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.