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Las Vegas for A Thanksgiving Getaway

It’s not too late to set plans in motion for a Thanksgiving getaway. It’s a great time to book a last-minute flight deal to Vegas and plan your getaway-from-it-all holiday weekend with friends or family. I’m on my way to Vegas for the weekend and delighted to share a few activities and ideas for your own travel based on my recent experiences.

Where to Stay: If you’re escaping family and celebrating “Friendsgiving,” consider a stay at The LINQ. With recent renovations and new suite offerings, The LINQ has a fabulous assortment of bunk bed rooms perfect for group travel as you can all fit comfortably in one spacious suite and keep the party going around the clock: If a romantic getaway is more your style, book a room at The Venetian where every room is a luxurious suite. Plus, with a minimum two night stay, you’ll receive $150 resort credit to use for dining or spa services:

What to Eat: Craving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant is a family-owned venue where you’ll find slow-cooked meats, fresh pastas, and—for Thanksgiving—two four-course menus, with your choice of a traditional turkey menu or a special Italian menu: If you’re staying at The Venetian, try the Thanksgiving menu at Sugarcane. Their “turducken roll” includes stuffed roasted baby butternut squash and calvados gravy. Or, any day of the week, go for their whole roasted chicken served with truffle marble potato and wild mushrooms:

What to Do: In addition to a weekend of gaming on The Strip, take a cultural breather at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art where you’ll find a wonderful sampling of Impressionism to Pop Art. While strolling The Strip, be sure to check out Winter PARQ in The LINQ Promenade. Debuting this Friday December 30, Winter PARQ includes live entertainment every night until 10pm. Catch snow falling on the promenade every thirty minutes between 5pm and midnight. Plus, Lights at The LINQ is a free outdoor light and music show that incorporates the High Roller, Cake Topper above Sprinkles Cupcakes, and The LINQ Fountains. Then grab tickets to one of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. Last time I was in Vegas, I went to O at Bellagio, and this time around I’ll be seeing KÀ at MGM Grand. This Saturday, explore KÀ Theatre Spectacular, a free technical demonstration and presentation. In the MGM Grand lobby, you’ll also find a free KÀ virtual reality experience taking place all week between the hours of 10am-8pm. After an evening of arts and entertainment, head to Drai’s Nightclub to dance into the late hours. For Thanksgiving weekend, the calendar includes LA Leakers, DJ Esco, and Sundrais with DJ Franzen.

Get There: For last-minute flight deals, check SouthWest Airlines for Viva Las Vegas deals where Rapid Rewards members can score bonus points for booking a flight and hotel combo: If you’re flying from the west coast, Alaska Airlines also has some great package deals:

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Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil, Drai’s Nightclub, The LINQ, The Venetian, and Sugarcane.

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