We woke up bright and early on Friday morning, like two kids in Disneyland. After getting cleaned up, we did a bit of work and headed out to get a start on our day. The first thing on our agenda was something I’d been looking forward to for an ungodly amount of time: brunch at Wicked Spoon, the buffet at the Cosmopolitan.
On weekdays, the buffet is a steal. $22 per person which includes a Bloody Mary or mimosa + $9 if you want unlimited brunch drinks. Seriously, how does it get better? Plus, the food was delish. I’m not really a buffet person, mind you, but they had everything anyone could want: an Asian station (with sushi), salads, tacos, breakfast options (french toast, fruit, parfaits), charcuterie and cheese plates, tons of carving stations and a massive dessert station. The place is a haven for gluttonous Vegas-goers. If you’re wondering: you can do it somewhat healthy (I think I managed this for the most part) — they have lots of veggie options, plus tons of fresh goodies. The dessert station is a total trap though. You can’t not stop in for something (chocolate-covered strawberries are my weakness).
Afterwards, we walked. And walked. We had to burn off some of the excess energy that we devoured during brunch. We popped in the Bellagio first to explore and see their seasonal decor. Pretty, as per usual. Fall is my favorite season and the pretty autumn decor throughout the hotels got me excited for the holiday season!
Lest we not relive the magic of our first trip to Vegas, we made a pit stop at Margaritaville to explore and listen to some Jimmy Buffet tunes. We contemplated getting a frozen margarita (who am I to ever pass one up?) but we were still so full from brunch, the thought of a sugary frozen cocktail didn’t sound overly appetizing.
From there, we made our way across to hit up the Palazzo and Venetian before making our way up to the Wynn. We stayed at the Palazzo last year and being in there again reminded me of how nice it is. Everything is gorgeous without being too glitzy (Cosmpolitan) or gaudy (Encore). We had a mission at the Wynn: to link up with my amazing cousin who was able to help us get tickets to Le Rêve. I had thought Le Reve was a Cirque du Soleil show, but apparently I was mistaken. It’s the same concept though — acrobatics on steroids.
We got both sets of tickets from her when we arrived: Le Reve for Friday and then Garth (!!!!) on Saturday. From there we went home and slowly got cleaned up before heading over to the Wynn for the 7P show. We grabbed a drink outside at Parasol Down in the Wynn — great cocktails and a pretty backdrop.
Our seats for Le Reve were awesome. We were the third row back which allowed us to see everything perfectly, but also ensured we didn’t get splashed by the water. I didn’t really know what to expect, but this definitely exceeded what I thought it would be: fire, water, dancing, diving, acrobatics… I’m not sure where they recruit these people, but the talent is ridiculous!
Afterwards, we headed to dinner at STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay. Our reservations were on the late side (10PM) but were perfectly timed with our show. I hadn’t eaten at a Michael Mina restaurant before, so I was excited to try it! The food was great, from start to finish, although the bill was a bit higher than I expected it would be (even with a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate). I’ll do a total food write-up in a few days to talk about where we ate and what was worth the cost, but suffice it to say that this place is delicious, but there are better options for the money.
From there, the night continued. We explored the south end of the Strip: the Luxor, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, MGM before making our way to Caesar’s, from where we cabbed home. Check back tomorrow to get the details on Saturday including our experience at Garth Brooks’ show. AMAZING!