The One-Day Getaway

This week we got a chance to check another one of our bigger slips off our list: the one-day getaway.

A one-day getaway is simple… Book a round trip flight to a nearby destination for a quick change of scenery, without taking time off! A couple weeks ago, Southwest Airlines had a 40% off special, so we made our move and booked two flights to Las Vegas, at a total cost of $78 (tips on cheap travel here).

We landed in Vegas around 5:45p, a few minutes before we left Phoenix, because Arizona doesn’t do the timezone dance with the rest of the country. We took a car to the strip, which grows faster than bacteria, and hopped out at the Wynn.

The place is gorgeous! Restaurants and lounges and beautiful landscaping fill the resort, which was also decorated for Christmas. Vegas in winter has a certain charm and sophistication that its missing when its full of bikinis and Corona Lights.

The night started off on the right foot, as we racked in $5.25 in slot machine earnings…just enough for the bell stand to hold our coats.

We headed to Wazuzu, and ordered appetizers with a nod to progressive dining*, another bucket slip on our list! Across the Casino floor, we met up with some great friends, where we had reservations at Sinatra. When you don’t have much time at a destination, it’s fun to break up your meals so that you can experience the environment and sample a variety of dishes at a few different places!

Steve Wynn recently became Vegan, so most of his restaurants offer an entire Vegan/Vegetarian menu to complement their more decadent counterparts, one of the reasons we chose the Wynn property for our weekday getaway. The food alone was worth the trip.

After dinner, our friends surprised us with tickets to a late show at Le Reve, an amazing spectacle of aquatic acrobatics! The lighting, choreography, and music were better than anything we’ve seen, and with the rounded design of the stage, there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

What a Tuesday! In just a few hours, we crossed timezones, experienced new restaurants, saw one of Vegas’ best shows, caught up with friends, and we were back in time for work on Wednesday morning. The one-day getaway might find its way back into our bucket next year. What about you?


For Your Bucket:

Location: Wynn Las Vegas
Airfare: $78, Southwest Airlines

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