Hope you all had a blast in Las Vegas and won some money on the Super Bowl game. I did not. Sore subject. No worries for me because the PAC 12 tourney and March Madness are on the horizon and I am going to win my money back. I am.
But before we actually get to March, we need to get through February and Valentines Day. Las Vegas is a romantic city. No, it is! Where else can you travel from Rome at Caesars Palace to the Palazzo in Italy and to Paris all in the same day without every getting on a plane and still have time for a delicious dinner and a show? You can do it ALL in Las Vegas and all you need is a few bucks for a cab ride (and a date helps too).
When visiting Las Vegas we often try to find some new and different places to eat, drink and be merry. Sometimes we’ll wander into an off the strip dive that nobody knows about and sometimes we’ll stop off at some of the more famous hidden gems. Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen is one of those famous off the strip gems. You may have heard of Lola’s while watching Diners, Drive Inn’s and Dive’s on Food Network or you may have read about Lola’s on a message board as it’s one of the hidden locals’ favorites.
Lola’s is a small restaurant located near The Vegas Strip in between the Stratosphere and the World Market Center which is about a 5 minute cab ride from Wynn Las Vegas. There’s almost always a wait for a table at Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen which is as close to traditional Louisiana cajun dining as you can find in the country. Lola’s recipes are inspired by food from the entire state of Louisiana.
We are quickly approaching one of the best weekends to travel to sin city. As if you needed an excuse? That’s right! It is February and we are close to one of the most exciting events in professional sports. Yes, the Super Bowl. I might be slightly biased because my San Francisco 49ers are making their first appearance at the big show in years to play (win) against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. It is Super Bowl XLVII or if you haven’t been paying attention “Harbowl” where for the first time in history you can watch two brothers competing against one another in quest for the title, famous Super Bowl trophy (and those big rings don’t hurt either). This means there are even more bets to be made and you could make history if you choose the winning brother (Jim – of course).
Planning a trip to Las Vegas online can be a very tedious task. There are a myriad of websites that make reserving your trip harder than it should be. You can book through a package company, “groupon” style, official websites, and more. All of theses options can really make your head spin and eat up hours of your time. For that reason I have put together a roadmap to finding the best rate hassle free.
First you are going to need to have some sort of idea when you would like to travel. You will find that Vegas airfare and hotel rates can fluctuate tremendously depending on your dates. Weekends an be much higher than weekdays and conventions always jack up the price. I suggest planning at least 6 month prior not a must but I will explain later.
If you going to Las Vegas you don’t have to spend any money for a chance to win big. All you need is some good old fashion slot promotions and a little luck.
$100 Free Slot Play at The Cosmopolitan: Play your favorites slots in our casino, and if you lose $100 in a day, we will reimburse you with $100 in Identity Play. Just bring your card to the Identity Membership Desk after your loss to receive your $100 in Identity Play. Players can receive $100 reimbursement one time only and the slot loss must be greater than or equal to $100 on that calendar date. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Available to new Identity enrollments only. Offer only redeemable once. Visit the Identity Membership Desk for more info. more info
$1,000 Slot Rebate at Palms: Participant’s actual rated slot loss up to $1,000 will be reimbursed in Free Slot Play. Loss must be within the first 24 hours of sign up. You must be a new Club Palms member 21 years of age or older in order to participate in this promotion. Residents of Clark County are not eligible for this promotion. Rebates are staggered over time see website for detailed scheduled. more info
$200 Slot Rebate at Tropicana: On the first day you activate your Trop Plus Players Club card, they’ll reimburse your losses on casino slots up to $200! It’s all part of there Even the Odds® promotion. more info
TIP: For a chance to play completely free I suggest you play only the amount the casino rebates. Then use your comped play on low jackpot 25 cent machines. This should give you the best chance to cash out with your full rebate amount.
The Mirage Hotel, which is centrally located, really has something for everyone. With a price point usually double the low end hotels on the strip, it can be well worth the upgrade. If I were to sum up a stay in a few words “Classic comfort with a streak of excitement.” I think the warm feeling without the worry of knocking over a $10,000 vase is why I find myself comfortably counting sheep in their beds.
Now I said this place has something for everyone and one spot has everyone covered the Dolphin, tiger and animal sanctuary officially named Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat. This is a must whether you are staying here or not. I have never been anywhere that allows you such close access to the animals. This lends to a very intimate feel with the animals that I have not experienced at any zoo. If I wasn’t always pressed for time during the day I could see spending a few hours here every visit.
With the success of our iPhone app we have been working hard to bring you an even better version for your iPad. TravelVegas 2.0 brings all the features of the first and so much more.
We have completely re-inveted the layout to bring you everything in in Las Vegas in a simple to digest format. With the iPhone version we found it was great for when in Vegas but not made for planning. The new iPad version makes planning your trip a breeze. The larger screen allows you to use the hotel and shows desktop website just as easy as your home computer.
We also added an awesome new feature – HD videos! You have to use the app to really understand the benefits. All of the shows now include videos it really makes it easy to find the one to see. And of course you can book them with an extra click.
You can also expect plenty of instant updates. We are working hard to bring you even more hotel, show, and entertainment information. Stay in touch there are sure to be more exciting changes in the coming months.
Available in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/travelvegas-las-vegas-deals/id521506259?mt=8
We just got back from a fantastic conference in Las Vegas Digital World Expo. We love attending this conference because it is filled with the brightest minds in the local travel industry. This year we had the opportunity man a booth that showcased the latest version of our mobile app (coming soon).
Thanks to everyone that made this years conference a blast. We can’t wait till next year!
Las Vegas is known for its massive hotels, grand casinos, and one of a kind shows, but here are some things you might not have expected from sin city.
Race Exotic Cars
If racing some of today’s fastest street legal tire burners is more your speed, you may want to stop at for a lesson at Exotic Racing’s School. You can choose to drive one or more sports car from these great manufactures Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin, Audi, Mercedes, or Nissan ($199 to $399). For those who want to experience a full out drifting, they also offer 2 laps as a passenger with a professional (starting @ $99).
Have you checked out the new shows at Saxe/VTheater’s lately? These 3 new shows are sure to knock your socks off, and won’t break the bank to get you there!
First up we have The Awesome 80′s Prom. This show features and interactive 80′s party experience, unlike any you have seen before. You get to rock out to all your favorite 80′s tunes, and interact with characters from your favorite 80′s movies! The show performs Thursday-Tuesday at 8pm at the V Theatre, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops connected to Planet Hollywood.
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The Venetian (and The Palazzo)
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