Hello From Las Vegas! – If it seems like you just heard from me, you did. However, we have important news, which we’ll break down in the effort to continue to help you decide whether you want to visit Las Vegas in 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months, or 2-3 years.
Governor Grumpy Whistles A Different Tune – I’m not sure whether the governor’s staff are readers or not. However, somebody got through to him with exactly the concerns I stated last issue. During the Q&A with the press, he even admitted that closing down all the bars when only 20% were out of compliance might have not been the best idea. So… He HAS let bars open in a few smaller counties. (Bartops specifically, if a bar or restaurant serves food, you can waltz on in, get a table, and drink to your hearts content). More importantly, we have reason to believe that he’ll be allowing bars in Reno and Las Vegas to open sooner than later. (I’d peg it at 7-10 days).
He’s ditching “phases” that apply to the whole state, or entire industries in favor of heavy enforcement, fines, and even closing specific non-compliant businesses. Including casinos.
What’s That Going To Mean To You? – On the negative side (for many), mask enforcement will continue to be tight. If you pull it down to sip your cocktail while in a hotel/casino, and don’t put it back up again, you’ll be asked/reminded to do so. Nobody is trying to be the Gestapo and harass you to death. Obviously, you can leave it off while enjoying a meal. Outdoor enforcement isn’t strong (on the streets, off casino property).
How well that all sits with you will vary from person-to-person. If you live in an area where you have to mask up in public, or your regular errands or place of business requires masks, wearing one here will just be another day to you. If your personal comfort or politics dictates that this is not acceptable to you, then you don’t want to visit right now.
We’re hearing that the CDC is suggesting that if we all mask up for a couple more months, this thing will run its course. Granted, plenty of experts have called this thing wrong all along the way, but I’d like to hope that has some truth to it. The bottom line is that to keep Las Vegas open to visitors, a mask mandate and staunch enforcement seems to be the only path.
Strip or Downtown? – In the past, the answer to that question had a lot to do with what interests you. To an extent, it still does. The Strip has the nicer hotels and casinos, the high-end restaurants (many/most of which are open), and similar. Downtown has no Chandelier Bar (the famous three-tier “center bar” at Cosmopolitan).
However, in all honestly, Fremont Street has more of the “Vegas” feel right now. The vibe, the partying, the feeling like you aren’t so much in a ghost town, and (don’t tell the governor), they are a little more creative with following the “bartops closed” rules while still keeping everyone liquored up to their hearts content. It is Fremont Street, after all!
By the way, don’t take my word for it. This is from the Fremont Street Earthcam taken at random on Tuesday night at about 8:45 PM.
Not too shabby for a weeknight when the temp (at that time taken) was 101F, meaning most everyone was inside.
Vegas Only Looks Dead – Just a reminder, as we see the unwashed and uninformed going around saying that Las Vegas is dead. Las Vegas can handle upwards of 350,000 visitors at once. And, closes in on that capacity on New Years Eve, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
When you put 30-40% of that number into something designed for much larger groups, it is going to look dead/empty. Many visitor spots would delight in having our current numbers!
Granted, these same geniuses were all over the internet three weeks ago saying that Las Vegas (IE, the hotels and casinos) would be closing by the end of that week. That brought me to a guffaw momentarily. Then, I realized that people were canceling their trips based on what these yahoos were saying in Facebook groups. Hey, there are lots of places to get Las Vegas information. But, like they old saying goes, you get what you pay for. So… I dearly thank you for your support, which lets us dig into providing you the most accurate, best-sourced info we can!
No Conventions, Bad For Us, Good For You – The convention business in Las Vegas is dead for the rest of the year, and even starting into next year (as things stand right now). Keep in mind that convention planning lead time is often upwards of a year, so decisions are getting made more based on uncertainty and erring on the side of caution. Not because the convention planners have gone cold on Las Vegas, or the industry dying.
This is unfortunately horrible news for all of the hard-working people in that industry. Conventions directly or indirectly employ tens of thousands of people here.
However, for you? All of you who look at your vacation available dates, then look at Las Vegas, and see that all of the rooms that week are super-expensive because 7 conventions are in town? That won’t be an issue. Mid-weeks (especially) could be dirt cheap even through the fall when our October weather is stunningly perfect and prices often reflect that.
Plus, you are doing a good deed. Somebody may have a spouse or partner in another part of the tourism industry and you are helping to keep them from going under. (Since when did visiting Las Vegas become a good deed? Who would have thought?)
Eldorado Owns Caesars – The merger is done. While the company is taking on the Caesars name, the bottom line is that they are owned and ran by Eldorado Resorts. Out of Reno, Nevada. We feel this is a GOOD thing, and should have plenty more to say about that next issue.
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“Masters of Illusion” on The CW showcases some of the best that magic has to offer all around the world, and it even features some notable Las Vegas magicians. Murray SawChuck will be featured in the show’s seventh season. He joined us to talk about the experience.
Earlier this year, the $100 million, 25,000-square-foot, 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet filed paperwork for a remodel that included updates to the food line with an estimated construction budget of $2.4 million for the makeover. The renovation at the buffet at Caesars Palace focuses on a 2,120-square-foot area, and the changes will affect the existing food counters, service equipment, and the ceiling and floor finishes.
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- New $10 million steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas opens
- 20 Recent Restaurant Reopenings to Know in Las Vegas – Get excited that Spago, Momofuku, and Restaurant Guy Savoy are back in business
- Why Las Vegas Buffets Still Offer An ‘Amazing Experience’
- The Flamingo Reveals Its Vintage Steakhouse, an Ode to Old School Las Vegas
- Dick’s Last Resort Coming to Neonopolis On Fremont Street
- Takeout Stakeout – Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas – Worth brining back to your Fremont Street hotel room
- Self-Guided Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour Now Open
- Outdoor Dining in Las Vegas – Plenty Of Great Options On Strip and Downtown
The parent company of the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana announced Tuesday that the hotel would be reopening on September 1st.
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- Circa’s $999 Room Rates for New Year’s Eve Tower Above Others in Las Vegas
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- Circa Resort and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas Reveals ‘Pool Amphitheater’
- Wynn Takes Top Honors in Travel + Leisure Inaugural Las Vegas List
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- Casino Royale Las Vegas Loses Table Games, Gains Photo Op
- Hard Rock International Rights Purchase Opens Door to Las Vegas Resort Acquisition
- Venetian Resort in Las Vegas offering free night stay to frontline ‘community heroes’
- A Running List of Party Pools That Reopened as Adults-Only Experiences in Las Vegas
- Sign Goes Up On Circa Resort Downtown Las Vegas
Vegas visitors are flocking to the Strip on the weekends for some semblance of a summer vacation. Everyone knows not to expect concerts, sporting events, production shows and wild nights at the club. A trip to Vegas right now is built around gambling, eating, drinking, shopping and spending lots of time at the pool.
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- 15 Free Things You Can Do in Vegas
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- See The Mob Museum – Las Vegas Immersive Attraction
We’re thinking of taking a trip from Las Vegas to Laughlin? What’s the best way to get there?
First of all, let’s note that Laughlin isn’t for everyone. It is a little bit of an older crowd, the pace is a bit slower, things are generally much less expensive (especially than The Strip), and it isn’t the place to look for celeb chefs, high-end shopping, thumping nightclubs and the like. Which suits many folks just fine.
Second, Laughlin is upwards of 10 degrees hotter than Las Vegas. I’d suggest not visiting May – September.
Laughlin is a collection of 10 high-rise (think downtown Las Vegas, not The Strip) hotel casinos. All but one back the Colorado River, and some of them are connected via a river-walk. An actual river taxi service will also get you from property to property.
The drive isn’t overly difficult. Laughlin is 100 miles from Center Strip, and freeway or four-lane highway for (basically) the entire drive. A couple of HUGE words of caution:
1. The only real town along the way is Searchlight (roughly 1/2 way there). If that name rings a bell, it is the hometown of former U.S. Senate leader Harry Reid. It is also home to one of the most notorious speed traps in the State of Nevada.
As you get into town, the speed limit goes from “rural Nevada, just keep it under 80” (IE, a limit of 70 or 75, I don’t recall the exact number) down to 35 and then literally about a block later, down to 25. When you’ve been doing 75, 25 feels like you could walk faster. And, many don’t pay sharp attention to their speedometer and think they are doing 25 when they are 35 or higher. Which will get you a 10+ mph over ticket. Don’t be that guy.
2. One minute, you are whizzing down the freeway in Henderson, Nevada surrounded by housing suburbs and strip malls and such. 5 minutes later, you are in the middle of nothing and the next stop for food, water, restrooms, and (most importantly) GAS is Searchlight. After that, there is only one gas station between Searchlight and Laughlin.
Running out of gas, or not having plenty of water in case you break down, is not recommended. Even if it isn’t summer, you are dealing with pounding sunshine during the day, and COLD desert nights during the winter. Just because it is a well-traveled road doesn’t mean you won’t be waiting for help if needed.
Over the years, various tour companies have done one-day tours. You pay a modest sum, often get a free buffet or coupon book, and they do all of the driving. Because these tours tend to come-and-go (based on time of year, demand, what particular tour companies are doing with their resources), we do not recommend one in particular. Our advice is to poke around on your favoriate search engine.
Depends on how much time you have, I highly recommend a couple of side trips. (Don’t try to do them both on a day-trip). The historic Route 66 western mining town of Oatman, Arizona is about 45 minutes one way, and well worth going up and enjoying. This is by no means a ghost town. They have a general store, restaurants, saloons, a number of quirky gift shops, and an old (operating) hotel.
This is not a Disneyland recreation. This is the real deal. A few hundred people actually still live up there. It is a great place for eccentrics and those who just want some elbow room and not to be bothered by “the man”. (Don’t get me wrong. There is law and order, and it is safe).
The other is the town of Nelson, NV. Nelson is only 15 minutes off of the main road from Las Vegas to Searchlight, Nelson bills itself as a ghost town, although there is electricity and a store. They have mine tours, and plenty of history in buildings, mine works, and old cars and trucks. It is a true spot of Nevada’s western history. It is also only 45 minutes from Las Vegas if you wish to make a day trip out of it.
My suggestion? Make a two-day trek out of it for maximum enjoyment, history, and limited stress. I’d leave Las Vegas in the morning, and have breakfast at the Southwest Diner in the historic part of Boulder City. They open at 6 AM and have all of your typical diner breakfast faves. As always, check your gas tank!
From there, head south to the Route 66 railroad town of Kingman. As I’ve only used Kingman as a pit stop, I’ll leave it up to you and your favorite search engine to see if there is anything you want to stop and check out.
So, why are we taking this route to Laughlin? The old path of Route 66 from Kingman to Oatman — over Sitgraves Pass — is one of the most famous on the old “Mother Road”. From the time you leave Cool Springs Station (now a tourist stop, once the last service station for a long, long ways on the route), you’ll spend the next 10 miles on some of he most windy, curving, scenic road you are going to see. No worries as it is two lanes the entire way and paved.
That should put you in Oatman around time for lunch. Enjoy Oatman until you’ve had your fill, and then it is down the hill towards Laughlin. This will allow you a number of hours at hour hotel to see Laughlin, drink, gamble, enjoy dinner, and a good nights sleep along the river. Hit Nelson on your way back to Las Vegas the next day, and you’ve seen and done history that many only dream and read about. All getting back to Las Vegas in plenty of time to catch a nap and beback in Vegas mode for the evening!
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The world-famous, blue ribbon team of sleuths from the Five Hundy Investigative Center have been at it again. After holing up in a suburban Twin Cities underground lair for the past two weeks, our crew got their grubby little hands on yet another treasure trove of as-yet-unannounced Circa Resort & Casino details and renderings. This time around, let’s look at what’s in store for bars.
When Las Vegas sportsbooks reopened Thursday, Mark DeRosa had no problem keeping his distance from others. The professional sports bettor joked on Twitter that the oversized 6-foot check presented to him by Circa sportsbook director Matthew Metcalf was “perfect for social distancing.”
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Casino mogul Steve Wynn’s mansion is on the market for $25 million. On the fairways of the private TPC Summerlin golf club, the double-gated 13,500-square-foot house at 1717 Enclave Court sits on a manor-line stretch known as “Billionaire’s Row.”
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- Las Vegas Homebuilders Focus on Affordability
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- Southern Nevada Home Prices Hit Record High
- New luxury Southern Highlands Las Home Lists for $3M
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- Former NBA player Jordan Farmar builds home in Vegas
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Airlines serving McCarran Airport are increasing their flight schedules in response to a sustained passenger demand anticipated in the coming months, according to the airport and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
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Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
(Producers Notes) In this video I wanted to give a full review of every restaurant we ate at and every cocktail I tried! I felt a full trip worth of food and drink would be a helpful guide for people to see what Vegas food is like, for both high end foodies and budget conscious travelers.
(Producers Notes) For my wife’s birthday this weekend, I treated her to a few nights at the Cosmopolitan Resort in a one-bedroom terrace with a fountain view. Here is a walkthrough of that suite.
(Producers Notes) Let’s see what’s for brunch at the Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
(Producers Notes) Your last night in Vegas… Should you hit up a nice buffet or go to a steakhouse? This is the question we’re going to answer. Gourmet Dinner Buffet at the Wynn versus Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. Gloves on, let’s do this!
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