Going Stripless in Las Vegas: Day 1

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I recently returned from a 6 day, 7 night stay in Las Vegas.  When I told friends I planned a trip to Las Vegas, they naturally thought I was going to hang out on The Strip and gamble and attend shows... which isn't really my persona.  

Our primary purpose in going to Las Vegas was to get out of the cold and enjoy some sunshine and warm weather, after a long and dreary winter in Central Washington State.   We took our golf clubs and walking carts.

On our road trip to Las Vegas, my friend and I made a pact to stay off The Strip during our entire stay. We knew there are lots of things to do in the Vegas area that have nothing to do with going anywhere near The Strip.

I am proud to say we were completely successful in our quest. We went totally Stripless in Vegas for an entire week.   How did we do it? 

We arrived in Las Vegas on Friday evening, March 11th.  We checked into our condo at the Westgate Flamingo resort about 6:00 pm.  The Westgage Flamingo Resort is located about 2 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, which is a very convenient location no matter what your agenda.  

After checking in, we went to Ricardos Mexican restaurant down the street to unwind over a margarita and share an order of fajitas.  We were quite enjoying the evening until it was time to pay the bill and the waiter came along and punched the 20% tip button and swooped away with the pay station. We just looked at each other, wondering what had just happened.   We would have voluntarily given a generous tip but that was not cool and we never went back... and probably never will.  

Tomorrow, I will report on our first full Stripless day in The Vegas area.


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Looking forward to hearing what you did.  We took our kids there for vacation once and didn't go into a casino at all that trip.  Lots of fun family stuff to do there.

Mar 24, 2016 11:37 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol- well I can't wait to learn more about your trip! I haven't been in several years but my favorite pastime there is people watching.

Mar 24, 2016 01:20 PM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Carol Williams . I remember the last time that I went to Vegas I spent the whole $20 on one of the game machines and that was my extent of gambling. So yes, I can say that I gambled in Vegas.

Mar 24, 2016 06:09 PM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Carol... I guess since I lived overseas where the tip is factored into the price of the food, someone simply adding 20% doesn't really faze me too much. Did their menu say a 20% tip would be automatically added?

Mar 25, 2016 03:58 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Wow. That is quite an experience with your waiter. Have an outstanding weekend.

Mar 25, 2016 10:00 AM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I think that is so cool to set out to do it different. I agree that swoosh was not nice altough I usually tip at least that amount.

Mar 25, 2016 01:33 PM #6
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