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When we asked what made your knees weak in Vegas, not one of you said anything about ripping down a black diamond on the slopes outside the city. So, we're going to take that to mean that skiing has yet to make it on most people's radar of things to do in Sin City. But, believe it or not, the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort has been in operation for more than 50 years. And, opening day for the 2013-2014 season is today.
Slopes opened at 9 a.m. and, though you won’t get to trample anyone, you can still save up to 25% by purchasing your lift tickets, lessons, and rentals via its newly launched online sales office, skilasvegas.com. Locals can also access special savings.
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Large it's not, but unexpected it is.
Aliante's new spa, Re:lax, may not be a destination (ok, it's definitely not a destination), but it shouldn't be discounted, either. A weekend tour had this writer trading ho hum expectations for pleasantly surprised sentiments.
While small in size, it was apparent that care was taken with the spa's overall feel. Culled from a portion of the hotel tower, it doesn't seem as if you're in a space that used to be part of a hotel tower. A feeling that this writer has, unfortunately, experienced in other Vegas spas where the aesthetic is so
cheap poor that it's hard to get past it.
We keep telling you about Vegas Collections, but we know, cool Vegas memorabilia is really tough to get your hands on. Collecting the present is one thing, but collecting Vegas past is usually not something the average person can do. Well, the folks over at Victorian Casino Antiques are auctioning off some really neat collectors items... and you don't even need to come to Vegas to get in on the bidding.
The auction is being held at 4520 Arville Street December 7, but potential bidders can also stake their claim to items by logging on to AuctionZip.com.
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NBC Sports reminded us this past weekend that the 2014 Winter Olympics are right around the corner. While the summer installment is the more popular of the two, the sports channel also reminded us that winter may very well just have the single coolest sport from either seasonal bi-annual event. Yes, we spent several weekend hours glued to the couch watching the Olympic Curling Qualifiers from Fargo, North Dakota.
Did VegasChatter really just call curling the coolest Olympic sport? We sure did. And, why not ski jumping, bobsledding, ice hockey or speed skating? In short, it's all about us and our Olympic dreams that were dashed several years before we ever came up pulling a lame hamstring in a co-ed beer league softball game. Yes, curling is our favorite Olympic sport to watch as it lulls us into thinking we still could step onto the ice tomorrow and unleash an Olympic can of whoop-ass the sport has never seen. Though, that can't be entirely what entices us since we haven't sought out televised beer pong lately.
Being from the east coast, this writer and his friends didn't have In-N-Out Burger. But, after moving to Vegas, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s a great fast food burger joint with a special menu that, back in the day, I couldn’t have whenever I wanted. Scarcity is part of what makes In-N-Out Burger so popular back east.
It’s a ritual for many east coast friends to visit In-N-Out Burger before checking into a hotel or heading to McCarran for a flight back home. The In-N-Out Burger location of choice was always the one on Dean Martin drive just off
Flamingo Tropicana for its convenience to the airport and The Strip. You'll always see taxis and limos in the drive-thru.
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We've known why the Westin's Casuarina Casino has been empty for years. And, now (finally), so does Westin.
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One of the great thrills of flying into Las Vegas is a nighttime landing. The lights and scenery are breathtaking. And, if you approach from the east, the first wonderful sight you’ll take in is the ever-changing color show of the Eastside Cannery hotel tower. Since September 2008, its unique design and saw-tooth roofline have drawn many eyes in its direction. But, due to its Boulder Highway location, few tourists are likely to visit. And, even fewer actually consider staying there. Which is why we were compelled to give it a try.
Having become overly familiar with the Strip and downtown (as well as our disdain for the clubbing crowd and the skeevies on Fremont Street), we’ve been searching for ways to keep our visits fresh. A great offer on Booking.com for an Eastside Cannery Petite Jacuzzi Suite caught this writer's attention. The Cannery’s own website promised plenty: a 650-square-foot corner room with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, pillow-top king bed, luxurious oversized jacuzzi with multiple massage settings, panoramic views of the entire valley, and much more. Three weekday nights for $179 plus tax, no resort fee and free WiFi as well? Count me in (while leaving some room in the back of my mind for possible disappointment).
The off-Strip Silverton wants to build two new towers. And, make them timeshares. Once we checked our calendar to confirm it was, in fact, still 2013, we continued reading the agenda for a November 6 County Zoning hearing for more details.
Apparently, Silverton wants to build two, 20-story towers south of its existing parking garage where a surface parking lot can now be found. One tower would face east/west, the other north/south. Both would be connected by a walkway which would extend to the Silverton's porte cochere. Each would offer 400 guest rooms with 20 accommodations per floor.
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If you're planning to spend the final days of '13 in Vegas, but don't have a room yet. We salute your bravery. Or, Black Card. Here's how rates are looking two months out*. Since NYE falls on a Tuesday this year (boo), we're including weekend rates as well.
*Rates are for standard rooms, do not include tax or resort fees and, as always, are subject to change based on demand. Also, some resorts may require a multiple night stay before allowing a New Year's Eve reservation. Inquire with the resort you're interested to see if any strings are attached.
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Well, that didn’t last very long. Just a week after we brought you details on LVH’s The D*Word, the show went dark. Now, LVH is bringing in acts with broader appeals to sell seats in its Shimmer Showroom. First up is Mo5aic, an a cappella vocal group that is music to our ears.
Also new on the roster is clean comedian Carlos Oscar, a “comedy treasure” according to the legendary Bill Cosby. As we made our way towards the LVH showroom last Friday night, posters reminded us of Mr. Cosby’s opinion over and over again. Inside, we took note of the abundance of children and families in the audience and recalled that this is the same theater that was once home to Andrew Dice Clay.
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For those who have always dreamed of cruising down the Strip on a Harley, but live too far away to realistically ride their own, the day has come: The Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Flamingo now has them stocked and waiting for you as part of a new pilot program.
Rates begin at around $150 a day with unlimited miles, and you can choose from a selection of touring bikes that include Road Kings, Ultra Classics and Softtail Classics. (Some are available now, some by year's end.) You'll obviously need a motorcycle license to rent one, but Enterprise will provide free helmets so you don't have to lug them along and so that you'll be in compliance with Nevada law.
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If you've always said it would take something big to trade a Strip hotel for one in Lake Las Vegas, this might be it.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas has a new all-inclusive weekend package that includes three meals and, if you're interested, all the alcohol you can drink. We repeat. All the alcohol you can drink. The weekend promotion offers rates of $199 per couple, per night and will run November 1 through December 22. That price includes food as well as non-alcoholic beverages. But, if you throw in another $24.95 per person, they'll include liquor, too.