Thursday, August 04, 2011

Thursday 13 :: Vegas!

The Pink Heart Society editor Jenna Bayley-Burke loves Las Vegas. And since she's currently planning a girls weekend there with some lovely ladies who have never been (gasp) she's ready to share her highlights of the Las Vegas strip!

  1. PARIS - Since I've never been to Paris proper, the Paris resort has to do. I even rode up to the top of their version of the Eiffel Tower! This is a great way to end a trip, so you can look over the strip and see all the places you've been.
  2. VENETIAN - I've also yet to make it to Venice, so the gondolas, strolling performers and opera serenades at the Venetian resort keep me dreaming of nights in Venice...
  3. LEARNING TABLES - Most casinos have tables open for lessons at 11 or noon. The instructor gives the basics of the game and then usually hands you a coupon so you can play too. This is really the only way to figure out games like craps and roulette.
  4. SLOT MACHINES - I love slot machines the way teenage boys love video games. Probably for the same reason. I see them as cheap entertainment, and since I usually break even on them, it's doubly fun. I like to play machines that have bonus rounds, because those really are like arcade games. Invaders From The Planet Moolah is my can't lose game!
  5. BUFFETS - As a kid, Vegas meant buffets and pools. As an adult, I think of the buffets differently. Get an all-day pass and snack your way through the day. Vegas is no place to be overly full. This is actually a great money saving tip. Grab a light breakfast, morning snack, quick lunch, sweet afternoon treat, dinner before a show and yummy stuff after. All those little meals add up in restaurants.
  6. RESTAURANTS - Yes, I was just talking about costs and buffets. Keep food costs down with the buffet pass, so you can splurge on restaurants! FIX @ Bellagio is my favorite, probably for the cucumber martini as much as anything! Wolfgang Pucks @ MGM is amazing. And everyone should eat at Joel Rubuchon once in their life. Plus, Sugar Factory @ Paris will serve you the most amazing breakfast of your life. Red velvet pancakes, anyone?
  7. SKYBRIDGES - If you can avoid crossing the street in Las Vegas, do it. I promise, you'll never regret snaking through a casino to get to the skybridge. There are no people handing out nudie brochures on the skybridges either.
  8. CIRQUE DU SOLIEL - There are lots of Cirque shows in Vegas, and they're all great. Mystere is the oldest, Zumanity is the sexiest, KA has fire, O has can see each show a dozen times and never see the same show twice. The staging and costuming are amazing, but the performers are out of this world!
  9. SHOPPING - The larger casinos have their own mall attached! I love the Miracle Mile @ Planet Hollywood, but there's great shopping everywhere. I found my new favorite thing while shopping in Vegas -- Incoco Dry Nail Enamel Strips French Manicure! It's a sticker made out of nail polish! I can do my nails in the van during soccer practice while the baby naps.
  10. FREE SHOWS - In addition to the free performers strolling around inside the Venetian and Palazzo, be sure to catch the Volcano @ Mirage, Fountains @ Belagio, Sirens @ Treasure Island, and Lions @ MGM.
  11. DAIQUIRI BARS - As you stroll Vegas you'll see these shops everywhere. They look like a collection of slushy machines in various adult flavors. You can get your pina colada in a cup, your strawberry daiquiri in mug, or your margarita in a half yard or an entire yard of peach bellini. You can even get them to layer flavors for you. Mudslide and White Russian anyone?
  12. ADRENALINE - There are lots of rides to get your heart pumping. The NYNY roller coaster, the drop atop Stratosphere...heck, walk beneath the sharks and Mandalay Bay!
  13. CLUBS - There's nothing like a Las Vegas club...for people watching. I'm not a party animal, but sitting back at a table at any club in Vegas is fascinating. Coyote Ugly is fun because they really do dance on the bar. The Dueling Piano Bars are always a good time. This trip I'm going to try Minus 5 - an actual ice bar!
Jenna's dealing with line edits, waiting to hear back on a new story, and finishing the road trip book right now. Until it's ready, be sure to check out her latest. Private Scandal is ripe with secrets, sass, and sensational sex. Keep up with Jenna's spin on things on her website & blog

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