You love to gamble. We all do! Yes, you can slip effortlessly into “vacation mode” by logging onto any of these trusted online casinos, pouring yourself a glass of bubbly, and working your magic.
But just because online gambling is fun and at your fingertips, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to hit Vegas once in a while.
Las Vegas, which means “The Meadows” has been an oasis since antiquity. Springs of fresh water rise to the surface here, and the city is surrounded by mountains that will take your breath away at both sunset and sunrise. One charming walking/hiking spot is the Clark County Wetlands.
These wetlands are just a few miles from the Strip, an easy Lyft or Uber ride, and will reward your visit with shady trails, a bubbling brook, and views of wildlife. In short, a perfect Vegas morning. Perfect, that is, once you’ve had your…
Yes, every casino has a buffet, and they all tend to have all-hours coffee shops that are well-priced and welcoming. But for a memorable brunch head to the Grand Luxe Café in the Venetian.
In addition to traditional breakfast offerings, you can try the short rib benedict, a chilaquiles omelet, and lemon poppy seed pancakes.
Pair your food with a brunch cocktail, such as the Lux Aperol Spritz with sparkling wine and St. Germain liqueur.
The Cocktail Menu at China Poblano
This hip Mexican-Chinese restaurant serves dim sum and tacos, noodles and chilaquiles. The food is notable, but the synthesis of the two styles really shine in the cocktail menu.
Experience Mezcal, a traditional Mexican liquor, and Pox, a Mayan beverage. Sotol, Raicilla and other new experiences crowd the drinks menu, and tasting flights are available.
The Linq Promenade
Okay, this is not a “hidden treasure.” It’s right off the strip and culminates at the Linq, which is the giant London Eye-style Ferris wheel. But the Promenade is just like a mini-Strip. It’s an upscale “alley” that includes boutique shops, hot restaurants and pubs, and lively people-watching. Locals and visitors alike love the festive atmosphere.
The Gaudi Bar at Sunset Station
The word “gaudy” comes from the name of Gaudi, the Spanish artist most famous for his unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia.
Gaudi used shapes, colors and ornamentation in a way that no other artist had ever done. His work looks alive, not because it is perfect, but because it is both “imperfect” (by conventional standards) and surprising and sublime. As is life itself.
An artist was sent to Spain to study the work of Gaudi and then commissioned to build a bar in Las Vegas. It sits off the strip, inside the friendly and locally-popular casino Sunset Station. But the glass ceiling and the fixtures and the style and feel of the bar are exotic, inviting, otherworldly.
If you love art and appreciate cocktails and casinos, this bar is worth repeat visits.
A Final Word
Vegas was built on gambling, but the city offers so much more than can be listed here. Las Vegas is simultaneously friendly and cosmopolitan, edgy and homey, world-class yet surprisingly compact.
Never turn down a chance to visit. Catch Lady Gaga or Wayne Newton, a magic show or a Broadway revue, a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or a limousine tour of the city. Everything is here. And it’s here for you.