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Sam’s Town RV Park | Las Vegas NV

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Sams Town RV Park Las Vegas NV

When we moved over to Sam’s Town, we planned to stay 4 nights to check it out. We ended up staying for over 4 months…

In October 2011 we moved a few miles down the road from Main Street Station RV Park to Sam’s Town RV Park at 5225 Boulder Highway (in Las Vegas NV). Very convenient location with Wal-Mart directly across the street. This RV Park is a little nicer and quieter (city / road noise) than Main Street Station but also a few more bucks per night and a lot more ‘neighbors’.

We’ve enjoyed the buffet here a couple times (not as good as the Garden Buffet at Main St) as well as the other food options, including Sbarros, McDonalds, Subway. Across the street is a decent (for the price) $5.99 steak dinner (steak, potato and veggie) at Longhorn Casino and we also tried a Tommy’s world famous chili burger. The chili was pretty good, but they put way too much mustard on the hamburger bun. Eastside Cannery next door also has a nice buffet, we’ve had brunch, lunch, and dinner at Cannery Row Buffet.

NFL game at Sams Town Las Vegas

The sports book here is the best we’ve been to for NFL games. Dual 18 ft x 10 ft screens surrounded by fifteen – 105″ plasma TVs (+ twelve 65″ and nine 70″ plasmas).

We suffered through another Browns loss (and a bye week) but caught some other great games. After the early games we went back to the RV and watched the later games on our TV (cable TV is included here).

They also have a theater, a bowling alley, and an artificial indoor park complete with a waterfall and robotic animals inside Sam’s Town (2nd largest casino in Nevada).

The jacuzzi has provided some much needed relaxation. Its a real nice place to relax after a long work day.

First week here it was very hot (90′s and 100′s). Second week a cold front settled in and dropped the temps into the 60′s.  Third week temps returned to more normal (80′s) for this time of year.

The temps then stayed above normal for a couple weeks before finally dropping down below normal for several days at the beginning of November. Fall weather in Las Vegas

Sams Town RV Park - Voted best RV Park in Las Vegas

Sam’s Town RV Park was voted the best RV Park in Las Vegas Nevada. While we have not stayed at them all, we do love it here.

Sams Town RV Park - view of Frenchman Mountain

Beautiful view of Frenchman Mountain from our RV.

Sams Town RV Park - view of Eastside Cannery

Eastside Cannery in the background.

Welcome to Las Vegas - Sams Town in background

Welcome to Las Vegas – Sams Town in background

Halloween Vegas

 

Vegas is THE place to be for Halloween! No one celebrates Halloween like Vegas. Over 50 big parties all over town, the strip, downtown. What a fun weekend.

We went to a smaller club (500) on Saturday night for dinner, dancing and drinks.

We spent Halloween night downtown @ Fremont Street Experience, with tens of thousands of our friends (locals and visitors), most in costume.

It was a lot of fun. Everyone really seemed to like my costume. I’ve never had my picture taken so many times.   I had tons of comments, including … ” Best costume” … “Most creative” … “Can I look in your drawers” … “I know what I’m going to be next year” …
Even had an offer to buy it right off my back!

What do you think? ……

One Night Stand

One Night Stand

We didn’t pack costumes, and decided pretty last minute to participate in some Halloween parties. There were no costumes left in my size so we got a cardboard box and created the “One Night Stand” costume.  The drawers opened up and the lamp worked (battery powered led lights). Other party goers bummed cigarettes and laughed hard when I pulled matches out of the top drawer to light it up for them. Being Las Vegas, I was actually surprised I was the only ‘One Night Stand’ I saw all weekend.

I was accompanied by my beautiful wife, dressed as a pirate wench. She made the treasure chest purse from leftover cardboard and contact paper from the ‘One Night Stand’ project.

Halloween was the most fun weekend we’ve had in Las Vegas so far. This year we’ve been here almost 3 months now already. Time flies when you are having fun!

Heart Attack Grill Las Vegas

While living at the Main Street Station RV Park  in downtown Las Vegas, we saw the signs going up on Fremont Street for the Heart Attack Grill.  We were looking forward to trying this place once they opened. When we went back downtown (rode the shuttle from Sam’s Town RV Park) we were sure to stop in for dinner.

The warning sign on the door reads “Caution:  This place is bad for your health.”

Heart Attack Grill ‘Diet Center’ has a hospital theme.  You are checked in, and helped into a hospital gown. Waitresses (“nurses”) take the order (“prescriptions”) from the customers (“patients”).  There is a scale and blood pressure testing machine. Customers over 350 lb eat for free if they weigh in with a doctor or nurse before each burger.  The “Clinic’ rewards customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger, by placing the ‘patient’ on a wheelchair and they get wheeled out by their “personal nurse”.

Heart Attack Grill Las Vegas NVI ordered a single bypass burger (1/2 lb burger patty) with 5 slices of bacon, and flatliner fries (fresh french cut potatoes deep fried in pure lard), a Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with real sugar. and a chocolate butterfat milkshake to give the place a try on the first visit to the clinic.

All Bypass Burgers are served, per patty, with a slice of American cheese, red onion, sliced tomato, and Heart Attack Grill’s own unique special sauce. They also offer 5 slices of bacon per burger patty.   The Quadruple Bypass Burger (8000 calories) consists of four, half-pound beef patties, practically a whole tomato and about half an onion. The buns are coated in lard.

Heart Attack Grill Diet Center Las Vegas NVThe super thick high calorie chocolate butterfat milkshake (made from butter fat cream and garnished with a slice of butter) was not my favorite type of chocolate but was still good. I will try strawberry next time.

While a little expensive ($18), it was very good quality food with excellent service and a great atmosphere. The burger was delicious, the fries were very tasty and the shake was over the top.  After finishing my burger I would have liked some more (but not after finishing the shake).  Next time we stop for a check up at the ‘Diet Center’ I will try at least a Double Bypass Burger.

The Heart Attack Grill was a great addition to the Fremont Street Experience (and Las Vegas). We will definitely be back for more.

 

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas NV

We went to the Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town for Thanksgiving dinner.
Hands down the most tender, succulent turkey breast I’ve ever eaten. Huge variety of hot and fresh Thanksgiving favorites.

It was nice to have no cooking to do (and no clean up)!

We enjoyed a nice stroll through Mystic Falls Park after dinner. The park was decked out for the holidays, with a nice Christmas show (laser show, fountains and animatronic animals)

Thanksgiving wishes to our travel blog readers…

We’re Thankful for You
Thanksgiving is the appointed time for focusing on the good in our lives.

In each of our days, we can find small blessings, but too often we overlook them, choosing instead to spend our time paying attention to problems.

We give our energy to those who cause us trouble instead of those who bring peace.

Starting now, let’s be on the lookout for the bits of pleasure in each hour, and appreciate the people who bring love and light to everyone who is blessed to know them.

You are one of those people.

On Thanksgiving,
We’re thankful for YOU.

Happy Thanksgiving

Christmas in Las Vegas NV

Ahhh, there’s no place like home Las Vegas for Christmas.

December is considered the ‘off season’ in Las Vegas, but that is a relative term. Vegas is always hopping, no matter what time of year. Christmas is actually very crowded in Las Vegas. Absolutely everything is open, shops, casinos, bars, restaurants, buffets, attractions and shows.

The large resort hotels on the Las Vegas Strip are beautifully decorated for Christmas, each trying to outdo the others.

December 2011 has brought below average temps to the Las Vegas valley, with a few nights dropping below 32 degrees, one night in the mid to low 20′s and the temp held below freezing for over 12 hours.  Its been cool enough at night to feel like the Holiday Season but warming up nicely during the day (most days).  Even with very little moisture / humidity here in the desert, we’ve seen a little ice / frost on the ground on several mornings.

Locals say we’ve seen the worst of winter already and that the weather will get warmer from here out. While we’ve had some chilly nights, its still been much better than ‘home’. Northeast Ohio is just getting to the worst part of winter. We have a good forecast for this Holiday week.

Christmas 2011 weather in Las Vegas NV

Our (new) Christmas tradition includes bicycling, sunbathing, swimming, hot tubbing and then returning to the Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town for Christmas dinner ( the turkey was exceptional on Thanksgiving).  After dinner we take a leisurely stroll in the Mystic Falls Indoor Park at Sam’s Town. The sound of a rolling waterfall compliments the soft chirping of birds in live trees reaching up toward the skylight ten stories above.  The park is decked out for the Holidays and they even make it snow every night.

The mountain in the Mystic Falls park comes alive for the new Holiday laser and water show, with music, lights and animation. Water fountains shoot eight stories into the air and the waters dance in the lights to Christmas music. They also have a beautiful a 30-foot Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of lights.

If we miss real snow (we don’t), we could visit Mount Charleston about a 45 minute drive from Las Vegas. Mount Charleston has a couple feet of snow on the peaks.  On Christmas eve and Christmas day there is usually a wait (of an hour or more) to get up in the mountains. We don’t need to go up there, we can see it from here, Mount Charleston and the Spring Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the Strip.

Sam’s Town RV Park has a lot less empty spaces than the past couple weeks. The local TV news reports that the hotels are at 98% occupancy for the Holidays.

2011 Christmas in Las Vegas

New Years Eve In Las Vegas

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Happy New Year 2012If any holiday is made for Las Vegas it’s New Year’s Eve, and it falls on a Saturday night this year.

Las Vegas is expecting a record 320,000+ out-of-town guests for New Year’s Eve parties. Las Vegas will fill its 150,189 hotel rooms on New Year’s Eve,  Sam’s Town RV Park also has a full house.

We will be heading to the Strip for the New Years festivities. At 6pm Las Vegas Blvd is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes party central. Four and a half miles, from the Stratosphere to the Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip will host tens of thousands of new years eve party goers full of holiday cheer.  Eight of the Strip hotels are shooting off spectacular fireworks displays and all the hotels hosting parties.

We start a brand new year tomorrow. What new adventures does it hold for us? Where will it take us? How many new friends will we meet along the way? I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the trip.

We will update this post after we return from the New Years Eve Party on the Strip in Las Vegas

WOW what a night! Vegas is the place to celebrate New Years!
320,000+ the largest crowd ever on the Strip.
What a party! Awesome fireworks.

We walked the entire Strip, (south to north) and back tonight , walked at least 10 miles, maybe more. While at the north end, we stopped to eat at the food court at the Riviera. We had a piece of cheese pizza and a cheese steak hoagie.

To get to the party we took a taxi from Sam’s Town Hotel to as close as we could get to the Strip. Traffic came to a stop about a mile east of the southern end of the Strip so we got out and walked from there. The fare was $26, gave the driver $30.

To get home home we grabbed a taxi from just east of the Strip at the Motel 6 on Tropicana. the large hotels still had long lines waiting for taxis, while at Motel 6 we walked up and were able to get a taxi within minutes. We were dropped off right at Sam’s Town RV Park. The fare was $22, gave the driver $25.

Huge crowd New Years Eve Las Vegas

Other pics of New Years Eve in Las Vegas NV:

Record crowd on Strip for New Years Eve Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip for New Years Eve 2012

New Years Eve Las Vegas Nevada

New Years Eve Las Vegas NV

Fireworks New Years Eve Las Vegas Nevada

Las Vegas New Years Eve Fireworks

Las Vegas New Years Eve Stratospere Fireworks2012 Orderly New Years Eve in Vegas: Although what was estimated to be a record number of revelers in town for New Year’s Eve, Metro reports that the crowds were mainly orderly and only 61 arrests were made on the Strip and downtown, all for minor misdemeanors, compared with 107 the previous year, while 22 arrests were made for driving under the influence, as opposed to 52 in 2010.

Thanks again for following us at Where RV Now 
Have a GREAT & SAFE New Years Eve and a Happy New Year!

~ New Years Eve Las Vegas

Fall Weather in Las Vegas Nevada

Weather in Las Vegas from Sept through Dec 2011

Sept 2011
September weather in Las VegasSeptember weather in Las Vegas was sunny and hot, hot,hot! 19 days straight with above average temps

 

 

Oct 2011
First week of Oct was very hot (90′s and 100′s). Second week a cold front settled in and dropped the temps into the 60′s.  Third week temps returned to more normal (80′s) for this time of year. The temps then stayed above normal for a couple weeks before finally dropping down below normal for several days at the beginning of November.

 

 

Nov 2011

Thanksgiving forecast
2011 Thanksgiving forecast Las VegasGreat weather for Thanksgiving, the Holiday weekend and early next week with highs warmer than average & lots of sunshine. Hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

Not much of a change in our weather over the next several days. Highs stay in the mid-upper 60s with a few clouds today. Thanksgiving forecast for some thicker clouds. Breezes southwest at 5-15 mph

On Nov 30 it was 70 degrees & sunny but a cold front is moving in, now 50 mph winds are rockin’ the RV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December started  with an epic wind storm.

Dec 1 2011
Las Vegas Epic Wind Storm - Santa AnaPowerful northerly winds across Nevada will produce hazardous travel on I-15 and I-40 due to extreme crosswinds. Dust storms are also likely.

Northerly winds will will reach their peak on Thursday afternoon gusting to 50 mph or higher at times. Locally stronger winds will be possible in the Las Vegas Valley where winds are enhanced by the nearby mountains.

Sustained winds between 20 and 40 mph will be commonplace while gusts are capable of reaching 60, 70 or even 80 mph

The NWS issued this warning:

Strong winds will create difficult travel conditions… Especially on area bridges over the Colorado River and on Interstates 15 and 40 where strong north crosswinds will be present. Boating conditions will be hazardous on area lakes and rivers. Local areas of blowing dust reducing visibility will be possible. In addition… Strong winds over desert areas could result in briefly lowered visibilities to well under a mile at times in blowing dust or blowing sand. Loose objects left outside may be blown away… Including Christmas decorations.

Winds will eventually diminish on Friday throughout the region as the storm system helping to produce the powerful winds weakens and ejects into the southern and central Plains.

Dec 3

A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY.

* TEMPERATURES: LOWS TEMPERATURES OF 26 TO 32 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

* TIMING: 5 TO 6 HOURS OF TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING ARE EXPECTED FROM AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

Dec 4

Yuck!

ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH THROUGH THE AREA TONIGHT. WINDS WILL INCREASE BEHIND THE FRONT TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS DEVELOPING DOWN THE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY MONDAY. DECREASING WINDS MONDAY NIGHT COMBINED WITH CLEAR SKIES WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO DROP TO THE COOLEST OF THE SEASON SO FAR.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAS VEGAS HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY FOR THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY.

* EXPECTED TEMPERATURES: LOW TEMPERATURES MOSTLY FROM 24 TO 30 AND PORTIONS OF THE VALLEY WILL SEE TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 20S FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

* GREATEST IMPACT AREAS: AREAS AWAY FROM THE STRIP AND AIRPORT… ESPECIALLY OUT IN THE MOUNTAINS EDGE AREA… SEVEN HILLS AND HENDERSON.

December 2011 has brought below average temps to the Las Vegas valley, with a few nights dropping below 32 degrees, one night in the mid to low 20′s and the temp held below freezing for over 12 hours.  Its been cool enough at night to feel like the Holiday Season but warming up nicely during the day (most days).  Even with very little moisture / humidity here in the desert, we’ve seen a little ice / frost on the ground on several mornings.

Locals say we’ve seen the worst of winter already and that the weather will get warmer from here out. While we’ve had some chilly nights, its still been much better than ‘home’. Northeast Ohio is just getting to the worst part of winter. Good forecast for the Holiday week.

2011 Holiday forecast Las Vegas NV

More to come, stay tuned …..

 

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