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By Tess Eyrich | March 6, 2015 | Lifestyle
Sure, it might be too early to hit the pool, but spring in Vegas brings just as much excitement as summer. For a little seasonal inspiration, look no further than our handy guide of 25 must-do activities and must-visit attractions.
Spend the day tasting all of Bardot Brasserie's delectable offerings
1. Try Out One of the Strip’s Newest Restaurants
Reserve your table at Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie at Aria, Miami transplant Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at Venetian, or Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s third Vegas venture, Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin, which opens on March 10.
2. Ramp Up Your Beauty Routine...
Stop by Sisley’s first U.S. boutique, located at The Shops at Crystals, for makeup and skincare consultations with resident makeup artist and aesthetician Thomas Torres and anti-aging and brightening facials in the boutique’s luxurious back room.
3. …Or Indulge in a Treatment at One of Vegas’ Top Spas
You might even run into us relaxing in the Turkish-style hammam at Cosmopolitan’s Sahra Spa, detoxing in one of Imperial Health Spa’s steam rooms, or spending the day at South Point’s Costa del Sur Spa, one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
4. Get in Shape for Summer
What better way to do so than by heading outside for one of these only-in-Vegas outdoor workouts?
5. Revamp Your Spring Wardrobe
Consider making Vasari, in Tivoli Village, your first shopping stop. The boutique recently underwent a full-scale transformation and now carries brands ranging from Halston Heritage and Alice + Olivia to Diane von Furstenberg and Theory.
The Butterfly Habitat at the Springs Preserve re-opens this month
6. Revisit the Springs Preserve
The outdoor wonderland’s popular Butterfly Habitat reopens for the season on March 14.
7. Indulge in a Spring-Themed Cocktail
The botanical-, floral-, and herbal-infused options at these bars and lounges will do the trick.
8. Get Your Daily Dose of Visual Inspiration
Through March 8, Cosmopolitan’s P3Studio will host David Colman’s “Santa Confessional,” which invites participants to air their grievances to the artist dressed as Santa Claus. Beginning March 11, the studio will feature Lucky DeBellevue’s “Collaboration/Exchange,” a collaborative experiment with sculptures and prints.
9. Decorate Your Home for Spring
Having trouble getting started? Follow some of these simple tips and tricks.
10. Plan a Romantic Afternoon for Two
Horseback riding through Red Rock Canyon and flying through the Grand Canyon at sunset? Consider us smitten.
Among Vegas' must-see shows is Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers
11. Catch Up on Your Shows
Nope, not House of Cards (although we wouldn’t blame you for doing that, too). We’re talking about Vegas shows, including Bob Anderson’s new Frank: The Man. The Music at the Palazzo Theatre, Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers at Encore Theater, and, if you still haven’t gotten around to seeing it, MGM Grand’s longtime production of Cirque du Soleil’s Ka, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
12. See the Stars
Everyone from the Beatles and Frank Sinatra to Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch is on display at SLS Las Vegas’ gallery Iconic Images, which spotlights the work of legendary photographer Terry O’Neill.
13. Get Reacquainted With Mike Tyson
The Vegas-based boxing champion opened up to us about his decades-long career, his unexpected foray into show business, and his animated Adult Swim series, Mike Tyson Mysteries.
15. Switch Up Your Hair Game
Try a blowout at Todd White’s Platinum Entourage salon, or, if you’re looking for something more daring, opt for White’s long-and-layered signature cut.
Head to the Mandarin Oriental's Tea Lounge and enjoy a cup of tea while reveling in the venue's unique views
16. Enjoy a Traditional Afternoon Tea
The afternoon tea menu at Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge features everything from tea-based cocktails to goat cheese tartlets, scones, and other pastries. The fabulous views don’t hurt either.
17. Treat Your Ears to Some Classical Music
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts’ spring calendar is packed with must-see orchestral performances: Donato Cabrera conducts Mendelssohn and Schumann on March 7, returns for the season’s fourth “Pops” concert, “Symphonic Spectacular,” on March 28, and welcomes famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra on March 30.
18. Start Building Your Vinyl Collection
Because what better way is there to listen to music? You can find us browsing the shelves at Zia Records, which has locations on Eastern Avenue and Sahara, in preparation for Record Store Day in April.
Take in the city's culture by visiting the Mob Museum
19. Get a Taste of Old-School Sin City at a Vegas Museum
Some of our favorite places to relive the glamour (and grime) of vintage Vegas include the outdoor Neon Museum, the delightfully nostalgic National Atomic Testing Museum, and Downtown’s Mob Museum, which will lead two-hour Casino-themed tours beginning March 18 in honor of the Martin Scorsese film’s 20th anniversary.
20. Catch a Concert
We’re most looking forward to Diana Ross at the Venetian Theatre (April 1-18), Fleetwood Mac at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (April 11), and the Alabama Shakes at Brooklyn Bowl (April 18).
Find artisanal oils from all over world (plus spirits, wines, and vinegars) at Vom Fass
21. Find the Perfect Olive Oil
Now open at the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, Vom Fass offers tastings of artisanal olive oils from around the world, as well as specialty spirits, wines, and vinegars.
22. Take a Hike
Red Rock Canyon is particularly beautiful this time of year.
23. Laugh Until It Hurts
You’ll want to snag tickets for a few shows: John Mulaney at Mirage’s Terry Fator Theatre (March 6), Jerry Seinfeld at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace (April 17-18), and Amy Schumer at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan (April 24).
A look inside Salt Room LV
24. Recharge With Salt Therapy
You can start by signing up for one of the Salt Room LV’s salt-cave sessions, which can be paired with guided meditation or yoga.
25. And When All Else Fails, Curl Up With a Good Book
First, though, we recommend checking out the selection at Downtown’s Writer’s Block, the first independent book shop in Vegas, and grabbing an iced coffee at The Beat Coffeehouse.
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