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People watching and wandering around The Strip is a huge part of the fun in Vegas, snaking your way through hotels and blowing where the wind takes you. This VegasChatter contributor loves this strategy during the afternoons and early evenings, but as I learned through multiple group trips over the years, time gets away from you in Sin City, and the lack of a clear agenda can result in too much aimless meandering.
Indeed, it was a sad moment when I looked at my watch, realized it was after midnight and that I had no next move for the evening. My group and I came to Vegas on a budget, failed to do our research, and ended up standing in a circle near the slot machines, shrugging our shoulders about what to do next. We had a little bit of cash left in our pockets, but seeing some restaurants start to close down and crowds begin to thin out, we wondered where to spend it.
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They’re strange. They’re subversive! They're secretly living in your neighborhood. They are... the vegans!
Sounds like the tagline for a sexy 1960s potboiler playing at your local drive-in theater, doesn’t it? Well, to some, vegans might seem very odd, indeed. But, with 2014 around the corner, the lifestyle of plant-based eating is no longer considered strange. Nor, is it very rare. Vegan dining, much like vegetarianism, has grown exponentially as people become more aware of its benefits (and are seeking non-pharmaceutical ways to improve health and longevity). Las Vegas, forever on the cutting edge of dining, is keeping pace with this growth. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking in the vegan kitchens of Vegas. Or, growing in the gardens, if you will.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another of VegasChatter's writers, who pens stories under Jproz, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas was doomed to be an absolute gong show and disaster from the minute we departed! First off, this trip was orchestrated as my birthday celebration and involved about 14 people. We found a discounted trip out of an airport about 4.5 hours from home and decided to take it. (Home is Canada.) The problem was that the flight left at 6 a.m. so midnight found us all piling into cars and fleeing from our better judgement. Oh, and did I mention we were all virgins?
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My first trip to Vegas was in January of 2010. After graduating from the University of Missouri just a month earlier, it seemed like the perfect pat on the back to take the much needed virgin voyage to Sin City.
Due to the requirements of the awesomely cheap deal found on Southwest Vacations, I needed to find someone to be the other half of my "couples' vacation." My brother was already booked with his soon-to-be fiancé (he would get engaged on this trip) and -- with all of my friends from school being broke -- it was suggested I split the price with my soon-to-be sister-in-law's best friend. Slightly confusing, really boring, but all of this will become much more interesting later in the story.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for one of VegasChatter's newest writers, who pens stories under Wake and Wander, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas suffered the metaphorical equivalent of a flight delay. I found myself waiting in the lobby of The Mirage for 45 minutes, suitcase at my side, until my friend "found his phone" and returned my call. When I finally got the room number and met him upstairs, he could barely stand up. The room reeked of rum and Coke, cologne, and the steam of a hot iron. Clothes were all over, suitcases in every corner. I saw that the space under the desk was vacant so I slid in my suitcase. I turned to the dresser and saw the bottles of booze. This wasn’t just any hotel room – this was a Vegas hotel room, for sure.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, William K., to tell you about losing his Vegas virginity.
After watching the Monster Jam World Finals on Pay Per View we decided to attend the show in person. In 2003, we booked a room at The Mirage for the Monster Jam show in March because we were told they had the best pool in Las Vegas at that time.
I called them before our arrival and quizzed them about anything being closed or shut down or changed prior to our arrival and were assured there was no problems or major closures. We drove down, arrived and were dismayed to find the pool we had hoped my son would thoroughly enjoy was under remodeling and had been so for nine months.
We were never told about this despite my phone call a few weeks before out trip.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Anderguy, to tell you about losing his Vegas virginity. He shares the pics that prove it, too!
"I went to Vegas for the first time last February for my 50th birthday. I couldn't pull off completely free, but I think I did nicely: I used an award ticket on Southwest Airlines; I negotiated a discounted rate for a Strip View room at the Tropicana with a waiver of the resort fee; I saw Peepshow (front row dead center) and Zumanity (also a pretty good seat) using promo codes to score discounts."
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Lynn B., to tell you about busting her Vegas cherry.
"In 1994, I had never been to Las Vegas, I had not even seen the inside of a casino! My new boyfriend, Bill, invited me to go with him and his best friend, Larry. They went at least twice a year.
I will never forget the ride down the Strip. We took a red eye and got there about 3 in the morning and the airport shuttle was empty except for us. When Larry told the driver it was my first time he drove slowly down the Strip and he told me a little about every casino. Oh my goodness, all the beautiful lights!! I had no idea that such a wonderful place existed."
Our special contributor and frequent Vegas Visitor, Joe K, returns to give us a little quick anecdote about doing it for the first time. And, by that, we mean his first time to Vegas. Got your own Vegas Virgin story to share? By all means, send 'em to us!
My first visit to Las Vegas was in 2000 on a family vacation and I was not able to enjoy games outside of the arcade of the Excalibur.
My parents are not gamblers so we took in the sights of Vegas and the nearby attractions rather than hole up on the casino floors. I remember my first walk down The Strip and being awestruck at the size of these resorts. I insisted on getting a coin cup from every casino as a souvenir. (Ed. Note: Ahh... memories of the old coin slots!)
From the Bellagio fountains to the volcano and from the Caesars show to the tigers at the Mirage and the Fremont Street Experience, I was entertained without gambling a dime.
If you like warehouses full of kids...
Time for another VegasChatter Question! Already? Yes, our amazing readers have great questions! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!
Today's question is an important one as it involves nightclubs. Pick up any tabloid magazine today and there is bound to be a celeb or reality star who recently partied somewhere in Las Vegas. But where should a Vegas Virgin, who's also a hard-working mom, go to get her crunk on?
Reader Chris writes:
I’m taking my wife for her first ever Vegas Trip this July. She loves to dance and wants to hit a nightclub or two while we’re there. I’d love to take her somewhere where she could have a blast (hopefully generating more trips in the future) and where we could fit in. We’re a bit on the older side (she’s 33, I’m 41), but we still love to have fun and need a break from the kids. We’re staying at the Venetian but we’d go anywhere if it was the right place. Any suggestions on where a 30 something mom on a break could glam it up? Also not sure if TAO would be easier to get into or not since we’d be guests of the hotel.
We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Seth Gruen, to tell you about busting his Vegas cherry.
My initial reaction to this assignment was that it violated every ethical code that dealt with a trip to Vegas.
For years, hasn’t Sin City’s slogan been “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas?”
I simultaneously wrestled with my own journalistic integrity. I didn’t go to school to write fiction. I leave that to the English majors. So, naturally, as with any sources who may not want to be mentioned by name, I went and asked a few members of my trip how they felt about my publicizing our exploits. The unilateral decision was that the names of those on my trip will remain anonymous -- except, of course, mine.
Time for another VegasChatter Question! This time, it's from a VC member who's a New Year's Eve virgin.
New Year's Eve is one of the most thrilling times in Vegas. The parties! The celebrities! (ok, the pseudo-celebrities.) The drinking! The parties! The dining! The parties! The drinking!
But, it can also be a bit unnerving for the NYE Vegas Virgin. So many people. So many choices. So many little things that you feel you should know, but don't. It's probably safe to say that there are quite a few people out there right now feeling just like VegasChatter's binciong: