Blackjack? Roulette? Motown? Circ de Soleil? Dining in the Eiffel Tower? Clubs? Spas? Go-Karts? Indoor Skydiving? Hoover Dam? You can have it all in VEGAS, BABY!! This truly is one city where there is something for everyone….even those who don’t gamble!
Singles Travel International “treated” single travelers to Las Vegas over Halloween weekend and good times were had by all! We had PERFECT weather and stayed right on the strip at the centrally-located Flamingo, with Bally’s, Paris and the new Quad resort nearby Caesar’s across the street.
We kicked off our welcome happy hour at Carlos & Charlie’s complete with goody bags and a gift cards from STI! Many of our travelers were already donning their Halloween gear and others were pumped up about the evening of Halloween adventures ahead. All were excited to be in Vegas and talking about what fun activities, shows & restaurants they were interested in.
‘Saints & Sinners’ was the theme of our VIP Club Hop Tour and STI travelers went ALL OUT! We had the devil himself, a nun, a monk, priest, a queen…and even a Playboy bunny in the mix! We boarded our limo bus and headed out to our first stop at Luxor. This was NO ORDINARY ride! Our bus had two stripper poles, a big flatscreen playing music videos, neon lighting effects and a kickin’ sound system! We started the party off with cocktails. Beer, margaritas and vodka and cranberry were all included and helped to reduce some of the inhibitions & get people dancing (both on and off the poles). At Luxor, we met up with our VIP hostess, Jovi, at the hip T & T (Tacos & Tequila) ‘a highly stylized restaurant with a fun, high-energy vibe and flavorful menu, embodying traditional and modern elements of Mexican style intermixed with a rock’n’roll flair’. We enjoyed a dinner of authentic tacos, quesadillas & flautas accompanied by rice & beans, homemade chips, two types of salsa and some of the best guacamole I have ever had! Some even tried the tequila flights offered at T & T.
After dinner, the party resumed as we visited Flight Bar & Aurora at the Luxor for more dancing, pictures & mingling. Our limo picked us up and we were off to ride the strip. We were a mobile party with envious onlookers trying to sneak peeks to see who was on the party bus. We stopped at the famous Las Vegas sign and took group pictures in front of the epic landmark and then moved on to Mandalay Bay and took the elevator to the top to hit MIX Ultra Lounge. This is the ultimate club on the strip with panoramic views of the ‘neon desert’ through floor to ceiling windows, posh seating and imaginative architecture. We immediately congregated on the outside terrace to take more photos and take in the views from 400ft up! Soon, we had our own dance party started on the dance floor, with the DJ spinning an eclectic mix of electric with new old hits. This was the place to see the creative & sexy costumes you’d expect in Vegas! Witches in cauldrons, cops, Cereal (not serial) Killers, cats & foxes boogied around the dance floor overlooking the lit up strip below. We ended our night with a door front limo pick up and headed back to The Flamingo to catch a few winks before breakfast!
Friday morning we met in the lobby and hit award winning Hash House a GoGo for some ‘twisted farm food’ at the new Quad Resort. We bypassed the long line of patrons waiting to our STI VIP section to be seated. Now, this restaurant has NO shortage in portions or flavor and were featured in Food Network’s ‘Man vs Food’ for their pancakes the size of pizzas, and my choice, Andy’s sage fried chicken w/ fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs. Needless to say, we needed to walk the strip for a while after breakfast! Some in our group went to do indoor skydiving and go-karts, others went to get show tickets and shop…I am guessing that a couple of travelers may have snuck away to nap. That afternoon, we met some of our STI travelers in the lobby to escort them for a tour pick up. They took an excursion to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada’s first national conservation area, for a scenic drive and hike.
That evening we rendezvoused at Margaritaville’s 5 O’clock Somewhere outdoor patio for drinks, where STI had their own VIP area right on the strip (outsiders were trying to sneak in to our group fun). We enjoyed catching up and sharing what shows, shops & activities we spent doing that afternoon and made plans to meet up after dinner. The optional dining groups headed out to Paris for dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower and to Hamada of Japan for a hibachi dining experience.
Later that night, the STI friends met at Gilley’s for a boot-stomping shin dig. We had the STI VIP area set up in perfect view of the mechanical bull and got a lot of kicks watching people hang on for the ride of their lives and others two-stepping to the live band.
Saturday was our last full day in Vegas and all STI members wanted to make the most of it! An early group met to be escorted to transportation for a VIP Hoover Dam Tour, the late risers met at the STI VIP section at the GoPool at Flamingo where we had lounges and sunbeds reserved for some chillaxing. Our sports fans met us later at Sports Book at Caesar’s Palace to place bets on the college games and horse races. For our GRAND FINALE, we hit downtown Las Vegas for fun on Fremont Street Saturday night. We kicked off our Gangster/Mob theme night with drinks at the MOB Bar for martinis and other appetite inducing libations. STI friends went ALL OUT with flapper dresses, fedoras (aka the GODFATHER hat), boas and even Tommy guns! Our dinner was next door at the famous Triple George Grill where we had a caesar salad to start, a choice of steak, seafood pasta or salmon for dinner and a variety of chocolatey delights for dinner. The vino was flowing, STI friends were exchanging pictures, contact information and sharing their next STI trip plans. Nearby diners inquired about our ‘fun group’ and how they could join in! After dinner, we headed over to the dueling piano bar at Downtown Grand, which just underwent $100 million in renovations to be transformed from the Lady Luck into a new hip, ‘urban-hospitality’ setting. We took seats front and center, made requests and danced. STI got the party started and they didn’t want us to leave when it was time to hit Fremont Street.
Fremont Street Experience had an 80’s style throwback rock and roll cover band on the main stage playing Bon Jovi, Poison, Alice Cooper, Def Lepard…to name a few. We sang, danced, and people watched between two of the hourly light shows. We were dazzled by two separate hourly shows, The Doors and Peace Hippy Freak themes.
Needless to say, Vegas was filled with dazzling lights, some wins on the tables, lots of eating, dancing, sightseeing and nightlife. Most importantly, new friends and new memories were made by STI travelers. Until next time we can keep up with one another on the STI community and plan more future adventures together!
Contributed by Else R, Professional STI Concierge!