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March 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
With Easter just around the corner, Vegas visitors won't want to miss the jaw-dropping holiday display at the L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant inside the MGM Grand resort. Made from more than 70 pounds of dark, milk and white chocolate, the display includes sculptures of about 150 flowers, 120 eggs and 60 hens. Completing the menagerie are bunnies, birds and butterflies, all of them literally good enough to eat. Executive Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida and a team of four spent eight weeks designing and crafting the elaborate celebration of Easter.
July 4, 2010 | By Jay Jones
Sunday Fireworks reggae-style Where: Mandalay Beach (Mandalay Bay) Highlights: Celebrate Independence Day to the blast of fireworks and the beat of Mystic Roots Band. Info: (702) 632-7580, Friday Lilith Fair Where: Mandalay Bay Events Center Highlights: Billed as a celebration of women in music, the headliners include Sara McLachlan, Miranda Lambert, the Bangles and Queen Latifah. Info: (702)
September 24, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 this year, but it's not the only Golden Gate with a reason to celebrate. The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has unveiled a major expansion -- its first in 50 years -- that adds a five-story luxury tower with 16 suites to the 122-room boutique hotel. Fourteen suites honor swinging Rat Pack guests such as Frank Sinatra , Sammy Davis Jr . and Dean Martin . They include a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a California king bed and a sectional sofa with a queen-size pull-out.
January 25, 2009 | Jen Leo
Falling room rates? They're not just for mid-priced Vegas Strip hotels anymore. The luxury destinations have lowered their rates too. The Trump Hotel Las Vegas has announced room rates almost 75% off brochure rates at the 64-story condo-hotel that cost a cool billion to build. The deal: On select days, rates for a 526-square-foot room, the Vista Studio Suite, with a city view, start at $89. Each room has a king bed, a sleeper sofa and a kitchen.
December 5, 2010
Rooms opening Dec. 15: 2,000 Total rooms: 2,995 Towers: two Restaurants, lounges and bars: 18 Pools: three Casino size: 100,000 square feet Overall square footage: 6.6 million Property footprint: 8.7 acres (about the size of the lake at Bellagio) Cost to build: $3.9 billion
March 11, 2012 | Jim Peltz
¿¿Reporting from Las Vegas -- Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr.led 64 of the first 70 laps but teammate Jimmie Johnson was the leader at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson, the only four-time winner at Las Vegas, had to start in the rear of the 43-car field because he was using a backup car after crashing his primary car in practice. But Johnson stormed through the field to take the lead in the Kobalt Tools 400, a 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track.
April 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
May 1 may be Lei Day in Hawaii , but in Las Vegas , it's May 4 and 5 -- at least in downtown Las Vegas at the California Hotel Casino . The California Hotel will host a weekend of island-style activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Musicians and dancers will perform virtually nonstop, and vendors will be selling arts and crafts. Attendees also can sample traditional island food and drink. Among the dishes for sale: kalua pig, lau lau, a pork dish wrapped in taro leaf; and hot malasadas, a sweet pastry.
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