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My Latest Las Vegas Adventure thumbnail

I have to admit — I’ve been somewhat dreading writing this post since October 1st, the day the deadliest mass shooting in American history left the world mourning for and with Las Vegas. That one hit me hard. I’ve always had a major crush on Las Vegas, gone wild for festivals, and had a super soft…

The Great Escape: Month 51 Roundup thumbnail

From the Caribbean back to the East Coast and out West again — it was a month on the move. I started and ended this month with two big trips, cushioned in the middle by a nice stretch of downtime in which to catch my breath. It was a pretty good balance, and while I had…

The Cromwell Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city of superlatives. The biggest this, the most expensive that, the brightest, shiniest, most outlandish whatever. So it comes as no surprise then that the biggest shock on The Strip is actually showing restraint. Enter The Cromwell, the only standalone boutique hotel along the famous stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard. I’ve been…

Stripping on The Strip: A Day of Pole Fitness Followed by a Night With The Real Life Magic Mikes thumbnail

“And this spin, ladies, is known as the firepole. Someone grab an extinguisher — because you girls are on fire.” I wasn’t sure what I loved more, our instructor Dani’s well rehearsed banter or the fact that she was conducting our entire class — Viator’s Stripper 101 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino — in seven-inch…

Falling For Fremont: A Day of Discovering Vegas’s Hip and Historic Downtown thumbnail

“Alex, you have got to come up to East Fremont!” My friend Liz, a passionate Vegas transplant and trusted advisor on all topics, had been telling me this for years. Yet somehow it never quite made its way onto any of my Nevada itineraries. Four trips in and I’ve done my fair share of exploring outside…

Oops!… I Did It Again: Back in Vegas to Hail the Princess of Pop thumbnail

My name is Alexandra Baackes, and I have a confession to make. Seeing the Princess of Pop live in Las Vegas? It was a highlight of my twenty-six years on this planet. And I’m not ashamed. The fact that a preteen in the early 2000’s was obsessed with Britney Spears doesn’t need much of an explanation…

The Flamingo

Long time readers know that the Vegas itch hits about once a year — this past August, just two weeks after returning from Aruba, Sin City called again. Around a year ago, my girl Zoe and our sisters and I were all in New Orleans having a blast, and started dreaming up what our next trip…

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