Lucky Duck is all up for “Just the right amount of wrong.”
New York City has more going on than anywhere else in the U.S. But after 52 hours in Las Vegas, I can honestly say that NYC has a run for its money. First, let’s start with a Fireside Chat that describes my complete joy over the best weekend ever, guest starring my lovely sister, Kristen Blush!
The Cosmopolitan is THE place to stay in Vegas
Hands down. First, it’s the only hotel that offers beautiful, well appointed balconies in the rooms. Here’s a video of the amazing room that I booked on the 52nd floor! (Well, technically 42nd. Did you know that some Las Vegas resorts totally avoid the number four, so as to not stir Chinese superstition, where “4” means death and bad luck? Wait, then that means, there is no floor 4, 14, 24, etc. I have no idea what floor I was actually on.)
When we came out on the balcony and saw A RAINBOW, I knew that it would be an awesome weekend.
Video of my suite at The Cosmopolitan
Book a suite with a wrap around balcony facing North. Trust. Me. Or, see it for yourself…
I got married at The Cosmopolitan Pop-Up Wedding Shop!
When David and I were driving out to Sushi on Tropicana, which involved massages, sake bombs, and fabulous sushi, I saw the Wedding Pop-Up Chapel at The Cosmopolitan, and I asked him to marry me right there in the Mini Cooper. He proceeded to pull out a punch card for Sushi on Tropicana, good for a free all-you-can-eat meal, to return the proposal. We laughed hysterically and actually came back around the next day after Bloody Mary’s at the pool and Bubbles & Brunch at the Overlook Grill to follow through!
I walked down the aisle to Deadmau5′s The Veldt (featuring Chris James), carried a bouquet, read vows off an iPad, and exchanged large eraser rings.
Our thoughts about the big moment
Our wedding album
It was an absolute dream come true to celebrate “our nuptials” under 2 million Swarovski crystals at The Chandelier, a stunning 24-hour bar that spans three stories of sparkly, indulgent bliss. We sat in the middle level, which felt like I was sitting right inside a chandelier!
There’s no reason to leave The Cosmopolitan
To be honest, I really didn’t carouse the strip. And believe me; when you stay there, you won’t either. Here’s why:
- You might not know this, but there’s a “Secret Pizza” spot.
- There’s a “Bubbles & Brunch” at the restaurant at the pool during the weekend, where you can drink all the mimosas your heart desires alongside delicious caramel “monkey” bread and an entrée of your choice. Yum.
- Of course we did that after enjoying Bloody Mary’s poolside.
- The nightclub Marquee is HOT, which was obvious by the very long line of people trying to get in. We didn’t have to wait in that, and we even got drink tickets. There are three levels, and I got the coolest personal tour. The pool area outside was hot, and a perfect stranger piped in to tell us how hot WE were. Ha! #LovedIt. But my personal favorite was the Boom Box Room! I really, really enjoyed dancing in there.
Avicii at XS kills
While we’re on the subject of embarrassingly long lines, let me quickly point out that I bypassed a 2-3 hour wait and a $75 cover and was able to watch the #1 DJ in the world spin – poolside. Picture the pool at The Wynn packed with over 9,000 people, Avicii, and crazy neon lights/streamers at the pool.
At about 2:00 a.m. everyone started jumping in the pool, and in spite of the fact that I was wearing a white tee-shirt and have some extreme bleach in my hair, I suggested that we “had” to jump. And we did! Went right in the pool, splashed, swam, sang, danced and drip dried before we had our pizza at 4 am. #uhmaze
Vegas, from a local’s perspective
I had a rare and unique opportunity to enjoy the outskirts of the strip and hang out at a real local’s awesome house in the desert. First, we watched football in matching Seahawks jerseys and hoped the bets and fantasy leagues would play out.
Then later in the day, we played in his pool with Butters, the best dog ever. I love him!
And then I grabbed the red eye home, landed at 6:30 a.m. at JFK, and went into the office for an awesome day. Of course smiling the whole time. :-) Literally, the WHOLE time. Truly the best weekend ever…
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