From the Lights to the Vines
A Las Vegas wine pro takes us for a Napa Valley tour
August 18th, 2011
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 home. Read more »
Once upon a time, you could hit the water park in Vegas. Now it’s a great excuse (as if you needed one) to get out of town this summer.
May 19th, 2011
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 close. Read more »
A Toast to the Central Coast!
California’s storied region is the place to explore changing tastes in wine
March 31st, 2011
If you want to go to the source of wine trends in America, it’s only a day’s drive away, in and around California’s Central Coast. Right now, for example, the area is abuzz over albariño, viognier and other boutique grapes, whose popularity is spreading to wine shops and restaurants near you. Read more »
Are You Ready for Some Baseball?
The Boys of Summer have returned to Arizona, and the drive just got easier
March 3rd, 2011
On calm, warm mornings, when the grass is still glazed with dew, the players gather. They loosen the muscles, take some grounders and practice their swings. They listen to coaches, share stories with each other, chat with fans and, after a long winter, begin to embrace the rhythm of baseball. Before they become the Boys of Summer, there is spring training, when all teams have hope to win it all. If you share the passion for this annual ritual, pack a bag and take the 4-5-hour drive from Las Vegas, made easier this year with the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass. Read more »
March 3rd, 2011
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just a short drive west of Las Vegas, is popular with hikers, mountain climbers and bikers. What many outdoor enthusiasts may not know about are the seasonal waterfalls. These hidden spectacles are a sight not often seen in the desert, and with the heavy winter snows melting, this an excellent time of year to visit. Read more »
Lone Star Rising
Arlington becomes a destination—but what’s in this Texas-size burb beyond the big game?
February 3rd, 2011
On Feb. 6, the national spotlight will shine on Arlington, Texas, as it hosts Super Bowl XLV. More than 700,000 football fans will descend upon my hometown, a city of 380,000, filling its hotels and drinking my beer. The NFL only places its grand bacchanal in great cities, so surely Arlington is a dynamic place, with a lively arts and nightlife scene. The city’s fame, such as it is, comes from the tourist attractions clustered along Interstate 30: the original Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (formerly Wet ’n Wild), Rangers Ballpark, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and, of course, the bulging enormity of the new Cowboys Stadium, a $1.3 billion monument to Texas’ favorite pastime. Read more »
Santa Fe melds variety of cultures, cuisines and arts
January 20th, 2011
The only thing wrong with Santa Fe, N.M., as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s full of vacationing Texans. Fortunately, they’re easy to spot with their $200 designer blue jeans, $1,000 cowboy boots and trophy wives with big hair, and thus they’re easy to avoid. Otherwise, Santa Fe’s a great place for a Las Vegan looking for a break from traffic jams and torn-up streets and depressed real estate values and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Read more »