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Breakfast and a Stroll Through the Gardens at The Bellagio Las Vegas

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Sliced apples atop perfect puff pastry from Jean-Philippe at The Bellagio.

As much as I love the hustle and bustle of the Strip in Las Vegas, it’s kinda’ nice to also find a quiet spot and just kick back, relax and soak in the atmosphere.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you know of my fondness for all things sweet — be it a five-star dessert, a humble cookie or a morning pastry — so it will come as no surprise that this little respite from the action included a visit to Jean-Philippe Patisserie at The Bellagio.

While P.B. was enjoying breakfast and the newspaper back at our hotel’s all-day café, I took a walk over to Bellagio to see the latest transformation of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, pick up a light breakfast and simply enjoy the morning. (more…)

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Can’t Score in the Casino? Find Guaranteed Green at The Bellagio

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
The Bellagio - complete with famous Lake Show - done in all nature's materials.
The Bellagio’s summer display featured the resort done up in natural materials.

Well, yes, it is a different kind of green but The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden is always a sure bet in the “oohs” and “aahs” department.  P.B. and I don’t think a visit to Las Vegas is complete unless we’ve dropped by to see the consistently outstanding floral displays located just off the Bellagio’s main reception area.  A riot of color and form, this amazing and FREE attraction delights visitors with its use of flowers and greenery, water and light, beauty and whimsy.  The soaring light-filled space changes with the seasons – the Christmas display is always spectacular – so you’ll most likely see something different on each visit.

A father-and-son fishing trip only at The Bellagio.
A father-and-son fishing trip only at The Bellagio.

Where else can you see a father and son bear duo – each fashioned from moss, bark and colorful button mums – outfitted for a summer fishing trip?  Or how about a miniature train running through a covered bridge constructed of twigs?  And then there is my personal favorite from this summer’s display – a reproduction of The Bellagio and its lakeside “village” all done in flowers and other natural materials.  The attention to detail was stunning!   

When you’re done touring this indoor oasis, be sure to check out theGiardini Garden Store at the back of the display.  There you’ll find lots of high-style home and garden items such as exotically-scented candles, colorful glassware and more.  Bring your casino winnings because the gorgeous items here aren’t cheap.

Location – The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden is located off the main reception/registration area.  If you arrive at the Bellagio from the pedestrian bridges coming from either Caesars or Bally’s, walk through the shopping galleria and veer left then continue through the casino and into the main entry hall.  You’ll see the garden at the back.  Also, don’t miss the floral displays behind the registration desks – they, too, change with the seasons. 

Player’s tip – Bellagio has some fun multi-denomination Spin Poker machines in the middle of the casino near the blackjack tables and also near the entrance to the shopping gallery.  We’ve played – and won – on them more than a few times.

Treat tip – Stop at Jean Philippe Patisserie – down the hall from the garden, toward the back of the hotel – for a cappuccino and a pastry that is almost too pretty to eat.  Almost.

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