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Old 12-16-2008, 12:46 PM   #11
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1. If you're going to be out at night (and walking), please dress warmly. I mean it. Visitors are often quite surprised how cold it is. This week, overnight lows are in the upper 20s - low 30s.

2. As DQ said, Bellagio is great. See the chocolate fountain, conservatory, overhead glass sculpture in lobby, and fountain show outside.

3. The Paris Hotel/Casino has a nice atmosphere. They've tried to create the feeling of being IN Paris with their little shops and eateries along a faux street. There are nice views of the city and mountains from the top of the Eiffel Tower (around $10 I think).

4. The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace is worth a look. Sure, there are some expensive shops there, but it's interesting and unusual just to have a look around.

5. Downtown (Fremont St) is certainly worth a look. Visitors seem to enjoy the overhead 'shows'. And there are several neon photo ops (cameras love neon).

6. Welcome to Las Vegas sign. If you don't get your picture taken there, you haven't really been here.

7. Buffets(?) - Shows(?) I don't really like them as a rule so if you're thinking you might like to do these activities, someone else could probably help you more.

8. Margaritaville. I like it there. It has interesting food, reasonable prices, and nice views of the center strip from the second level, and may not be that busy out there if it's chilly.

9. Off Strip. If you get a chance to get away from the Strip/Downtown area, there are some interesting properties. There are a few newer casinos and one older one (the Klondike on Boulder Hwy) that still has 10 cent roulette. You can have the big-time Vegas experience without blowing a lot of money. I think it's just as much fun dragging in a big pile of chips, even when you realize it's only about $3-4.00 LOL.

10. I'm not really sure what you're into, but there is a nightclub (voted overall 'Best Nightclub' and 'Best Place to Dance' by the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal) called Stoney's Rockin' Country a couple miles south of the center Strip on Las Vegas Blvd (you can't really walk there from where you're staying). If you don't like country, there are a number of other options closer to the center of the Strip.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:06 PM   #12
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Aside froom the fact that Las Vegas has long been considered the most exciting city in the world, there are more 4 star restaurants and 4 star chefs than any city in the world, the shows are first class and there are probably just short of 100 show venues, the hotels spend billions outdoing each other, and the electricity in Vegas is something you'll never forget, I guess you're right. There is nothing there.
Right. Vegas is nice for the luxury hotels and the restaurants, but beyond that, there's N O T H I N G ! Almost all of the shows are vapid nonsense, on a par with stock car racing. The gambling is of no interest to me, and it depresses me to see the old and poor wasting their lives and money on the slots, hoping against hope for a big win that in all likelihood will never come. Then there's the smoke! YUCK! Give me a beach or the mountains or even NYC any day!
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:41 PM   #13
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Right. Vegas is nice for the luxury hotels and the restaurants, but beyond that, there's N O T H I N G ! Almost all of the shows are vapid nonsense, on a par with stock car racing. The gambling is of no interest to me, and it depresses me to see the old and poor wasting their lives and money on the slots, hoping against hope for a big win that in all likelihood will never come. Then there's the smoke! YUCK! Give me a beach or the mountains or even NYC any day!
Scotch my dear, even in WI we have better zoo's and our country side is more beautiful, than in San Diego. I've been there. I've been to an island, Jamaica, nice and can't imagine Hawaii is much better. San Francisco, what exactly do you want me to see besides fruits and nuts? Honestly the only turn off to California is the people there, with their attitudes and NOT ALL OF THEM.
I've traveled, overseas, across the US and Canada, Las Vegas is a whole new venue.
It's almost like you took a first glance at Vegas, decided you were too good for it and made judgements on the rest of us. If you don't want to get to know the culture there, more power to you, but I do. I'm not too good for anyplace. I love learning new parts of the world, and Vegas is one of them.
People believe what they want to believe, I'm walking in with an open mind, you've judged everyone that lives in or goes to Vegas. I understand why you go to Vegas, and get out ASAP, that seems to be good advice for you.
I hope you have no more business in Vegas, it must be miserable for you to plan your excapes.
I hope DramaQueen has some time that week over Christmas, I'd like her to meet us for dinner at the condo, or out. Attitude is everything. Hope you have a great day. ~Bliss
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:09 PM   #14
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Scotch my dear, even in WI we have better zoo's and our country side is more beautiful, than in San Diego. I've been there. I've been to an island, Jamaica, nice and can't imagine Hawaii is much better. San Francisco, what exactly do you want me to see besides fruits and nuts? Honestly the only turn off to California is the people there, with their attitudes and NOT ALL OF THEM.
I've traveled, overseas, across the US and Canada, Las Vegas is a whole new venue.
It's almost like you took a first glance at Vegas, decided you were too good for it and made judgements on the rest of us. If you don't want to get to know the culture there, more power to you, but I do. I'm not too good for anyplace. I love learning new parts of the world, and Vegas is one of them.
People believe what they want to believe, I'm walking in with an open mind, you've judged everyone that lives in or goes to Vegas. I understand why you go to Vegas, and get out ASAP, that seems to be good advice for you.
I hope you have no more business in Vegas, it must be miserable for you to plan your excapes.
I hope DramaQueen has some time that week over Christmas, I'd like her to meet us for dinner at the condo, or out. Attitude is everything. Hope you have a great day. ~Bliss
Oh, please! I've been to Wisconsin. What's your favorite feature -- the bugs or the awful weather?
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:16 PM   #15
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I think we all have our regional vacation preferences and it's best to understand that not everyone enjoys the same thing.

Let's get back on track here and exchange ideas in the spirit of the season we are in.

Now... back to your regular programming.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:22 PM   #16
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Oh, please! I've been to Wisconsin. What's your favorite feature -- the bugs or the awful weather?
It's the WEATHER!!! ha ha, 12 inches forecast for thursday night! It is awe inspriring, isn't it? ! Which means I might get to stay home from work, and work from home!
And this time of year I so miss the bugs.
Actually Wisconsin is a beautiful state, the forests, the bluffs, the rolling meadows, the 15,000 lakes for fishing and skiing and boating, 6 of which are less than an hour from my house, the great lakes shoreline, the lighthouses, the state wilderness areas, the sand dunes, the snowmobiling, hunting, and camping, the apple and cherry orchards, the cranberry bogs, and mostly the people are kind and warm.

Z'sir, you've got some great ideas there.
1. my new coat, not puffy, but down.
I'm going to print out all these suggestions for the trip.
9...off strip, I think the small stakes roulette sounds like a blast.
thank you for the suggestions.

And thanks jabbur and DQ!
It seems like there is so much to do that I'll barely get any sleep in. Red Rock canyon sounds like fun, and the off strip exploration, we might have to rent a car for a day for fun. I'll post pics when I get back. Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:28 PM   #17
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As it's a cooking forum, I'll restrict my response to food-related stuffs. Predominately because there is no "must do" thing in Vegas--what you do is up to personal tastes in entertainment, and there's a bit of everything.

Best restaurant in Vegas: Rosemary's. HANDS DOWN. You have a moral obligation to eat at Rosemary's. Pay no attention to the fact it's located in a strip mall. Pay no attention to the signage. Go inside. Eat. You must. Don't ask me what's good. Everything is good. If it seems like your food is taking a long time, it's because they're re-doing it because they have very exacting standards. Stuff another honey butter scone in your mouth and smile. Do it.

.....you're also going to have to rent a car, cause it's WAY off strip on Sahara. It's a locals secret :).

As for on-strip dining:

-Italian: Rao's in Caesar's
-French: Andre's (1 block off strip)
-Fusion: Roy's. Not technically on strip, but not too far off it. It's on Flamingo
-Asian: Pearl in the MGM
-Steak: craftsteak in the MGM
-Mexican: Diego's in the MGM (seeing a theme here? The MGM as a hotel/resort/casino sucks, but they have the best restaurants)
-General fine dining: Jol Robuchon in the MGM
-Food on a stick! (initially)--Texas De Brazil Churrascaria. If you've never eaten at a Brazillian steakhouse, you simply must go here. And yes, it fulfills the "all you can eat" requirement people seem to have about Vegas.
-Prime rib: Lawry's. Again, not on strip but right near it on Flamingo
-Seafood: Emeril's Fish House in the MGM. I'm also told his Delmonico in the Venetian is a wonderful place to eat, but I've never found the time to go there (which is odd since I'm there 6 times a year, usually)
-Burger: Burger Bar, Mandalay Bay

And....if you must....if you just can't resist and HAVE to do a buffet: Do the one at the Rio. I won't recommend it because I'm anti-buffet, but it's the best of what's there.
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As it's a cooking forum, I'll restrict my response to food-related stuffs. Predominately because there is no "must do" thing in Vegas--what you do is up to personal tastes in entertainment, and there's a bit of everything.

Best restaurant in Vegas: Rosemary's. HANDS DOWN. You have a moral obligation to eat at Rosemary's. Pay no attention to the fact it's located in a strip mall. Pay no attention to the signage. Go inside. Eat. You must. Don't ask me what's good. Everything is good. If it seems like your food is taking a long time, it's because they're re-doing it because they have very exacting standards. Stuff another honey butter scone in your mouth and smile. Do it.

.....you're also going to have to rent a car, cause it's WAY off strip on Sahara. It's a locals secret :).

As for on-strip dining:

-Italian: Rao's in Caesar's
-French: Andre's (1 block off strip)
-Fusion: Roy's. Not technically on strip, but not too far off it. It's on Flamingo
-Asian: Pearl in the MGM
-Steak: craftsteak in the MGM
-Mexican: Diego's in the MGM (seeing a theme here? The MGM as a hotel/resort/casino sucks, but they have the best restaurants)
-General fine dining: Jol Robuchon in the MGM
-Food on a stick! (initially)--Texas De Brazil Churrascaria. If you've never eaten at a Brazillian steakhouse, you simply must go here. And yes, it fulfills the "all you can eat" requirement people seem to have about Vegas.
-Prime rib: Lawry's. Again, not on strip but right near it on Flamingo
-Seafood: Emeril's Fish House in the MGM. I'm also told his Delmonico in the Venetian is a wonderful place to eat, but I've never found the time to go there (which is odd since I'm there 6 times a year, usually)
-Burger: Burger Bar, Mandalay Bay

And....if you must....if you just can't resist and HAVE to do a buffet: Do the one at the Rio. I won't recommend it because I'm anti-buffet, but it's the best of what's there.
I have to agree with everything you recommended, especially Rosemary's and Texas de Brazil, the new rage here in town. However, the Rio doesn NOT have the best buffet. It has the LARGEST buffet but the locals never go there because the quality isn't all that great. The best buffets are Bellagio, Mirage and Wynn Las Vegas. Good quality food and the Mirage has "stations" where the food is cooked to order right in front of you.
Be warned that all of the restaurants on the list above are very expensive, but certainly worth the splurge.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:42 AM   #19
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Hey Girl, I live in Vegas, and it's really easy to get around, if you have a car. If you don't get a car I can tell you to get a bus pass for the day is only $5. All day on and off the busses on the strip. Also, there are great deals off the strip. For instance, Sunset Station, not far from the airport about 15 minutes, really nice. They have million dollar bingo, a great buffet and live entertainment. It's pretty cold now, so bring warm clothes. Go to the venetian and see the statues at the fountain. It's really amazing. Have fun!
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OMG am I tired. LOL, it was so fun. I'll be back to give a report on my first trip to vegas, after my feet have rested. I think city blocks are small compared to LV blocks. We even walked Christmas eve to the Ellis Island Casino for a dinner from the Strip, the taxi driver told us it was 2 blocks, lol, it was more like two miles. Mostly we ate in, at the condo, but, we just had a blast.
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