Hello From Las Vegas! – Well, the big news in these parts is that our NHL expansion team Golden Knights are headed to the Stanley Cup finals. Yes, yes, I get it. Hockey is a niche sport, and if you didn’t grow up around it, or you don’t live in an NHL city, you probably don’t care. I’ll have to admit — although I watched just about every game from the very first one here — I had a learning curve. I’m still trying to get used to having two halftimes!
However, they are our team. Born here in Las Vegas. For a transient city that so many dismiss as a plausible place to even live, it has done wonders for our community. Huge viewing parties drawing thousands of people have taken place outside the Red Rock, The D, and outside of the actual arena. (Due to the high-tech nature of the new arena, they can actually display the game on the side of the arena).
If you want to attend history, we have PRIME seats available for games in both cities. Note: I didn’t say they were cheap! This is a historic Stanley Cup finals. Head on over to Tickets.AccessVegas.com and see what is still available!
If the Golden Knights win the championship, sportsbooks are going to take a bath. The team was given odds of 500-1 chance to win it all before the season began, and plenty of people put money down. If nothing else, figuring the ticket would be a souvenir to put thing into perspective, a $20 bet at 500-1 will payoff $10,000. That is not a typo.
Must Do Before You Visit – As credit card companies continue to want to reduce their exposure to fraudulent charges, it is getting more and more likely that you’ll at least get a “Did you just spend this much in this location” text, if not having larger purchases declined altogether. (Plus, that text won’t do any good if you’re low on battery and have had to turn your phone off).
While seasoned travelers have been following this advice for years, we can’t overemphasize the importance of calling your credit card companies (the ones you’ll be using on the trip), and alerting them that you’ll be vacationing in a certain city on certain dates. It only takes a few minutes, and is far less of a hassle then just finishing a very expensive meal at one of our fine restaurants, only to be told your card is declined. (Which will result in you having to call the credit card anyway, answer security questions, and assure them that you are indeed making the charge).
Barry Manilow Residency Tickets Now On Sale! – The ageless Manilow is pumped up about his return to Las Vegas, which will be at the Westgate (the previous Las Vegas Hilton, conveniently located from almost anywhere on The Strip via the monorail). We have great prices on tickets here: Barry Manilow Las Vegas Tickets
Outdoor Music Festivals Will Return To The Strip – Ever since the Oct. 1 shooting, no one has staged a major outdoor concert on The Strip. That will change on Sept. 22 when the iHeartRadio Daytime Stage show will take place on the Las Vegas Festival grounds, which are across from SLS(ahara). Given that the festival grounds are surrounded by the towers of the Hilton Grand Vacations, SLS, and Allure (condo), I have to imagine new precautions are being taken, and Metro (police) will have sharp-shooters on hand to immediately take out anyone who would try to recreate the Oct. 1 tragedy.
Bonus Tip: Be Prepared For This Unexpected Charge – We’re now hearing that hotels are putting a charge/hold of up to $300 on your card when you check in. To assure coverage for any damage or incidentals. Oh, and then remember you will be dinged for that resort fee upon checkout. (I call it the “adding insult to injury” fee). If you are coming with a card that has a modest limit available, you need to keep all of this in mind.
Debit cards are certainly welcome in Las Vegas. However, keep a couple of things in mind: They lack the protection many credit cards offer, and when the hotel puts that check-in hold on your card, they actually grab the cash out of the account! Whereas on the credit card, they just make a charge which they refund you a few days after your stay.
Feedback On Park MGM (former Monte Carlo) Pouring In – Before you consider staying at the “new” Park MGM, and paying what MGM Resorts plans to charge for rooms (or even deciding to take a comp there instead of another MGM property), here is what you need to know:
– The new rooms have virtually no storage. Unlike a traditional hotel room with drawers under the TV, the TV is now mounted on a thin ledge with nothing under it. The only real storage is a couple of small drawers in the closet.
– The bathroom and the closet share the same “barn door” (sliding door). So, when someone is using the bathroom, essentially the closet is “open” by default. Evidently, they didn’t pay attention to visitor dissatifaction with similar sliding bathroom doors at SLS and in the Premium rooms at Gold Coast, where we’re told that when the door is closed, there is still a small gap.
– Numerous pictures hang over the bed. They essentially look like someone went into a five-and-dime and picked out random pictures. This isn’t a deal-breaker. We’re just letting you know.
– They took out the resort-type pool and essentially have installed a number of oversized lap pools. I’ve seen it. Hate it. Nobody likes it. I don’t know whose bright idea this was, but it isn’t very asthetic nor does it does not make you feel like you are at a resort pool area.
– We’re now hearing that all Park MGM check-ins are done through a kiosk. (Unless you are VIP). Which would mean you have no chance of talking to a human, who understands the property, and would be able to grant you a minor special request about the location needs you’d prefer.
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Giada De Laurentiis, celebrity chef, was spotted attending Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at The LINQ Las Vegas on March 24. De Laurentiss was seen enjoying the awe-inspiring performance of the twice-voted “Best Magic Show” in Las Vegas. Following the show, De Laurentiis and her family were treated to an exclusive VIP meet and greet with Mat Franco for photos and to express their enjoyment of the show.
The great American buffet — with its endless plates of prime rib, shrimp, pasta, pizza and more — is a tradition that originated in Las Vegas in 1946. Famed Las Vegas publicist Herb McDonald, who was a pioneering force behind El Rancho, the first hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, inadvertently created the nation’s first buffet by lining up a plate of sandwich fixings for hungry gamblers.
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I crept along the rust-colored rock, carefully navigating jagged shelves and mini craters. Around me, the Aztec sandstone rose in stunning formations, as if an artist had created a copper jungle of boulders, using unfathomable balance and a good dose of flair.
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So, I’m a pretty heavy Vegas user, but I’ve never stayed at Silverton Casino. My girlfriend wants to give it a go for a weekend for a change of pace.
This was from Facebook, and I’m actually going to turn it over to David Young, who gave an answer that not only was as good as I could give, but that I completely concur with!
The only thing I’m going to add is that if down in that area, The Bootlegger is a must. It is on Las Vegas Blvd just past the last of the Souhtern Outlet Mall complex. This is a legendary Las Vegas Italian restaurant and bar. It features live entertainment nightly, but the local’s know to show up on Monday nights. Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns play 7:30-9:00 PM, and then Kelly Clinton’s Open Mike Night kicks in. As the evening progresses, performers and celebs from various Las Vegas shows either take the mic to do some live karaoke, or simply pepper the audience with their presence.
The Silverton is my place. I love it there. Nothing special or elegant, but affordable with $5 tables. They do monitor your drinks at the table though. You’re lucky to get 1 every 20 minutes on a Friday or Saturday night. Week nights are better and the drink nazi waitress isn’t working. They are great with their rewards card. Haven’t paid for a room in over a year. Usually get 5 comp nights a month.
The cafe is excellent. Buffet is just OK. $2.50 Miller lights at the bar.
Cabana prices at the pool are great. $75 weekdays and $100 weekends. All in the form of minimum food and beverage purchase.
It’s about a $20 Uber ride to the strip. Plenty of free parking if you have a car.
Cracker Barrel is in the same parking lot if you like that. Lots of stuff across the street (just west past Dean Martin Drive and Valley View Blvd). Big Lots, In-N-Out, Del Taco, 7-11, Chipotle, Ross, Target (Starbucks inside), tons more. Big locals shopping district, locals prices. Pretty much just across the freeway from South Outlet Mall.
More of a family friendly atmosphere with a lodge theme. If you’re looking to get wild and crazy, definitely not the place. If you’re looking to relax and have a good time, I recommend it!
Also, a good happy hour at the bar next to the mini bowling. They also have a high end restaurant.
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The picture was of an AR-15 rifle mounted with a magnification scope and sitting atop bipod legs, perhaps because the murderous coward desired it to be further from the 32nd floor window so as to hide all the smoke and flashes.
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