If you are anything like me, not really a gambler or a party person, then you may be thinking that Las Vegas is the last place you would want to go. I had that mindset; Vegas wasn’t even on my radar. Honestly, when I thought of it I kind of had images of slummy, seedy parts of town with people that fit that description to go along with it. I’m sure all of those episodes of Cops set in Las Vegas didn’t help. My ideas about Las Vegas had to be pushed to the wayside when my husband won a trip to there through work. We boarded a plane, resolute in the fact we would be stuck on it for about 4 hours.
I am not a person who gets motion sickness but on this particular plane ride I was sure I was going to be sick. By the time the plane touched down my head was swimming and my stomach was rolling. It took an hour or so for the feeling to completely vanish but thankfully it did. After arriving we were taken to our hotel on a bus to check-in. I should mention that at this point I was in awe. This was my first trip out west and I don’t know what I was expecting, but the mountains that served as the backdrop to Vegas wasn’t it. I had no idea Las Vegas had such beautiful surroundings. We have mountains where I grew up but these were completely different; I am used to trees and these mountains were all rock.
If I thought the scenery was amazing, I was in for a real treat when I saw the hotel. We were lucky enough to stay at the Wynn. When we walked through the door the first thing that I noticed was the opulence of the place. There’s rich, and then there’s rich. This place was rich. No detail had been overlooked in the design of this hotel. From the floors to the ceilings, everything was tastefully, expensively outfitted. I knew then that we were about to have a luxurious weekend.
We got a Tower room overlooking parts of the Strip and the views went on forever. It was really something to be able to see the city with the mountains behind it. I must have sat at the window taking it all in for 45 minutes.
We decided to go exploring in the hotel and grab some dinner while we were at it. During our exploration we perused the casino floor. This was our first time in a casino so we were kind of dumb when it came to the ins and outs of everything. We happened upon a slot machine with a Cleopatra theme and thought we would give it a go. We put a $5 bill in the machine and pressed a button without knowing how the machine even worked. I push of a button and we won $500! I thought the machine was broken or lying to us at the very least. However, after flagging someone down, we figured out how to print the ticket and take it to the window to get the cash. We were very broke during this time in our lives and that $500 was a huge deal to us; we were able to pay a bill we weren’t going to be able to pay. That was the only time we gambled on that trip- we took our money and we were happy.
Right to the side of the casino floor was my favorite area we found in the hotel. It was what I call a flower garden. The smells coming off of the flowers were incredible. It really added a freshness to the atmosphere. It really felt like something out of a fairy tale. I have been on the hunt for a scent that mimics the scent those flowers gave off, but so far no luck.
During our exploration, we found a variety of restaurants that we ate at during the remainder of our stay. Our favorite (no longer there) was a small cafe tucked away down one of the hallways; they served pizza and gelato, among many other things.
We ate at the following places:
- Zoozacrackers Deli (permanently closed)
- Terrace Pointe Cafe
- The Buffet
- The cafe I mentioned earlier and don’t know the name of
- Old Homestead Steakhouse (Caesar’s Palace)
The food was delicious every place we dined at. We got to eat mouth-watering food such as chicken and waffles, pork benedict, and steak and eggs. The little cafe we found that served pizza had the best pizza; crunchy crust, gooey cheese, and prime pepperoni. It was simple but delectable at the same time. Getting full was not a problem here.
When we weren’t busy stuffing ourselves with food we were attending work related functions and sightseeing. Vegas has a lot to see- just look!
We didn’t have time to see everything but we vowed we would be coming back so that we could. If not for my husband winning that trip, I would never have discovered my love for Las Vegas. It is such an unexpectedly beautiful place that is full of fun for anyone, no matter your individual preferences. And before I go, what good would a write-up on Las Vegas be without any night-time shots of the lights?