Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Travel Tuesday: A Vegas Room with a View. . .

After being somewhat regular ‘sun seekers’ to this Nevada hot spot (figuratively and literally) we’ve recently had so many other places on our ‘travel bucket list’ that we hadn’t made it back here for a year and a half.   Until last week. . . when we stayed at Encore, a resort on the northern end of the town’s famous, Strip. It is a sister resort to Wynn, which is pictured below.

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Our view from Encore’s 51st floor was nothing short of spectacular (and for those inquiring minds out there, we did pay an additional $30 a night over the standard room rate, for the room on a higher floor that provided us this view – but it was worth it in our estimation).  When the mercury topped out in the triple digits, we sat in air-conditioned comfort and gazed at this view.

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One morning we were amazed to watch these two workmen ease their scaffolding past our window, so very high up on this building that it made me nauseous just taking the photo.

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A few hours later, what went down earlier in the already hot morning, came back up again in the hotter afternoon.  These two and so many other unsung heroes of the hospitality industry do the work that keeps travelers like us wrapped in cozy, comfortable digs.

We are guilty of taking such work for granted until we witness such hair-raising scenes as this.  Today I wanted to take a moment to honor – and thank -- all those behind-the-scenes folks (we were told Wynn/Encore alone employs some 12,000 employees) who made our stay such a treat!

Have you had any similar sightings on your travels? Or moments that made you pause to think about all the behind-the-scenes folks? 

As always, thanks for your visit today; we hope to see you back again as regulars and definitely on Thursday for our weekly travel photo fest!


  1. Oh my word, I'm feeling squeamish just looking at the photo of those guys so high up!! Yipes! :-)

    1. I like views, but am not a fan of heights so didn't even stand close to the window and look down. . .I could not have done the work of these two men. Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. yes I agree the extra $ was worth the view. My first priority with hotel rooms is seeing what the view is like. It looks like we have both had spectacular views lately - you in Los Vegas and me in Singapore!
    Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

    1. Your stay in the Raffles was certainly a spectacular one -- as you say, we both had a great hotel experience. Hope to see you again soon Jill!

  3. It takes a special type of person to do this kind of work.
    I saw something on TV once about the people who work on NY's bridges. By the time the painters finished painting the bridge -- I can't remember which one it was -- it was time to start again. So they're always on the bridge, except when it's too windy.

    1. I am so in awe of all these folks. I kept wishing they'd have turned around so I could have cheered them on but they had themselves focused on the safety rope (a much smarter focus!).


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