progrocker
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April 18th, 2012 at 6:04:09 PM permalink
...for at least the first two nights anyways.

I'm coming into Vegas next week for a bachelor party where the guest of honor and most of his friends are getting in on Friday night. I jumped at a chance to get cheaper airfare and make the most use of my MSS offers and booked Wed-Sun and got airfare for the same, including one of the other guys going for the festivities (the only other guy I know other than the groom to be). Long story short, he got a promotion at work this Monday with short notice that he would be needing to go on a business trip next week. I paid for the airfare but he already reimbursed me for his share so no loss there, and he said if I can get some credit from refunding his to just keep it for myself...his new position comes with a raise that makes 280 bucks no big deal.

Anyways, he's a non gambler and was going to keep me from going too crazy gambling (bankroll for trip is 1500, airfare already paid for, hotel and meals comped), so I wanted to get some ideas on what to do Thursday and Friday during the day so I'm not just bleeding away my bankroll in downtown with stupid plays after I get a few drinks down. I've already done a lot of the things that are often discussed, such as Pinball Museum, Atomic Testing, etc. I've been down to M Resort and was thinking of seeing a few other nice off strip properties such as Red Rock. I have a reservation for a rent a car (78 bucks for four days...half of that is all I'm out from my friend cancelling) so will be able to go wherever.

So any suggestions on cool places to see for someone who knows downtown and the strip and wants to experience more? I would love to see some off strip properties that are as nice as The M, I get a kick out of just checking out the architecture and decor.

Also, I read recently about a good all you can eat sushi place called Sushi Mon...web searches show that there are actually two locations with two different websites! Are these the same group and do both offer the 22 dollar AYCE sushi lunch of made to order items? One is down near M and GVR, so was thinking of heading that way again, but the other is on West Sahara, so may be close to Red Rock, correct?

If I don't get any suggestions I will probably end up spending both afternoons at Chicas Bonitas gawking at overweight latinas and drinking 5 dollar pitchers of Bud Light...please don't let that happen.
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JohnnyQ
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April 18th, 2012 at 6:39:48 PM permalink
A few thoughts:

If you go out to Red Rock casino, which I recommend doing,
then you are pretty close to Red Rock Canyon, and the scenic
drive is worthwhile. Also there are several short hikes you
can take out there, depending on how hot it is and what
time of day you go.

Have you seen the remodel they have done at Tropicana ?
The place actually looks classy now ! AND, since I hadn't
played there for several years, they let me do the $ 200
loss rebate promo. So that's also worth checking out.

Ditto on the rebate program they have at Cosmo.

And, have you ever seen Mac King ? If you haven't,
he is extremely entertaining. I'd recommend that
to kill an hour.

ps:

Any chance the airline would let one of your other
friends use the airline ticket ? That might be a
win-win type of situation and it would be a shame
to throw out the ticket.
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progrocker
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April 18th, 2012 at 6:48:39 PM permalink
Yes, the new Trop is pretty cool. I've already done their sign up deal and the Cosmos, but Mac King is a good idea. Hiking at RRC sounds cool, but not something I'd do solo just yet. I've lost 50 pounds so far this year and my endurance is greatly increased (from playing Dance Dance Revolution a bunch), but wouldn't want to get stranded by myself if something happened (I've got a picture of me on Fremont at 320ish lbs from December and plan to take one in the same spot and pose at my current 267ish and will post here).

Changing the name on the second ticket has crossed my mind, I've made a few offers to another good friend and my roommate but no one can get off work. I'm going to a 'couples shower' or whatever this weekend so will meet the groom's other friends...maybe one of them will want to go out earlier.
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Ayecarumba
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April 19th, 2012 at 3:09:52 PM permalink
If you haven't done the Dam Tour, it is much less crowded during the week.

Consider a day in Laughlin.

If you haven't already done the Ethel M Chocolate Factory tour, it is in Henderson on the way to Green Valley Ranch. Reminds me of a Curious George book (with a cactus garden).

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Nareed
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April 19th, 2012 at 3:26:50 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

If you haven't already done the Ethel M Chocolate Factory tour, it is in Henderson on the way to Green Valley Ranch. Reminds me of a Curious George book (with a cactus garden).



I second that. The Showtime tour I took to the Dam in '08 included a stop at Ethel M's. alas, the factory floor was undergoing renovations, so there was nothing to see. But the store was open and those chocolates were delicious.

The cactus garden is interesting, too. Watch for fruit (yes, fruit) growing on cacti with ovaloid "branches" (they're not branches, I know that). You may see either green or red fruits growing on the ends. It's a commonly found fruit in Mexico called "tuna" (really). The cactus here is called "nopal" and people eat it, too (really). of course the thorns or needles are removed first. You can even find tortillas made with nopal.
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JohnnyQ
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April 19th, 2012 at 6:20:05 PM permalink
Quote: progrocker

Hiking at RRC sounds cool, but not something I'd do solo just yet.



Red Rock canyon is still worth a visit, they have a 13-ish mile scenic loop that you
drive. There are lots of scenic pull-offs, so bring your camera.

And who says a hike has to be real long ? I've heard that there are trails of all different
levels of difficulty, but I've only done the short, mostly level ones.

ALSO, just a couple miles past RR Canyon, there is a State Park that has a cool house,
once inhabited, if I recall correctly, by one of Howard Hughes' female acquaintances.
It was interesting to see. I forget the name of it.
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progrocker
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April 19th, 2012 at 8:41:56 PM permalink
I thank everyone for their suggestions, but as it turned out because of the absolute HORRIBLE things I read about Payless, I decided to just cancel my rental reservation and take the WAX to downtown. I may still rent a car on Friday from Advantage in the MSS for just one day to do something before picking up the other guys from the airport....we'll see, the RRC drive sounds quite tempting (as does getting AYCE sushi at Sushi Mon on W. Sahara before heading out that way).
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