Phoenix and Vegas Snapshots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Tyler and I spent the week leading up to Labor Day, and Labor Day weekend, exploring Phoenix and Las Vegas!  We actually were sent to Phoenix for work. We both work for the same company and were sent there for a week. We were working twelve hour shifts while there, but we still made time to explore the city during our stay.  If you would like to pin a picture of this post for future use, please the image below.

a weekend at lake las vegas
We traveled on Monday and worked all day Tuesday, so we did not do much until Wednesday. On Wednesday, we went to the Arizona Diamondbacks game. It was super fun to go to a baseball game in a new city, but it was kind of weird to watch baseball in air conditioning! I didn't really feel like I was at a baseball game, but I definitely enjoyed not dying of heat the whole time : ). There is a swimming pool in right field there, which is kind of crazy to me. The stadium is in downtown Phoenix, so the surrounding area is really fun to walk through. 

arizona diamondbacks game pictures
Thursday, we decided to go on a hike. (Can you tell where we are from, haha?! This was not planned...) We hiked Estrella Mountain. It was nice to be active and outside, but unfortunately because of our hours at work we only had about an hour before the sun started to go down. I wish we would have had more time so we could have taken a longer hike. I was super impressed be all the people who were biking on the trails! I was not expecting that. 

hiking estella mountain

Friday was our last day working before a long weekend! We drove four hours from Phoenix to Las Vegas. It was honestly such a pretty drive... I was so surprised at how many mountains there are there! We did not stay on the Las Vegas Strip because after a 60 hour work week, we just needed a couple days to relax. We stayed at the Aston Montelago Village Resort on Lake Las Vegas. The resort was beautiful. It was the perfect place to stay for us since we were so tired from our work week. It was great during the day -- but there was not a lot of night life here. (Probably because the Strip is only a 20 minute drive away.) 

Aston Montelago Village Resort on Lake Las Vegas
In the morning we stopped by the Hoover Dam. It was cool to see, but I was glad it did not cost to go to it. We were ready to go after about 30-45 minutes there. However, the views were incredible! We did not pay for the tour though, which I have heard makes your visit much more interesting. 

trip to the hoover dam
By Sunday night we were well rested and ready to par-tay ;). We headed to The Strip for the night! It was so fun, especially because Tyler had never been before! I have been multiple times, so I enjoyed being able to show Tyler around. Before this trip, Tyler never had any interest in Vegas but now he cannot wait to go back! We walked through a bunch of hotels and watched the fountain show at the Bellagio

pictures in front of the bellagio
We ended the night at Caesar's palace where we ate dinner at a sushi restaurant on the top floor of The Forum Shops! Afterwards, we decided to gamble. We both played roulette, but sadly we were not winners :(. I lost $20, but since you get to drink for free while gambling I like to say I broke even! We were in Vegas on Monday, as well, before we headed to the airport. 

forum shops at caesars palace
It was such a fun trip but by our seventh day away from home we were ready to come home. I think it took until yesterday to feel caught up on sleep, haha! Taking vacations is something that is very important to me. I am glad we were able to take advantage of being at the same client site and turn it into a vacation! 

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38 thoughts

  1. Great photos and it looks like a fun trip, also. Those are two places I have yet to visit. I have been to Arizona but just in Tuscon and have yet to go to Vegas. You guys look lovely.

  2. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!

  3. How lovely for you and Tyler to have a work vacation together, it makes the off time so much more fun exploring the city ;) Have a great week Darcy :)

  4. That's so cool you guys to the time to have a little between work. These pics are so beautiful.


  5. You both look great together.

  6. That's fantastic that you guys were able to squeeze in some vacay time. I've never been to Phoenix but have only heard wonderful things, and I'll be sharing my recent girls trip to Vegas on the blog soon!

  7. I just love these pictures! You and your husband make a beautiful couple and that hotel looked amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What an awesome trip! Looks like you two had fun! :)


  9. simply amazing. <3 Enjoying reading your posts, waiting for the next post;) xx Peach

  10. Sounds like an amazing and well deserved weekend. Loving your dress and you two are way too cute!

    xx 365hangers

  11. How fun you guys can turn a work trip into a couples trip, too! Looks like a blast!

  12. Love these shots! It looks like you had such a great time! Well deserved break! XO


  13. Vegas looks like so much fun! Watching a game with air conditioning definitely makes it better, it's so hard to sit there when you're in direct sunlight!

  14. Aw, so glad you had a great time in Phx and Vegas! :) Haha...the swimming pool is crazy, right?! :)
    xo Erin

  15. Looks like you had a wonderful time on your vacation! I miss Vegas!

  16. Aw that's so awesome you guys got to go to the same job and turn it into a vacation! Now I really want to go to Vegas! And I know what you mean about the Hoover Dam hahaha!

    <3 Shannon

  17. Looks like you had an absolute blast! So lucky that you guys got to go together!

  18. Love your dress in the Bellagio shots!

  19. Oh cool...I just move away from Phoenix! I used to hike a lot when I was there...were you at South Mtn? It looks like you are having a blast in Vegas as well...enjoy!

  20. I treated my hubby to a trip to Vegas for his 30th birthday. It was so fun but exhausting. We paid for the Hoover Dam tour, and it was actually pretty interesting, but I was still ready to get back to the strip to gamble and drink. :) Glad y'all had a great time!

    Megan //

    P.S. My blog turned 1 today so I'm giving away a Louis Vuitton clutch. Be sure to enter!

  21. Looks like a fun trip!! I've still never been to Vegas and it's on my list. Oh and a swimming pool in a baseball stadium?? That is crazy indeed!

  22. Nice photos. Looks like a fun trip I have yet been to any of those places.

    xo, Mary

  23. Those mountains look stunning! Seems like you had a really fun trip (:

  24. We're originally from Phoenix, so I love seeing these posts!

    xo, B

  25. Business and pleasure! That's great that you guys could mix both. That's my kind of trip! I've been to Vegas, but not Arizona. I want to go to the spas there.

  26. I love seeing travel posts! Great pics! Vegas is so much fun!

    Evelyn Madera -

  27. You two are SO CUTE!

  28. those views are stunning! makes me want to go back to vegas!

    xoxo, Preeti

  29. what i fun weekend! i love how you were able to split your time and do a lot of things! that's how i am when i travel :)
    Southern Elle Style

  30. It looks like the two do you had a fun trip! What company do you and your husband work for that you get to travel?! Next time I am in Nevada, I want to see the Hoover Dam.

    Amanda ||
    Amanda ||www.

  31. That resort looks so beautiful!! What a fun trip!!
    Charlene xo
    The Frugal Fashionista

  32. It's always good to take some time for fun! I have never been to Vegas. Bring me along next time, please!

  33. Crap, I completely forgot you had mentioned you would be in Phoenix. To be honest with you, it wouldn't been crazy trying to coordinate but it looks like you had such a great time! xx

  34. What a fun time!! These photos are great!

    xo, Christina

    Christina | Fashion & Frills

  35. Looks like such an amazing time!! Vegas can be so fun if you know the right spots to visit!! <3
    Amanda |

  36. Looks like an amazing trip!! The resort in Vegas looks gorgeous! I wish I would have visited the Hoover Dam when I was in Vegas a few years ago - I guess there is a reason to go back!

    xx, Emily from Something Gold, Something Blue


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