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On Friday, Terrible's threw Vegas media for a loop with the announcement that it was changing its name. On the one hand, that means we won't automatically think of a gas station whenever someone mentions it to us. On the other hand, the new name is Silver Sevens which makes us think an AARP card may be needed.
A representative for Affinity Gaming, the parent company of the SS
Terrible's, told Vegas Inc. that it "went with Silver Sevens because it has that vintage feel." Okkay. Vintage. Probably not the first thing you want folks to think of after you poured $7 million into a remodel.
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A 40-minute ride south on the I-15, before the elevation begins to rise and the driver becomes subject to the laws of California, lies Primm, Nevada. A dusty locale situated in the Mohave Desert, Primm signifies both beginning and end -- the commencement of an action-packed weekend in Las Vegas for those commuting from California, the final stop on the ride south for those departing Nevada.
To call Primm a city would be akin to designating the MGM Grand a sovereign state. The 2000 census population for Primm was just 436 people. It's more of a rest stop than a city, but it's a rest stop with plenty of attractions and, in typical Southern Nevada tradition, plenty of excitement.
We made the trek down to Primm under the guise of a round of golf at the Primm Valley Golf Club, but with an 8:00 a.m. tee time, there were plenty of hours left in the day for us to explore the various attractions the city has to offer.
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It may not be summer officially, but the temps in Vegas have called for poolside relaxation for weeks now. And, while the LVH pool may not be at the top of your list (or, let's keep it real, on your list at all), this just might get you to reconsider.
LVH has launched a daily "Cool by the Pool" happy hour that's open to not just guests, but to all who want to pop by. Set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the best draw may be the chance to work on your tan for free while pregaming with 2-for-1 drink specials. Two dollar shrimp cocktails will also be offered. If that's not enough, LVH promises daily drawings with "fabulous prizes," too. If you win one, let us know how fabulous fabulous is.
LVH's pool deck can be found on the third floor.
If you have been keeping up in your Off Strip Adventure readings, you would know this Chatter'er is a big fan of the Valley of Fire and all it has to offer. With that in mind, we came across something new to try on our most recent trip to the state park, rappelling down the rock formations! It just looked too good to pass up.
Now, by no means are we professional rock climbers, but having run up a couple of rock climbing walls in the past certainly provided some confidence. (And, we will certainly will be checking out the wall at Twin Peaks soon!) This adventure was something unique and hard to find which made it all the more appealing.
They must be putting something in the Las Vegas water, these days. Lots of investments and resurrection of old ideas are surfacing. Oh, we hear rumors. Then there are projects that sound like they might have a shot.
In September, investor Shuiyan Cheng's company Las Vegas Lucky Investment LLC bought the Fortune Hotel & Suites on Flamingo for $11,300,000. A former Ramada, it sits one block from the Tuscany and two blocks from Terrible's. Diagonally across the street from Lawry's Prime Rib. And, almost a mile from Bally's on the Strip, by foot. (We've passed it up close while walking to Terrible's, but still had to Google to discover it was real place.)
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Resort fees are frustrating enough. But, when they're almost half the starting rate of a hotel room? That's downright flabbergasting.
Hooters wins our latest WTF label for recently raising its resort fee to $12.95 a night. Yes, $12.95 for Hooters where rooms start at $29. A mind-boggling notion that one VegasChatter fan recently encountered after deciding to extend their Vegas vacation by one more night:
If you're looking for a way to get swept off your feet in Las Vegas, this might be the answer. Sure, there are the traditional routes like the super pricey helicopter rides, but if you are really trying to find something different, try the hot air balloon route. It isn't for everyone, but the thrill is definitely one of a kind.
Yes, it might mean limiting yourself to only
ten three drinks the night before as you will have to pack it in early or not at all in order to get up for the departure time. But, this is one experience that is worth getting up early for. Once you are up and off the ground, you can really start to understand the reason you chose this off Strip adventure as you start to see the sun peak up over the mountains surrounding the Las Vegas valley.
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Vegas offers some unusual ways to tie the knot, from drive-thru chapels to ring-dispensing gumball machines, but an Austrian couple plans to partake in perhaps the town’s most unusual ceremony: an underwater wedding in a 117,000-gallon aquarium at the Silverton on April 18.
Donning a weighted bridal gown and tuxedo along with full scuba gear, the couple will exchange vows underwater as friends and family watch and listen via microphone. The sharks, stingrays and tropical fish that call the tank home round out the guest list.
Talk about a wet and sloppy first kiss.
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The gourmet burger trend seems to be slowing with less new places popping up so we're always curious when a new one debuts. PoshBurger Bistro by Conrad Gallagher just opened in Summerlin so we figured we'd check it out with a couple of our burger buddies. Gallagher is a Michelin Star recipient so he must be able to make a good burger. And, that burger better be good when it costs between $15 and $30 as it does at PoshBurger.
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Amid the blue-collar community of North Las Vegas -- where the style and swagger of the world-renowned Strip gives way to the more traditional American ambience of pickup trucks, apartment complexes and fast food eateries -- lies an emerald paradise whose beauty is matched only by its ferocity. Carefully secluded from the outside world, it's where privacy and splendor converge to stop time, if only for a few hours, before the necessary return to the rank and file.
With an understated elegance mindful of tradition, Shadow Creek golf course embodies the opulent lifestyle of Las Vegas without the overblown penchant for excess. You don't golf Shadow Creek, you experience it, just as one does not simply stare at the Mona Lisa or merely listen to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Shadow Creek transcends the expectations of what a golf course should be and emerges to the classification of what it truly is: A work of art.
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“It’s not a throttle, it’s a detonator.” –- Jeremy Clarkson, Host, "Top Gear"
There is nothing tranquil about Las Vegas. The serenity of the swimming pool is shattered by bass drops and sirens disguised as music. The cool relaxation of the spa is quickly upended by slot machine calamity as you step from the elevator. Embrace it. We don’t come here to sleep. We come here to live like we can’t anyplace else. We proved this week that even the ancient beauty of Red Rock Canyon wasn’t safe as we disturbed its dusty composure with the fiery roar of a 7.0 liter, hand-crafted V8 engine; its scream bouncing of the surrounding mountains.
There are folks who say they know Vegas and then there are those who really know Vegas. Put your Vegas IQ to the test by telling us where to find the off-Strip hotel room pictured in this post. And, to make it even harder, that's the only clue you get -- off Strip. Think it over and put your best guess in the comments below. We'll share the answer on Friday.
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