A morning view of the strip from our balcony. Gorgeous doesn't even begin to cover it.
A morning view of the strip from our balcony. Gorgeous doesn’t even begin to cover it.

I’m baaack! I spent last Tuesday – Sunday traveling: IL > MN > NV > MN > IL. It was pretty great. We spent three nights and four of those days living THE life at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Naturally, I had to post about it. So, here ya go. What follows are all of the {important} deets on my first-ever trip to Las Vegas, condensed into the simplest possible statistics on the planet–Las Vegas by the numbers.

Number of hours spent in transit: 18. That breaks down to twelve hours of driving between IL and MN, and six hours flying between MN and NV.

Number of miles walked: ~30 in 3.5 days, according to Apple’s “Health” app. I love exploring and going for long walks, so this was actually a plus! I’m sure it also helped to mitigate some of the calories from all of the anything-but-clean-eating food I indulged in. Drawback: my pinky toes have never been in worse shape. Ouchers.

Number of selfie sticks spotted in Las Vegas: 6. Honestly, found this odd–I was expecting to see a LOT more! I probably saw more people taking photos with their iPads than with selfie sticks, which is just weird all around.

Number of trips to the buffet: 1. We hit up Wicked Spoon for an early dinner before going to see Frank Marino’s Divas on Friday night. My thoughts? Overrated. Also wayyy overpriced if you don’t get all of the premium food options {crab legs, steak, sushi, prime rib, etc} and don’t make four trips through the buffet line. This being said, we had had such amazing food the rest of the trip that the bar was set REALLY high.

Number of boxes of bandaids used: 2. Like I said, foot happiness was not at an all time high! Thank god for the Wallgreens directly across from the hotel!

Scenes from our room at The Cosmo...
Scenes from our room at The Cosmo…

Number of hours wasted at timeshare presentation: 3. On our FIRST day in the city. Live and learn. {But considering that a couple on our shuttle back to the strip got sucked into a 6.5 hour ordeal, maybe our time lost wasn’t so bad after all!}

Number of performances seen: 2. We went to Frank Marino’s Divas {which is a drag and comedy show} on Friday night because we had deeply discounted passes from our timeshare presentation, and I actually thought it looked really entertaining. It was! Super fun, high energy, familiar songs, and comedy. On Thursday night, we splurged a little and got tickets for Zumanity, which is billed as “the sensual side of Cirque du Soilel”. I LOVED it. The performers were all SO talented and the production value was high. It was definitely a sexy show {with a little raunchy comedy thrown in for good measure,} but by the end of the show, you basically forget that the people are wearing next to nothing because you’re so mesmerized by the stunts they’re doing! Seriously impressive. Also kind of made me want to join the circus. #goals

Number of times I was carded at the casinos: 1. At our very own hotel! I found this rather amusing considering that I’m 25, and you only have to be 21 to be in the casino anyway. But hey, if the hotel staff thought I was 20 or younger, I’ll totally take it.

Number of dollars lost in the casinos: 60. $60! That’s not TOO bad, right? Ugh! At least when you factor in the number of free drinks that they serve you WHILE you gamble–especially with Las Vegas drink prices–it almost evens out. Almost.

Our Friday night in a nutshell--Divas and the High Roller.
Our Friday night in a nutshell–Divas and the High Roller.

Number of late-night trips to Secret Pizza: 3. Two at night, one in the afternoon. Worth every last calorie. Also probably the cheapest meal on the strip!

Number of pounds gained on the trip: 4. It equals out to about a pound a day. Not TOO bad. I’m sure it will {mostly} be off by the end of the week.

Number of times I missed our dogs: A billion? Idk, it’s a rough estimate. Seriously though, leaving the puppies behind is always the worst part of any vacation. Super thankful and lucky that my parents are willing to puppy sit back in Minnesota while we’re away!

Bests & Faves!

Checking out the skyline on the High Roller. {Note the shoes--these were the little demons that KILLED my feet!}
Checking out the skyline on the High Roller. {Note the shoes–these were the little demons that KILLED my feet!}

Best free attraction:

The fountain show at the Bellagio. We stayed at the Cosmopolitan and got a room with a killer fountain view, so we got watch the show multiple times each night! I think that of my favorite memories of the trip, though, is when we watched the show from the ground RIGHT outside of the fountains on our first night in town.

Favorite meals:

Best people watching:

Every/anywhere on the strip. Especially at night. This really deserves an honorable mention in the “best free attraction” category.

The Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 is a MUST.
The Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 is a MUST.

Best hotel:

The Cosmopolitan, of course. I’m totally biased since it’s obviously the ONLY hotel I’ve stayed in in Nevada, but it was bomb. They were able to check us in just an hour or so after we arrived at 9am even though we hadn’t pre-registered for early check-in, we had a big, gorgeous room with a giant shower, whirlpool tub, and our own private oversized balcony, and the property features a great casino, a myriad of dining {and drinking} options, art EVERYWHERE, multiple pools, Marquee day/nightclub, and shops. It’s also in the middle of the action as far as the strip is concerned–sandwiched between Aria and  to The Bellagio and across from Planet Hollywood. It’s a short walk to the other resorts, high-end shops, AND a 24-hour Wallgreens, which comes in handy when you need to buy bandaids and bottled water at the end of the night. 10/10 would recommend, especially if you’re younger and are looking for a classy-meets-sexy property. Very modern, sultry vibes.

Favorite Vegas souvenir:

A Lokai bracelet. I’ve been wanting one for months, but just didn’t feel like ordering online and waiting and for shipping. Luckily for me, the Kitson in LV had both the classic Lokai AND the pink breast cancer awareness Lokai in stock, so I scooped up the classic bracelet in two seconds flat. Definitely not your typical Vegas souvenir, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love this more than a giant stiletto-shaped cup that was once filled with alcohol.

Best service:

Mike, who took care of us for dinner at Tom’s Urban before we went to Zumanity. He was funny, personable, attentive, and all-around excellent…He even took the time to walk us to the theater for our show after we finished our meal! If that isn’t the dream, I don’t know what is. Barring ONE experience, all of our service in Las Vegas–from our stay at the Cosmo to all of our dining out–was pretty next-level. The people were really wonderful, and it made our trip all the better.

Favorite over-all experience:

ALL of Thursday was basically my ideal day. We spent the morning/afternoon walking {the strip}, shopping {at Fashion Show Mall}, and exploring {our hotel, and the general area}, and then rounded out  the evening by going to dinner, seeing a show, strolling around the Bellagio, and then, FINALLY, playing the slots back at the Cosmopolitan. Oh, AND there was also the most glorious slice 1am pizza. Can’t forget that.

A peek inside the chandelier bar, my favorite spot in the Cosmo. If you go, make sure to try the verbena drink!
A peek inside the chandelier bar, my favorite spot in the Cosmo. If you go, make sure to stop by the bar and try the verbena drink!

Have you been to Las Vegas? I’d love to hear about all of your faves!



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