Coast to coast, winter has been a little unkind to us. Whether you’re experiencing rain or snow, or maybe even both in the same day, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to envision palm trees and sunshine. But picturing warmer temperatures isn’t the same as soaking in the sun, is it? Maybe it’s time to pack up and head to one of my favorite winter destinations—Las Vegas.
While it’s not yet peak season in LV, a few extra degrees in warmth can make all the difference for warming your winter soul. Plus, now is the time to take advantage of hot deals on resorts and shorter lines for attractions. I was just in Vegas a few weeks ago, and am already counting down to another winter warm-up. Based on my own experiences, I recommend these three must-dos for the optimal cure for winter blues.
During peak season, you may find yourself scrambling for a good deal on the best seats in the house. Yet this time of year is golden for snapping up tickets for some of the hottest shows in town. On my recent visit, I was over the moon to finally see Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas. This aquatic theater-in-the-round show has been voted “Best Production Show” in Las Vegas for eight years straight! There are only fantastic seats at the venue, with a maximum of twelve rows circling the stage. That means you’re guaranteed an incredible view of the stunning aerial acts, synchronized swimming, and 80-foot high dives no matter where you sit. Throughout the performance, you’ll follow The Dreamer, a young woman torn between her two loves, as a wild dreamscape comes to life with breathtaking acrobatics and water dance. Between the music, special effects, and physical skill of graceful performers, you’ll be wowed at the overall artistry. More than 90 athletes and entertainers perform in and around a 1.1 million gallon pool—and I honestly can’t wait to see this again for a second take.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again: I’m a big fan of Gordon Ramsay’s eateries. And since we’re talking about ways to warm up this winter, there’s nothing hotter on The Strip than a fiery meal at Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll find yourself seated in a prime location with floor-to-ceiling views of The Strip while chefs—in red and blue, of course—dazzle and sizzle in an open concept kitchen. Whether you order up the famous Beef Wellington or fill your belly with a Hell’s Kitchen Burger, you’re in for taste bud treasures with Ramsay’s signature dishes. My personal favorites include Lobster Risotto and Pan Seared Scallops for starters, and Crispy Skin Salmon or Filet Mignon for entrees. To finish off, a must-try menu item is the Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is my go-to sweet treat when in LV.
Set foot into the iconic Caesars Palace and you’ll know you’re in for a special getaway this winter. You’ll feel like high-roller royalty surrounded by nightclubs, all-day eateries, soothing spa services, and an assortment of entertainment and gaming options. Recent renovations offer relaxing suites with deluxe bedding and amenities, and there’s an assortment of room sizes to choose from. Go for a classic king room for two or splurge on a suite and host your own cocktail party. One of my favorite things about Caesars Palace is they have a year-round pool! So if your winter getaway must include catching a few rays of sun, settle in at the Venus European Pool which is heated to 83 degrees year-round. Right now is the prime time to book your getaway, too, with discounts up to 35% off reservations.
It’s the perfect time to warm up for a weekend (or week!) in Las Vegas with temperatures in the 60s now and only increasing as we head toward spring. You’ll find lots of deals this time of year and, if you need a little more inspiration, revisit my article on must-dos for a Planet Hollywood getaway or indulging in a weekend at The Venetian. For additional travel planning tips, see Visit Las Vegas.
Lori A. May is a Seattle-based travel writer. Follow her on Twitter at @loriamay.