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Travel Thursday: Turn Up the Heat on Your Summer Travel! What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!

No summer is complete without a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. “Wait! What?!” you say? “In 120 degree weather?! Never!” But let me tell you, the heat is what makes the entire experience in Sin City. It’s the hot desert sun that makes you want to lounge at the pool and drink cocktails and beers with your friends. It’s the heat that gives you that vitamin D you’ve been needing for 6 months. It’s the summer rays that make walking in and out of ice cold casinos all the better.

If you can get to Vegas any time of year, it’s great, but if you can stand the heat and find a great deal on hotels and travel during the summer you need to go. It’s what Las Vegas was made for!

I recently went on a boys trip to Las Vegas. Being from Southern California, it’s a quick 3.5-4 hour car ride (5 hours with stops if you’re recharging a Tesla like us) or a quick 45-minute flight that is over before it even started.

We’ve been to Vegas many times before. For California folks, it’s the perfect amount of debauchery away from home. But this trip was a little different. We wanted to try and do things we hadn’t experienced in Vegas before.


STAYVdara Hotel & Spa

We’ve typically stay in the hustle and bustle of one of the Las Vegas Strip’s busiest hotel/casinos. But this trip, we wanted to get a different experience so we opted to stay at Vdara, which is an exclusively smoke-free hotel only that is even pet-friendly! Vdara is nestled on the strip, yes, but a little off the beaten path between ARIA, Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan.

Vdara is an MGM Resorts property that has a very chic, but relaxed feel. One of our favorite things to do while in Vegas is to spend hours at the pool taking naps, cooling off, and getting tipsy—Vdara is a great place for this. You won’t get the party-like pool DJ experience like at other hotels, so if you’re looking for that place you may want to check out one of the neighboring hotels. Vdara is very laid back. It is iconic for its luxurious aqua-colored umbrellas that cover nearly the entire pool area. It’s the perfect haven for getting away from the rowdy Las Vegas Strip or to recover from a night of bad mistakes and stories that will never be repeated.

Vdara also has a cool new addition to their guest services. They have robots that bring you tasty bites and drinks from the hotel’s Market Café. Fetch and Jett are two relay robots that Vdara just introduced in late June to its guests. We were lucky to see them in action wandering around the lobby. If you stay at Vdara, order yourself something and watch them in do their thing!

 

 


EXPERIENCE - Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is one of the attractions in Vegas I’ve been wanting to visit for years! It’s located on the South of the strip deep inside of the Mandalay Bay. If you’ve never been to an aquarium, of even if you have, this 45-60-minute self-guided walk discovering different sea life is incredible. Okay, so may you’re not a zoo or aquarium person, who cares?! Go anyway! It’s pretty amazing to see these creatures up close and personal. Unless you’re a scuba diver or get attacked by a shark surfing in Hawaii, you’ll never have the chance to check them out. Some of the highlights of the Shark Reef is the pool of piranhas, the sting rays, the luminescent jelly fish, and of course, the huge tunnels looking up and around at the various threatening sharks. It’s great for all ages and makes for perfect photo ops with the fish.


TASTE - Rivea

I have tried many restaurants in Las Vegas, but Rivea at the Delano has been one of the best I’ve ever had. The food is refined, organic, and the wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable about their dishes. Not to mention the entire restaurant is adorned with these incredible glass bulbs that make you feel like are inside a dream.

We tried a little of everything at Rivea:

Liberty Duck Breast with cherry, beets, and pistachios

Potato gnocchi with sage and parmesan cheese (not pictured because we ate it too fast!)

White asparagus with a sabayon sauce

Colorado Lamb Chop with a fresh herb crust and eggplant tian

Pizzetta with San Daniele cured ham and arugula

Jidori free-range chicken with seasonal vegetable cocotte

Chocolate soufflé​

Strawberry & rhubarb tart with stracchino sorbet

Instead of telling you about each of them, all I can say is that everything was exceptionally delicious! The flavors melted together and each bite was a fusion of textures that was every bit a part of the meal.

Rivea is the perfect place to go, even if you just want to have a glass of champagne and take in the breathtaking views of the strip unlike any other on the strip. I can’t say enough how much we enjoyed finishing our drinks on the restaurant’s terrace overlooking the Luxor’s majestic light beam and speckles of light as far as the eye can see. It’s the perfect experience for those who want to do something in Vegas they’ve never done before.


EXPERIENCE – Seven Magic Mountains

If you haven’t seen #SevenMagicMountains on Instagram…you’re not looking hard enough. This art installation is a temporary feature that was created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The work is comprised of seven large-scale towers of colorful, stacked boulders that are over thirty feet high. This burst of color in the middle of the desert is located just off of Interstate 15, so if you’re flying to Vegas, you may have to hitch a ride to see these beauties. If you’re driving in from California, it’s a quick detour that is well worth it. Thousands flock to the Seven Magic Mountains to appreciate the disruption in the natural landscape. If you’re headed to Las Vegas in 2018 be sure to check these out before they are no longer standing.

 


 

EXPERIENCEVirtual Reality Powered by Zero Latency

Virtual Reality is something I never imagined I would be doing while in Vegas…so we had to try it! I’ve done some dabbling in VR before, but nothing of the magnitude that is Zero Latency. Nothing had prepared us for this out of body experience. For those of you who are not gamers, I included, this virtual reality is more than a game—it is a transportation to another world where you are at the center of your own universe. It’s like a movie and you’re the star. Your livelihood and your team depend on every step you take. Our experience with Virtual Reality began by getting a brief orientation and overview of the equipment. Once ready, we entered a large room with grids on the floor. We were given instructions on what to look for when we put our headset on and then we were off onto our zombie apocalypse.

The best thing about the VR experience was the mind control of the visuals. Even though we were in a secure room, the world of destruction, explosions, and infection were in our eyes. We worked as teams to shoot down flesh-craving zombies without ever physically leaving the room. The hardest parts were scaling a ramp and jumping into a helicopter for fear that we would fall to our death—but again, it was just virtual reality! Okay, I’m nerding out a bit. The experience was great and if you have never done something like this, I really recommend it. If you like thrills such as escape rooms, paint balling, and rollercoasters, I virtual reality will be some next level stuff.

WARNING: It is not for the faint of heart or those who suffer from motion sickness. VR by Zero Latency inside the MGM Grand is a MUST DO Las Vegas attraction!


TASTEMichael Mina’s PUB 1842

If you’re hungry in Vegas, which I guarantee you will be after all that drinking and baking in the sun, chef Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand hits the perfect spot. This modern invention on the classic pub menu is a great place for lunch or dinner. PUB 1842 has some melt-in-your-mouth comfort food that will make you wish you weren’t getting full. Their assortment of unique whiskeys and beers on tap helped us make some food decisions, but don’t worry, if you’re not the savviest drinker, the servers know what to recommend!

What can I say about the food here, though?

I ordered the brisket with a side of coleslaw and a cornbread muffin. This brisket, with the right amount of BBQ sauce, was so tender it was like butter! I had to share with everyone, but that was great because I had half of the bacon burger and that was a cheesy-melty-goodness. Okay, I’ve used a lot of the word ‘melt’ here—that MUST be good! Hands down another of the best places to grab a bite away from the heat while in Vegas.


EXPERIENCE - Opium

If you really want to experience something out of the ordinary in Vegas, like that’s not already possible anywhere you turn, you need to check out Opium at The Cosmopolitan. Opium is an out-of-this-world variety spectacle that comes from, Spiegelworld, the creators of the highly popular Absinthe. Opium is a funky, psychedelic trip that is full of humor, acrobatics, sexy innuendo, and high octane visuals that will leave you wondering ‘WTF did I just watch?’ The show just opened earlier this year and has already gotten attention for one of the most eccentric and quirky acts on the Las Vegas strip. It is a “close encounter with a spaceship of fools” that will make your visit to Vegas like no other.


DANCEPiranha Nightclub

Okay—so I know I said that this Vegas trip was all about new experiences, but Piranha is one of my favorite spots to hit up when I am in Sin City. The nightclub has two awesome dance floors, both with super hot go go boys. They love tips! Just sayin’. Separating the two dance rooms is a large aquarium full of piranhas, very in-theme. Most nights of the week, Piranha has drag shows that are currently hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Shannel and Yara Sofia. If you opt to get VIP bottle service, you have access to the venue’s second floor balcony overlooking the dance floor in what is typically the Latin dance floor. And if you're as lucky as we were, you'll meet the NICEST queen known all over Las Vegas as Hot Chocolate. She commands the room with her presence and she makes Piranha memorable for all!

 

 


 

EXPERIENCE Chippendales

One show we’ve always wanted to check out is Chippendales. This all-male revue has a long history of sexy male dancing that dates back to 1979. Flash forward almost 40 years and you have the hottest show that has been focal point of many nights for screaming and laughter as these muscle men take it all off—even the little bow ties. We always thought that Chippendales was one of those ‘girls only’ type shows that didn’t allow men to attend. Yeah, those exist. Attending Chippendales was never something we thought we would experience, but we were happy to learn that not only are men welcome into Chippendales, they have a very clear LGBTQ inclusive policy that welcomes people from all walks of life.

Their website reads:

When Chippendales revolutionized male stripping for female audiences, it was to create an environment where women felt safe and confident to have fun watching. We cater to a predominantly female audience but we have always welcomed LGBTQ to join our community. Chippendales prides itself on providing a fun and safe environment for all our friends to enjoy.

So we went, we saw, we enjoyed! These men are definitely fantasy material and they dance and play to the audience’s energy—even to the men in the audience. Hey, gays! There were at least 10 other guys in the audience so you won’t be alone if you go check out this awesome show.

Blogger and reality personality Perez Hilton will actually be joining the ranks of Chippendales as their next celebrity guest host on July 26th. Chippendales has had a lot of celebrity guests from Tyson Beckford to Nyle Dimarco. Perez will be in selected performances through September 2nd so check it out if you plan to be in Vegas this summer.

Okay...here's a little something from their Instagram:

 

 

#ManCrushMonday vibes — just for you. #Chippendales

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EXPERIENCE Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

For the art lovers out there like me, a trip to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is an unexpected sanctuary away from the chaos that Las Vegas can cause. The BGFA is a premier exhibition space where they claim “great art goes on vacation”. If you frequent galleries and museums, the BGFA is smaller than you might be accustomed to. Their current exhibition, Primal Water: An Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art, is on display through October 21, 2018. The show uses diverse media with water as a motif. The gallery describes it best with “The featured artists approach the theme water in a myriad of ways from documenting its absence, capturing its abundance, decontextualizing its existence, and exploring its relationship with humanity.” If you’re looking for something you can do at your own pace, you should take a trip to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.


This is just a small list of how you can have some new experiences in Las Vegas, but quite honestly, Vegas has so much energy and potential for a great time that every trip will be unexpected. Looking forward to returning from October 19-21 for Las Vegas Pride. It will be cooler temperatures, but it will still be HOT!

For more information check out www.visitlasvegas.com  

Britney To Return To Las Vegas For 2019? Leaving The Planet For Monte Carlo?

For all of us that where saddened they did not get a chance to see Britney Spears in Las Vegas before she shut down her "Piece of Me" show *raises both hands*, we're going to get another chance!  In what has been called a hush-hush multi-million dollar discussion, Britney seems to be all set to sign the papers to return to Las Vegas.

When and if she returns (we NEED IT!), she will be changing stages from Planet Hollywood to The Park Theater at The Monte Carlo, which was renamed this year as Park MGM.

The change in venue comes with some changes in the performance as well.  When she starts this next residency, scheduled to be for two years (her first run was for 4 years), Britney will pull in $500,000 per show, making her the highest-paid woman on the Strip and more than her $400,000 per show from her last stay in Sin City.

She joins a fine cast of singers as MGM owns the Park  and holds the contracts of Cher, Lady Gaga, and Ricky Martin.  Imagine if they all showed up to her opening!

Rumors are the show will build upon and be a reworked version of her "Piece of Me", but with less singing and more performance.  Bite your tongue bitches about her lip syncing already.  We know and were fine with it!

Related Post: Watch: Britney Spears Terrified As Man Storms Her Vegas Show Stage

What is exciting is she'll be returning to Las Vegas for the 21st anniversary of her debut hit, "Hit Me Baby One More Time."

Can we be there for the opening Britney?  Please!!!

 

h/t: mirror.co.uk, absolutelybritney.com

 

Barry Manilow Cancelled Las Vegas Opening Tonight Due To Pneumonia

Las Vegas audiences will be disappointed to hear that Grammy/Emmy Award-winning pop star Barry Manilow has been forced to cancel his opening night tonight in Las Vegas.

Just hours before the debut of "Manilow Las Vegas - The Hits Come Home" at the Westgate Las Vegas, the singer fell ill and was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Tonight's opening as well as the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances have been cancelled.

Here’s the full announcement:

On the eve of a sold-out opening weekend at Westgate Las Vegas, singer Barry Manilow has hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow said. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.”

Manilow is under the care of the best doctors and being closely monitored and supervised. He is expected to be released in a few days and make a speedy recovery.

“The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when. His show resumes on June 21st,” said David Siegel, Westgate Resorts’ Founder & CEO.

Full refunds for show tickets or ticket exchanges for future dates will be issued and all Manilow ticket holders can bring their tickets to attend a free Soundtrack show tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.

“Manilow Las Vegas - The Hits Come Home” will resume its regular schedule on June 21 - 22 - 23.

Manilow’s opening performances this weekend were specifically planned to coincide with his 75th birthday, which is Sunday.

For more information about Manilow's upcoming performances, click here.

Social Media Star Perez Hilton Named As Chippendales' Next Celeb Host

Get ready to “Party with Perez” this summer when Perez Hilton, the original celebrity social media influencer, joins the world famous Chippendales as their special guest host at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  

Hilton will begin his six week run July 26 through Sept. 2, 2018 (Thursday through Sunday performances).  

No stranger to the stage, Hilton will combine his comedic wit and outrageous sense of humor to guide the audience through a wild evening celebrating the hottest men, music and moves in Las Vegas.  

Audience members can rest assured, what happens at Chippendales still stays at Chippendales! 

“Perez is a big, bold personality and we’re expecting him to bring just that to the show”, commented Kevin Denberg, Chippendales Managing Partner. “There’s no holds barred here… expect Perez to say what’s on his mind, or what’s on yours, as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, bringing even more fun and humor to the Chippendales party experience.”

"I am a big fan of Chippendales and I am so excited to be a special guest host unlike any other they've ever had before," says Hilton. "I am looking forward to taking my role as your gay best friend into the real world and helping the women (and men) who come to the show have THE BEST TIME possible!" 

“It's going to be super fun for them and for me - and that's why I'm truly ecstatic to do it! I've seen the show multiple times and can't wait to be a part of it from start to finish! It's going to be magical!"

Perez is the latest celebrity to join the exclusive roster of guest hosts at Chippendales. From international supermodel Tyson Beckford to Beverly Hills 90210/Sharknado star Ian Ziering to Dancing with the Stars mirror ball champion Tony Dovolani and Nyle DiMarco (double champ for America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars).

Every celebrity guest who’s ever donned the brand’s iconic cuffs and collar has brought his own unique style and energy to sold-out audiences.  

Consistently named the “Best Male Revue” in Las Vegas by the prestigious Best of Las Vegas! Awards, Chippendales features heart thumping choreography and multiple opportunities for audience members to get on stage in an all-out party that provides the perfect backdrop for a night out in Las Vegas. 

And yes - men are always welcome at Chippendales.

But the big question is - will Perez go “the full Monty?”

Check out Perez’s announcement video below.

 

 

And since we're here, let's take a stroll through the Chippendales' Instagram with Tyson Beckford, Nyle DiMarco, Tony Dovolani and the Chipps.

 

Who's ready to party? #Vegas @riovegas @tysoncbeckford #Chippendales

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Las Vegas Is Getting Ready To Have The World's Biggest Orgy

Want to take part in the world’s biggest orgy? Your chance is coming up, but there’s a pretty big catch.

A group of sex enthusiasts called Menage Life has announced that they're taking a shot at the record for the largest orgy in the world. The current record hold is from 2006 when 500 people (250 women and 250 men) got it on in Tokyo.

Now, Menage Life says it can do better.

“We will blow that number out of the water,” reads the Menage Life website. “We are anticipating 1,000-plus [participants] for this monumental event. This is Sin City after all.”

Right now, Menage Life is hoping that 1,000 people will show up to their event on June 2 at the Sin City 8 adult hotel in Las Vegas. But, their location might have made the rules too restrictive to hit that mark.

As Las Vegas Weekly reports, participants have to pay in order to take part. The actual event itself is free, but a pass into the hotel (which you must have to participate in the event) costs money. Couples have to pay $200 and single women have to pay $25. As for single men, they’re not invited.

But what about gay couples? Neither Menage Life nor Sin City 8 mentions any inclusion or exclusion of them. Theoretically, gay couples could sign up and just play with their partners while the two hour orgy goes on. Then if any other couples consent to swingers play, the fun can expand.

On that note, consent is mandatory at the event. If anyone is caught trying to force sex on anyone else, patrolling security guards will come around and kick the offenders out.

Also, tickets come with access to complimentary condoms, towels, lube, hand sanitizer, optional masks, and more.

So, get yourself a female friend to sneak you in or see if male couples are accepted and buy your ticket to Last Vegas in June, because it looks like the world’s biggest orgy is getting ready to let loose.

h/t: Las Vegas Weekly

Queen + Adam Lambert To Rock "The Crown Jewels" In Las Vegas Residency

Iconic British rockers Queen and out frontman Adam Lambert have announced the band’s first Sin City residency, titled "The Crown Jewels," at Park Theater at Park MGM, in September 2018. The band first shared the news with the Twitterverse Monday morning on social media:

You can be sure to expect thunderbolts and lightning, disco balls and all the massive Queen hits including "Another One Bites The Dust," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Somebody To Love," "Radio Ga Ga" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The musical alchemy between Lambert and Queen has been a magical ride since first sharing a stage for the American Idol finale in May 2009. Years later now, with 150 shows in their pocket, the potent power players are filling stadiums and festivals with an awe-inspiring show drawing across-the-board rave reviews.

When Queen and Lambert debuted the show last year, Billboard Magazine raved called the production, "a seamlessly executed Vegas assault -- a just-right balance of kitsch, classic rock and ‘70s excess. It's all there; the bombast, melodrama, the drum solos, the glitter, the great songs, a crazy light show, big power chords." 

 

 

Cloak designed by @Jeffreywork Thank you Glasgow! @officialqueenmusic #qal

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More from the praise from the press:

“A master class in design, lighting and supreme musicianship. Long may Lambert and the Queen of now reign.” - News Corp Australia Network

"With fantastic players, a dazzling stage design, an almost unparalleled catalogue of classic songs, and an outstanding frontman, Queen still offer one of the most entertaining nights of rock and roll to be seen and heard anywhere.” - Daily Telegraph

Announcing this specially-crafted “The Crown Jewels” show, Queen’s Brian May said: “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!!”

Band mate Roger Taylor concurred saying, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip,” singing the praises of “the audaciously and phenomenally talented Adam Lambert.”

Lambert gushed back: “I’m so excited to help share ‘The Crown Jewels’ with the Strip. You’ll be humming them all night!”

The royal rockers will hold court in the City of Entertainment for 10 performances from September 1 - 22 (September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8PM).

Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert's Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 8 at 10AM PT. QueenOnline.com subscribers will be sent pre-sale links and passwords.

Tickets on sale to the public Friday, May 11 at 10AM PT at www.ticketmaster.com (link not live until Friday).

Check out Queen + Adam Lambert below rocking out to "Somebody To Love" from an appearance on X-Factor in 2014.

 

 

Elton John Banned Fans From His Stage After One Got Too Handsy

Elton John got fed up after one audience member got too handsy.

During his Las Vegas residency, the singer has enjoyed having audience members stand on stage during his performances of “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.”

Sadly, that came to an end this Thursday when one fan got too close for comfort. After telling the fan to stop touching him several times, Elton John eventually lost it and told the fan to “f*** off.” After that, he stormed off stage.

The woman recording the video below talked to the people beside her and said, “I think the show’s over.” Luckily, John did eventually come back to the stage (after the fan was escorted out of the building.”

On top of that, he also made the announcement that no one will be allowed to stand on stage anymore. “You F***ed it up,” the singer said.

Elton John has had other terrible situations with fans on the Las Vegas stage before. For instance, he once thought he had lost a tooth after someone threw beads at his face. So, we can understand him being done with it.

Plus, the singer had already announced his upcoming retirement, so it seems he was ready for the end anyway.

You can check out the TMZ video down below.