As I sit in the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas (which is an ok hotel for the $29 I paid to stay the night, but I wouldn’t plan a vacation around it), I reflect on the past 10 days I had to spend with my wife Liz in Vegas and San Diego. Below is a quick synopsis of our trip.
Day 1-3 Vegas & The Trump International
So we started out by staying at the Trump International. This place was amazing. It was like staying in a really nice Nordstroms lol. In this particular hotel, there is a very appreciated absence of a casino. One of the bell boys joked “People who stay here like to sleep”. The hotel guests here were people that I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with. They were of all race and ages, but they were in a sense, cleanly and professional looking. They carry themselves with confidence and you could tell they go the extra mile to make everything in their life the best they can. Staying here in the Plaza right now as I write, show me there is still a distinctive class divide in America today, and the quality some of the less fortunate people are willing to accept for their vacation spot.
At the end of the second day, we visited the Hard Rock Hotel and had some great Prime Rib and Sirloin steak. Liz has the Gambler Special, only $10 and you get Steak and Shrimp and a veggies; its not on the menu, so make sure you ask for it.
Day 4-9 San Diego & Wyndham San Diego Bayside
After leaving the Trump, Liz and I realized that we started the vacation backwards, and had the best hotel first and then kept stepping down in quality. We finally realized that Liz and I are ★★★★★ kind of resort people. So needless to say, we loved the rest of the time in San Diego, but wish we had the amenities of the trump. It was nice for a ★★★ , but we didn’t know how big of a gap there is between stars. We arrived on Sat around 10pm and checked it. When we went into the pub, they stopped serving food and only had apps and beer, so that was a bust. We decided to get room service and get the steaks. The food was great but not worth $70+.
Over the next week we explored Coronado Island and found a beautiful beach there. It reminded me of Zuma back in the late 90′s; not very crowded and stunning. The beach actually was about 15° warmer than the water at Malibu, and the beach is loaded with a gold like mineral that makes the sand sparkle like champagne
For our actual anniversary day, we ate at TGIF friday’s in downtown SD where we had our first meal/date together. Of course we had to have steak beacuse…steak freakin rocks! #KillCows . Liz has been turning me on to lobster lately, and I have to say its very tasty.
Unfortunately, due to financial restrictions we weren’t able to tour the midway, but that’s ok, there is always next time….unless it sinks, then we are $#!+ out of luck :P. At least we got to walk around and take pics
This is the Bob Hope Memorial and it was really cool that they had his broadcasts playing in the background. I never knew that he performed so much for the vets to help them stay positive.
Liz and I at Coronado Beach.
On one of the last days of the trip, we stopped by the Mormon Battalion Exhibit in Old Town San Diego. Now if you haven’t gone, you should. Its an amazing exhibit and you can learn a great deal about the early settlers of San Diego and how the LDS people helped build some important buildings in San Diego. I went there once for scouts when I was 15 and it was a totally different exhibit back then. It was simply a movie presentation and not much else. After some research, I discovered that the church did an extensive renovation for the exhibit to its current form. Its a much better experience. It feels like Frontier Land at Disneyland. Its very interactive and it was AMAZING! One of the highlights of the vacation.
The pictures of the Mormon battalion members were the best part of the exhibit. I wont say what happened so I don’t kill the surprise, however, it was excellent.
While we were in San Diego, we were able to finally go to the movies. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but we never have time with our schedules to see movies while they are in the theater. They were awesome! We had a great time, it also made us grateful for the cheap ticket prices for movies in Utah.
This sunset ended our trip and it was excellent. All in our it was exactly what we needed for us to relax and reset our bearings in our professional and personal lives. We finally had our honeymoon…only 5 years late