Mixing Business With Pleasure in Las Vegas
By Zeke Quezada
Las Vegas has a reputation of keeping you up all night and working your body hard. After all, there is a reason why its called sin city. However, you can choose to experience Vegas with a healthy lifestyle twist and still get home with a few stories to tell and a few that will stay on the strip. Your business persona can mesh well with your personal style from a hike among the red rocks to a booth in a chic lounge. Vegas is not all about bad choices. It is about calculated timing to help you seal your deals and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Your Arrival. McCarran airport is 2 miles from the center strip so you’ll have your Vegas game face on within minutes of leaving the airport. It’s a left and then a right as you leave the terminal. There is no need to choose a hotel near McCarran Airport as it is not that much more convenient. Take a look around as you make your way through the terminal, all those slot machines and bars make it feel like you landed in a casino.
TIP. You don’t need a car in Las Vegas. Period. If you are staying on the strip everything is walking distance and when you explore the excellent off-strip options rideshare options are in abundance and far more convenient. One more thing, you don’t want to pay the ridiculous parking fees that a majority of the resorts are charging.
Where To Stay. Business easily mixes with pleasure in Las Vegas so finding a hotel that accommodates your needs will not be difficult. If the convention halls are your focal point, you’ll be pleased that the Sky Suites at Aria Las Vegas are steps away from the meeting rooms. You’ll enjoy five-star service with easy access to a collection of dining choices that is among the best in Las Vegas as well as bars and lounges that are ideal for an afternoon business meeting. A world-class spa will help you wind down, and the entertainment that Las Vegas is known for is right outside the door at Bellagio Las Vegas or T-Mobile Arena.
Exercise. Combine a flat course with numerous staircases to drive home the need to keep your workout regimen on schedule. Start anywhere on the strip and loop around to your starting point. This is an early morning run to avoid the heat and the people, but the endless staircases will bring the burn to your legs. Las Vegas tries to keep pedestrians from crossing streets, so elevated crosswalks and bridges expand your workout to include climbing and descending the strips many staircases.
Early Meeting. Find a strip side table at Mon Ami Gabi where the coffee is sublime, and the people watching is part of the show. Situated across the street from the Fountains of Bellagio you often get a show with your morning joe. Bouchon works for the clients who appreciate excellent food and like the idea of eating at a restaurant where Chef Thomas Keller commands the kitchen. If your clients want something off the beaten path take them to a coffee shop that also doubles as a cocktail lounge at The Peppermill. You’ll witness the cocktail servers who are wearing long flowing dresses as they deliver drinks to those who have kept the party going throughout the night and into the morning.
Business Lunch. Take the clients off the strip to Esther’s Kitchen in the up and coming section of Las Vegas known as the Arts District. Your street cred will shine as you hit a neighborhood restaurant with legitimate culinary credentials. If you decide to stay on the strip head into Estiatorio Milos at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas for a Mediterranean experience that will impress the most discerning of clients.
Cocktails With Clients. If you have a few different clients to entertain The Cocktail Collective at Palazzo and Venetian is where you’ll close the deal. Rosina at Palazzo Las Vegas lures you in with its sexy vibe and secluded booths. Electra Cocktail Club combines high energy and a Vegas lounge scene while the Dorsey at Venetian Las Vegas pampers you with class. Three locations each with different personalities catering to the different clients in your portfolio and each with impressive craft cocktails and atmosphere.
The Diversion. Take the 13-mile scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon and catch a glimpse of red sandstone cliffs that change colors as the sun moves across the sky. Head south from the strip and see the engineering marvel that is the Hoover Dam or explore the revitalized areas of Downtown Las Vegas.
Souvenirs. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is the focal point for any serious shopper, but you’ll want to head across the street and experience the LINQ Promenade. You’ll get your coffee mug with the Las Vegas sign on it and a t-shirt or two, but you’ll also have the opportunity to take a ride on the High Roller, the 550 ft Observation Wheel, you’ll sample an In-N-Out Burger, and you’ll have numerous occasions to have cocktails.
Go Ahead and Miss Your Flight. If time is on your side take a couple of extra days and explore Zion National Park’s slot canyons and sandstone cliffs in the state of Utah. The surrounding desert is home to Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. These are all with a few hours drive of your hotel suite.