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Only a hour flight away from Las Vegas we visit frequently, sometimes once a month. I'll be sharing our trip reports, tips on making the most of your stay in Vegas, reviews of restaurants and shows we have seen, along with my thoughts related to our favorite place to get away from it all.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Valentine's and President's Day Trip Report!

My wonderful husband and I enjoyed a Valentine's day lunch together and then for my present he sent me off to Las Vegas that afternoon to have fun with my friends while he stayed home for a father and son weekend. After 27 years of marriage my husband knows it's not flowers, candy or jewelry I want for gifts. ;)

Airport check in was easy, flight left on time and actually got into Vegas 10 minutes early! Unfortunately my limo driver didn't get to the airport early and was on the freeway so I had to wait for him for about 10 minutes. We then took the back way to Palazzo and longest limo ride ever! The roads were packed this holiday weekend and the light at Sands to Las Vegas Blvd and then the one at Las Vegas Blvd to turn into Palazzo took us over 20 minutes to get through.
Fortunately VIP lounge check at Palazzo only takes a few minutes and they had my favorite room on a high floor in the 900 section overlooking the strip ready for me.
I quickly unpacked as it was already around 7pm and my friend Leah had tickets to Venetian's Lipshtick show tonight starring comedian Loni Love at 9:30pm that we were going to and I wanted to grab a bite at the Platinum lounge and then play a few slots before meeting up.
My comped offer this trip as usual included free play so I started out using some of it in the dollar Jungle Wild slot and was happy when I quickly hit a bonus on it! Since 4 pyramids had hit I received 7 spins instead of the usual 5, but for 7 spins the bonus was disappointing.

To watch that bonus and other slot bonuses mentioned in this and past trip reports go to my youtube channel:
I continued to play Jungle Wild and immediately hit a second bonus which only the speed of getting the second bonus made up for a sad bonus of only $70.00.
After Jungle Wild I moved on to dollar Quick Hit Platinum in the Palazzo High Limit room and was happy to hit 6 Quick Hits for $750.00! I didn't qualify for the progressive because while I was covering all the lines betting $15 a spin one needs to bet max at $45.00 a spin to hit the above progressives.
I had a bonus after my $750.00 win but it didn't pay as much as I hoped so I walked outside the HL room and went over to my favorite $5 Wheel of Fortune slots where I hit a bonus on my first spin! Unfortunately it only paid $125.00, but still a first spin bonus is always great.
After my $125.00 bonus on WOF, I tried some penny slots without much in the ways of wins at Palazzo before it was time to walk over at 9:15pm to meet Leah at Venetian to see Loni Love.
Leah's host had arranged for great seats we were fourth row center!
While Lipshtick headliners are all women comedians, Loni's two opening acts were men, both were good and made Leah and me laugh. Loni however was hilarious and I would go again to her show. If you have a chance to see her and I believe she is playing at Venetian again this summer for a weekend, catch her show!
Thanks Leah for sharing your tickets with me, great show and company!
After Loni Love both Leah and I were thirsty and went to Venetian's Gold Lounge where I ordered a spicy bloody Mary. Speaking of Mary, this delightful lady is also named Mary and she's a fan of my blog and even lives in the town next to me in California! Mary it was great to meet you and your friends, hope to see you again soon!
After Leah and I enjoyed our drinks at the Gold Lounge, it was time to get our slots on.
Surprisingly I had some nice wins and was staying a bit ahead, something that doesn't happen often on the first night of my Vegas trips.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Aria Dreamscape New Year's Eve Party 2015!

I can't believe how late I am with posting this section of my New Year's Eve Trip Report, but sadly I've been sick on and off, mainly on for most of the month of January after returning home from Las Vegas. However the NYE trip was so much fun it was worth it! I still hope to write up the complete report in the near future and before my upcoming Valentine's Day trip.
Around October the mailman rang my doorbell with a boxed elaborate invitation to the 2015 New Year's Eve party at Aria! Honestly not sure how I qualified for it this year as the only time I gambled at Aria in 2014 was the first 2 days of the year when I was staying there for the 2014 NYE party.

If you want to compare this party to the one the previous year here's a link to that:
Terri who had invited me to be her guest at last year's party also had a invitation as did Sdguy. Since Terri and I both had invitations it meant this year we could invite two friends and we were so happy that Gwen and Teresa were able to join us! If your wondering what happened to my husband Randy he just doesn't like large parties and decided to stay home with our son Matt again.

Since all of us had different hosts with Aria and we wanted to make sure we were seated at the same table, Terri, Sdguy and I, all contact our  hosts ahead of time to make sure they would work together to see that our group were all seated together and that went off smoothly thanks to their efforts.
After eight weeks of anticipation it was NYE at Aria! Terri, Sdguy and I went and collected our tickets and received our gifts of four Waterford champagne glasses!
If you don't want to read about the Aria party you can experience a small part of it by watching the video below. I'll apologize now for the times I was wildly swinging the camera around which got worse the more I drank, LOL!

Aria's New Year Eve Dreamscape party started off at 8pm with us going down a escalator to a entryway with the following ladies lined up.
The party in addition to the entryway had a ball room set up with bars and photo op station and then a even larger separate ballroom across the hall that would open it's doors at 9pm for the non-stop entertainment of the main party.
As the fun started Sdguy and I met a nice couple who watches our slot videos on youtube. It was great to meet you Mark and Margaret!
We also met lovely Linda who watches our slot videos!
Later in the evening Doreen found us and what a fun lady she is, hope to see you all again! Apologies to Rob G, I didn't notice his tweet to me that evening so while he sent me his table number at the party I didn't read it until the next day. 
There was all sorts of crafted cocktails in the first room with the photo stations.  I liked the fruit flavored one I got at the entrance, didn't care of the drink made with the cotton candy below, it was too sweet. Loved the Moscow Mule drink it was great, but I forgot to take a photo of it. Gwen and Teresa really enjoyed a Jack Daniels drink that was named Sinatra's Old Fashion, think they started out with at least two of those!
In the photo op room there was also entertainment and you can see a bit of this in the video I put together. The link was at the beginning of this report.
When the doors to the main dining and entertainment area opened we were among the first inside so I could take a few photos without the crowds.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Las VegasThanksgiving and Grazie Holiday Gift Show Trip or How My Son Lost His Wallet And Returned Home Without ID!

My Southwest late afternoon flight was on time out of San Jose airport and I had the pleasure of Roz and Jeff's (Lowrance) company at the airport before we both boarded the same flight to our favorite city Las Vegas!
An uneventful flight to Las Vegas and a short wait for luggage I was off with my Driver Janet from Presidential Limo to Bellagio. I had scheduled a airport pick up the next morning for Mom with Presidential so I asked Janet if she thought the driver would pick up Mom, then pick me up at Bellagio before taking us both to Cosmopolitan to check in and she said she would make sure of it by being the driver. Next thing I knew Janet was on the phone with Presidential making arrangements for her morning pickup to be handled by a different driver and she would be the one to take care of Mom! I'll be using Janet as my driver in the future when I book Presidential. For anyone interested in her contact number it's 808-280-3600.
Check in at 5:30pm at Bellagio was very quick, no lines tonight on Saturday the 22nd. I was out of the room at 6pm and had a chance to lose some money at the slots before meeting Terri for dinner at 7pm.
 We had planned on eating at Noodles but that restaurant doesn't take reservations and there was a long line when we got there. I was starving so we ended up eating at the Bellagio Buffet.  Their upgraded gourmet weekend version of the buffet is very nice especially the desserts.
After dinner it was time to get the slotting on with Terri. We had a lot of fun, and I think Terri left a winner by the time she had to head home. I wouldn't see Terri again this trip but we'll be staying at Aria for NYE with friends the end of December.
Here are the best of my wins at Bellagio that evening which aren't very good so you know at the end of the evening I wasn't leaving Bellagio with more money then I arrived with!
I had some decent wins playing Clue 2 this trip. I still prefer the original Clue slot but it's no longer on the Vegas Strip.
I'm still loving the Walking Dead Slot. Out of two hand pays this year (yes I know it's been a sad year for me for big wins) Walking Dead was one of them and I've had several friends now who have received hand pays and big wins on this slot!
I'm sure most people have seen photos of a regular room at Bellagio prior to this but just in case you want to see more, here's the room I stayed in that night. It had a view of the pools.
I was dressed, packed and down in the casino early next morning as my Mom's flight arrived early and I was checking out of Bellagio and staying at Cosmopolitan with her for two nights.
Since it was early morning around 9am I was able to get some photos of the Bellagio Fall Conservatory before the crowds descended on it.
Janet the nice driver I had yesterday picked Mom up at the airport and was soon at Bellagio to pick me up and take us both to Cosmopolitan. Besides the comp I had at Cosmopolitan with free play,  I was using my Gold Membership with Identity for the companion comp benefit that also gave my Mom her own room at Cosmo for two nights and is not suppose to count against my gambling average. Check in was easy enough but we were told our rooms on the same floor next to each other wouldn't be ready for a while so we checked our luggage. Imagine our surprise when 5 minutes later the rooms were ready! Fortunately it didn't take long to get our luggage delivered to our rooms which had a view of Aria. I had requested the view of Aria on purpose in the hopes of avoiding nightclub noise from Chateau and Drais and our rooms were very quiet.