Vegas Weekend Part 1

11 Oct

I’m back from Vegas! I have a cold and started 10 hours of travel at 6 am yesterday (Pacific Time), and today I just wanna curl up and sleep… but somehow I managed to make it in to work today. That means ya’ll get to enjoy some Vegas pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

We spent most of our time at Caesar’s Palace. My sister Sarah and I stayed the last 2 nights at Imperial Palace across the street, but anyone who’s been there knows it’s not picture-worthy. We really only went there to sleep. (It does have a great location, though!)

I didn’t take too many because I was trying to just enjoy the moment most of the time… but I got some cool ones.

Here goes:


View from my lounge chair at the pool



Gringation by the fountain in the Caesars Palace lobby



My lovely sister Sarah



Casino at Caesar's (love that ceiling!)



The Forum Shops and Caesars... Sarah and I were taking the "Poor Man's Tour of Las Vegas", so we just walked around and longingly stared into store windows. Good times ๐Ÿ™‚



Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesar's Palace... crazy looking!



My Belgian waffle with fresh fruit at Augustus Cafe...



...and the butter and syrup to go on top of it.



The New York New York hotel



Yours truly out and about in Vegas



Mandalay Bay... probably my favorite hotel we went into. Miles and miles of restaurants & casinos... not to mention an aquarium and a lazy river! Seriously, the pool area was like a water park!



Lunch with the family at Raffles restaurant at Mandalay Bay



Walking under a sleeping lioness at the MGM



The Centrifuge at MGM


My favorite part was probably the view from my sister Noelle’s room at Caesar’s Palace. Got to enjoy this every day…





Night (Bellagio Fountains!!!)


My overall thoughts:

As a Hotel Management major, I was in Heaven. These places are INCREDIBLE! I heard a guy at the airport say, “Vegas is like DisneyWorld for adults… pure fantasy.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

The food was expensive… but amazing.

I did a few hours of gambling at Caesar’s on Saturday night with my sisters and lost 10 bucks. It was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚ I followed the rule that you shouldn’t gamble more than you’d want to spend, so I think I did pretty well!

I’m so glad I got to experience it! I can certainly see why people would go there… but personally I’d prefer something much more relaxing if I could go on vacation.

Tomorrow: Pictures of my sister’s wedding! It was AWESOME.

15 Responses to “Vegas Weekend Part 1”

  1. Ashlie October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Amazing photos. I sooooooooo want to go there!I have heard that food in Vegas and the shows are no loger that cheap. I must start saving now! Glad tyou had a great time. Welcome back! I hope you feel better soon.

  2. Ang October 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    ya-hoo!!! great views for sure – glad you made it home safe, but sorry you’re sick ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Can’t wait to see more!

  3. Leslie Limon October 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    Awesome pics! So glad you had fun and enjoyed your vacation.

  4. Kristi S October 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    Yay!! Vegas is so much fun, glad you had a great time!

  5. Nikki October 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Aww you’re killing me over here. I haven’t been to vegas in 6 years. The last time was for a dance competition and I hardly got to do much. That pool looks divine too.

    Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

  6. The Drama Mama October 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    WOw!! THose are some awesome pictures. And here I thought AC, NJ was the bomb, but it’s got nothing on Vegas. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself and I can’t wait to read about your sister’s wedding.

  7. KfromMichigan October 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    Great pictures! The food is cheaper away from the strip! I love Vegas!

  8. Harley October 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    1. You look incredible, especially in that black dress thing.

    2. I want your life!


  9. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest October 12, 2010 at 2:13 am #

    Those last two pictures are amazing. I have done Vegas, but when I was a bit younger and better in a bathing suit, and had a blast. I probably wouldn’t be game for it again, but glad I did it while the doing was good.

  10. Lib(from VA) October 12, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    New to your blog, but I have to say I am so so so jelous of anyone that can take good pictures and yours are awesome! Looking forward to reading about the wedding.

    • gringation October 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

      Hey Libby! Don’t be jealous, I’m actually a horrible photographer. My trick is to just take massive amounts of pictures, and one eventually has to come out right. (I took 3 pictures of my Belgian waffle, for example, then deleted the worst 2 haha)

  11. joeandharryabroad October 13, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    ohmygod I am too jealous!! I want to go here! i hope you had a great time and the wedding looks gorgeous- you all looked beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. victorian inn bed and breakfast October 15, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing wonderful Las Vegas trip to readers. It is a fabulous place with wonderful and colorful nightlife activities.

  13. elbodans October 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    hi…new to your blog (followed a link on after the alter) but had to say that person in the airport was right on–vegas i what i imagine disney world to be, but with fewer kids and more blender drinks. my husband and i don’t gamble (at all) and we’ve gone to vegas two years in a row. and yes, it is expensive to eat and see shows, but the food and shows are so good! great pics–the view from the room at Caesars was amazing!!!

  14. GRRRL TRAVELER October 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Okay, Caesar’s Palace totally rocks. In all my years of going to Vegas (my family is from Hawaii & for some reason, that is where they like going every year), I’ve gotten to stay at Caesar’s once. It was a dream! I was never quite right again after that experience. I could LIVE there, for like,… the rest of my life!

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