Never thought of traveling for Halloween? Well you should think again. There’s tons of great spooky destinations to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a guide of some places to check out and sure to suit everyone – from the family friendly to history buff to the party animal.
When we first decided to go to Vegas, I thought there was no way a casino would allow dogs. I was wrong! There are actually quite a few options and we went with the Delano, which is attached to the Mandalay Bay.
Delano used to be called THEhotel and we were told that it was originally designed to be condos before the housing market went bust. So what they’ve got are all suite hotel rooms – ours was 2 rooms and 1.5 baths. Everything was comfortable inside the room.
Not having a casino was great in that it was very easy to take Bruno outside. If we stayed in a casino, we would’ve had to walk through the casino floor just to get outside. There was a grassy area with poop bags nearby which worked for Bruno.
We were allowed to walk him through the Mandalay Bay casino and found a loop around the pool area that was a good walk for Bruno. (It’s designed as an exercise track for guests but has lots of grassy areas and seemed dog friendly).
The hotel extends the service to dogs as well – with a “Doggie Butler” menu which includes walks and check-ins, as well as room service for the pup. They also gave us a nice treat bag which Bruno devoured.
Bruno and I arrived on Monday and met Adam who was coming from New York. Bruno got settled in the hotel and then we ventured out, taking a walk along the strip and grabbing lunch at Tom’s Urban at New York New York.
We napped for a bit (both on East Coast time and up early) then went to dinner at Aureole. The restaurant is known for its “Wine Angels” who fly between 4 levels of wine to fetch your selected bottle from the iPad list (wines even go up to $14,000!)
Dinner was DELICIOUS. I had macadamia nut crusted scallops for an appetizer and lamb for my main. Adam had a cheese plate (which he shared with me) and steak. We shared a bottle of Cabernet from South Australia.
After dinner, we were stuffed! So we headed back to the bug and for an early night.
We knew we were going to have a busy day so we found a doggie daycare just off the strip called Luxe Pet Hotels. It’s very fancy – with private bedrooms for overnight doggie guests and a large indoor-outdoor play area.
After dropping Bruno off for a fun day of play, we went to the Cosmopolitan for breakfast at the Henry. We walked back to the Mandalay Bay and spent some time at the pool. They have an awesome wave pool and lazy river.
After a few hours at the pool, we showered and picked Bruno up from daycare. He had a great day and they were so sweet to send us pictures.
Bruno slept in the room for the rest of the night and we slowly ventured up to the Bellagio. We ate at Lago, outside on the terrace with perfect views of the fountains, which went off every 30 minutes. For dinner, we shared many small plates including a cheese plate, pasta, Caesar salad, steak and ravioli.
After dinner, we saw O – a Cirque du Soleil show I’ve always wanted to see. Even though I’ve been to Vegas before, O has been dark or not worked with my schedule. I’m so glad we got to see it – it was so cool and an enjoyable evening!
After the show, we headed back to the Mandalay Bay for cocktails and dessert at the RX Boiler Room. They have a fun blind ice cream tasting – 8 scoops of mystery ice cream. We also had the smoky cola cake which was super moist and DELICIOUS.
We left late afternoon, but before we did we took a walk along the strip. Dogs are allowed before 11am. Bruno got a great walk in before our flight and we got some cute pictures.
What are you favorite things to do in Vegas?
Newport, RI – if I could live here, I would
How to Get There: Drive (3 hours)
Where to Stay: Gilded – a boutique B&B within walking distance to the town. Fun décor and delicious breakfast!
What to Do: Cliff Walk, Newport Mansion tours, relax, walk around the adorable town
Where to Eat: 22 Bowen’s (romantic dinner)
Roxbury, NY – town where I got married!
How to Get There: Drive (3 hours)
Where to Stay: The Roxbury Motel – THE coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Themed rooms and stunning mountain views
What to Do: Summer – hiking, kayaking, all the outdoor activities. Winter – skiing or staying in
East Hampton, NY – go in the winter!
How to Get There: Hampton Jitney
Where to Stay: Mill House Inn – possibly the most expensive B&B I’ve ever stayed at (and that’s in the OFF season) but the rooms (& baths) are oh so relaxing, the cookie & snack bar is amazing and the breakfast is INCREDIBLE. Get the lobster frittata!
What to Do: The Beach, explore East Hampton or neighboring Hampton towns, shopping, relax in the incredible rooms, take a bath in the gigantic bathtubs
Where to Eat: Honestly, one breakfast + the complimentary snacks can last you the whole day (did I mention how amazing the breakfast is?)
Atlantic City, NJ – bear with me, totally trashy but so close
How to Get There: Bus from Penn Station (2.5 hours)
Where to Stay: Since the Revel closed (which housed my favorite spa – still to this day), stay at the Borgata. It’s off the boardwalk and has the Las Vegas feel without having to get on a plane.
What to Do: If all of the amenities of the Borgata aren’t enough, it’s an easy cab ride to the boardwalk for some great people watching or you can head to the outlets
Where to Eat: If you want to venture outside of the resort, check out the Irish Pub (off the Boardwalk) or Scales Grill & Deck Bar for outdoor drinking (bonus points for pet friendly!)