Twenty-Four Hours in Las Vegas

Monday, May 02, 2016

For some reason whenever I have way too much to do we always end up planning a weekend away right in the middle of it all. Some people would crumble under the stress of it all, but I try to take it in stride and enjoy the good times before I'm back to the reality of whatever stressful situation I'm in. This was one of those weekends. Daniel's birthday was on Thursday and about a month ago we agreed to plan a trip with his grandparents to Vegas for the weekend. We're about 4 and a half hours outside of Vegas, which isn't too terrible as far as road trips go. The hardest part was that we couldn't leave until after I got off of work on Friday at 6:30, and we had to be back first thing this morning because I've got finals starting tomorrow. Some people might see that as poor planning, I saw it as an excuse to fit in as much fun as possible into our 24 hours in Vegas before we headed back home to the next three days of finals, and that's exactly what I got. 

We arrived in Vegas Friday night around 11:45 and headed to our hotel. Daniel's grandparents frequent Vegas pretty often so they get comped rooms, this weekend they were able to get us a room at the beautiful Cosmopolitan.

The bathtub was huge and the bed was basically just a giant pillow. It was perfect. 

Our view from our room's balcony. 

We were tired from the long trip but we refused to let the night get away from us. We started with a little gambling and ended up having sushi with his grandparents at 1:30 in the morning. Seriously, one of the best parts about Vegas is that you can get any kind of food you want at any time of day.

We finally got to bed around 3:30 that night, but our bodies did not want to cooperate and we only slept till about 6:45. No worries though, it seemed like 80% of the hotel hadn't even gotten to bed yet by the time we were waking up, so there was still plenty to do.

This is the first time I've ever been to Vegas that it was raining and cold. It was only in the 60's so there weren't too many people out and about. The good thing is you can almost go from hotel to hotel without having to spend too much time outside, and that's what we did. 

We headed to the Aria around 11:00 to meet Daniel's grandparents for some breakfast. They're honesty the best people to be in Vegas with because they like to restaurant hop. They go from place to place and get a couple small plates and a drink at each one so they don't miss out on trying new things. 

The first place we went was Julian Serrano's. They're known for their Spanish Tapa's so we ordered a couple to share, and had some white wine sangria. It was all so good!

It was the perfect amount of food to start the morning off. After that we wandered the hotel a little longer and played a few more slots. 

Daniel rubbed Buddha's belly for luck, but we still didn't win any jackpots. 

We headed to yet another restaurant called Javier's which was delicious. I ordered Ahi Ceviche and we shared chips and guac, however we ate so fast that I failed at taking any pictures. After that it was about 3:00 and I was so tired. I headed back to the hotel, took another bubble bath because I couldn't help myself, and took a nice two hour nap so I would be all refreshed for dinner. 

Afterwards, we got ready and walked around the miracle mile where I finally found my graduation dress. It's from BCBG, it was on sale, and I'm in love. I can't wait to show you what it looks like!

After an hour or so of shopping it was time for, you guessed it, more food. We headed to the Cromwell hotel and met Daniel's grandparents for dinner at Giada's. If you're a fan of cooking shows at all then you'll know who she is, I had high expectations for her restaurant and it didn't disappoint. 

We had so much to celebrate this weekend with Daniel's birthday, graduation being a week away and it was recently Daniel's grandparents anniversary. So of course we needed dessert. 

Sunday morning we got up at 6:00 to beat the traffic back into LA. We left around 7:00 and got back home around 12:00 so overall it was the perfect timing. 

I ended my weekend with some final prep for the week, and some much needed kitten cuddles. I was definitely tired, but overall I don't think we could have asked for a better weekend. 

Have you been to Las Vegas? What's your favorite thing to do? 


  1. Looks and sounds as if it was an amazingly memorable time :)

  2. My hometown! Seeing posts like this does make me miss it a little bit.


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