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Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

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Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Six months ago, I asked my DH what he’d rather do for his 50th birthday - have a big party or go to Vegas. Thankfully, he chose Vegas. When we told our friends that we were planning a trip to Sin City - they were totally on board. So the planning began. I researched for a couple of months and found a great deal with Travelocity for four nights at the Wynn and round trip non-stop air for 416.00 pp. Because there were three couples going, we decided to rent a mini-van, which brought the total to 452.00 pp.

The travelers: Myself and DH (A & K), friends (Am & P) and (M & J) - Of the six of us, P had never been to Vegas, and although Am & M were in Vegas in October for a conference at Caesers, they never left the resort, so they really didn’t see or experience anything that Vegas had to offer.

Day One: After mixing up a pitcher of mimosas at 3:00 a.m., we picked up our fellow passengers and headed to Detroit Metro Airport for our 6:15 a.m. flight. Flight was uneventful and we landed at 7:30 a.m. Vegas time. Picked up our mini-van and headed over to the Wynn. We had decided that if available, we would up-grade to the Tower Suites. Check in was a breeze and we all up-graded and surprisingly, our rooms were ready. I didn’t think we would be able to get our rooms that early , so we had originally planned to check our bags and head to breakfast and then to the Hoover Dam, being that Am & P and M & J had never seen it. After a quick look at the rooms, we were on the 30th floor, with the others on the 20th and 21st floors, we decided to head out.

While planning the trip, I utilized this forum and the website for ideas and recommendations. I found a little place for breakfast called the Coffee Cup Café in Boulder City. What was so cool about this place, was that it was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, a show on Food Network. The food was excellent and very reasonable. And of course, the coffee was outstanding. We then headed for the Dam. Traffic was horrible, but as we approached, we realized that it was getting through the security check point that was taking so long. We did the power plant tour which took about 40 minutes. Got some great pictures and then we were off back to the Wynn.

On the way back to the hotel, everyone was dying for a drink, so we stopped at the Fireside Lounge for afternoon cocktails. We all thought the bar was very cool in a cheesy 70’s kinda way and although it was pretty much empty at 3:00 p.m., we all agreed that this place would be a blast at night. Back to the hotel for a little rest before the evenings festivities.

We had dinner at Canaletto’s at the Venetian. The food was very good and everyone agreed that my dish, the risotto w/beef tenderloin and shitake mushrooms was by far the best dish of the night. After dinner, we headed over to the Mirage for the 9:30 Love show. Being that we are all Beatles fans, it was no surprise that we all loved the show. None of us had ever seen a Cirque show, so we had nothing to compare it to, but we were all impressed. After the show, we had a drink at the Revolution Lounge and called it a night as we had been up for 24 hours.

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1. Re: Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Waiting for more. Great start.

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2. Re: Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Great trip report, can't wait for the rest!

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Day Two Up early at 6:30 - coffee at the pool - We decided on the Grand Lux Café for breakfast. M decided to stay at the pool and asked that we bring something back for her. It was about 8:30 a.m. and there was no wait. Breakfast was good - portions were huge. I split a crab and asparagus omelet with J that was excellent. After breakfast, we met up with M at the pool. By 11:00 a.m., we all decided we needed a break from the heat. So we freshened up and headed out for day.

We got our van and headed to PH to check out the Miracle Mile shops. We also hit the M&M shop, the Coke store and few other shops before ending up at the Harley Davidson Café for lunch. I had purchased a $50.00 coupon on Restaurant.com for $6.00 so this was a real deal being that there was six of us. Portions were huge and none of us were able to finish. We left and headed over to Bills for the 3:00 p.m. Fat Elvis show. After the show, we headed back to the Wynn for a rest before our downtown excursion.

We met in our room at 6:30 for drinks before heading out for the night. We had 8:00 p.m. dinner reservations at Firefly at the Plaza. Our waiter, Sam, was excellent and although he advised us to start off with two plates per person, we did not heed his advice and proceeded to order three plates each. We had an overabundance of food on our table, everything was great, but both Am and myself felt that the stuffed dates were to die for and if we didn’t already have so much on our table, we would have ordered more.

After dinner, we headed out onto Fremont Street. Watched a light show and headed into the Fremont to get my gamble on. At around 10:00, M was asking when we were leaving as that extra bit of sun she had in the morning was beginning to take its toll. So with that, we left downtown a lot earlier that expected and dropped J & M off at the Wynn. I was not about to end my evening that early, so I suggested we head over to Ellis Island for some Karaoke.

As we walked in, the overwhelming smell of BBQ hit us like a ton of bricks. If your hungry, it’s a wonderful smell, if not, it was downright nauseating. But we got used to it pretty quick. We wandered into the bar and ordered a drink. This was by far the cheapest round of drinks in the four days we were in Vegas. I believe we paid 9.50 for 2 mixed drinks, a beer and a water. I think the waitress was pretty happy when my DH handed her $15.00 and told her to keep the change. This is clearly a locals hangout, and everyone was pretty loaded. There were some very good singers and quite a few bad singers, but it was fun and even DH got up and sang a Beatles tune. We had a blast and stayed until 1:00 a.m. Once back at the Wynn, we had a nightcap on the North Terrace Patio before turning in for the night.

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Enjoying you report! I would love to go with a group. Looking forward to the rest!

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Day Three: Woke up at 6:30 a.m. Just hate wasting time sleeping, when there’s so much to do and see. We all met for coffee by the pool to go over the day’s events. Decided to head over to the Bellagio as I wanted the others to see the Botanical Gardens and the lobby. Went to Jean Philippe Patisserie for a light breakfast, although there was nothing light about the chocolate éclair that DH ordered. We then hopped the tram over to City Center. At this point at was about 10:00 a.m. and we decided to split up and meet at Diablo’s Cantina at the Monte Carlo for lunch.

DH and I check out Aria before heading to the Monte Carlo. We arrived to Am, P, M & J bellied up at the bar drinking Coronas. We eventually moved to a table for lunch. What was fun about this place is that every ½ hour a girl gets to stand on the bar and spin the drink wheel and that’s what’s on special for the next ½ hour. Once was $5.00 Patron shots, the 2nd time was $3.00 Coronas. Our server, Courtney, was excellent and also happened to be from the Detroit area. Lunch was very good and I recommend the fish tacos as they were surprisingly very light on such a hot day.

After lunch we headed over to the Premium Outlet Mall as Am & M wanted to get new Coach bags. We browsed around for about an hour, but it was just to hot, so back to the Wynn to get ready for our night out.

Now here’s where we decided to do something a little different. We are all in our mid forties to age 50 and are not into the ultra lounges or dance clubs. We’re all a little more laid back and into classic rock or just hanging out at a bar having few drinks. I was researching some of the off strip casinos for lounge entertainment, when I came across a band playing at the Suncoast. The name of the band was Yellow Brick Road. I checked out there website and decided this was right up our alley.

So we met up for drinks at 5:30 and headed over to the Suncoast about 6:00 p.m. We had dinner reservations at the SC Steakhouse for 7:00 p.m. The restaurant is on the second floor and overlooks the mountains with an excellent view of the strip in the background. Dinner was excellent as was our server Brenda. I had the salmon w/dill sauce while the others had filets and steaks. As with most restaurant, everything is ala carte, so we all ordered different sides. It was ridiculous how huge the sides were. They each came in a bowl that had a minimum of 2 cups of each side. The creamed corn and creamed spinach were outstanding as were the four cheese mashed potatoes. There was plenty for everyone with tons left over. After dinner, it was downstairs to the showroom for the band.

As for the show, one word, fabulous! The band played for 2 and ½ hours with no breaks. If you like classic rock then this band will do the trick. They are probably one of the best cover bands I’ve ever seen. We all agreed that we would have paid $30.00 to $40.00 for this show, but keep in mind that there was no cover charge or drink minimum. And drinks were cheap. Two wines, a mixed drink, beer a diet coke and a water were only $19.00.

Now back to the band - They played everything, the Stones, Boston, Pink Floyd, Journey, AC/DC, Ozzy, Queen and a bunch of others. This was totally worth the trip off the strip and I highly recommend it for something different, especially if you’re a fan of this type of music. Back to the Wynn for nightcaps on the terrace patio.

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6. Re: Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Great so far! If you don't mind - how much did you pay to upgrade to TS, and did you do it at the main reception or the TS reception? Thx - can't wait for more!!

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beckarama - We paid 50.00 a night and did it at the main reservation desk. We knew that this was the standard upgrade rate and because we had gotten such a great package deal, it was totally worth it.

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8. Re: Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Really enjoying your TR. Will have to check out Yellow Brick Road next time in Vegas.

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9. Re: Trip Report June 21-25 , Wynn - Love - Plane drama

Razz, enjoying your trip report, especially the delicious food you ate. Looking forward to reading more.

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it sounds like you all really know how to celebrate! I'm really enjoying reading your report. :) Thanks for sharing it with us.