Part 2: 24-Hours in Vegas - Poke Express
Part 3: 24-Hours in Vegas - Fleur by Hubert Keller
Part 4: 24-Hours in Vegas - The Oyster Bar
Spontaneous weekend getaways are the best! It’s a wonderful way for Carlos and I to scratch the travel itch without breaking the bank. When our getaways are in foodie meccas like Las Vegas, that takes our weekend getaways on a whole ‘nother level!
We weren’t really planning on going out of town but it just so happens that Valentine’s Day weekend this year
also falls on President’s Day weekend. Carlos and I both have the day off the following Monday so we thought, “What the heck? YOLO!” (Don’t you just love it when good things line up just right? BTW, do people still say “YOLO”? LoL!)
Enter our handy dandy Marriott Rewards Premier card! We just remembered that we still had one free night with our Marriott Rewards and, as long as we they had available rooms, there wouldn’t be any blackout dates. Awesome!
After searching online for a few minutes, we knew our Marriott hotel options were very limited. It
serves us right for planning at the very last minute. The best available option we had was booking the Courtyard Marriott – Las Vegas in Henderson. While it’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from the McCarran International Airport, it’s still about 15 minutes from the Strip. Because this was during a busy holiday weekend, even the Courtyard was going for $180 per night! Since we were booking this stay on points, however, we were going to be able to stay there for free-99! Woo hoo!
Hotel – BOOKED! And we saved a whopping $180! (Thanks, Marriott!)
Now all we had to do was figure out what we’re going to do on our Vegas weekend getaway!
The day before we left for Vegas, my amazing husband surprised me with tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “ONE” show for Valentine’s Day! How cool was that?!?! So slowly but surely, this whole spontaneous weekend adventure was taking shape.
Our first stop was for a late lunch at Poke Express. (Click for our full review here.) While there were two outstanding poke dishes that we tasted, a couple of their flavors fell a little flat. That being said, we loved the other two dishes so much that Poke Express will be one of our regular Vegas stops moving forward!
Since this hotel is by the airport, they naturally cater to the business traveler. Our no-frills room was nothing to write home about, but it was immaculately clean and the bed was comfortable. There’s also a microwave and a mini-fridge in the room as well as a decent-sized flat screen TV. Overall, we could certainly have done worse for ourselves. It ain’t the Ritz Carlton, but you still can’t beat free in our book!
Maybe we came on an off-night. Perhaps we’ll give this restaurant another try – but with so many other great restaurants in Vegas, it’s definitely going to be awhile until we come back. (Ok, maybe for some of their beignets!)
As the show finally opened, everyone’s eyes were glued to the stage. One after the other, the theater was filled with MJ’s voice as the very talented cast magically gave life to his timeless music. The dancers were especially strong and watching Michael’s dance moves performed live was such a treat. We can’t help but get teary eyed when some of our favorite songs like “Billy Jean” or “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” were performed. MJ was really gone too soon.
The show was definitely a must-watch, particularly if you grew up with Michael Jackson’s songs. That being said, we couldn’t help but compare it to the Beatle’s LOVE show that we watched a couple of years ago. The Beatle’s LOVE show is a spectacle. It was a 180-degree experience that made everyone in the audience feel as though they were part of the show themselves. While MJ’s music resonated with Carlos and I more, the Beatles show, as a singular experience, was the better Cirque du Soleil production. After watching “ONE”, it definitely made us want to watch “LOVE” again.
After the show, Carlos and I wandered around for some great people watching – from the stumbling group of drunk dudes obviously here on a Bachelor’s weekend, to the young, 20-something crowd hurriedly trying to get to the clubs before the lines get even longer, to the older, high-rollers at the poker tables – you really can’t beat Vegas. As for us, we chose to do some drinking at the lounge and gambling at the tables and at the slots. At the end of the night, we won $150! Not too shabby for an old married couple!
How did we do? What are some of your favorite weekend getaways?