President’s Day and Las Vegas might not be a pair that comes to mind, unless you are happily enjoying the long weekend in Sin City. While that might be true, there are plenty of Presidential connections that you can find February 17th to help celebrate this holiday.
While the iconic Fountains of Bellagio dance to patriotic songs like “God Bless the USA” and “The Star Spangled Banner,” the Bellagio certainly won’t make the President wait for his favorite tunes to play. Thankfully, MGM Resorts’ loyalty rewards program, M life created a special Moment that allows its members to choose the songs for the fountains.
Dine at either Fleur or Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay from Chef Hubert Keller. As President Bill Clinton was looking to clean up his diet, Chef Keller was invited to be the first guest chef to prepare his sophisticated vegetarian menu for President Clinton and his family. You can bet on his next visit to Las Vegas President Clinton will make a visit to Fleur or Burger Bar to relive the tasty vegetarian cooking of Chef Keller.
Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy were both major fans of fine French cuisine and often had it served in the White House. If they visited Vegas, they’d be delighted by Le Cirque at Bellagio or Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand.
Abraham Lincoln was the only U.S. president to also be a licensed bartender so it would be a challenge to put him behind the bar with mixologist extraordinaire Michael Macdonnell at Monte Carlo’s HIT Bar & Lounge. If President Lincoln needed a refresher course he could enjoy an M life Moment at HIT Bar & Lounge “Mixology Training & Tasting.”
Our current President Barack Obama is a known foodie, from Chicago and while the windy city is home to plenty of amazing restaurants, you will find one of the top chefs in Las Vegas who created his legacy in Chicago. Sage Executive Chef Shawn McClain was a James Beard Award winner in Chicago before making his way to Las Vegas. President Obama also might want to make his way over Chef McClain’s FIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA while he takes in a basketball game.
President Obama will also want to check out The Mirage’s Lobby Bar that is serving up a libation in his honor: The Obamatini. This cocktail commemorates our 44th President’s Hawaiian heritage by integrating pineapple flavors into a classic martini with fresh juices and Bacardi Pineapple infused rum.
The only bachelor amongst presidents was James Buchanan and he would have plenty of choices to spend his Las Vegas Presidential vacation. Beacher’s Madhouse, recently opened at MGM Grand, would be very intriguing to the former president as it brings the energy of a circus and the atmosphere of an A-list Hollywood party. The legendary Vaudeville-inspired spectacle offers a nightlife twist with outrageously sexy and over-the-top performances.
Several of our country’s presidents have had an affinity for cigars, specifically Andrew Jackson and Warren G. Harding; and Ulysses S. Grant was noted to smoke 20 a day! Andre’s Lounge in Monte Carlo has an incredible selection of the world’s finest cigars, and M life provides an experience worthy of a president where the Commander in Chief and up to 10 cabinet members could enjoy an exclusive cigar and cognac tasting a private room.
Cherries and George Washington go hand in hand and while the former President may not have actually cut down a cherry tree, his tie to cherries has lasted for centuries. For this reason, he’d enjoy Aureole’s dessert Black Forrest Terrine with port glazed cherries and toasted walnut ice cream. If our founding father wished to quench his thirst, most likely he’d imbibe the non-alcoholic, house-made cherry yuzu soda at Jean Georges Steakhouse.