Everyone who knows me knows that I love a good day or weekend trip! Any excuse to take a break from the Houston life, I’m with it! So when the opportunity to see Anita Baker in concert arose, I jumped on it – and what better way to see the legend herself than in Sin City!?
As a late Mother’s Day gift, I surprised my mom with the trip and planned everything for her! I wanted us to enjoy our trip, but I didn’t want to break the bank doing it, so I made sure to plan it in a way where we were able to maximize our time without paying for extra nights at the hotel. To do this, we booked a super late flight on Thursday and arrived in Vegas at about 2 am on Friday morning. For our return flight, we booked another late flight departing around 10, where we arrived back in Houston at about midnight.
If you’ve ever been to Vegas, then you know there’s a hotel for whatever kind of experience you’re trying to have on the strip. For this trip, our focus was affordability since it was only a one night stay, so we opted to stay at the Circus Circus Hotel. I’ve stayed at the Circus Circus before as a child, but to be an adult without children, I can say the experience was much different! LOL. Before booking, we price checked the hotel rates on various sites like Trivago, Booking.com, and Agoda, a few of my favorite booking sites.
When we landed, we made our way to the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino! A piece of advice, if you’re going to book late flights, double check the check-in time of your hotel! For us, we couldn’t check in until 9, but after dozing off in the casino and lobby, the desk attendant let us check in early at around 5am! Lol.
When we woke up a few hours later, all we were focused on was eating! We wanted to save the best breakfast for Saturday, so we opted for something cheap that would get the job done! McDonalds!
After we ate, we went to the arcade area of the hotel! If you’re looking for a place to bring your kids or siblings or if you’re just a kid at heart, then Corcjs Circus is perfect! The arcade was filled with the classics like Skee-Ball and basketball and new options too! After hitting up the arcade, we went to the pool! It was super windy and because we wanted to eat before the concert, we didn’t stay long! The Circus Circus has two pools with one being more catered to children as it includes slides and kiddie attractions! While hot tubs aren’t my favorite, they had a pretty decent sized one that I had to test out! No complaints over here!45 minutes of hot running later, we headed back to the room to shower and get dressed for the concert. The concert was held at The Venetian and since that was on the opposite end of the strip, we opted for an Uber! During peak strip time, the Uber was semi-reasonable, costing about $15. I was completely blown away by the beauty of The Venetian; I was literally in love! After 20 minutes of picture taking, we focused our attention on eating!
We were actually lost when we stumbled upon the Lobster Me. We don’t have this restaurant in Houston, and when I saw the Crabcake Burger on the menu, I knew it was a winner! We finished eating right in time for the concert and thankfully we had great seats!I don’t know about you, but I make it my mission to see all of the music legends in concert before they pass on! I’ve never seen Ms. Anita Baker before and she didn’t disappoint. Just being in her presence was a moment!
After the concert we down the strip to get back to our hotel which only took about 30 minutes! Once we were in, we got ready for checkout and passed out! We knew we wanted a buffet the next day, and on a prior Vegas trip with my homegirls last year, we went to Caesar’s Palace, so on my recommendation this time, we went again. I can’t even lie to ya’ll, I was so hungry I didn’t focus on pictures but with over 100 options and different types of cuisines, the $65 price was worth it. As an added bonus, they offer unlimited mimosas, wine, and bloody Mary’s for an additional $15.
We were cutting it close on our time so after we finished eating, we got some frozen gelato and headed back to our hotel to get our stuff and head back home.
This wasn’t a turn-up trip by any means because of course, I was with my mother, but I definitely had fun! If you’ve been to Vegas, what are some of your favorite places to eat and stay? Let me know in the comments!