Vegas features tons of fun for Big Game widows

Primp for a gal's day out while the boys watch the Big Game.

Let’s face it – not all of us ladies are into football. When our sweeties are glued to the TV, we find ourselves with extra time on our hands. I should know – I’m married to a hardcore football fan!

While I did pick up on terms like play action, special teams, first down and punting, I’m still a long way from being able to follow a game. So what’s a lady to do when the boys are celebrating the Big Game? We have the perfect itinerary to fill up that Sunday. By the end of the day, you’ll be glad the boys are doing their own thing.

Shop ’til you drop

Whether you had luck at the machines (or just want to stop pushing your luck), keep the money in your wallet and head over to any of the shopping malls on the Strip.

Knock two birds with one stone by splurging and sightseeing in  Crystals at CityCenter. Crystals offers luxury shops in a gorgeous metropolitan setting. Plus, the Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. stores each have two floors of goodies. That’s a whole lot of diamonds and leather.

If you’re on a budget, Fashion Show mall features shops at every price point. Plus, you get to watch free fashion shows every weekend from noon to 6 p.m. All of the models rock clothes that are available for purchase. One of my favorite stops is the two-story Forever 21. You can easily spend the rest of your Sunday here – all without breaking the bank.

Vegas offers a variety of shops fit for any budget.

Another favorite is the three-story H&M inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. Deemed the largest flagship store in the world, the upbeat dance music, fixtures and overall vibe makes you feel like you’re at a nightclub. Plus, we like finding dresses for less than $20 and jackets for less than $100.

If you’re up for having an interactive artistic experience during your shopping, check out P3 Studio inside The Shops at Cosmopolitan.

Babble over brunch

What better way to go over all your festivities than with a fine meal? Located inside Palms Place, Simon Kitchen and Lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the resort’s pool and cabana area. The menu offers the freshest seasonal items and quality organic ingredients. Breakfast includes a smoked salmon scramble, pancakes, cereal and omelets, to name a few.

Bring your finest Sunday hat and lift up your pinky: The Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental offers panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip in a Zen-like atmosphere. Enjoy a selection of the finest teas from around the world as well as coffee, cocktails and pastries like scones, cupcakes and macaroons.

If you want more of an upbeat brunch scene, look no further than Bagatelle at Tropicana. Enjoy the supper club’s “Sunday Funday Snow Bunny Brunch” from 2 – 6 p.m. In addition to champagne and live acts, brunch options include Pancakes Bagatelle (buttermilk pancakes, bananas Foster); Eggs Bagatelle (smoked salmon, American caviar); Eggs Benedict (Canadian bacon, spinach, hollandaise sauce); lobster omelet (Maine lobster, asparagus, tomato, boursin cheese); Scottish salmon scramble (smoked Scottish salmon, American caviar, toast) and more. And who can resist Nutella French toast? Sounds mighty tasty to us.

Chocolate fix in the mix

There's always room for chocolate on your Vegas weekend trip.

If you’re in the mood for out-of-this world chocolate creations, stop by Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man inside The Forum Shops at Caesars.

Enjoy “secret menu” desserts like The First Chocolate Burger (complete with strawberry ketchup and vanilla cream custard); a Snowy Vanilla Popsicle (dipped in melted chocolate with chocolate waffle rocks); and the Melting Marshmallow Crepe (topped with gummy bears, milk chocolate chunks, vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate syrup). Drooling yet?

Other tantalizing treats include The Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake (vanilla crepe flakes ice cream, rich chocolate cream and chocolate frappe), chocolate fondue and much more. Order hot chocolate in a Hug Mug, a special mug shaped so you can hug it in both hands.

Want to enjoy some scenery while sipping on some delicious hot chocolate? Located inside the Bellagio, order hot chocolate at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie and admire the beauty of the largest chocolate fountain in the world.

For my fellow vegan heads, Red Velvet Café inside the Fashion Show mall is where to enjoy vegan chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, a variety of chocolate cakes (including red velvet!) and other tasty plant-based treats. Your taste buds will swoon. For your friends who can’t resist milk chocolate, there is an Ethel M’s located here as well.

With so many things to see and do during the Big Game in Vegas, keeping busy is going to be the least of your worries. Next time your sweeties wants to have a sports fest in Vegas, we’re sure it won’t be a problem.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.