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A Proustian Travel Guide: Drew & Jonathan Scott

A Proustian Travel Guide: Drew & Jonathan Scott

Twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, 36, are best known as the Property Brothers—superstars of HGTV. When they’re not touring the continent helping homeowners renovate the house of their dreams, they’re working on their own projects in their adopted hometown of Las Vegas. We had a chance to chat with the dynamic demolition duo about coin collecting, haunted houses, and all the must-sees in LV.

What are three things you wish people knew about you? 

Jonathan: I'm a hopeless romantic. I'm willing to admit that I love romantic movies and I go out of my way to do creative things that show a girl how much I care about her. I'm brutally honest. It doesn't matter how difficult or embarrassing the subject matter is, I will always tell the truth. And my secret obsession is haunted houses. I love them. Whether scary, cheesy, funny or creepy—I'll take them all! It may stem from my love of Halloween growing up, or from my sadistic pleasure to spook people.

When traveling, what do you never leave home without?

Drew: I have a small kit with any electronic plug in you could possibly need. Whether it's to charge a phone, download pics from your camera or even to watch a show using HDMI—I'm your hookup!

What is your favorite thing to splurge on?

Jonathan: Magic has been a life long hobby of mine and even paid the bills for a while. I love designing and building new props that I can use at some point in the future. My goal one day would be to perform a full sized show again for about a month each year. 

Drew: Coins. I've had a coin collection since I was a kid and love finding new unique pieces to add to my collection. Yes, I admit this makes me a Nerd;)

Where is your all-time favorite travel destination?

Jonathan: It's a tie: Bora Bora for the sheer beauty, or Florence for the history and architecture. I spent hours in both places just wandering. 

Drew: I love traveling to Scotland. When I was a boy, I got hooked on exploring the small towns of Scotland. I can roam the meadows or explore the old abandoned castles for hours. 

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Describe the perfect weekend in Las Vegas.

Our perfect weekend at home would take advantage of the best Vegas has to offer. Great food, shows and weather. We'd start with brunch at Brio Towne Square then make our way toward Red Rock to go climbing and hiking. From there we'd head back toward the strip and lay by the pool at MGM's Wet Republic where we could sip drinks and play a little water volleyball. Then take in a show like Michael Jackson One and grab late night sushi with friends. There is never a shortage of places to venture out in Vegas. 

What is your favorite neighborhood?

We really like the district at Green Valley Ranch. Especially over the holidays, it's a great, romantic escape from the chaos of the strip and offers a variety of restaurants, bars and specialty shops. From there you can easily grab a movie or go bowling at the Green Valley Ranch

Tell us about your favorite restaurant or bar. 

The XS nightclub at Encore is beautiful, massive and a great experience. Be ready to dance and we recommend getting a table as there is nowhere to sit. It’s the biggest club in Vegas, but on the weekend it's standing room only. For restaurants we love Wolfgang's Spago at the Caesar Forum Shops—delicious food, great service, and you’re surrounded by some of the best shopping in the city.

What makes someone a local in Vegas?

There are so many options in Vegas that most tourists only hear about the mainstream places that they see on billboards. But the real local joints rarely advertise, and you have to know somebody who knows somebody to get the scoop. Vegas is a city all about who you know…

If you had to give a visitor one keepsake from the destination, what would it be?

We always take friends to see David Copperfield at MGM because not only is it an amazing show but he gets so many audience members on stage to volunteer that there's a good chance you'll have a once in a lifetime memory (and a photo with David!) This is a seriously cool experience. 

Alive, dead or fictional — who is your favorite local? 

The Rat Pack is quintessential Vegas cool. We wish we lived here during that era because I'm sure the pack could have used a handyman.

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