Sin City’s 21 Luckiest Finds

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by Matthew Wexler

Lucky Finds 8 through 14

The Cupcakery
The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is the site of the latest addition to Pamela Jenkins’ confectionary empire, which received the 2012 Las Vegas Reader’s Pick for best cupcake. One part tattooed rocker, one part girl next door, Jenkins and her baking team offer the perfect sweet consolation prize or celebratory indulgence after a stint at the roulette wheel. Signature cupcakes include Southern Belle (red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting) and the Grasshopper (dark chocolate cake covered in mint chocolate chip buttercream and topped with a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie).

miX Happy Hour at THEhotel
Live the high life - literally - at THEhotel’s swanky bar and lounge offering stellar views of the Strip. Enjoy happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day and nibble on Alain Ducasse-inspired snacks for 50 percent off, including short rib sliders, and bigeye tuna tartare.

Sky Villas and Fantasy Suites at the Palms Casino Resort
Pimp out at one of the world’s most expensive suites (the Hugh Hefner Suite can cost upward of $34,000 per night). Create your own Vegas theme weekend away from the hustle of the Strip. Themes include the G-Suite (100-person capacity and Show Shower); Director’s Suite (multiple LCD and plasma screens); and two-story Sky Villa, featuring a revolving bed, 12-person glass-enclosed Jacuzzi and room for 250 of your closest friends.

Spago’s 20th Anniversary
Legendary celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck opened Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars two decades ago, thus setting in motion a culinary trend that turned the Vegas dining scene from all-you-can-eat buffets to the world’s top culinary wizards. From Dec. 10 to 14, you can enjoy dishes from the original menu at ’90s prices - so get cracking! Feel like splurging? Indulge in Executive Chef Eric Klein’s six-course tasting menu, which may include Kobe beef sliders, sashimi served in an igloo and risotto topped with shaved white truffles.

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Stimulate your senses beyond the blings and dings of slot machines by visiting the inspired work of more than 140 horticulturists, whose seasonal creations are the envy of any green thumb.

Fleur by Hubert Keller, Mandalay Bay
French-trained with Mediterranean references, chef Keller has served as a judge on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: Just Desserts" as an advocate for vegetarian and healthy dining options in four-star settings. Globally influenced small plates include ceci fritto (fried chickpeas with lemon), braised hamachi, and wagyu beef "lava rock."

The Roller Coaster at New York New York
Not the most original name, but this thrill ride still offers an exhilarating 144-foot drop and speeds upward of 67 mph. Individual tickets $14; all- day Scream Pass $25.

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