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Is This Vegas or Am I Dreaming?

If you are like me and you have lived in Vegas so long you can’t live without Vegas even when you travel, make sure and check into the Dream Downtown on your next break to New York City. Not only will Las Vegans find familiar faces right and left (Thanks to the fact that the rooftop bar PH-D and lobby restaurant Marble Lane are kin to Vegas’ Tao Group) but the thumping DJ in the lobby and stylish crowd will make you feel as if you never left the desert, save for the better weather this time of Read More

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Ready for Takeoff

McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 3, which opens June 27, certainly throws some impressive numbers around: a $2.4 billion price tag, 1.9 million square feet, 14 new gates (seven international, seven domestic), bringing McCarran’s total to Read More

Journey to the Center of Earth

The splendors of Ecuador are far-reaching and unmatched the world over. With wonderful cultural sites like the Museum of the Equator in Quito and the Galapagos Islands, there is no other place offering such varying environments. The culture is rich, the food is indigenous and the people are warm and closely tied to their roots. Here’s how to see Ecuador and the Galapagos in seven days, without missing a Read More

Red Mountain Resort Packages Relaxation

The silence actually hurts my ears the first night I arrive to Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah. Coming from Las Vegas, where even in a remote area, there is still some sort of noise, the silence here is nearly deafening. And beautiful. I need this trip. I know I do. The stress has been mounting, and the promise of time tucked safely between terracotta-covered rocks jutting from lava field dotted with mint green desert brush sounds like the perfect cure — a world away from Luxor’s light Read More

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Vacation Lite

Studies show that in the United States by 2020, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women will be overweight or obese. But another trend offers hope, and it’s associated with a traditionally unlikely fitness activity: vacation. In the past few years, more health resorts are being built in gorgeous places around the world with this mission: Hijack the lifestyle to which we’ve grown accustomed and kick our behinds into something Read More

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Traveling Light

There’s a service in town called Bags to Go (BaggageCheckIn.com) that, for the very reasonable price of $10 per bag, will transport your luggage from your hotel to McCarran International Airport and run it through security for you. It isn’t new, but it recently expanded from serving only the Venetian to serving six hotels. No longer a quirky exception, the proxy approach just might become the new Read More

In the Shadow of the Old West, an Unlikely Music Venue

Back in the ‘40s, when Westerns were still de rigueur, Roy Rogers and a couple of investors got together to bankroll the construction of Pioneertown, Calif. The actor-occupied village/set played home to John Ford’s Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean as well as Gene Autry’s eponymous television show, among others. It looks like it was dropped, fully formed, in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town is a 4-mile drive down a windy mountain road into uneventful Yucca Valley, Read More

Career Break Hits Pause On Rat Race

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” – John le Carre If you’ve long been harboring dreams of trading in the cubicle for a chance to explore the world, Las Vegans will have the opportunity to learn how to take a career break Oct. Read More

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Speaking for the Elephants

Las Vegas resident Diana Edelman recently hopped a long-haul flight to Asia. The goal? To volunteer at Elephant Nature Park in the mountains just outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. After being inspired to learn more about elephant abuse thanks to reading Water for Elephants the PR practitioner and travel blogger did some research and found a place that offered what she was looking for: the opportunity to get up-close and personal with these gentle Read More

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From the Lights to the Vines

The aromas and colors of the fruit hanging from Napa Valley’s vines are sublime; the freshness in the air is a hit to live for. For a wine professional who makes his living in Las Vegas, this is a heaven away from Read More

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Get Soaked!

Seven long years since Wet ’n Wild was drained, the Valley remains parched for family-oriented swimsuit fun. For nearly 20 years, the water park on the Strip appealed to tourists but primarily refreshed locals with rides such as Der Stuka, Willy Willy, the Black Hole and the Royal Flush. Nothing can replace the comfort of knowing such a playful oasis exists in your backyard, but Raging Waters in San Dimas, Calif., comes Read More

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Get your pack on: seven tips for travel season

When we travel, wouldn’t it be nice to have a staff toting our Louis Vuitton steamer trunks full of treasures? Most of us do not have this luxury, and with the travel season upon us, here’s how to pack perfect. My personal packing feat was getting a client set for a two-week African safari, hanging with wild animals by day and partying like a rock star by night. All of this had to be done in less than 27 pounds. It can be done! Here’s Read More