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So..is 7 days too many?

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Dean Martin, Jul 11, 2009.

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  1. Dean Martin

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    My Trip Report

    That was the question at the planning stages of this trip and I'm happy to report that it's really just about the perfect amount of time...for us anyway. Of course, as a few of fellow my Vegas addict friends here on the board so correctly pointed out,..."as long as the gaming funds hold out":poke: We met up our 3rd day in town w/ Coaster Kikky, her hubby, the Mesa's and Joe Schmo...what a great group of people....and the reason I really love this board...a way to meet other addicts:evillaugh

    I'm not much for keeping track of things on a daily basis so I'll categorize and hit the high spots:

    Hotel - the plan was 4 nights Mirage and 3 nights Encore. We arrived Friday the 3rd at the Mirage. After meeting the gang (mentioned above) Sunday at Parasol Up for a drink, we barely had the first one down and Mrs Dino immediately starting giving me the ""I wanna move over here....like tomorrow":poke: So....being the good hubby, the trip changed to 3 nights Mirage and 4 nights Encore. The Mirage rooms are very nice, all new and a great layout w/ the new desk area, flat screen and bar area. We were in a TD room on the 25th floor and just a note; both TD floors are now non-smoking. What can I say about Encore that we all haven't already read here? The place is incredible. We loved the rooms, the european pool, the restaurants, the bars, the casino and even got a peak at the cabana life (incl a great collection of Frank, Dino & Elvis playing on their IPOD) courtesy of the Mesa's:thumbsup: We actually found ourselves laying back on the couch in our living room after coming in from the pool and just chilling for an hour or two each day watching the incredible view and sipping a VO on the rocks. Those wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows are the shit:nworthy: I have to say that the customer service at the Wynn/Encore is really a step above anything else in Vegas.

    Restaurants - We had excellent meals at CPK and BLT Burger at the Mirage. I would highly recommend BLT for a great meal, excellent service, a huge selection of beers and a very reasonable (for Vegas) price. The music in there was way good too...at least for this baby boomer/rocker:beer: Breakfast is always good at the Paradise Cafe out at the pool (you have to be staying at the hotel to get in) in the mornings. The water falls, the misters and all the palm trees and tropical plants really make you feel like you're somewhere other than "the middle of the fu**ing desert!" At Encore, we had a very exceptional dinner at Sinatra (kudos to Mesa for the tip on this place). We both had the Filet Mignon special that night that was incredible. The wine list was a bit pricey but I kind of expected that so we sucked it up and got a nice bottle of Merlot to go w/ the steak. We had Caesar salads before dinner and they were some of the best I've had....incl the anchovies too:nworthy: We liked this place so much that we went back on our last night and sat up the bar and had drinks and appetizers for dinner, although they have the full dinner menu available at the bar too. The bartenders were great and chatted us up and we were laughing about shit and talking about Frank and Dino for a couple of hours. They have non-stop movies of Frank (and sometimes Dino) going on a big flat screen over the bar...truly a "Vegas" experience to say the least. We also had a great meal at Stratta over at Wynn....if you like clam linguine, they make some really tasty stuff:nworthy: All our other meals we at the cafe at Wynn or Encore...both great food too.

    Pools - The Mirage pool is still one of the most beautiful and definitely the most tropical pool in Vegas but the line up to get in the difficulty in finding a chair is really a PIA. They have a spot over in the small lagoon where the water slide "used to" dump out (as in it's gone) where they now have nice padded chairs and personalized cocktail service for a mere $50/chair/day:confused2: Yeah....we were suckers and bucked up for them on Sunday and actually, it was a really nice experience. They only do it on Fri, Sat and Sun so if you want a good chair poolside and don't wanna deal w/ the BS, spend the $$ and arrive whenever you want during the day and your chair will be waiting. The Encore has a beautiful pool area and a 2nd pool area w/ European sunbathing (which will be referred to from this point on as the "titty pool":wink2:. Seriously though, the titty pool is gorgeous and has palm trees all around it and a great bar and outdoor casino in the center. We went there everyday, primarily to make sure we didn't have to listen to any screamers:poke:.....uhhhh....the little curtain climber types, not the little "spinner types":wink2: The pool at Encore was pretty brisk but it was about 105 everyday so it felt really nice after roasting a while on your chair.

    Gaming - We got slam dunked at the Mirage and by Sunday night when we went to the Wynn to meet the gang for a drink, we were down about 30% of our budget w/ 4 full days to go, plus that night!:confused2: Wynn was our 1st luck of the trip where Mrs Dino hit a qtr RF and I hit to quad aces twice on DDB (not w/ the kicker:rolleyes2:) for $400 each. This just confirmed to us that we made the right decision moving over one night early! We played our ass(es) off at Encore and when it was all said and done, we left w/ $1,500 more than we brought to gamble with so we were pretty happy campers. I never hit a RF but I hit numerous quads playing DDB on 50cent and dollar machines and our last night Mrs Dino hit a RF on a 50cent machine. I started drinking martinis after that and we had some pretty good times that last night:drunk: Things were a little fuzzy the next day but WTF, it was the go-home day anyway:evillaugh

    In closing, if you stayed w/ me this far....we really enjoyed meeting the people here from the board and as a few of you know:poke:I had a tough time deciding where to stay for this trip and you guys steered me right once again:nworthy: We LOVED Encore and will be back for sure!

    Oh yea....did I say I fu**ing LOVE VEGAS!!!!!:evillaugh Thanks - Dino
     
  2. mesa

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    John,so what did you have for dinner @Sinatras? Wish you guys would have stayed longer at the Cabana though because they are sweet:thumbsup:
     
  3. pipper9

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    Nice.

    We've never been to the Wynn or Encore, but I think we'll try to stop by this time.

    Are these hotels walking distance from the Mirage, or is it more of a cab-ride-distance?

    Congrats on coming home with some winnings too. I hope that happens to us someday.
     
  4. NickPapageorgio

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    7 days is perfect for Nick. It takes me 2-3 days to unwind and then I savor the final 4-5 days. It is stil hard to leave after a week in Vegas. It's actually always a tad bit sad to leave.

    Nick:beer:
     
  5. Dean Martin

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    Mike...we'll take you up on that! We thought the cabana was very cool but weren't sure if we were intruding a bit:poke:

    We both had the filet migon special....you could cut it w/ a fork it wa so tender!:licklips:
     
  6. mesa

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    John ,you guys were not intruding at all I was hoping MikeE would have come up also for a little party:drunk:
     
  7. Coaster Kikky

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    Guys, it was fabulous meeting you all (including the Missuses). We tried so hard to get bumped on Tuesday's flight but we didn't get it. If we had, my phone was ready to dial you for that cabana, Mike!!

    Glad some of my luck rubbed off on you & Mrs Dino, John. Equally glad it didn't ALL rub off! :evillaugh
     
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    Nice report.
     
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    Well, seven days is far too short for me. It takes us a minimum of 12 hours to get to Vegas, so we try to spend as much time as possible there. Our last visit was 6 weeks, the next one will be 5 weeks.

    So--- to answer your question. No, 7 days is definitely not too many.

    Thanks for the report.
     
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    Becky ,it sure did not rub off on me,maybe I did not rub the right areas :rolleyes2: maybe you can tell which area to rub for luck:nworthy:
     
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    7 days is not too many! I enjoyed your report. Encore sounds like a wonderful place to stay. We strolled thru on our last trip in April. My hubby and I would both like to stay there sometime. It's gorgeous. So NICE that you came home ahead too! Thanks for posting. :)
     
  12. MikeE

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    A pleasure to meet you and your, John! Glad you had a good time and enjoyed Encore.
     
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    Great Report nice that you and mrs Dino could meet up with the other VegasAddicts too .....

    I think 7 days is just loverly in Vegas , I've done 3 nights (twice), 6 nights, 5 nights , and now 4 nights

    I think my 5 or 6 nights was the most relaxing and didn't feel as rushed

    one day i'd love to *grow up* and be a snowbird and be able to spend more time in Vegas in the winter months
     
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    I think the therapist at Canyon Ranch who did my massage on Monday got it all. I didn't do so great after that. But she rubbed ALL the right places!! :goofy:
     
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    Funny thing....

    Becky, I rubbed you after Mike did so it must be more a case of rubbing the right spot than all the luck being rubbed off:wink2:

    That would be a good thing for you since the therapist may not have rubbed it all off after all...:licklips:

    Mike....we may have to rub her again just to check the theory:evillaugh
     
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    The therapist rubbed my back and neck (tension zone massage - highly recommended!)... so my front was unrubbed... :ssst:
     
  17. Beach Crazy

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    Nice report, sounds like a great trip! And NO, seven days in Vegas is not to many. :wink
     
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    Who asked about walking from Mirage to Wynn/Encore? Yes, it's within walking distance. But I think most things in Vegas are within walking distance. Depends on the shape you're in and the temps outside. They're "only" a couple of hotels apart. Walk from Mirage past TI, across the street kitty-corner is Wynn, Encore is just to the north. Now--there's a long distance back from the Strip to the property entrances, but it's not really bad as long as it's not hotter than, say, 95:ssst:
     
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    Sounds like you had a great trip, Dino:thumbsup:
     
  20. Dean Martin

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    Hoya - we did thanks! Also, we walk back and forth all the time between Wynn and the Mirage by taking the "walk-over" to the Fashion Show Mall and cutting thru TI when it's too hot out. Then all you have to do is jump on the tram from TI to Mirage. The only time you're outside is from the Wynn side entrance/exit to cross over to the mall and then the "walk-over" from the mall to TI. In fact I did it Tues afternoon because I left my cell phone in our Mirage room when we checked out on Monday...a little excited to get to Encore I guess...lol

    I also forgot to add that this was my first time playing slots at the airport...how sick is that??:rolleyes2: But as luck would have it, a $20 went in and $200 came out! Four deuces (no kicker) on a DDB $0.050 machine.:beer:
     
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