Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wet'n'Wild Coming Back To Las Vegas

You would imagine that a town like Las Vegas would have a water park, being in the middle of the desert with constant hot temperatures and a lot of tourists each year - many of them families.  Sure, there are a few city operated parks in neighborhoods around town but they are small and not well suited for tourists.  Well Las Vegas did have a water park, it was named Wet n' Wild and it closed about 20 years ago.  And soon Las Vegas will once again have a waterpark!  And what will the name of this new waterpark going to be? Well Wet 'n' Wild of course.  No its not the exact same name.  There is an extra apostrophe, didn't you notice it?

Well whatever the name or it's punctuation, this new waterpark is long overdue.  There is a big need for family friendly options in Las Vegas, and the fact that its almost always hot in Vegas adds to the appeal and attaction of the idea of a waterpark.  Wet 'n' wild will be be in a new location and is set to open in time for summer this year.  The waterpark will be over 40 acres set with 2 pools and 10 waterslides.  

When it actually opens in May, we will offer a lot more detailed information including location and prices.  Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Adam Carolla Signing And Magria Tasting Today In Las Vegas At Lees Liquor

Today, hit TV, radio ad internet pesonality Adam Carolla is doing a live tasting for his new acoholic beverage Mangria at Lee's Liquor.  He will be at the Lees Liquor location on Rainbow and Flamingo in Las Vegas, NV at 5:30 this afternoon.  Adam will be doing a tasting as well as signing merchandise for his fans.  This marks the availability of his new Mangria cocktail in Las Vegas at all Lees Liquor locations throughout the valley.  Mangria is a concoction that Carolla has been talking about for years that he created one night when going to top up his glass of red wine.  He was out of wine so he was in a conundrum: either stop drinking or make up something else fast.  So he surveyed his stock of liquor and added a few items such as orange vodka to help maintain his buzz.  He actually enjoyed the resulting mixture, so much so that he went on the radio the next day and told his listeners about his new creation.  Years later, Adam has made into a commercially avilable product and has been making its way slowly into different markets accross the country.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Las Vegas Neon Museum – The Neon Boneyard

Las Vegas has been called the city of lights, or the neon city because of all the lights and neon signs used to advertise the casinos and hotels to passers-by. But since many of the old casinos and hotels are no longer standing or have been remodeled or renamed, the old sings have been taken down and sent to the landfill. However, some of the signs have been saved over the years and have been collected into what is known as the Neon Graveyard – a museum of sorts for old neon and other lighted signs from Las Vegas’ past. For a long time, this was just a final resting place for these signs and was closed to the public. But recently the Neon Boneyard Museum (also known as the Neon Graveyard) has been opened up to the public so that anybody who is interested can go see the signs. Some of the signs have been dismantled and are in pieces while others are only a portion of their former selves. Still others are the entire sign in pristine shape, having been reconditioned to look as good as new. If you visit Vegas, or even if you live in town or somewhere nearby, it is highly recommended that you come take a look at the Neon Boneyard neon sign museum.

Among the neon artifacts that have found a home at the Neon Boneyard Museum are more than 150 signs and parts of signs from many very famous and not so famous Las Vegas landmarks from the past. One of the most popular and notable items is the old Aladdin’s Lamp from the original Aladdin Hotel and Casino, which looks like a giant genie’s lamp that you could run and be granted 3 wishes. The original Aladdin Hotel and Casino was first known as the English Tallyho Motel when built in 1962, and in 1966, after a remodeling, the building was renamed the Aladdin. The next year the Aladdin was made famous as when it became the place where Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married. Later on in 1998 the original Aladdin was imploded and another Hotel and Casino was built in its place. It has since been renamed the Planet Hollywood Hotel. Also in the Neon Graveyard museum is the giant high heel from the old Silver Slipper, which was bought by Howard Hughes in 1968 reportedly because the light was so bright that he could see it from his room, but they would not turn it off so he bought it on a whim so he could turn the lights off and dismantle the rotating mechanism so he could get a good night’s sleep. It is also reported that he thought a camera could be mounted inside the slipper and it could allow people to spy into his room. In 1988 the Silver Slipper was demolished and turned into a parking lot. Another famous sign in the Neon Boneyard Museum is the one from Sassy Sally’s.

To take a day tour of the Neon Boneyard Museum it costs $18 for adults and $12 for students and Nevada residents. Night tours are slightly more expensive, at $25 for adults and $22 for students and local residents. Day tours occur at 9:00, 9:30, and 10:00 am and night tours are held at 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, and 9:00 pm. You can call (702) 387-6366 (NEON) for more information.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Las Vegas' History - A Brief History Of Las Vegas

Las Vegas, which translates to “The Meadows”, was originally started by the Mormons in the form of a small fort as they were traveling through the area from Salt Lake City, Utah to California. The name the meadows refers to the fact that there were originally springs of fresh water which the settlers stopped at to refill their water tanks and allow themselves and their animals to get a drink of fresh water and clean up a little in the small bodies of water. Established in 1905 and officially incorporated as a city in 1911, Las Vegas eventually became a trading post for those on their way to or from California. During the Great Depression, when President Herbert Hoover called for the Hoover Dam to be built near Las Vegas on the Colorado River, the small city Boulder City was created to house all the Dam workers and Las Vegas grew as well. When gambling was legalized in 1931, the Las Vegas area exploded with growth, and ever since, Las Vegas has become a destination for people all over the country and even the world to come to in order to stay and play, while they relax and rest.

In fact, there are so many casinos, hotels, concert and show halls and all sorts of other entertainment venues that Las Vegas has now turned into what many people call “The Entertainment Capital of The World! Because of all the hotels in Las Vegas, and the close proximity to California and other places on the West coast while still being a central hub for pretty much the entire country, many convention centers and banquet halls have been built to attract tradeshows and conventions from around the country and even around the world. Many of the largest conventions and tradeshows come to Vegas, sometimes multiple times a year. From Star Trek fan shows to gigantic construction tradeshows with all sorts of tractors, cranes and other types of equipment on display. In fact some shows span multiple locations and even utilize the parking lots because of the size and amount of products on display. In recent years Las Vegas has undergone a revitalization of sorts, with many of the old hotels and casinos being demolished or imploded to make way for new state of the art properties. Las Vegas is a city that is constantly changing but even with its relatively short past, it has a lot of history.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

About The M Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the nicest hotel and casino mega-resorts in the Las Vegas area is The M Resort. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as “The Strip”, but actually located in the city of Henderson as it is about 8 miles south of the Mandalay Bay, which is usually considered the last large hotel in the resort corridor of the strip. The M Resort is a 92,000 square foot gaming facility and 390 room hotel that was opened on March 1, 2009. The total cost of the land and building of the M Resort is said to be $1 billion. 7 bars and 6 restaurants are located inside the M, including a wine tasting room named The Hostile Grape which offers over 120 great wines from all around the world. The Hostile Grape’s collection includes wines from America, Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, Germany, and more. Another bar, named 32 Degrees Draft Bar offers 96 selections of beer on tap including pilsners, stouts, ales, and lagers. Or if you would rather stay in your room, the M offers in-room dining for its hotel guests which allows them to enjoy top notch food in the comfort of their own rooms, since the rooms are so cozy that you may not want to leave including top of the line high tech entertainment systems and touch screen display panels to control various features of the room. The M even offer Mercedes’ top of the line flagship car the Maybach as house cars available for use to its patrons. If you require business services such as fax machines, computer and internet access, as well as equipment rentals such as cell phones and much more to make sure you and your business remains working at top efficiency. If you would rather relax, you can do so in the well-equipped high tech Spa Mio with many different treatments and services available. Some of the services include sauna and steam rooms, hot tub, full fitness center gym, day beds, and even a hair and nail salon so you can get a new hairdo or get your nails done so you look good holding your cards at the tables downstairs in the casino. The resort was actually featured in season 6 of the hit TV show Top Chef with the top winner of the series winning $65,000.