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My Vegas-Lite trip Day 1 - 2

Kingman, Arizona
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My Vegas-Lite trip Day 1 - 2

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Summary

Hotel - Monte Carlo. Has improved over the past. No construction noise at night. Great pressure with new shower heads and a safe has been added.

Restuarants

- Wynn's Country Club Grill - favorite meal, too bad people are starting to find it and make it more crowded

- Redwood Grill at California - Best bargin Steak dinner. No, it isn't $4.95 but you get a bigger, better steak and atmoshire for $18.95.

- Zeffirino for Sunday Brunch - Small selection of great food and service to match

- Monte Carlo Market Cafe - Decent food for the price

- Monte Carlo Cafe (not to be confused with Market Cafe) pleasently surprised

- Monte Carlo Brewery - They have stopped brewing their own beer

- New York, New York America - Can't find a reason to eat there again

Activities

- Valley of Fire - Great and closer than I realized

- A-Bomb museum - really well done

- Ethel M Cactus garden - had been expanded and was a nice way to pass the time

- Zappos.com outlet store - I think I have found heaven

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1. Re: My Vegas-Lite trip Day 1 - 2

My spouse and I normally go to Vegas a couple times of year. This trip was extremely different from our normal ones and not very satisfying. Kind of like drinking a lite beer. Vegas Lite – less fun. I like to go when it is hot and never on week-ends. Vegas in a jacket just isn’t right to me. The only times my hands should be cold is from the drink glass I am holding.

Cast of Characters:

M – my husband (early 60’s)

Me – the baby of the group at 55

B – My husband’s older brother (early 70’s)

J - B’s wife (early 70’s)

It all started about 6 weeks ago when my husband’s brother called and said his wife and he just booked airlines tickets to Vegas and where should they stay? After some discussion, we suggested Ballys. M decided that since he doesn’t get to see much of his brother because they live on the opposite coast than we do, we should go to Vegas too. M called back his brother B and found out that a travel agent had booked them in Ballys for around $1000 for 4 nights. Totally unacceptable. Of course M told him to cancel the reservations and that I would take care of it. Hmmmmmm. I looked around and because I couldn’t use my special offers for them and it was a busy week-end, the best deal I could find was $650 at the Monte Carlo. I booked our room and M called B and told him to book the Monte Carlo. Anyway, it came out in the conversation that B didn’t know how to book a room online. What!!!! Sad but trued. So I called Ballys and got both reservations set up. Sets the tone for the trip.

B&J were not Vegas Virgins. They had been there a couple times before with the last being about 11 years ago. Them they stayed at Circus Circus. They are not gamblers, drinkers or walkers. They were not interested in seeing shows or going out to any of the fancier places to eat. My god, what am I going to do with them?

March 1st – Thursday - hit the road from San Diego early in the morning. Poor timing on our part means that the Barstow In n’ Out burger was closed because we were too early. In case anyone cares, they open at 10:30. Ate at Bob’s Big Boy since I haven’t been in one for over 25 years and use to love them. Huge sigh….. Memories are better for some things.

Pulled into Monte Carlo around 1:00. The old parking structure in back is good and now the self park is across the street at New York, New York. Rooms were ready since we wanted rooms close to B’s. Staff very friendly and blocked out B’s room for us.

Headed to the MC Brewery to kick our vacation off. M is heart broken. About 3 months ago, they stopped brewing their own beers. He has to settle for regular stuff he can get at home. Of course, I had to hear M’s tale of woe for the rest of the trip. I didn’t have to settle and ordered one of the frau frau martinis. Yum! After refreshments, headed out to the Casino and promptly lost. It has to get better, right? B & J arrive at the hotel around 5:30 and check in. Rooms were nice. Everyone in the group kept raving about the shower heads and water pressure from them. We were on the construction side but never heard anything at night. Big surprise was that MC now had a safe in the room. Now all I need is a big win to fill it up.

Since they were on East Coast time, starving for dinner. Went down to the Market City Café in MC. Decent food. It was quiet when we first sat down. Then a large group (about 30 people) sat fairly close to us and the noise level made it hard to have a discussion. A pizza, a spicy penne, spaghetti Bolognese, salmon pasta, espresso, ice tea and 5 glasses of wine – Totaled $103.29. Everyone was enjoyed their meal. B & J went off to bed and I headed out gambling at New York, New York. Should have stayed home. Arg!!! Ran out of that days allocated money in 1 ½ hours. I need to look around for a Virgin to sacrifice since the gods appear to be against me. Very hard to find on the strip.

March 2nd – Friday. Everyone is standing around looking at me waiting for me to give their day a since of purpose. Oh my god, the pressure is on. I suggested the Paris Breakfast buffet. After endless discussion on if there would be low cholesterol foods and could the distance be walked, we headed out. I am pleased that all members lived through the walk though it was touch and go when a big construction gravel truck went by in a dust cloud. I would say much about the buffet since it is one just about everyone’s trip report except to say that we got there around 8:30 and was seated immediately. The buffet was a hit with all parties. Walked B & J around Paris to show them the interior. Then headed back to Monte Carlo via Aladdin’s. It was so sad to see Commodore’s palace erased from the landscape. I paused in front of it and demanded a moment of silence. No more 25 cent martini lunches and wonderful lunches. Well, I think they were wonderful. After 4 martinis, do we really know what the food tasted like?

Back to the hotel. Everyone standing around asking what should we do next? I don’t know, what do you want to do, I don’t know what do YOU think? I had to step in and stop this madness. I suggested we go visit the Valley of Fire. M had never wanted to go there before because he thought it was a cheesy tourist thing. In Vegas?!?! Cheesy tourist things!?!? I just told him that if he didn’t like my idea, he could think up one of his own. That always quiets the crowd. Hopped into the car. M turns to me and asks “well, where is it?” Of course my answer is it is in the desert. M didn’t see the humor in that answer and preferred the answer of just get on 15 north and drive. It really is an easy drive. Big signs tell you were to turn off. The drive to the turn off was only about 45 minutes. Being from the east Coast, B & J enjoyed the scenery. Admission is $6 but we splurged for the additional booklet so our total was $10. It was a great trip even though we didn’t do any of the hiking trails. There were some camping grounds that were situated among the rocky outcroppings that would be a great place to stay. One funny instance. Well, maybe not funny but at least interesting. A couple minutes before we had gotten to a stop on the road, a tour bus had gotten itself completely stuck, cross wise across the two lane road. We never could figure out just how he did it because it wasn’t like he spun out or anything. The only thing we could figure is that in the middle of the road, he decided to make a u-turn and got stuck in the soft sand. Completely blocked traffic both ways. Since the park ranges hadn’t arrived yet, we just went around him over the sides of the road. Later, the park ranges were making everyone go back. I can just imagine the bus driver trying to explain that to his boss.

We left about 4:00 and headed back to town. Decided that B & J couldn’t leave Vegas without a stop downtown. Parked at the California and made a reservation at their Redwood Grill. We had about 45 minutes to kill so headed over to Freemont Street. Dinner was great. All of us had the unadvertised special of choice of soup or salad, vegetable, potato, 18 oz Porterhouse steak and apple dumpling/ice cream for dessert. All agreed that is was the best $18.95 per person spent. For those of you that have never been to this restaurant, it is a throw back to the old Vegas and a hidden gem. Wood panel room, cozy booths and a piano player playing softly in the back ground. After we waddled out from eating too much, it was back to the hotel. For the others, it was back to the room. For me, it was back to the room for a shower and change then a night out gambling. Even though I hadn’t found virgin to sacrifice the night before, they decided to cut me some slack. I didn’t win but I didn’t lose all my money and got to play for many hours. I went to Bills, Flamingo, O’shea’s, Harrahs, Casino Royale, Monte Carlo and Wynn’s. I actually did very good at Wynn’s, with MC coming in second. Couple of observations. 1) Bills – They are renaming the Lounge to Bill’s lounge and the steakhouse to Bill’s Steakhouse. Do they think that we can’t remember that it is Bills now so they have to keep hammering it into us? Were they just so tired that they couldn’t think up anything better? There really was little changed in their normal signage except they really wanted everyone to know that Big Elvis was going to appear in Bills Lounge. 2) The $50 free slot play coupons for Casino Royale are really bogus. It is free play in a couple of banks of slot that only use this special script. If you can get a jackpot of 400 units, then they give you a $100 and play stops. Of course, all I got was a jackpot of 2 units. Didn’t even get a free deck of cards. 3) Wynn’s is still my favorite hotel. While Harrah’s makes a big difference between the platinum players and the rest of us rift-raft, Wynn also treats me like a valued patron. Rolled back into the room at 3:45 am.

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2. Re: My Vegas-Lite trip Day 1 - 2

Liked your report Justme. It sounds like you need to go back for more gambling, but maybe with not the whole crowd. Love the "sacrifice a virgin" !

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