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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 19, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com á We want to hear from you!

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This Issue: Circus Circus Adventuredome

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


 


 


LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:ONE PULL – is going to make somebody very wealthy. Megabucks jackpot (if not hit) will top 33 MILLION DOLLARS this evening (Thursday). That’s $33,000,000 — in a split second. I don’t play slots, but I’ll be giving this a few spins. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-15-Sat-2000/news/12757562.htmláHOOVER DAM – “A Pictorial History of Hoover Dam” contains a collection of black and white photographs depicting the construction process of building Hoover Dam. These original photographs from the 1930’s have all been captioned and portray what an incredible marvel the Hoover Dam is. A review is available at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-28-Tue-1999/lifestyles/12372183.html and you can buy it from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0966554019/invegascom

VALLEY OF FIRE – Nevada’s oldest and largest state park contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the region and has been the site of many movie, TV, and commercial shoots. You can hike, horseback ride, and some of the surrounding areas offer great off-roading opportunities just 40 miles from town. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-12-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12485056.html

DOUBLING DOWN – on a blackjack? There is a time and a place where it’s the proper move, but the answer to when will surprise you. Read the humorous story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12735199.html

WINNERS – Sylvia Gosline of Roseburg, OR won last weeks Las Vegas Millennium 2000 t-shirt. Winners of the Paris Las confetti were Lee Anne Cravey, Mike Brown, and Jackie Bovee-Petruska.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

HARRAH’S – is now the permanent home to showroom headliner Clint Holmes. Review at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12712196.html

MGM GRAND – SHIRLEY BASSEY (James Bond film hits Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Moonraker, more) Feb. 3-9, and THE JUDDS Feb. 6-7. Tickets at (702) 891-7777 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link).

STARDUST – WAYNE NEWTON opens his long-term run on Jan. 24. Tickets at (702) 732-6325 and Stardust discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Stardust link).


 


 


FEATURE STORY: Circus Circus AdventuredomeThe average Las Vegan only gets out to the Strip when guests are in town, and then grudgingly because their friends don’t understand that a resident can’t drink and play $10 a hand blackjack until 5 AM, or drop $100 on a show without any thought.So, next time you hit town and call up your local friends, suggest heading over to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus. It’s the perfect theme park for Las Vegas. The big pink dome is huge, giving it an outdoors feel, but is climate controlled making it perfect on days when we hit those extreme high or low temperatures. Plus, your vacation time is valuable and you can see and do everything in 2-3 hours and be on your way without emptying your wallet.

The centerpiece of the park is the Canyon Blaster rollercoaster. It’s the only indoor double-loop, double corkscrew rollercoaster in the United States. More built for finesse than speed, this doesn’t have that “first big drop” like the one at New York, New York or the 200+ foot drop of the Desperado at Primm. But, it’s a lot of fun twisting and looping and it shakes you up pretty well.

If you feel the need for that plunging burst of speed, the other major ride is the Rim Runner water flume ride. After a fun float around the park, this ends with a splashing drop of over 4 stories! And yes, you are going to get wet. Go on this first so you can spend the next half hour drying out.

If you enjoy a ride that is designed to just really get you sick, The Inventor takes you 50′ in the air while flipping you around 360 degrees. We were content to watch, but people looked like they were having fun.

If action / adventure is more your style, you won’t be left out. A laser tag arena lets you combine forces for a battle in a darkened cavernous area. They have a batting cage or you can enjoy Xtreme Zone, and area with rock climbing and trampoline bungee. If you are an IMAX fan, the “Fun House Express” is a strange and wild clown-themed experience. If you need to get knocked around a little, they have bumper cars as well.

Long time readers know we don’t suggest bringing the younger kids to Las Vegas. There isn’t much for them to do and see, and parents spend their whole vacation thinking how much fun they could have had just as a couple. But if you bring them, the Adventuredome is a must whether they are 5, 10, or 15. The free clown shows at noon, 1:00, 3:00, and 4:00 PM (with hourly shows from 6-9:00 PM on Fri. and Sat. evenings) even put a smile on my face.

The park has the prerequisite carousel as well as a kiddie rollercoaster, “balloon ride” Ferris wheel, junior airplane ride, and swinging pirate ship ride. It’s not unlike the local county fair, except that the Adventuredome is clean, neat, (one would assume) well-maintained, and the people operating the rides don’t look like they spent all night doing drugs instead of doing their laundry. Scattered around the park are arcade games, games of skill (knock the bottles down for a prize, etc.), build your own arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding, and food.

Single ride tickets are available ($2-5 depending on the ride), but unless you are short on time and just want to hit the coaster, buy an all day pass. It’s only $16.95 for those over 48″ and $12.95 for those 35-48″. You must be 48″ tall to ride the “thrill” rides and 42″ tall for IMAX, laser tag, and the swinging pirate ship. We came about noon on a weekday and experienced no lines.

Adventuredome is located in the rear of Circus Circus, just off their rear parking garage and the new shopping and food area (which is probably the nicest part of a casino that could use a little sprucing up). Hours vary by season, so make a quick call ahead of time to (702) 794-3939 for recorded information.


 


 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:Jim Dobbelaire of Anchorage, Alaska wrote:>Its to bad people are talking bad about the new year holiday rates and
>how things did not work out for them, I feel for all of them. We put a lot
>of planning in our tips only to have our hopes knocked down.
>
>We planned our wedding over a year before the 2000 new year only to
>charged $400.00 a night with a minimum 4 night stay at a hotel / casino
>that closed down and only reopened a week before we got there. No
>gambling, no room service, no lounge, no pool which was important to us
>being from Alaska. We were severely over charged with what we call bait
>and switch.
>
>We do love Las Vegas. We come there a couple of times a year but now we
>are starting to have second thoughts. If our next trip turns out like
>our last it might be our last. Who wants to plan for months and spend
>hard earned money some place to play and only be told its not our
>problem or go somewhere else, well we might.
>
>We will be down for a week in April to enjoy the warmth and go out and
>play.
>
>Any ideas of a nice place to take my wife to make up for the bad
>experience we had a couple of weeks ago.
>
>Thanks for your time.

You didn’t name the name of the hotel, but we assume it was the Maxim because they closed for a few weeks due to bankruptcy. You can’t blame Las Vegas on that one: businesses fail every single day. Not that I don’t sympathize — you dealt with some very unfortunate circumstances.

You didn’t mention your age or price range so let’s toss this one out to the readers who bring their significant others to Las Vegas: write us at [email protected] and let us know your most romantic hotels, dining, and other sights or attractions you enjoy with love on your mind.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


 


THIS WEEKS POLL – “What is your most favorite thing to do in Las Vegas besides gambling?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: Do you avoid Las Vegas in the summer because of the heat?Yes – how do you survive living there? 20%
I don’t like to, but go if it’s cheap 13%
I’m usually in gambling, so who cares? 33%
Get me the lounge chair closest to the pool! 35%

FREE CONTESTS:

Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

LAS VEGAS MILLENNIUM 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at [email protected]

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:
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All contents copyright 1999 Ted Newkirk
January 19, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 12, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com á We want to hear from you!

THIS WEEKS POLL – “Do you avoid Las Vegas in the summer because of the heat?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK: Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?

Forget it — Never: 25%
Maybe one of these years – not sure: 13%
I’m going to do it at least once: 44%
I’m booking 2001 as soon as I can! 19%

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This Issue: Las Vegas Fine Dining

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


Note: We reviewed the Secret Garden of Seigfried and Roy a few weeks ago. The review is archived online with photos of the dolphins and tigers we took that day at http://www.las-vegas-news-reviews.com/99-12-01.htmáLAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:DUMB AND DUMBER – Top casino executives brushed off the 85% occupancy rate during New Years Eve, noting that this was the first time Las Vegas had experienced worldwide competition for New Years Eve visitors. They sighted additional operation expenses such as the unusually high price of big-name entertainers and (I’m not making this up) linen costs. Mmmmmmmmmm. Funny, you think a hotel would have enough linen on hand all the time, as well as the ability to launder it. It doesn’t seem to be a problem during Comdex (when occupancy rates are higher than 85%).

None of the casinos reported a better-than-expected gaming win that weekend. They forgot that their main business philosophy for 50 years has been value-priced rooms and food so you have some money to gamble with! Unlike other businesses who hire top quality people for the job, casinos are so flush that it’s still very much “who you know”. Hopefully this was a wake-up call.

If you want to hear the casino executives try to cover their behinds on this one, read the story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-10-Mon-2000/business/12697381.html (Note: the above is not sour grapes. I have never sought employment from a gaming company in any way, shape or form and have no interest in doing so).

LAKESHORE DRIVE – A new 2.5 mile section of this road has opened closer to the lake offering fantastic views and pullouts so that you can stop and enjoy them. This is a great little scenic detour on your way to Hoover Dam, as the road to the Dam contain little in the way of lake views. Get a city map before you head out (available at gift shops – they generally contain an expanded view of the metro area which includes the Lake). You will want to take US 95 (I-515) south to Henderson, exiting east on Lake Mead Dr.á Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-11-Tue-2000/news/12704948.html and discount rental cars at http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005 Combine this with a trip to Hoover Dam for a fun half-day scenic adventure!

OSCAR GOODMAN – was the answer to last weeks trivia contest. The former “Mouthpiece for the Mob” is our mayor. The Review-Journal did a fascinating in-depth piece on him last Sunday at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-09-Sun-2000/news/12655346.html (Particularly interesting is the accompanying photo of he and Mills Lane looking like they had been hitting the bar).

STEVE WYNN – did it again. The Mirage Resorts CEO is largely credited for the boom in fine dining in Las Vegas, and two of his companies restaurants have earned The 2000 Mobil Travel Guide 5 star ratings. Renoir at The Mirage and Picasso at Bellagio were two of only 19 restaurants to earn the honor. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-11-Tue-2000/news/12727327.html

NASCAR – Las Vegas 400 returns to town this year on March 5! Improvements have been made to the sight lines and Las Vegas Blvd. has been widened to help with the traffic congestion. In addition, this year shuttle busses are going to be taking a special route between the Strip and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to move you their much more quickly. Rooms and tickets go quick so check room rates at http://www.accessvegas.com and call the Speedway at (800) 644-4444 to get your tickets now. It’s quite the party weekend in Las Vegas!

MIGHT AS WELL JUMP – The press gets criticized for down playing tragedy that happens here, but it does. A 24-year-old Utah man did the freefall from the top of the Stratosphere last week, and we don’t mean the ride. Later, it was discovered that he was a grocery store manager who left with $15,000 of store cash. One can only speculate what kind of trouble he must have been in to steal that kind of money and come here for a quick hit. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-07-Fri-2000/news/12705389.html

WINNERS – Mike Brown of Omaha, NB won last weeks Las Vegas Millennium 2000 t-shirt. Marianne Modie of Cleveland, OH won the Jan. 1, 2000 copy of the Las Vegas Reveiw-Journal. Winners of the Paris Las confetti were Debi Jackson and John Trujillo. (3 other have been notified).

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143

JERRY LEWIS – the 20 year Las Vegas resident makes his first Las Vegas show appearance in years Jan. 13-16 at the Orleans. You can read a preview at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-14-Fri-2000/weekly/12731522.html Tickets are $54.95 – $64.95, available at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Orleans link).

ANDREW “DICE” CLAY – makes his very first appearance at The Venetian on Super Bowl Weekend Jan. 28 – 29. Tickets at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143 and Venetian discount suites (all rooms are full suites) at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Venetian link).


 


 


FEATURE STORY: Las Vegas Fine DiningWe receive numerous requests for fine dining reviews, and now you can get it right from the source! Long time local and internationally known Chef Les Kincaid is opening on the strip with a new and specialized radio show here in Las Vegas;”Les Kincaid’s Lifestyles Las Vegas”

Exciting celebrity guests will join Kincaid for lunch each show. It will alternate between AUREOLE in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and CHARLIE PALMER STEAK in the Four Seasons Resort. These premier restaurants will open their doors to have Kincaid and his guests enjoy lunch during the interviews each week.

Also, as part of each program, local journalist Barbara Nosek will host a “Magic Moments” feature, showcasing celebrity guests from all sectors of this “Magic capital of the world.”

This Saturday’s broadcast will be live from AUREOLE restaurant’s premier seat with guests Daniel Boulud, renowned celebrity chef and cookbook author from New York and wine celebrity Master sommelier Steven Geddes.

Each week Kincaid promises provocative questions and information from behind the scenes for those that love food and wines as he does. Celebrity entertainers will also be featured on this exciting show while in Las Vegas and performing around town.

This live broadcast comes to you every Saturday in Las Vegas on KDWN 720 AM and worldwide on the internet with KDWN’s online broadcast available at http://www.broadcast.com/radio/Talk/KDWN/ — times every Saturday are:

Pacific – 12:30 PM
Mountain – 1:30 PM
Central – 2:30 PM
Eastern – 3:30 PM
Worldwide – Consult an atlas for your time difference from Pacific Time (U.S)

(If you have trouble getting the internet feed, go to http://www.real.com/player/index.html?src=000107realhome to get the free Real Audio player).

The shows also will have a companion area on Kincaids web site. A special feature page with recipes and offer a look at the guests (including photos) at http://www.leskincaid.com

Les is one of the good guys with a knowledge of fine dining second to none. This is a must for the avid or upscale visitor.


 

 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:>I received this request from a visitor to my web site:
>I need your help.á I was married in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve.á The
>wedding took place on the Crosswalk between NY, NY & MGM Grand hotel.
>(Right outside the doors of NY, NY) The video was destroyed
>accidentally but there was another guy who video’d it.á I have no idea
>who he is but know there is a
>video of my wedding out there somewhere.á We were married at exactly
>midnight and this video means the world to us.á If you can put this
>story on any bulletin boards you know of and forward it to everyone
>you know and ask them to do the same maybe we can find the video of
>the most special moment in our lives.á Please help us.
>
>Thank you
>Kimco & Sioux
>
>Please reply with any info to
>[email protected]
>Under subject put Re: wedding Video

Note: Reply to the above at your own risk. I couldn’t confirm the accuracy of it. Anyone in that area see this wedding?

Mike Brown of Omaha wrote:

>We took our daughter to Vegas for her 21st.ábirthday Dec.5th. to
>Dec.9th.áand was surprised at all of the people complaining about the
>hotel rates for New Years.á This was the time we had planed to go ,
>but the rates were so high that we made it sooner.á I think the hotels
>lost a lot of respect from people who go there more than once a year.
>I know that it kept me away !á If you get the people there they will
>spend the money, but if you over charge they stay at home.

Sam Profio writes:

>Dear Ted:
>
>Absolutely love your newsletter. Don’t ever stop.
>
>In the above (Jan. 5, 2000) newsletter Mark B.á mentioned a lack of service in the
>sportsbooks.á While I have been “through” many of them, I have spent
>time in only a handful.á However, I can report that I have had three
>separate excellent experiences at Harrah’s.á Not only do they have
>good service from friendly servers, but unlike all of the other books
>I have been to, you can order food (casual) from a menu in the book!
>They have a dining area in the book!á Harrah’s prices are reasonable
>and you can grab a bite while you watch a game.á I don’t know of
>another place that does this but I’m sure there is.
>
>While I’m on this subject, one of my favorite places to watch a game
>in a casino is Monte Carlo’s brew pub!á Plenty of monitors, a few
>large screens and one very large screen.á This is also a great place
>to eat lunch especially if you prefer a good ale with your meal.
>There’s nothing like good brewery brew!á However, like all brew pubs I
>have been to across the country, be prepared to pay for that quality!
>Monte Carlo’s is no more expensive than our local breweries in the
>Cleveland area.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


I goofed. Last week, I noted that we were giving away a 10-10-00 Review Journal. In reality, it’s a 01-01-00 copy. First of the 2000’s. I’m working on the typos. I’m a “one man band” and spell check does not catch everything!FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

LAS VEGAS MILLENNIUM 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at [email protected]

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:
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but please ask for permission before reproducing the content in any
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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
January 12, 2000

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – January 5, 2000

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

This is the official newsletter of http://www.accessvegas.com Quality Las Vegas Tourist Information – Hotels, Casinos, Insider Tips, and more. If it’s about Las Vegas, it’s AccessVegas.Com!

Book Online and Save – Easy and Secure with Instant Confirmation:

* Discount Hotel Rooms – All Cities: http://www.lodging.com/affiliates/us_reservations.cgi?remote=tedinvegas
* Discount Rental Cars – All Cities: http://www.travelnow.com/cars/search.jsp?cid=2005
* Find Lowest Airfares: http://www.accessvegas.com/a-travel-center.htm
* Best Tours/Rates for Grand Canyon, Hoover, more: http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.comá We want to hear from you!

THIS WEEKS POLL – “Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!

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This Issue: Las Vegas Millennium Celebration

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]



Note: This issue deals mostly with the millennium celebration. Next week, we will get back to the regular review-of-the-week format. This one is long — save it for coffee break!LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists: Y2K – came in without a bang here in Las Vegas (see more in the feature story). You can read the local media’s take on it all including pictures: ááá ááá Y2CALM – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669671.html ááá PARTY TOWN – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669405.html ááá 10 Events That Shaped Las Vegas – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-01-Sat-2000/news/12669405.html ááá REVIEW: Bette Midler – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12671893.html ááá REVIEW: Barbra Streisand – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12671901.html ááá REVIEW: Rod Stewart – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12670063.html ááá Weddings in mind amid a bit of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12669751.html ááá THE DAY AFTER – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-02-Sun-2000/news/12672699.html

 

 

The Las Vegas Frontier Hotel To Be Named San Francisco, San Francisco

 

Nevada Continues To Be The Fastest Growing State In The Nation

 

Warner Brothers Opens Las Vegas Restaurant

 

 

HIKING – and outdoor enthusiasts flock to our desert area during these nice winter and early spring days to enjoy the beauty of the desert minus the summertime heat. Full story on various hiking areas and related information phone numbers at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-19-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12536022.html

 

Jim Villanucci Moves To Albuquerque From Las Vegas

 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Quick Concert and Show Notes: See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143 MGM – CARROT TOP Jan. 3-11, TOM JONES Jan. 12-26, RCA GYMNASTICS on Jan. 14, WHEEL OF FORTUNE LIVE ON STAGE starting Jan. 17, WCW THUNDER Jan. 25, CARROT TOP Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, CHER Jan. 29, SHIRLEY BASSY Feb. 3-9, ESPN ESPY AWARDS Feb. 14, and CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG on Feb. 19. Tickets at (702) 891-7777 and MGM discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (MGM link). MANDALAY BAY – UNWRITTEN LAW on Jan. 15, ETTA JAMES on Jan. 16, JONNY LANG on Jan. 26, GODSPEED featuring LEIF GARRETT on Jan. 27, VAN MORRISON on Jan. 29 (Super Bowl Weekend), ANTHRAX on Feb. 4, POWERMAN 5000 on Feb. 5, PRETENDERS on Feb. 12, BRIAN MCKNIGHT ON Feb. 22, GEORGE THOROGOOD on Feb. 24, and GEORGE JONES on Feb. 26. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas.htm (Mandalay Bay link). FIESTA – SURVIVOR plays the new Roxy’s Theatre Jan. 15. Tickets are $15 and $20. Tickets at (702) 631-7000 and Fiesta discount rooms are available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-other.htm (Fiesta link). SPLASH – Mike Weatherford of the Review-Journal just reviewed this show at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Jan-07-Fri-2000/weekly/12678081.html * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Las Vegas New Years Eve Millennium Celebration

 

 

Don’t forget this weeks poll – “Are you planning to come to Las Vegas for a future New Years Eve?” Let’s hear your opinions at http://www.accessvegas.com — results will be published in next weeks issue!



Note: Every week we receive input that is unsigned. If you would like your letter to be considered for publication, please include your name.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Visiting Las Vegas The Week Before Christmas

 

>
>Paul Fordenbacher

Thanks for your comments and for booking with us — I’m glad all went well and we appreciate sharing well-written trip reports with our readers. Even at a review a week, it would take years for us to cover every Las Vegas activity.

Las Vegas New Years Eve Hotel Rooms Cost Too Expensive

 

Las Vegas Sports Betting 101 Primer – How To Bet Sports In Las Vegas

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

10-10-00 LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL – We have one copy to give away (minus classifieds and ad inserts). This one won’t come easy as it’s sure to be a collectors item down the road. We’ll give it to the 10’th entry at [email protected] who puts the name of the mayor of Las Vegas in the subject line.

CONFETTI – Not any confetti, this 2 inch square silver confetti was dropped from the top of the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel tower at midnight to ring in 2000 on the Las Vegas strip. We have 5 pieces to give away and will take entries # 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 to [email protected] A quirky little piece of history with a Las Vegas vibe.

LAS VEGAS MILLENNIUM 2000 – t-shirt. One size fits all. Enter at [email protected]

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 29, 1999

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December 29, 1999

Welcome to Access Vegas News and Reviews! This is the newsletter that talks about the Las Vegas attractions, dining, and shows that YOU really care about. This is not spam. If you receive this by mistake, unsubscribe information is at the bottom. Please forward this to friends who may enjoy it, but only in it’s entirety.

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HOTEL MESSAGE BOARDS – Help others and share your opinion of the Las Vegas hotels you stay at by posting a note to our new board at http://boards.accessvegas.com We want to hear from you!

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This Issue: Live Las Vegas Millenium Webcams

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at: [email protected]

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

POLL – Help us test our new poll. If you live in Southern California, will you ride that new Talgo train service between L.A. and Las Vegas? Vote at http://www.accessvegas.com

ALL ABOARD TO LAS VEGAS – Amtrak is launching service from L.A. to Las Vegas this fall. The upscale Talgo trains will feature nice dining, amenities, and even gaming lessons on the 5 1/2 hour trip. One trip daily will arrive early afternoon and depart late afternoon. Story and photos at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-15-Wed-1999/news/12556314.html and another story at http://www.scopemag.com/departments/12_23_99/news_riding_the_rails.html Don’t forget to vote in our poll at http://www.accessvegas.com if you live in Southern California.

TOP 10 – The Sunday Review Journal published a Las Vegas Top 10 in different categories categories:

Top 10 Nevada News Stories – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/news/12567498.html
Top 10 Shows – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12528564.html
Top 10 Concerts – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/lifestyles/12559386.html
Bottom 10 (general) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-26-Sun-1999/news/12628312.html

TOP LAS VEGAS RESTAURANTS – You can still get a $5.49 dinner buffet (Holiday Inn Boardwalk, and it looks like the buffet from the film Vegas Vacation), but if upscale dining is more your pleasure, the annual Zagat report lists and rates the best. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-13-Mon-1999/business/12520124.html

LAS VEGAS HISTORY – David Noll turned us on to the Las Vegas Strip History site at http://www.lvstriphistory.com — it’s an unbelievably comprehensive text and photographic history of the city.

CASINO CHEATS – The latest advance is a facial-recognition program that helps casinos identify a player even if they don’t know his name or background. If you have even thought of coming here not to play fair, check out the story at http://www.nando.net/24hour/adn/technology/story/0,1976,500144299-500172550-500629788-0,00.html

WINNERS! – Robert C. Stoffers of Tonganoxie, KS won the NFR Guide.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at http://www.showvegas.com/svpricing.cfm?cscheme=5&amid=143




FEATURE STORY: Live Las Vegas Millenium Web cams

It’s about 24 hours away from the New Years Eve here in Las Vegas. People have flooded into town and that anticipation is unbelievable! As usual, we’ll be with 300,000 of our “closest friends” on the Las Vegas Strip enjoying the festivities. Since Las Vegas sits in Pacific Time (U.S.) most of you from around the world (we have readers in 25 countries) will have already finished your celebration by the time our clock strikes midnight. If you want to peek in our our party live via the internet, here’s the list of resources:

Our own Las Vegas webcam page at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-webcams.htm has links to all of the webcams on the Strip. Check the celebration out!

KLAS TV (channel 8 in Las Vegas) is going to feed the internet with live streaming video of their New Year’s Eve coverage at http://content.klastv.com/newyears/y2kindex.html

CNN, FOX and NBC will be providing coverage from Las Vegas, including Connie Chung (ABC) from a floating platform on Bellagio’s lake. Story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/1999/Dec-27-Mon-1999/lifestyles/12621573.html

The Little Chapel of the Flowers is now broadcasting weddings live on the internet for friends, family, and anyone else interested to view at http://www.littlechapel.com




LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

J. Williams from Tennessee wrote:

 

Randy Pendleton wrote:

 

Walter Soto Encinas, jr. of Brazil wrote:

>I would suggest you include the e-mail of the hotels in the hotel’s
>pages.á I need desperately the e-mail of Monte Carlo Hotel and I
>couldn’t find it even in Monte Carlo home page…
>
>
>May you get the hotel e-mail to me?á It is very important!á If you
>could do it, it would be great!

We don’t have a list of them. Hotels are usually poor at answering email in the first place, and if their is no email address on their site, they you can guess they REALLY don’t want to bother with it.

Believe it or not, most casinos have had sites online for less than 2 years. This town is way behind the curve on the internet. We are possibly one of the most unwired cities in America, and the hotels were very slow to embrace anything online until word got out that Caesars was doing a solid number of reservations off of their website.

On the other hand, we offer secure online reservations with hotel discounters, and you do get top notch customer service. Most of them were taking hotel reservations online long before the hotels themselves knew what “internet” was and understand the need for prompt answers to inquiries.

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at [email protected] Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc. if accepted.


Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


FREE CONTESTS:Note: You may enter every contest, but only one entry to each. Please note the expiration date and only enter if you will be in town and can use them. The 10’th entry in each contest will be the winner (unless otherwise noted or link to outside contest). Just sent a blank email to the specified email address — we’ll get your mailing address from you only if you win. Also, please do not enter if you have won within the past month.

FREE LAS VEGAS TRIP GIVEAWAY – Go to http://www.frommers.com/register/ and sign up to win!

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Have a request for a review? Boggled when you come to town and see the hundreds of dining, attraction, and show opportunities? Let us know what you’d like to hear about! Unlike the tourist magazines where all of the “articles” are really paid ads, we give you the honest scoop. If you appreciate this service, please consider booking your rooms and rental cars for ALL destinations with us at http://www.accessvegas.com You get secure ordering with the convenience and savings of booking online!

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New to the list? Back issues can be found on the web at:
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December 29, 1999

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