Back in March, my husband and I took a trip out to Vegas. While we went more to check out some of the sites outside of the city, we also had a great time exploring the strip and all the various hotels (and restaurants of course).
On our first full day there, we took a day trip out to the Grand Canyon. Despite the fact that we were pretty jet-lagged and the trek out to the Grand Canyon from Vegas is several hours, it was well worth it. I’ve never seen anything like it.
We used a tour company – Grand Canyon Adventures. The tour guide we had was awesome and made all the time we spent driving quite fun. We had a good amount of time to explore the Grand Canyon and take lots of photos (you don’t even want to know how many I took).
We also spent a day hiking at Red Rock. This place was amazing – the hiking was totally different than anything I’ve ever done and the views were just stunning. We used another company (Hike This!) to take us out on the hike. Our guide, Neil, was fantastic. We got to go to areas that we would have never found on our own.
Now, let’s move on to the food. We went to a number of amazing restaurants in the hotels along the strip, so I’ll only mention a few. One of my favorites was Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel. We went for breakfast one morning and were able to sit outside (with a pretty cool view of the strip). I had their ham and cheese crepes and my husband had one of their quiches. So good. We may have also tried out a few of their pastries…. yum.
We also went to a fancy dinner at Le Cirque in the Bellagio. The decor was really different and we got a table near the window – so we were able to see the water show outside while eating. The staff was so attentive and the food was pretty darn good as well. I had the chilean sea bass (which was incredible) and my husband had the prime beef tenderloin (which was also great – although I liked my choice better). After dinner, we went to “O” – the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio. If you ever get the chance to see this, go! The characters perform in and above water – it’s incredible. I also spent a good part of the show trying to figure out how they worked the water pool that would appear and then disappear throughout the performance….
On a last note, at a small cafe in one of the hotels (I can’t for the life of me remember the name or which hotel) we had an amazing piece of crumb cake. Since we got back, I’ve been dreaming about crumb cake (I’m not dramatic or anything). So stay tuned on Wednesday for a crumb cake recipe that you can make at home. It will knock your socks off.