Marsha L wrote:
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
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.