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Hello From Las Vegas! Well, well, well… I’ve been getting notes from East Coast readers saying “Hey, look at our weather”. Ya… and look at all the snow and rain and COLD you had all winter, OK! Having said that, we’re finally catching up with a couple days cresting into the 80’s although we’ll see little bit of cooling this week. Average high for April is 78. Average high for May is 88. Average high for June, July, and August? Really hot and it never gets cold even in the middle of the night.
Then Again, Maybe Not – We spent tons of time and energy getting you up-to-speed on the changes in the bus service along The Strip and to Downtown Fremont Street. Nevermind. The Ace will continue to run as planned and continue to be an express route. However, The Deuce has reverted to most of the old route, running from Downtown to Mandalay Bay at the south end of The Strip. If you are going downtown, you are still better off using the Ace (or transferring to it ASAP) if you are south of the Bellagio/Paris stops. The Ace is much quicker and deposits you right in the heart of the Fremont Street Experience.
Lance Burton To Leave Monte Carlo In September – After 14 years, Lance Burton and the Monte Carlo are parting ways. No word of his next move and he’s likely to surface here again. But with the present economy, nothing is a given. If you want to see Lance again (or see him for the first time… show is well worth the money and family friendly while appealing to all ages), click and grab your Lance Burton tickets now. Also, our deepest sympathy to Lance who lost his mother to cancer last week.
Neon Boneyard Makeover Underway – From time-to-time we get asked how to find the Neon Boneyard. For those unaware, this is the area that many of the famous signs go after the hotels are demolished or simply to make way for upgraded signage. Long stored at Las Vegas Blvd. North and Mc Williams Ave. (and not open to the public, although a drive by still lets you see quite a bit), the signs are getting temporarily relocated to make say for a new $1.9 million park at this location. The signs will have a permanent home and be proudly displayed. We’ll keep you updated.
What Do Pinball, Liberace, And Gambling Have In Common? – Very close proximity to each other. Recent relocations of both the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame and the Gamblers Book Shop have created the perfect trifecta for a (barely) off-the-Strip jaunt. Right around the intersection of Tropicana and Spencer you can hop from one to the next to the next. Gamblers Book Store is at 1550 E. Tropicana and the pinball museum is next door. 1/2 block east and you are at the Liberace museum. A highly recommended “to do” for the repeat visitor and don’t even worry about hailing a cab if you don’t want to. City Bus Route 201 (Tropicana) will take you from the Strip to Spencer St. in literally just a few minutes. Route 201 Information/Timetables (Suggest printing out for ease of reading).
Nine Month Schools – Not really tourist news, but the cessation of Las Vegas growth has the school district converting many 12 month (year-around) schools back to standard 9 month school calendars. The growth of the area over the past decade forced split school years that went all year long (with varying class times). Not a favorite of most students nor parents. And… once again a sign that we (as a ácity, the non-tourist areas) are finally getting some breathing room.
Hello Manchester! – I’m sure this is old news to our UK friends (who make up 6% of our readers), but Virgin Atlantic is starting non-stop flights from Manchester to Las Vegas next year. We’ve previously noted that local officials (LVCVA — our Convention Visitors Authority) would like to increase the percentage of international visitors from 15% to 20%. And… how 25% of our readers (that’s you!) are international already. But heaven forbid these officials want to come ask us how we meet your information needs.
Instead, they (and I kid you not) have started an email newsletter that looks suspiciously like this one. Except that it is much, much shorter. Oh… and no “what is really happening” commentary. Oh… and no Members Mania type of readers questions answered. And it has a name very, very close to ours. I’m mean darn near identical. Way to go, LVCVA. Nice work! What am I doing that you are going to rip off next?
Tiered Hotel Pricing Model Feedback – A couple months ago, we asked what you thought of a tiered hotel price system. Where one rate just gets you the basic room, a higher rate gets you some amenities. I want to thank those of you (and there were many) who gave us your thoughts. You can read what everyone said at AccessVegas.com Readers Weigh In On Las Vegas Hotel Room Price Proposal
Visitor Volume Flat – February’s visitor volume was basically identical to last year, with about 2.8 million of you visiting. Down from record highs a few year ago, but let’s put that in perspective: That is an average of 100,000 people arriving every day. Every day of the month in February. Not exactly “Vegas on its deathbed” that the major media was trying to tout for so long. Morons. They had no clue what they were talking about.
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The World Famous Rehab Pool Party Returns For Seventh Season At Hard Rock – The Original “Daylife” Party Opens with a Performance from Multi-Platinum Musician, and Record Producer Wyclef Jean. Poolside glamour rules as the preeminent “daylife” experience, REHAB, returns to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for an unprecedented seventh season. The world famous Sunday pool party will reach new heights this summer when it kicks off on April 18.
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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition At Luxor Commemorates 98th Anniversary Of RMS Titanic’s Sinking – Guests Invited to Share the Experience of Titanic’s Voyage and Passengers During Series of Events April 12-17. Enter into a journey of life on board Titanic’s maiden voyage and experience the tragic series of events that unfolded in the icy waters of the North Atlantic in 1912. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition invites guests to see the artifacts, hear the stories, walk the deck, feel the iceberg and share the experience through a series of events April 12 û 17. Visiting guests can enjoy complimentary guided tours, specialty drinks, a survivor’s party, high tea and the chance to win a grand prize package.
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The Las Vegas Sock Market Opens At The Shoppes At Mandalay Place – The Las Vegas Sock Market offers a full variety of hosiery and footwear items for men, women and children in every color, style, pattern and size. Featuring socks for everyday use or specialty fun, the boutique provides an array of professional, exercise, animal and team logo socks as well as stockings and tights. Designed to resemble a stock market, The Las Vegas Sock Market offers a playful business theme with sections of “preferred socks” and “blue chip socks.” “Sock Certificates” also are available for your holiday shopping needs.
Rock & Rita’s ‘Great American Party’ Coming to Circus Circus – New Bar, Dining And Entertainment Concept Opens In June – The “Great American Party” will arrive at Circus Circus with the June opening of Rock & Rita’s, a new bar, restaurant and entertainment hot spot. Flair bartending, live music and festive signature dishes will be the focus at this 14,000 sq. ft rock-inspired venue. “Rock & Rita’s will take Circus Circus’ visitors to a new level of interactive partying,” David Z. Tuttleman said who, along with partner Mark Green, comprise the duo of Las Vegas restaurateurs behind the project. “It’s a continuous, high-energy gathering in an atmosphere designed to unleash your inner party animal.”
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Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Dirty Harry: Make My Day – with Victor H. Royer. As promised, in this issue û and the following issues û I will now write a little more about some of the favorite slots that my readers have told me they like to play, and later also show you some of the great new slots that are about to be released. In this issue, I present: Dirty Harry: Make My Day video slot machine from WMS.
I own a collection of most of Clint Eastwood”s movies, on DVD, among which is the complete collection of the famous Dirty Harry films. In the early 1970s Clint Eastwood was a major movie star û as indeed he continues to be to this day û and, among his many credits, became the iconic star of a series of films based on the fictional San Francisco police officer Harry Callahan, dubbed “Dirty Harry”. In the first of these movies came the memorable line “Make my day!” and that is the title of this great new video slot machine from WMS, in the Sensory Immersion Gaming format. Click to Read Complete Article…
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We are visiting Las Vegas beginning of June 2010. It is a joint 40’th Ruby wedding anniversary and we would like to go on the Sunday brunch cruise on the Contessa at Lake Las Vegas. We are staying at the Flamingo Hotel and wonder if you know if we can get a bus from the strip or bus terminal that will take us there or would it have to be a taxi if a taxi how much will it cost. We are planning to fit in a lot of trips and are trying to get value for money wherever we can. Love your newsletter keep up the good work.
Jen from England
Congrats on the anniversary. That is amazing and no better spot to celebrate it than here in Las Vegas!
You are easily looking at a $40+ cab ride each way. Unfortunately, no city bus service or other service.
However… they have just announced a free shuttle from The Strip to Lake Las Vegas. We are trying to confirm if it is just for Lake Las Vegas hotel guests, or open to the general public. We should have that information next week.
Returned from our trip (been coming twice a year since 1976) to Vegas, Feb 3 -6th. We were not able to stay for the Super Bowl but the 4 days were great. Despite what others have been saying, Vegas is alive and well and lots of bargains can still be found.
We journeyed down to Primm (wife likes the outlet mall) and it was like a ghost town. We went into two of the casinos and it was like we were the only ones there and the buffet and cafes were closed in one of them.
While in Vegas one of the best shows we have been to was Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget. The show was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone coming to Vegas. Well worth the money spent.
I would still like to see the “Smut Peddlers” banned completely from the strip as they are very annoying and refuse to accept a no. We always try to avoid them, but they still flick those cards and try to stick them in your face. I.N.S. should show up there as I bet almost all of them are illegals as they “NO HABLA” English since they cannot understand the word NO.
When we come in Feb. we always stay at the Nugget downtown as it is a great place to stay and everyone who works there is friendly and treats you like they really appreciate the fact that you are there. Not like some of the places on the strip. We are coming back for a week in July and are staying at the Flamingo (week was comped). We have never stayed there before, but stayed at most others.
Any tips on some good day time sight seeing 50 to 100 miles away? We will have a rental car as cabs are a big waste of money and they rip tourist’s off by taking the long way everywhere. I always look forward to my trips to Vegas, and contrary to what President Obama says, Vegas is a great place to come and visit.
I’m not sure we’ll very see a resolution to the guys handing out the “girls to your room” cards. However… since they are not allowed to touch you, I like to play the game of literally walking as absolutely close to them as I can. You can’t walk into them on purpose (that would be assault on your part), but if you walk like you are just about going to brush up against them, they back off.
I love visiting the Primm Outlet Mall and no question that with the current economy (and the 40 minute drive south of The Strip), not much action going on down there. If you want to go shopping, get something to eat and do a little gambling while enjoying plenty of elbow room, Primm is still worth checking out.
I’m actually working on a “suggested day trips” column (I’m about half done). Stay tuned. In the meantime, readers: Please use the contact information at the bottom of this section and let us know your favorite day (or half-day) ventures from Las Vegas.
The Golden Nugget is the class of downtown, and I’ll use this opportunity to answer an oft-asked questioned: Is there a club or lounge for people who are over 30 (or just not into the typical Las Vegas nightclub)? Yes, absolutely. Goldiggers at the Nugget attracts a crowd that is on average about 35-40. I say “on average” because you regularly see people from 25 to 55 and sometimes beyond and everyone has fun and gets along fine. Usually no cover before 10 PM and the second floor location gives you a great view of Fremont Street.
Goldiggers has a very plush, boutique size (for a Vegas club) climate controlled indoor area with plenty of bar seating and a dance floor. The outdoor area also contains tables and a bar with very attentive cocktail service. A DJ is using playing 80’s pop and rock. It is a little bit on the loud side (it is a club). I only note that because if you want to just chill with a drink, try Fitgerald’s Vue Bar patio (open 24/7, no cover) instead.
On The Strip, a great place to just relax with a drink (beer, wine and cocktails) is on the patio of Sin City Brewing Company at The Flamingo. It overlooks the beautiful Flamingo gardens area in back of the hotel. No charge and often not very crowded. It is back by the gift shop and UPS store (on the way to the parking garage).
I answered a lot more than you asked, but that is why everyone has to read the whole newsletter. You never know when I’ll be spilling out info that you just aren’t going to get elsewhere!
We are going to be in Vegas April 09 to 16. We are a bit disappointed that Celine Dion is not going to be there. Oh well I guess we will have to wait till next year to see her. I have heard some rumors from friends that have just returned from Vegas and they have said that the slots have really tightened up. I hope that is not the case.
I see that there is the Ace and the Deuce running now. Are they the same Company ? If you buy a pass can it be used on either one ? Hopefully this will speed up traveling up and down the strip. Looking forward to being back in Vegas.
Brian from Canada
Anybody can have lots of luck or bad luck on a trip. Statistically, the slot hold (money the casinos keep per dollar bet) is about the same as last year (although has been increasing the hold — tightening the machines — over the past few years). Both the Ace and Deuce are part of our citywide bus service and hence, you can get a transfer from one to another. Thanks for reading and please tell your friends!
I have been going to Las Vegas 2 to 3 times a year. I have stayed on the strip and downtown. For the the best food for the price is downtown. I have found on the strip and downtown alike, you really don’t want to be walking around outside any casino/hotel after 3 AM.The homeless and drug dealers will be on you like flies on crap. On top of that I have had woman ask me (you know what I mean) if I want a good time.
All this will not stop me from enjoying your city. To enjoy Las Vegas You have to read your news letter and get information from people like me and you. I have a great time there every time I arrive to the time I leave. Keep up the good work.
Dale From Ohio
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Coming Hot Holidays – The following dates are huge times to be in Las Vegas, and rooms are in high demand. Booking in advance is the best way to save. Visit our friends at Las Vegas Hotel Deals and spend one of the following hot dates having fun in Las Vegas:
- Cinco de Mayo May 5
- Mother’s Day May 9
- Memorial Day, U.S May 29-31 (3 day weekend)
- Father’s Day June 20
- Independence Day July 4
- Civic Holiday, Canada July 31-August 2 (3 day weekend)
- Labor Day, U.S September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Labour Day, Canada September 4-6 (3 day weekend)
- Jewish New Year September 9
- Halloween October 31
- Veteran’s Day November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, U.S November 25-28 (4 day weekend)
- Hanukkah Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
- Christmas December 25
- New Year’s Eve-Day December 31 – January 2 (3 day weekend)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed) January 15-17 (3 day weekend)
- Chinese/Lunar New Year February 3
- Super Bowl Sunday February 6
- Lincoln’s Birthday, U.S February 12
- Valentine’s Day February 14
- President’s Day, U.S (Observed) February 19-21 (3 day weekend)
- Washington’s Birthday, U.S February 22
- Mardi Gras March 8
- St. Patrick’s Day March 17
- Easter Sunday April 24
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