Being a mom is not always an easy job and we don’t say thank you nearly enough! That’s why again this year, in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re rewarding all the moms with a much deserved vacation getaway! Take a break and relax with family or just couple of friends in some of the most favored destinations. Choose from a great variety of hotels in either sunny beach destinations like NYC. or Miami, or take a fun city break to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas with your girlfriends!
Las Vegas, Nevada, is a fantasyland for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true.
Rising up from the desert over a century ago, the city of lights and action hosts famous shows, world-class golf and spa resorts, Zagat rated cuisine, 5-star hotels, and of course the thrill of the casinos.
Las Vegas is also known for the many drive through wedding chapels, and about 122,000 marriages are preformed there every year. Be sure to catch all the action after dark when the sides of many buildings light up to perform a dance of colors; some even have music set to them.
Watch a volcano erupt outside the Mirage, experience the water symphony of the Fountain Show at the Bellagio, or be serenaded through a gondola ride at the Venetian (be sure to look up at the intricately painted ceiling). Don’t forget to take a ride up to the Eiffel Tower observation deck where a panorama of the city unfolds itself for miles.
If you plan on spending most of your vacation shopping make sure you visit the Forum Shops next to Caesars Palace. Here you can window shop over 160 boutiques and experience fine dining all in one place. When night falls make sure to visit at least one of the six clubs located inside Caesars Palace. Clubs range from sophisticated jazz lounges to lively outdoor clubs.
The Venetian is a eco-friendly resort on the Las Vegas Strip with a unique Italian-themed design. The all-suite resort includes 19 international restaurants, a state-of-the-art casino, 5-acre pool deck and an Italian-style shopping mall.
Every suite at the Venetian Resort offers a spacious living room with a dining table, two 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free high-speed internet access. The large bathrooms offer marble counters and deluxe toiletries. A daily newspaper is also provided.
The Resort Venetian Hotel features 3 outdoor pools, a poolside bar and free access to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub gym. Four bars and lounges provide live nightly entertainment.
The Venetian Hotel’s indoor mall, Grand Canal Shoppes, boasts 80 boutique stores. Guests can stroll down the Italian styled streets or ride down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Set in the center of the Strip, this unique resort provides an enchanting destination amid the attractions of Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is less than 5 miles from McCarran International Airport.
Diverse culinary offerings led by world-renowned chefs range from Italian and French to Asian and Mexican cuisines. Resort highlights include 3 distinct pool environments, a 100,000-square-foot casino, and a desert-inspired spa.
The 2,995-room resort, opened in 2010, features oversized, private terraces accessed via large, sliding glass doors. Bright, spacious interiors provide kitchenettes, multiple flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bathrooms.
Travel is great in small or large doses (I prefer larger doses). But when you can’t get away for that long trip, a couple shorts trips can certainly suffice; which led my husband and I to lively Las Vegas. The best part about Sin City? Just two days is plenty! It’s long enough to get away from the daily grind, but short enough that you don’t feel totally exhausted.
We arrived Friday mid-morning and started the day by exploring our hotel resort. This weekend we chose to stay at Bellagio (I found a good deal on our site). We shopped, then dined in the Palazzo’s Dos Caminos–A New York restaurant we love, now also living on the West Coast. We finished dinner in plenty of time for Holly Madison’s super fun show at Planet Hollywood.
The next day began with massages at Bellagio Spa (any spa service gives you all-day access to the lovely spa), lunch next door at the new Cosmopolitan Hotel, shopping at nearby Caesars Palace, back to the spa to take advantage of the relaxing sauna (quite a nice retreat after the barrage of crowds on The Strip), and we finished the night with dinner and a show at our hotel.
All that in two days! What would you do with just 48 hours in Vegas?
It is unlikely that any city in the US was hit as hard by the recession as Las Vegas. They experienced twin crashes in housing and tourism while still not being completely recovered from the downturn of the early 2000s. While housing may yet take a while to recover, signs of a recovery in the tourism industry are growing.
Numbers just released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority say the city attracted 3,330,658 visitors in July, an increase of 4.7 percent from the same month a year ago.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, that is the largest single-month percentage growth in visitors to Las Vegas in almost five years.
Much of the growth can be attributed to great deals, an increase in convention business, and visits from those within driving distance to Levas. Airline passenger counts have yet to see much improvement.
“We’re encouraged and happy to see the continued increases in visitation,” says Kevin Bagger, senior director of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “But we still know that people are cautious in their spending habits.”
Room rates for July were up 4.8 percent to an average of $91. Additionally, even though there are some 7,000 more hotel rooms than a year ago, citywide occupancy remained at 84 percent, essentially unchanged from a year ago.
Alas, not all the news is good. The Plaza Hotel downtown recently closed. However, they say they’re doing renovations and plan to re-open the property in the future.
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How many times have you been asked that question over your life? Well now you can answer yes as the Stratosphere Skyjump attraction is open for business. The attraction has been awarded the record for world’s longest commercial decelerator jump for its 829 foot fall. The only other SkyJump in the world is on Auckland New Zealand’s Sky Tower, where the fall is ‘only’ 627 feet.
Video of some of the first jumps:
Plus this one from CBS really captures the feel (via Facebook).
Thinking of making the jump yourself? Reward yourself with a stay at one of Last Minute Travel’s Las Vegas hotels. Special deals right now include 4-Star rates for under $40 and 3-Star resort for 30% off.
Previously: Skyjump to open in Las Vegas.
Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas will add 14 gates to the popular facility. Five of which will be able to accommodate the new super sized airplanes used in international flights. The decision to go ahead and complete the project, even in the soft economy, has just been made.
“The conversation went something like this,” Walker said. “You have one of two risks. One risk is you could build the facility and we open up in 2012 and we don’t need it. The second risk is that you do not build the facility and in 2012, (convention authority President) Rossi (Ralenkotter) has been able to encourage all these additional people to come to the community and they can’t get here.
Las Vegas is a city built on risks, so of course they’re going ahead.
This is good news for travelers to Las Vegas as the city will be pulling out all the stops to entice you to come back in 2012. Don’t want to wait for 2012 for your next Las Vegas experience? LastMinuteTravel.com is running a whole grip of discounts on popular hotels all over town.
When you’re in Las Vegas there’s no rush quite like winning a big hand or a giant bet that finally comes in. All that will change this April when the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino opens its next thrill ride, The SkyJump Las Vegas.
Adrenaline junkies, and daring tourists, can experience the rush of an 855 foot “controlled freefall” off the Stratosphere Tower. This 40 mph fall will provide guests an experience similar to base jumping or skydiving. Plus there’s the added benefit of the amazing panoramic view from the Stratosphere. That is if you can dare keep your eyes open.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring SkyJump Las Vegas to the Stratosphere,” said Frank Riolo, CEO of American Casino & Entertainment Properties. “This will not only be North America’s only skyjump, but also the highest skyjump in the world.”
Riders of SkyJump Las Vegas will be given a short safety lesson and then they will be suited up in Stratosphere’s custom “jump suits.” The rider is then connected to a patented high-speed “descender” machine and led to the edge of a small platform where they will leap out and descend the 100+ story height of Stratosphere. Guide wires keep riders from straying off course in what is an incredibly safe, yet audacious adventure. Just prior to reaching the rapidly approaching ground, the machine slows the rider down, bringing them to a controlled and safe landing.
“While the entire experience - from preparation to landing - takes just 30 minutes, the thrill will last a lifetime,” Riolo continued. “Stratosphere has made a commitment to reinvesting in our property at all levels and this will be an outstanding addition for everyone - whether you’re making the leap yourself or watching those daring enough to do it.”
SkyJump is expected to open April of 2010, and will join three thrill rides already atop the tower: Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity.
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2010 is shaping up to be a New Year’s Eve like no other! It’s not too late to book a trip and get in on the fun. To help you decide, LastMinuteTravel.com presents North America’s most-popular destinations for ringing in the New Year!
Using our proprietary technology, we’ve collected destination data from our website to find out where North Americans are going to celebrate this New Year’s Eve. The top 5 are:
Nobody parties like Mickey and Minnie – and recently Shamu and Spiderman have been getting in on the act too! The Orlando parks go all out for the important night with special fireworks spectaculars and great food and dancing. If crowding into the theme parks will thousands of your closest friends isn’t your thing, there are plenty of fabulous New Year’s parties all across central Florida. Right now flights to Orlando are very affordable, so why not experience some of Disney’s magic for yourself.
One of the most exciting and colorful places to celebrate New Year’s, Las Vegas attracts the wildest people to their growing number of clubs. There are so many options for the New Year in Vegas; toast the “nouvelle année” from the top of the replica Eiffel Tower, party with thousands of others on the Strip as midnight approaches, or watch the festivities from a private suite in your favorite resort. Any are great locations to watch the massive fireworks show that will launch from the rooftops of seven hotels along the Strip.
New York City
The traditional place to ring in the New Year is Times Square. The Big Apple is the center of attention if you want to experience the festive throng and the famed “ball drop”. If being outside in NYC’s winter weather isn’t your thing, there are thousands of great parties to join after you take in a Broadway show or catch the Radio City Rockettes.
New Year’s revelers flock to Chicago for the great food and the fun parties. Whether its luxury you want or a party in a penthouse club, you’ll find it in the windy city. Just bundle up as it can get a bit chilly out there. Other popular parties include a river cruise or a concert at Grant’s park. Both provide you with a front-row view of the fireworks.
Westcoasters in the know flock to the city of fun and sun for one last fling before the New Year begins. Popular places to party include Disneyland in Anaheim, the Together As One festival to dance into the next decade, and any of the hundreds of trendy clubs in Santa Monica or Beverly Hills where you can see or be seen. My favorite LA parties let you ring in the New Year twice, once at 9pm when NYC drops the ball and again at Midnight west coast time.
Other hot party cities include Miami, San Diego, New Orleans, Myrtle Beach, and San Francisco.
In a recent article published by TravelMole Atlantic City was said to be rated higher by consumers than Las Vegas. Here are the highlights:
- Market Metrix’s latest hospitality study reported that Atlantic City was rated higher by consumers for price, sophistication and pampering.
- A recent survey published in Hotel & Motel Management magazine said that Atlantic City beat out Las Vegas when it came to the hotel and casino experience.
- San Rafael from Market Metrix conducted a survey asking guests if they would recommend the resort they stayed at to others; 78% of Atlantic City guests said that they were very likely to recommend the resort while only 59% of Las Vegas guests said that they were very likely to recommend the resort.
Here are the top 10 attractions in Atlantic City:
1. Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino
2. The Pier at Caesars
3. Central Pier
4. Wild Wild West Casino
5. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
6. Casino at the Tropicana Resort
7. Atlantic City Historical Museum
8. Garden Pier
9. The Quarter at Tropicana
10. Caesars Atlantic City Casino
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