Although, at $13.99 for one day of Internet service, not bloody much.
Be a showgirl in the comments. Sparkle!
4dbirds said on April 9, 2010 at 11:25 am
People watching is the best entertainment in Vegas. If you can get to Red Rock Canyon, do so. I’ll sparkle but I’m not showing my boobs.
moe99 said on April 9, 2010 at 11:31 am
Why are you there? I recommend “O” at the Bellagio. Took my boys to see it. I assume it’s still there because the stage was so expensive to build.
Joe Kobiela said on April 9, 2010 at 11:40 am
Take the hoover dam tour if you have time,we did the private tour. It was a little more expensive but you get to go all through the damn. You even get to keep the hard hat. the thing is spectacular craftmenship second to none, designed on paper with no computer and finished early and under budget. Try that today!!!
crinoidgirl said on April 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
Pilot Joe has an excellent recommendation. I went through Vegas twice a year for 10 years when I was testing cars for Ford. Vegas itself is OK, once, if you’ve never been there before. The real show is in the countryside in NV/CA/AZ.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 9, 2010 at 11:48 am
At the Copa, Copacabana — the hottest spot north of Havana . . .
HERE at the Copa, Copacabana . . . don’t fall in lurrrvvve.
I do think you should get to go all through the damn, in honor of Ashley.
LAMary said on April 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm
You’re there with your film? Good luck!
4dbirds said on April 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Nothing against Joe K, but I found Hoover Dam to be one big snooze fest. Ethel M’s candy factory and the cactus garden outside of it was nice.
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Check out City Center, the new contemporary buildings designed by semi-famous architects. The company I work for did the overall management for that project.
Michael said on April 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm
The nice think about a trip to Vegas is being able to say, as I do, “not my favorite city”.
KarenNM said on April 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago, and had the best sandwich of my life at ‘wichcraft in the MGM. It’s the to-go version of the Craft restaurants with just sandwiches – it’s wonderful and not too pricey for a yummy lunch. Get the turkey bacon avocado, and you will not be disappointed. We went there twice in our three-day trip!
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Michael, I’m with you, Vegas is not my favorite city, not by a long shot. Least favorite would be more like it. I like driving around in the desert rather than spending time on the strip. The only time I have ever enjoyed it was a business trip in January, at least it was warm there compared to Chicago in January.
Dorothy said on April 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Okay reading all these recommendations/attempts at persuasion so I have to mention that I’m heading to St. Louis next month (Memorial Day weekend) with my daughter. We’re going to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield. Any suggestions for a place to eat dinner in downtown St. Louis? We’re going in a big loop from St. Louis, south to Mansfield, west to Springfield and then back to St. Louis. We might take in a minor league baseball game on Sunday.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Don’t know about dinner, but I can suggest dessert — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Drewes
Go for the classic Concrete. You pick the flavor.
LAMary said on April 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm
I can’t stand Vegas. I used to work at a place that gave the employees who billed the most trips to Vegas, all expenses paid. After two trips I asked for the cash instead.
jcburns said on April 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Nancy, I heartily recommend this cuisine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcburns/11143633/ …it’s where all the hip filmmakers gather to discuss their next project (note there’s a map link on that page to give you exact coordinates.)
LAMary said on April 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm
jcb, did you get an in-and-out burger bumper sticker and remove the B and the last R? That’s what the cool kids do.
Jolene said on April 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm
If you’re hungry for pizza, Dorothy, you could try Pi, one of President Obama’s favorites. He liked it so much that he had their chef come to make pizza for the White House staff about a year ago.
That’s the sum total of my knowledge of St. Louis restaurants.
Julie Robinson said on April 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Our daughter spent a night in Vegas last year and loathed it, which is saying a lot for someone as tolerant and open to pop culture as she is.
When our daughter was younger she read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and we have visited several of her homes in the course of other vacations. The problem with the one in Mansfield is that you just about have to stay in Branson. ‘Nuff said?
We went to an opera workshop the other night because our son was performing in it as part of his music studies. He was in the marvelous Candide, composed by Bernstein, but the other performance is what I have to remark on. It’s a contemporary piece named The Beautiful Bridegroom, and towards the end a man turns out to be a woman, which one of the daughters is very happy about. I don’t really follow opera but it seemed to me to be another indication of tolerance reaching (almost) the mainstream.
Denice B said on April 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm
I always wanted to have our vows renewed by an Elvis at the ‘Elvis Wedding Chapel’. Dreams die hard here in the desperate sad streets of Detroit.
crinoidgirl said on April 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Dorothy, are you a fan of BBQ?
nancy said on April 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Having a gas so far. A morbidly obese man on an electric scooter nearly ran Kate over last night. Good times!
Thanks for the tip on ‘wichcraft. Sounds like a plan.
John said on April 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm
Sweetie Pies at the Mangrove
4270 Manchester Ave
St Louis, MO 63110
As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
I have eaten there and was amazed! The food was wonderful and plentiful.
Joe Kobiela said on April 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Did you get a picture of the fat guy running over Kate?
would love to see that. If you get a chance send some Pictures, we all would love to see the sights.
Dorothy said on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Yes I love BBQ, and so does Laura. We have fond memories of Henry’s in Greenville SC, our favorite barbecue joint.
Julie we have a reservation at a B&B in Springfield MO for the same date that we’re seeing the Wilder museum. We realized that when we made the plans. It’ll be a leisurely drive from Springfield up to St. Louis on Saturday (Wilder home is Friday); we plan to stop at quilt shops and yarn shops along the way.
crinoidgirl said on April 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm
It’s been a few years since I was in St. Louis, so I can’t give personal recommendations, but I trust this site:
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Dorothy, I lived in St. Louis for 23 years before moving to Chicago 7 years ago. When I left, downtown wasn’t much of anything, it had deteriorated tremendously but I understand it is coming back to life. Washington Ave is turning into a happening place with loft living, shops and restaurants, but I don’t know specific names. My stomping ground was the Central West End, about 3 miles west of downtown. There is a restaurant there that I loved just a block from where I lived, called Bar Italia, I highly recommend it. It’s on Maryland Plaza, near Euclid. Great outdoor seating. It’s a neat little walking neighborhood mix of residential and commercial. It also has a sweet independent book store, Left Bank Books. It’s close to Forest Park, designed by Olmstead and recently renovated with splendor. The Art Museum, Planetarium and History Museum are in Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. There’s also a fun outdoor musical theater venue there called “The Muny” that runs during the summer, it’s got free seats in the back. While you’re in St. Louis don’t miss the Italian Neighborhood in another part of town,”The Hill”, It has my favorite little Italian Grocery, Viviano’s. That neighborhood is lined with cute little shotgun houses with front yards made into religious shrines. St. Louis also has a wonderful Botanical Garden, on the south side of town. All in all “it’s a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there”.
Julie Robinson said on April 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm
I almost forgot–the Robinson family has a common ancestor with the Wilder family! Sarah discovered it doing genealogy research for a middle school project and it made her feel like she was a part of the books, in a small way.
When you see the house and surrounding area, it will amaze you that they thought they had landed in Eden. Life out on the prairie must have been almost unbearable.
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Getting run over by a morbidly obese guy on a scooter is soooo Vegas.
Pam said on April 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm
I like Vegas, but I consider the surrounding country as part of the package. Try to see the Chihuly at the Bellaggio along with the Dancing Waters. That’s kind of a two for one. And I think that the Eiffel Tower (vegas version) is across the street. You can go up there and watch the Dancing Waters from on high and it’s better. Hoover Dam is amazing and I would recommend that as well. But ask someone first because there’s construction out there. Can you get show tickets at the last minute? I think you would really like the Cirque du Soleil. Would recommend Love, O, or Mystere. Your photo is great. Wish I was there, it got cold here again!
Jeff Borden said on April 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm
Ah, there’s nothing wrong with Vegas that a battalion of bulldozers couldn’t fix quite easily.
Jean S said on April 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm
ugh, vegas. Normally, the only reason I’d consider going there is the proximity to red rock country in Utah….but the Cirque shows might change my mind (I’ve heard rave reviews about the Love show, especially).
jcburns said on April 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm
Well, we’re going to St. Louis middle of next week (archaeologists gotta confab), so now I have some fine recommendations. Heh.
Colleen said on April 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm
I love Las Vegas. It’s so…surreal. Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens downtown is WONDERFUL.
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm
jcburns, my husband, the architect, designed some buildings that you’ll see on the skyline in St. Louis, the high rise Federal Courthouse with the stainless steel dome, also called “Big Pink”. My husband wanted it to be whitish grey but was outnumbered. He also designed the convention center on Washington Ave, and the dome where the Rams play (or pretend to play), now called the Edwards Jones Dome, previously the TWA dome. Whatever. Now I’ve probably offended any Rams fans out there (are there any?).
Deborah said on April 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm
I just re-read what I wrote about St. Louis at #26 and realized I used the word “little” way too much. I don’t know if it’s because I now live in Chicago where “big” might be more appropriate? WTF?
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm
JC, you’re going to the SAAs? I’m not this year, but my best friend is (he’s the real archaeologist around here); part of a symposium on Hopewell. All my archae buddies are in Room 221 on Saturday morning from 8 am to noon; Brad’s about 8:30, I think.
Make sure to hit Cahokia and the museum there across the river from St. Louis — very much worth a quick side trip there off of Collinsville IL. You can just make out the Arch from atop Monk’s Mound.
jcburns said on April 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm
Yeah, I’ve been to Cahokia once with the archaeologist in our household. Very strange to see all of that remnant of Native American culture kinda strewn along the fringes of East St. Louis. Sammy may well be going to the Saturday thing, although her interests are more in Mesoamerica these days. Looking forward to looking at the St. Louis architecture through the lens of our fancy camera, and the rest of the time, of course, I’ll be sitting in a Starbucks with our iPad, poking at the future.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on April 10, 2010 at 9:31 am
Meh, the future. So much prehistory, so little time . . .
My friend on his honeymoon stopped by the Thunderbird site in Virginia, and bought a button saying “Love is ephemeral, but stone tools are forever.”
And they’re still married!
beb said on April 10, 2010 at 10:04 am
Any city that advertises itself as a place to commit indiscretions really needs to reconsider — everything.
Nancy at 21: Aren’t there two morbidly fat man on tiny bikes in Vegas, twins or something, dressed up like Elvis?
As for renewing one’s wedding vows with an Elvis-impersonator…. no way, no how! Now if it were lead by Rabbi Jeff Goldblum I might consider it.
LAMary said on April 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm
The latest Cirque show that’s being promoted on the tube here is called ELVIS! I remember going to Cirque du Soleil when it was in a big tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Now it’s about Elvis and it’s based in Vegas. Prostitution whore, as they say in NJ.
Bill said on April 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm
Sorry to be late with my Vegas recommendation: I love the lobby gazebo bar in the Paris Hotel. Great for people watching and the best vodka martinis in town! Wish I were there now.
Little Bird said on April 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm
To add to the suggestions for St. Louis, get thee to the City Museum!! It’s downtown and just cool. It’s not your typical museum, not so much with paintings or sculpture, the entire place is sort of an interactive sculpture. The zoo in St. Louis is world class, and worth a visit. As is the science museum.
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