Cheers to the weekend! I can’t believe it’s been a week since we started our Vegas trip…I have been struggling to get back to my routine since we got home…that’s what Vegas will do to a girl. Anyway, in case you missed my travel diaries from the first 2 days you can check those out here and here.
Chris and I had the day to ourselves while our friends did a Grand Canyon tour. Obviously, being the foodies that we are, we wanted to find a great brunch spot. We thought about going back to Bouchon (because it was THAT GOOD) but I had heard about a brunch spot with Endless Rosé. Yes. Endless Rosé. We made reservations for Bardot Brasserie by Michael Mina for 1:30pm. Bardot is located inside Aria, one of my absolute favorite hotels on the Strip, that Chris had never seen. I think it is safe to say it is now his favorite hotel on the Strip as well.
Bardot was so chic that I fell in love the minute we walked up. Plenty of black and gold in the design plus cute bar carts near the main bar with gorgeous flowers. There are also bistro style tables outside of the restaurant near the bar that remind me of the streets of Paris. I was focused on one thing and one thing only…the bounty of rosé, so I let Chris do the ordering for us. We shared escargot, a cheese plate, mussels & frites, and a waffle with duck confit & poached egg…seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about the meal! Oh, and they are not kidding with the “Endless Rosé”! As we were finishing our meal to go glasses were brought for us to take more wine as we left!
Since Sunday as our last night in Vegas and everyone (except me) had to be up early the next day we decided on a low key night. Chris and I put the top down on the Mustang and cruised down the Strip to pick up our friends for dinner at The Peppermill. I first learned about Peppermill watching “Holly’s World” on E! but apparently it’s a legend in town! It’s a total throwback diner complete with oversized booths, neon lights, and yummy milkshakes. After our dinner of burgers, club sandwiches, and fries we moved to The Fireside Lounge which is basically the bar for Peppermill. Talk about stepping back in time! There were booths, a big fire pit, lots of mirrors, and cocktails waitresses in black halter style GOWNS! It was so fun to experience such an iconic place in town!
I pretty much had all day to myself while Chris was in meetings. I was craving some real shopping (sorry Palm Springs, you have no real shopping other than vintage) so I took a Lyft (use promo code NICOLE139870 to score a free ride!) to Fashion Show Mall to wander through Nordstrom and a few other places. I made plans to meet a former co-worker for lunch at Mon Ami Gabi so I didn’t have tons of shopping time which I am sure is for the best! I totally recommend lunch at Mon Ami Gabi if you want a spot right on Las Vegas Blvd. with endless views, great wine, and French influenced cuisine. I had the Cobb Salad and we shared a baked Goat Cheese appetizer that was a small piece of what Heaven must be like.
Our drive home took us a bit longer, probably thanks to the Vegas hangover. We stopped in Kelso, an old World War II boom town in the middle of nowhere to stretch our legs and then drove straight through to Joshua Tree for dinner at Natural Sisters Cafe before finally getting back to Palm Springs.
I hope this roundup gives you some inspiration for your next Vegas weekend….obviously there are dozens of other phenomenal dining options, bars, clubs, hotels but it is impossible to see it all in one weekend. Our next trip must include an afternoon on Fremont Street (aka original Vegas) and a stop at the Neon Graveyard.