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Las Vegas: Until we meet again


My last day in Las Vegas came too quickly; however, I was determined to make the most of the few hours I had available before my flight home.

Keeping with my routine, I heading to Qua at Caesars Palace. To simply call this a spa is an understatement. Qua is an amazing retreat where all the pressures of everyday life are left at the check-in desk. Among its many offerings are three pools (a large mineral-enriched bath, and smaller hot soaking bath and cold plunge bath), an ultra-heated sauna and a unique “Arctic Ice Room” with actually falling snow. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and more than 50 treatment rooms.

For my treatment, I was inspired by Lady Gaga and elected the “Poker Face” facial. When my therapist was done with all the scrubbing, cleansing, moisturizing and massaging, I felt a decade younger (much closer to my online age) and my skin looked fab.

After spending a few hours taking advantage of all the amenities at Qua, I was starving. And since it was my last day in Sin City and I believe there is some rule about all visitors being required to have at least one buffet during their stay in Vegas, I figured that The Buffet at the Monte Carlo was the perfect choice for lunch. For less than $12, I was treated to an expansive salad bar, freshly made pasta, prepared-to-order steaks and dozens of other items to help ensure a complete food coma.

After lunch it was off to the airport with a little less money in my bank account but a whole bunch of great memories.

For information on planning a trip to Las Vegas, check out the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s official LGBT website:  

Note: Caesars Entertainment, which owns Caesars Palace, and MGM Resorts, which owns the Monte Carlo, are members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. 


Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at