Summer Survival Guide 2011

Our annual Summer Survival guide: Entertainment options for the next 15 weekends, 21 fun ways to beat the heat, ice creams to savor, beers to quaff, products to preserve a healthy glow and more tips to enjoy the season.

15 Weekends of Summer

Get your calendars out, because we’ve got a giant to-do list for every weekend through Labor Day!

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Altitude Adjustment

It’s getting hot out here. So take off (almost) all your clothes and discover some of Vegas’ very well-situated elevated terraces, patios and pool decks—breezy places with some altitude. C’mon, all the cool kids are doing it! Read more »

30 Days to a Poolside Body

Two experts have advice for those of us who aren’t quite ready to show off our assets

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A Few of Our Favorite New Toys of Summer

1. PortoPong.Take the thrill of beer pong to the pool. $50,

2. Oregon Scientific ATC 9k 1080p High Definition Waterproof Action Camera.This helmet cam can capture HD video and photographs and comes with an assortment of mounting devices. $300, Read more »

Someone’s Gotta Do It

The hard-knock life of a Vegas Strip lifeguard

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21 Ways to Beat the Heat

Slather on the sunscreen and break out the parasols, because—despite our schizo spring—the heat will be here … any second now. If those measures don’t save you, here are more tips for beating it. Or at least for putting up a helluva fight. Read more »

The Scoop on Vegas’ Best Ice Cream

Our food critic picks his six favorite flavors

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A Tasty Seven-Pack

Our resident beer buff picks his favorites homegrown seasonal brews

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Let Her Rip

This Kitty has a secret Brazilian for that perfect bikini-bottom look

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That Golden Glow

Beauty for those hot summer days and nights

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Dip Trip

Summer 2011’s swimsuits and accessories take an ethereal twist

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Get Your Flick On

With pirates, cowboys, aliens, bad teachers and idiot brothers, this summer’s slate of movies is looking just … smurfy

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Suggested Next Read

The Scarlet Stones of Memory

Great Drives

The Scarlet Stones of Memory

By Greg Blake Miller

At the outset, the colors of the journey are gray on gray—the gunmetal shade of the Audi Q5 and the dusty silver of a late March desert sky. The roads southeast of town are empty; the burst of palm-green at the entrance to Lake Las Vegas flashes by. Wheels, pavement, sky, sand, stone—early on a Sunday, a lullaby road, a silent ride. At a low brown hut I reach out the window, put $10 in the park ranger’s hand, and cross over into deep nostalgia. This was the setting for my earliest, half-imagined, memories.