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    The Vegas Girl’s Guide to New York City

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Here’s two of my picks for great places to stay in the city, depending on what kind of trouble you are looking to get into …

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    Summer Getaways

    Pack your bags (including a light jacket!) and escape to these 5 regional destinations

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    The Vegas Girl’s Guide to Miami

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Like most Vegas girls, when I hit the road I never want to be very far from familiar comforts such as bottle service, artful culinary experiences and neon unicorns. Miami has plenty to offer in each of these categories as well as a few gems this desert doesn’t have just yet.

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    Getting to the Point

    By Xania V. Woodman

    If you should find yourself three hours from Las Vegas, hunting powder and thrills on the slopes of southern Utah (home of “the Greatest Snow on Earth”), I suggest you keep driving. It’s just 30 more minutes to the tiny town of Beaver, then a few miles of gasp-inducing switchbacks.

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    Ready for Takeoff

    By Sean DeFrank

    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 110.

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    Traveling Light

    By Bob Whitby

    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 rule.

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    From the Lights to the Vines

    By Susan McGee

    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.

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    Get Soaked!

    By Paul Szydelko

    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.

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    A Toast to the Central Coast!

    By Max Jacobson

    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.

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    Schuss Into Spring

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Beautiful, serene and filled with many wonders to entice adventure seekers, Colorado and California ski and snowboard destinations have been the lucky recipients of a powder-rich winter. That means Las Vegas travelers still have time for a mountain getaway. At Snowmass and Mammoth Mountain, they’ll find legendary slopes, fine dining, memorable culture and a few pleasant reminders of home.

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    Lone Star Rising

    By Jens Rushing

    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.

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    Enchanting Crossroads

    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.

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    Tough Love

    Marc Alabanza leads a morning hike at the Ranch at Live Oak. Even though I’ve read the materials and stuck (mostly) to the monthlong preparation for the Ranch at Live Oak, a new retreat in California’s Santa Monica Mountains, I’m not fully prepared for the rigor that the weeklong program entails.

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    Mid-Mod Mexico

    By Melinda Sheckells

    Photo by Keri MadonnaThink pink at Las Brisas. Silver-screen stars jetting off to exotic locales to frolic in the sun and commit indiscretions outside of the glaring eye of Hollywood is nothing new. One of the destinations favored by celebrities since the 1950s is Mexico—close but not too far away. One of their original cities of choice was Acapulco.

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    The Margins of Metropolis

    By Timothy O’Grady

    Photo by Edizen StowellThe Boardwalk.

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