty salon inside, but instead of hair styling tools at every station, there were rows and rows of every liquor you could think of. They had some live hardcore music, which was a suprise given the very girly decor, but I was into it. I was beat after Beauty Bar since waking up at 7am, so we went back to the hotel for room service and bed right after so we could make the most of our final day in Vegas.

paris las vegas at night

The Neon Museum – Las Vegas

The Neon Museum – Las Vegas

the neon museum las vegas

The second day we were in Vegas I hit something that’s been on my bucket list for years, The Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is like a graveyard for literally the best and BRIGHTEST (see what I did there) of Las Vegas’s Street Signs, only the museum gives them a new life both in the daytime and at night when the whole park lights up in all the olden glory and splendor of the good ol’ days.

the neon museum las vegas

Jawny and I decided that since we were all about experiencing Vegas nightlife in the present, we’d hit up the museum during the day and I’m really glad we did, because it gave us the ability to get great photos and also see the character and real age of these glorious old signs.

There’s really nothing like experiencing this old boneyard in person. Some of my favorite signs personally were:

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Sassy Sally, not only sounds like my legit spirit animal, but according to our tour brochure, Sa$$y Sally used subliminal messaging in her sign with the two $$’s encouraging gamblers to spend money and win big!

the neon museum las vegas

At 188 feet, The Stardust sign was the tallest in the world in 1968.

the neon museum las vegas

If you don’t want this guy to be your new best friend, we can’t be friends.

the neon museum las vegas

The Lido de Paris was a show at the Stardust, which was imported from Paris in 1958 and ran it’s final curtain call in 1991. The show ran for 32.5 years, seeing audiences of over 19 million people throughout it’s 22,000 performances.

the neon museum las vegas

While I couldn’t find much information on the Clark Inn, it was most definitely my favorite sign to find (for obvious reasons).

The Neon Museum is open daily from 9:30am-11pm. Next time I’m out west, I’ll definitely be checking it out at nighttime, when all the beautiful signs light up and you can really see how resilient the ghosts of this town really are.

 

 

 

 

Vegas, Baby! Day 1

Vegas, Baby! Day 1

Literally just got home from Vegas yesterday morning at 1am, so I’m trying to get all these posts written before my short term memory completely escapes me. Our flight left Florida at 6am and because I haven’t done my TSA pre-check and am the most paranoid traveler (time wise), we left my house for the airport at 3am. While the early flight was so awful to wake up for, we were able to get to Vegas at 8:30 am their time, so we had the whole day ahead of us which was perfect, losing a day in travel when going across time zones is the WORST. PSA: NEVER FLY FRONTIER IT’S THE WORST!

checking in at the palms in vegas

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After checking into The Palms (which is absolutely STUNNING since their remodel), we started the day right at their AYCE breakfast buffet, which was really inexpensive with  high quality options like eggs benedict, and gourmet french toast. Had to get the party started since we WERE in Vegas after all, and I was so surprised to find that their Mimosas at the buffet were NOT watered down and ONLY $7! After breakfast I ran across the street to Apothecary, a legal recreational weed dispensary and picked up some Vegas party supplies. Jawny, my very best friend, and I threw back some edibles, changed clothes, then hopped in an Uber to check out The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. This was unlike any shopping center I have ever seen. So many high-end luxury shops inside a gorgeous Grecian Promenade. The ceilings were painted like a gorgeous sunset, and there were beautiful architectural details as well as stunning fountains and sculptures everywhere your eye turned. This is definitely a Vegas MUST, especially if shopping is your cardio, I could have shopped in there for an entire day if my bank account would have allowed it. We had the most delicious Gelato EVER before heading back to the hotel for a cat nap.

cute scooter at the forum shops at caesar's palace

gorgeous statutes at the forum shops at caesar's palace

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Jawny and I at the Forum shops at Caesar's Palace

amazing gelato from the forum shops center court in caesar's palace

After a good power nap, we started to get ready for an event we were invited to at APEX night club. The event was open bar, and full of some really awesome professionals in the mortgage industry. See, most people at The Palms that week were there for Masterminds, a mortgage industry conference. It was really cool to meet some of James’ work people, and socialize with a completely different crowd. The mortgage industry is real different from the blogging world, but they sure know how to put on one hell of an event!

ready for an event at Apex lounge at the palms in vegas

kate spade palm tree earrings perfect for a night at the palms in vegas

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Since I was already all decked out in some cocktail hour attire, we decided to cap off our evening visiting Camden Cocktail Lounge in the lobby of The Palms. This lounge was SO nice, they had high end artwork hanging on almost every wall, and the intimate lighting and soft, plush seating areas really made this bar worth the $16 per drink fine. I felt SO FANCY sitting there with my glass of champagne checking out Andy Warhol originals.

camden lounge the palms vegas

 

I ended the night with some cheaper champagne, some late night cravings from Lucky Penny (The Palms delicious 24 hr eatery) and in my room safe & sound. Vegas day one was SUCH a blast! Check for Day 2 soon!