Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 31, 2007 Insider Vibe

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Hello From Las Vegas! Last week was very hazy here, as a result of the massive California wildfires. Although it made for some beautiful sunsets, the smell of smoke was definitely in the air. Southern California sends a significant percentage of visitors to Las Vegas every year because of the proximity and I imagine we have many, many readers who were either directly affected by the fires or know people who were. Our thoughts are with all of you.

As many of you have seen on the news, long-time Las Vegas resident Robert Goulet passed away earlier this week. Those not familiar with his long career as a performer and singer might know him more recently from his Emerald Nuts commercial.

Goulet was one of a handful of world-renowned entertainers who actually made Las Vegas his home. Even some of the more famous names that perform here regularly at most often just rent a home or stay in a hotel suite just for their run. Jay Leno (Tickets) and Barry Manilow (Tickets) actually fly home every single night. (Yes, Barry Manilow is reported to fly in from his home in Palm Springs every single show. Up to five nights a week).

More importantly, he was involved in the community and extremely well-liked. Our local paper had these two articles:

Lots of reports that Barbra Streisand is coming out of retirement for the opening of Planet Hollywood in a couple of weeks. That is all we know. Do I care? No. Will we let you know more when we know more? Of course!

The redesign of the cocktail waitress uniforms at The Rio (featured in our October 17’th newsletter with photo) prompted a story in the Image section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about some of the more sexy cocktail outfits in Las Vegas. You can read it (with photos): Ultra-Revealing

The Frontier (officially known as The New Frontier) will be imploded Nov. 13 at 2:30 a.m. This date appears to be very firm. If you have never witnessed a Las Vegas implosion, this may be your last chance in years. With the economy slowing a bit and construction already in progress throughout the next few years schedules on various projects (CityCenter, Frontier replacement, Palazzo), there doesn’t appear to be any new massive scale projects on the horizon that will require implosion of an existing structure.

Enjoy This Issue!

Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge Tees Off At Reflection Bay Golf Club In Lake Las Vegas Resort, November 13 – Now in it’s 11th year at Lake Las Vegas Resort, the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge û a nationally televised professional golf tournament benefiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption û hits the links of Reflection Bay Golf Club on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge is the only professional golf tournament to pit three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other in a head-to-head competition for tour bragging rights and a share of the $1 million purse. Each threesome consists of one player from each tour engaging in two separate, nine-hole stroke-play matches. Click to Read The Full Story …

Golden Nugget Ropes-in National Finals Rodeo Icons, Gives Away Truck – The Golden Nugget announces its entertainment line-up and casino promotions for National Finals Rodeo Dec. 5 through 15. The hotel and casino will bring rodeo’s hottest names in country and rock ‘n’ roll music for special live performances in both its intimate, 600-seat Showroom and brand new 11,000 square foot event center, The Grand. Click to Read The Full Story …

Paris Las Vegas To Light Its Eiffel Tower Red To Launch Weeklong Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration – Spectacles, Special Culinary Offerings, Wine Tasting At Check-in And Rock ‘n Roll Wine Bash Highlight 2007 Wine ReleaseParis Las Vegas will light the 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower red at midnight on the morning of Thursday, November 15th to launch a week of Beaujolais Nouveau festivities celebrating the release of the 2007 wine. This is the first property wide Beaujolais Nouveau celebration in the history of Paris Las Vegas. Honoring the long tradition regulated by French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released no sooner than the third Thursday of November, when it is ready for consumption just six weeks after the harvest. Click to Read The Full Story …

Two Famed Restaurateurs To Open Mermaid Inn And Taro’s By Mikuni At The Village At Queensridge, New Las Vegas Mixed-Use Development – Two world-class restaurateurs are heading to the northwest Las Vegas suburbs to open Mermaid Inn and Taro’s By Mikuni for their first foray out of their respective New York and California markets. Danny Abrams, owner of Manhattan’s acclaimed seafood restaurant Mermaid Inn and founder of Prohibition, the popular 1920’s speakeasy-style bar in NYC, is bringing both concepts to The Village at Queensridge,, a 29 acre mixed-use neighborhood rising at the edge of Summerlin in Las Vegas. Click to Read The Full Story …

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: Circus Circus and Adventuredone Photos – With an entrance marked by a 123-foot laughing neon clown, Circus Circus has been a permanent figure on The Strip for nearly four decades. Home to the world’s largest permanent circus, and Adventuredome, the world’s largest indoor theme park which á features 23 rides and attractions. Many of the worlds most accomplished trapeze artists, high-wire acts and aerialists are showcased at the Circus Circus Midway Stage, which presents complimentary performances throughout the day.

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Reader Submitted Photos:

Hint: Click on the photo to see more photos of Stratosphere Tower!

Hi Ted,

Thanks for a great Newsletter, I get loads of useful and accurate information from

I’ve had eleven holidays in Las Vegas in the last ten years and it gets better every time.

I took this photo of the Stratosphere last September, it’s not my favourite, I’ve got a great one of my husband eating a Fatburger!

Roll on Christmas day, we’re going again for two weeks!


Steph Hansen (Salisbury, UK)

Dear Ted,

Thanks again for the latest newsletter. We’re always waiting to get the latest news. All the infos are really useful – regarding our last stays at Vegas. And we’re looking forward to our next visit (next year).

Greetings from Germany,

Oliver and Diana

Coming to Vegas. My partner is a country music fan. Any place in Vegas with country music please? Also, could you recommend any day tours outside Vegas (not very expansive)?

We did Grand Canyon last year. We are also very interested in the Monument Valley, but we know its too far from Vegas to go there. Is there anywhere with something similar to Monument Valley nearer to Vegas or the Colorado River?

Thank You,

Franrow (screen name)

Ted Responds:

The only thing really “country” left on The Strip is Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill at Harrah’s. The people running Gilly’s (formerly at the soon-to-be-imploded) Frontier have opened Stoney’s Rockin’ County. The good news is that it is huge, fun, and you don’t have to be a country fan to enjoy it.

The bad news (for tourists) is that it is down on the “new” South Strip about 7 miles south of Mandalay Bay. To get their on the cheap, you would take The Deuce (public bus that runs The Strip) all the way to where it ends at the South Strip Transfer Center, then transfer to Bus Route 117 for the rest of the ride. Links for this:

Per your tour questions, in 2008 we plan to do much more tour coverage. Many don’t think about the amazing scenic opportunities that are so close to Las Vegas! For those looking for great prices on a huge variety of area tours, we suggest visiting our partners at Travelnice: Travel Nice Tours Page

Let me suggest the following tours (in descending order of price) that may fit your interests:

Hope this helps. Have fun!

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