Ah, Vegas: The city of bright lights, spectacular nightlife … and romance. Yes, this is indeed one of the world capitals for weddings and rekindling romance, and not just with a fake Elvis. Visit Venice, Paris, the pyramids and New York in one evening. From the traditional cliché of the Little White Chapel to the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon and Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas has it all. So come visit, rekindle those smoldering embers and have a wonderful romantic adult experience away from the kids in this cosmopolitan oasis.
A Little White Wedding Chapel
1301 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Price: $55 chapel fee/amenities vary
This is the true, classic Las Vegas experience. Whether it’s a drive-through wedding or a service with your choice of indoor chapels, you can’t help but appreciate the ease and, yes, the simple beauty, of this little chapel. Rent a gown or tux, purchase your wedding bouquet, have your makeup done and celebrate the ultimate wedding all in one locale. Broadcast your wedding to guests who can’t make it. Of course, Elvis will serenade you if you so desire here. Celebrities such as Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow have exchanged their vows here. Take photos in the pretty little gazebo after the ceremony, and then jet off to Le Cirque at the Bellagio, with its romantic decor, or the Pampas Brazilian Grill for a sumptuous dining experience. Whether a rented limousine is in order or you would rather arrange for a courtesy limo from the chapel itself, in this place, Vegas turns weddings into institutions.
Stillwater Spa at the Lake Tahoe Resort
Country Club Drive at Lakeshore
Incline Village, NV 89450
Stillwater Spa sits nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, inspired by the classic elements: earth, water, air and fire, found in natural abundance at beautiful Lake Tahoe. Couples may choose from a variety of romantic treatments and programs: Couples Fireside Romance, in which you are treated side-by-side in an intimate fireplace suite; the Couples Stillwater Romance Package, in which you may luxuriate in a candlelit Infinity Aroma-bath after your massage; or the Couples Escape Package, which allows you relax with herbal relief wraps and massages in a room for two. When it’s time for a romantic escape from the real world, or when you want to relish in the opportunity to simply enjoy each other’s company in an intimate setting, Stillwater Spa has it all.
Valentino, The Venetian Hotel
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The Venetian holds all the romance of Italy in the heart of the Strip. The award-winning Valentino Las Vegas features the expected opulence and cuisine of Chef Luciano Pelligrini and his culinary team of chefs, direct from Italy. The presentation is impeccable, the taste exquisite, the style romantic for your ultimate dinner experience. Afterward, you may just decide to take that gondola ride along the Venetian’s canal, serenaded by a gondolier as you drift along, lost in your own little world for two.
The Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
The Red Rock Casino offers the ultimate Las Vegas experience. Enjoy the amenities of first-class service with a panoramic view of either the Strip or Red Rock Canyon. You and your partner may revel in more than three acres of backyard pool comfort with private cabanas, swim-up gaming or even an exotic island. Grab a snack at the Sand Bar, with its frilly drinks and cocktails, but the spa offers the most tranquil retreat, allowing you to relax in a private treatment suite that seems to float on the water.
The Historic Boulder Dam Hotel
1305 Arizona Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
Price: from $64
Boulder City is a small town nestled in the mountains on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Here, set in a quiet residential area of this town, just seven minutes from Hoover Dam, find the historic Boulder Dam Hotel Bed and Breakfast. With 21 guest rooms, it offers a true romantic B&B experience. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast on weekdays, a full, hot breakfast on weekends, and a welcome tea tray upon arrival. The first floor houses the museum, so don’t miss out on that and the gift shops nearby. Rooms are comfortable, airy and very reasonable, with private baths and climate control. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, memorable romantic getaway, look no farther than Boulder City and this charming historic hotel.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.