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The Tunnel of Love drive-through wedding area at The Little White Chapel ; the author highly recommends this option
The Tunnel of Love drive-through wedding area at The Little White Chapel ; the author highly recommends this option
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Las Vegas is popular for Valentine's Day partially because of all the options it offers. Upscale, moderate, and/or tightwad budget choices for hotels, dining, entertainment, nightlife, and offbeat activities for Valentine's Day in Vegas abound. Add on a significant list of potentially romantic free attractions along with numerous wedding options and Vegas rises to the top among romantic getaway destinations. And, my goodness, look at all those lights!

Check out some of the 2014 Valentine's Day options in Las Vegas. Follow the provided links for more info.

Wedding Options : Vegas wedding / vow renewal packages vary in cost from the $40 drive-through option ( highly recommended by the author) at the Little White Chapel to the $25,000+ Eternally Yours package at the Wynn Las Vegas resort. Check this link for a listing of nearly 50 Vegas wedding chapels that offer options from very simple to very elaborate traditional ceremonies / packages. Many Vegas resorts house their own wedding chapels and offer varying packages (check this link).

For more adventurous couples, there are some weirdly wacky wedding options in Las Vegas.

It's easy and convenient (comparatively) to get a marriage license in Las Vegas. There is no waiting period or blood testing required and the cost is $60. Check this Clark County link for details. Couples selecting the helicopter Grand Canyon wedding option will need an Arizona marriage license. That tidbit marks the end of this article's geography and law lessons, and we're happy about that.

Last minute Vegas Strip hotel room rates : Vegas Strip hotel occupancies are usually above 90% for Valentine's Day, and room rates are not cheap. Hotels with normal room rates of $30 - $40 midweek are over $200 for 2-night stays this weekend. Most everybody is either aware of or should assume that but this holiday makes people goony-goo-goo at times. For those who have not booked a room yet for whatever reasoning, there's still rooms available on the Strip for Valentine's Day weekend at most resorts. All a couple needs is a fat wallet (or wealthy relatives). The actual holiday falls on a Friday this year which will allow a full weekend's worth of romantic celebration (and/or debauchery) in conjunction with the President's Day holiday falling on Monday, Feb. 17th.

Here's some budget-categorized Vegas Strip room rates still available for 2-night stays (check-in Friday / check-out Sunday) as of this writing. Posted 2-night rates for basic rooms with 2 guests of course do not include all those joyous ancillary resort fees and taxes. All of the following rate quotes were derived from individual hotel websites. Check the links to confirm quotes and availability (both will change significantly during the next few days). The Cosmopolitan, one of the more popular Strip hotels, is sold out for Saturday the 15th according to their site.

Tightwad :

Moderate :

Expensive :

Dining options for 2014 Vegas Valentine's Day : It is an axiom...any self-respecting guy has to wine and dine his other half on Valentine's Day. Vegas is rampant with Valentine's dining menus and specials. How much do you wanna spend? If the prices add a smidgin of turmoil to your romantic Vegas getaway, those buffets you've heard about are still around (see previous article linked below). For some couples, few things say ' I love what you do to / for me' more than a Vegas buffet gorge-a-thon.

Tightwad :

  • Cafe Sienna at Suncoast - Beef tenderloin with shrimp scampi or shrimp and lobster skewers are the main entrees; sweeten her up with white chocolate mousse cake or Cherries Jubilee all for $14.99 per person.
  • Cabo at Station Casinos - Three course prix-fixe menu featuring poblano chiles filled with cheese, shrimp, and crab for $15.99 per person.
  • Dragon Noodle Co. at Monte Carlo - Ply her culinary buds with wonton soup, vegetable spring roll, walnut shrimp, or prime sirloin followed by ice cream for dessert. $29 per person.
  • Slice of Vegas at Mandalay Place - Try grilled peach salad, lobster fettuccine, and cannoli with sugar-glazed grapes for $24 per person.
  • I Love Burgers at Town Square - Get an I Love Bacon Burger , sweet potato fries, and a Strawberry Sweetheart Shake , all for $12 per person.
  • Mr. Lucky's at Hard Rock - Enjoy 10-oz. prime rib with potato or 1-pound whole Maine lobster with potato, corn, and cole slaw followed by raspberry chocolate truffle cake and bottomless champagne. $25 per person
  • Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at the LINQ - Begin with some red sangria or a margarita along with guacamole and queso fundido. Main entrees include New York steak, Spanish chorizo and pork tenderloin, or seasonal fish, prawns, and scallops. Finish it off with chocolate flan with vanilla custard and caramel sauce. $75 per couple.

Moderate :

  • Border Grill at Mandalay Bay - Enjoy a five-course prix-fixe menu that includes beef cheek tamales, espresso-rubbed pork tenderloin, plantain-crusted mahi or Mexican chocolate candy bar with a glass of champagne. $69 per person.
  • Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo - Try some romantic (?) fennel-crusted ahi tuna, a petite filet, and Banana Bombshell for dessert. $65 per person.
  • Lavo at The Palazzo - Sample some surprise amuse bouche, rock shrimp and zucchini in filo or heart-shaped lobster ravioli; other choices include roasted Arctic char with winter vegetables. The dessert top-off is Baked Alaska Zuccotto with Amarena cherries. $58 per person.
  • Envy The Steakhouse at Renaissance - Their prix-fixe menu includes heart-shaped ravioli with duck confit or a 30-oz. Porterhouse for two, spaghetti with lobster and shrimp, and dessert is table-side Cherries Jubilee. $69 per person.
  • Hakkasan at MGM Grand - Sample their crispy duck salad, steamed dim sum platter, roasted cod, braised veal ribs with mushrooms, and top it off with dark chocolate mousse with blood orange for $88 per person.
  • Ron's Steakhouse at Arizona Charlie's Decatur - Enjoy soup or salad, filet mignon with crostini, shrimp and scallop scampi, mashed potatoes au gratin, dessert, and a glass of champagne for $72.22 per person.

Expensive :

  • Alize at the Palms - Main entree choices include duck, smoked salmon, or lobster with multiple fancy fixins and mouth-watering dessert options. $140 per person while enjoying a great view of the city here.
  • Botero at Encore - Enjoy crab bisque, black truffle ricotta cannelloni, colossal prawns, roasted vegetables, and desserts. $110 per person
  • Sinatra at Encore - The Seduction Menu here includes Maine lobster, fingerling potatoes, pasta pillows, prawns, clams and calamari, venison medallions, and top it off with dark chocolate mousse with milk chocolate panna cotta for $175 per person.
  • Top of the World Restaurant at Stratosphere - Enjoy unmatched Strip and valley romantic views while dining in Las Vegas here. Options include lobster salad, seared Gulf shrimp, roasted vegetable medley, blackened beef tenderloin, oysters Rockefeller with crab , and chocolate fondue for the dessert finale. $190 per couple which includes a rose for the ladies.
  • Guy Savoy's at Caesars Palace - Select from a 7-course prix-fixe menu which includes sea bass, artichoke and black truffle soup, toasted mushroom brioche, or American prime beef tenderloin. From $275 per person.
  • Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place - Start with lobster bisque in a grilled baguette, grilled radicchio salad, grilled iron steak and seared diver scallops, a flute of champagne, raspberry sorbet, and a sweethearts sweet platter selection. $149 per person.

Most romantic free attractions for Valentines Day in Las Vegas : Though romantic things to do in Las Vegas obviously depend on a given couple's preferences ( actually it's mostly about HER preferences, you dummy), the following all provide a good backdrop for romantic potential. Most of these options generally have more impact after dark (where applicable).

Best Valentine's Day shows / entertainment in Las Vegas : The following list of shows for this weekend's Vegas love fest offers variety for young and old. Music, comedy (laughter is sexy, etc...yada,yada), variety shows, and naughty sensuality options are offered.

Music :

Comedy :

Naughty / Sensual :

Variety :

Offbeat options for this weekend : It's difficult to nail down 'offbeat' in Vegas...depends on the couple. Here's our hypothetical, simple list that might add to the experience. Most of these are not Vegas standards.

  • Play penny slots together...but hide your wallet (even from yourself)
  • Get a Krispy Kreme donut at the Stage Deli, MGM Grand...add a little sweetness to the experience.
  • Visit the Erotic Heritage Museum - honestly, it's all about sex.
  • Check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art - Georgia O'Keefe is one artist currently on display.
  • Visit the Ethel M Chocolate Factory - stroll in the botanical gardens while rediscovering the power of chocolate.
  • Visit the Mob Museum - bad guys vs good guys history, including the Las Vegas mob-controlled era.
  • Excavate stuff at Dig This - couples can play in a huge sandbox with large toys together here.
  • Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame - if you're over...say...40 years old ; bring a sock full of quarters.
  • Drive to / take a tour of Hoover Dam - discover why Vegas has and continues to exist.
  • Drive down the Strip with the windows open... when traffic is reasonable. It's only reasonable between 3 - 4 A.M. (midweek).
  • Go to Slots A Fun on the Strip - enjoy a cheap and mostly edible foot-long hot dog and exceedingly cheap drinks here.
  • Visit Downtown's Fremont Experience / Old Vegas - Everything is cheaper down there, they seldom pipe in fake fragrances in the casinos, and the table limits and comp programs are a bit more player-friendly. Free street music on a schedule is another perk here. The changing-theme overhead canopy show is OK, too. Do the shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate (it ain't 99 cents anymore, Ethel) and play single-deck, 3:2 payoff blackjack at El Cortez (about the only one left in Vegas). Get your fill and sachet back to the Strip when your wife/significant other gets antsy.
  • Do a 'couples spa' experience...Get exfoliated, buttered, whipped, whoopie-pied, sugared, deep-tissue surrendered, and/ or scrubbed with stones among other abusive options...just for fun / relaxation. Large eye roll...


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