Your Next Kids-Free Couples Weekend :: The Golden Nugget

We all need a break, amiright?

Some close friends and I have always talked about getting away for the weekend for some much-needed grown-up time with our spouses, sans kids. But it always seemed to be a nice dream – much harder to bring to fruition in real life. The act of actually making it happen and finding caregivers for all the children in question was a tall order. But somehow, the stars aligned this fall and we put it down in the books. November. 2022. The Golden Nugget. Bring your own spouse. Find your own babysitter.

The kids almost stopped us.

If you thought we had had a rough few years with viruses circulating, you have not seen the fall of 2022. Roadblock after roadblock landed in each of our families, trying to ruin our precious parent getaway. For us, our daughter came down with a nasty case of flu and strep and nearly just recovered. Another family’s baby suddenly developed Hand Foot Mouth disease. Another child woke up with a fever. We obviously have some of the best babysitters on demand in the world because they still took our sick children, knowing how long we were planning on this trip. Do I mention one of our spouses had a countdown and had already packed his bags? This trip was happening and these little sick gremlins couldn’t stop us! (Because of our awesome parents and in-laws, thanks guys!)

So Close. But Far Enough.

One of the Golden Nugget’s greatest appeals is the distance from Lafayette. With only a little over an hour of driving time, it is a quick trick to make. And if one of your children has a parent-necessary emergency, it doesn’t take much time at all to hop on the road and get back home. But it’s still far enough that you feel like you are getting away for the weekend.

But why the Golden Nugget?

There is so much to do. It goes without saying if you like gambling, this is the place for you. If you like sports AND gambling, your brain may explode with the recent opening of DraftKings Sportsbook. But if counting on your luck isn’t your style, there is a magnificent spa, incredible pool area (complete with hot tubs, lazy pool, bar, and heaters), restaurants, on-site bar/club with live music, and entertainment options. For instance, during our weekend we were able to buy tickets to watch the hilarious Chris Tucker. The Golden Nugget is a resort in every sense of the word, which means tons of things to do on-site, without you ever having to leave the complex.

Golden Nugget Hack: Become a Landry’s Select Club member before you book your stay

Golden Nugget and all its restaurants are part of Landry’s Select Club. This means you can get a discount on your hotel stay as well as points at their restaurants. This quickly can add up to $25 credits you can receive for future meals. In addition, the Landry’s Select Club is part of many other brands and restaurants, so you can easily use it at other times beyond your Golden Nugget stay.

The Golden Nugget is multi-purposefully and dimensional.

The first time I discovered the Golden Nugget was when a work conference booked their event here. Like many, I thought of this resort as “just a casino” but was pleasantly surprised to find this four-star establishment fancy and full of amenities. We never stopped on the gambling floor once! When we were planning my sister-in-law’s bachelorette party, which needed to be within close driving distance to Lafayette, I suggested the Golden Nugget and that trip was full of surprises and memorable moments. Even if you want some quiet time during your stay, the rooms in Rush Tower offer a large hotel room and a dreamy bathtub. (Pro-tip: There are two different towers with hotel rooms, make sure to choose Rush Tower – they are the nicest!) Next time it’s time to jump in the car child-free for the weekend, plan your time here and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this casino can offer you.

Katie Templet
A kid at heart, Katie loves all things writing, Harry Potter and musicals. At any moment, she is down for either a cup of coffee or margarita. Her passions are building and improving her community of Lafayette, where she was born and raised, and teaching her one daughter to have a British accent. (Not so successful at that last part yet). She spends her day as a nonprofit ambassador, helping nonprofits amplify their mission and creating more social good.


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