If you don’t have time to travel to Italy, just jump on a plane to Las Vegas. You can visit Rome, Venice and the Lake Como district of northern Italy in Bellagio without using your passport.
You can even dine at the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Paris. Join me at some of the top Vino con Vista attractions in Las Vegas Nevada.
My glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Las Vegas started when I checked in at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel. I stood under the magnificent Dale Chihuly glass sculpture ceiling called the “Fiori di Como” waiting for a room key. Who can resist this fabulous sculpture with over 2000 colorful hand-blown flowers. You can visit his gallery in the Crystals in the Las Vegas City Center in Gallery Row.
I love everything about the elegant Bellagio including the 8 acre lake that occupies the land between the hotel and the Strip. Every day, this modest body of water generates a magical dancing water display from the “Fountains of Bellagio” that’s synchronized to music.
Here’s my Vino con Vista video of the “Dancing Fountains” at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j0Ds0bRkcI&feature=share&list=UUtjYfBrSeCtZk4CtjA41v8Q.
“The Fountains of Bellagio’s” choreographed water show is set to light and music. It takes place about every thirty minutes in the afternoons and early evenings and every 15 minutes from 8:00 pm until midnight.
I love the incredible conservatory at the Bellagio and the charming butterfly sanctuary. With an incredible array of fabulous pools, a great contemporary French restaurant called Le Cirque, Michael Mina’s seafood palace and the Picasso restaurant you’re set for fine dining options. In the morning, go to the charming Palio coffee shop for a latte and some fresh fruit. At the pool, order some sangria or a Bellagio Cocktail from the Pool Cafe. Go to Cafe Gelato or the Jean Phillippe Patisserie for some decadent sweets. With so culinary options and so many bars and clubs that serve “The Bellagio Cocktail”, why stay anywhere else? Book a room at www.bellagio.com
The incredible 13,573 square foot themed conservatory and botanical gardens offers a jaw-dropping changing floral pallate of five annual seasonal “Themes”
The themes include: Holiday, Chinese New Year and Spring. The pictures in this post with the tulips, butterflies and ladybugs are from the “Spring Theme.”
There is also a Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art with an exhibit called “Painting Women” with works from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
There are 34 paintings spanning 1860-1950 highlighting the artistic achievements of women painters including Mary Stevenson Cassatt, one of my absolute favorites! The current exhibit ends on October 26, 2014. General admission is $16.
There are also works by Georgia O’Keefe and Gretchen Woodmen Rogers. Check out the “Art and Wine” events the second Wednesday of every month from 5-7 pm. Call 702-693-7871 for advanced ticket purchases.
The Bellagio is the home of the Cirque du Soleil’s aquatic production called “O”.
Before you insert your M Life Rewards Card into the video poker and slot machines, arrange for some dinner reservations and show tickets with the friendly concierge. This town has become a haven for sophisticated Foodies.
Try to squeeze in some of these fun Las Vegas attractions and activities:
1. Las Vegas has plenty of thrill rides. Ride the world’s tallest ferris wheel “The High Roller” a 550 foot tall wheel with 28 cabins that can hold up to 40 people at the Stratosphere Tower. You can also ride the Big Shot or catapult 30 feet over the tower’s edge in X-Scream.
The Stratosphere is the northernmost of the major Strip casinos. The thrill rides will take you 100 stories above ground. Check out the Big Shot!
Then head over to the Level 107 Lounge with a 360 degree Vino con Vista of Las Vegas. The property’s signature attraction is the 1,149 ft Stratosphere Tower. Dine at the Top of the World Restaurant where you will be more than 800 feet above the Strip.
2. Check out the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. This sensory experience will transport you to a magical underwater world.
3. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian and then dine at Canaletto in St. Mark’s Square. Thomas Keller’s Bouchon is also the Venetian. The Palazzo has 160 specialty brands and 36 world-class restaurants nestled around a replica of The Grand Canal of Venice. www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com.
The hotel has Venetian landmarks including the Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the Palazzo Ducale.
You can go to the “DaVinci: The Exhibition”, an interactive display of his genius at the Venetian.
4. Check out the Aria Resort and Casino, in CityCenter which is hosting Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.
I love the Jean Philippe Patisserie Shop with cakes and plenty of edible Easter decor.
You can search the reviews here: http://www.vegas.com/searchagent/restaurant/ViewRestaurant.do?restaurantId=5349
Las Vegas is a city of legendary performers and dramatic architecture. These characteristics have earned Las Vegas a reputation for one of the countries most popular Tourist destinations.
5. At the MGM Grand, check out “CSI: THE EXPERIENCE” wherer you can solve crimes with state of the art forensic equipment http://www.csiexhibit.com
Get tickets for a fight at the MGM Grand and dine at Joel Rubichon’s outstanding Michilen-starred Restaurant in the mansion or L’Atelier (the Workshop). We ordered the Prix fix menu and loved it!
6. Take the elevator up to the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Hotel for a romantic Vino con Vista opportunity.
7. Caesar’s Palace has plenty to offer. Shop at the the premier luxury retail Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Get reservations for Guy Savoy’s French restaurant or Il Mulino. You won’t be disappointed. You can also sit outside the Trevi Fountain and dine at Trevi.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace seats over 4000 people. It was originally built for Celine Dion. Elton John was performing his popular Red Piano show when I was there. Bette Midler is Dion’s replacement and performs about 100 shows per year.
8. Ride the Roller Coaster at New York New York past the New York Skyline with a 180 degree twist and plenty of corkscrews. $25 for an all-day pass.
9. Have a burger at Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace located at the Shops at Crystals at City Center (on the Strip level). Try the sweet potato fries and the onion rings.
10. Check out the top-notch Mandarin Hotel For reservations call 888-881-9578. This hotel is considered one of the finest hotels in the world by Forbes Travel 2014. They also Have a AAA Five-Diamond Award. You can book a room here: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas/accommodation/
Transportation options for the 4.2 mile Strip include:
The Las Vegas Monorail connects you to the restaurants, shows and hotels and casinos with seven stations located including : the MGM Grand, Bally’s, Caesar’s Palace, Harrah’s and the Las Vegas Convention Center. You can pick up a single ride ticket for $5 or and unlimited-ride pass at www.lvmonorail.com or call 866-466-6672. Fifteen of the world’s 25 biggest hotels are on the Strip
There are some interesting Spring Food and Wine Festivals in Las Vegas. Make plans to attend the 40th annual four-day UNLVino that ends on April 12, 2014 or Vegas Uncorke’d over Mother’s Day Weekend.
You may want to check out Project Dinner Table where internationally renowned chefs conduct Community dinner parties for charity April through November.
To book a seat visit: http://www.projectdinnertable.com/
“Chefs Charles Wilson & Todd Harrington were the featured culinary Rock Stars for APRIL 12th, 2014 at 5:30pm. Community support goes to Teach for America & Andson Foundation.”
To get show tickets visit www.vegas.com/shows
Here’s a Link to the Smith Center for Performing Arts: http://www.thesmithcenter.com/
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com