I'm back from Vegas and have a short but sweet blog post to prove it. We were only there for three nights, and although it wasn't enough time for me to see everything I wanted to see this time around, we managed to cross a couple things off of our bucket list. There are multiple ways you could go about Vegas, and for our trip, we tried to make it somewhat vintage or retro-infused.
We stayed at New York New York, which was built in 1997, but had a vintage New York feel, and it was just enough so that we could wander the strip. The first day was our shopping day. We took the bus down to The Arts District for our genuine vintage and antique shopping. We stopped at my absolute favourite vintage shop, Glam Factory. I managed to find two fabulous vintage tops, and so did Jackson. We then wandered in the scorching heat to other vintage shops, like Retro Vegas, with the famous flamingo mural! They have an incredible mid-century modern furniture collection, if you live close enough to take a couch home! After we had enough with the heat, we ventured to The Forum Shops at Caeser's Palace to visit Agent Provocateur, Charlotte Olympia and Kate Spade, where I treated myself to some goodies.
Our second day was a bit slower. We went to The Flamingo, and I fell in love all over again with the pink, neon, and of course, the real flamingoes. I may have splurged on unnecessary stuffies and a flamingo-shaped rubber duck. Time management for the rest of the day was bad on my part. Pro-tip: it takes about an hour on the bus to get from New York New York to Fremont Street. Initially, we had planned to wander Fremont Street, go on a 7 PM tour at the Las Vegas Neon Museum and go to The Mob Museum. Unfortunately, we arrived on Fremont Street at 6:30, and it then took about twenty minutes to walk to The Neon Museum so we had to ditch our Fremont and Museum plans.
The Neon Museum was definitely a highlight of my trip. If you're looking for vintage things to do in vegas, put this on the top of your list. The Neon Museum has guided tours where you learn about the signs, the history of Las Vegas businesses, sign artists and the city itself. I really recommend going around 7pm at this time of year so that you get to see the signs in daylight to see the paint colours and then when the sun sets, the neon is turned on, and you get to see the signs in a different way.
We finished the night off at Serendipity 3 at Caesar's Palace with a famous Frozen Hot Chocolate, and it was everything I dreamed of and more. After our late dinner, we went back to the hotel, and because I am a grandma, I went to bed, and we left for our flight the next morning. So although, the trip was shorter than I anticipated, I saw more than I did the last time, and was thrilled with what we were able to do.
Meghan's Short and Sweet Vegas Tips:
- To avoid cab costs, take the bus at $8 a day, but be aware that it may take a long time to get to where you want. (Like I said, an hour from New York New York to Fremont Street).
- Investigate the Arts District - there are blocks of vintage and pin up stores near Charleston Blvd. IT IS HOT IN AUGUST! I recommend bringing sunscreen, Advil, two bottles of water and Breath of Fresh Air with you at all times, or stay inside. It's really fun to wander in the neighborhoods with wedding chapels, shops, and murals, so do get outside if you're traveling to Vegas.
- Talk to other travelers! It turns out, they may know more than you or be able to give you their own travel tips.
- Eat at Serendipity 3 and save room for dessert! The decor is killer.
- I wish that I could have seen Fremont Street, The Mob Museum, and The Seven Magic Mountains, so yes, a vacation is meant to be relaxing, but keep moving or stay longer than you anticipate. (And if you go to these destinations, let me know how they are!)
If you have any more question regarding your own Vegas excursion, don't hesitiate to ask me!