Hello From Las Vegas! – Rooms for the March Madness weekend were ridiculously expensive, and worth every penny. We hit our first 80F day of the year, although keep in mind the March average is around 70F. Always pre-check the weather when packing.
Newkirk’s Notes has been published by AccessVegas.com Founder Ted Newkirk continuously (in one form or another) since 1995.
Ted is a noted and quoted Las Vegas analyst, having been quoted and sourced multiple times in 2020 along in publications ranging from the Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada’s largest newspaper) to U.S. News and World Report.
Newkirk’s Notes go well beyond the basic news, rumors, and (often questionable) thoughts and proclamations floating around on the internet. Our Supporting (Paid) Members know not only what is happening, but why, and how they can benefit (or know what to avoid).
For example, countless Members have had incredibly enjoyable and successful visits to Las Vegas during COVID simply because they were truly in the know, and not only knew what was happening, but what was on the horizon.
Saving them money, time and inconvenience.
At $34.80 for an entire year (only $2.90 per month), we distill down what you really need to know, so that your trip this spring, summer, or even later in the year turns out to be your best ever. And, we GUARANTEE it.
Especially in these unprecedented times, find out what it is like to ACTUALLY be in the KNOW this time around:
MGM Sued Over Resort Fees – Are things finally getting serious? What changes would this mean for you as a visitor? Our Members knew how to (often successfully) contest resort fees in various ways the past 18 months.
Shows Are Back – The extra change made to various show capacities have most shows either back or slated to be back. This also affects sports. We do into all the “need to know”
Major Limo Fire – This Las Vegas happening made national news. However, where were they headed, and why? And, why should anyone thinking about getting married or doing a vow renewal strongly consider this “best kept but in plain sight” wedding venue?
The Mayor Is Livid – With COVID restrictions soon to be turned over from the Governor to the County, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wasted no time saying “I told you so” to the detractors who lambasted her for having a different idea than the Governor when it came to restrictions just one year ago.
What did she say? We have the direct (unedited, no commentary) footage, and it will help you understand what to expect as Las Vegas continues to reopen.
The Drew Back To Fontainebleau – The big blue monster sitting 2/3 finished on The North Strip has changed hands. Again. What does the future hold, what will affect hotel prices and availability over the next year or two, and what factors would make your next few trips pretty cheap. Or, pretty expensive. Our Members KNOW what to keep an eye on.
Buy Your Airline Tickets Now? – We analyze future trends in airfare and have some advice that may save our Members significantly.
Mark Hall-Patton – If this name rings a bell, you know him as the bearded man in the Amish hats who shows up on Pawn Stars from time-to-time. We link to a great article on him, and tell Members what you should know about his “day job”, and why worth knowing is well worth your time (and, one of the best values in town!)
Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!
Las Vegas Shows
We’re less than a month from the opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, and I’m thinking you’re not as excited as you should be. Sure, it’s been pushed back—from November to January to March 25—but that shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm. Pandemic stuff. If it made sense to swing open the doors to that shiny new grand entrance in the fall, it would have happened. This place wants to see you really badly.
Las Vegas Dining
All Vegas nightclubs have been closed for a year now because of the pandemic, right? Wrong. While the state’s COVID restrictions mandate that nightclubs stay closed, a handful of venues have been able to reopen and serve guests safely by changing the way they operate. Packed dancefloors and general admission are not allowed, so reservations are required, and clubs have pivoted into lounge-style experiences in order to meet social distancing and other guidelines.
Las Vegas Hotels
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas announced Friday that the property will open its doors with no resort fees and free self-parking. According to a news release, upon opening on March 25, in addition to no resort fees and complimentary self-parking, guests will also enjoy Wi-Fi at no charge, which will be available throughout the resort and in the over 1,500 Chambers.
Las Vegas Nightlife
Note From Ted:
Members Mania is a regular feature for our Supporting (Paid) Members. Membership includes our “Your Guy In Vegas” feature, where you can reach out to myself and our paid staff of experts with your specific Vegas questions. We don’t have “canned” answers. We’ll ask you for some details pertaining you your wants and needs. Then, answer accordingly.
So I know the Monorail is closed. Does anyone have a timeframe on when it might open? I will be in LV last week of April.
Elizabeth Oberlin via AccessVegas.com Las Vegas Insider Vibe Membership Group
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Assuming shows startup in earnest after the Governor’s March 15th press conference, does anyone know if Caesars Diamond members are still getting their 2 free show tickets a month? Unless I am completely missing something, it’s conspicuously absent from the Total Rewards status page.
Jim Woltman via TravelZork, ZorkCast (and ZorkFest too!)
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Las Vegas Tours and Attractions
Grand Canyon Railway is planning the return of the steam engine this year. The railway announced eight dates from April through October when one of the railway’s two steam engines will pull the 9:30 a.m. passenger train from Williams, Arizona, to the Historic Village inside Grand Canyon National Park.
Las Vegas Sports
For the first time, Raiders fans will get a chance to experience Allegiant Stadium. Tours of the $2 billion, 65,000-seat facility are now being offered to Raiders personal seat license-holders.
Las Vegas Gambling
Las Vegas Real Estate
Other Las Vegas News
Undoubtedly, the first night of a Vegas vacation is the best night. But it’s also the most dangerous night for your wallet. The excitement, the promise of an unforgettable experience, and the presence of friends, family and friendly strangers all might compel you to be a little more generous than normal. In those moments, it’s easy to blow most of your budget on a fancy dinner and several rounds of drinks for everyone and their mom. But don’t worry if you’re almost out of cash after day one, because you can easily budget an entire day in Vegas for under $100. (Taxes, fees and tip are not included. Prices subject to change.)
What We’re Watching!
Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy
(Producers Notes) Today we head to Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Las Vegas to explore the hotel. It’s been a long time since I’ve walked through this resort.
We got to check out the pool and the forum shops and walk around the rest of the hotel and casino. The resort is huge and absolutely beautiful but that Fall of Atlantis show is pretty strange but I do enjoy strange and free attractions.
(Producers Notes) Walk with us and explore The Tropicana Hotel and Casino located in Las Vegas.
(Producers Notes) This short video features Pete and a number of current pictures taken in Las Vegas.
(Producers Notes) It’s a gourmet Mexican dinner at Javier’s Finest Foods of Mexico at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
(Producers Notes) I previously shot a video walking across Hoover Dam, facing Lake Mead. Many of you asked for the second half, walking on the downside, the Colorado River side of the dam. Here it is. With some of my world-famous tour guide narration!
(Producers Notes) We all know that the Ninth Island, Las Vegas is a foodies paradise. Las Vegas attracts every top chef in the world and we have been very fortunate to be able to visit all of these restaurants.
One of the benefits of being in Vegas during the slow season is being able to “walk in” and dine at pretty much any restaurant that we’d like. We have always wanted to eat at Yardbird inside the Venetian, but there were always such long lines that we would just go somewhere else. We stop by and had the best experience!
VIP Grand Canyon Skywalk Tour via helicopter trip to and from the Skywalk. Stunning views! Expedited and exclusive arrangements available.
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