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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.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mirage one bedroom tower suite via MyVegas!

I recently stayed two nights in a one bedroom tower suite at Mirage for free courtesy of playing a free game on Facebook, MyVegas. While the game still offers the one bedroom tower suite at Mirage for cashing in X amount of game loyalty points I was able to get this deal in January for ninety thousand points and since this was a comp I did not have to pay room taxes or resort fees.

For those of you who might be staying in this 1251 Square ft suite in the future either through MyVegas or via paying for the room I have taken a video of the complete suite at the link above.
My suite on the 32nd floor had a view of the strip and the Mirage Volcano. Most of my photos and view were ruined a bit by the advertising wrap on the windows that gave my photos lines as you can see below.
The one bedroom tower suites have their own elevator and you must insert your key card in the inside elevator slot to reach the floors that have the suites. This is a great security feature but if you are planning on using the suite for a party and some of your guests aren't on time this will require you or someone else with a key card for your floor to go down and bring them up each time.
 When you enter your suite there is a wet bar to the side. In addition to the small refrigerator full of drinks there is a small empty refrigerator for your use.
 The style of the suite in my opinion is "old Vegas" which I personally like.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Valentine's Day and a 60th Birthday, Vegas Style! Finale

The is part two and the end of my February trip report. If you haven't read the first part yet, please go to this URL:
Sunday morning I dragged myself out of bed around 9am which is early for me in order to pack and get ready for my move to Wynn. Since I had a late check out at Palazzo and brunch at Wynn's Country Club Jazz Buffet this morning I left my suitcase and walked over to Wynn to check in. I had a nice surprise when there wasn't any line and I was able to check in immediately. Thanks to my host I was given a panoramic room with a view of the strip and Wynn's Lake of Dreams.
 After a quick glance at my room I hurried down to the Country Club Restaurant for their Jazz Brunch.
Gwen had arranged 2 tables at the Jazz Brunch for those of us who wanted to brunch and we had a beautiful view and delicious food.
To see lots of photos of food and read my opinions of the Jazz brunch go to this link:
After our delicious and fun brunch the group split up to go their separate ways as there were various fun events planned for the evening. I went back to Palazzo and gathered up my luggage, checked out and caught a taxi to Wynn. Kudos to my taxi driver who was the nicest driver I've had in a long time and didn't mind the short ride.
After taking my luggage up to my room and unpacking (again!), I was hopeful that my luck might change at Wynn. At first it wasn't too bad as I had some small hits on $1 DaVinci Diamonds and $5 Top Dollar but it quickly went back to the dark side, eating up my free play and more, so I went back to the penny slots.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Valentine's Day and a 60th Birthday Vegas Style!

The first Vegas trip of 2013 had Randy and I flying out of the San Jose Airport on Valentine's Day. This was the start of a seven night trip for me and only two nights for my husband who was joining me to celebrate Valentine's Day and meet some of my friends. While Randy had to return home on Saturday I was staying over to celebrate Lowrance's 60th birthday with 85 other party attendee's!  Due to the length of this trip I'll be breaking this trip report up into two parts with the first part being my three nights at Palazzo and the second part,  three nights at Wynn and last night at Aria.
Before we left on our flight we had a quick stop for some food at the Ruby Tuesday's inside terminal B of San Jose Airport. Randy had chicken fingers and I had some chicken avocado quesadilla's both of which were good though I think our server thought I was nuts when I only ate the insides of the quesadilla and left the really tasty fried part alone. 
The flight to Vegas was full and a short 65 minutes, but we had to circle around to wait for the airport to let us land so our flight ended up being late. Once we landed at McCarran we were met at baggage claim by our Palazzo limo driver and were soon on our way. Once at Palazzo we were quickly checked it by the VIP lounge clerk and off to our room on the 43rd floor to unpack. This visit the VIP key cards were a totally different design from the regular key cards that usually only have a band of silver or gold at one end to indicate access to the VIP lounge. 
After unpacking we headed off to the Venetian to pick up the tickets our host had comped for Rock of Ages which we were going to see that evening. On the way to the Box Office we saw our first glimpsed of the Year of the Snake display at the Palazzo waterfall area. The head and eyes move on the snake and I thought it was cute.
After picking up our Rock of Ages tickets it was time to get our gamble on before dinner and the show and I thought it was going to be a lucky trip for us when my first spin on $1 Jungle Wild hit for $150.00!
Our luck continued when we played Clue at Palazzo and even though I picked poorly except for the last one it was a decent win at $138.75.
We then tried to repeat our success of last year with Lord of the Rings and had some promising hits and activity on the 3 machines at Palazzo.
Since we were winning I left Randy to continue to gamble and went to meet Emmas from the Slot Fanatics and Slot Machine forums! I had a great time with Emma chatting about where we both live and of course Vegas. I was sorry when we had to say goodbye because of our dinner and show plans.
During the time Emma and I were having fun chatting and drinking our cappuccino's Randy was losing, so he briefly joined us in Palazzo's Platinum Lounge for a drink.
As Randy and I left the Platinum lounge we briefly played some slots as we walked toward Cut but except for this hit on $1 Zeus we just lost so we were happy to leave the high limit area of Palazzo and head off to our dinner. While walking to Cut I discovered I had just missed seeing Human Nature giving a brief free performance in the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium area. They still had the photographers and video cameras set up as we entered but no sign of the guys.

At Cut we were quickly seated at our favorite booth and I ordered Monroe's Passion which quickly became my passion as I ended up having two of them! This is a spicy cocktail with ginger and chili's.