Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birthday Getaway

This guy here, he arranged the most wonderful, amazing birthday getaway.
Great atmosphere

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.
Sweet welcome treat

We shopped (the window kind only). The stores in Crystals are out of this world.

Kiki Montparnesse

The Assouline bookstore in particular was heavenly.
Assouline signageAssouline

Good morning Las Vegas.

This is what waking up 34 looks like.
34 today!

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).

Henry Moore Sculpture

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.

Carved table

One of these would look perfect in a breakfast nook. Alas, not in our price range.
Milk Bottle lamps
Kitty pinball
Stack of drawers

We explored Bellagio a bit. Did you know, Bellagio boasts the world's largest chocolate fountain?
World's largest chocolate fountain

Painting with plants.
Plant Painting

A day of pool time gave me the best hair I've rocked in ages.
Good Hair

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.
Bread accompaniment

Creamy artichoke soup
Creamy Artichoke Soup

Duck Fat Roasted Heirloom Beets
Duck Fat Roasted Heirloom Beets

Shelton's Farm Organic Chicken
Shelton's Farm Organic Chicken

Crunchy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Tart - Before and After
Crunchy Chocoloate and Peanut Butter Tart
dessert carnage

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.
Chocolate soup

Here is a very happy me.
post meal Elsie

It was so sad when it was time to go home.
Party's over

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.

Grazie caro.

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  1. Wow, I started drooling looking at those photos!

  2. Martha - you and Henri would have loved that dinner!

  3. Happy belated birthday Elsie!! Looks like you had an amaaaazing weekend…xoxo

  4. Thanks Lois! It was fab! But girl, more pictures from italy please!! :)