Since I travel like it's my job (Ha! See what I did there?!) I decided to start a blog series where I can discuss, reminisce and inspire visits to some of my favorite places. And while I may have made the city that never sleeps my home, but there’s something special about Vegas that keeps me coming back as well. My favorite thing about Vegas is it can be whatever experience you want it to be – it’ll give back whatever you put into, and more. Sure, you can do the whole strolling the strip with a novelty guitar glass in hand followed by a dayclub/nightclub thing. This experience has its place! But I’ve been going to Vegas since I was 15, so my Hangover re-enactment days are pretty much behind me. Nowadays, I prefer exploring the finer- and sometimes divier - side of this unique, neon-lit oasis.
Where to Stay
There are endless places to use as a base camp for Vegas adventures. A few of my classic favorites include: The Cosmopolitan, specifically the wraparound terrace suite; Aria, which also has the best poker room in Vegas (in my opinion!), Wynn (RIP Ferrari dealership in the basement) and Encore.
Where to Eat
There’s so much great food in Vegas now! For those of us who can’t get into Rao’s in NYC (not that I have quit trying!) the Vegas branch is delicious and super festive, with Christmas decorations up year-round! Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand should not be missed for the finest of fine dining, but for incredible and fresh Mexican and a margarita that gets me tipsy after just one glass, Javier’s at Aria is exquisite.
Although I’m not eating a lot of meat these days, I always make an exception for Cut at the Palazzo. And although Vegas is a 24-hour town and you can get something to eat at any given moment, the best all-night diner is the Peppermill. If the place’s neon aesthetic looks familiar, that’s because it’s been used as a location for so many classic movies, including my all-time favorite, Casino.
What to Do
Vegas is, of course, a gambling town. I love three-card poker as much as the next girl, but there’s so much more than table games to keep you entertained. For a start, they have some world class spas. My favorite is Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan. The facilities are lined with sandstone from a nearby quarry, so it feels like you’re in Red Rock Canyon while you soak away an afternoon in the hot tub. Now, doesn’t that sound heavenly?
Racing supercars may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Las Vegas, but just about 20-30 minutes from the strip you will find Exotics Racing, home to a fleet of exotic cars that make this gear head’s heart sing. As I now live in NYC, I really miss driving - especially driving fast! Putting pedal to the metal is one of my favorite pastimes. This spot has everything from R8s and 911 GT3s to Huracans and 458 Italias, so whether you’re into German, Italian or British supercars, it’s the most fun way to get your heart pumping with your clothes on.
Las Vegas has more than earned its reputation as an entertainment capital. The shows are a huge part of that. A favorite of mine is Le Reve at the Wynn, an acrobatic, dreamy, underwater fantasy experience, the likes of which I’ve never witnessed before. Something about watching incredibly attractive people do equally incredible things with their beautiful bodies…it’s a sure-fire way to get a little hot under the collar.
Also – a last note on shopping! It may seem redundant to shop in Vegas, since they have all the same high-end designer stores we have over in NYC - my personal favorites being Saint Laurent, Gucci, Tom Ford and Hermes. It could be easy to overlook the shopping but that would be a mistake, as Vegas stores often have exclusive treasures and trinkets made specifically for that location. What could make a special trip even more memorable than coming home with a one-of-a-kind piece from this one-of-a-kind city?!