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We (wife and I, both in mid thirties) left Newark at 7:30 am in a torrential rainstorm, the whole time praying that the flight wasn't delayed or cancelled. We flew Continental and printed our boarding passes the night before and scored emergency row seats.
This trip was supposed to be a surprise for my wife's birthday, but she could probably find Hoffa if she put her mind to it, so the secret lasted for about four days.
We arrived early in LV, then waited close to an hour for our bags. I had rented a car through priceline for $10 per day, total of $55. We were supposed to have some crappy little economy car. However, the wife said "how about a convertible." The cheap me thought no way, but she insisted. Instead of the Aveo, we picked up a red Ford Mustang (for an additional $50). So, although it was 50 degrees out, we lowered the top and off we went.
We were staying at the Venetian. A friend works there and got us a rate of $209 per night. I asked the concierge for the "invited guests" desk and he offered to help me. I asked if my friend had left a message for us to be upgraded to the Venzia Tower/Concierge Level (I knew she hadnt) and suprising, she hadn't. I asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available (credit card and cash were in hand, but I don't know if it was an obvious "bribe" or not. In any event, as the rates for that night were at $369, nothing was being offered so we stuck with our room. We stayed in a normal room, 22-125. The room was fine, with the seperate living space and a huge bathroom.
We had lunch at the Grand Lux Cafe. While it is owned by Cheesecake, its not nearly as good, but has lots of choices. My wife had a pedicure scheduled at Canyon Ranch for 4 pm so we headed over to Ceasers Forum shops in the interim as she needed a new watch. Long story short, she negotiated a watch at Tourneau (sp?) down a few hundred dollars. She then scampered off to work out and go to the spa (Ladies, please feel free to ask any spa questions, Canyon Ranch or Red Rock below, and I will have her addresss them - she took a pilates class that was good and had her pedicure). I then wandered about, ending up at Paris and playing some Bonus Let it Ride. Needless to say, I didnt win a single hand . . . story of my trip gambling.
We met back at the room to get ready for dinner at Rosemary's. The wife was a bit skeptical because, relying on TA last trip, we went to the Circus Circus Steakhouse and were disappointed. I convinced her to try Rosemary's. One word FANTASTIC!. The service was superb, the food was delicious and we had no complaints. Dinner, with two apps, two entrees and three drinks was about $130, worth every penny. We are very food concious NYNJ'ers, and loved it. By the way, besides the opening amuse bouche, even after we declined dessert they brought us some snacks, as the Chef didnt want us to go without trying something . . . real classy move.
We ended up milling about for a bit once we returned, but, having been up at 5 am NY time, we were beat. By the way, we had left a tip for the maid and asked her to fix a lightbulb, give us some more towels and some more shampoo. All was taken care of when we returned.
We woke up early to go horseback riding at the Red Rock Canyon. We booked with Cowboy Trail Rides, Canyon Rim Ride, $89 pp plus gratuity, $204 total. The ride was great. There were 8 people on our ride, with 2 wranglers. They were fun and knowledgeable, the ride had breathtaking views and my horse rocked! Alternatively, my wife's horse seemed to be more interested in eating than anything else, and as I rode up front I found myself laughing often as my wife called out "Sugar, Whoa, Stop" again and again...
I would highly recommend this ride, as it is about two hours, just long enough for city slickers to have fun and just before you are starting to get chafed in the wrong spots. We then headed to the Red Rock Casino to meet my friend (who works at the Venetian) for lunch. We ate at the mexican place (Cabos something). it was ok, good complimentary chips, bean dip and salsa, my burrito was ok. Afterwards, the missus went for a massage (apparently a strapping lad from Iowa/Idaho, one of those two). She advises that this was the best/most beautiful spa she had ever been to. I think she worked out before the massage. I played craps for a while, ended up down about $50 but had fun. The Red Rock is beautiful, but I don't know that I would stay so far off the strip unless I got a great rate.
We stopped at Fashion Show for a bit, wife wanted to get some shopping out of the way so she could have some pool time tomorrow.
Once back at the Venetian, I gambled some more, using first my $15 free play match obtained from signing up for the Players Card on line. While I won that pass line bet, I didnt win much else, but ended up only losing another $30.
Tonight's dinner was at Delmonico's. Dinner was almost $200 and I was a little disappointed. The price didnt bother me, but for a $48 steak, it should be great, and it was just ok. The service was fantastic (we had a three person waitstaff team) and a fun meal, with plenty to watch (my eyes don't seem to fit in their sockets quite right anymore). I wouldnt return to Delmonico's, but would try another steakhouse next time.
Once again, we fought to stay awake, but having been up early and active all day, we wandered about in our game of chicken to see who would say "time to go to bed" first. By the way, one knock on the Venetian is that it didnt have a great "people watching" bar like the one in the middle of the Bellagio casino.
Last day, called for a late check out, were offered 12 pm, since we werent flying out until 10 pm, we opted for 6 pm checkout for $89 extra.
We then split up again, the wife to Fashion Show for Nordstroms, me to the Gun Store to kill some paper. Apparently my wife did some damage at Nordstroms . . . interesting little fact for you shoppers out there. if your state doesnt charge sales tax on clothes (as NJ doesnt), they will ship your purchase to you tax free. So she paid $9 to ship but saved a hundred dollars in tax.
I headed to the Gun Store. As I live in the PRNJ, I opted for the fully automatic AK-47. With the coupon and an extra clip (25 rounds goes real quick on full auto), it was $45 or so. I wish I had some more rounds and as I was leaving heard about 100 rounds (4 clips) for $65. I am not sure if this was for the AK, but check if you are interested when you walk in.
I then headed downtown, as I wanted to check it out. I parked at the Freemont and wandered about. My thoughts . . . I would not stay downtown but have no problem hanging out and gambling there. I had the fried oreos (which really should come with their own defibrillator to restart your heart) and was tempted but passed on the 99 cent shrimp cocktail. I gambled at Binions ($3 craps table) and ended up around $30. BTW, please tip your dealers. They work hard for you (keeping your odds right, etc) and even dropping a $1 passline bet every once in a while means something to them. I was the only one tipping them, and seemed to be the only one aware of it (ie, having them all call out "dealer's on the line" and "thanks for the tip sir" to shame the others).
We met at the Venetian pool around 200. The weather was in the low 70's, too cold to actually go in the pool but nice to lay out in the bathing suit (nice for me, can't speak for the others who had to view my winter coat). We headed up to shower and pack and left the room around 430, checked the bags and headed to Ceaser's for a late lunch/early dinner. We ate at Sushi Roku (sp). It was ok, pricey as expected. We had about two hours left and spun through the Mirage, but the table limits were way too high for a Sunday night. I convinced my wife to check out Casino Royale as they would have lower limits. She played roulette and did pretty well. I took a beating at craps, dropping $200 in about 20 minutes. Oh well, lose some, lose some more.
We picked up the car and bags, gassed up the car and dropped it off. Having dealt with huge lines in the past, we got there early (having used the Venetian Business Center to print out boarding passes Sunday morning, scored emergency row seats again, this time in second row for better recline). There was NO LINE ANYWHERE! We were about two hours early and sat there waiting to sleep. Redeye sucked as usual, fat guy sitting between us (she likes window, I like aisle) encroached on her space more than mine. Little pet peave to the two annoying ladies behind me SHUT THE F*CK UP! No talking on a redeye flight please.
Arrived at 530, bags took forever, home to shower see the kids and head to work.
Great trip overall, would stay at the Venetian again, service was great and friendly all around, but I generally can't afford to gamble there (won't play craps more than 10 limit, and hard to find on weekend). Loved Rosemarys, horseback riding and shooting, will pass on Delmonico's again.
Please ask any questions, will be happy to answer.
thanks for the entertaining report. Since you are stuckinnj do you go to AC often???
Great TR. The horseback riding sounds like fun.
Great report thanks - sounds like a great time - and by the way, please ask your wife -where is Hoffa?
Acquaris: We don't go to AC that often, maybe once or twice a year, and sometimes not even overnight. Most of our other vacations tend to incorporate gambling (cruises, puerto rico), so I get my fix that way. AC is kinda depressing (summer is fine) . . . while there, must eat at the White House, great subs.
thanks penny, it was a blast. I would recommend it to all, even those with no real experience. Just be aware that's it can be windy and thus cold up there.
Traveler; i could ask her, but I might join him.
Thanks for your TR stuckin, So the wife shops, mails it home.. thanks for the idea although my husband may be making a trip to NJ to talk to you. LOL
Again, thanks. Gambling wasn't the best but did you hit anything?
Great trip report. Welcome back to Jersey and the cold weather! 70? Sounds good to me! Does your wife go shopping at Nordstroms in Menlo Park? I never really buy clothes in Vegas because of the sales tax situation and the fact that they don't have anything there that can't be found in our malls or by going into NYC. That horseback riding tour sounds interesting. I do love Red Rock Canyon- and Rosemary's. Thanks for taking the time to share the details of your trip.
Stuckinnj - loved your trip report - I see you are a craps player -- I enjoy playing with DH at the tub in Casino Royale - but our trip last week - we could never get on - have to get there early in the morning.
My DH LOVES to play craps - and he made a haul this year -- he plays early (like 6:30am or 7am) at TI - loves the dealers there - he has actually taken dice shooting lessons - I KNOW folks do not think there is a thing to this and it is hokey - well, this trip he took a ssecond lesson and the coach went with him to TI -- neither of them did much that morning - so the coach said he'd meet DH there the next morning (for free) - the table heated up - the coach had to leave for an appointment and DH stayed - you won't believe this - but ask the dealers next time you are there -- as now my DH holds the record for the longest throw at TI - about 45 minutes! He said he must have thrown about 50 times -- could do no wrong - he was in heaven - and the guy who started with $2000 walked away with over $10,000 when DH finally 7-out. One of the dealers told him that HE is now a believer and wants to take a lesson! LOL! The coach showed up the next morning to play after DH told him what a hot table it was - and that dealer asked for his card - coach gave him his website and told him to call him later.
Anyway - thought you might like a good "craps" story - needless to say DH was on or above cloud 9!
Back to YOUR report -- you and your wife did some very interesting things on your visit -- sounds like you really had a great time. If you are going around July 4 let us know and perhaps you and my husband could meet up for a game of craps.
Where do you sign up for dice shooting lessons?
Enjoyed the TR and your shopping tip stuckinnj.
The coach my husband uses is Beau Parker - dicecoach dot com
Not sure TA will allow me to post this info so it may be pulled.....