I never thought I’d meet a boy and fall in love in Las Vegas. Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot to love about Vegas – the hotels, endless shopping, and some of the best bars anywhere. Obviously. Until 2014, Vegas had always been a fling. A surface love affair. I didn’t know I had so much falling in love to do here.
Ben was, in so many words, ‘stationed’ there with the band. I was living in New York City at the time and we were doing the whole ‘long distance’ thing. It was hard, so when I came to Vegas to visit him for the first time, he really wanted me to fall in love with it – so I’d want to come back.
The first thing we did was drive out to Red Rock Canyon. I always thought of Vegas as the middle of the desert, and it is, but it’s surrounded by the most beautiful border of red mountains. It looks like towering stacks of deep red, Georgia clay molded into a beautiful desert mountain-scape.
Later on, we headed to Makers and Finders Coffee Bar. I’m a sucker for a good coffee shop. This place is off the strip and makes a badass lavender latte. I come back here every time I’m in town to write and catch up with friends.
Across the street is Retro Vegas, a mid century modern vintage furniture, art, and decor store. We spent an hour just walking through this place looking at all the furniture – from beautiful and rare to gawky and insane.
If you’re really trying to impress someone – spend the day at the Cosmopolitan. We spent the day getting the best couples massage either of us has ever had. After it was over, we had free reign of the room – complete with steam room, claw foot tub, and lounge. We headed over to the pool to catch those desert rays before heading back to our room to get ready for dinner. You’ve definitely got to stop by The Chandelier bar for pre-dinner drinks.
When I come to visit now, I spend as much time by the pool as I can while he’s in the studio. The best part of any hot Vegas day is the Taiwanese ice cream from Snowflake Shavery. I’m obsessed with ice cream and this stuff is at the top of my list!
Vegas is a bright and vibrant place to visit and a really romantic place to spend time with your person…whoever they may be.
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