Trip Report My First, Please be Gentle with Me Part 1

Fri Sat Sun Nite in Las Vegas, Halloween Wkend

Traveled with my sisters - we all connected at PDX, Arrived 10pm Alaska flight from Portland, smooth flight, carry-on luggage, took the Greyline shuttle to Ballys. Quick check-in no problems. Love Ballys for the large rooms, strip location, casino layout, pool. We shared a room, 2 king size beds, wet bar, fridge, safe, hair dryer in bathroom, nice closet/dressing room area. Sort of a "rat pack" feel to the room (older decor) but very nice, clean and fine by me! Nice strip view of Barbary Coast and all the lights, see the mountains in the daytime. High up, near the top, next to the elevators, their rythmic rumbles actually soothed me to sleep, sort of like riding on a train. Fri night after check-in, we went to Paris, (connected to Ballys, convenient stroll) had a late night sandwich at a street cafe, walked out on the strip, checked out Bellagio, Ceasers, Mirage, back to Ballys, looked over the casino, played a few nickle slots, Gold Mountain kept me going. Early (2:30am) to bed for us. Highlights of the Trip: Lunch at Mandalay Bay, Raffles Restaurant, delicious crab cakes, southwestern burger with Chipalote sauce, seated with a view of lazy river/pool. Ballys Big Kitchen Buffett, nice stip view, wonderful "old school" service, delicious Duc la Orange, Bananas Foster, Lobster Volente. Swimming in Ballys Pool. We like to do this early in the morning. Relaxing in the hot tub to

refresh ourselves. Seeing The Rat Pack is Back at the Desert Inn. The highlight of the trip for me! Thought the show was very well done and very entertaining! David Cassidy as Bobby Darin was great! In fact, everybody in the show was great!! We sat next to a couple from Chicago who had seen Frank Sinatra perform

in Chicago and at the Desert Inn, they shared some great "Old Vegas" stories with us. My sisters wanted to see Venetian, Paris, Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, so we spent time seeing these places. We are walkers, so we walked to these places, the monorail, trams and new bridges for peds make it more convenient. Went to Luxor, one of my favorite places, won a $10 coin (cost me $12, LOL) Stopped at Excalibur to buy some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. (I read about them on this board, decided I had to try them!) They are very good, too sweet for me, one is enough! Played the slots at night at Ballys. I tried Video Poker, Jacks or Better,

Oddessy game (because of the helpful information on this board, thank you all for sharing) Played max coins, got 2 straights, small hand pay, $150, quit while I was ahead. This wasn't a gambling trip for me, stuck to nickle and quarter slots, had a lot of fun playing Vacation, Gold Mountain and some game with Penguins that was very interactive, got to spin wheels,etc. Won several $80, $100 amounts that kept me playing all weekend. Filthy Rich, Piggy Banking, Buckaneer were also good to me. Had a wonderful time visiting with my sisters. My impression of the new resorts: I love the rowdy, noisy, full of neon casinos!

Sooooo, while they are lovely to look at, Bellagio is way too quiet and restrained for me, I just don't care for Paris and I don't know why, maybe its that strange sky overhead, casino seems cramped, slots aren't noisy enough. Mandalay Bay is my favorite. I didn't spend much time there, I would like to try their casino. Venetian has a strange atmosphere (not finished?), I'd like to try their casino also, seems quiet though. Guess I'm a Ballys-Harrahs-Hard Rock-Treasure Island-Mirage-Luxor-Tropicana-Rio-NYNY-MGM-Flamingo-Monte Carlo kind of person. I think I may try Sahara, Stardust, Riveria, Desert Inn next time! As always, the trip was way too short and I'm planning my next getaway. Thanks to all the people on this board - I'm learning so much about "my second home."