***BEWARE: This is a very detailed and long post regarding our trip to Vegas….
Tuesday June 16:
Arrive in Vegas around 5 pm. Pick up rental car and then check in to hotel. After unpacking we go to downtown Vegas and do the following:
-Eat at the Golden Nugget Dinner Buffet.
-Watch the light show on Fremont Street.
-Do a little slot gambling at Binion’s & Fitzgerald’s and win all of our money back plus some.
Wednesday June 17:
-Eat lunch at the In N Out Burger.
-Go to the Sahara and do some light gambling, play in the arcade, drink some of those $1 shots, Matt rides the roller coaster “Speed.”
-Go to the Stratosphere and have a drink in the rotating restaurant on top. I also accidentally have a couple of grain alcohol shots (they were called shooters and I thought it was puckers! Seriously, my throat burned!).
-Go to Green Valley Ranch and wait a REALLY long time for their dinner buffet.
-Stop into Barley’s casino on the way back to the strip and check out Matt’s old house and the gym he used to work at when he lived there ages ago.
-Go to Planet Hollywood and win a lot of money on the Hot Hot Super Jackpot slot machine.
Thursday June 18:
-Go to the M casino and have the lunch buffet (which is AMAZING- it comes with all you drink beer and wine and has a cappuccino bar).
-Stop by another new casino South Point.
-Go to the New York New York and play at the arcade for a while.
-Go to Rio for the buffet and then go up to the Voodoo Lounge for a drink before we leave. We also watch the “Masquerade Parade in the Sky” on the way out. Matt chased it around until he got beads from the girl he thoughts was hot (turned out later she wasn’t).
-Stopped in the Peppermill on the way home for a night cap.
Friday June 19:
-Stop by Mandalay Bay to eat at House of Blues but someone bought it out for the day- Boo!
-Decide to go back to New York New York and try to win that iphone from the Barber Cut game but fail. 😦 Instead we have lunch at the Deli.
-Walk across the street to the MGM and check out the M&M and Coke Factories. Well, I check them out while Matt gets a water massage.
-Check out Gameworks for a couple minutes, but it smells like vomit so we leave.
-Try the arcade just one last time at the New York New York (we like arcades, can’t you tell?)
-Stop by the Wynn and have a drink by the waterfall. Then take a walk into the new part of it called Encore- very beautiful!
-Have a very nice dinner at Vic & Anthony’s at the Golden Nugget.
-Do some more light gambling on the slots at GN, Binion’s, the Fitz, and the Plaza
Saturday June 20:
-Give Mandalay Bay another try and stop at the Minus 5 Bar. It’s so neat! It’s made completely of ice! Even our glasses were made of ice, you have to wear the coat and gloves they provide and can only be inside the bar for 30 minutes- it is literally minus 5 degree’s in there! There were very cool ice sculptures of Elvis and other miscellaneous items.
-Outside the bar there is another warmer bar where we sat watched this bartender do amazing Flair techniques. Take a picture with a giant penguin mascot.
-Walk through the Luxor and check out LAX.
-Go to the Orleans and have the dinner buffet.
-Walk through the Mirage, Treasure Island, and Carnival Court at Harrah’s
Sunday June 21:
-Bally’s Sterling Brunch (this is where we had our wedding reception 2 years ago!)
-Check out the Chapel over in Paris Casino where we got married. We also went up the Eiffel Tower and got a nice aerial view of Vegas. Afterwards we stop at the bar and get 2-for-1 martini’s.
-Walk through Bellagio, Venetian, and Caesar’s Palace.
-Go to the Palms for dinner at Garduno’s. Win $15 gambling.
-Drive to the new Red Rock Casino and win more money on the Hot Hot Super Jackpot slot machine (I put in $5 and got back $58!!)
-Go back downtown and win money AGAIN at the Fitz ($20 on the Monopoly Big Event Slot)
Monday June 22:
Get home very late after a LONG day of traveling! 😦
Here’s those pics I promised!
I bet you thought I was done, didn’t you? OH NO- I’ve got plenty more to say…as in there were 2 horrific things that happened (besides the obvious) while we were in Vegas:
1) While leaving the peppermill we were bombarded by hundreds of grasshopper/cricket/locust type thingy’s. Yikes! It was like a really bad horror movie and I was freaking out until I was in the car. Matt proceeds to tell me I have one in my hair and I then scream at the very top of my lungs. This surprises Matt as he was just joking. NOT FUNNY!
2) Once I had to run back up to the room to pick up our Las Vegas Advisor book and decided to cut through the pool. Just as I’m walking into the building an extremely large lady in a dress is walking out. The wind picks up and blows her dress up- turns out she is not wearing any panties and I get a very good close-up look at her hoo-haw. Yep- more stuff nightmares are made of.
Finally, I want to leave you with a couple of tips when travelling to Vegas:
1) Go to the Las Vegas Advisor on-line and purchase their $50 membership. With it you get a 1 year membership of newsletters and a coupon book. Trust me when I tell you that this pays for itself. There are tons of 2-for-1 buffet coupons as well as coupons for gambling, drinks, and hotels. The Las Vegas Advisor membership also gives you reviews and inside information of places to go and great deals. I highly recommend you do this if you plan on going to Vegas.
2) The Sterling Brunch at Bally’s is the number 1 Champagne Brunch in Vegas. Hence why we decided to get married there- there was no way we could recreate it here in Florida. Although it is a whopping $85 per person, it is well worth it. We’re talking bottomless mimosa’s, lobster, steak, lobster-cognac omelets, and melt-in-your-mouth mini belgium waffles with homemade cream. The service is excellent and the food is 100% gourmet. I’ve never eaten anything else like it in my life.
3) Now is a great time to be in Vegas. Because of the dwindling economy, prices are very good for hotel rooms. Like we got our room for a meager $250 for the week. Also, there are many drink specials- which is highly unusual. Like $1 beers, $1 shots, $1 hotdogs. I also saw $2 margarita’s and $2 sangria’s. I’ve been to Vegas more times than I can count on two hands, Matt used to live there, and we’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s AWESOME!
Wow! Did anyone actually make it through this entire post??