The start of our trip.... So we planned this trip back in September for my best friends birthday. The choice was to either go to Boston or get her to join us in Las Vegas. I think she made the right choice! We booked our flights and then tried to decide on hotels. Cost was a bit of an issue since we were going to pay for her and Marcâ€™s room. We only ended up paying for two nights when the costs started going up. After booking the flights we originally booked TI for 2 nights in a Petite Suite and 1 night at Red Rock. By the time December rolled around Encore was sending out special rates, we ended up changing when Linda decided she would rather pay for Red Rock and we would pay for two nights at Encore..YIPPEE. The excitement was building, reservations for dinners were made and finally the 25th of January rolled around. The players were Me, DH, L and M. L and I have been friends for about 25 years, this was her 40th birthday celebration. In early January we found out that after much trying L is having her second baby. I told her I thought her timing was off and we got a big laugh out of it. At the time we were only hoping she would be feeling okay and thankfully she was.... Flights: DH and I moved to Memphis in August of 2007 and have only been to LV once since moving, that time we did Delta free flights and had to go through ATL. This trip was so easy we flew Northwest direct from Memphis to LV. Our flight was due to leave at 9:01 am on Sunday. We left a few minutes late and arrived in LV a few minutes late at 11:08 am. It figures that flight is usually early but not today! L and M were coming from Boston and arrived in LV about 5 minutes before we did. They were up at 3 AM to make it to the airport by 4:30 for their 5:30 flight. It was awesome stepping off the plane and there they were!! I was very excited to see them. Flights home were great for us, we arrived home a 1/2 hour early and were at our house by 6:15 pm. We spent 73 hours exactly in LV and made every minute count. Poor L and M had to be rerouted on the way home due to weather in Cinci and Boston. They arrived home a little late but apparently their 2 year old was jumping for joy this morning when she saw them...Very cute. After landing we made our way to dollar, we did lock and go for about $7 a day. Never again. They tried to give us a minivan and it was a fight to get into anything else. Apparently they had more minivans than anything else so you get what they have the most of. We only wanted a midsize and we had to fight to get it. Ended up with a Dodge Avenger with poor pick up but it worked for us. We were on our way to Red Rock by noon. It would have been by 11:30 had we taken the stupid minivan. Day 1 January 25, 2009 We headed towards Red Rock and decided to grab something to eat. I had remembered passing Three Angry Wives on Charleston many times so we decided to give it a try. We sat ourselves and ordered some beers while deciding what to eat. I ordered a Smithwicks on tap which was yummy. I had a hamburger for lunch as did L. M had a reuben and so did DH. The food came and it was just so so. I wouldnâ€™t rush back or go out of my way to eat there again. While it wasnâ€™t a bad meal, the hamburgers were frozen patties instead of fresh, oh well. I had a friend in Vegas who had recommended a few places but I couldnâ€™t remember where they were exactly!! Next time I will take better notes. After lunch we headed to Red Rock which was right down the street. We found the lobby which was way around the back of the hotel and checked in. Rooms were ready. We were on the 16th floor, rooms 16142 and 16144, right next to each other. The way the doors are set up, each set of rooms has a little hallway with the doors off the little hallway so we were both facing Red Rock Canyon and right across this little hallway from each other. A very nice set up. The rooms at Red Rock are nice, they are pretty good size and the bathroom is quite nice. No issues with the room, though I wish the shower had a ledge to put your foot up on, it would make shaving your legs much easier. Seems to me men design the showers and forget these things. Anyway, the room was very comfy. We didnâ€™t unpack as we were only staying one night. We then headed down to the casino to do a little gambling. We went to the sportsbook and played some VP for awhile. Didnâ€™t really win anything but didnâ€™t lose much meanwhile we had a few drinks or I should say Marc and I did. DH went to play Blackjack and met up with us later. At about 4 L and M decided a nap was in order since they had been up for 15 hours so off they went, I played a little more VP then went with DH to play some slots or maybe it was Blackjack. I canâ€™t remember. At some point I went up to the room to shower, I wanted the plane guck off me. At about 6 L and M got up and we all headed back downstairs to play. We hit the blackjack tables and played for a bit. We were up and down. I believe M and L were up a bit at this point and we went back to the sportsbook for some more VP. We had a good little run with a few 4 OAKs that kept us playing for quite awhile. In the end I walked away with nothing, but had a few drinks so all was good in the world. The sportsbook had a good selection of beer on tap and friendly bartenders. This would be the case for the trip. Great service was something we experienced at both hotels. After a few hours we were hungry and decided to try Cabo for dinner. The hostess sat us and then our server came up and announced the restaurant closed at 9 and it was 5 til 9 so we would have to order. Okay, whatever. I hate when they try to rush you. I had been a server for years and I just considered this rude. We were sat before closing donâ€™t rush us. Be happy you have someone to wait on in this economy. Okay I regress, I ordered a soda and some tacos canâ€™t remember what anyone else ate. The food was okay. Nothing special. halfway through the meal the server comes back and asks us if we wanted dessert. Seems he was in a hurry to leave. I should have ordered it just to spite him!! After dinner we went back to playing. We hit the slots for a little while and had a good time. Again we were up and down. Had a great time though as the dealers at Red Rock were wonderful! They had $5 tables at night but we ended up at a $10 table, just D and I as L and M went to bed around 11pm. Played at the table for awhile but in the end, I lost. The cards just were not going my way. D decided to head up and I played for a little while at the VP bar. Lost again but had fun. I was in bed by 1am. Day 2 January 26, 2009 Up bright and early. Took our showers and sent L a text to see if she was up. They were getting ready. We all headed down together. Straight for the blackjack tables. I canâ€™t remember what we all started with but after an hour of play we ended up fine. A dealer change and we all decided to go get something to eat. Just was getting a bad vibe at the table at this point. It wasnâ€™t the dealer but another player with an attitude, so off we went. DH had gone to the spa and met up with us before breakfast. We also packed up to be ready to go. Breakfast was at the Cafe. Our waitress Linda was a trip. She was so much fun. She had us in splits. Breakfast was good and reasonably priced. I think it was $30 a couple when all was said and done. That included our meals, drinks and tip. Not too bad, you could tell you werenâ€™t on the strip. At Bellagio the great breakfast we had would cost us $60 a couple before tip. We played for a few more minutes after breakfast and then headed out. We were on our way to Encore. We took Charleston all the way to LV Blvd. it was an easy ride. We self parked in the Wynn garage as it states you can get to both hotels from there. We didnâ€™t realize at the time Encore had itâ€™s own parking garage. We left our bags in the car and headed in. Check in was a breeze. There were no strip view rooms available so we ended up facing the evil clown. Can I just tell you that thing freaks me out. Stephen King has really ruined Clowns for me. Is there an adult who can look at a clown like the one in front of CC and not be a little freaked out? Truly scary. Our rooms were ready and we were put in rooms 3237 and 3239, we had a connecting door which made it very nice. No having to go into the hallway to see our friends, just knock on the door inside, which normally was kept open. The rooms have been described enough so I wonâ€™t bore you all. I will just say the rooms are amazing, I mean simply amazing. There is nothing you could want for. The bathrooms are nicely stocked with makeup pads, q-tips, shoe polish you name it, it is there. The Desert Bambu bath products smell amazing, I love the products. The towels are the best hotel towels I have had, they are soft and fluffy and HUGE. The bathrooms supplied are very comfy too. In the main rooms the controls are awesome and then there are some lights scattered around that all have dimmers on them. The little details were great. I liked the black sheers on the windows too. Really there wasnâ€™t anything not to like about these rooms. There is plenty of drawer space in my opinion and use of space was great. There are drawers in the wall where the TV was. The neat thing about the drawers is they self close. Push them in and walk away while the drawer finishes closing. The only thing I would have liked is drawer space in the bathroom. It would have been nice. There is a great ledge though that you can put your supplies on so they are out of the way. The ledge runs the length of the whole bathroom. Everything about the room was first class. The little tiny details were just awesome. We were hungry at this point so we headed over to Palazzo, the plan for today was have lunch at Enoteca San Marco. I will put the details of our meal here at the end of my report. Letâ€™s just say the meal was amazingly good. After lunch we headed to TI to play a little, we figured we would find $5 tables but everything was $10. It being Chinese New Year I figured that might happen. We sat down and played, the dealers were duds, no fun at all. We were all doing pretty well though so we played awhile. Then the obnoxious kid sat down. He decided to play my hand for me and told the dealer I was staying on my hand which was okay because I had already waved her off, but the fact that he thought he could tell her annoyed me to no end. He would then talk to his friends instead of playing his hand and would keep us waiting. It really was annoying. We ended up cashing out and leaving the table. Everyone was ahead so that was fine. After TI we made our way back to Encore, I grabbed a drink at the bar and against everything I believe in I still put $20 in, I liked the HD machines they had at the bar. They were quite nice. Linda who wasnâ€™t drinking anyway put $20 in her machine and started playing, 2 hands in she realizes that she is playing dollars...She had 3 queens so I told her just to switch after that hand, wouldnâ€™t you know it she hit the 4th queen for $250!! Nice mistake for sure. She cashed out and we went to meet the guys up in the room. They moved the rental car and had brought the bags up to the room. We unpacked then DH and I went to play for a bit. Linda needed a nap so we left her and headed downstairs. We found a $10 table and played. DH and I sat down at a table and other player at the table told us she was new the game. No worries she asked for advice and did a great job playing. After about an hour we looked at our watches and realized it was time to go get ready for dinner. Off to the room we went, we showered and met up with L and M. They needed to go get a gift card someone left for L for her birthday, she needed to pick it up at Wynnâ€™s box office. We met them downstairs by the lobby and walked to Botero for dinner. Again I will give details at the end. Dinner was good, my steak could have been a little better but more on that later. After dinner we decided to leave the hotel and go to South Point. We normally have fun there, perhaps it was the wonderful service at Encore and Red Rock that spoiled us, but it just wasnâ€™t fun and we all lost to top it off. We decided to leave and go to Silverton, when we walked in there was an odor, almost musty smelling. We played a little, again lost and decided to head back to the hotel. L went to bed as did D so M and I decided to play some VP and have a cocktail. We ended up playing for quite awhile. The cocktail waitress was a little slow to start but then she was coming around every 10 minutes or so as the casino started to slow down. I played on the same $20 for a few hours, never hitting anything big but holding my own. It was fun. Headed up to the room around 2 am and called it a night. It was a great day.