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Company's Coming
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Marsha L
2006-04-13 00:45:34 UTC
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I'm looking for some advice...
My first house guests are coming in a few weeks. They've never been to the
Vegas valley, and probably wouldn't ever come if I hadn't moved here.
They live in New England, and have become somewhat "typical" of some of that
area's clichés.
They have access to casinos there, so say that they aren't particularly
interested in seeing too many of them here.
He isn't able to walk long distances.
They say they like scenery.
These are the only people who remember me from when I was in my 20s and I
consider them "family" although the relationship isn't by blood.
They are coming because they love me, but I would like for them to not hate
it here... indeed to maybe even like it, even to the extent of coming back
in the future.
Most of you have had more experience in playing "tourist" and/or "host" than
I have and I would appreciate your suggestions.
TIA,
Marsha
Burt Cohen
2006-04-13 01:29:35 UTC
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Post by Marsha L
I'm looking for some advice...
My first house guests are coming in a few weeks. They've never been to the
Vegas valley, and probably wouldn't ever come if I hadn't moved here.
They live in New England, and have become somewhat "typical" of some of that
area's clichés.
They have access to casinos there, so say that they aren't particularly
interested in seeing too many of them here.
He isn't able to walk long distances.
They say they like scenery.
These are the only people who remember me from when I was in my 20s and I
consider them "family" although the relationship isn't by blood.
They are coming because they love me, but I would like for them to not hate
it here... indeed to maybe even like it, even to the extent of coming back
in the future.
Most of you have had more experience in playing "tourist" and/or "host" than
I have and I would appreciate your suggestions.
TIA,
Marsha
Crazy Girls. Check the 1/2 price outlets.

-Burt
Marsha L
2006-04-13 15:57:14 UTC
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Thanks?
Post by Burt Cohen
Crazy Girls. Check the 1/2 price outlets.
-Burt
Walt
2006-04-13 04:12:34 UTC
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Post by Marsha L
My first house guests are coming in a few weeks. They've never been to the
Vegas valley, and probably wouldn't ever come if I hadn't moved here.
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Post by Marsha L
Most of you have had more experience in playing "tourist" and/or "host" than
I have and I would appreciate your suggestions.
TIA,
Marsha
The Helldorado Parade in downtown Vegas is on May 13. I think there
are also supposed to be some Helldorado-related activities at the South
Coast around that time.

Also on May 13, the Pickadillos are playing at the Artfest in downtown
Henderson, 4:30-6:00pm.

http://www.888artfest.com/henderson/entertainschedule06.html

Monday night is Celebrity Karaoke at the Bootlegger Bistro. I like to
go there on every trip.

http://bootleggerlasvegas.com/

Are your guests thrifty New Englanders? Buy a copy or two of American
Casino Guide ($11.02 at Amazon) and go to some 2-for-1 buffets.
Wednesday Steak Night at the Orleans is good. Tuesday Filet Mignon &
Shrimp Scampi Night at the Rampart is good. There's a coupon for the
new Silverton buffet, and one for Green Valley Ranch. All of the above
can also be used at half-off for one person. Plus you get all the
other coupons in the book.

http://www.americancasinoguide.com/Store/Coupons-2006.shtml

If they like scenery, you know the places to take them locally. If you
have the time and want to "wow" them, take them on the grand-circle
driving tour (Zion/Bryce/GC). They'll see a lot with minimal walking,
and a lot more while driving. If they don't mind several hours a day in
the car, you could do the whole route in 3 days - 2 nights, although
it's better to take more time.

--- Walt
Mr. V
2006-04-13 04:26:56 UTC
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Hoover Dam

Mt. Charleston / Red Rocks

Bellagio fountains, Mirage volcano (for that down east New England
"sneer factor" to rise to the fore)
Marsha L
2006-04-13 15:57:15 UTC
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Thanks Mr. V... I'm wondering about getting them to where they can see the
fountains or volcano (yuck) without a lot of walking though...

Marsha
Post by Mr. V
Hoover Dam
Mt. Charleston / Red Rocks
Bellagio fountains, Mirage volcano (for that down east New England
"sneer factor" to rise to the fore)
Marsha L
2006-04-13 15:57:17 UTC
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Thanks Walt... unfortunately they are coming before some of that takes
place, they'll be here from 5/2 until 5/6 (that's Tuesday through Saturday).

They're fine with "several hours in the car", but I'm not! I learned the
hard way that I need to avoid driving more than about two hours at a time,
and that dealing with longer stretches by making frequent stops makes it all
much worse.

I haven't really played tourist here... haven't been to a lot of the more
usual places.

I'd been thinking of heading northwest one day... Mt. Charleston, Red Rock
and the new Red Rock casino. Not sure of route or other stops.

Another day I was thinking east, the Dam, Lake Mead, maybe Lake Las Vegas.
But I've only been to Montelago Village, so know very little about that
area.

GVR is my local casino, and I was thinking that we could go over there
Friday or Saturday, late enough to take in the live entertainment at The
District. No more walking than he would be comfortable with, lots of fresh
air. Might (or might not) be a good transition from here to the airport
Saturday.

Thrifty New Englanders? LOL! I forwarded the recent Goldstar mailing, she
said that they'd been thinking about seeing Mama Mia but thought it was
expensive... Goldstar was selling tickets for $50 each<G>. I don't know how
they'd feel about the big buffets, or the walking it would take to get to
them. I suspect that meals here, or in restaurants which aren't in casinos
might be better.

We haven't seen each other in about three years, and not so often in the few
before that... so my mental image of them is in their 20s or 30s... even
though I know that's no longer true.

Are YOU going to be here on the 13th? at the Artfest?

Marsha
Post by Walt
The Helldorado Parade in downtown Vegas is on May 13. I think there
are also supposed to be some Helldorado-related activities at the South
Coast around that time.
Also on May 13, the Pickadillos are playing at the Artfest in downtown
Henderson, 4:30-6:00pm.
http://www.888artfest.com/henderson/entertainschedule06.html
Monday night is Celebrity Karaoke at the Bootlegger Bistro. I like to
go there on every trip.
http://bootleggerlasvegas.com/
Are your guests thrifty New Englanders? Buy a copy or two of American
Casino Guide ($11.02 at Amazon) and go to some 2-for-1 buffets.
Wednesday Steak Night at the Orleans is good. Tuesday Filet Mignon &
Shrimp Scampi Night at the Rampart is good. There's a coupon for the
new Silverton buffet, and one for Green Valley Ranch. All of the above
can also be used at half-off for one person. Plus you get all the
other coupons in the book.
http://www.americancasinoguide.com/Store/Coupons-2006.shtml
If they like scenery, you know the places to take them locally. If you
have the time and want to "wow" them, take them on the grand-circle
driving tour (Zion/Bryce/GC). They'll see a lot with minimal walking,
and a lot more while driving. If they don't mind several hours a day in
the car, you could do the whole route in 3 days - 2 nights, although
it's better to take more time.
--- Walt
Mark and Gloria Hagwood
2006-04-13 18:27:29 UTC
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Marsha L wrote:
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Post by Marsha L
GVR is my local casino, and I was thinking that we could go over there
Friday or Saturday, late enough to take in the live entertainment at The
District. No more walking than he would be comfortable with, lots of fresh
air. Might (or might not) be a good transition from here to the airport
Saturday.
Elephant Bar has half priced appetizers and $3 well drinks
from 4:00p to 6:30p weekdays, including Friday. It's just a
short walk/crawl to GVR from there.

We have always been the kind of folks who welcome visitors.
We consider it an honor that someone would take the time
from their vacation to want to spend it with us. We've also
lived in several areas of the country, and have learned a
few lessons about entertaining houseguests.

1) Plan meals ahead of time and do whatever preparations you
can beforehand. Having the food on hand, with some
preparation done helps a guest understand how happy your are
to see them and understand that it gives you more time to
visit or show them around. Catering would be an insult,
unless there were health or time problems.

2) Scout out where you're taking them. If you're taking
them to Hoover Darn, then go there yourself some afternoon
and see the Darn like a tourist. That way, you can show
them "secrets," like the best place to get an ice cream
cone, buy souvenirs or even where to park. Make the drive
through RRC or up to Mt. Charleston beforehand with friends
or by yourself to get a feel for the place. Stop and read
any signs, visit the visitor center and maybe even pick up
something you can hand your guests to read about where
you're taking them. Don't be a tour guide, but know where
you're taking them and the basic facts.

3) Have your car clean and filled with gas. If you gas up
with company present, it points out to them that you're
spending money on them.

4) Meet them at the airport. Park you car (take lots of
quarters) and go inside. Tell them you'll be at their
luggage carousel or in the central area. Have our trunk
cleaned out so the can get their luggage in.

5) Have cold cuts for sandwiches, and cold drinks for them
when they get to the house, if they're arriving in the late
afternoon or evening. If you remember what they drink, lay
in a good supply. If you remember any of their favorite
foods, plan your menu to bring back old memories. Have
pictures or albums handy to look at- especially pictures of
you and them from early days.

6) If the folks enjoy seeing expensive "stuff," take them to
Fashion Show Mall. Valet park at Nordstrom's and go to the
third floor cafeteria for lunch. It isn't that expensive,
and the food or salads are excellent. Visit Saks,
Bloomingdale's etc. to look at where rich people shop.

7) Virtually all our guests get a kick out of the Tent City
mall by downtown and the Outlet Mall over by Warm Springs
and LVB. The best deal is to park on the N. end by
Burlington Brands and let them shop 'til they drop. Be sure
to visit the Hat Shop when you're there. Everybody loves
the place. If they're into labels, visit Sak's Off Fifth in
the outlot and Nordstrom's Rack over on Eastern. Give them
some "west coast hamburger experience" with a stop by Red
Robin on Eastern, near Serene.

8) If you have friends in town, be sure to bring them to
meet your guests, or have a "party" one evening and invite
your neighbors or friends over. By doing this, you're
sending your guests a nice "message."

9) Use coupons freely, but don't dwell on them in front of
the guests. Treat it as a "This is one of the favorite
hobbies of people who live in LV- finding cool deals on food
or entertainment. Isn't this neat and fun."

I'll probably think of a few more entertainment things, but
that's it for the moment.

Mark
Marsha L
2006-04-13 21:34:56 UTC
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Now I know why you and Gloria have so much company!

What day are you all coming over?

Marsha
Elephant Bar has half priced appetizers and $3 well drinks from 4:00p to
6:30p weekdays, including Friday. It's just a short walk/crawl to GVR
from there.
We have always been the kind of folks who welcome visitors. We consider it
an honor that someone would take the time from their vacation to want to
spend it with us. We've also lived in several areas of the country, and
have learned a few lessons about entertaining houseguests.
1) Plan meals ahead of time and do whatever preparations you can
beforehand. Having the food on hand, with some preparation done helps a
guest understand how happy your are to see them and understand that it
gives you more time to visit or show them around. Catering would be an
insult, unless there were health or time problems.
2) Scout out where you're taking them. If you're taking them to Hoover
Darn, then go there yourself some afternoon and see the Darn like a
tourist. That way, you can show them "secrets," like the best place to
get an ice cream cone, buy souvenirs or even where to park. Make the
drive through RRC or up to Mt. Charleston beforehand with friends or by
yourself to get a feel for the place. Stop and read any signs, visit the
visitor center and maybe even pick up something you can hand your guests
to read about where you're taking them. Don't be a tour guide, but know
where you're taking them and the basic facts.
3) Have your car clean and filled with gas. If you gas up with company
present, it points out to them that you're spending money on them.
4) Meet them at the airport. Park you car (take lots of quarters) and go
inside. Tell them you'll be at their luggage carousel or in the central
area. Have our trunk cleaned out so the can get their luggage in.
5) Have cold cuts for sandwiches, and cold drinks for them when they get
to the house, if they're arriving in the late afternoon or evening. If
you remember what they drink, lay in a good supply. If you remember any
of their favorite foods, plan your menu to bring back old memories. Have
pictures or albums handy to look at- especially pictures of you and them
from early days.
6) If the folks enjoy seeing expensive "stuff," take them to Fashion Show
Mall. Valet park at Nordstrom's and go to the third floor cafeteria for
lunch. It isn't that expensive, and the food or salads are excellent.
Visit Saks, Bloomingdale's etc. to look at where rich people shop.
7) Virtually all our guests get a kick out of the Tent City mall by
downtown and the Outlet Mall over by Warm Springs and LVB. The best deal
is to park on the N. end by Burlington Brands and let them shop 'til they
drop. Be sure to visit the Hat Shop when you're there. Everybody loves
the place. If they're into labels, visit Sak's Off Fifth in the outlot
and Nordstrom's Rack over on Eastern. Give them some "west coast
hamburger experience" with a stop by Red Robin on Eastern, near Serene.
8) If you have friends in town, be sure to bring them to meet your guests,
or have a "party" one evening and invite your neighbors or friends over.
By doing this, you're sending your guests a nice "message."
9) Use coupons freely, but don't dwell on them in front of the guests.
Treat it as a "This is one of the favorite hobbies of people who live in
LV- finding cool deals on food or entertainment. Isn't this neat and
fun."
I'll probably think of a few more entertainment things, but that's it for
the moment.
Mark
Walt
2006-04-14 01:39:57 UTC
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Post by Marsha L
Thanks Walt... unfortunately they are coming before some of that takes
place, they'll be here from 5/2 until 5/6 (that's Tuesday through Saturday).
They're fine with "several hours in the car", but I'm not! I learned the
hard way that I need to avoid driving more than about two hours at a time,
and that dealing with longer stretches by making frequent stops makes it all
much worse.
<edit>

As you can see I enjoy making lots of plans for other people as well as
myself. With your guests, it sounds like you can just leave it up to
them as to how active they want to be. Have some ideas in mind, float
a few suggestions, and let them decide. It might turn out that their
favorite activity is just visiting with you.

Concerning the long walks in casinos, you can shorten them somewhat by
dropping your guests off at the entrance nearest to where you want to
be, then go park the car by yourself. For example, the Orleans buffet
is close to the entrance on the west side of the casino. Ditto for the
buffet at GVR, if I recall correctly. At Bellagio, drop your guests at
the front entrance, where they can take a short stroll across the
driveway to watch the fountain show with Paris in the background.

Yes, I'll be there on the 13th. Looks like a busy day, with the parade
in the morning and the Artfest w/Pickadillos in the afternoon, and if I
have time, the Clark County Museum ($1.50 -- such a deal!).

--- Walt
Marsha L
2006-04-14 02:08:16 UTC
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Walt,

That is EXACTLY what I wanted though... people who have come here and played
tourist and know what they liked (or didn't)... what they'd do again... what
they'd show other people.

The ONLY thing my friends have mentioned is the Dam... I want them to see
the beauty here... even though I know it takes a while. And I don't know
that I will be able to get them on the road and in places where they'll see
it. For me I saw it driving on 215, early in morning, or late evening,
watching the light move across the valley... I see it when I'm looking at
the light from a distance.... I even see it when I'm watching it rain
somewhere else<G>... there really is so much that's beautiful... AND not
like anywhere else that I've ever been

Marsha
Post by Walt
As you can see I enjoy making lots of plans for other people as well as
myself. With your guests, it sounds like you can just leave it up to
them as to how active they want to be. Have some ideas in mind, float
a few suggestions, and let them decide. It might turn out that their
favorite activity is just visiting with you.
Concerning the long walks in casinos, you can shorten them somewhat by
dropping your guests off at the entrance nearest to where you want to
be, then go park the car by yourself. For example, the Orleans buffet
is close to the entrance on the west side of the casino. Ditto for the
buffet at GVR, if I recall correctly. At Bellagio, drop your guests at
the front entrance, where they can take a short stroll across the
driveway to watch the fountain show with Paris in the background.
Yes, I'll be there on the 13th. Looks like a busy day, with the parade
in the morning and the Artfest w/Pickadillos in the afternoon, and if I
have time, the Clark County Museum ($1.50 -- such a deal!).
--- Walt
John Payton
2006-04-15 15:58:45 UTC
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You could take them down to laughlin and get a room for $25 bucks. They
might think that was reasonable. Only 90 minute drive.
Post by Marsha L
Thanks Walt... unfortunately they are coming before some of that takes
place, they'll be here from 5/2 until 5/6 (that's Tuesday through Saturday).
They're fine with "several hours in the car", but I'm not! I learned the
hard way that I need to avoid driving more than about two hours at a time,
and that dealing with longer stretches by making frequent stops makes it all
much worse.
I haven't really played tourist here... haven't been to a lot of the more
usual places.
I'd been thinking of heading northwest one day... Mt. Charleston, Red Rock
and the new Red Rock casino. Not sure of route or other stops.
Another day I was thinking east, the Dam, Lake Mead, maybe Lake Las Vegas.
But I've only been to Montelago Village, so know very little about that
area.
GVR is my local casino, and I was thinking that we could go over there
Friday or Saturday, late enough to take in the live entertainment at The
District. No more walking than he would be comfortable with, lots of fresh
air. Might (or might not) be a good transition from here to the airport
Saturday.
Thrifty New Englanders? LOL! I forwarded the recent Goldstar mailing, she
said that they'd been thinking about seeing Mama Mia but thought it was
expensive... Goldstar was selling tickets for $50 each<G>. I don't know how
they'd feel about the big buffets, or the walking it would take to get to
them. I suspect that meals here, or in restaurants which aren't in casinos
might be better.
We haven't seen each other in about three years, and not so often in the few
before that... so my mental image of them is in their 20s or 30s... even
though I know that's no longer true.
Are YOU going to be here on the 13th? at the Artfest?
Marsha
Post by Walt
The Helldorado Parade in downtown Vegas is on May 13. I think there
are also supposed to be some Helldorado-related activities at the South
Coast around that time.
Also on May 13, the Pickadillos are playing at the Artfest in downtown
Henderson, 4:30-6:00pm.
http://www.888artfest.com/h