Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Las Vegas Trip Report – Part 1 – Intro

Trip Dates: April 1-April 5

For Easter long weekend, Dan and I took a last minute trip to Las Vegas (booked less than 2 weeks before we left). Given that I am currently working for the government, I get Easter Monday off and Dan has lots of vacay days to use, so it was perfect.

This post will serve as an intro to our fabulous trip, and following individual posts will review the hotels, food, flights and miscellaneous items.

We were flying out of Buffalo on Friday at noon, so we stayed in Buffalo Thursday night at the Marriott in Amherst. This avoided us waking up too early to drive Friday morning to Buffalo. Instead, we left after work Thursday night, which was convenient and allowed us a fabulous dinner at the Seneca Niagara Casino buffet.

Friday morning we ordered room service for breakfast, and then took the free airport shuttle to the airport. Our flight was delayed leaving by 1 hour but that didn’t affect us too bad in that we were able to catch our connecting flight. Going to Vegas, we flew United, and coming home we flew US Airways.

In Vegas, we stayed at Paris and Caesar’s Palace. We ate at Rao’s, Paris Buffet, Diego, Serendipity 3, Augustus Café, and Cheesecake Factory. We didn’t see any shows, but we walked the strip, hung out with friends Annie and Steve, checked out a lot of the casinos and searched high and low for cheap slushy drinks (did not find a one!). The wind put a damper on things, and high winds cancelled things like the Bellagio fountains, the volcano eruption at Mirage and the Sirens of TI show. Despite this, we really didn’t spend much time in the room at all!

Monday morning, sadly, we left Vegas :( . We landed in Buffalo at around 6:10pm, grabbed dinner at the Olive Garden, and did some shopping at Tops and Duty Free. It was a short trip (arrived Friday at 5pm, left Monday at 7:55 am), but jam-packed, and we didn’t sleep much (or at all Sunday night!).

I am looking forward to reviewing the places we stayed, the things we ate and the places we went!

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