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Eats, Stays, Things to Do - Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas: Beyond the Glittering Lights

Las Vegas shines brightly, offering something for every kind of traveler. While it's known for 24-hour thrills and extravagant shows, there's a whole other side to Sin City:

  • Unleash Your Inner Adventurer: Explore the breathtaking deserts surrounding Las Vegas with scenic hikes and outdoor adventures.
  • Indulge in Luxury: Pamper yourself at a world-class spa housed in one of Las Vegas' many five-star hotels.
  • Embrace Entertainment: Catch a captivating show, savor farm-to-table delicacies, or shop until you drop – the options are endless.

Unveiling the Vegas Experience:

Below, you'll find a curated selection of places to stay, things to do, and delicious eats – a mix of hidden gems and iconic landmarks. Remember, in Vegas, anything goes!

Crafting Your Dream Vegas Escape:

Connect with me to create a personalized itinerary that perfectly matches your interests. Whether you desire a jam-packed adventure or a luxurious escape, I can craft the ideal Vegas experience.

Need-to-Know Essentials:

  • Airport: Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)
  • Getting Around: Las Vegas boasts an excellent public transportation system with trams, trains, and a metro. Consider biking, walking, or using public transport to navigate the city.
  • Weather: Spring and fall offer the most pleasant weather. Summers are scorching, and winter holidays can be crowded.
  • Ideal Stay Length: A long weekend (3-4 days) is perfect. Add extra days to explore nearby state parks and Lake Mead.
  • What to Pack: Pack your swimsuit for poolside fun and a dazzling outfit for glamorous evenings. Don't forget hiking gear if you plan on venturing outdoors.

Las Vegas awaits – let's create your unforgettable Sin City adventure!

 

Where to stay in Las Vegas

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas: Sophisticated luxury that feels grown up. Fora’s VIP partner perks include $100 resort credit, $60 daily breakfast credit, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Playful, eclectic and cool, with a vibrant art collection to boot. Fora’s exclusive partner perks include $100 food / beverage credit, breakfast daily, an upgrade and extended check-in/out.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas: An elegant, tranquil, casino-free stay with access to all the amenities at Mandalay Resort & Casino. When you book Four Seasons through me, you’ll enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities.

Conrad Las Vegas at Resorts World: A contemporary, colorful and stylish stay on the Strip. Fora’s Hilton Impresario partner perks include $100 resort credit, breakfast daily and an upgrade. 

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas: A five-star stay with sleek decor and stellar views. Fora’s Hilton Impresario partner perks include $100 resort credit, breakfast daily and an upgrade.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas: Breezy and effortlessly stylish, with the brand’s signature cheeky sense of play.

Nobu Hotel Las Vegas: A serene, luxe hideaway within Caesars Palace.

The Venetian Resort: An all-suite hotel with a Mediterranean flair.

 

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Las Vegas ziplining

What to do in Las Vegas

Needless to say, if you like to gamble, you’re in the right spot. But there’s more to Vegas than gambling. The city’s proximity to stunning desert landscapes makes it a fun homebase for the outdoor enthusiasts among us. (There’s a reason so many rock climbers call Vegas home.) Take the scenic route out to Red Rock Canyon, where desert hikes, diverse flora and fauna, campsites and stunning geological formations await. The Valley of Fire State Park — with its Aztec dwellings, ancient rock carvings and red sandstone landscape — also merits a visit. There are numerous hiking trails here, too, as well as areas for rock climbing.

If you’re into history and architecture, check the Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel which sets on Lake Mead. Lake Mead itself is a beautiful natural playground. Spend the day boating around America’s largest reservoir, relaxing by its shores or exploring the surrounding hiking trails. 

In Las Vegas proper, activities abound. The Sphere is the city’s latest feat of entertainment. The massive spherical structure is outfitted with impressive technology, which takes the venue’s shows and concerts to an entirely new level. Watch multi-sensory films on its exceptionally high-definition, 270-degree screen. Listen to world-renowned artists (Bono recently ended his Sphere residency) as the Sphere’s interior glimmers with LED patterns and natural motifs. 

This being Vegas, there is an abundance of shows and residencies — Cirque du Soleil, Adele, Mariah Carey — to check out. There’s always something going on. I can help narrow down your options based on your preferences and what’s available. 

If you’re traveling with kids or love roller coasters, consider The Big Apple Coaster, an exhilarating ride at Las Vegas’ New York New York Resort. There’s also an arcade on the premises, lest a family member opt out.

 

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Valley of Fire

Where to eat in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a haven for food lovers, offering everything from innovative creations by rising stars to celebrity chef outposts.

James Beard-Recognized Gems:

  • MILKFISH Bakeshop: Indulge in unique Philippine-inspired treats like ube jam cookies, empanadas, and black-sesame-coconut cake.
  • Milpa: Savor authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine.
  • Sparrow + Wolf: Experience an Asian-inspired menu in a community-focused setting.
  • Anima by EDO: Explore an international menu with tapas and heartier dishes.

Downtown Delights:

  • eat.: Support local farmers and enjoy creative comfort food like truffled egg sandwiches and cinnamon biscuits.
  • Carson Kitchen: Ascend to the rooftop bar of this modern restaurant.
  • PublicUs: Embrace a playful hipster cafe vibe.
  • In-N-Out: Savor a classic American fast-food experience.
  • Oscars Steakhouse: Fine steakhouse in a fancy setting.
  • Makers & Finders: Enjoy Latin-inspired breakfast, lunch, coffee, and libations.

Luxury Hotel Culinary Experiences:

  • Cipriani (Wynn): Experience upscale Italian cuisine in a sleek and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand): (Temporarily Closed) Savor refined French cuisine in a fancy setting. Consider L'Atelier Joël Robuchon for a more casual option.
  • The NoMad Restaurant: Enjoy sophisticated dishes and craft cocktails in a swanky library setting.
  • The Venetian: Explore a variety of restaurants including beloved Israeli street-food (Miznon), Thomas Keller's Bouchon bistro, and more.
  • The Cosmopolitan: Delight in Momofuku's signature dishes or embark on a culinary adventure with Mexican and Chinese flavors at José Andrés' China Poblano.

Las Vegas offers a diverse culinary scene to tantalize your taste buds. Let me curate a personalized dining itinerary based on your preferences!

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Oscars Steakhouse