This guy here, he arranged the most wonderful, amazing birthday getaway.
We jaunted over to Las Vegas and stayed at the beautiful Aria Hotel. I do love cozy boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, tucked away treasures. BUT, I do also love me some crazy Vegas time. I truly do. And really, Vegas has somehow turned into cozy, boutiquey with tucked away treasures. At least the way we do it.
Sergio made sure everyone knew it was my birthday! :) This little surprise was in the room for us.
We shopped (the window kind only). The stores in Crystals are out of this world.
The Assouline bookstore in particular was heavenly.
Good morning Las Vegas.
This is what waking up 34 looks like.
We art appreciated. One of the best things about City Center is the fabulous art collection, strewn oh so ever casually about. At the valet, walkways, in between buildings. Like this crazy awesome Henry Moore. It reclines right outside Beso, between a shopping center (Crystals) and a casino (Aria).
Droog was located streetside in the Cosmopolitan. We actually walked into this gallery/store. We wanted to get up close and personal with these, especially the hand carved table.
One of these would look perfect in a breakfast nook. Alas, not in our price range.
We explored Bellagio a bit. Did you know, Bellagio boasts the world's largest chocolate fountain?
Painting with plants.
A day of pool time gave me the best hair I've rocked in ages.
And then there was my birthday dinner at Sage. OH WOW. wowiewowiewowie. The restaurant itself is romantic and cozy. We opted for the early evening market menu WITH the wine pairing. Divine.
This here is the bread accompaniment. Lavender butter and Himalayan Salt. sigh.
Creamy artichoke soup
Duck Fat Roasted Heirloom Beets
Shelton's Farm Organic Chicken
Crunchy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Tart - Before and After
And then, they gave us warm chocolate soup. On the house. It may sound like it's just hot chocolate but it was so much more than that. Light, a few spices, refreshing even -- if chocolate could ever be called that.
Here is a very happy me.
It was so sad when it was time to go home.
Aria is our new favorite Las Vegas hotel. Aside from the front desk staff, the service was quite exceptional. It's beautiful, airy, warm, comfortable and relaxing. Lovely. What an amazing birthday present.
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