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The Best Four Days in Vegas

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The Best Plan With Four Days in Vegas 
Fly in on a Wednesday night. If you come from the east coast like us, you'll arrive starving. Forget the idea that you'll be tired when you arrive; you won't be when you pick up your bags and feel that southwest night air. You'll be wide awake by the time you see the lights of the strip.

We always stay near NYNY so our first stop is there. Go grab some late night dinner (or breakfast) at America's in NYNY Casino. We love this place. There's an amazing 3D map of the United States to look at as you marvel at the fact that "I'm in Vegas!" They have breakfast all day, a late night menu, gluten free options, and delicious desserts.

After a good meal, walk right over to the piano bar. Wednesday nights are quiet so sit down and relax at the bar slots, throw in a $20, and have a drink or two.

Leave NYNY out the exit by the Zumanity Theatre and take some pictures there with the Zumanity props. It's fun. This exit …

2 Days: Sedona Vacation

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Sedona Vacation
I love visiting the southwest and usually my focus is in Nevada, but for this trip I wanted to visit Sedona. For over a decade, I have heard family speak of the majestic colors and mountains in Sedona. 
We traveled from Boston to Phoenix first. I do not enjoy flying, but I love to travel. We use JetBlue for many reasons: the tv's on every seat-back, the kind employees, and the reliability. 
Having three kids and working, we find it incredibly important to spend some vacations just you-and-me style. Here we are happy to be able to go on vacation together. Leaving for Sedona! 

We enjoyed one night in Phoenix before traveling to Sedona. Unfortunately, the rain was relentless during our two day stay. 
Driving in the rain

We made the best of the driving and turned up the radio or just talked and laughed together feeling relaxed and having a good time. 




We booked a room at Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. Poco Diablo has a great location and easy to drive to many restauran…

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Missing Our Happy Place

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As usual, we have the next trip booked within weeks of returning. I know how lucky we are to go back to Vegas so often. I love the excitement, the noise, the people, and the equal amounts of familiarity and unpredictability. Here’s a few more things we love about our Vegas Nevada adventures.

Golf isn’t my thing, but it is fun to do with hubby and it’s so beautiful being out on the golf course it’s hard to not do it at least one morning on our vacations.

Did you know you can drive out to Boulder Creek and try out your golf swing?

 Here I am at Boulder Creek on a beautiful July morning. I have no idea what I’m doing, but it’s fun anyway!


 Don’t get me wrong, I love the dingdingding of machines and the whooping and laughter of craps tables, but part of why we love Vegas is because we enjoy the other things.

One quiet place on the strip in the gardens at the Flamingo. Waterfalls, fish, birds, and there a delicious pizza place right there too. It’s wonderful to find a quiet place on the st…

Sedona: Castles in the Rain

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First time in Sedona. Anticipating beautiful colors, day long hikes, and exploring at least one vortex I keep reading about. All week before the flight, I am watching the weather. Rain 60%...rain with clouds… then rain 90%.... I am not happy, worried my trip 6 months in the making was going to be ruined. Despite what seemed to be the worst news, my husband assured me each day “It will be fine.”
Oh my gosh it can rain here. The sound is now the sound of Sedona for me. Peaceful yet annoying all at the same time. And then while driving in conditions causing flash flood warnings all over the state, I remember how my aunt once gave me a card that said that all too familiar line “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I thought, smiled and said to myself: When Sedona gives your rain, make a poncho.” The skills of an independent latch-key little girl suddenly sprung into action (with a quick trip to the store) and the garbage bag ponchos came to fruition. Turns out these bags also help p…

GUEST BLOG - TIPS FOR TRAVEL TO SALEM, MA

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Salem, Massachusetts, located less than an hour north of Boston, is infamous for its witch trials. As such, visitors visit the town in droves in the fall, when the foliage is at its peak.Considering a vacation to Salem? You are in for a treat! Outside of Halloween, visiting Salem is much more budget-friendly, however, the town lacks the festivities that make it worth visiting. 
Take the Salem Trolley when you arrive in Salem to experience an hour-long tour covering Salem’s past and present. After your tour, you can use the trolley throughout the day to hop on and off around town. For specific information, visit SalemTrolley.com. Personally, I took the trolley for sightseeing but did a lot of travel around town with our car. Salem is a popular destination in the fall, and it was a bit too cold to walk on foot the whole day. Once in Salem, you’ll be pleased to find that most everything you’d want to do is within walking distance, but depending on season, …

Elope in Vegas

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Married in Vegas
We’re going to the chapel and we’re going to get married…
Yup, that’s what happened and Vegas style! If you’ve ever considered tying the knot in Sin City, but you heard it would be unmemorable or even, dare I say, cheesy, you should keep reading.
We had the most amazing time getting married in Vegas!
Coming from Massachusetts, my husband and I planned ahead for the license, hair, limo but then other parts we just let the chips fly where they may.I hope our experience helps others.
Marriage License
Apply online before you go. Remember, you’re on vacation and you don’t want to be stuck in lines at the Clark County Licensing Bureau. Applying online is easy and the link can be found, along with a lot of other helpful information, on the website. http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/pages/default.aspx
Tip: Since the office is only three blocks from Fremont Street, take the bus from your strip hotel to the bureau, complete the license process, and then continued on to Freem…

Top 5 Bonuses on Slot Machines

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Slot players love bonuses!  Here's a list of 5 games we love to play just based on the bonus games. Having fun while winning money is the name of the game.

In no particular order:

1. Simpsons Slot Machine: Double seater (already a plus), three screen slot machine with a variety of bonuses. There's a random monorail bonus, donut bonus, and bonus based on your favorite character appearing in all four corners of the game. This is a colorful and noisy machine. Plus, what could be more fun than hearing Homer antagonizing the player to hit the button and making the infamous "Doh".

2. Buffalo: One of the most popular games with slot players. There are many versions of this game from one screen old games to giant large screen game with two seaters and then there is a four screen versions with a mix of buffalo and other classics. On this newer version, this is what the player is hoping for along with hoping to get the grand prize won by a spin when you trigger the bonus. The …