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Having the likes of many of my clients, I wanted a quick getaway; nothing too expensive and certainly not for too long. My determination to getaway before the Christmas holiday landed me in Fabulous Las Vegas! Since I didn’t want to take this last minute getaway alone in part because my agency had such a good bargain on Vegas vacations in December, I decided to invite 13 others to join me! My stay in Las Vegas was as exciting this time as it was 6 months prior when I had visited!

Onboard US Airways Flight 435 approaching McCarran International Airport. Preparing for landing. Vegas here we come!
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Checking in @ Flamingo Las Vegas, our host resort for this Fabulous Weekend Getaway! But not before we check out the Flamingos!

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Ahhhh…at last! Off to my room after a 5 hour NON STOP flight that left Philadelphia, PA @ 7:50 AM! This room is the FAB Deluxe w/ King. Room #15029. Yup, a FIVE digit room number!

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Some members of my group were in the Go Luxury Double Room. Niiiiiiiiice!!!!

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For most people, seeing the resort and your room upon arrival is part of the top 10 high lights of their trip. So, after we all marked off seeing our rooms, it was time to enjoy what the “Sin City” had to offer! Our first stop was down stairs in the Flamingo Las Vegas to eat @ Carlos & Charlies, a Mexican Bar & Grille inside the resort. Their menu is good. Pretty average and so were their prices. Try to dine during Happy Hour so that you can take advantage of their 2 for 1 drink specials.

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Walking the strip is fun and heck, you’ll even walk away a pound or 2 lighter with all the attractions and activities that are available via foot!
After leaving Carlos & Charlies, it was time to walk off the food! So, we decided to spend the afternoon checking out all of the sites on the strip. Here’s what we came to when we arrived in front of the Venetian Resort…Can you see the leaves moving?

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Of all the resorts that I’ve actually walked through on the Las Vegas Strip, none fascinate me more than The Venetian and Caesars Palace. This statue (pardon my ignorance as I m not sure of what it is) sits in the Reservations Lobby of Caesars Palace. Walk past the statue, bear left and to the Forum Shoppes for a day of shopping you go!

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There are a hosts of attractions & activities, shows and entertainment to keep even the most unhappy person satisfied in Las Vegas. From shows to gaming. From fine dining to luxury shopping trips. From budget friendly adventures to top notch and personal tours. No one visiting Las Vegas will ever come back unhappy unless of course, they just want to! If your visiting the “Sin City” any time soon, here are my recommendations…
Try to leave on a weekend and return on a week day if at all possible. Our agency ran a good deal during the time we traveled(12/16-12/19/12) and we were able to book each of the travelers who went @ $288 per person double INCLUDING air and $325 per person single INCLUDING air.
If you want to be in the area of the strip where everything goes down, you want to stay @ The Flamingo Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Harrahs, Bally’s, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian, Wynn, Encore or the Quad Resort formaley Imperial Palace Resort.
If your looking for resorts that do not impose a resort fee, Caesars Entertainment Resorts Collection offers no resort fee when staying as a guest at any of their resorts. They include: Caesars Palace, The Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrahs, Bally’s, Planet Hollywood, The Quad Resort, Paris Las Vegas & Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino.
Dining in Vegas is from average to a bit pricey. Take advantage of ANY coupons you have. Most of them will even allow you to use one same coupon for up to 4 people. This way only one person needs a coupon depending on your party size. Also, check out restaurant.com, a website that sells discounted food gift certificates. Several of the restaurants located on the Strip are listed on restaurant.com. Just sign up to join their mailing list, get the codes to purchase $25 gift certificates for as little as $5 and your good to go! This was a true bargain for me on this trip.

As for activities, I really didn’t part take in too many activities this time. However, I did get a chance to witness the show Absinthe performed on the property of Caesars Palace in a blue highlighted tent! The show, I will say has its own twist and certainly not recommended for anyone who is offended quickly regarding race, religion, sex or political party. Yup! He put you on the spot!
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Madame Tussaud next door to the Venetian will never loose my interest. Nor will the CSI Experience @ MGM Grand Resort. Yay! I m a Certified Agent! But most important, and for the sake of me being allowed back in the house, I can never put Madame Tussaud or the CSI Experience before the M&M Candy Shoppe thus sayeth my kids! Located a few steps away from MGM Grande is the M & M Candy Factory, check out the FREE tour the M&M’s give! Then stir it up a little and create your own colors of M&M’s!

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I hope that you’ve found this blog useful in making travel plans to Las Vegas. Enjoy your stay and maximize it to the fullest!

Merry Christmas!
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Anitra R. Byers
Travel Professional/Owner
Wallet Happy Vacations