Vegas Suite Life: This is How We Vegas!

Vegas is the ultimate couples’ destination any time of year. My parents live in Vegas so I’ve been there more times than I can count. Whether you visit in the summer, or over New Year’s Eve, there’s so much to see and do in the vibrant city.

THE HOTEL

 

Once again, the Aria Resort & Casino did not disappoint! 

Not only did it not disappoint, it exceeded my expectations!! We booked a Sky Suite  at a great rate! { I found a discount code at offers.com } Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by a chauffeur who whisked us away to a Cadillac limo! 

The Sky Suites have their own entrance and their own check-in area and 24/7 lounge access {complete with coffee and pastries in the a.m. wine and cheese p.m.} We checked in and were told we were upgraded to a penthouse suite! It was the most glamorous room I have ever been in! 

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The Sky Suites also have their own Sky Pool with poolside food and cocktails and extra comfy chairs! 

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The Aria was simply fantastic, I can see why their slogan is "This is how we Vegas!"

 

THE FOOD

Las Vegas is such a fabulous dining town! Every time we go I scour Chowhound for the latest and greatest dining experiences. 

{ p.s insider tip... for great steak, fabulous wine AND a great deal.. go to Charlie Palmer Steak for their "cut of the week." You have to ask for it, your server won't volunteer it! $58 for dinner and unlimited wine! }

This trip's picks: 

Joes Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab - Located in the Forum Shops at Ceasar's Palace {if you're taking an Uber, get dropped off at the Forum Shops entrance. If you get dropped off at the main entrance or the casino entrance you will have a veerrryyy loonng walk!} The food was great and the service fantastic! 

Old Homestead - While the steak was very good, it was just steak. If you're looking for a great steak and a great dining experience, go to Charlie Palmer's
{ see note above}

Sushi Samba   - This restaurant was the hit of our trip. We were a party of 6. We asked the waitress to pick food for us and every item was absolutely delicious. We had two bottles of wine and the waitress asked if we wanted to switch to Sake. I had never tried it so she proceeded to bring me two samples and educated me on how it is made. 

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ACTIVITIES

Can you even say you've been to Vegas if you don't see a show? Absinthe was the pick for this trip. It was good. The acrobatics were incredible but... it was very crude. I didn't mind the un-politically correct humor but the rest was.. too much. I recommend the Michael Jackson One show     we saw it on the last trip and it was fabulous! 

 

So, while there are certainly no shortage of yoga studios in Las Vegas { Yoga Sanctuary , Modo Yoga and many others } I decided o try something new. I discovered Shine Alternative Fitness  while searching for a handstand class.  Shine was a quick Uber ride from my hotel and has daily handstand classes. It was my lucky day as no one else had signed up for the class so I had a private lesson. And the bonus? The teacher was a Cirque de Soleil performer! The studio offers anti-gravity yoga {a.k.a. arial} , pole dancing classes as well as some beginner classes. At the time of this writing, there's a Groupon! Grab it while you can! 

SHOP MY VEGAS ESSENTIALS

Travel packing cubes are a must-have travel item for me because they keep me organized.  It’s so much easier to pull out a packing cube and grab an item than dig through everything in my luggage!

Foldable Ballet Flats Stash a backup pair of foldable ballet flats in your bag and never be left hobbling in heels!

Black Jumpsuit A jumpsuit in classic black is super easy to pack, great for day with flats and a denim jacket, or dressed up with heels and a metallic clutch for night.

Wifi to go! (no more complaints from teenagers!)

We were planning our trip to Aruba so I called Verizon to inquire about using our phones there. "sure" they said. "$10 per line per day." Cha ching! 5 phones, 7 days, $350 for them to play on Snapchat? No way! Then I found this gem. 

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I rented two of them thinking that when the kids went on excursions, they could take one and I would also have one so we can stay in touch. It worked perfectly! Actually better than I had anticipated. No one wants their kids to be sick on vacation. My son got sick on the second day. All he wanted to do was sleep. So, we left him in the room (He's 13, I'm not leaving babies in the room!) with his wireless unit (yes there was wifi at the hotel but it was terrible!) and I took one to the beach with me. We were able to stay connected. Priceless! 

Here's the link if you are interested GET YOUR TEPPY HERE (and yes, I get a commission if you rent or buy one but I wouldn't pitch it if I didn't believe in the product.) Feel free to email or message me with any questions.

 

Adults Only: Miami

Where we slept:

Fountainbleau

Where we ate:

Scarpetta - Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A Fish Called Avalon

Where I Yoga'd:

Yoga Journal Live
 

 

We live in a small-town in Southeast Minnesota. Well, I guess it's not a small town to sound but to me, having lived in New York city, it's a small town. It's small, and it's cold, and there are certainly no Yoga Journal conferences here! One of the perks of my husband's job is that he can pretty much select where in the world he wants to go for a business conference. So, when I saw the Yoga Journal Live event in Miami I asked if he could find a meeting to go to at the same time and we could go for the weekend. The plan was that he would go to his conference and I will go to mine. It was a win win!  We stayed at the Fountainbleu in Miami where his meeting was. The yoga Journal event was about 30 minutes north in Hollywood.

I love the history of the Fountainbleu. My husband's parents had stayed there in the 50's. It's very glamourous!  This hotel is located in the quiet end of Miami Beach but still a short taxi ride from the action in South Beach. We had an ocean view room with a king bed (320 sq. ft.). The hotel has everything; fine dining, various pools to choose from and a beautiful staffed beach. I think my only complaint is that the pool (and the pool bar!) closed at sundown. I asked for a drink about 15 minutes before they were closing and the server never came back!

Scarpetta: Overall, this was an impressive meal with attentive service - and a gorgeous setting!

A Fish Called Avalon: If you want to feel like you have stepped back into the art-deco era and dine on fabulous food while watching vintage cars go by this is the place! We arrived slightly before our reservation and started on a bottle of wine at the bar. The bar is tucked into a corner but still comfortable. I had reserved a table outside (when you live in Minnesota you ALWAYS reserve a table outside when traveling somewhere warm!) and while it was a bit crowded, the service was excellent and the food superb!