Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 22, 2003

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This Issue: New Year’s Eve Review and Photos

Also In This Issue – January 22, 2003: Newkirk’s Notes, News Of Interest To Tourists, Grand Canyon Helicopter Silver Cloud, Desert Pines Golf Club

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! It is great to be back in the saddle after taking a month off from publication. I survived New Year’s Eve and a move. Most people move away from The Strip to avoid the traffic, commotion, and have a “normal” life. I moved closer so we can increase our great coverage of Las Vegas tourism.

Cold Enough? – Every summer, people say “I don’t see how anybody can live in Las Vegas … this heat is crazy.” I dunno … been near 70 here since the first of the year and most of the rest of the U.S. weather map looks bone chilling. I’d suggest a quick trip to Las Vegas to thaw out. Doesn’t wearing shorts sound more fun than layering clothes!

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Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Super Bowl Weekend – is always huge. Most hotels have one (or more) parties where a set fee buys you admission, food, and (sometimes) booze but co’mon … this is Las Vegas. Every TV in public view at every bar, lounge, sports book, and anywhere else in the resort and tourism areas will be tuned to the game. You can’t escape it!

The Raiders are a 3.5 point favorite as I write (if you bet the Raiders, they must win by 3.5 points or more, or Buc’s bettors win instead) and there is no excitement like having a nice bet on a big game and getting that start-to-finish thrill. Room availability is still good for this weekend: Check the rates! Remember that many hotels don’t allow Saturday night arrival and the game isn’t until Sunday evening so book an extra night and call in sick so you can get home Monday.

Megabucks – is topping $28,000,000 as I write. That is a lot of zeros behind a dollar sign! You can watch the numbers rise at the IGT Megabucks site and fantasize. Be interesting to see if it hits this Super Bowl weekend.

Green Valley Ranch – earned their first AAA Four Diamond award, joining The Venetian, Mirage, Treasure Island, Golden Nugget, and Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas. Of note is that Green Valley Ranch is the first “local’s” casino to earn the honor. The property feels like an upscale local’s casino to visitors just going to eat, drink, gamble, etc. but to guests it is a boutique resort in the hills with a great view of the entire Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.

Clang, Clang, Clang Is Done, Done, Done – MGM Mirage is the latest gaming company to make the move to “ticket in, ticket” out machines (as opposed to the old ones that pay out actual coins). How do you feel? Do you like the “no muss, no fuss” or is part of the thrill of winning hearing the coins hit the tray? Read the full story and give us your opinion on our Slots Message Board.

Palms Unveils Bachelor Party Suites – These two suites are the ultimate playrooms for bad boys and specifically designed for private bachelor (or bachelorette) parties. These bachelor suites are located on the 28th floor of the Palms Casino Resort, adjacent to the Real World Suite. Click for full story/details.

Cirque Replacing EFX (Details) – With the long running EFX at MGM Grand gone, the hotel is scheduled to open a new Cirque du Soleil production in 2004 that will shake the spectator’s perception of space, conception of the law of gravity and comprehension of the world in three dimensions. Click for full story.

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Featured Review: New Year’s Eve Review and Photos

Oh what a night! New Year’s Eve never fails to be a wild ride here in Las Vegas. With the entire Las Vegas Strip closed down, it turned into a massive pedestrian mall for the midnight fireworks.I was fortunate to attend with a couple of first-timers. They couldn’t get over what an amazing celebration it was. Ironically, this was one of the most tame I had experienced, partly due to January 1 falling on a midweek (many visitors needing to check out and leave the next morning).

Tame didn’t mean lame, though. An estimated 250,000+ were relishing in this unique experience, walking right down the middle of one of the world’s most famous streets, drink in hand, smiles on every face.

Something cool comes over people when they visit Las Vegas. You can see it and sense it, and the New Year’s revelers were definitely feeling it. You put 1/4 million people together and add booze in almost any other situation or city and you are asking for trouble. But police reported few problems and a very low arrest rate. The Vegas vibe kicks in and people just want to have fun!

On another note, Las Vegas is finally earning the “sin city” reputation and catching up with New Orleans, Key West, and other places where women trade a “look at these” for beads.

As always, we were in the heart of the action filming. You can click on any of the photos on the right, or view our specific photo categories below.

As usual, no fee or registration. View them and use our “Send As Postcard” feature to share with friends!

Streaming video and fireworks photos coming in a few weeks.

Featured Tour: Grand Canyon Helicopter Silver Cloud

Grand Canyon Helicopter Silver Cloud – Birds eye view of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Get a close look at the extinct volcano Fortification Hill. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Fly back through the Grand Canyon on your way to the Bowl of Fire full of flaming red rock formations. Conclude your journey with an exciting flight between the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip!

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course:
Desert Pines Golf Club

Desert Pines Golf Club – Desert Pines Golf Club creates a Carolina feel in Las Vegas’ with 4,000 mature pine trees, pine needles, white sand bunkers and water that comes into play on nine of the 18 holes. Seasonal flowers and hand-cut stones create the ideal ambiance for this Dye Designs International-designed layout.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

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January 22, 2003 ISSN: 1529-2770

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