How to have a seriously awesome vacation in Las Vegas with friends

I’m going to make a very bold statement and say that my trip to Las Vegas last week was the best time ever. Like ever.

I’ve got to be honest, when Dave and I were planning a getaway along with our best friends, Grant and Bre (who live in Columbus, Ohio by way of Jacksonville, Florida), Las Vegas was not even in our top five of desired exotic vacations. Dave and I had both been a couple times before, and it just seemed so close. But due to the time we had available, distance between our home-bases, travel and a few other circumstances, Las Vegas is what ended up as our final destination. And don’t you know it also ended up being the absolute best place ever for us to hang out and was everything we wanted and way more. That just goes to show it’s all about the people you’re with.

Best friends in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

(My dress and my shoes)

Highlights from our Las Vegas adventure

While I definitely can’t go back and retell all of the stories from our five days and five nights. I’m going to share a few highlights. Let’s do it …

Meeting “THE” Britney Spears

Yes, I met Britney Spears, and yes, I’m a big fan. Perhaps not as much as I once was, because I was absolutely obsessed with her in high school. For instance, my 18th birthday present from my parents was tickets to see Britney in Tampa with all of my girlfriends. We rode in a limo and wore matching t-shirts with Britney’s face on them. But I digress … over the years, I’ve remained a Britney fan and meeting her did not disappoint. 

Meeting Britney Spears in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

(My dress)

Britney performs twice a week at Planet Hollywood, and we went to see her “Piece of Me” show on the first night we were all in Vegas. Bre and I were lucky enough to be part of the meet and greet group, and so we went to the show about an hour early for the big event. We stood in line behind the concert venue with about 20 other people, were patted down, gave up our bags and phones, went through a metal detector and were given many, many rules about what we could and couldn’t do when it was our turn to meet Brit. We got the run-down from Britney’s long-time assistant, Felicia, who goes by the name of “Fe,” and whom I remember from Britney’s documentaries back in the day, and she was the sweetest. 

When we met Britney, we had less than a minute with her, but it was awesome. She was little, super fit, soft-spoken and quite friendly. And she told us that we were pretty two times while we chatted and posed for a picture with her, which was something we reminded each other of the rest of the trip (and yes, she probably says that to everyone, but we’ll never forget it happened to us). Before the meet and greet, Fe told us that Britney was actually very shy, so it was up to us to bring the energy when meeting her. I’d say we did, because it went well. Funny to think a big star like Britney would be an introvert, but it happens.

The concert itself was super fun. It was basically like a big dance party and we didn’t actually sit in our seats for one minute. While Britney probably didn’t sing anything live, it didn’t matter at all. The music, dancing, effects and performance were spot on. 

Hiking the red rocks and convertible cruising

We spent a ton of time outside during our Vegas trip, even though the temperatures were hovering around 100 degrees. It was dry heat, so it didn’t seem that terrible. Other than walking the Strip no less than five miles a day, we also set out on an official hike on our third day. We rented a Mustang convertible and drove with the top down the 20 minutes or so to the Red Rock Canyon National Park for a three-hour hike, which was actually pretty challenging.

Convertible riding in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Ashley on top of Red Rock Canyon in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

There wasn’t a super specific path, so a lot of times we were just guessing that we were on the right route to the top of the rocks, but that didn’t stop us. We decided to make up names for each other during our hike, and my name was “Scoots with Butt.” Why? During the particularly steep parts of the rocky climb, I would sit down before moving my feet just to be safe — so don’t you know — that became my name. I can’t tell you the names of the other friends, because this is a family blog. πŸ™‚ 

Red rock hiking in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Red rock in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Dancing the night away at Hakkasan

I really have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve been inside a night club. And boy, it was good to be back. We had all decided that we wouldn’t mind spending one night of our vacation out dancing the evening away, and it ended up being even more fun than expected. Like way more fun. In fact, it may have been our most favorite night of the trip. After a fun dinner at Sake Rok, we showed up to Hakkasan club, which just happened to be in our hotel, the MGM Grand. Amazingly enough, through Dave’s connections, we got hooked up with a VIP table and service for the night, so we were able to dance in our own section and avoid the crowds. The best thing about going to a club? It gave me an excuse to wear this little sequined number from Rent the Runway (referral link — just do it!).

Ashley and Dave in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Clubbing at Hakkasan in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

The DJ of the night was DJ Borgeous and he played all the sweet techno tunes to keep us moving for hours and hours. I really can’t describe the glitz, glamour and awesomeness of this night, especially because we had NO idea we would get such great treatment from the club. Oh yeah, and Lil Jon made a surprise live performance appearance too and did his classic “Turn Down for What.” Yup.

Eating, eating and eating some more

I don’t think I reached the point of hunger one time on our trip to Vegas. From brunch, to snacking, to lunch, to beverages to dinner (to the occasional late-night slice of pizza with a garlic knot), we had the best food. So much so, that I can’t cover it all. We hit up a few celebrity restaurants, a crappy buffet at our hotel (which was disgusting — but well-priced), lots of fresh fruit and had our fair share of junk.

Mini cupcakes in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Veggie burger from Guy Fieri's in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Brunch at Hexx in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

My favorite meal? Either steak at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill or brunch at Hexx Kitchen (shown above — the best English muffin ever!). By the way, Dave ordered the chicken and waffles at Hexx twice, and I had some bites both times. To die for.

Helicopter ride and Elevated Yoga on the High Roller

Did you know there is so much to do in Vegas that doesn’t take place in a casino? So true! During our trip, we had the awesome opportunity to go on a helicopter ride above the Strip with Maverick Helicopters (thanks for the media rate for our group!) and take a nearly private yoga session while riding around on the world’s highest observation wheel. This was my first time on a helicopter, and it was actually a little scarier than I expected. We wore headphones to communicate mid-flight and loved our 15-minute cruise above the City, expertly guided by a young pilot. We definitely felt cool.

Helicopter riding with Maverick Helicopters in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Helicopter riding in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

And as far as yoga is concerned, it was just the most rejuvenating and peaceful thing you could imagine to do on the last day of our trip. Bre and I broke off from the guys for this experience (thanks for hosting us for free, LINQ), and we enjoyed two rotations around the big wheel, which took us 550 feet above the city. Our instructor was incredible, and she gave us plenty of time to pose for pictures in between our light and gentle flow session.

Ashley doing yoga in the High Roller in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Yoga in the High Roller in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

(My outfit is from Fabletics)

The experience normally costs about $75 per person. And because it’s so incredibly different, I would highly recommend it for your next Vegas adventure. 

Shenanigans with best friends

Even though we got to do some pretty cool activities in Vegas, the reason it was all so fun is that we were all four together. From the moment we woke up, until we went to bed late each night, we were laughing. We really were.

Ashley and Dave near Cosmo in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Funny things? We each had different song lyrics in our heads the entire trip that would get blurted out — sometimes improperly — especially this one. We also were no stranger to pulling out the iPhone for an impromptu game of “Heads Up” at the table at a restaurant or even in the swanky Chandelier Bar of The Cosmopolitan Hotel. And we started most nights in the hotel room (they came over to our room each night, because we had a suite), playing a quiz card game. Overall, very few serious moments occurred, which is just how we like it.

Kiss in MGM Grand in Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Best friends in Vegas at Ka by A Lady Goes West

(My dress is from Golden Tote and here are similar shoes)

I keep thinking about what a great time this trip was, and I’ve basically run out of adjectives to describe it. Both Dave and I were in serious need of a getaway and a little time to unplug. So although I had one post scheduled to go up on the ol’ blog while we were away, I remained off social media, outside of the sporadic post. I didn’t think about work, life, workouts, blogging, or really anything but the friends I was with in the moment I was in. I didn’t come back with a tan and didn’t buy a single souvenir — but the photos and memories will last and last — and that is what made this the epitome of “vacation.”

Las Vegas by A Lady Goes West

Have a fabulous day, friends! If you’re having a rough one, turn on a good song and shake it off. Take it from me, there’s nothing a little dance party can’t fix!

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  1. I honestly don’t even know where to start. YOU IN THAT SEQUINED DRESS. omg. My mind is spinning right now, and all I can think of is that this is the trip to Vegas that I would like to take. Can I just book your package? k thanks.

    1. Well you owe yourself a Vegas trip! Right?? πŸ™‚ hehehe! It was super fun, Megan. And it’s nice we are both such a quick trip away from it. Have an awesome day, friend!

  2. woah sounds like an amazing time–i really want to go to vegas because ive never been! I was a huge britney fan too i would have been totally fan girling it haha! thats awesome.
    I met the backstreet boys twice at two diferrent meet and greet/soundcheck events. it was awesome! I also met beyonce when she was with destinys child!

  3. I would love to see Britney Spears in Vegas, I think it would be so fun.
    It looks like you got up to a good mix of things in Vegas. I’ll admit, I haven’t ventured too far off the strip, but I’d love to get out for a hike next time I’m there.

    1. Hi Jen! It’s easy to get sucked into all the Strip fun, but next you go, definitely head off for more adventures. And YES to Britney. The show was SPECTACULAR!

  4. I LOVE Vegas!! Dane and I were just there in early August- we stayed at the MGM too! Looks like a blast- next time I want to do more of the adventurous stuff that you did. Certainly missed out on that during our recent trip!

    1. I had never been in the MGM Grand before this time, and it was HUGE! SOOO loved our Vegas trip, and yes, you should go back to try more of the off-the-Strip adventures. πŸ™‚ It’s such a quick flight for us.

    1. Yes!! So fun! You better put Britney Spears on your agenda — she only plays Wednesday and Saturday, so plan accordingly! Have a fab day, Jessica!

  5. HOLY MOLY you guys did it UP big!!! Love seeing all the pics! Not a huge Britney fan but it would throw me back to my childhood pretty darn fast! Love all of it! I’ve never been to Vegas but it’s on my bucket list just to say I’ve been one time!

  6. Looked like such a fun trip!!! I’ve never been to Vegas but would love to go. I live in Canada on the WA border so it’s not far for us, but now that the dollar is crap it’s not worth the exchange right now…one day!!

  7. Your trip sounds like so much fun! It’s definitely nice to know there are many other things to do in Vegas besides gambling. That’s so awesome you met Brit, was a huge fan of hers as well. In middle school I definitely rocked out in my bedroom lip singing to her songs lol. And that sequin dress, so beautiful.

  8. You and Dave are so cute together. πŸ™‚ And I think that’s amazing how often people who are popular are actually pretty quiet and unassuming. πŸ™‚

  9. This trip looks like a serious BLAST! I need to vacay with you! Love all of the dresses, and – I have to admit it, but – I’ve been enjoying the late-night slice and garlic knot splurge every now and then. How can you not in NYC, right? Love everything about this post and trip! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, especially when you walk home from places. SF wasn’t a big late-night pizza place, but we always grabbed a slice and a knot walking home in downtown Orlando. It happens! hahah! Happy weekend, Heather! πŸ™‚

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