2016: Vegas, Virgin Islands, and Texas
Vegas – December
NFR is fun, and the scenery is amazing. I am not talking about the scenery at the casinos even though it is very well decorated for the Christmas season. Save your money and hire a driver if you want to see sight see. It is totally worth it. Hoover Dam is something to see.
Allegiant Airlines: Cheap, cheap flights, but beware of the following:
All beverages cost money. A diet Coke is $2.00.
They accept nothing but cards.
Weight for check in luggage on other planes is 50 lbs., but for this airline, it is 40 lbs. Yes, I had to weigh my luggage before I left the house.
You can bring on the plane a purse or a very small bag. If you bring carry-on luggage such as a back pack, it will cost you $15.00, if you do it online before you leave. If you wait until you get to the airport, I think it is $35.00.
You are charged if you pick your seat. I do not care where I sit or who I sit with on the plane. It is like an opportunity to meet new people, but if that is important to you then this might not be a good choice for you.
It was still worth it to me because a non-stop Vegas flight for $150.00 including baggage is worth a little inconvenience.
Virgin Islands – August
St. Thomas and St. Croix
Awesome adventure. I met some really great people.
Every day it is like you are looking at a picture or a postcard. It reminded me of Costa Rica where you want to reach out and touch what you are viewing to make sure that it is real.
I stayed at Bluebeard’s Castle. The staff was so nice and accommodating. http://www.bluebeards-castle.com/
Corner by the Pool – Great place for breakfast.
Cabana Bar – Love the ladies who work at the bar!
Warning: Alcohol is very plentiful in the islands. It is cheaper to put alcohol in a drink than the mixers.
Great places to eat:
Hibiscus Café and Bar
Eat at Cane Bay
Dog House Pub
The Bombay Club
There were many others, but I cannot remember the names.
Water Island is wonderful. Spend time there. You take a small boat over and stay as long as you want. ($10.00 round trip)
I am not a big fan of the small airplanes that hop from one island to another and land on the water, but sometimes, you must just suck it up and go!
My one regret is that I did not make it to St. John’s Island. I am sure Kenny Chesney was waiting on me, but I ran out of time.
Purchase jewelry, perfume, and alcohol and tobacco products if you need them. No tax!
The best road trip I have ever taken!
On your way stop at the Boudin Shop. The food was really good.
They really do pull over and let you go past them if they are driving too slowly. It is so chivalrous!
Shade Tree Saloon and Grill- Spring Branch, Texas
Quaint place that you will love!
San Antonio Riverwalk- A very neat place with many restaurants and things to do.
Alamo- I did part of it. If I can see it online, it is hard for me to stand in line to see it.
Mitierra- Great food and pastries! There is always a line for the bakery.
Austin- Always a wonderful place to visit. Food trucks are so good (Taco Flats). Cupcakes not as good as I remembered them to be. You must go two step at the Broken Spoke and look at pictures of George Strait in the ladies restroom.
Deep Eddy’s Vodka and Tito’s Vodka are products of the Austin region.
Fredericksburg – Great downtown area with many shops to browse.
Gruene, Texas – We drove by and viewed the oldest dance hall (1878).
The Grapevine in Giddings, Texas – Our favorite shopping experience.
Luckenbach- I had to visit because of the song.
Waylon Jennings- Luckenbach, Texas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvZeYDBY4fw
It is a very small town with interesting people and concerts on certain nights.
New Orleans- April
I have written about this city before. It is a favorite.
Mardi Gras tour was fun. The other tour was also fun:
The Tasting Room
NOLA Brewing Tap Room
I did write about this wonderful trip.
I want to go to Cuba and walk the streets as Hemingway did. Any suggestions on where to stay or what to do, let me know.