Birthday in Vegas

Last Thursday was my birthday and over the weekend some friend’s and I took a trip out to Las Vegas. It wasn’t really meant as a birthday trip, but I was pretty excited about celebrating all weekend!
I can’t remember the last time I took a trip without Eric and getting together with friends that live in other places (New York and Florida) was a ton of fun.

My friend Juli and I flew out of Philly Friday afternoon and thanks to the 3 hour time change we arrived in Vegas a little after 6pm. We checked into our hotel, The Flamingo, and then hung out with our 2 other friends until later in the evening when our final friend arrived.

We were all pretty exhausted from flying and the time change, but were determined to go out and have a good time. We had a few clubs in mind and ended up at 1OAK and were treated pretty well (VIP + bottle service! for free!). We had plans to go to another club after, but jet lag and pain from high heels set in so we headed back to the hotel.

Saturday morning we headed over to The Wynn to eat at the buffet. This was my choice because I had read some awesome reviews about all the vegan food the buffet had. We had a bit of a wait (probably 45 minutes) but the line kept moving which was better than just standing still.
And unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. There were definitely vegan options and they were clearly marked, which was awesome, but it wasn’t much. At all. They did have vegan chocolate chip cookies though, so that was awesome.
If I head to Vegas again I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to eat at the buffet, but if others want to go it’s definitely a good choice.

Post buffet brunch we walked up and down The Strip and picked up a few souvenirs here and there.

Jet lag (ugh) got the best of us and we took a late afternoon into late evening nap.
Once we woke we got ready to head out for round 2! We first headed to Surrender at The Encore…and it sucked. A lot. Don’t ever go there. So we took off and found ourselves at The Act at The Palazzo. It was interesting but a lot of fun! Definitely need an open mind, but they put on performances throughout the night and also play some awesome dancing music. It was very Moulin Rouge esque.

Sunday morning we were ready for a change of pace and rented a car. First up was heading to Ronald’s Donuts which is famous for their accidentally vegan donuts. When we arrived I asked the lady working which donuts were vegan and she said top 2 rows! How awesome is that? So many vegan donuts! And it was so cheap.
We grabbed some donuts and sat down to eat. And they were amazing. The best donuts ever. As soon as I finished my first one I bought some more donuts and donut holes to go.

Post donut coma we drove over to The Golden Nugget to check out the shark tank waterslide. We weren’t sure if we would be able to swim, but brought bathing suits just in case. It was not very crowded (probably because it’s January!) and no one seemed to care so we changed and jumped in. The pool was heated and the slide was super cool.

Then we piled back in the car and drove out to Red Rock Canyon. It was a nice change of pace from all the lights and noise of Vegas. We drove and walked around and spent the rest of the afternoon here.

It was so pretty.

We then headed back over to Fremont Street before returning the car and hanging out in the hotel, gambling, the rest of the night. And then Monday we flew back to snow in Philly!

Such an awesome trip with some awesome friends.

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4 Responses to Birthday in Vegas

  1. Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday to you! This trip looks amazing! I’m so glad you had a great time.

  2. jesse.anne.o says:

    Happy birthday, Lauren!

    Did I tell you that when I had a work trip in Las Vegas, I only had a little bit of time to stop at Ronald’s on my way to the airport and since I wanted to bring back treats for J (and assuming they had like 4 vegan versions), I told them I wanted ONE OF EVERY VEGAN DOUGHNUT. I ended up with 2 of those pink boxes and I had to check my bag so I could bring them on the flight as my carry-on. We had to put about 15 doughnuts in our freezer and I think we just finished them recently (the trip was in May 2012).

  3. Chrissy says:

    That sounds like an awesome birthday! I’ve never been to Vegas but now I want to go – if only for the donuts! :)

  4. Melinda says:

    Happy Birthday, Lauren — I’m glad you had a fab time in Vegas!

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