Ok so some of this report will sound like a bummer type of vacation because my husband was somewhat ill after we arrived - but it wasn't as bad as it sounds on "paper". Plus, it was meant to be a restful few days, just to relax, see some shows, eat well and enjoy each other's company so this isn't the most exciting review, just a detailed one.
Left 3/31 from Newark - uneventful, ontime flight. Picked up our car (bright yellow Mustang Coupe, which unfortunately got little use - more on that to come). Arrived at the Venetian around 1:30ish, our check-in to our Venezia Concierge suite was quick and efficient (as always).
Room was on the 11th floor, strip view. Better strip view than our last trip, since we were not very far down the hall so the angle was better. Room was entirely similar to last year, however, the bed area arrangement was different in this suite. The bed faced towards the window - much nicer and the flat screen TV was mounted on the wall instead of in a dresser in front of the bed, which made for better viewing. However, there was no actual closet in this room, but the armoire was roomy and provided enough space to store our 4 days worth of clothing.
A lovely bouquet of white roses and hydrangea was waiting for me (an anniversary gift from my husband, he was recreating my wedding bouquet). We started to unpack and headed out to grab a light lunch in the Canal Shoppes at Tintoretto, one of our favorite inexpensive places to grab a bite.
We wandered around at the shops for a while and headed to the casino, where I played slots for a while (lost, but only about $20). We were a bit tired, so we headed back to the room (with a stop to the concierge lounge to get some tea and scones) to finish organizing ourselves, rest and cleanup before our early dinner at Bouchon.
I had been looking forward to a dinner at Bouchon since our last trip. We only ate breakfast there last time and loved it. Our dinner did not disappoint. We both had a garlic soup (hey, if one has it you better both LOL). I had monkfish over lentils and he had breast of veal with potatoes. I had a cheese plate for desert (which came with 1/2 apple filled with honeycomb and some fruit/nut breads) and he had butter pecan icecream. They brought me over an extra piece of cheese to try (gratis). We also were given a free plate of little cookies, gelees and chocolate at the table which we asked them to pack up for us as we were stuffed by then. As we paid the bill (I think it was about $150ish included was 1 glass of wine) we were also given a bag of caramelized popcorn and peanuts, Crackerjacks for grownups! This meal was the food highlight of the trip. Service was impeccable, intelligent, just perfect.
Played some more slots on the way out through the casino - lost another $20. Went back to the room and decided to stay in, as the jetlag thing was kind of getting to us. Watched a movie, and called it a night.
Saturday was our anniversary and we had decided in advance we would be spending the entire day bumming in the Venetian. We decided to eat breakfast in Bouchon since we remembered loving their eggs so much. They didn't disappoint. Mine came with corned beef has that was to die for. Yum!
Afterwards, we headed to Canyon Ranch Spa. We'd booked an 80 minute couples side by side massage. We relaxed in the wet areas first and then had the massage which was wonderful as always. We love this spa, pricey as it is, but we spare no expense when it comes to celebrating our anniversary LOL.
Ok, so inbetween all of this, my husband had mentioned he wasn't feeling very well. Funny thing, is the same thing happened last year pretty much but that time he actually got on the plane already ill. This time, it came on the next day (spa day). As the day progressed, he became more and more uncomfortable. So, after the spa, he went back to the room to lay down and we called up room service for a light lunch (chicken soup for him, a salad for me). I went to the casino for a little while (and lost another $20, this trip was the pits for slots).
We got ready for dinner but had 1 stop to make before. We had gotten a private invitation to an art exhibit in the art gallery in the Canal Shoppes by the artist Tom Everhard, because we'd purchased a couple of his works last year. It was a showing of his latest collection (he's the guy who has been authorized by the late Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame, to continue doing artwork of the Peanuts gang). It was VERY pretentious. We wanted very much to meet Mr. Everhard but the gallery was packed with hangers-on, artist wannabees and vegas showgirls. Or at least that's what they looked like. We couldn't get near him for all of our attempts, people kept grabbing him left and right and frankly, while we own 2 of his pieces, these people, you can be sure, are way more invested in his art than we are. So, we walked around, gossiped about the amusing crowd and left. Oh and did not buy anything this year :-)
I then asked if my husband wanted to cancel our dinner at Delmonico? He kept insisting we NOT do that but I really didn't want to sit across from him watching him not enjoying an obviously expensive meal. But he insisted and I knew it was a bad idea. Sometimes, when someone is trying to please you so much it actually becomes annoying because I just knew he really didn't want to be there. I kept telling him don't do it for me - I'm ok with cancelling but that was to no avail.
So, Delmonico dinner was just not fun for either of us which is really unfortunate because we both love the place. The food was great as it always is, but really he was just so out of sync by then that sitting there was downright unenjoyable.
We both skipped appetizers although we were given amuse bouches of a seafood cerviche. He didn't eat his, so I got the 2 pieces abd that sufficed for me as an appetizer. I had a very nice shrimp scampi w/fresh fettucine and he had the filet mignon, which I had to beg him not to finish since I knew it would be disasterous for him if he did. He smartly agreed. He skipped desert - I had a butterscotch creme brulee which was delish. No wine was had at all. Dinner here was the cheapest we'd ever had, only $100ish with tip and tax. It just was a sorry excuse for an anniversary dinner but what can you do?
By now, he really felt rotten. We had tix for Blue Man Group at 10:30 and he again insisted we go. Well, literally a minute before the performance started, I swear he looked like he was going to pass out so I made us leave. Thankfully, they exchanged our tix for Monday night. That was it for the night for us - I felt so bad for him, and decided not to go down to the casino alone (which was my natural desire of course), that I would keep him company in the room. As you can see, we were getting to know that suite quite well LOL.
Sunday, after breakfast, we took a nice long walk to Wynn to look around, and then through TI and Mirage. He still wasn't exactly great but he wanted to get out and around a bit. We went to the art exhibits at the Venetian (Guggenheim) and Bellagio - which was both loved. Spent some time in Bellago, went to the conservatory of course, which was a bit disappointing as it seems they recycled a lot of objects from last year's display. Headed back to the Venetian late in the afternoon to get ready for dinner at Daniel Boulud Brasserie and Le Reve at Wynn.
However...none of that occurred. DH was by now yet again feeling awful. First, we cancelled dinner and decided that I'd just call in dinner from in-suite dining since he really felt he couldn't eat at all. That was fine by me - I actually had very good fish and chips.
So, now it's like 9:00pm, and we have to make a decision about the Le Reve show at 10:30. He was in no condition, that was obvious. I didn't want to go alone. I called the box office and explained the problem and they were gracious enough to refund the tix! Mind you, it says on the ticket information you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance - this was only 1-1/2 hours before. I was very impressed with that service. Of course, we'll see if they credit us in a timely manner LOL.
So, Sunday was a bust for the most part.
Monday, he still wasn't perfect. We went over the the Fashion Show mall just to walk around a bit. I have to say, this is the largest mall I've ever been in - it was very difficult to navigate. Headed back to the Wynn to have another look. Went to the Ferrari dealer and yes, we paid the $10 each to have a look around. My favorite was an electric blue Mazerati actually, and was the cheapest on the lot, only $80,000 hah! They were fun to look at if you enjoy cars - which we both do. We nearly had lunch in Wynn's Country Club Cafe, it overlooks the golf course is was quite something, but again, since he wasn't still quite well it seemed not necessary. We both played some video poker together, won some, eventually lost it but only about $10. As you can see, we are NOT gamblers in the least, it's just a small diversion for us.
Monday night we had Blue Man Group at 7:30 this time. Not alot has been said about this show but I have to mention this was one of the best pieces of performance art I've ever seen. Also, it's a good thing we walked out before it began the other night, because it's very interactive with the audience - be forewarned that NOBODY is safe from being used in the performance. If anyone wants detailed information I'd be happy to provide it but for the sake of brevity here, let me just highly recommend seeing it - it's truly amazing to watch and be involved in.
Thankfully, by Monday night my husband was feeling much better so he enjoyed the show as well. We decided to eat at Bouchon again for dinner afterwards. Had another great meal but service was really terrible this night. Our waiter was a yutz. Truely. We felt very ignored from the get go - although in his defense, we did notice they had him waiting on a lot of tables all over the restaurant. But still, you know? The manager did notice that we seemed to be unpleased and personally came by to help the waiter out in getting our desert orders and he also apologized for the waiter (who did himself apologize a few times). Anyway, we both had salads for starters, I had steak frite and he had gnocchi with roasted veggies. Both were outstanding. We split a mousse au chocolate noir. I had a glass of Four Vines Port Style Zinfindel (desert wine - amazingly yummy) and he had a glass of port too.
Tuesday we had to leave, but requested late checkout, because there was a threat of intense thunderstorms. Thankfully, that didn't pan out. Had breakfast at Grand Lux which was good but I was kind of annoyed we didn't just go back to have another Bouchon breakfast because it wasn't any less money - in fact, their lattes were more expensive than Bouchons.
Went back to the room, packed, cleaned up, left around noon. Trip home was uneventful again - no thunderstorms showed up although the climb up was quite bumpy due to wind. Came home, and today it's snowing like crazy out.
All in all, things could have been a lot better but they also could have been a lot worse. The weather was mostly cooperative, high 60's, kind of cloudy, one day it did reach 80 and was sunny. We both tried to make the best of things and I certainly held no grudges for anything which had to be cancelled. Stuff happens. But, there also was disappointment with the trip - since it was my vacation, not his (he's been living the life of leisure, being sort of semi-retired at this point - well in his mind anyway LOL). A disappointing trip is just another reason to come back yet again!