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Siena Hotel Reno to Transform to Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel by Early 2017----Renovations to include new restaurant, meeting spaces, remodeled rooms, and Bocce venue.

Lake Mead RV Village Offers Premier RV Sites, View of Beautiful Desert Lake, Just 45 Minutes from Las Vegas

Culinary Delights, Natural Wonder Await Guests on Forever Resorts' First-Ever "Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion."

OMNIA Nightclub Has Opened its Doors at Caesars Palace

Choose Your Off-Road Adventure With New Side-by-Side and Dirt Bike Rentals Now Available in Pahrump

Sheri’s Ranch Announces Special Travel Package for the Ultimate Adult Vegas ‘Laycation’

Forever Resorts' Offerings Featured in National Park Service's New Houseboat Wilderness Trails

New Zip-Line Replaces the Flightlinez Over Fremont Street

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino - I found this hotel most impressive. No wonder it has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977.

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino - next to Fremont Street - is the place to relax for a night or longer, have fun, eat well, and walk steps away to a wild time on Fremont Street.

Lake Las Vegas Marina - Spend an entire day fishing, boating, cruising the beautiful Lake Las Vegas, or opt for a luxury experience aboard a yacht

Valley of Fire State Park - Offers everything from exquistive views, to hiking, camping and more

Aston/MonteLago Village Resort at Henderson/Lake Las Vegas Is the perfect spot for Peace and Beauty

The Mob Museum Tells the True Story of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement

New D Las Vegas Hotel Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas & Delivers Fresh, Energetic Attitude and Fun Atmosphere

Skyvue Las Vegas Observation Wheel Completes First Phase of Construction, Breaks Ground on Retail and Dining District

Papillon Airways Offers New Helicopter Tours Over Hoover Dam

HENDERSON/LAKE LAS VEGAS

Located just east of the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Las Vegas offers lakeside lodging, outdoor activities, shopping, fine dining, exquisite view and more.

Where to Stay

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa is situated on a serene lakefront location in the dessert foothills. It provides a stunning, intimate setting but is only 20 minutes away from Las Vegas. Each of the 493 spacious guestrooms, including 46 suites, offer the Heavenly Bed, The Heavenly Bath, flat-panel HDTV, high speed wireless Internet access and Keurig Coffee Maker.

Be treated at the Spa featuring 11 treatment rooms and full-service salon. play golf on the Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole championship South Shore golf course, or swim at the two signature pools, sun on the white sand beach and enjoy the comfortable cabanas. Or, work out with the 24-hour open Westin Workout fitness center. Here you'll also find a concierge, laundry and dry cleaning service, business center and complimentary shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip.

Try Rick's Cafe for continental cuisine combijned with Mediterranean and American influence; Marssa with tantalizing sushi, or appetizers and entrees while looking out at the lake and mountain views. Or try the SandsaBar and Grill overlooking the pool, or the Arabesque lounge for your favorite drink. If you just want to relax in your room/suite, the in-room menu provides good choices 24 hours a day.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa features 45,000 square feet of state-of-the-art indoor event facilities and 55,000 square feet of dramatic exterior event space. For reservations or more information contact the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 101 MonteLago Blvd., Henderson, NV 89011; 702-567-6000 or check web site westin.com/lakelasvegas

Aston/MonteLago Village Resort

The resort area surrounds a 320-acre private lake situated adjacent to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. In addition, an unlimited variety of recreational activities are nearby including skydiving, river rafting, helicopter tours of Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, off-road tours, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, jet skis, water skiing and sightseeing.

The Aston Montelago Village Resort is an oasis where desert serenity meets Mediterranean charm. this tranquility, offering an ideal setting for lakeside weddings and a variety of function space for meetings and corporate retreats is memorable.

You can choose from studios, one, two and three-bedroom suites, featuring custom decor, fully equipped kitchens, spacious living and dining areas and private balconies. Do roam around the property and The Village - an adjacent community with cobbled streets, lakeside docks, specialty boutiques and a gourmet sampling of waterfront restaurants. Cruise the lake, dine in an elegant restaurant, or play a championship golf course to experiencr the peace and charm of the Mediterraneon - just a short distance away from the Strip.

If you like a bit of gambling, check out the Casino Free Play and Breakfast Packaghe where you can play at Casino MonteLago and enjoy breakfast at Harry's. Stay two nights or more at the Aston MonteLago Village Resort - Sunday through Thursday - and receive $25 in Casino Free Play per night and Daily breakfast for two at Harry's Cafe. The package rates start at $115 per night.

There is always something going on at this resort - concerts, festivals, wine walks, sporlting events and more throughout the year. If you go for one of the events listed at web site www.montelagvillage.com, you can get an extra discount.

For more information or reservations contact the Aston MonteLago Village Resort, 30 Strada di Villaggio, Henderson, NV 89011; 702-564-4700; toll free reservations 866-774-2924 or go to AstonMonteLagoVillage.com

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas has unveiled a brand new spa treatment menu.

In addition to many of the previous traditional spa treatments, The Ritz-Carlton Spa features 13 new treatments geared toward specific needs and guest demographics. All treatments and changes are based on guest feedback.

Highlights of the new menu include:

Men's Treatments: Interest in male guests is beginning to increase since the spa debuted its now-popular Gentlemen's Pedicure and Beer Tasting treatment, which includes a luxurious pedicure and five to six beer samples. Parlaying off of that popularity, the spa developed additional treatments, especially for men:

-Gentlemen's Fitness Facial: A mask made of seaweed contains minerals that stimulate, nourish, tone and eliminate toxins from the skin. Includes a tension-relieving scalp, neck and shoulder massage with acupressure that stimulates scalp circulation and follicle health.

-Gentlemen's Hand or Foot Grooming: These energizing treatments include the grooming of nails and cuticles, a moisturizing massage and a natural buff. The foot grooming also includes a eucalyptus soak, callous removal and a revitalizing exfoliation.

-Executive Facial: Along with a mild skin resurfacing, a refreshing multi-vitamin and antioxidant mask is applied to increase skin firmness and vitality. A relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage is included.

-Executive Hand or Foot Grooming: For the gentlemen who need extra tension relief, these guests will also receive an extra moisturizing masque.

Muscle Repair Treatments: Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the treatments designed to heal the body after a work-out or training:

-Muscle Repair Massage: Promotes circulation and relieves sore muscles. Arnica acts as a strong anti-inflammatory and is blended with warming bay laurel, rosemary and basil to ease muscle congestion.

-Hand and Foot Rejuvenation: With this technique, hands are immersed in hot paraffin wax to soothe aches and pains while feet are enlivened with a peppermint tea tree massage.

Indigenous Ingredients: Staying true to the Southern Nevada environment, the spa developed treatments that include ingredients that primarily originate in this region.

-Prickly Pear Couple's Ritual: Prickly Pear Cactus is a natural skin smoother and a rich source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. This ritual begins with a gentle body polish to remove surface layers of dull skin cells. Next, the guest is submerged in a bath. The final step is a full-body massage using a prickly pear shea butter.

-Desert Aloe Veil: For those overexposed to the elements, a combination of soothing aloe and cooling tea tree is gently applied to the body. Session includes a gentle scalp or foot massage.

During classic spa treatments, such as the Desert Rain Vichy Exfoliation, prior to the treatment guests can select a scent, one of which now includes pomegranate.

In addition to the aforementioned treatments, the spa will also be launching the following:

-Pure Facial: Dramatically reduces congested pores and promotes clearer skin by regulating oil production. A thorough cleansing is carried out over the face and décolleté.

-Aroma Transformation Facial: Five effective treatments in one: a deep cleansing enzyme mask; genuine aromatherapy chosen specifically for the guest's mood and complexion; a relaxing and rejuvenating 12 acu-point massage and a specific firming and renewing eye and hand treatment for these often neglected areas.

-Chardonnay Couple's Ceremony: This commences with a chardonnay sugar exfoliation, followed by an intimate soak in our jetted tub. A full-body massage with body butter made with grape seed, lavender, rosemary, chamomile and jojoba finishes this journey.

-Sacred Stone Manicure or Pedicure: Enjoy an affirming masque and a comforting hot-towel wrap, as well as a healing hot stone therapy massage.

-Alpha Beta Body Peel: The entire body is saturated with a perfect combination of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids. Following this, the body is infused with luxurious hydration.

New Packages: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas now offers a bevy of spa packages, designed for guests seeking numerous treatments for one price:

-Oasis: The 50-minute massage or facial is based on the guest's specific needs. The package also includes the Oasis Manicure that includes nail shaping, cuticle perfection, a moisturizing massage and a choice of a natural buff or fresh polish and the Oasis Pedicure.

-A Beautiful You: This includes the traditional Ritz-Carlton Manicure and Pedicure; shampoo and style and make-up application.

-Total Wellness: Guests will experience a holistic health consultation, personal training session and an aromatherapy elixir for 50 minutes.

-19th Hole: Fore! Designed for golf enthusiasts, this includes the new 100-minute Muscle Repair Massage and the Hand and Foot Rejuvenation.

-Chairman of the Board:
Especially designed to alleviate stress, the package includes the popular tandem Four Hands Massage, Executive Facial, Gentlemen's Hand and Foot Grooming.

-Enchantment: This includes the Sacred Stone Massage; the Le Vin Wine Therapy which begins with a chardonnay sugar exfoliation followed by rich body butter; Sacred Stone Pedicure and a shampoo and style.

"At our spa, we're not only looking to rejuvenate and relax our guests, but to also show them how to live healthier, therefore truly making an impact on their overall well being," says Jennifer Noble, director of spa. "We have a staff of 45 service providers who are trained to teach our guests about how to continue the positive effects of the treatment long after they've gone home."

For more information regarding reservations, call (702) 567-4600.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, has Launched the Signature Ritz Kids Program

At The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, fun has no age limit. The resort launched its signature, popular kid-friendly program, Ritz Kids® and debut its brand new Ritz Kids Room, as well as a new evening program.

The program is based on a first come, first serve basis and is available to all hotel guests.

The counselor-supervised program is designed for guests age five through 12. Due to growing demand and the program's popularity, the resort expanded its program by adding an evening component and creating a space, especially for children. Located on the first floor by the picturesque Pontevecchio Park, the space will comfortably balance the needs of the children and pre-teens by including a variety of games and décor. Furthermore, the program will no longer be offered just during the summer months, but all year long.

Two 3-hour Ritz Kids day sessions will be offered every day of the week. The first session begins at 9 a.m., concluding at noon. The second session runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

This year's new line-up of activities will include:

- Swim lessons at the hotel's pool
- Building sand castles
- Nature hikes
- Fishing
- Paddleboats
- Gardening
- Morning and afternoon stories
- Scavenger and treasure hunts
- 30-minute cooking classes for pizza, ice-cream and cookies conducted by the resort's award-winning chefs from the Medici Café and Terrace

In addition, Ritz Kids participants will be able to participate in theme days such as "Sports Day", "Tie-Dye Day", "Safari Day", "Pirate Day" and "Lifeguard for a Day." Simultaneous sessions will be planned for participants who will be divided into groups based on age.

For parents who would like their children to enjoy two full sessions per day with no break in-between, "Lunch Buddies' will accompany participants in a poolside lunch in between Ritz Kids sessions.

The resort's evening program will take place on Thursday and Saturday evenings. This session will run from 6 to 9 p.m. For evening participants, the program will include board games, movies and interactive arts and crafts.

Ritz Kids participants should bring swimsuits, sunscreen, shoes and dry clothes to their sessions. Morning sessions must be reserved by 7 p.m. the previous evening. Afternoon sessions must be reserved by 10 a.m. on session day. Availability is limited. Two hours advance notice is required for cancellation. The Ritz Kids cost is $50 per child per 3-hour session, $80 per child for two sessions in the same day and $50 for the evening session.

For more information, call (702) 567-4700.

For more information, go to www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/lake_las_vegas/.

The price is $80 per person excluding wine or $110 per person including wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity.  

For more tasting menu information or for reservations, call (702) 567- 4700.

The Ritz-Carlon, Lake Las Vegas, Displays New Pieces of Art . . Made from Sugar

Imagine feasting your eyes upon beautiful, hand-crafted pieces of what appears to be glass art with colors reflecting the season, with these same pieces beautifully displayed in glass displays and lit to show the intricate details.  But for guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, when they look a little closer at the front lobby’s brand new art pieces, they will discover the pieces are actually made entirely from sugar.

Executive Pastry Chef Chris Hanmer designed and created two identical displays entitled, “An Unexpected Oasis” that are showcased in two separate wood and glass cases located in the hotel’s front lobby.  Each showcases 45 orange and blue pieces created from 150 pounds of sugar.  The entire project took Chef Hanmer more than 100 hours to craft by hand, using food coloring for the orange and blue hues.

Hanmer began planning this project in October 2006, completing the sugar display creations in February.  “When I lived in Washington, D.C., I often visited the Smithsonian Institute.  There I discovered a true appreciation of modern art which became my inspiration for developing these pieces.  Because I am a chef, it was the ideal way to combine my two passions – cooking and modern art,” says Hanmer.

The sugar displays will change every season. 

Hanmer is the executive pastry chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas.  He has nearly 15 years of experience in the culinary industry.  He competed in the World Pastry Team Championship in 2004, which was televised on the Food Network.  At the age of 26, he became the youngest American to win this championship. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas in 2005, he served as assistant pastry chef for Bellagio in Las Vegas.  He has also worked at the International School of Confectionary Arts in Gaithersburg, Md., where he participated in national and global demonstrations with famed confectioner Ewald Notter. 

Hanmer’s educational background includes a certificate in culinary arts from Orange Coast College, in Costa Mesa, Calif. and advanced culinary studies in France at  L’ Ecole Du Grand Chocolat.

What to See & Do

Lake Las Vegas Marina

Want a unique experience? Visit Lake Las Vegas Marina and enjoy the outdoors while plying the water at the marina, where you can take in a distinguished lake community and be in fresh air. You'll have lots of choices - from an 18 foot electric boat that's perfect for fishing, swimming or a family scenic cruise; a Hobie Cat; Craig Cat 2-Man Boat; a 2-Man Fishing Boat; Pedal Boats or try the Windsurfing Boards, Kayaks, Canoes, or Paddle Boards.

If you're feeling lazy, opt for the flagship of Lake Las Vegas -- La Contessa. It measures 80 feet in length, and the yacht holds up to 56 guests for a sit-down dinner, or up to 130 for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. What a great place for a birthday party, wedding reception, corporate events and more! La Contessa cruises along the shores of beautiful Lake Las Vegas, has two leels, each with their own bar, and the yacht also features plasma televisions and a superb music system to compliment the cruise. In addition, live entertainment can be arranged as an option.

Or, sign up for Lady of the Lake -- a 60-foot luxury yacht that like its sister vessel, also cruises the beautiful shores of Lake Las Vegas. Holding up to 30 guests comfortably for corporate events, parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions, the Lady offers beverages, including beer and wine, and has a great music system, while being ideal for smaller, more intimate events.

Planning a trip to Italy? Then first try a Gondola Cruise at Lake Las Vegas. Right at the picturesque waterfront of MonteLago Village, you can take a romantic cruise with complimentary champagne and enjoy chocolates, appetizers or a delicious meal as the gondolier sings love songs. Watch as the sun disappears behind the mountains and the stars come into view as you glide slowly on the lake. The cruise is available for couples or groups, special occasions and more.

Pickup locations include MonteLago Village Resort and the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, Lowes Lake Las Vegas (by request), and private docks (by request).

For more information call 877-4-Gondola (877-446-6365) or check web site www.gondola.com.

You can also hike or take a nature walk. The local geography surrounding Lake Las Vegas is great. Numerous trails begin and end at the lake - winding their way along the lake and throughout the unique formations where thousands of native plant varieties and diverse colors can be enjoyed. Bike touring is another option with hundreds of miles of bike trails, paved biking paths, and highways with safe bike lanes offering all skill levels. Or, if you're into extreme sports, Lake Las Vegas is an internationally recognized venue for extreme sports, such as Iron Man/Women, XTerra West, Amica and Lake Las Vegas Triathion competitions and more.

Lake Las Vegas is close to many points of interest, including:

Las Vegas Strip - 17 miles

Lake Mead - 4 miles

Hoover Dam - 25 miles

Red Rock Canyon - 40 miles

Eldorado Canyon - 45 miles

Valley of Fire - 57 miles

Grand Canyon - 270 miles

For more information, contact Yacht Reservations, Lake Las Vegas Marina, 702-568-8965 or go to web site www.lakelasvegasmarina.com.

Where to Eat

The Village Lake Las Vegas Offers Numerous Dining Options including:

Ravella Hotel & Resort's Medici Cafe & Terrace.

Enjoy Market dining with fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps and hot, healthy dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For more information call 702-567-4700 or go to web site www.ravellavegas.com.

Auld Dubliner Irish Pub and Restaurant

Good food, perfect pints and old world charm for lunch and dinner. For more information call 702-567-8002.

Harry's at Casino MonteLago

For fine dining. For more information call 702-898-7777 or go to web site www.casinomontelago.com.

Luna Rossa

An authenic Italian cuisine with a contemporary flare, full bar and patio. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch is served. Call 702-568-9921 or go to web site www.lunarossaristorante.com.

Sonrisa Grill

This restaurant serves gourmet South-of-the-Border cuisine, has a full bar, balconies and outdoor patio. For lunch and dinner. Call 702-568-6870 or go to web site www.sonriseagrill.com.

Sunset & Vines

The quintessential destination for fine wine, cocktails, Tappas and a full dinner menu. Lakeside patio and Open for dinner. 702-382-7900

Marssa at the Lowe's Lake Vegas Resort

Unique, signature sushi and Japanese cuisine from Nevada's only Master Sushi Chef. Open for dinner. Call 702-567-6125 or go to web site www.marssalv.com

..................plus more restaurants to choose from.

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

Lake Mead RV Village Offers Premier RV Sites, View of Beautiful Desert Lake, Just 45 Minutes from Las Vegas

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, visitors traveling to Las Vegas via RV this year can explore one of the United States’ most visited national parks, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts’ Lake Mead RV Village, offers two locations: Boulder Beach, located just 45 minutes from Las Vegas, as well as Echo Bay, located 95 minutes from Las Vegas. Both offer RV travelers magnificent views of the beautiful lake and its varicolored surrounding landscape.

Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach offers Wi-Fi at most sites, a Bocce ball court, horse shoe pits, picnic areas with barbecue grills, 24-hour laundry facility, onsite propane for purchase and a convenience and gift store. Nightly rates include cable TV service and begin at $30 ($45 for lakeview); weekly rates begin at $180 ($240 for lake view) and monthly rates begin at $575 (no lake view sites are available for monthly use and a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Well-behaved pets are welcome. Reservations at Boulder Beach may be made by calling +1 (702) 293-2540.

At Echo Bay, RVs have access to free Wi-Fi, large restroom and shower facilities, free launch ramp, barbecue and fire pit areas, recreation room with a 40-person capacity, 24-hour laundry facility and convenience and gift store. Echo Bay offers the closest overnight RV accommodations to Valley of Fire State Park—home to extraordinary red rock formations and ancient petroglyphs—making it a convenient place to stay before or after an active day of exploration. Nightly rates begin at $28, weekly rates begin at $154 and monthly rates begin at $462 (a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Reservations at Echo Bay can be made via telephone: +1 (702) 394-4000.

In addition to camping, activities available at Lake Mead include boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and biking. Black Canyon River Adventures’ smooth-water raft tours depart daily from Lake Mead RV Village and launch just below Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. These five-hour, 12-mile raft trips cost $97 for adults with special pricing for children under 16. Reservations may be made at www.BlackCanyonAdventures.com.  

For boating and kayaking, Forever Resorts’ Willow Beach Harbor, located 23 miles from Lake Mead RV Village, offers a variety of motor boats, canoes and kayaks for hourly or daily rental; hourly boat rentals start at $25 per hour. In addition, bicycle rental shops located near Lake Mead in nearby Boulder City, Nevada, make exploring the park with a scenic bike ride simple.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Forever Resorts' Offerings Featured in National Park Service's New Houseboat Wilderness Trails

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the National Park Service has designated a new Explore by Houseboat Wilderness Trail in Lake Mead National Recreation Area so visitors can explore the wilderness by water—while enjoying all the comforts of home.

The Explore by Houseboat trail is one of six new self-guided exploration maps the Lake Mead NRA launched this week. Lake Mead is home to nine wilderness areas, all located in Nevada. They were designated in 2002 to preserve the undeveloped land, so each one retains its primitive character and influence. Part of that designation means that motorized vehicles and bicycles aren’t allowed in the wilderness areas. Fortunately for enthusiasts who appreciate nature and a good four-wheel drive experience or the comforts of home, most of Lake Mead NRA’s wilderness areas are bordered by roads and waterways where the restrictions don’t apply.

Houseboats offer comfortable sleeping accommodations for the whole family, plus amenities like gas grill, fully functional kitchen, bathrooms, water slide, satellite TVs, and sun deck. Houseboat rentals are available at Forever Resorts’ Callville Bay Resort and Marina on expansive Lake Mead, and at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on spectacular Lake Mohave. Cruise across the aqua blue lakes, explore the preserved lands, then pull up to a cove and take a day trip into the peaceful backcountry.

Lake Mead is a perfect place for houseboating any time of the year. Many water activities are enjoyed on Lake Mead – swimming, diving, boating and fishing. With 550 miles of pristine shoreline, soaring red rock cliffs, countless bays and beaches and a convenient location within an hour of the entertainment capital of the world, few places can beat the recreation opportunities that await on Lake Mead. Those traveling east from Callville Bay through the narrows will pass Pinto Valley and Jimbilnan Wilderness, areas popular for stunning sandstone and volcanic rock formations.

One of the best-kept secrets in Nevada, Lake Mohave is a pristine desert lake that boasts a 237-mile shoreline and is 67 miles long. Backed by Davis Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Mohave provides its guests the best in boating, fishing, and hiking. The new marina offers long-term and overnight slip rentals for your boat or rent a houseboat, power boat, canoe or kayak. Travel north to see Ireteba and Eldorado Wilderness, areas popular for Desert Bighorn Sheep; or, head south to see Spirit Mountain Wilderness, the spiritual birthplace of the Yuman tribes of the lower Colorado River.

To reserve a houseboat vacation, call (800) 255-5561 or visit www.ForeverHouseboats.com.

LAKE TAHOE

What to See & Do

About Ski Lake Tahoe

Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley USA. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall totals in North America. The seven resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are located less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information and to directly book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and its travel partners, visit www.skilaketahoe.com.

Lake Tahoe Offers America's Most Affordable Winter Vacations

With the economy leaving so many travelers looking for affordable ski vacations this season, the ski resorts, luxury hotels and vacation properties of Lake Tahoe have answered by offering North America's most affordable luxury winter destination travel packages. Several Ski Lake Tahoe resorts are offering ski-and-stay packages starting at $59 per night, as well as early season deals that include lift ticket, lesson and rental packages for as low as $25 per day. Combine these unique recession-influenced bargains with the current airfare deals being offered by discount carriers servicing the area and destination travelers have endless opportunities to save on a ski vacation to Lake Tahoe this winter.

Lake Tahoe is America's most easily accessible, affordable and totally unique luxury winter resort destination and the region continues to lead other winter ski destinations in travel bookings on some of the largest online travel sites. For the second consecutive year, Lake Tahoe was named the number one ski destination by Orbitz.com based on hotel room and vacation package bookings.

The continued high number of visitors to Lake Tahoe often results from the abundance of discount airfares into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) on major carriers including Southwest Airlines, in addition to the amazing deals offered at the luxury casino resorts and high-end hotels that surround the area. The "Southwest Effect" has been created whereby several air carriers now offer discount fares into the airport to compete with Southwest's generally cheaper prices and lack of baggage fees - a highlight for skiers and snowboarders. 

More Ski Resorts, More Ways to Save

Lake Tahoe offers the highest concentration of ski resorts within close proximity in the country, all with the pristine beauty of one of the world's largest alpine lakes as the centerpiece. Throw in average snowfall totals of more than 400 inches and over 300 days of annual sunshine, and one can begin to understand the rare combination of beauty and accessibility only found in Tahoe. The seven Ski Lake Tahoe resorts create an incredibly affordable winter destination with an array of offers specifically designed to assist the budget-minded traveler in saving money, while still maximizing the amount of fun and variety of activities available during their winter visits to the region.

Where to Stay

As for specific savings available at the individual resorts, Alpine Meadows offers a variety of ski/ride-n-stay packages ranging from luxury accommodations on the shores of Lake Tahoe, to inexpensive rooms and shuttle service from Reno. One of the most popular is the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa & Casino Package including lift tickets, deluxe room accommodations, complimentary valet parking, casino vouchers, ski/snowboard valet, health club & pool access, and business center use for only $299 Sunday-Thursday and $339 Fridays and Saturdays. Alpine Meadows has also partnered with numerous Reno casino resorts to offer ski/ride-n-stay packages starting at just $119. As for other deals and discounts, guests can join the Alpine Club for savings this season including $39 lift tickets on 39 days this winter.

Heavenly Mountain Resort --

is home to some of Lake Tahoe's finest entertainment and non-stop partying options thanks to the close proximity of casinos, resorts, bars, world-class nightclubs and local watering holes. Guests can take advantage of savings up to 25 percent off lodging and 33 percent off lift tickets during the months of January and February by checking out Heavenly Mountain Resort's web specials page. Book an extended trip and get the fifth night free with any four night stay. As for on mountain deals, guests can join the Peaks Savings program to earn points to redeem towards lift tickets, lessons, lodging and more. Visit www.skiheavenly.com for more details.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort --

welcomes new lifts and mountain enhancements for the season and mid-week stay and ski/ride free packages are available throughout the season for as low as $88 in addition to early season packages that are available seven days a week. Additionally, guests can save 20 percent off lifts and lodging packages when they purchase with an American Express Card. Call 800-967-7500 to learn more. On the slopes, children 12 and under ski/ride free on Sundays with any paid adult lift ticket or season pass.

Make turns right off the plane at Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, located just 25 minutes from RTIA. Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe offers a number of stay and ski/ride packages with multiple luxurious casino hotels and resorts in Reno, NV starting as low as $59. As for lift ticket specials, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe offers some of best in the business including the "Runs n Roses" family package for $128 (includes two adult lift tickets and two child lift tickets; valid all season) and "Ladies Day Thursdays" with all women receiving full day lift tickets for $29 (be ready for plenty of wigs & falsies).

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort --

is offering a free night of lodging to guests who book a three night stay. Simply book three nights and get the fourth night free. Valid daily excluding holiday periods Call 1-800-GO-NORTH to make reservations. Additionally, active military personnel ski/ride free on Sundays. Present a CAC card to any Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort ticket office to receive the free lift ticket.

World-Class Resort Properties Offer Incomparable Amenities & Incredible Savings

The Lake Tahoe area offers lodging properties to match just about every budget and every itinerary imaginable. From affordable casino resorts to luxurious lakeside properties, the region's lodging options cater to the destination guest with a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment. Most properties also offer shuttle services to nearby resorts. In an effort to attract the discriminating dollar of this season's budget-minded traveler, many of the high-end properties around the lake are offering VIP treatment at a fraction of the normal cost.

On the north side of the lake, The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa offers a "catch-all" stay and ski/ride package that includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary shuttle service and two adult lift tickets to a choice of Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Alpine Meadows or Homewood. Package pricing is $319 Sunday through Thursday and $359 on Fridays and Saturdays. Located just steps from the slopes, the ski-in/ski-out Squaw Valley Lodge offers winter recreation and relaxation packages designed to maximize the adventure and romance while stretching your travel dollar. Stay and ski/ride packages begin as low as $160.50 midweek/$210.50 weekends. The Village at Squaw Valley offers the ultimate four-season mountain resort nestled slope side in Squaw Valley USA with luxurious condominium suites, a first class spa and spectacular dining and shopping. Take advantage of the "Ski 3 Free" package starting as low as $136.16 per person and save up to $237 on lift tickets.

For travelers headed to the south end of the lake, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa offers a "Ski, Board and Play Package" which includes deluxe room accommodations and two lift tickets to Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, or Squaw Valley USA starting at $199. The Park Tahoe Inn is a perfect base camp for exploring the Lake Tahoe area and offers custom ski/ride packages to fit individual needs. Book four nights and get the fifth night free with packages starting at $300 per night. Both Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Harvey's Lake Tahoe offer "Stay and Play" packages with discounted lift tickets available for Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley USA and Sierra-at Tahoe Resort.

Lake Tahoe: Easy Access and Affordable Transportation

RTIA services destination travelers to the Lake Tahoe area located just half an hour away from the closest ski lifts. The airport provides 170 daily flights with non-stop service to 19 destinations and was named the fifth most efficient airport in North America by the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) in 2008. Southwest Airlines provides the majority of air service into RTIA, setting the benchmark for affordable air travel that competing airlines have tried to match.

A multitude of regular shuttle services and transportation options make it easy to get around the lake region and in various communities around Lake Tahoe. The North Lake Tahoe Express services the majority of North Lake Tahoe, providing regional shuttle service to and from RTIA. In South Lake Tahoe, the BlueGo transit service offers a variety of inexpensive shuttle services around South Lake Tahoe 24/7.

The Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and the surrounding Lake region are undergoing improvements and development projects totaling over one billion dollars and new programs are being introduced this season that enhance the recreation options and mountain lifestyle. More than any other U.S. winter destination, the Lake Tahoe area boasts: more ski resorts and combined skiable acreage in close proximity to each other; better weather conditions with over 400 inches of annual snowfall combined with over 300 days of sunshine and more comfortable winter temperatures; the breathtaking scenery and aura of one of the world's most incredible alpine lakes; and unmatched, 24/7 entertainment options at the numerous restaurants, exclusive night clubs, bars and casino resorts surrounding the lake for night owls and families alike. Lake Tahoe offers a truly unique, world-class winter experience both on and off the mountain.  

Several Ski Lake Tahoe resorts offer great early season lift ticket deals, vacation packages and special promotions in addition to current conditions and opening information. Resort contact information and Web sites are listed below:

Alpine Meadows - www.skialpine.com - 530.583.4232

Heavenly - www.skiheavenly.com - 1.800.HEAVENLY

Kirkwood - www.kirkwood.com - 209.258.6000

Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe - www.skirose.com - 800.SKI.ROSE

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort - www.northstarattahoe.com - 800.GO.NORTH

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort - www.sierraattahoe.com - 530.659.7453 

Squaw Valley USA - www.squaw.com - 530.583.6985

About Ski Lake Tahoe 

Surrounding North America's largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley USA. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The seven resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are located less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information and to directly book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and its travel partners, visit www.skilaketahoe.com.

LAS VEGAS

What to See & Do

OMNIA Nightclub Has Opened its Doors at Caesars Palace

OMNIA Nightclub opened its doors March 2015 welcoming guests to experience the highly-anticipated debut of the venue, kicking off with a performance from Calvin Harris. OMNIA’s inaugural events will establish a new industry standard for Las Vegas with its fresh articulation of the nightlife experience merging opulent design and an incomparable talent roster with never-before-seen, state-of-the-art technology.

The line-up for OMNIA’s opening weekend consists of premiere performances from artists including Calvin Harris, DJ Irie, Martin Garrix, DJ Ruckus, Questlove and Chuckie, special events featuring Los Angeles-based publication Treats! Magazine and celebrity guests including global music phenomenon Justin Bieber’s 21st birthday celebration.

The completely redeveloped 75,000-square-foot venue, architecturally led by Rockwell Group, houses three distinct nightlife spaces - the Main Club including the Balcony level, Heart of OMNIA, the sleek and seductive ultra-lounge, and the Terrace - each distinct in atmosphere and mood. OMNIA’s innovative use of technology will enhance the interaction and storytelling to create an immersive, sensory and celebratory experience.

Guests of OMNIA are greeted by beautifully lacquered gold ticketing kiosks surrounded by plush purple velvet walls. A multi-armed chandelier and elaborate art installation bring guests to the main corridor sheathed in stone tile. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) portals embedded in black one-way mirrors on all four sides of the walkway create a unique and ever-changing environment through interactive technology as guests enter the Main Club.

The Main Club boasts a dramatic 65-foot-tall ceiling dome, which encompasses a 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier. The grandiose centerpiece of the Main Club consists of eight concentric rings featuring different production elements including theatrical lighting effects, video projections and light-emitting diode’s (LED) all choreographed to evolve throughout the night.

Also located within the Main Club are the Opal and Velvet bars, each unique in their aesthetic, offering guests prime views of the performance area. Two ascending grand staircases lead guests to the Balcony, with 12 opera boxes and two grand skyboxes for premiere seating with remarkable views of the dance floor below. Also located on the Balcony level is the Mirror bar, featuring facetted iridescent mirror displays; an ideal offering for general admission guests looking to enjoy a premium vantage point to the performance area and dance floor below.

Atop the venue sits the Terrace, providing sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip. Architectural LED strips embedded into the flooring and walls, etched glass light fixtures and cantilevered lampposts provide a soft glow after dusk. The space includes a dance floor, a 50-foot long main bar, tiered cabanas, plush sofas and DJ booth for guests looking to enjoy the energy of The Strip under the stars.

Heart of OMNIA features a sultry material palette rich with dark woods, bronze crocodile-embossed leather banquettes and furnished with an unrivalled LED screen arrangement. Envisioned as a seductive lair, the ultra-lounge will feature private seating areas, sumptuous bar and imposing DJ booth which will host a roster of world-class, open format talent, ideal for guests looking to enjoy a more seductive area of OMNIA.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting omnianightclub.com or by calling concierge services at 702.785.6200. Guests can also find OMNIA on www.facebook.com/OmniaNightclub>Facebook, twitter.com/omnialasvegas>Twitter and instagram.com/OmniaNightclub>Instagram. For private or corporate event buy-out opportunities, please call 702.853.4342, or visit omnianightclub.com.

ABOUT OMNIA NIGHTCLUB
Conceptualized around the elements of opulent, classic design and modern technology, OMNIA Nightclub is an interactive nightlife experience by global hospitality company, Hakkasan Group. The 75,000 square-foot multi-level destination encompasses a seductive ultra-lounge, a high energy main club and balcony, as well as a breathtaking outdoor terrace showcasing panoramic views of the Las Vegas strip. The nightclub features a variety of musical talent spanning diverse genres for an all-inclusive nightlife experience. Filled with interactive features and luxurious finishes at every turn, OMNIA sets the stage for patrons who enter our world to discover the unexpected.

Open Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday from 10 p.m. until late. For reservations, visit omnianightclub.com or call 702.785.6200. Guests must be 21 years or older. Cover charges and table reservations will vary.

ABOUT CAESARS PALACE
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine’s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcase more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. Opening in Spring 2015 are Searsucker Las Vegas, the restaurant from celebrity chef and “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey, as well as the 75,000 square-foot Omnia Nightclub. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Buckle Up for Extreme Off-Road Excursions with Zero1 Desert Adventures Powered by RZR®

Petty Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Richard Petty Driving Experience and the worldwide leader in NASCAR stock car drive and ride entertainment, and Zero1 Desert Adventures Powered by RZR®, is bringing one of the wildest desert experiences to Las Vegas. Featuring the latest RZRs on the market, guests will have the opportunity to go on an extreme desert excursion through the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas on a 2015 Polaris RZR XP1000 EPS vehicle.

The 110 horsepower vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art technology including all wheel drive, electronic power steering and an automatic centrifugal gearbox, which allows guests to enjoy some of the Mojave Desert’s most scenic landscapes. The guided tour which leaves from Jean, Nevada will go through the Mojave Desert and will consist of varying terrains ranging from slow and rugged to open and fast. During the tour, there will be brief predetermined stopping points which will allow guests to take photos, grab a water or snack, and switch drivers if sharing the experience.

Bring a friend to share an adventure or explore on your own; Zero1 Desert Adventures offers guests three different packages to choose from with an option to add-on a friend to any package for an additional fee. Adventure packages start at only $199. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age with riders being at least 14 years old. Choose from one of the following Desert Adventures that are offered at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.:

2 Hour Desert Adventure (1 Driver)
Price: $199 plus one $25 driver release fee
Drive your Polaris RZR for an hour on a guided tour through the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas
3 Hour Desert Adventure (1 Driver)
Price: $299 plus one $25 driver release fee
Drive your Polaris RZR for two hours on a guided tour through the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas
Half Day Desert Adventure (1 Driver)
Price: $449 plus one $25 driver release fee
Drive your Polaris RZR on a three-hour guided tour through the Mojave Desert of Las Vegas and enjoy lunch at the Pioneer Saloon

The first local Petty Holdings experience offered outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Zero1 Base Camp is located at 21015 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Jean, Nevada, approximately 20 minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Drivers and riders have the option to drive their own vehicle to base camp or enjoy complimentary round-trip transportation from their choice of five casino resorts located on the Las Vegas Strip to the Zero1 Base Camp. Pick up locations include the Rotunda area at Excalibur Hotel Casino Las Vegas, the North Tour Lobby at Paris Las Vegas, the Bus Loading Area at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, the North Tour Valet at The Mirage Hotel & Casino and the Bus Depot at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

For more information or to book your Zero1 Desert Adventure, visit www.drivepetty.com/drive/zero1.

About Petty Holdings
Petty Holdings, LLC owns Richard Petty Driving Experience, the worldwide leader in NASCAR-style stock car drive and ride entertainment, which operates at 15 race tracks in the United States. It markets other Petty and Richard Petty branded and licensed ventures including Petty Safe Driving and Richard Petty’s Fantasy Racing Camp. It also provides motorsports support services to the commercial and film industries, mobile marketing event services and designs and executes ride and drive events for automobile manufacturers.

Headquartered in Concord, NC, Petty Holdings is a portfolio company of BV Investment Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm, investing in the information and business services, communications, and media sectors.

Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas Hotel to Launch New Honeymoon Package----Lovebirds are in for a treat: Guests can now book the hotel's Honeymoon Package for a romantic Las Vegas getaway in a spacious honeymoon suite.

The Embassy Suites Convention Center hotel has announced their new Honeymoon Package in conjunction with offering their honeymoon suite to guests.

The package includes access to the hotel's spacious honeymoon suite, which features a four poster king size bed, large living area, spa-inspired bathroom, and large patio with stunning views of the strip. Upon check-in, guests will have a chilled bottle of champagne and delicious chocolate covered strawberries delivered to their suite. Made-to-order breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks at the hotel's Evening Reception are also included in the Honeymoon Package.

We are thrilled to offer this additional getaway opportunity to our guests," said Rene Ramos, General Manager. "We felt opening the honeymoon suite to our guests and offering a Honeymoon Package would be an excellent option for those looking to enjoy a romantic getaway to the Vegas area."

The honeymoon package is now available to book on the hotel's website, and photos and information on the honeymoon suite can be viewed on the hotel's accommodations page.

About The Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas:

The Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas is a non-gaming hotel located near the famous Las Vegas Strip, and within walking distance to the monorail and Las Vegas Convention Center. The hotel provides guests with spacious two-room suites, complimentary made-to-order breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks each night at the hotel's Evening Reception. Other hotel amenities include free guest parking, on-site Fountain Grill restaurant, indoor pool, outdoor sun deck, fitness center and business center. Guests enjoy all the comforts of home away from home and the convenience of being near the airport, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo, and all of Las Vegas’ best shopping, dining and entertainment attractions. Over 11,000 square feet of event space is available to host events ranging from business meetings and conferences to weddings and receptions.

For more information visit: www.lasvegasembassysuites.com and connect with the hotel on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/ESCCLasVegas. For more information, contact Cristina Lopez at cristina.lopez@hilton.com or 702- 893-8000.

The Neon Museum

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to an approximately two-acre Neon Museum campus, which includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.NeonMuseum.org.

New Zip-Line Replaces the Flightlinez Over Fremont Street

Thrill riders will love the new zip-line over Fremont Street that has a special propulsion system to help riders attain speeds of about 35 mph. It will open in mid 2013, will cost $11 million, with a take-off tower 11 stories high; with openings in a giant slot machine spitting out riders like jackpots! Riders will fly flat in harnesses for 1700 feet, with a shorter option for those who are more timid. In the meantime, Flightlinez will be moved to allow for construction while continuing to take guests on more leisurely rides.

While downtown, you'll find many stand-alone cocktail bars - with the newest a 6,000-square-foot place named Commonwealth which opened on Fremont Street and includes a speakeasy-style back room bar.

Red Rock Canyon

A scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon is not to be forgotten -- for over the 13 miles, you'll enjoy spectacular scenery. Here, you'll find spectacular sandstone escarpment, thickets of Joshua trees, animals and plants in the nearly 200,000-acre national conservation area. During springtime, plants put on a gorgeous flowering show and provide lasting sources of water, food and shelter to the birds, reptiles and mammals that make the southern Mojave Desert their home. Learn about the cultural and historic uses of Red Rock Canyon before its special designation as a Bureau of Land Management National Conservation Area.

Pack a picnic lunch, get into your car, and upon arriving, drive the posted speed limits. Stop at one of the many parking lots but, do not park off the road on vegetation since these plants are native to the arid Mojave Dessert and can take decades to regrow.

There's lots to see & do here, including:

Rock Climbing

With more than 2,000 climbing routes, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is one of the top five climbing destinations in the United States. -- There are two wilderness areas in the conservation area Rainbow Mountain Wilderness and La Madre Mountain Wilderness. New, bolted, fixed anchors and/or protection belts cannot be installed in either wilderness area. All of the major canyons in Red Rock Canyon are in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness and all of the climbing routes located on White Rock Moiuntain and many crags near Kraft Mountain are within the La Madre Mountain Wilderness.

Be aware that the sandstone becomes very brittle when it rains and shouldn't be climbed for at least 24 hours. Once it dries out, the hand and footholds will not be broken and gear will be less likely to pull out during a fall. If it rains during your visit, consider the limestone sport crags that are found in Red Rock and other climbing sites around Las Vegas.

Permits are necessary and Late Exit permits (LE) provide an additional two hours of climbing time after normal closure of the scenic drive. They are for multi-pitch routes and are only available for Angel Food Wall, Ice Box Canyon, Juniper Canyon, Pine Creek Canyon and oak Creek Canyon. Overnight permits (ON) are only available for routes on Mt. Wilson (1-2 nights), Levitation Wall (1 night), Rainbow Wall (1-2 nights), Buffalo Wall (1-3 nights), Hidden Wall (1-3 nights) and Bridge Mountain (1 night). Camping is not permitted at the base of any route.

To obtain a permit call 702-515-5050. Call up to seven days in adance or as late as the day of your intended climb. Leave a clear message or you will not receive a permit and may receive a citation. Same-day permits are not issued after 4:30 p.m. When you call, state your name and phone #, type of permit needed, vehicle plate number and state, vehicle description, climbing route/wall and wher eyou will park, and an emergency contact number and name.

Geology Viewing

Millions of years are written on the sandstone cliffs and limestone outcrops -- revealing an area that was at the bottom of an ocean basin and its emergence from the sea when dinosaurs roamed the earth. See limestone outcrops that for more than 250 million years accumulated and contained the fossils of sea life that flourished during that time. Early-to mid-Paleozoic Era limestone is exposed on the escarpment on the west and north sides of the national conservation area. Later, Paleozoic Era Permian limestone outcrops can be seen on the east side, especially on Blue Diamond hill and its extension to the north, Fossil Ridge.

In the handout at the visitor center, you'll find more information on the geology formations, including the Aztec Sandstone Escarpment. The sandstone cliffs at Red Rock, thousands of feet high, are made up of Aztec sandstone. This formation is about 180 million years old, and represents lithified sand dunes that formed in a vast desert that covered a large part of the southwestern U.S. during Jurassic time. The sand slowly changed into sandstone as subsurface water percolated through the sediments and deposited cements of iron oxide and calcium carbonate in the pore spaces between the grains. Slowly, these sandstone rocks were uplifted thousands of feet to their present elevation and exposed to weathering and erosion.

The colorful sandstone is eye-catching, especially the red color which shows the presence of iron oxide. Exposed to the elementsl, some of the iron minerals oxidized or rusted - so now you can witness red, orange and brown rocks here.

Tracks confirmed by footprints made 180 to 190 million years ago in sandstone has proven that dinosaurs did roam here. And, Rafael Rivera, a Spanish scout, blazed what became known as the Spanish Trail and was most likely the first European to see the Las Vegas Valley. Spanish moved through this area in 1776, but Antonio Armijo led the first successful round trip trade caravan from Santa Fe to the Pueblo De Los Angeles in 1829.

Here, you'll also find the Kangaroo rat, Blacktail jackrabbit, Desert cottontail, wild horses and burros, and lots more -- including bats, reptiles, the Desert tortoise, snakes, lizards and the Common chuckwalla.

Safety Precautions While at Red Rock Canyon:

Watch where you put your hands and feet: Rattlesnakes, scorpions or venomous spiders may be sheltered behind boulders or under rocks and shrubs. Don't touch, collect or try to kill these creatures.

Water: Remember to bring at least one gallon of water per day if you plan on hiking and at least one extra gallon per person in your vehicle. If you forgot to bring water, it can be purchased at the visitor center - the only location where drinking water is available in the national conservation area. Temperatures in Red Rock Canyon can average more than 100 degrees F. during summer months, so drink plenty of water and limiting exposure in the sun during the hottest parts of the day. If you feel dizzy, nauseous or get a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink plenty of water. Dampen your clothing to lower your body temperature.

Hiking: Select shoes that fit comfortably, with ankle stability and protection against cactus spines. Wear clothes that provide protection against the sun (hats, long sleeves, long pants, etc.) and apply sunscreen. When hiking, avoid canyons during rainstorms and be prepared to move to higher ground. While driving, be alert for water running in the normally dry desert washes and across road dips. Do not walk or drive through flood water flowing across a road.

Lightning -- Lightning storms frequently occur in the afternoon during the summer months. To prevent lightning from strikig you, avoid high places and seek cover in buildings or in vehicles with the windows rolled up. If caught outdoors, crouch down on both feet with your arms wrapped around your knees and wait out the storm.

For more informtion contact Red Rock Canyon at 702-515-5350 (Visitor Center); Climbing Permits 702-515-5050; Interpretive Assoication Organized Hikes 702-515-5367 or check web site www.nv.blm.gov/redrockcanyon

The Mob Musuem

Stroll through the museum leisurely to learn the authentic exploration of the endless tug-of-war between organized crime and law enforcement. You'll discover one-of-a-kind artifacts, cutting-edge exhibits and a multisensory setting. The Mob Museum reveals the events and people on both sides of this continuing battle. Here you'll get up close to the actual wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre; listen to real FBI surveillance tapes on wiretapping equipment; see the barber chairt that mobster Albert Anastasia was murdered in, and participate in an FBI weapons training simulator, plus lots more.

Fee is charged. Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 10 am-7 pm; and Friday-Saturday from 10 am-8 pm.Located in downtown Las Vegas just east of Exit 75B/Casino Center Blvd. off US-95 at 300 Stewart Avenue. Limited parking is available at the Museum for a nominal fee, and parking is also available in the Fremont Street Experience parking lot or at nearby casinos. For more information call 702-229-2734.

The New La Concha Visitors' Center.

Special lighting has been installed in the Neon Boneyard allowing the rescued signs arranged in the exhibition area to be illuminated in spectacular fashion. While the signs on view at the Boneyard are not restored and, therefore, not electrified, this new custom-designed lighting will offer an entirely fresh perspective on the museum’s iconic collection.

The museum’s newly two-acre exhibition space showcasing iconic signs from the city’s most celebrated properties including the Moulin Rouge, the Desert Inn, the Flamingo and the Stardust, which are displayed alongside those from various other bygone restaurants, hotels and businesses.

Guided tours of the Neon Boneyard will last approximately one hour and is available Monday through Saturdays every half hour starting at 10 a.m., with the last tour departing at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for students, senior citizens, veterans and Nevada residents with valid ID. Children ages 6 and under are free. Tour capacity is limited, sothe public is strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online at www.NeonMuseum.org.

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. In addition to a two-acre outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, the museum also encompasses a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby as well as 16 restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.

The Neon Museum is located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Special one day Death Valley Tours From Las Vegas featuring complimentary hotel pick up and return.

The tour features several famous Death Valley locations including the infamous Ghost Town of Rhyolite and panoramic vista known as Hell’s Gate. All guests are picked up at their respective hotels starting at 7:00 am with the tour ending at 5:30 that evening. Guests tour Death Valley in a luxury 4x4 or custom VIP touring class mini coach. The tour includes a full lunch and complimentary snacks.

James Hoke, Founder and President of TourGuy.com, LLC says, “This is the perfect time of year to visit Death Valley. The weather is mild making it a great day visiting all of the sights and locations Death Valley has to offer. All of our tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about the history and topography of Death Valley.”

The one-day sightseeing tour features stops at:
• Historical Rhyolite, one of the most photographed Ghost Towns in the American “Old West” and featured in several films and documentaries
• Furnace Creek Museum – the main visitor center of the park
• Artists Pallet, formed during one of Death Valley’s most explosive volcanic periods
• Zabriskie’s Point, an elevated overlook located at the edge of the Funeral Mountains
• Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 ft. below sea level
• Devil’s Golf Course, a large salt pan with a rough surface formed of large salt crystals
• Hell’s Gate, a panoramic vista point along the eastern edge of central Death Valley

The tour runs Monday’s and Wednesday’s only or by reservation for parties of 4 or more. The tour is being offered at a discounted price of only $179 per adult and $159 for children 12 and under. Prices are all inclusive with no extra fees.

For more information in the Death Valley tour visit: http://www.tourguy.com/las-vegas/death-valley-one-day-ground-tour-pid50.html

About TourGuy.com, LLC
TourGuy.com, LLC is an adventure and ecotourism company featuring all types of excursions including helicopter, airplane, jeep, bus, horseback, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), kayak and raft tours at discounted prices. Tours include Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Death Valley and more.

Papillon Airways Offers New Helicopter Tour Over Hoover Dam

New Hoover Dam Air Tour

Visitors will not only see this National Historic Landmark but also progress of the incredible 2,000 foot long Hoover Dam Bypass 90 feet above the Colorada River via Papillon Airways helicopter tour! 

Departing daily from either their Las Vegas or Boulder City terminals, the tour flies at low level over the Hoover Dam in a deluxe state of the art EC- 130 Eco-Star helicopter.  Guests will view this engineering marvel rising 726 feet from its foundation which this magnificent structure cannot fully be appreciated until seen from the air.  The tour flies over Lake Mead, America’s largest man-made reservoir, the tributaries of the Colorado River and the beautiful Black Canyon before returning.
 
Tour includes transfers to and from all major Las Vegas resorts.  Tour duration is approximately 15 to 20 minutes without transfers or two to two and a half hours with transfers.
 
The price: $99 per person from Boulder City or $119 per person from Las Vegas.
 
Named one of the top 10 construction achievements of the 20th century, Hoover Dam continues to attract more than one million visitors per year nearly 70 after its creation.  In 1930, construction began in Black Canyon, located minutes outside of Las Vegas.  Despite its enormity and harsh desert conditions, the project was completed in less than five years instead of seven and well under budget.  The dam is named after America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover.  Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River with 17 generators producing four billion kilowatts of electricity every year.
 
As for the Colorado River Bridge, it is the central portion of the Hoover Dam Bypass project that began Jan. 2005 and is expected to be completed at the end of 2010.  The 2,000 foot long bridge is quite the engineering site.  When completed, the bridge will span the Black Canyon, connecting Arizona and Nevada Approach highways and nearly 90 feet above the river.
 
For more information or reservations, go to www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272.

The Papillon Group, the World's Largest, Longest Running Helicopter Tour Company, Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2015

This year marks the 51st anniversary for The Papillon Group (pronounced pah-pe-YOHN), the world’s largest and longest running helicopter tour company.

ELLING HALVORSON’S VISION
The company’s story began in 1965, thanks to the vision of Elling Halvorson. At that time, Halvorson owned a construction company specializing in remote area, high risk projects with challenging logistics. Halvorson took pride in mitigating risks through creativity and innovation. He was in the midst of a project to construct a microwave tower for AT&T atop the 9,400 foot Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when Halvorson purchased his first helicopter, a Bell 47-G3B1. This helicopter was used to carry workers and light construction materials more efficiently through the treacherous mountain terrain than the 1.5 mile tramway he had previously built.

The project that changed the course of Halvorson’s career involved constructing a 13.5-mile-long water pipeline from the North Rim to the South Rim of the rugged Grand Canyon. At that time, it was largest contract the National Park Service had ever awarded. Today, this project remains the largest helicopter-supported construction project ever completed in the United States with more than 25,000 flight hours. As Halvorson and his team flew colleagues and clients to work sites within the canyon, the majestic scenery was so captivating that workers began requesting chartered helicopter flights during off hours. Halvorson recognized the golden opportunity that lay in front of him and Papillon was born. The company would make history by becoming one of the first aerial sightseeing companies in the world and the first to fly the Grand Canyon.

“I don’t think there’s any one secret to success,” Elling Halvorson muses. “It is being able to see an opportunity and having the courage to act on it.” From the beginning, innovation has been one of Halvorson’s primary objectives. Shortly after forming in 1965, Halvorson acquired a fixed-wing company, Grand Canyon Airlines. The move added six Piper Cherokee 6 airplanes to the existing helicopter fleet. He was a pioneer in developing quiet technology for the helicopter tour industry and his innovation challenged the leading helicopter manufacturers to address the need for quiet aircraft. It was his vision that led to the building of Papillon’s renowned state of the art helicopter terminals and facilities located at Grand Canyon National Park Airport and later at the Las Vegas/Boulder City Municipal Airport.

He was a co-founder of the Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) in 1986, whose members abide by strict, self-imposed regulations that go above and beyond Federal Aviation Administration standards for operational procedures, pilot training and aircraft maintenance. Furthermore, throughout the years, he has played active roles in numerous professional organizations including the Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA); American Helicopter Society; National Parks Overflight Advisory Group (NPOAG), U.S. Travel Association and United States Air Tour Association (USATA). In January, he received the esteemed Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award during the 12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

THE COMPANY GROWS
By spring 1986, his daughter, Brenda Halvorson, joined the company. After growing up in the industry and around helicopters, the transition into Papillon was seamless, as it was always Halvorson’s goal to create a business that would stay within the family. She became President/CEO in 1993. During Brenda Halvorson’s more than 20 years as President/CEO of the Papillon Group, the companies have exponentially grown. Daily passengers have increased by 600 percent in the last two decades. The fleet of helicopters and airplanes has increased from 23 to 73 with the help of her brother's, Lon, expertise in financing. He also currently serves as executive vice president of The Papillon Group.

Over the years and under Brenda Halvorson's leadership, Papillon would continue to expand, forming partnerships with the Havasupai Nation, Hualapai Nation and Navajo Nations, as well as launching and increasing operations out of Grand Canyon National Park Airport at the South Rim, Grand Canyon West; McCarran International Airport; Boulder City Municipal Airport and Lake Powell/Page, Ariz.  In addition, a utility division was formed to serve contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Game and Fish and many others.

The family continued to acquire multiple brands and companies including Kenai Helicopters; Air Grand Canyon; Scenic Airlines; Grand Canyon.com and Grand Canyon Coaches. In addition to expanding the company, she served as president of the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and United States Travel Association; she received the Grand Canyon National Park Citizen of the Year and co-founded the first fire department in Tusayan, Ariz. She also continues to be active in TOPS and HAI.

Brenda Halvorson continues to be at the helm of the Papillon Group as the companies transition to a third generation. Her son, Geoff Edlund, joined the company as general manager of Nevada Helicopter Operations while her nephew, Jacob Tomlin, now serves as general manager of Nevada Fixed Wing Operations.

“Papillon’s 50th anniversary is a great source of pride for my family. Our legacy is our greatest asset moving forward,” says Brenda Halvorson. “Our goal is for Papillon to continue to grow through diversifying our tour experiences, being innovative within the aviation and tourism industries and protecting the environment as we remain on the forefront of advancing quiet technology.”

GRAND TOTALS
Miles flown in 50 years: 99,811,170
Passengers flown: 7,053,365
Tours: 1,489,835
Hours flown: 995,467

ABOUT THE PAPILLON GROUP
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest running “flightseeing” company with up to 3,500 passengers served daily, narration in 16 languages and nearly 73 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches. Papillon is also one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, home to the world-famous Skywalk, in addition to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam and Page, Ariz. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. For more information, go to \Instagram and \ForeverResorts.pr-optout.comTwitter.

Skyvue Las Vegas Observation Wheel Completes First Phase of Construction, Breaks Ground on Retail and Dining District

SkyVue, an iconic 500-square-foot observation wheel rapidly taking shape on the Las Vegas Strip, has completed the first phase of construction, is beginning its vertical climb and has begun excavation on its retail and dining experience. Upon opening, SkyVue will be the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere and the first attraction of its kind in Las Vegas.

Situated across from Mandalay Bay, SkyVue will deliver unobstructed panoramic views of the world’s most famous boulevard. Strategically located just north of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, SkyVue will become one of the most photographed and recognized landmarks on the Strip. Each side of the wheel will feature a 50,000-square-foot LED screen (the largest in the world), that will be visible across the entire tourist corridor, and host concerts, sporting events, product launches and more.

Located on prime Las Vegas Boulevard frontage, SkyVue’s two-story shopping and dining experience will boast 140,000 square feet of retail space, a 21,000-square-foot convention facility and a food court. SkyVue projects the center to draw between five and eight million consumers annually.

The project will bring more than 700 construction jobs to the community in addition to an estimated 500 full-time positions once the development opens in Q4 2013.

About SkyVue:
SkyVue, located directly across from Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip, will forever change the landscape of America’s playground. Set to become the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere, the 500-foot iconic attraction will feature the world’s largest HD LED multimedia displays – each measuring larger than a football field – and 32 glass-walled gondolas. Offering unparalleled views of the city, the gondolas will be available for private and corporate events. Led by Howard Bulloch and David Gaffin of Compass Investments, the project will also include 21,000 square feet of convention space and 140,000 square feet of retail space, dining and entertainment options. SkyVue is slated to open Q4 2013. For more information on SkyVue, visit kyvuelasvegas.com.

Papillon Airways, Inc., Launches Private Tours Showcasing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas Strip at Sunset

This spring, it’s champagne and stunning sunsets.  Papillon Airways, Inc. now offers new tours, each designed to give the ultimate in personalized service by enabling guests to book private flights from McCarran International Airport’s Papillon terminal.
 
The tours showcase the grandeur and beauty of not only the Grand Canyon, but also the Las Vegas Strip.  Guests will receive round-trip complimentary limousine service from most major Strip and downtown hotels.  This accentuated with Papillon’s true, personalized service.
 
The tours are available in 10 languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish via digital audio narration. Only three Grand Canyon Helicopters will be at the terminal, making the tours ultra-exclusive to book. 
 
Guests will fly in Grand Canyon Helicopters’ state-of-the-art Star B2 Model Series which comfortably seats up to six guests. 
 
GOLDEN EAGLE PRIVATE TOUR
Set to choreographed music and educational narration, discover the wonders of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.  On your way to the Grand Canyon, guests will take in the engineering feat of Hoover Dam.  Soar over the Grand Wash Cliffs, Grapevine Mesa and Black Mountains.  As soon as the helicopter approaches the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, guests are immersed in the magnificent sights of the canyon’s rock formations.  The flight concludes with a trip down the famous Las Vegas Strip.
 
Total time for the tour from hotel pick up to drop off is approximately three hours.  Pick up is approximately 45 minutes to one hour prior to departure.*
 
The price: $1,884.
 
GRAND CELEBRATION PRIVATE SUNSET TOUR
This is popular classic Papillon tour but now offered privately with a sunset departure time beginning at 5 p.m.
 
On this tour, in addition to seeing Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Grand Wash Cliffs and extinct volcanoes, the helicopter descends 4,000 feet into the depths of the West Rim of Grand Canyon.  Guests will touch down by the banks of the historic Colorado River in time to explore the pristine Native American Hualapai lands.  The landing concludes with a champagne picnic served under an authentic Hualapai Indian shelter known as a “Ramada.”  The picnic includes turkey sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies with an option for vegetarian.  The flight tours the Las Vegas Strip before returning to McCarran.
 
Total time for the tour from hotel pick up to drop off is approximately nearly four hours.
 
The price: $2,754.
 
Departure times for tours are: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. with the sunset departure time of 5 p.m.
 
All tours originate from the Papillon Las Vegas McCarran Atlantic Terminal at 275 E. Tropicana Blvd.
 
For more information or reservations, go to www.papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272.
 
*Hotel pick up times are based on hotel location, time of day and traffic conditions. 
 
ABOUT PAPILLON AIRWAYS, INC.
Founded in 1965, Papillon Airways, Inc. (French for “butterfly”) and Grand Canyon Airlines/Scenic Airlines since 1929 are amongst the largest “flightseeing” companies in the world, with nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination.  The Halvorson family recently acquired Kenai Helicopters (now known as Grand Canyon Helicopters), Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines.  These companies are one of the few that fly the entire Grand Canyon including the South and West rims, in addition to tours of Las Vegas, Page/Lake Powell and Monument Valley.  Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions.  During busy months, the Halvorson companies fly more than 3,500 passengers daily. 

Best Vegas Attractions (BVA) is a collaborative partnership among several Las Vegas visitor attractions, developed to increase awareness about the organization that will ultimately drive leisure and convention business to participating attractions. BVA's objective: provide value-added opportunities for travelers and visitors through special offers and values.  By partnering on marketing, public relations and advertising efforts that include strategic branding, Web site production, collateral production and distribution, BVA attractions combine resources on activities at a fraction of the cost, which saves their respective companies time and money. Currently included in the group (in alphabetical order):

"BODIES...The Exhibition": Showing at Luxor Hotel and Casino, this exhibition features actual human specimens and allows people of all ages access to sights and knowledge normally reserved for medical professionals.

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas: Located 36 miles south of Las Vegas in Primm, Nev., the outlets feature more than 100 stores with up to 75 percent off designer fashions.

Hard Rock Café: This summer, expect Las Vegas' second Hard Rock Café location. The new café will feature an extensive retail shop, a "LIVE" venue, private function and meeting rooms and a grand cafe restaurant with patio dining and entertainment overlooking the Strip. The (original) Paradise location will keep on "rockin' away" with Hard Rock Café's classic dining and retail items.

Las Vegas Monorail: The Las Vegas Monorail is a quick and convenient connection to the Las Vegas Strip, linking riders to the city's world-class restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos.  In just 15 minutes, Monorail riders can travel from one end of the Strip to the other in a safe, clean and climate-controlled environment - without the hassles of traffic or wasted time. The Monorail's electric, zero-emissions trains arrive every few minutes at each of the seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally's/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah's/Imperial Palace; Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas Hilton and Sahara.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas: Located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers guests the unique opportunity to 'interact' with incredibly life-like iconic figures from the celebrity worlds of film, TV, music, sports and politics. Guests can 'grab hold' of their favorite stars with our many interactive experiences. With more than 100 wax figures, guests can take pictures, touch and get up close and personal in a themed setting. The attraction is open 365 days a year starting at 10 a.m.

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition": Featuring more than 300 artifacts, as well as breathtaking replicas from the famous ship, the Titanic exhibit truly brings history to life inside Luxor Hotel and Casino.

For more information, go to www.bestvegasattractions.com

Pink Jeep Tours Launches Grand Canyon Class Deluxe Tour Featuring the West Rim's Berethtaking Quartermaster Point

Breathtaking seclusion allows one to take a moment from life to just appreciate and enjoy one of nature's majestic wonders... that is what awaits guests who embark upon Pink Jeep Tours' brand new Grand Canyon Classic Deluxe tour.  The popular tour company is currently the only one to be granted access to Quartermaster Point, one of the most remote areas at Grand Canyon West.

Guests travel in the Tour Trekker, Pink Jeep Tours' brand new first of its kind, high-end and spacious sightseeing vehicle.  The tour includes brief stops and photo opportunities at the historic Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the desert community of Dolan Springs and the rugged Joshua Tree forest, then continues to the Grand Canyon's West Rim, home of the Hualapai nation.

"Quartermaster Point provides modern day spiritual significance for Hualapai people to enjoy the splendor and solitude of our homeland.  Quartermaster is a peaceful experience with nature at its best," says Waylon Honga, chief operating officer, Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. Once at the West Rim, guests travel to awe-inspiring Quartermaster Point, an area named after O.G. Howland who served as Quartermaster in the Union Army under Major John Wesley Powell.  The absence of handrails, fences or crowds makes Quartermaster Point a remote and panoramic viewpoint overlooking the magnificent Colorado River.  Tour guides offer an optional 20-minute hike to another viewpoint with spectacular views of the canyon and the river few visitors ever experience.
"Taking customers to remote destinations and providing them with an escorted interpretive tour is our niche. Our custom Tour Trekkers were designed and built to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible," says Alix Reed, general manger, Pink Jeep Tours.  "We feel very privileged to be entrusted in sharing the beauty and the history of this magnificent point."

Another highlight for the guest is views of the amazing Skywalk.  Composed of glass and steel, the transparent walkway extends 70 feet beyond the rim with a nearly 4,000 foot drop below to the canyon floor.  Pink Jeep Tours provides door-to-door service from most hotels.  Pick up time is 7:30 a.m.  The tour lasts approximately nine to 10 hours.  The tour price is $224 per person, plus tax and gratuity and $32 for the Skywalk.

For more information, call Pink Jeep Tours at (702) 895-6777 or go to www.pinkjeep.com.

Pink Jeep Tours Has Become the First Independent Tour Company to Offer In-Park Service in Death Valley

In September 2009, Pink Jeep Tours became the first independent tour company to offer in-park service at Death Valley. These new tours allow guests to visit the remote areas of the park too difficult for most vehicles to access.  This is made possible by Pink Jeep Tours' new Tour Trekker, the first-of-its-kind, high-end, state-of-the-art sightseeing vehicle.  This comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle has seating for up to 10 passengers so guests will truly enjoy this "small group" experience. 

Hotel pick-up and drop-off is available from most park hotels, including the 4-diamond Furnace Creek Inn, the Furnace Creek Ranch and the popular Stovepipe Wells Village.  Tours will originate and conclude inside the park.  To make this possible, Pink Jeep Tours has partnered with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the nation's largest park concessions management company and leader in park and resort hospitality.  Xanterra oversees and manages most resort, dining and retail offerings at Death Valley.

Once inside the park, guests can visit secluded areas such as Racetrack Playa, famous for its "mysterious sliding rocks" that move across the dry lake bed on their own; Titus Canyon with its panoramic views at Red Pass and sheer towering walls in the canyon "narrows"; Charcoal kilns and Mosaic Canyon with its smooth, polished marble walls and West Side Road offering views of the valley most visitors rarely see.  In addition, guests can also join Pink Jeep's classic Death Valley tour when it arrives from Las Vegas.  This 2-hour segment visits Badwater Basin, Devil's Golf Course, Zabriskie Point and Artist's Palette.

Covering nearly 3.3 million acres, Death Valley is the largest National Park in the lower 48 contiguous states.  Guests will enjoy the dramatic contrast between Telescope Peak (elev. 11,049 feet) and Badwater Basin (282 feet below sea level).

Tour prices range from $65 to $165. For more information, call Pink Jeep Tours at (702) 895-6777 or go to www.pinkjeep.com.

Outdoor Adventure...VIP Style-- For Guys

For fun-loving guys with bankroll to spare, all roads lead to Vegas. Besides the normal drunken nightlife debauchery guys indubitably engage in when visiting Sin City, trips into the region "can" transcend the obligatory strip clubs and casinos for some fun under the desert sun. This according to Steven Striker, founder and CEO of five-star Vegas concierge service Striker VIP, Inc., who notes, "Groups of guys seeking unforgettable Las Vegas experiences should not underestimate daylight hours, as Vegas days can be equally exciting as Vegas nights."

With this in mind, here are Striker's top picks for outdoor Vegas VIP adventure:

Become an Ace! The crème de la crème of guy-group tours is the Top-Gun fighter pilot excursion. For one incredible hour, you're Tom Cruise taking flight in a L39 fighter jet over Las Vegas. You and your buddies actually have a dog fight 35,000 feet over the Las Vegas desert - an experience that is filmed for posterity! You can edit the footage yourself, or have the video professionally edited into a short movie, complete with a soundtrack.

Hey hot shot - wanna be Dirty Harry for the day? Fire machine guns and exotic hand guns including the Dirty Harry 44 Magnum at the Las Vegas Gun Range, and hold a competition against your buddies to see who has the sharpest eagle eye. At the end of the day, the winner gets to "Shoot-a-T-shirt" full of holes with your favorite machine gun and then take it home for a keepsake as a memory of the wild weekend.

NASCAR racing at the Las Vegas Speedway - drive the same cars as Jeff Gordon!
Drive an authentic, Nextel Cup car on the same superspeedways the pros race on. You can drive actual race-driven Nextel Cup cars that have previously been commandeered by NASCAR favorites including 4-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth and others. This is as close as you might ever get to driving in the Nextel Cup Series!

Wanna really turn heads? - Drive an exotic ride down the Vegas Strip and beyond. This is the ultimate experience for ten guys or less. Everyone gets their chance to drive behind the wheel in all five of these luxury exotic rides: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Corvette and Viper. During this six-hour excursion, each guy gets an opportunity to take turns cruising each car down the Las Vegas Strip through the Red Rock Mountains to Lake Las Vegas and back.

White Water rafting in the Grand Canyon.- Want some serious action? Then you're ready for some white water rafting Grand Canyon style. You and your posse will climb aboard an 8-passenger whitewater river raft with a Hualapai Indian rafting guide and begin carving your way through spectacular canyons of solid rock.

Skydiving over the Las Vegas desert. Skydiving in the Vegas desert with state of the art equipment and professional instructors can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience of its own. With approximately 45 minutes of instruction at the onset, you and the guys will be more than ready to "take the plunge!"

SKYWALK over Grand Canyon. Take a helicopter stocked with party food and beverages to the Grand Canyon where you and your buddies can walk out over the newly constructed SKYWALK - a free standing extension jutting out of the face of the canyon. Then dare someone to walk out to the end and stare down through the glass floor into the 4,000-foot chasm!

ATVs across the Las Vegas desert. Here's something the guys will really enjoy - four hours of extreme ATV off-roading adventure. You'll be escorted via motor coach from Las Vegas to the staging area in Jean, Nevada (only 30-minutes from the Las Vegas Strip), where your personal ATV adventure begins. Drive ATVs across the desert, race your friends and have much deserved lunch.

For over a decade, Striker VIP has cultivated unforgettable Las Vegas experiences for a long list of who's who celebrities and sports icons, including the likes of Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Matt Lauer, Mick Fleetwood, Mark Steines, David Justice, Tom Sizemore, Amani Toomer and Ahman Green, as well as a litany of "A" list individuals and corporate customers. Beyond well-known personalities and affluent luxury lifestyle consumers, Striker VIP's client list also boasts an array of Fortune 500, 1000 and other key players across multiple industries. And, Striker has smoked with the best of them.

"Striker" can be reached through his web site at www.StrikerVIP.com or toll-free at 866-VIVAVIP.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Becomes First U.S. Tourist Attraction to Debut Revolutionary Online “WALK-THROUGH” MotionVR Tours

Debuting more than 70 realistic “walk-through” tours, MotionVR, LLC (<www.motionvr.com) today announced that Shark Reef Aquarium, located at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, will be the first tourist attraction in the U.S. to debut MotionVR Tours. Now, potential visitors to Shark Reef Aquarium can map out their visit online, with a fully integrated website that features an attraction map, walk- through tours, amazing sea life photography, and more. This realistic, interactive experience brings Shark Reef to life, on the computer screen.

The most realistic “walk-through” motion tours ever developed, MotionVR Tours has data to show it has an enormous impact on web marketing, as consumers visiting a website featuring the proprietary tours are captivated for an average of more than four additional minutes per stay. MotionVR Tours of Shark Reef Aquarium now are available at www.motion-vr.com/mbsr/shark/shark_reef.html.

Using hi-tech, yet simple-to-use navigation tools, MotionVR Tour technology allows visitors to Shark Reef Aquarium’s website to walk through the aquarium entrance, up to exhibit windows, through the crocodilian exhibit, and even walk right up to the glass of the Komodo Dragon’s lair, the newest, hottest Shark Reef attraction. In addition, visitors can obtain the most advanced 360-degree views of sea life without distortion, or a “fisheye” effect, to most successfully showcase the unique exhibits and features of the popular tourist attraction. 

Unlike standard virtual tour providers, MotionVR walk-through tours do not utilize photo-stitching software, which can lead to distorted images and patchiness. Instead, a series of high-resolution photographs are taken using high-tech cameras, which sit on a tripod and a custom MotionVR dolly. Using a proprietary software process, MotionVR creates a technologically advanced “walk-through” environment or tour. Conveniently, MotionVR enables anyone to walk through a property or venue, with the only requirement being a standard web browser with the Adobe Flash plug-in installed … which is found today on 98% of all home computers.

In addition to Mandalay Bay and other leading properties in the hotel and hospitality industry, MotionVR Tours have become extremely popular among realtors, home builders and property management companies, as well as a quickly evolving showcase technology for yacht companies, trade shows and museums, among other industries. 

For more information about Mandalay Bay, log on to www.mandalaybay.com. For more information about MotionVR, log on to www.motion-vr.com.

About MotionVR                                                                                                                                                               
MotionVR, LLC, which is based in Sarasota, Florida, has developed a proprietary technology that is redefining today’s 360º online virtual tour business. The Company, which currently services the residential and commercial real estate, property management, hospitality, golf, museum, RV and timeshare industries, among many others, delivers proprietary technology to create walk through tours, providing online website visitors with a “real” perspective of what they would actually see if visiting the property, venue or facility. For more information, visit www.motion-vr.com.

About Mandalay Bay                                                                                                                                                                       
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning destination resort, is set on 60 lush acres and offers 3,635 newly remodeled rooms and suites, including 424 accommodations managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Mandalay Bay Beach, an 11-acre tropical pool environment, features real California sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The property also features the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.5-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center – the largest convention center on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay’s brands include THEhotel, an all-suite hotel which features 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites, the BATHHOUSE Spa, and Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Mirage™. For more information and reservations, visit the web site at www.mandalaybay.com, or call toll free (877) 632-7000. 

Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci Comes to Life at Venetian in Las Vegas

Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. is presenting Da Vinci – The Genius, the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created, for a limited engagement at The Venetian® in Las Vegas. The interactive experience will immerse guests in da Vinci’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art.

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy more than 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions, three-dimensional renderings of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

Created with the assistance of Leonardo da Vinci experts in Italy and France, Da Vinci – The Genius celebrates one of the most revered and dynamic minds of all time. The exhibition features 13 compelling themed areas of da Vinci’s work, offering visitors an unmatched look inside the mind of the man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle.

All of the inventions brought to life for Da Vinci – The Genius were crafted by Italian Artisans, many using the same techniques and materials from the Renaissance period. Scouring more than 6,000 pages from da Vinci’s personal codices (notebooks), the Artisans deciphered hidden clues, intentional mistakes and mirror-image writing that da Vinci employed to keep his works top secret.

The most illustrious component of Da Vinci – The Genius is arguably the Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibit, featuring the findings of French scientific engineer and examiner of fine art, Pascal Cotte. Granted unprecedented access to “Mona Lisa” by the French government and the Louvre Museum, Cotte was permitted to take “Mona Lisa” off the wall and out of its frame to conduct a scientific analysis that revealed dozens of secrets about history’s most elusive art piece, all verified and approved by the Louvre Museum curators over a two-year period. The exhibit showcases Cotte’s studies and 25 of his most compelling revelations, illustrated by 40 super-magnified, high-resolution sectional images exploring every aspect of the work.

“Da Vinci – The Genius is the most complete and comprehensive da Vinci exhibition on the planet,” said John Caparella, president of The Venetian. “It’s a perfect complement to The Venetian’s summer-long Carnevale festival, and the emerging arts community in Las Vegas.”

Visitors of Da Vinci – The Genius are invited to embrace the history, theory and objective behind each of da Vinci’s designs and artworks through engaging and entertaining technologies. Other highlights include reproductions of “Virgin of the Rocks,” “The Annunciation,” the controversial new Leonardo discovery “Bella Principessa,” amazing anatomical sketches, the preparatory drawings of the “Anghiari Battle,” and three-dimensional interactive presentations of “The Last Supper,” the “Vitruvian Man,” and the “Sforza Horse” sculpture that offer never-before-seen perspectives on these famous works. Guests also will enjoy a glimpse into da Vinci’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques as they browse touch-screen versions of his actual codices.

The exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions, Australia, the Anthropos Association, Italy, under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia and with the assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumière Technologies, France.

Tickets for Da Vinci – The Genius will be available for purchase at The Venetian box office and venetian.com. Prices are as follows: adult ($25), senior/military ($23), Nevada residents ($20), children 12 and under ($18). Da Vinci – The Genius will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ABOUT IMAGINE EXHIBITIONS
Imagine Exhibitions is the global resource for all things related to exhibitions. From design to creation, placement to presentation, marketing and operations, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible exhibition to any venue. Imagine is currently producing Genghis Khan, the Exhibition, The Great Wall of China, Bigger than T. Rex, Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs and Dinosaurs in Motion. Da Vinci – The Genius is the first of many exhibitions that Imagine Exhibitions will showcase at The Venetian®. In the last year, Imagine has worked in cooperation with the Andy Warhol Museum, Dali Universe, Georgia Aquarium, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the Mob Attraction in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.imagineexhibitions.com.

ABOUT GRANDE EXHIBITIONS
Creators and promoters of Da Vinci – The Genius who have researched, sourced and interpreted much of what is contained in the exhibition. Based in Rome, Italy and Melbourne, Australia, Grande Exhibitions is dedicated to delivering high-quality exhibitions of mass appeal that entertain and educate audiences globally. Together with the Anthropos Association, they own and operate a series of private museums in the Italian cities of Rome, Venice, Florence and Assisi.

ABOUT THE ANTHROPOS ASSOCIATION
From Il Genio de Leonardo Da Vinci Museo in Rome, talented and gifted Artisans have made the machine inventions and many items that you see on display at Da Vinci – The Genius. They have spent more than 10 years bringing to life more than 120 of da Vinci’s concepts and designs and use the main techniques and materials available in 15th Century Italy.

Sugarcane Debuts in Las Vegas -- Sushisamba's Boutique Nightclub at the Palazzo

SUGARCANE, a unique nightlife venue from dynamic restaurant group SUSHISAMBA, is at The Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino, adjacent to SUSHISAMBA's Las Vegas outpost. This decadent nightclub embraces the spirit and design aesthetic of Brazil, Japan and Peru.  SUGARCANE is the first West Coast location for SUSHISAMBA'S late night concept.

"The experience at SUGARCANE will be unlike any other in Las Vegas," says Todd Rubin, general manager, SUGARCANE. "Samba dancers, geishas, distinctive cocktails and over-the-top interior design will ensure that this interactive nightlife experience fulfills its promise for stylish entertainment."

THE SPACE

A dark corridor from SUSHISAMBA leads guests to the 4,000-square-foot SUGARCANE nightclub. Designed by ICRAVE, an award-winning design studio with deep roots in the hospitality industry, SUGARCANE's interior fuses the raw and industrial with polish and sophistication. A stage, dance floor and DJ booth are made of bamboo, smoked and frosted acrylic, resin and paper. Gold and chocolate brown leather cover exotic wenge wood banquettes. More than 4,000 custom-made simulated "sugarcanes" drop down from the ceiling and contain moving lights that wind through the tubes and rods. Internationally-acclaimed lighting designers Isometrix developed an innovative lighting program with theatrically-colored lights projecting through the dramatic sugarcane ceiling terrain. Glimpses are stolen back and forth between the main room and VIP area which is situated behind a barricade of broken-down walls and fencing behind the bar.  The VIP area includes plush seating, mood lighting, global handicrafts and Brazilian Favela street finds.

Celebrated Brazilian graffiti artist Felipe Yung ("Flip") displays his talent with spray paint in various elements of SUGARCANE's décor. As one of Brazil's most influential street artists, Flip's work reflects urban culture and Japanese calligraphy. His signature characters, including "Flipitos" (little ones) and "Jagunços" (giants with small heads), are showcased throughout both SUSHISAMBA and SUGARCANE.

SUGARCANE is available for special events and occasions. The nightclub includes 174 seats in the main area and 20 seats in the VIP room.

THE AMBIENCE

SUGARCANE will play host to a number of special events and performances. On select nights, expect capoeira - a Brazilian dance that incorporates martial arts which gained popularity in the 16th century amongst sugarcane plantation workers; samba dancers; geishas; Japanese taiko drummers; models posing as Brazilian soccer players as they juggle soccer balls at the entrance; and SUGARCANE's in-house dancers. Resident DJ's spinning a blend of music genres ranging from house to Top 40 to Brazilian and Japanese pop will on occasion be accompanied by live bands.

The percussion-driven "SUGARBEATS" promotion will take place every Wednesday night, beginning in September and will feature an eclectic variety of DJs, music genres and rhythms in partnership with nightlife guru Marc Jay. Doors open at 10 p.m. Table reservations can be made in advance at tables@sushisamba.com.

THE COCKTAILS

SUGARCANE serves SUSHISAMBA's impressive array of signature cocktails. To reflect the restaurant's Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culinary roots, SUGARCANE's in-house mixologists offer cocktails made from fresh muddled fruits, juices and herbs. Out of 17 featured drinks, eight are exclusive to the Las Vegas menu.

Highlights on the menu include the Parisian Geisha (vodka, sake, mint and lemongrass), the Figo (Montecristo spiced wine, fig liquor, pear juice and lime) and the Bushido or "Soul of Japan" (shochu, plum sake, muddled plum and daikon beer float). New cocktails join SUSHISAMBA classics such as the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha, Peru's frothy and famed Pisco Sour and variations of Japanese Chu-His along with much more.

SUGARCANE's signature Cocktail Tree ($70) is a great way to experience many different drinks with groups both large and small. This festive collection showcases 12 different drinks (four samples of three different drinks), creatively positioned within the branches of a wrought-iron, sculptural "tree."

With one of the largest sake collections on the West Coast, SUGARCANE is one of the few nightlife venues to host sake bottle service. "You can order standard drinks anywhere," states Rubin. "SUGARCANE continues the tradition of SUSHISAMBA'S distinctive and fresh cocktail program."

THE DETAILS

SUGARCANE is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. with no cover charge; industry night runs every Wednesday beginning at 10 p.m. The industry-standard dress code is enforced.

THE SHOPPES AT THE PALAZZO

The Shoppes at The Palazzo is a 450,000-square-foot luxury destination retail center located within The Palazzo Las Vegas, a $1.9 billion stand-alone resort developed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) adjacent to The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.  The Shoppes at The Palazzo is owned and operated by General Growth Properties and includes Barneys New York, more than 60 premier luxury brands and nearly a dozen restaurants, many led by world-renowned chefs. General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and largest retail developer and owner in Las Vegas. www.theshoppesatthepalazzo.com

Where to Stay

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino

This boutique hotel-style delivers personalized service that has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977. A legendary icon on Fremont Street, the Golden Nugget offers a glimpse into vintage Vegas. I personally loved the new look of the luxurious, most opulent property, both inside and out, with $350 million in fantastic renovations and exciting additions. After seeing the suites, I knew I'd have to hire a contractor to make my own bedrooms and bathrooms as gorgeous!

2,345 rooms and suites in four majestic towers are offered; there is non-stop gaming in the casino, and food offered at seven distinct restaurants -- a classic Las Vegas buffet with hundreds of choices that I tried and found bountiful and delicious; Chart House seafood restaurant with a 75,000-gallon aquarium centerpiece; contemporary Lillie's Asian Cuisine with Teppanyaki tables; Vic & Anthony's steakhouse with an award-winning wine list; Grotto's hearty Italian trattoria; a red hot sushi bar and a casual 24-hour cafe.

Voted one of the Top Ten Hotel :Pools in the World by Forbes Traveler, at The Tank, relax at the year-round heated $30 million complex, complete with a shark tank and three-story waterslide. It's truly a unique experience swimming with the sea creatures. After, choose a comfy chair and have a drink at the H2O bar or just sit back and rest at one of the private cabanas. If you want to leave the world behind, opt for a massage or rejuvenating facial or choose a signature package that will indulge the senses. There's a sauna, whirlpool and steam room, as well as pedicures, manicures, or hair treatment an option in the full service salon.

There's more! Retail shops in the hotel include fine jewelry and accessories, souvenirs, Belgian chocolates, and much more. Or, dance at the Gold Diggers nightclub with balcony views overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. Live entertainment is held at the Rush Lounge; you can take in a show in the 600-seat showroom or go for a walk along the world famous Fremont Street Experience's five block music and light spectacular.

The Golden Nugget boasts 37,000-square feet of meeting space, including unique venues and layouts, and anything from a private executive summit for five to a gala of 1,300 can be accommodated. There's also a full-service business center, state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities and a dedicated liaison to ensure groups receive special attention.

For more information or reservations contact the Golden Nugget at 129 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101; 1-800-634-3454 or check web site www.goldennugget.com.

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

The hotel goes back to 1906, but once you see the refurbished rooms - and suites - you'll know how gorgeous and comfy a stay here can be. Relax in this boutique hotel with pillow-top mattresses, 32-inch flat screens, TVs, lHome clock radios, Wifi, and Keurig coffeemakers. And when you're well-rested, you might want to party - so this is the place to be. Watch dazzling light shows overhead, three stages rocking the street, and four blocks of neon crazy everywhere. Or, try your luck betting at the most famous roulette table in Las Vegas history, where the Boys from the Buried Life put $250,000 on the line!

When you feel hungry, order a world-famous shrimp cocktail at the Deli or dine at Du-par's - named one of the "Top 24-hour Diners in Las Vagas." I tried the Deli and wasn't disappointed. If you want to let loose, party inside with dancing dealers and take a few easy steps outside onto the famous Fremont Street Experience where the world's biggest video screen towers over four neon blocks of party action, with three stages, dancing DJs, a zipline overhead and bars everywhere. Beware: There are hundreds of people walking along Fremont Street so if you're used to the crowds in NYC along 42nd Street, you'll feel at home here.

For more information contact the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino at 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101; 1-800-426-1906 or check web site GoldenGateCasino.com.

New D Las Vegas Hotel Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas & Delivers Fresh, Energetic Attitude and Fun Atmosphere

The former Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel has completed its dramatic transformation to become the D Las Vegas, revealing a sleek new style, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

Located beneath the largest video screen in the world on Vegas’ famous Fremont Street Experience, the D sits at the center of four neon blocks of non-stop party action. The property’s complete interior and exterior renovation embraces the upbeat culture of downtown and invites guests to experience the modern amenities, first-class entertainment, fun culinary experiences and unique gaming that abound inside.

Renovations at the D focus on modern styling, while maintaining elements from classic Vegas and introducing glimpses of Detroit:

· the D stands for many things. Drawing inspiration from its home in Downtown Las Vegas and its owner’s hometown of Detroit as well as his first name.
· A new lobby and valet lead guests to one of the only two-level casinos in the city offering the latest in slots and table games on the first floor and a Vintage Vegas gaming experience on the second, featuring an array of coin-operated slots and the beloved Sigma Derby simulated horse-racing game.
· 624 remodeled rooms offer modern, updated accommodations while 14 luxury suites provide guests with a lavish space for relaxing or entertaining.
· Two new high-energy bars – LONGBAR inside the casino and D Bar on Fremont Street – serve up frozen libations, an extensive beer menu and traditional cocktails 24/7.
· Featured on The Today Show, The Food Network and The Travel Channel, Detroit’s iconic American Coney Island restaurant opens its first-ever location outside of Michigan, serving up legendary Coney Dogs.
· Offering an entirely new take on the neon signage of Sin City, the D’s Fremont Street façade is now home to an exclusive interactive video display, known as “Face to Face,” which broadcasts colorful, dynamic content across hundreds of feet of LED signage and forty giant flat screen televisions.

A Glimpse into the D Las Vegas:
·         Dream & Doze. Guests will enjoy 624 completely remodeled rooms. The contemporary accommodations feature clean lines, bold colors and sleek gaming-inspired decor. Amenities include pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, safes, iPod docking stations, high-speed wired and wireless Internet access and more.
·         D-luxe Suites. the D’s expansive new suites offer first-class luxury accommodations in the midst of downtown Las Vegas’ exciting atmosphere. The two-room suites inspired by classic menswear feature rich woods, marbles and leathers complemented by custom, hounds tooth carpeting and a pinstriped, felt couch adorned with herringbone and tweed accent pillows. A full wet-bar with black marble countertops and two refrigerators leads into a large, well-appointed entertaining area with three flat-screens. Expansive windows look out across the Las Vegas Valley providing an unrivaled perspective from the tallest building downtown. A separate sleeping area with plush, king-sized bed, flat-screen and lavish bathroom offer a private escape.
·         Double Down. The unique two-level casino boasts the latest in slots and table games manned by playful dancing dealers on the first floor, and transport guests back in time to old-school Vegas with a Vintage Casino on the second. Gamblers can rock out to today’s hottest songs and enjoy 10x odds on Dice and all Blackjacks pay 3 to 2. On the second floor, those nostalgic for days past will delight in the retro tunes, jingle of coins and restored neon. Complete with the beloved Sigma Derby simulated, horse-racing game and a wide assortment of classic coin-operated three-reel slots including Double Diamond, Wild Cherry and Blazing 7s, there is no shortage of old school charm in the second floor’s throwback gaming experience.
·         Down a Drink. When it’s time for a cold one, guests can pick their poison at three distinct bars. Immersed in the bustle of Fremont Street Experience, D Bar invites guests and passersby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, flair bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air to the sounds of the best bands around. Inside, guests can cool off at LONGBAR – the longest bar in Nevada, stretching the length of the first floor casino. Outfitted with massive flat-screens for prime sports watching, LONGBAR is an uninhibited locale for gathering, gaming and drinking. Upstairs, guests can take a break from vintage gaming to select from the extensive beer menu offered at Vue Bar.  
·         Delectable Dining. Detroit’s iconic American Coney Island brings its first out-of-state location to the D. A favorite of Detroiters and visitors for nearly a century, American Coney Island is the oldest family-owned business in Detroit. Founder Gust Keros coined the phrase “Coney Dog” and introduced the now legendary treat to the city of Detroit in 1917. The high-quality, specially seasoned, natural-casing Dearborn sausage brand hotdog is topped with the Keros family secret recipe Coney Island Chili Sauce, fine mustard and sweet chopped onions, and served in a warm steamed bun. The restaurant has continued to attract loyal patrons from every generation in Detroit and around the country. American Coney Island joins Courtyard Grill, serving up traditional American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Don B’s Steakhouse.
·         Dazzling Display. On the D’s Fremont Street Experience façade, an exclusive new lightshow designed and developed by Cirque du Soleil visionary Roger Parent, brings the casino’s exterior to life with “virtual tapestry technology.” Unlike any other light feature in Vegas, “Face to Face” features forty massive flat-screens arranged in mobile panels to stream colorful LED content 24 hours per day. An adjacent LED exterior escalator whisks guests to the second floor as playful graphics dance and swirl across the screens, interacting with passersby and leading the way inside. Additionally, Face to Face’s panels contract to create a mega screen, displaying content from live acts performing on nearby 3rd Street Stage.
·         Dance with Prince. Die of Laughter. the D offers a lineup of entertainment in the showroom, sure to appeal to any guest. “Marriage Can Be Murder,” an award-winning interactive comedy and murder-mystery dinner experience, invites audience members to become a part of the show every night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday, guests can join Jason Tenner and his band as Purple Reign, THE Prince Tribute Show performs live renditions of the legendary singer’s famous hits.
·         Do Business. Featuring 8,000 square feet of meeting space, the D Las Vegas is equipped with one ballroom and four reconfigurable break-out rooms privately located on the 12th floor and conveniently accessible to guest rooms by elevators. The space can accommodate groups up to 300 people, whether for meetings, weddings or special events and has audio and visual equipment to keep events running smoothly. All meeting rooms will also soon offer Hotspot Wireless access at broadband speeds.

For more information visitwebsitewww.theD.com
· Or follow on Twitter: twitter.com/theDlasvegas
· On Facebook: www.facebook.com/theDlasvegas
· Book a room at the D: www.thed.com/reservations/
· Become a member of Club D: www.thed.com/casino/players-club/

Luxor

-Introducing Premiere Exhibitions, a major provider of museum quality touring exhibitions throughout the world, will feature BODIES: The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
-Combining the talents of Master Chef and world-renowned restaurateur Robert Sandoval, T&T, a brand new Mexican cantina embodying traditional and modern elements of Mexican style intermixed with a rock-n-roll flair
-Begin remodeling of entire hotel, 4,408 rooms and suites
-Highly anticipated Cirque du Soleil's BELIEVE starring master illusionist Criss Angel

The Mirage

-$110 million spent on room and suite remodeling
-The volcano at The Mirage, one of the Strip's most iconic structures, is in the process of being transformed and will feature more pyrotechnics and be choreographed to music, similar to the Fountains at Bellagio

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas to Set a New Standard in Entertainment with the Real Deal

The Real Deal!, the first ever live, interactive poker-themed stage show, is at The Venetian Showroom at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.  Working in partnership with the world’s most renowned poker professionals, the show introduces a new paradigm in entertainment, establishing a completely original live show format that combines humor, the latest in wireless technology, and abundant prizes in wildly-fun, fast-paced action that will entertain poker enthusiasts and non-players alike.

Staged in The Venetian Showroom as part of The Venetian’s extraordinary lineup of entertainment offerings, The Real Deal! empowers the audience to participate both on-stage and from their seats through the use of wireless touch screen devices.  The Real Deal! will use a revolutionary multi-player platform with interactive content in conjunction with technology from TimePlay Entertainment, Inc. Playing both against and alongside the pros, audience members will earn points to vie for prizes ranging from The Real Deal! logo’d merchandise to spectacular home electronics and more, including a chance to win a $1 million grand prize.

The Real Deal! roster of poker pros represents a Who’s Who of the sport and includes the legendary Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Jr., Antonio Esfandiari, Gavin Smith, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Harman, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen, and Todd Brunson. The pros will participate in shows each month, taking on Vegas visitors of all poker skills and experience. Combined, the The Real Deal! professionals have won 8 World Poker Tour Championships (WPT) and 35 World Series of Poker TM (WSOP) bracelets, amassing over $48,000,000 in tournament prize money.

“Never before has poker been so integrated with entertainment,” said Merv Adelson, the inspiration behind The Real Deal!. “The popularity of poker is unquestioned, as is the viability of live game show experiences in Las Vegas.  The Real Deal! will keep guests laughing and give them the unique chance to get into the heads of the world’s best pros as they share tips and strategy throughout the fast-paced game. We know it will quickly become a hot ticket.”

Casting is underway for the show host, and the producers are talking with well-known comedians who they feel will bring an energized blend of humor and poker information to the audience while keeping the action moving. The chance to take on poker’s superstars without having to risk big money is more than enough to drive interest, but The Real Deal! goes far beyond the action on the stage, appealing to both poker aficionados and those who have never thrown a chip in a pot.

Participating audience members will play along during the on-stage game with a wireless handheld console. The large collection of prizes will be awarded to individuals based on their game performance, such as their play of the virtual “ninth hand.” However, there will be many other random winning moments! For example, audience members will be able to wager on simple instances that will occur during play, such as the suit of cards dealt on the flop. Every show, audience members will also have the chance to draw for a Royal Flush and win ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

An elimination process will result in the chip-leading pro, the final surviving amateur, and the point leader from the play-along audience, on stage for a three-handed finale.

The creation and production of groundbreaking entertainment is nothing new to Adelson and the members of the production team. Adelson, co-founder of Lorimar Telepictures and former vice chairman of Time Warner, Inc., put together an elite team headed by executive producer Gary Smith, an eight-time Emmy® Award winning producer and director of esteemed live shows including the Tony Awards and The Emmy® Awards, Producer Bill Nuss, who has written and produced over 300 hours of network primetime television, Chief Operating Officer Gary Adelson, a veteran Hollywood deal maker and producer, and Erick Brownstein, a highly regarded creative strategist and new media marketer, as Director of Technology.

The Real Deal! will entertain six days a week at The Venetian Showroom in Las Vegas, with shows at 4 pm and primetime performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In addition to general tickets, a limited number of VIP packages will be available for each show that include an opportunity to meet the poker stars after the show. For more information, visit www.therealdeallv.com. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are "forward looking" statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond the Company's control, which may cause material differences in actual results, performance or other expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to general economic conditions, competition, new ventures, government regulation, legalization of gaming, interest rates, future terrorist acts, insurance, and other factors detailed in the reports filed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond Award and Mobil Four-Star, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment such as Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular, Blue Man Group and Wayne Brady on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit www.venetian.com.

About The Real Deal!
The Real Deal!, the first ever interactive poker stage show, pits audience members against the world’s best poker players in a funny, fast-paced, high-tech, prize-filled event that entertains poker enthusiasts and non-players alike. The show will debut fall of 2008 in The Venetian Showroom at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. A “to-go” version of the show is also available as a theme for corporate events worldwide. Events may be held in the Venetian Showroom, or at alternative event locations. Additionally, the production team is preparing to launch an online version of the show. For more information, visit www.therealdeallv.com.

About TimePlay Entertainment
TimePlay Entertainment is a world leader in creating multiplayer interactive content.  The company is capitalizing on the global consumer demand for interactivity through its patented CineLynx platform and unique content. TimePlay has advanced and expanded the existing world of interactive media to larger, more robust and socially engaging venues such as cinemas and casinos. TimePlay’s CineLynx platform allows multiple forms of interactivity including player to player, venue to venue and with mobile phones and online—parlaying huge existing audiences and infrastructure into a completely new entertainment experience. TimePlay has operations in the US, UK and Canada. For more information, visit www.timeplay.com.

Where to Eat

World Class Premiere of Lamborghini Las Vegas and Dal Toro Restaurant at the Palazzo Las Vegas

Lamborghini Las Vegas, sole authorized dealer for Las Vegas of Automobili Lamborghini, the world’s leading manufacturer of exotic sport cars announced the launch of Lamborghini Las Vegas, a one-of-a-kind, multi-million dollar venture at the luxurious Palazzo Resort  Hotel and Casino.  The newest multi-billion dollar resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in nearly three years.

The Palazzo is located adjacent to its sister property the Venetian Hotel Casino Resort. This unique enterprise, valued at over $30 million, includes a Lamborghini dealership, state of the art car gallery, café, retail boutique and Dal Toro, an upscale Italian restaurant which combines fine dining with an exclusive display of the world’s most exotic super cars. 

Dal Toro offers delectable Italian cuisine from renowned chef Fiorenzo Trunzo.  Included on the menu are specialty dishes such as, branzino croccantescaloppini caprese, as well as traditional Italian favorites. The chef’s use of natural, artisanal ingredients make dining at the restaurant a truly authentic Italian experience. 

Designed by renowned Italian architect Paolo Cortese, Lamborghini Las Vegas and Dal Toro feature spectacular architecture and design elements. The venue boasts over $2 million worth of artwork through out the space including the Charging Bull by world famous Italian artist, Arturo di Modica and paintings by famous German contemporary artist Horst Kohlem.

Dal Toro features a 300-seat restaurant and 60-seat bar, providing a contemporary spin on traditional Italian aesthetics.  The luxurious décor includes Italian sculptures, custom-design furniture, white and black marbled floors, wall-to-wall black leather paneling, silk fabrics, glass-enclosed wine cellars with private dining tables, and 13 modern abstract paintings.  Guests have the option to dine either inside, or outside on the restaurant’s expansive patio, which is surrounded by white rose bushes and manicured gardens as well as 100 feet of marbled mosaic Palladian fountains.  Additionally, adjacent to the restaurant’s main dining room is an energetic upscale Italian style café and bar

The exotic car gallery, located on both upper and lower levels, invites guests to preview an incredible array of “supercars” for sale including: Bugatti, Ferrari, Saleen, Spyker ,McLaren, of course Lamborghini and many more. For corporate and private parties both large and small, this state of the art showroom also doubles as a special event space, housing 14 suspended plasma flat screen TVs, a 10’ built in projection screen, a wireless PowerPoint system and a Bose sound system with full club level music capabilities.

About The Palazzo

The Palazzo Las Vegas is a new resort-hotel-casino of unparalleled luxury, sophistication and contemporary chic. Featuring modern European ambience and design reminiscent of Italian affluent living, The Palazzo is home to more than 3,000 all-suite rooms and offers a unique combination of premium amenities that include: 14 fine dining establishments; extraordinary entertainment with the Tony Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS and 40/40 Club, a Las Vegas version of New York's dynamic sports bar and lounge; The Shoppes at The Palazzo featuring luxury stores anchored by Las Vegas' first-ever Barneys New York, the Strip’s first Lamborghini dealership, and the largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub to date.

JW Marriott

Special occasions call for special settings. And none could be more perfect than the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Nestled between the world famous Las Vegas Strip and scenic Red Rock Canyon, the 548-guestroom resort is situated in Summerlin, 20 minutes northwest of the Strip. It’s close enough to enjoy city amenities, but far enough away to play golf on one of several nearby championship courses or explore the resort’s 54 acres of lush gardens and pools.

Bridal parties may wish to indulge at JW Marriott’s luxurious Aquae Sulis Spa or visit the full-service salon for pampering before the big event. The resort also features 12 dining and entertainment options from casual to classic, and a wide option of elegant catering packages for special events. All services and amenities synonymous with JW Marriott are at your fingertips when you visit this desert oasis.

“We hosted 100 weddings and 150 other social functions in 2007, including birthdays, bar mitzvahs and parties, ranging from 25 to 900 guests,” said Michael Testagrossa, catering sales manager. “While others have all-purpose meeting and ballroom space, we offer seven unique venues to choose from to pick the most appropriate setting.”

Each venue provides views of the resort’s extensive grounds or water features. Venues include Suite 6200, Lodge at the Lawn, Marbella, Parian, Ceres, Edge Lounge and Valencia. Additionally, Suites 3100 and 3200 are used for smaller events. “We provide packages geared toward different market segments, including bar mitzvah selections, six wedding packages, holiday menus and a social catering menu,” Testagrossa said. “We value each and every group, no matter the size.” He added, “We are pleased to customize menus and offer a personalized experience. Our Social Catering Team is dedicated to providing the attention to detail and dedication that makes for a successful event. And from a service perspective, our Banquet Team is unrivalled.”

A PARTY TO REMEMBER
                                               
Looking for a great venue to host a wedding anniversary, birthday celebration, baby shower, bar mitzvah or graduation party? Special occasions are even more special with help from JW Marriott’s Social Catering Team who takes care of all the planning so you don’t have to. You only have to show up! The culinary team can provide fabulous dining options (whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner) including health conscience dishes, children’s meals and customized event menus.

GET MARRIED OUTSIDE THE BOX

Why spend one of the most special days of your life with a cookie-cutter wedding, trapped inside a ballroom that looks like a box? 

The bride never has to pass through a casino on the way to her wedding ceremony at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. The resort takes pride in offering distinct wedding reception venues that are totally unique, offering adjoining patios or balconies and the ambiance befitting that special day. Some venues include fireplaces, spacious lawns and terraces with waterfalls. White glove service, customized menus and a personal wedding specialist provide the attention to detail and personalized service expected for such an occasion. Menus reflect the culinary team’s passion to offer delectable cuisine in intimate dining areas that can be transformed to fit every taste and style.

JW Marriott Las Vegas’ wedding specialists have developed wedding packages to make dreams come true, while accommodating diverse needs. Signature Packages provide an all-inclusive bundle that keeps the entire wedding experience in mind, including the ceremony, reception, food and beverage, cake and other accoutrements. Wedding packages run between $90 to $245 per guest.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff knows how to stage an affair to remember. They are hands-on in every aspect of planning, from flower arrangements and makeup artists, to music and catering selections. “The resort’s wedding specialists arrange every wedding dream, creating an unforgettable event for the bride and groom on their most important day,” said Joy Francis, director of event management. There are three wedding planners and a coordinator onsite.

PACKAGED TO PERFECTION

When it comes to weddings, a complimentary suite is included for wedding parties with a minimum of 50 guests in attendance.

Wedding packages include:

The Pearl – offering families a luncheon option and includes a morning ceremony.
The Amethyst – a basic ceremony and gala reception dinner with wine service and cake.
The Ruby – follows the hot trend of heavy wedding receptions with stations and includes an open bar.
The Emerald – a celebration cocktail reception, gala dinner, wine service, wedding cake and open bar.
The Sapphire – luxury package features upgrades for the wedding room including specialty table linens, chair covers and ice sculptures. Includes a signature spa package for the couple.
The Diamond – the ultimate in wedding luxury, providing deluxe ceremony amenities, a celebration cocktail reception, a gala reception dinner, wine service and traditional toast, open bar, a wedding cake and groom’s cake, wedding room upgrades and an unforgettable Aquae Sulis spa package, the perfect way to prepare for the special occasion.

Aquae Sulis Salon and Spa at JW Marriott Las Vegas serves as a perfect pre-wedding or wedding day retreat. In addition to the spa’s bride and groom selections, the spa provides signature packages including couples massages with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries; special facials and body treatments; and bridal party manicures, pedicures and facials.

JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA: 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Toll Free: 877-869-8777, www.jwlasvegasresort.com.

Treasures can be found at the heart of The Strip at Hotel.32. on the top floor of Monte Carlo

Accommodations:

You don’t have to be a celebrity to be treated like one at the newly opened HOTEL32 on the top floor of Monte Carlo. The exclusive boutique hotel offers the escape savvy travelers search for but seldom find; a celebrity VIP experience available to all. With airport transportation, contemporary furnishings, luxurious amenities and a Suite Assistant to ensure a perfect stay, HOTEL32 is the new place where everyone can feel rich and famous in Las Vegas.

Restaurants:
Originally known as the Brew Pub, the Monte Carlo reopened the spirited nightspot as The Pub on September 2 just in time for football season. The Pub features a whole new menu with something for every taste, with create-your-own burgers, specialty flatbreads, spiked milkshakes, over 50 selections of beer and so much more.

Entertainment:
Known by millions for his dead-on impressions, Frank Caliendo becomes a permanent Las Vegas headliner with his new show at Monte Carlo . Caliendo has signed an exclusive agreement that will make him a hilarious fixture at the resort for the next decade. The unique stylings of duo Zowie Bowie have also taken up residence at Monte Carlo since September 13. Every Friday and Saturday night, the hot twosome performs their unique blend of today’s hottest dance, hip-hop and Top 40 music at The Pub. Accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra, Zowie Bowie pays tribute to the heyday of Las Vegas with an exclusive three-month engagement of the Zowie Bowie Vintage Vegas Show every Sunday night at the Lance Burton Theatre.

For further information go to web site www.montecarlo.com

Rumor, Las Vegas First Tru Boutique Resort, Debuts

Creating a new category of the ultimate Las Vegas lodging, The Siegel Group brings you RUMOR, setting the standard for boutique chic resorts.  Formerly the St. Tropez Hotel, the two-story, intimate RUMOR is now open, featuring a powerful combination of compelling elements: hot location, cool pool, zero attitude, modern rooms and unexpected amenities all in a unique boutique hotel setting. Having watched the Las Vegas skyline grow bigger and taller with each new resort built on the Strip, Stephen Siegel, founder and chief executive officer, The Siegel Group, decided it was time to turn conventional wisdom on its head and craft a new vision for Las Vegas which included personal, boutique hotel properties.

To create this stylish chic resort retreat, The Siegel Group collaborated with award-winning Las Vegas based interior design firm Tandem to bring Siegel’s vision of the 150-suite RUMOR to life. The reborn RUMOR evokes the stylish feel of a Las Vegas-meets-Palm Springs hotel with a Los Angeles feel infused with unconventional design that create a cozy, boutique resort featuring distinctive character and charm.

Visitors see right away there’s something quirky and fun waiting for them inside RUMOR. They are greeted by Chinese foo dogs, hand carved from solid slabs of distinctly colored cantera stone.  The porte cochère is perfectly framed in flowing drapes and the ceiling above supplements its own show of colorful hues and inviting patterns.

A sense of wonderment and delight greets guests as soon as they enter, with 10-foot glass doors revealing a stunning display of original artwork which sets the tone for what is to come. A departure from the impersonal and vast typical casino lobby, RUMOR’s lobby has an ultra-lounge feel, awash with soothing ivory and white tones accented with an injection of criss-crossing metallic lines on the pavered floor. As if given new life from a Victorian era, the front desk features traditional millwork, all in tranquil white.

Natural light floods the area as the lobby lounge merges seamlessly with the oasis outside. Guests experience effective pops of lavender colors throughout the contemporary property and the bar serves as a stunning centerpiece, finished in luxurious Carrara marble. Also making its debut is the property’s restaurant: Addiction. Incorporating classic dishes with a modern flair, the “addictive” cuisine is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service. Helmed by popular chef Vic Vegas, Addiction’s signature dishes include his incredibly unique crème brûlée oatmeal, Cuban Reuben, sea bass satays or Kurobuta karmal pork. The restaurant’s sleek décor includes a clever portrait of a hot pink knife, fork and spoon, which adorns one of the walls. A private dining room seats 12 with dripping chandeliers and an oversized high communal table. Here, guests enjoy an intimate function or mingle while overlooking the lobby when it is open. The main restaurant spills out into the courtyard with indoor and outdoor seating.

Speaking of the outdoors, completely unique to RUMOR is its courtyard which features its signature pool area, wet deck and lawn, all framed with matured palm trees. A perfect oasis for either relaxed lounging or enjoying the energy of the pool party scene, the pool area and shimmering wet deck provide a unique outdoor setting and experience.  By day, the sparkling water and lush surroundings soothe and energize.  By night, it transforms into a magical hideaway with DJs and live musicians performing under flickering lights. With grassy knolls and swaying palm trees, the lawn is the perfect place to enjoy house music under the stars, a Central Park-style picnic with a stylish RUMOR twist, lie in a hammock with drink in hand or even enjoy special events, parties, fashion shows and weddings. What’s more the hotel doesn’t just welcome people; RUMOR welcomes pets, offering an outdoor dog run, customized in-suite bowls and plush dog beds.

Half of RUMOR’s 150 suites face into the courtyard and feature either a balcony or a patio, creating an amazingly interactive social scene not found anywhere else in Las Vegas. Corridor walls are adorned with cool decals and are superbly complemented by the hounds tooth carpeting. The suites create a dreamlike aura as guests are greeted with captivating gray-hued walls and feature a splash of playful lavender patterns, while the magical mood and vibe is enhanced by a carved wall medallion strategically situated above the bed. Suites boast additional funky features - a basket of sugar confections, Warhol-inspired chandelier art and well-appointed sleek furniture. Meanwhile, many suites feature oversized tubs that are surrounded by mirrors and come complete with scented bubble bath for private late night pleasure.

RUMOR has unveiled the Fantastic Four Suites by revered designer Mark Tracy of the acclaimed design firm Chemical Spaces.  Each will showcase strong architecture, with bold square lines in the flooring, beds and ceilings. Utilizing a basic color palette of gray, black and silver base tones, the suites will be playfully punctuated with bold accents of pink and purple.

Located where Paradise meets Harmon, RUMOR is directly across the street from the famed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. RUMOR is part of The Siegel Group’s Boutique Chic Retreats collection. Sister properties include Artisan; The Resort on Mount Charleston; Gold Spike and Oasis at Gold Spike.

For room reservations or more information, call (877) 99-RUMOR or visit www.rumorvegas.com.  Follow Rumor at:www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com/rumorvegas

Summer Pools

MGM Grand

recently announced the opening of Wet Republic, their new day club-style ultra pool, Mandalay Bay reopens its three-story beachside casino and celebrity outpost From climate-controlled beach-side gaming and the sizzling ambiance of European-style sunbathing, to intimate escapes and luscious hideaways, the Las Vegas pool scene has something for every visitor.

BARE at The Mirage,

is heating things up again this summer.

This summer

Mandalay Bay

solidifies its popularity among savvy sun seekers with the unveiling of a $30 million Beach expansion. Already a favorite with visitors, Mandalay Bay has upped the ante with the first beach casino on The Strip and more premium poolside seating than any resort in Las Vegas. Just steps away from the waves, the new Beach casino features an open-air Beach Bar & Grill, with your choice of delectable sit-down service or quick takeaway snacks. On the second floor sits the ultimate players' paradise offering the first climate-controlled beachside gaming on The Strip - with casual beach attire encouraged! At the top, the Villas Soleil set a new standard in Las Vegas cabanas with unparalleled amenities and spectacular views of Mandalay Bay Beach.

Treasure Island (TI) pool

offers another option for exclusive fun-in-the-sun. The new VIP sundeck provides a party of up to 15 guests with a private place to kick back and enjoy the state-of-the-art sound system and complimentary amenities - or indulge the wild side and take a dip in the 50-person Party Tub mere steps away! 

Monte Carlo

For those preferring a more intimate setting, Monte Carlo features three separate pools including the Las Vegas Strip's first wave pool and a relaxing lazy river, all surrounded by lush landscaping. Luxurious cabanas feature a wide array of amenities including flat-screen televisions and comfortable lounge chairs. New for 2007 is additional deck space and seating as well as a poolside bar serving up delectable cocktails.

Excalibur pool transforms into a paradise fit for royalty with a renovation set to feature sizzling hot tubs, a cascading waterfall, sundecks overlooking the pool, relaxing cabanas and a tantalizing restaurant.  

Striker VIP Vegas Insider's "Top 10 Guide to the Ultimate Romantic Getaway"

1. Well-Traveled

From private Lear jets in and out of McCarran International Airport, well-stocked limousines, stretch Hummer transports, and exotic Ferrari and Lamborghini rentals for cruising the infamous Strip to helicopter sky tours, getting into, out of and around Vegas can be a romantic endeavor unto itself. You've got to do it - make it count!

2. Tours for Two

Take your love to new heights with a romantic tour of Vegas Strip from a different perspective:  by helicopter. Soar through the sky with a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries or an aged cognac nightcap. Take advantage of daylight hours and charter a private helicopter for an unforgettable tour of the Grand Canyon where you can take in the spectacular landscape while dining on an elegant lunch of champagne and imported caviar.  

Heights not your thing? Go for a gondola ride down the Venetian's Grand Canal, slowly drifting under bridges and passing cafes and shops as your gondolier serenades the both of you.

3. Food Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

What's a romantic evening without fine dining? Take in the incredible view, ambiance and world-class French cuisine at Paris‚ Eiffel Tower restaurant where you can also watch Bellagio's dancing fountains. Arrange a personal visit to your table from the head chef to make your partner feel extra special.

The Foundation Room, located high atop the Mandalay Bay, has an eclectic fine-dining atmosphere that can really set the mood. The main dining room contains original paneling from the Kellogg Family estate with dimly lit antique chandeliers that reflect the ornate gold leaf ceiling. The roof-top patio provides outside dining with a phenomenal view of the Strip where the lights are sure to sparkle in each other‚s eyes.

Consider spending one evening "dining in" and have a movable feast in the comfort and privacy of your own suite where a culinary master can create a personalized romantic meal for two. Go that extra mile to set the mood with a private violinist, pianist, or classical guitar player who will entertain you both during your dinner à deux.

4. Priority Pampering

There‚s nothing like a personalized spa experience to make someone feel loved and appreciated.

Whether it's at a five-star facility or within the privacy of your own suite, Vegas takes this notion to an artistic extreme. Arrange for your partner to visit an incredible on-site oasis like the Mandalay Bay Hotel Spa where personalized treatment menus tempt with exotic massage techniques, lavish body wraps, facials by world-class aestheticians, make-up and hair artistry, and Pilates and Yoga sessions with renowned gurus. Indeed, Las Vegas boasts an array of world-class spas ready, willing, and able to cater to your partner's every whim, relaxing every muscle in his or her body.

5. Those Who Shop Together Stay Together

When in doubt about how to add some fun to your romantic getaway, a shopping expedition together is sure to evoke more than a few smiles. Hold hands as you stroll through the Venetian's Grand Canal Shops, the arcade at the Bellagio, or the Caesar Forum‚s shops. Splurge at Ted Baker in the Caesars Forum II Mall where you can enlist the help of a private shopper and recreate a "Pretty Woman" moment of your own.

Of course, nothing ignites love and appreciation quite like a bauble or three. Do more than window shop at the city'‚s premier jewelers, including Harry Winston, Graff, DeBeers, Tiffany, and Cartier. Call ahead and they‚ll greet the love of your life with champagne, chocolates and whatever else suits for a truly decadent jewelry shopping experience.

6. Hearts Aflutter

Who says romance has to be all soft music and dim lighting? For the sports fanatic, love involves adventure and a good dose of heart-pumping adrenaline. Take ATVs out for a desert trek or try a Red Rock hiking tour. Have a private car or helicopter whisk you off to a day of professional NASCAR auto racing or connect with your inner ace by commandeering jets for a mock dog fight. For the ultimate heart-pounding experience for two, try tandem sky diving.

7. Paint the Town Red

The Playboy Club combines the relaxed atmosphere of a plush leather and reptile-skin sofa, chair and settee-filled lounge with an exclusive live gaming pit replete with Playboy Bunny dealers. Or, you could ascend to the 53rd floor of the Palms Hotel's Fantasy Tower and experience the dramatic, surreal environment of Moon. For discerning couples, this is the place for mind-blowing views complete with a retractable video roof! Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce at Mandalay Bay has the look, feel and sounds of a 1940s club with leather sofas, mood lighting, and authentic and tastefully delivered burlesque performed to the sounds of an amazing three-piece band on a revolving stage.

8. Show Your Love

Take one part Moulin Rouge, add a dash of Broadway, and combine with powerhouse performers. In Vegas, the entire world becomes your stage. Surprise your partner with front and center seats at Celine Dion or Elton John at a specially constructed auditorium in Caesar's Palace that replicates the Coliseum in Rome. Celebrate the musical legacy of The Beatles in the new show LOVE, staged by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel. For an edge-of-your-seat experience, see Cirque du Soleil's $200 million production KA, at the MGM. From there, take in some of the nation's leading theater productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot, Mama Mia, and The Producers.

9. Sidewalk Stoppers

The Bellagio's dramatic light and sound fountain display is a 'must see' for any romantic Vegas excursion. The unique sidewalk spectacular features dancing water fountains synchronized with the greatest love songs and arias of our time. The volcano eruption at the Mirage Hotel is another Vegas staple worth stopping for as you leisurely stroll along the boulevard arm and arm.

10. The Suite Life

Even in Vegas, sometimes the best plan of all is a quite, intimate evening. With world-class luxury suites available throughout the town, hanging up the 'Do Not Disturb' sign is ever-so-tempting. The Bellagio features suites that overlook a scenic lake. The Tower Suites, which operate as a luxury boutique hotel within the Wynn Las Vegas, is the first in town to earn Mobil Travel Guide's five star rating. The Tower Suites offer exclusive, white-glove service and accommodations that feel like luxurious private residences. The Tower Suites also have their own private restaurant, Tableau, and a private pool to serve only the Tower Suite clientele. Enjoy the 'suite life' with a gourmet champagne brunch, chef-prepared dinner or couple‚s massage.

As the 'Ultimate Vegas Insider' and one who defines the Las Vegas scene for the luxury lifestyle consumer, Striker can underscore fwhy Vegas is a fantastic locale for those wanting to provide the 'best of the best' for you and your loved one.

"Striker" can be reached through his web site at www.StrikerVIP.com or toll-free at 866-VIVAVIP.

MIRAGE NEWS

Inspired by the spirit of The Beatles and created by Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles Revolution Lounge opened in December at The Mirage. Opening its doors only six months after the high-profile launch of The Beatles Love, Revolution will offer an extended experience before and after the show.

Revolutionary in design and atmosphere, this ultra-lounge will feature cutting edge, interactive experiences to create a psychedelic sensory environment and a contemporary interpretation of The Beatles era. Each night will be an evolutionary journey, where both the music and interior transform, resulting in an eclectic nightlife adventure at The Mirage. “The inspiration for REVOLUTION began with The Beatles’ message of love but the atmosphere will be a modern twist on their era of freedom, self-expression and free-love,” said Jean-Francois Bouchard, Creative Director, Cirque du Soleil Experience.

Scott Sibella, president and COO of The Mirage, said “The Beatles Revolution Lounge is the next dynamic step in the continuing transformation of The Mirage.  Revolution will bring an even higher level of energy and excitement to the resort.”
This is the first time Cirque du Soleil draws upon their innovative talent to create a unique nightlife experience in Las Vegas. Revolution will be operated by INK, the premier nightclub operator in Toronto, currently managing seven highly successful nightlife complexes in Canada.

Facts:

Revolution will hold 400 persons.

Hours: The Abbey Road Bar, located in front of the main entrance of Revolution, will be open from 11am daily. The Revolution Lounge will be open 7 nights a week from 5pm until 5 am.

Music: Each night will have a specific musical direction. DJ’s will make a musical progression through the evening from strictly Beatles music, to funky lounge remixes, house , rock, electro, new wave and Brit pop.

Where to Eat

Laurent Tourondel Amplifies Classic Burgers for Las Vegas: BLT Burger Opened at The Mirage

As the famed resort continues to grow its roster of dynamic restaurants, BLT Burger is an approachable yet innovative addition to its dining options. Tourondel was named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs in 1998 while cooking in Las Vegas at Palace Court Restaurant. He has since created several successful restaurants around the country and was honored as Bon Appétit magazine's 2007 Restaurateur of the Year.

'It'‚s exciting to come full circle,' Tourondel said. 'The Mirage is one of Las Vegas‚ leading destination resorts, and I‚m excited for BLT Burger to join the mix.' BLT Burger offers a variety of burgers including beef, American Kobe, lamb and Atlantic salmon, each served on soft buns with tomato, red onion, iceberg lettuce, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. The beef patties are a combination of Certified Black Angus sirloin, short rib, chuck and brisket. Specialty burgers include the Tex-Mex, a 7-ounce beef burger with jalapeños, chili, avocado, salsa, jack cheese, onions and sour cream; Lamb Tandoori Burger, a slightly spicy Colorado lamb burger topped with mint-cilantro yogurt sauce, cucumber, olives, red onion and tomato; and a signature Meatball Burger composed of ground veal, pork and ricotta and served with garlic pomodoro sauce. In true Las Vegas style, Tourondel offers The Stripper, a 7-ounce beef burger served with lettuce, tomato, onion and bell pepper without the bun.

Though burgers take center stage,BLT Burger's diverse menu offers a number of tempting starters and salads in addition to more than eight types of fries and rings, including waffle-cut, sweet potato, jalapeño poppers and fried pickles. Beverages afford just as many options, with an array of milkshakes in classic and spiked varieties, innovative cocktails, as well as an impressive beer list and focused wine selection to quench every guest's thirst. Cocktails are cheeky nods to Las Vegas entertainment and include such selections as The Showgirl (Plymouth Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and lemon, grapefruit and cranberry juices), Dancing with the Devil (Sauza Blanco Tequila, Crème de Cassis, lime and ginger beer) and Tumblin‚ Dice (Knob Creek Bourbon, Fernet Branca, bitters and a splash of cherry).

Milkshakes tend toward the whimsical and are inspired by classic American desserts: the Twinkie Boy blends vanilla ice cream, a Hostess˙ Twinkie and caramel syrup; Give Me S'More combines chocolate ice cream with toasted marshmallows and graham crackers; and the Puddin‚ Pop is a rich slush of chocolate ice cream, chocolate pudding and chocolate shavings. For those who want to add extra punch to their shake, BLT Burger's Spiked Milkshakes are the perfect adult treat in flavors such as The All Nighter (Kahlua, Baileys, espresso and coffee ice cream), The Highlander (Guinness Stout, Coole Swan Irish Crème and vanilla ice cream) and Malibu Barbie (Malibu Rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk and vanilla ice cream).

To further satisfy a sweet tooth, desserts include sundaes in either Strawberry Cheesecake or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors; a French twist on the usual Ice Cream Sandwich with a Dutch chocolate macaroon and hazelnut ice cream; and 'Krispy Kreme' Doughnut Bread Pudding with rum-raisin coconut sauce.

Scott Sibella, president and COO of The Mirage, said, 'Burgers, fries and shakes prepared by a chef as talented as Laurent Tourondel are a sure hit. BLT Burger is a wonderful addition to our offerings and certain to be a great success.' Designed by Rockwell Group, the 198-seat BLT Burger is an ideal setting to showcase the craftsmanship and freshness behind Tourondel's superlative hamburgers. The hip and casual setting reflects both the natural Nevada landscape and the glamour of Las Vegas with end-grain wood, walnut and yellow-glazed lava stone, accented with red glazed brick, golden furniture upholstery and dramatic lighting.

According to designer David Rockwell, 'BLT Burger celebrates the DNA of the burger with the central grill, which is surrounded by beautiful glazed red brick tile. I wanted to emphasize the ritual of grilling burgers in the midst of the Nevada landscape.'

The entrance features a dimensional wood block ceiling that is illuminated from behind, changing in color and intensity to transition from day to night. The comfortable banquettes and booths in the front section of the restaurant have views of the grill and are accented with polished, chrome pendant lights for intimacy. Throughout the space are table tops lacquered with large table numbers, simple schoolhouse-style wood chairs and patterned gobo lights that provide a club-like atmosphere for late-night dining. The 16-seat, yellow-glazed lava stone bar has barstools accented with stitching details. The illuminated bar is a perfect place for sitting and eating while watching the action. Overhead flat-screen televisions display sporting events during the day and digital imagery for an evening ambiance.

The curved walls of the back section of the restaurant evoke an outdoor environment with a 16-foot, floor-to-ceiling sepia tone panoramic photo mural of the surrounding Sierra Nevada landscape. The circular open grill is surrounded by a polished, red-glazed brick wall and covered by a large metallic dome illuminated with colored lights.

BLT Burger, located at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, is open Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 11 a.m. 2 a.m.; Monday, Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. 4 a.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, please visit www.bltburger.com; www.mirage.com or call 702.792.7888.

The Rio All-Suite Hoel & Casino Opened The Village Seafood Buffet -- The Only Seafood Buffet in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ Only Seafood Buffet Features Interactive Sushi Stations, Sommeliers and
More Than 13,000 Square Feet and 200 Tons of Fresh Seafood from Every Corner of the Earth. Having taken the buffet concept to new heights, the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is set to once again redefine the category with the Village Seafood Buffet’s that is now open. 
 
From customizable sushi prepared right in front of the guest to sommeliers available to pair seafood selections with the finest of wines, Village Seafood Buffet is Las Vegas’ only seafood buffet. Refined, elegant and boldly designed, the Village Seafood Buffet is under the direction of acclaimed Chef Richard Leggett, serving the freshest seafood from around the world, flown in daily with restaurant-style execution. 
  
The Market List

To make Las Vegas’ only seafood buffet the success it has come to be since opening in 1997, a tremendous effort is required, consisting of purchasing only the freshest seafood, proteins and ingredients from around the world.  Here is snapshot of the Rio’s “shopping list” for the top items purchased every month:
 
Item
Vol. in Lbs.

Crab Legs 29,000
Lobster 25,000
Shrimp 18,604
Oysters 6,600
Prime rib 5,451
Butter 4,968
Salmon 3,400
Beef ribs 2,220
Chicken 1,960
Mussels 1,310
Olive oil 1,248
Catfish 1,245
Cannelloni 1,155
Green beans 900
Sausage 900
Mahi 800
Tuna 800
Chow Mein noodles 760
Pollock 610
Parmesan cheese 400
Penne pasta 400
Cheddar cheese 260 

The Cuisine
From freshwater prawns from Indonesia to Pacific salmon, Alaskan king crab, Canadian snow crab, Shrimp from China and slipper tail lobster from Southeast Asia, the Village Seafood Buffet purchases more than 200 tons of fresh seafood annually.  “With our year purchase the size that it is, this makes Village Seafood Buffet one of the largest buyers in the world,” says William Becker, vice president of food and beverage, the Rio.
 
Complementing its global menu, chefs designed the new Village Seafood Buffet to capture an international array of unique flavors.  This includes featuring the essence of the Mediterranean, the vibrant cooking traditions in the Pacific Rim, the rich and flavorful creations indigenous to the Baja region, the exotic, eclectic flavors of South America where guests enjoy carving stations featuring six types of proteins that be made into succulent skewers and the diverse ingredients and cooking styles of North America.  
 
To pair with the cuisine, sommeliers will pair wines that bring out the best flavors in the selections.  In addition, the Rio beverage team developed a collection of specialty cocktails.  With fresh sushi remaining a primary component of the menu, the team created the “Coast to Coast,” a refreshing blend of gin, berry cognac, cucumber, fresh lemon and just enough ginger syrup to give a hint of Asian influence.
 
To complete the experience, the gelateria, otherwise known as the dessert station, showcases the custom-made silver rotating gelato display with 10 flavors and flambé station, as well as a bevy of classic plated deserts including cheesecakes, cookies and crème brulees.
 
The Décor

Visual enhancements immediately captivate attention.  From the grand new entrance showcasing metallic pieces that depict the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, to commissioned artwork from renowned artist Brad Holland prominently on display, the all new Village Seafood Buffet features 13,000 square feet of bold new colors and design, emphasizing the cool hues of the ocean’s blues and ice-frosted whites.  Cuisine is presented in a clean fashion, with food stations set up to mirror that of a seafood market.  Further differentiating Village Seafood Buffet from all others is that selections are served in much smaller portions as compared to a typical buffet, enabling chefs to refresh more often.  In fact, guests can expect popular selections such as lobster to be refreshed practically every 10 minutes.
 
Guests experience a new sound system boasting crisp sound quality and new lighting special effects.  Attention to customer comfort is abundant with new tables including Viking tables that seat 15 to 20 guests, leather chairs and high back banquettes in various shades of metals, blues and purples, which add warmth and modern style and to the atmosphere.   
 
The Chef
Chef Richard Leggett graduated from the Johnson Wales Culinary Institute.  His professional career brought him to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and Victoria and Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort, then to Café St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas, before becoming the specialty room chef at the Village Seafood Buffet.  No single dish is more important than another and each menu item is produced to stand alone in both flavor and presentation.
 
The Hours and Price
Village Seafood Buffet is open daily at 4 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Price is $38 (plus tax) per person and $23.99 for children ages four through eight.  Children under three are free.
 
ABOUT RIO ALL-SUITE HOTEL & CASINO®
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is a Harrah's Entertainment resort.  The Rio offers guests a unique all-suite hotel experience. Complete with 2,563 all-suite hotel rooms, the property overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip, one block west on Flamingo Road.  The Rio is the home of Vegas' most popular free show - Masquerade Show in the Sky performing nightly.  A sand beach surrounds the edge of the Rio's tropical lagoon, complete with waterfalls, four nautical-shaped swimming pools and five Jacuzzi-style spas.  The Rio boasts 16 dining outlets, three lounges, two performance theatres (Penn & Teller Theater and the Chippendales Theater), Spa/Health Club/Steam Room/Beauty Salon, 23 retail outlets, five swimming pools, nine luxury Palazzo Suites and three nightclubs.

LOVELOCK

Lovelock -- A Unique Destination For Lovers -- Love Remains Locked in Rural Town

Lovers can celebrate an anniversary of a different sort…but one that is no less romantic than their own. The city of Lovelock, Nev., located 103 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80, is celebrating the second anniversary of Lovers Lock Plaza, a one-of-a-kind attraction where lovers can fasten a lock to a never-ending chain to symbolize their everlasting love. Since its inception, lovers from around the country and even across the globe have come to Lovelock to lock their love forever, joining part of an age old Chinese custom revised into Nevada tradition.

“As the nation’s only love-locking destination, Lovelock has seen an increase in visitors coming to the small town over the last two years with the primary purpose of locking their love for eternity,” said Kirsten Hertz, operations manager for the Greater Pershing Partnership. “Viewed as the perfect romantic gesture, couples have even planned destination weddings in Lovelock, first tying the knot then locking their love.”

Lovelock’s “Lock Your Love” tradition is borrowed from China, where for decades, lovers place a lock upon an “endless chain” along the Great Wall in the Yellow Mountains and elsewhere. The love locking tradition is also alive in Italy, with lovers affixing locks to the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Milvio and throwing the keys into the Arno and Tiber rivers. 

“Lovelock has adopted this unique tradition and really made it its own,” notes Hertz. “Here, once a couple locks their love on the chain they often throw away the key, thus locking their love, and souls, forever. Some couples choose to keep their keys as a way to cherish their commitment. It really is a romantic and fun gesture for couples looking to express their admiration in a new and unique way.”

Adjacent to the Pershing County Courthouse, Lovers Lock Plaza features a series of green posts connected by chains and lovers’ locks. The peaceful location in the heart of town is easily accessible several blocks north of the interstate exit. Businesses in the community support the tradition by selling locks that can also be engraved locally with lovers’ names or a special message. Lovers are encouraged to bring their own locks as a way to personalize the experience.

The town of Lovelock also has several chapels and churches for wedding ceremonies, along with numerous lodging options and various attractions and amenities to enjoy during the first hours or days of wedded bliss.

For more information on Lovelock, Nevada, and the Lovers Lock Plaza, contact the Greater Pershing Partnership at 775-273-7213 or visit www.loverslock.com.

The city of Lovelock is located off Interstate 80 in central Nevada and serves as the gateway to “Nevada’s Cowboy Country.” With a population of just over 2,300, the town is home to numerous historical sites and unique locations including Lovers Lock Plaza, the nation’s only love-locking destination. Lovelock also serves as a base camp for adventure and activities including fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and geo-caching.

OVERTON

Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire State Park derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs 150 million years ago. According to park officials, complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have reated the present landscape. Other important rock formations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire included the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley.

The span of approximate occupation has been dated from 300 B.C.E. to 1150 C.E. Their visits proibably involved hunting, food gathering, and religious ceremonies, although scarcity of water would have limited the length of their stay. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient peoples can be found at several sites within the park.

The plant community is dominated by widely spaced creosote bush, burro bush and brittlebush. Several cactus species, including beaver tail and cholla, are also common. The springtime bloom of such plants as the desert marigold, indigo bush and desert vallow are often spectacular along park roads. Year-round birds include the raven, house finch, sage sparrow and roadrunner. Migrant birds also pass through this area, while most desert animals are nocturnal and not frequently seen by passing motorists or hikers. There are also many species of lizards and snakes, as well as the coyote, kit fox, spotted skunk, black tailed jackrabbit, and antelope ground squirrel. If lucky enough to spot the rare desert tortoise which is protected by state law, please do not touch it.

Winters here are mild with tempertures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Summer highs exceed 100 degrees and can go to 120 degrees, varying widely from day to night. Average annual rainfall is four inches, in the form of light winter showers and summer thunderstorms. Spring and fall are the best seasons to explore the Valley of Fire.

Check out the Visitor Center first for its exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and the nearby region. Here you'll also find souvenirs of all kinds at reasonable prices.

The park is open daily from 8:30 am. to 4:30 p.m. except on Christmas. An entrance fee is charged per vehicle upon entering the park at the fee both or at the self-pay station.

Additional fees are charged for use of the camping areas and is patyable at the campgrounds. Campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Two have a total of 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water, and restrooms, and a dump station and showers are available. Shaded areas for picnicing, with restrooms, are located at Atlati Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse's Tank trailhead and White Domes. There are also three group areas, each that can accommodate up to 45 people, though parking is limited. These are for overnight camping and picnicking by reservation only.

Hikers have many trails to choose from and those on duty at the visitor center can suggest the right trail(s) depending on how far you'd like to go.

What to see? -- Plenty. Atlatl Rock offers outstanding examples of ancient Indian rock art, or petroglyphs, including a depiction of the atlati, a notched stick used to throw primitive spears. The atlatl was a predecessor to the bow and arrow. The adjacent Atlatl Rock Campground has 43 campsites - some semi-primitive and others RV sites with water sand power hookups. This campground also offers showers and modern restrooms.

Arch Rock - Nearby the Atlatl Rock Campground is the more primitive Arch Rock Campground with its more secluded campsites. A two-mile scenic loop road provides views of some of the Valley's most interesting rock formations, such as Arch Rock and Piano Rock.

The Beehives are unusual sandstone formations weathered by the eroding forces of wind and water. Nearby are three group camping areas available by reservation only. You can see historic stone cabins that were built with native sandstone by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s as a shelter for passing travelers in the picnic area, while Clark Memorial honors an early traveler; from Fire Canyon/Silica Dome, you'll have a vantage point to see the deep red sandstone of Fire Canyon and the unique geological features of Silica Dome. Don't miss Mouse's Tank, named for a renegade who used the area as a hideout in the 1890s. It is a natural basin in the rock where water collects after rainfalls, sometimes remaining for months. A half-mile, round-trip trail leads to Mouse's Tank from the trailhead parking area, passing numerous examples of prehistoric petroglyphs.

There's more here to see - including logs and stumps, washed into the area from an ancient forest about 225 million years ago, that are known as Petrified Logs; and check out Rainbow Vista - a favorite photo point with a panoramic view of multi-colored sandstone. Seven Sisters is a unique rock formation easily accessible from the road and nearby picnic areas are a good place to grab a snack and drink. White Domes, sandstone formations with brilliant contrasting colors, a picnic area, and a one mile scenic trail is a 5.5 miles drive from the Visitor Center.

No matter which way you drive or hike, you'll be glad to came to this amazing park.

For more information contact Valley of Fire State Park, PO Box 515, Overton, Nevada 89040; 702-397-2088 or check web site vof@mvdsl.com. The park is located six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 to exit 75.

PAHRUMP

Choose Your Off-Road Adventure With New Side-by-Side and Dirt Bike Rentals Now Available in Pahrump

Pahrump’s first side-by-side and dirt bike rental company is now open and ready to provide adventurers easy access to some of the best off-road trails in Southern Nevada.  TM TORN Off-Road Adventures, a premier technical and tactical off-road training company, is now offering several different side-by-sides and dirt bikes for rent to be used through the various scenic terrains of Spring Mountains.

Visitors have the option to choose from two different four-seater side-by-sides, which include a Can-Am Maverick Max 1000R or Polaris RZR 900XP; a two-seater Can-Am Commander DPS & XT; and or four dirt bike models including the KTM 400, 450, 525 XC-W or a Yamaha 125 TTR.

Half-day rentals for the two-seater side-by-sides start as low as $295, with the four-seater models starting at $475.  Each rental comes with the following amenities:

Full tank of gas
GPS with pre-loaded maps
Satellite emergency locator
Two-way radios
Protective gear including helmet, goggles and gloves
Cold water
Support vehicle with a driver

For dirt bike rentals, all riders must demonstrate sufficient experience in operating an off-road dirt bike before renting. If guests don’t have the skills or experience required, TM TORN offers a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike Course. Each dirt bike rental includes:

Full tank of gas
Satellite emergency locator
Protective gear including a helmet, goggles, chest protector, elbow & knee/shin pads and gloves
Cold water
Support motorcycle with a rider

Half-day rentals for the Yamaha 125 TTR start at $150 with all other models starting at $250.

TM TORN Off-Road Adventure is opened seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 801 S. Hwy 160 in the log cabin next to Gold Town Casino. For more information, visit www.tmtornadventures.com.

About Pahrump
Located an hour west of Las Vegas and an hour east of Death Valley, Pahrump, Nev. is home to big attractions and events, and is “Your Base Camp to Adventure.”  Set in a picturesque backdrop with breathtaking views of mountain ranges, Pahrump is the ideal place to enjoy the best of Southern Nevada. From award-winning wineries and RV Resorts to world-class golf courses and scenic outdoor trails, true Nevada is waiting for you.  For more information on Pahrump visit visitpahrump.com, follow @visitpahrump on Twitter and Like Pahrump on Facebook.

Sheri’s Ranch Announces Special Travel Package for the Ultimate Adult Vegas ‘Laycation’

Upscale legal brothel Sheri’s Ranch has just upped the ante for Best Las Vegas Trip Ever with Sheri’s Ultimate Adult Sex Vacation packages, customized specifically for men, women, and couples seeking erotic adventure in the Sin City area.

The sex resort’s multi-tiered packages will include complimentary luxury car service, a room at the hotel, dinner and champagne with courtesan(s) of the client’s choice, and a voucher towards a negotiated sex party with a Sheri's lady.

Dena attributes this spike to Sheri’s unique offerings. “We’re the only legal brothel with a full-service hotel, so I think the word has gotten out that sex tourists can now take their time, relax and stay overnight, swim in our pool, dine at our restaurant, and have a tremendous amount of naughty fun with our ladies without ever leaving our 20 acre property.”

“There’s just so much sexual variety offered at Sheri’s, from our themed VIP Bungalows, Bubble Bath and Hot Tub Party Rooms, BDSM Dungeon, to our newly renovated suite of fantasy role play rooms and nuru massage parlor,” said Dena. “It really doesn’t matter what your sexual proclivities are, be it threesomes or fetishes or whatever, our ladies can accommodate your every desire.” Sheri’s Ranch is also the only travel destination in the United States that offers a legal, safe, and STD-free sex-fueled retreat for gentlemen and couples who previously could only venture out of the country to shady bordellos in the Caribbean or Southeast Asia, rife with sex trafficking and diseases, for extended adult getaways.

“Sexually adventurous Americans no longer have to leave the country to enjoy a pay-for-play erotic vacation,” said owner Chuck Lee, a respected former law enforcement official who took over the resort and remodeled it into a fantasy playground for men, women and couples looking for the ultimate thrill. “Our friends from across the globe can easily plan their next visit to Sheri’s.”

About Sheri’s Ranch: It sits on 20 acres of beautifully-maintained, private property, boasting a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, a sports bar/restaurant, six fantasy rooms, VIP bungalows and Sheri’s BDSM dungeon, while guests stay in the resort’s seven standard rooms and three themed suites that offer cozy fireplaces and romantic couples’ bath.

Location: 10551 Homestead Road, Pahrump, NV 89061.

The customized packages can be viewed on the Sheri’s Sex Vacation web page www.sherisranch.com/vegas-sex-vacation/

RENO

Where to Stay

Siena Hotel Reno to Transform to Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel by Early 2017----Renovations to include new restaurant, meeting spaces, remodeled rooms, and Bocce venue.

A longtime favorite among business and leisure travelers, the Siena Hotel Reno  is undergoing a major transformation. Work is already underway on an extensive overhaul to convert the landmark property into the new Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, expected to début by early 2017. With sophisticated upgrades to all guestrooms, as well as all meeting rooms, restaurant, bar, common areas, fitness center, and an all-new Bocce venue, the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel will provide a welcoming environment to Reno travelers looking for an extra touch of forward-looking innovation. The end result will be Reno’s first non-gaming, non-smoking, branded, premier full-service hotel.

Blending chic décor with modernist design
Working from an end-to-end redesign by AIA Nevada Firm of the Year BUNNYFiSH Studio, the Renaissance Reno Downtown hotel’s new interior will seek to strike a balance between Reno’s pioneering past and its bright future as a growing travel destination. Guestrooms and suites will be renovated to incorporate cleaner lines, more neutral hues, and a casually chic décor, which will blend seamlessly with carefully placed rougher textures and uniquely organic touches that echo the surrounding landscape.

An abundance of amenities
The finished property will incorporate 214 fully renovated guestrooms, including 28 suites with breathtaking views of the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and adjacent Truckee River. More than 32,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and special event space will be afforded by the hotel’s rebirth, including a 6,200-square-foot ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. Additionally, the seasonal rooftop pool and hot tub will be available to guests, as will a full-service restaurant offering full breakfast, lunch, and dinner with available outdoor deck seating. The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel will also be pet-friendly, allowing guests the freedom to travel with their pets.

Location, Location, Location
The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel will enjoy an enviable location within Reno and the greater Reno/Tahoe region. Travelers will have easy access to the property via complimentary transportation to and from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, situated only 3 miles away. Once checked in, guests will be free to explore Reno’s thriving food and craft beer scene, 50-plus annual festivals, growing arts culture, and nearby hiking and biking trails. The hotel is also located within 35 miles of 15 top ski resorts.

Roll in and have a ball
The Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel is proud to unveil Bundox Bocce. Centrally located within the property, Bundox Bocce is a social space where guests can eat, drink, and let the good times roll.

With two private rooms, an outdoor, semi-private grass area, and a space that can accommodate up to 1,500 people, guests can discover the delightful sport of bocce with seven indoor courts measuring 10-by-80 feet and two outdoor courts measuring 10-by-90 feet. In addition to the bocce courts, guests will enjoy the classics: 10 lanes of skee ball, and two 14-feet shuffleboard courts. Three banks of four 55-inch TVs and two projection walls will show sporting events and popular shows that can also be customized for private events and meetings.

Bundox Bocce will also offer indoor and outdoor bars and seating areas, as well as a namesake restaurant that will serve gourmet food created by award-winning chefs, Michael O’Dowd and Jacob Burton, and is loosely inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. Bundox Bocce will be open for groups and events starting in November. For more information on Bundox Bocce, or to book an event, call 775.321.5877.

For more information on the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, visit www.marriott.com/RNOBR or call 775-321-5830.

ABOUT RENAISSANCE RENO DOWNTOWN HOTEL:
Operated by the Urgo Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel is conveniently located in downtown Reno, NV, adjacent to the Truckee River, and with stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Hotel is in close proximity to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, as well as countless popular Reno attractions including casinos, restaurants, shopping centers, and entertainment venues. A chic 214-room lifestyle hotel, the property showcases 32,000 sq. feet of flexible meeting and event space, on-site restaurant and bar, rooftop deck with outdoor pool and hot tub, and North America’s premier Bocce Venue. For more information on the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, visit www.marriott.com/RNOBR or call 775-321-5830.

Renaissance Hotels
At Renaissance Hotels, It’s Business Unusual. Each of the brand’s nearly 170 hotels, located in nearly 35 countries around the world, is unique and every stay offers unconventional programs that help business travelers discover rich, local experiences. We promise to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of our guests, who see their business trip as an exciting opportunity for new, interesting and sharable experiences. We understand their desire to make the most out of every moment and we offer signature events in our lobbies, bars and lounges designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, mixology, gastronomy and more. Renaissance Navigators are neighborhood experts who are ready to assist guests in discovering true local flavors and activities. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting, rooted in creative sensory meeting design and custom-curated local Navigator excursions and networking events. At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com. For upcoming events visit www.renhotels.com/events.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) for company information.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa --

is the perfect place to relax after a day sightseeing. Within the hotel, Bistro Napa offers delicious food and a great Mojito which, of course, is named the Bistro Mojito! Thanks to the head bartender, here are the special ingredients so you can make one yourself. But, be forewarned -- it will 'never' come out as super as having one made here because the atmosphere is so charming.

The agricultural rum, 10 Cone's brown sugar notes meld in a perfect balance with muddled mint. So, if you want to try it yourself, use 1-1/4 oz. 10 Cane Rum; 1 oz Simple Syrup; 1/4 oz. pour of Grand Marnier; 1 whole lime; 6 large mint leaves, club soda and ice. Then --- squeeze the lime juice into the bottom of your glass and add the fresh packed mint leaves.With a muddier gently break the leaves off the mint. Add simple syrup, rum, ice and top with club soda. Stir the drik with a bar spoon to gently incorporate all flavors. Float a 1/4 oz. pour of Grand Marnier on top and garnish with fresh mint and lime wedge. Enjoy!.

What to See & Do

About Reno

Reno, nicknamed "The Biggest Little City in the World," had its first permanent Reno Arch dedicated on October 3, 1926 to commemorate the transcontinental highway exposition held the following summer. "the Lincoln Highway," U.S. 40, known locally as Fourth Street in the Reno section of the transcontinental highway. After the exposition was over, a contest was held to determine what the new permanent slogan on the arch should be. Sacromenton G.A. Burns won that contest with his entry of "Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World.' A new arch was erected at the same location in 1963. The current arch was dedicated August 8, 1987.

The famous arch lights up downtown and welcomes visitors and residents. On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, the City of Reno celebrated replacing the 2,076 incandescent 11-watt bulbs in the Reno Arch with highly energy efficient 2.5-watt LED bulbs.

The original arch now spans Lake Street, adjacent to the National Automobile Museum. The second arch now resides in Willits, California.

For more information go to web site www.newloreno.com/renoarch.htm.


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