Call me old. Call me silly. Call me small-town girl gaping at the site of big-city Vegas. And you’d be justified. It was my inaugural visit to Sin City, and I was wowed. Not by the casinos, the shows, and the glittering night life, but by the beauty. And at least one unexpected site: the Conservatory at Bellagio.
Bellagio has its own signature, of course . . . fab fountains delighting people from all over the world every 15 minutes. (Click here for video!) Sprays, shoots and spews of water elegantly choreographed to music from operatic melodies to Broadway show tunes moved the onlookers to sing along while snapping pics in rapid succession. (I should know. I watched five shows in one day!)
Upon my arrival at the Bellagio back entrance, I passed by a delightful shop offering gelato, pastries and fine chocolates — draped with ethereal netting and decorated with pumpkins and ghoulish creatures.
Nothing ghoulish, however, about this chocolate fountain that attracted a lot of attention as pools overflowed into other pools continuously.
I passed by marbled hallways with velvet curtains, glittering chandeliers, and patterned rugs leading me to something totally unexpected: the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens bursting with the colors of the 2012 Fall Harvest.
Each pathway exposed different views: waterways lined with fall mums, tall trees, fountains, and pumpkins weighing anywhere from just a few to over 600 pounds!
People old and young gathered near the talking tree — a very popular backdrop for fall pictures to show the folks back home.
I don’t know much about animated trees, but I have a feeling this is as good as it gets.
A covered bridge ran down the center of the Conservatory lined with more pumpkins and fall colors.
And a larger-than-life scarecrow greeted guests, directing them to look beyond at the water wheel and “raining” tree.
Later, I entered the lobby where the registration desk was dwarfed by huge arrangements of grapevine and fall flowers in elegant vases.
Behind the desk, too, were more displays in an alcove resembling a courtyard in autumn. (But not any courtyard I’d ever seen!)
For those of you who have visited Bellagio, you know the showstopper was, of course, Fiori de Como, a stunning chandelier by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Comprised of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms, the sculpture fills the 18-foot ceiling coffer with extraordinary bursts of color and artful arrangement.
Fall at Bellagio puts a whole new spin on what I thought was just a fancy hotel and casino.
The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ Fall Harvest lasts until November 24th. Winter Holiday will be on display from December 2nd to January 5th, 2013.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for another trip to Vegas! Mmmmmm, that would be nice!
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Las Vegas, NV 89109