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House of Blues in Las Vegas… You know you want to go!

Billy Idol

BILLY IDOL??? Steve Stevens on guitar??

Really … you know i just got your mind going and your feet dancing (Mony Mony anyone?!?!)

Take a step back a few decades and pretend you are back in high school??

Come on! Call the House of Blues and grab some friends!

Billy and his crew put on one awesome performance and will guarantee to rock the house and have you singing along.

Hurry tho — he is only scheduled for 26 dates!

See ya there 🙂

A Different Kind of Festival!

Rise Lantern Festival

Rise Lantern Festival

The Moapa River Indian Reservation lit up the night sky on the 10th of October with thousands of beautiful paper lantern taking off and flying into the night! 

Next October, plan on staying with us and making the drive out to share in this lovely festival! There will be music, food and drinks! It was held at the Moapa Travel Plaza, just 35 miles NE of Vegas.  Guests were given the chance to personalize the lanterns, with messages, a prayer, dream or resolution! What a wonderful way to spend an evening… dreaming and being thankful!!

 

The Full Guest Book

2015 10 Guest Book

 

 

 

 

 

Amy & John: We can’t thank you enough for sharing your home with us. I have stayed at many, many amazing houses but yours is by far the best. Your home is so relaxing and comfortable. It is truly an escape from reality and “the Strip.”  Your attention to details when designing your house is incredible. OMG to your oasis in the backyard. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.  

The first guest book is full.  There are pages and pages of messages like this that just bring tears to my eyes!  How lucky we are to share our home with so many and how grateful we are to have so many love our special place on this Earth.  We also look forward to having each one of you return ! 

 

Wanna hear a secret??

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Vegas has more to offer than just MEGABUCKS and wild nights … I keep saying that, but I do intend to prove it! I will continue to post secrets here for you to discover in between the craziness! Hope something stands out and you discover a wonderful adventure!

Secret No. 1

Did you know that Louis Vuitton has long had close ties with the art world—see?

Check out the top floor of the recently opened Fondation LVMH (in LV’s CityCenter Store).

It’s full of specially commissioned works, like an Isa Genzken rose outside one entrance.

There you will find – one of the most important single work of art in Las Vegas: light artist James Turrell’s Akhob, which means ‘pure water’ in ancient Egyptian.

This room is womb-like – bathed in shifting sorbet-colored lights that are both soothing and disconcerting; the field of vision is woozy, the horizon seeming to shift over time. 2014 Secrets 1 pg 2

And the best part — It’s free and visits are limited to just four people, which keeps the experience intimate—just make a reservation and give your name to a floorwalker when you arrive.

Let us know if you check it out and what you thought!

Rainy? Cold? Plan a summer trip now and escape for a moment!

Winter is upon us.

The rainy, the chilly windstorms, the snow and the warm fireplaces.
The thrill of the change in the weather is nice, but for me it lasts for about a week, maybe two!

And then I start dreaming of the hot sun, a lounge chair in the pool and a cool, tropical drink! What about you?

Lifetime Pool

Start thinking about your summer!
You can relax at our place – head to work out and enjoy the pool at Lifetime FItness (guest pass is only $30 and the place is amazing).

Take a break from the heat and head over to stroll amongst the flowers at the Bellagio. Stop at the cafe for a lovely meal and enjoy the cool area and interesting people! Bellagio Summer

We have some time left in August and September — but it will book up fast! We would love to help you plan some time in the hot sun!

Don’t just lay by the pool! Get up and move!

Lifetime Pool

So there’s shows, food, gaming, food, shopping, food, resting by the pool with few fabulous drinks…. more shows and shopping and food.

Vegas! It’ll fill you up!

So don’t let all that good food and the amazing drinks get you down!

Take a break and hit the gym. But not just any gym – do it VEGAS STYLE!

Head to LIFE TIME ATHLETIC GREEN VALLEY!

Daily rates at $35 for adults and $15 a day for children under 12 (who will love the waterslides).
Not sure what to do there? Take a look at the list of programs:

Besides running and swimming, you can play tennis, train, take group classes, enjoy LifePowerYoga, pilates, weight loss programs, complete a health check, relax at the spa and enjoy some healthy snacks at the cafe.

It is one amazing place to visit while in town and you’ll feel better for it!

Too many choices!

Heading to Vegas? Do a little research and you’ll soon discover, there are a lot of shows to see!

Which ones do you pick!???

We have some ideas!

(1) Family Adventure – GO to the BLUE MAN GROUP at the Monte Carlo!
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(2) Traveling with mom?
GO to “Donny & Marie” at the Flamingo

(3) Love BROADWAY?
HEAD off to the “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s Showroom

(4) Have to see a VEGAS SHOW?
TRY Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” at the Quad.

(5) Have a weakness for reality shows?
Buy tickets to “Terry Fator” at the Mirage

(6) In town with THE BOYS?
You’ll want to take that group of crazies to “Fantasy” at the Luxor

(7) Love the Cirque Shows?
We recommenf “O” or “Le Reve” 2014 O

(8) Enjoy the music of the Beatles?
“LOVE” is a wonderful show as well!

Hitting the shows that appeal to you and your companions is the best way to enjoy all Vegas has to offer!

We hope this list is a good starting place for you as you plan!
Enjoy!

FOOD !!

Lately I have been reading a lot about the new reason people come to VEGAS …

NOT to gamble, but to EAT.

I talk about food a lot, too.

I discovered Vegas had great food to offer long  before it became cool!

So – what is up and coming in our amazing town right now?

I have a few suggestions!

(1) A Social Club in the Cosmo … great food and an interesting social “experiment!” www.http://www.roserabbitlie.com

(2) One of my favorites — great food that is free from all that JUNK! And really amazing!!2014 Wild
www.http://www.eatdrinkwild.com

(3) The thing about Vegas is that you can travel to many different “places” while really just going from Resort to Resort … well at Crush: Eat Drink Love, they gives it all to you at one place!! Choices from all over the world ready to melt into your mouth!

www.http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/crush.aspx

(4) Give me a burger? This place will make you crave them! 2014 Burger
www.http://www.bobbysburgerpalace.com/locations/9/las-vegas-strip.com

and finally … I have to include the one thing I “need” on a monthly basis:

(5) Wing Lei – at the Wynn. It does not have a website, but you can look it up on the WYNN site … which describes it as” Often hailed as the finest Chinese gourmet in the city, this Michelin-rated restaurant serves fresh, authentic dishes in a sleek dining room set inside Wynn Las Vegas. The interior is adorned with classic white tablecloths, high-backed red velvet chairs, and a large Fernando Botero statue, all illuminated by dramatic lantern-like chandeliers. Seated beside expansive windows overlooking a zen-inspired garden, patrons savor house specialties crafted by executive chef Ming Yu, who incorporates Cantonese, Shanghainese, Sichuan, and even French influences into the extensive menu. Highlights include the pan-seared potstickers, shrimp toast, and Peking duck tasting menu, featuring five preparations of duck.” I know … perfection!

So please, if you are in Vegas and thinking of heading out to eat… please try at least one of these spots. They will not disappoint!

Hungry but cannot bear the thought of cooking? We have the answer!

We have to admit … we do think our kitchen is kind of awesome … and some incredible things have come out of it! YUM!

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After our own chef (Johnny), there is another chef who has graced our kitchen with her presence!
Some amazing things have been created by Chef Lisa right in our humble home!

She is a local chef who will gather some beautiful, healthy and delicious items, bring them into the house, make it smell like heaven and melt in your mouth.

Relaxing outside while she cooks and fills the house with an aroma like no other is a moment you will not forget.

We were lucky enough to have a local chef cook for us on a few trips we took with the family (once in Italy and once in Costa Rica) and we have to say, the meals were unlike anything we had ever had! The memory of sitting in a special place (not a restaurant) and enjoying one another is something we still cherish to this day.

We highly recommend setting up a session with her — she will work with you to create one meal, meals you can re-heat or daily spreads.

Vacationing is lovely and having a great kitchen to work in can also be fabulous…. but sometimes it makes your time so much better to have a few things taken care of and we want to have those options readily available to our guests.

Take a moment and review her website!
www.thechefandyou.com

Give her a call and discuss a meal or two … we know you will not regret it.

Gameworks Opens .. just down the street!

Play Time!

Too Hot? Too Cold? Kids driving you crazy?  Bored with the Casinos?

Dreaming of shopping or a quiet lunch but have a house full of kids?

We have the spot for you! Towne Square is one of our absolutely favorite places to hang out, but the kids are not always up for the trip.

The answer has arrived! Game Works … not a old run down one… but a new, clean, 8,700 SF building with awesome games! The kids will run out the door when you offer the trip and then the day is yours! Join them for some games or bowling, shop, eat, or relax with a cold drink!

We are thrilled to have such a great place so close!

Check it out!