An Event-Filled Las Vegas Thanksgiving

Minus5 Ice Bar Las Vegas Cocktails

A few days ago I returned from my very first trip to Las Vegas where we celebrated Thanksgiving with Jonathan’s mother and stepfather. It was so much fun and exhausting. Is Vegas always so tiring? (Jonathan, a seasoned Las Vegas pro, says “YES.”) Though, it could also have had something to do with the 28-hours in the car we spent to get there and back!

I committed a good portion of the trip to playing with the settings on my new DSLR camera — a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Nothing particularly fancy if you’re into cameras, but given a past dependency on my Android phone’s Vignette app, this is a significant upgrade.

The vast majority of pictures I snapped were a blurry mess, but a few didn’t turn out half bad! Here’s a little peak…

Luxor Sphinx Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Light Up Ice Cubes Happy Hour

Gallagher's Steakhouse Food Court Meat Display New York New York Las Vegas

MGM Grand Las Vegas Strip Gold Lion

MGM Grand Las Vegas Real Lion


Cosmopolitan Lounge Art Las Vegas

Jonathan and I spent one night together at The Luxor before connecting with his folks where they treated us to a VIP experience! I honestly could not even begin to thank them for including us in their holiday.

To name just a few highlights: we were blessed with a magnificent suite at Mandalay Bay; an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving feast at Maggiano’s; perfect seats and a jaw-dropping experience at The Beatles’ LOVE show; numerous boozy adventures which included Red SquareMinus5º Ice BarThe Chandelier, and The Foundation Room (my new favorite); a dark-and-moody steak dinner at Strip House; and a soulful, gospel brunch at The House of Blues.

Remember what I said about being exhausted? And we were only in Vegas for three full days!

In addition to all that exciting stuff, we also took time to explore and nap. The Strip is H.U.G.E., it turns out, and it proved impossible for us to walk back and forth along it the way we had planned. (We’re getting old.) My feet, and Jonathan’s too, just didn’t have it in them.

I’m already so excited to go again and try something new. I was especially drawn to the MGM Grand, with all it’s old Hollywood glamour, classic movie photos and memorabilia. Also, New York, New York was maybe my favorite of all the casinos — if, say, I chose to take my future kids to Vegas on vacation. Its food court was probably the cheapest place to eat on the strip that we found; that massive sandwich from Greenberg’s Deli above was only about $10!

It may have been an energy-draining weekend, but it was also a swell time. Until next time, LV! Thanks for going relatively gentle on me. ;)

(Top photo of us was taken by the photographer at Minus5º Ice Bar)

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