December 9, 2007 |
If you've never spent a winter in Las Vegas, you'd think that the only time it got cold was when you were standing directly under an air vent. Yet there really is a time when travelers can bring a jacket to Vegas and wear it -- outside. Would you expect it to be at a frozen lake in the desert though? Vegas can be over-the-top weird, but come on, a frozen pond?
October 25, 1998 |
I had a vision when I flew here last week for the opening of the Bellagio hotel, built center stage on the Strip behind an ersatz Italian village on a 10-acre replica of Lake Como. It was windy and cool, but breathtakingly clear, the wide desert valley where the city has mushroomed curving gently toward the dry mountains that surround it.
April 7, 2002 |
The new Palms resort boldly hypes itself as Las Vegas' sex- iest adult playground--a way-cool, celebrity-studded, off-Strip boutique hotel and gambling joint. It's a big boast in a town that calls itself Sin City. My wife and I decided to find out for ourselves, making the 4-month-old Palms our anchor for a weekend of classy food, high-class art and classic rock 'n' roll.
July 25, 1999 |
When Cassie, our college freshman, came home for the summer, she was ready for a Vegas fix. She's a Vegas veteran, dating back to her first arcade game at Circus Circus as a 5-year-old. Now, at 18, she loves the shopping, the pools, the restaurants and the shows. From among several recently opened resorts, including the Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, we opted for the 3,036-room Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, which opened in early May as the Strip's newest shrine to self-indulgence.
February 4, 2001 |
All of us big-time gamblers are superstitious. And we knew it was a bad omen when our blackjack instructor called in sick. Well, OK, my wife, Bobbie, and I were not quite big-time gamblers when we hit the casinos last month. We didn't even know how to play the games. We had tried one table game in our lives. It was roulette, during a brief Vegas visit last March, and we had won $175 on a $5 bet. Bitten by the gambling bug, we wanted to do it right. What better way than to attend classes?
March 28, 1999 |
A thick coating of Death Valley dust clung to my skin and clothes as I approached the polished-wood-and-marble check-in counter at tropically themed Mandalay Bay, the latest mega-resort to open on the Vegas Strip. Behind the counter, a riot of ersatz jungle roots and vines engulfed a wall of ersatz stone ruins--a Vegas vision of Angkor Wat--while streams of water fell into small basins bordered by palms, ferns and philodendrons.