Travel | If You Only Have One Night in Vegas...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It is probably unlikely that you will spend just one night in Vegas. My friends and family often stay in Las Vegas for  2-3 nights on average to really make the trip worth it. Living in the San  Francisco Bay Area, I am fortunate that I am just an hour and half flight away. Lucky for me, I can fly into Sin City anytime when for others this is a trip of a lifetime.

Despite the super-close distance, I can only bear to see Vegas every few years. Actually, the only times I ever go to Vegas are when my parents are visiting from the Philippines. My siblings drive the 10 hour drive with them while Mr Sweetie and I fly to meet them there. I know, I am missing out on the family-bonding time....

I was in Vegas just for two days and one night because of work. On my flight back, my plane left at almost 4 pm and I was home to Mr Sweetie by past 7 just like on a regular work day.

I hope that when you visit Vegas, you get to stay for as long as you want to. There is so much fun stuff to do and see in this desert city. There are so many free attractions and coveted shows to see, food to eat, slot machines and card tables to gamble the night away....

If you ever just have one night just like I had, here is a suggested itinerary:


Las Vegas is a fine dining city. Gotta eat like a princess when you visit. My hosts took me to Mon Ami Gabi inside Paris LV  It was a good choice as all I had to do was cross the street from the Bellagio where I was staying. I enjoyed a delicious steak with pomme frites and a glass of bubbly -- courtesy of our uber-generous hosts/colleagues. Mon Ami Gabi has a front row view of the Dancing Fountains of the Bellagio while dining. Given it was 102 degrees when I was there -- thanks, but no thanks. We chose to eat indoors.



Nighttime is the best time to enjoy Vegas' glitz and glamor. Leave those 6-inch stilettos in your room unless you are Lyft-ing it to the club. Your piggies will thank you later.


Retail therapy, that is. People go to Vegas to gamble.  If it is your first time, you GOTTA DO IT -- even with the quarter slot machine!  If you are a sour-loser like me who hates gambling, you can go shopping instead. Designer shops are in every hotel. Vegas is also for shopping. (Right after dinner, I went straight to Fashion Mall right next to Paris LV. I scored a pair of Chinese Laundry wedge sandals. Win!)


You just have to. Just take a moment to watch this beautiful outdoor performance set to music. The Fountains of the Bellagio are among my most favorite free shows in Vegas! (When it gets dark, the water show is scheduled every 15-30 minutes.)


Well, the Conservatory at the Bellagio is not really a secret garden. Many people do not know about this, though. I chose to stay at the Bellagio so I could visit the conservatory more than once. It is my most favorite among all the free hotel attractions in Las Vegas. The giant buddha is made of flowers as well as the sculptures surrounding it. How cool is that?!


Even if you stayed up all night dancing or gambling the night away, you will still need your beauty sleep. Choose a hotel that is fit for a desert princess that you are, even for just one night. Bellagio made me feel like a diva. I had one of the soundest solo sleeps of my life.

By the way, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! ;) (Except my day and night pretty much sum up everything on this post! Ha! Ha!)

April 26-27, 2017


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