Tiki Time in Las Vegas
It's always Tiki Time in Las Vegas at Frankie's Tiki Lounge. This is one of those cool little bars that you won't find among all the resorts on the Strip. It's a bit of time travel and a vacation from your vacation. It looks weird enough to belong in Las Vegas, but I found the folks inside were pretty cool. They just like their tiki idols and all things South Pacific.
Of course, they haven't lost sight of the fact that they're firmly entrenched in Las Vegas. Check out some of the tiki idols and you'll see a stack of chips or a pair of Aces. If that doesn't make your day, there's always free rum tomorrow!
One of the things that I've done over the past decade is make a tradition of spending Christmas in Las Vegas. Those couple of weeks between the end of the National Finals Rodeo and New Year's Eve are often pretty good for me. The room prices are low and most of the crowds have gone to hang out with their own family. If that wasn't enough, the cocktail waitresses at Hard Rock Hotel have killer Santa's Little Helper uniforms.
The few times that I've tried something else, my vacation never worked out as well. One year I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World and a couple of years ago I went to South Seas Resort in Captiva, FL. Both of those options were rather expensive – about $350/night for a room that wasn't as nice as the same room I could've gotten for $50/night (or free) in Las Vegas.
On the other hand, my mother hates it when I'm out of town for Christmas. I stayed home at this time last year to spend time with the family. It was nice in some ways, but there were so many visitors that I didn't know, at times I felt like I wasn't in the home where I grew up. I love my family, but sometimes I have to do my own thing.
Las Vegas is there and waiting for me. The only hesitation I have this year is the detestable cost of the flights. It seems like they've doubled or tripled since the last time I made this trip. Even so, flying to Vegas and saving money on a nice resort out there is still cheaper than if I stayed at a Disney resort here in my home town.
I love photographing Las Vegas. There's always something I haven't captured yet, which makes it easy to go back there. That, and they seem to have great restaurants all over the place.
Part of me would consider going somewhere else if I'd done some planning ahead of time, but it's too late for that. Now I just have to decide if I want to suck it up on the flight costs and go to Las Vegas, or stay home and make my mother happy.
I'll let you know how it works out.