December 1, 2012
December 11, 2012

Vegas, baby! It just feels right to say that after last week’s brief jaunt to Las Vegas for the Luxury Travel Expo. And as one who likes to maximize every travel opportunity, I took the 6am flight from Charlottesville (to arrive in Vegas at 10am) so that my husband and I could do two things before the trade show got started. The first was to have lunch at Yayo Taco, a place we’d  seen on the TV show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins  and Dives’. The second was to take the scenic 30 minute drive out to the Hoover Dam.

Built into the red rocks of Black Canyon, the Hoover Dam is an impressive testament to the ingenuity of man. It inhabits a space that is very different from what we see on the east coast, which is a big part of travel for me- a departure from what I see in everyday living. I also found the Hoover Dam surprisingly inspirational, very much a testament to the perseverance and ingenuity of man. I really enjoyed our tour of the dam’s pump room and found the history behind how the dam was built to be intriguing. Enough concrete was used on building the dam to pave a 16-foot wide highway from San Francisco to New York City.

Our hotel in Vegas was the elegant Palazzo Hotel, which is attached to The Venetian. The suite was deluxe and the food we ate in just these two hotels was outstanding so I am certain there are great things further afield in any number of the ubiquitous ‘celebrity chef’ named eateries around town. Though we enjoyed Sushisamba (a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine) and Table 10, one of Emeril’s many offerings in Vegas, it was actually hard to decide where to eat each night. But that’s what Vegas is all about- choices, and lots of them.