We found some really good deals a couple of months ago for Vegas so we decided to head there on a weekend trip. We were there from December 13 to 15, Saturday thru Monday. I think a weekend in Vegas is the perfect time, not too long and not too short. We took the early 8am flight on Saturday since we wanted to maximize our time there. It had been snowing the night before so we weren’t sure if we needed to call a shuttle to get us to the airport the next morning. Fortunately, the snowstorm didn’t hit that morning and we were able to get to the airport just fine.
We didn’t wait too long at the airport and was able to board shortly after arriving there. We settle into our seats way back in the plane and I start to drift off…it was early and I was tired. I think I dozed off for a bit cuz I felt my head bobbing up and down. I swore it was 15 minutes past our departure time and we were still sitting at the gate! Later on Brian told me that they had to switch pilots for some reason…eeeek…glad I was asleep during that announcement.
So we finally take off and of course I go back to my nap…next thing I knew, it was time to land! We head outside to grab and taxi and boy, it was cold! I’ve been to Vegas in December before but I really don’t remember it being this cold! At least the sun was out so that made it better. We were staying at the Monte Carlo and we got there a bit early since checkout time wasn’t until 3pm. Our room was ready anyway so we went up and dropped off our bags. We were pretty hungry at this point so we decided to go next door to NYNY and grabbed a bite to eat. After lunch, we decided to walk around the casinos and to check out what kinda games they had. We walked over to MGM and I decided to play a bit…that didn’t last very long so we left. Then we decided to walk over to Luxor but we had to walk thru Excalibur to get there. They had Santa at the Luxor! We didn’t take any pics with him though…we were trying to find a $5 table to play at but they didn’t have any! So we walked back to Excalibur and Brian played some craps there. He did okay there but then we just decided to head back to our own hotel to play. We gambled for a bit to kill some time and then headed back up to the room for a nap cuz I was feeling tired.
We decided to have dinner at the Bellagio Buffet so we headed out a bit early so that the wait wouldn’t be so bad. We got there around 6 and there really was no wait at all! There was a group of 14 ahead of us but they seated us right away. Mmmmm…we love the King crablegs there…it was worth every penny! Brian had two full plates!
After dinner we had to walk it off so we decided to check out the christmas display at the Bellagio. It was very festive. They had a ginormous tree all decked out and huge snowmen made out of carnations! We took some pics and decided to head out to watch the fountain show.
It was chilly when we got outside…and it was so windy! We decided to wait in front of Bellagio for the fountain show but it got too cold to just stand there. We decided to head over to Planet Hollywood to wait until the show comes on and to stay warm. We walked around Urban Outfitters for a bit and checked out some of their stuff. They had some interesting stuff. Brian bought a hand soap for our white elephant gift exchange at work. It was hand soap shaped like a hand! Hahhaha…he thought it was perfect. So we were in the store for a bit and notice that the fountain show still has not come on yet. We were kinda tired so we decided to just head back to the room to rest for a bit. It was already past 10pm by the time we got up to the room and decided to just turn in for the night…i know, what are we doing in Vegas sleeping before midnight! Well, we had a long day and I was tired!
We slept in a bit the next day and decided to do some shopping. We had Mexican for lunch at the Planet Hollywood and decided to check out the shops at Miracle Mile. We then headed over to Paris and walked thru Bally’s to get to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Man, I forgot how huge these casinos were! We ended up just walking around and did more window shopping than actual shopping…couldn’t afford much at those stores! We decided to head back to the hotel and walked out to the strip. Brian was stopped by this wannabe rap artist asking for donations to promote his new CD. Brian wasn’t very impressed…hehehe…so he quickly moved on to another tourist. We got back to the room and took a quick nap…i love those afternoon naps! Our dinner reservations were at 6:30 so we decided to head out the door at 5:30 in case we took us a while to get there. We were gonna take the monorail to the Venetian since it was only $5 per person oneway, it was much cheaper than a taxi. The station was over at MGM so we had to walk over and as we were walking to the MGM, I saw the Deuce right in front of us. The Deuce is a double-decker bus that goes up and down the strip. The one-way price was only $2 per person so it was much cheaper than the monorail. We decided to hop on and take the ride down to the Venetian. The ride was great! It was so cheap and quick, we are gonna take the Deuce everytime now! I wished I would’ve taken it before…it would’ve saved me some legwork!
We had some time to kill before our dinner reservations so we walked around a bit. I had been searching for the Wheel of Fortune machines at all the casinos that we went to but I have yet to find one. As we walked into the Venetian, voila! I spot the Wheel of Fortune sign!!! Yay! As we got closer, I noticed that it was a $1 machine….poo..i wanted the quarter machinese. So we walked around a bit more and found some! I put in my $20 and started to play. I didn’t have much luck at first, I just really wanted to spin the dang wheel! And then I finally got it! Woohoo! I ended up winning $30 so I was happy. I got to spin the wheel AND win money!
We had dinner at Delmonico’s at the Venetian and boy, that dinner was yummy! I ordered the filet mignon and Brian had the rib eye steak. We had also ordered a side of potato gratin and that was so rich and yummy. We had wanted to try out a steak place while we were in Vegas and choose Delmonico’s based on reviews that I had read before. It did not disappoint! Our tummies were very happy that night!
We decided to walk off our dinner by walking over to the Mirage to watch the Volcano show. They had just reopened the show after some upgrades and it was really cool. I can’t remember the last time I saw the show but I was impressed. It was worth standing in the cold for a few minutes.
Afte the show we headed back to the Monte Carlo on the Deuce! We went back to the room to drop off our stuff and then headed down to the casino to try our luck again. Brian hits the craps table and I watch him for a bit. I decided to play some Pai Gow Poker and found a $5 table…yay for me. I must say, Pai Gow Poker is a great game to play if you just wanna kill time. We played until almost 2:30am that night, that’s almost 6 hours! I think Brian probably had a dozen beers that night! I was getting pretty tired at this point so we decided to turn in for the night.
It was a great weekend trip…it’s always fun heading down to Vegas…so much to do and so much to see! But then it’s always nice to come back home…I couldn’t take the smoke much more.