First and foremost we had a great time! We are vegas regulars and found Reno to be much more relaxing and laid back, making for one of the best vacations we have had for a long time.
We landed Sunday morning and rented a car from the airport. That was the most stressful part of the trip. It was $70 cheaper to rent from the airport through dollar and we requested a midsize. We ended up with a Durango which I wasn't thrilled about. I am always the driver since I get car sick and was not comfortable driving something so big in a town I am not familar with. Not planning ahead, I didn't check out the pollen count and such and allergies started pretty much right away. Being from Maryland I should have been prepared and taken my meds but thinking it's Nevada, must be like Vegas, I will chalk it up to a lesson well learned. A quick walk to Walgreens fixed that though. After a quick check in at the Eldorado considering we arrived with a slew of women's bowlers there for competition, we settled into our room and and started exploring. At Circus Circus, we went to the Dollar rental car desk and and the nice young lady there allowed us to trade the Durango for a Jeep. That I could handle. We also made arrangements to return the rental car there instead of the airport. It was much more convenient and then we just took the free shuttle from the hotel and had a hassle free day of return.
The next day we drove to Lake Tahoe and took some pictures the will definitely be hanging on my walls soon. We went to Truckee for lunch and some shopping. A nice little town the doesn't seem real to me. The location and quaintness are wonderful. We really enjoyed what we did see which was just the north shore. 81 south was closed due to "road failure", and road work was being done in other areas. After a 30 minute wait in one area, we decided to move on and save the rest of the lake for a future trip. We went to Carson City and unfortunately were unable to get started on the walking tour. I was disappointed. The town was incredibly busy and trying to find the visitors center was a chore. The sign telling you were to go was at the light, not before, not really giving us time to get over 3 lanes and such. Again, we will attempt this again in the future not that we have an idea what to expect. From there we drove to Virginia City. Took in a few sights but was again slightly dissappointed. We will try Genoa next time a see what that has. We finished the night with some gaming and did okay then reitired and ordered some room service. Very good and quick.
Tuesday, we went to Pyramid Lake which was pretty interesting. We went to the museum on the reservation and were very moved by the display and after talking with the gentleman at the desk, left with a new found respect for the area, the craft of making the beautiful things found there and the history of the people. Writing about still makes me feel a lump in my throat. The history of the lake, the things found as the lake has receded and the wildlife surrounding the desert lake are very interesting. It was probably the highlight of my trip. We returned before the rains and went out exploring the other casino's downtown. I have to admit, there were times I was a little uncomfortable walking down the street after dark but everything was fine and my fears were apparently unnecessary.
Wednesday, my husband played golf at Wolf Run. I went along, drove the cart, took some beautiful pictures and got some more information about the area from Stan, the gentleman my husband was paired with. We husband didn't do so well but we had an amazingly gorgeous day and met some nice people. We went back to the room to clean up and had dinner at Brew Brothers. I had the shrimp taco. YUMMY! My husband tasted some of the microbrews which he enjoyed also.
From there we went to the Peppermill (WOW!) and the Atlantis. The Peppermill kinda put us in sensory overload. It was a bit to much with all the neon. I am sure the Claritan wooziness did not help and as we weren't winning here and my haed was spinning we moved on. The Atlantis was okay but very crowded. We had no luck there wither so headed back to the Eldorado. I played 3 5 7 poker and he played 3 card. We made all our money back plus a little extra so decided to head back and pack for departure the next day. I also enjoyed playing the penny slots there and though it didn't make us rich, would atleast double my money most of the time. My husband did paly some quarter slots which seemed a little tight. I did play a 25 cent wheel of fortune and hit a spin for 1,000 coins. The was pretty exciting.
We liked the hotel room, as it was clean and maintained that way throughout our stay. Everyone was friendly and helpful and the dealers was very entertaining. This was our favorite place to gamble as it seemed to be the most generous. We signed up for a comp card which racked up points quickly. In no time we were upgraded to the gold level which gave us discounts at the buffet and we even ate there free the last 2 days. Breakfast was good with a decent variety. We only ate dinner there once which also was good and had a good variety. We order room service 2 nights which was delicious and delivered to us within 30 minutes.
Our trip was very relaxing and we ahd a great time. We would definitely stay there again. We came home with all the money we took plus alittle extra, so to us, that was a pretty great vacation and we look forward to going back.