Access Vegas Insider Vibe – September 19, 2001

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THIS ISSUE: Harley-Davidson Cafe

EDITOR’S NOTES: We’ll be somewhat back to “normal” this week, although the letters section will feature notes I received regarding the tragedy. I want to encourage you to take advantage of the lower hotel rates and the opportunity to go about your business and show that we won’t be put in fear of our way of life.

Hotel rates are down. The lines at vacation destinations are shorter, the traffic isn’t bad. In fact, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is: We are going to give $1 to the Red Cross for every room night you readers book now through Sept. 26, 2001. No catch, you still get to take advantage of our rebate spectacular, and the guaranteed low rates! Full details at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm

It doesn’t even have to be Las Vegas. It can be any one of the 150+ cities we book. Worried about getting a flight (or don’t want to fly)? Drive to Atlantic City, Biloxi, Charleston, Florida (Space Coast, West Palm, Lauderdale, Miami, The Keys, Ft. Myers, or Panama City Beach), Gatlinburg, Hilton Head, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Williamsburg, or Yellowstone (just to mention a few).

Why are we doing this? We feel terrible for the thousands of lives lost in the World Trade Center tragedy. We also feel for the tens of thousands in the hospitality and travel industry who have been laid off. These are hard working people just like you and I, many with families to feed. If you need to get away for the weekend, week, or were thinking about booking a trip for later this year, this is the time to get great rates and show you support at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm




LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

Room prices slashed in LV
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-19-Wed-2001/news/17031349.html

MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL: Airport at 93 percent
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-19-Wed-2001/news/17031558.html

Acosta’s `Lasting Impressions’ no more at Flamingo
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-19-Wed-2001/news/17019960.html

Park Place Entertainment postpones Caesars Palace hotel tower project
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-18-Tue-2001/business/17021616.html

LV casinos look at layoffs
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/sun/2001/sep/17/512362301.html

Mandalay says it anticipates some layoffs
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-18-Tue-2001/business/17023201.html

Wynn’s Plans for Desert Inn Revealed
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-000069591aug28.story

Trinidad, Hopkins to fight Sept. 29
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-18-Tue-2001/sports/17022356.html

City has ‘fabulous’ license plate
http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-18-Tue-2001/news/17019647.html

Las Vegas dealers scrutinized for effects of second-hand smoke
http://www.enn.com/news/enn-stories/2001/09/09132001/s_44914.asp

LOCAL NEWS – updated daily at http://www.accessvegas.com

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:

ALEXANDER CALDER: THE ART OF INVENTION – includes pieces rarely seen publicly and will be on display at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Oct. 6, 2001 to Feb. 3, 2002. Organized in collaboration with The Calder Foundation, this exhibit consists of work from 1926 to 1976 including mobiles, stabiles, toys, jewelry and household objects. It will be open from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Reservations are recommended at (888) 488-7111. Admission is $12 and an audio tour is included with admission price.

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* David Darkstone – http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/leisure/2001/aug/17/512229893.html
* I Love LaFong (Bourbon Street) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-07-Fri-2001/weekly/16927462.html
* Society of Seven (Hilton) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Sep-07-Fri-2001/weekly/16925224.html

SHOWS, GOLF, DINING, WEATHER:

* SHOW TICKETS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Search by date at http://www.accessvegas.com/show-tickets.htm
* SHOW REVIEWS – Read our unbiased, archived show reviews at http://www.las-vegas-shows-reviews.com
* GOLF RESERVATIONS – Grab that tee time GUARANTEED before you get to town! Search by date, see prices at http://www.accessvegas.com/golf-reservations.htm
* DINING RESERVATIONS – For a small service fee, you can now guarantee reservations for that “special night out” during your visit at http://www.accessvegas.com/dinner-reservations.htm
* LAS VEGAS WEATHER – http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Las_Vegas.html

EVENT LISTINGS:

NOTE: Do to staffing problems, we are a little behind in updating the Headliners and Concerts sections listed below. We hope to have everything up-to-date by the end of the month. Thank you for your patience. For Shows, you can enter your dates of travel and get accurate, updated show dates and prices right now at http://www.accessvegas.com/show-tickets.htm

* SHOWS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
* HEADLINERS – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm
* CONCERT – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* 3950 (Mandalay Bay) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2001/Aug-29-Wed-2001/living/16833638.html

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FEATURE STORY: Harley-Davidson Cafe

While coincidence, it seem fitting to be talking about a restaurant which commemorates a legendary American product and has a decidedly patriotic theme and red, white, and blue decor.

This is one of the more successful theme eateries in Las Vegas. Country Star Cafe, Dive!, Race Rock and All Star Cafe have bit the dust (although Race Rock might be temporarily closed), and word is still out on the new ESPN Zone but the huge 28 foot high, $500,000 Harley replica above the door as well as the prime lower-Strip location make them hard to miss.

Whether the restaurant lasts 100 years like the famous motorcycles have remain to be seen, but if you are a biker, weekend biker, or just have a “good ole’ boy” love of the US or things related to it, pop your head in the door for a spell.

Memorabilia includes seven Harley-Davidson Motorcycles displayed hanging from a conveyor belt winding its way through every area of the Cafe. On one wall is a 40′ x 40 American Flag, made from 44,000 chain links and weighing over 7 tons. A theme restaurant must have that celebrity connection, and the Cafe has famous bikes on display which include “Captain America” from the movie Easy Rider as well as Harley motorcycles and memorabilia from celebrities such as Elvis, Ann-Margret, and Billy Joel.

This is a themed restaurant which means the emphasis is more on memoribilia and surroundings (read: the food isn’t bargain-priced but has really cutsy names). However, the quality was good and they don’t skimp on the portions. My only complaint was that everything seemed a little on the salty side, but not terribly so.

They have a very complete menu, and house specialties include:

The Harley Hog Sandwich: Carolina pulled pork sandwich with French fries and Coleslaw $10.25

Chicken Pot Pie: Chicken and vegetables topped with a pastry crust $13.50

Homestyle Meatloaf: With broccoli, mashed potatoes and brown gravy $11.25

Kellogg’s CornFlake Coated Chicken Fingers: Chicken tenders served with your choice of Original, Honey-BBQ or Buffalo Style sauce $7.50

BBQ Baby Back Ribs: House-smoked ribs with baked beans and cole slaw $19.95

Vegetarian Wrap Sandwich: Grilled and roasted carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, with a basil pesto, wrapped in a spinach tortilla. Served with seasonal fruit $8.75

Georgia House Salad: Assorted lettuces with bacon, chunks of blue cheese and candied pecans with a vinaigrette dressing $8.95

Warm Chocolate Chip Toll House Cookie Pie: With vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate syrup $5.95

Tank full of Sundae: served with three scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, a whole banana, lotsa fixins’ and your choice of hot chocolate or butterscotch $7.95

The Harley-Davidson Cafe is located between The Aladdin and MGM, across from Holiday Inn Boardwalk on the lower Strip. They open at 11:00 AM daily, closing at 11:00 PM on weeknights and midnight on Sunday. Their number is (702) 740-4555 and they accept all major credit cards.

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EDITORS NOTE: I was swamped with letters this past week. Although not able to respond to every letter I always read them all and appreciate them. I’m going to post a representative sample here. They all have to do with my last newsletter and the events of last week. Next week, we’ll get back to the “We liked this, but had a problem with that” letters that I trust many find helpful in planning their Vegas vacation.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Melissa Crumly of Springfield, IL wrote:

>Dear Ted,
>
>My mother, brother, and I have been planning a trip to Vegas for
>months. Even though the recent terrorist attacks have left so many of
>us reeling, I agree with you wholeheartedly that we should not let
>such attacks make us live in fear. If we do that, the terrorists have
>won and accomplished what they set out to do.
>
>Our trip is about 3 weeks away — so some of the sorrow will have worn
>off — and we plan to have as much fun as possible. After all, none
>of us knows how much time we have . . . so, we should spend it
>enjoying ourselves, our families, and our friends and not waste it by
>worrying where and when the next tragedy is going to happen.
>
>We are strong people, and we deserve enjoying the wonderful places and
>people our country has to offer.

I hope most US citizens share your view and show their support for our economy by getting out and traveling again. Even if scared to fly, there are plenty of great destinations a days drive from just about anywhere. We are looking forward to making donations to the Red Cross this week for everyone who takes advantage of our offer at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm

Sandy Abramovich wrote:

>Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the strip on the night of
>remembrance — this whole tragic experience is so soul rending. We’re
>90 miles away from WTC, everyone around here has a story of someone
>they know/are related to that worked there. It’s very unifying to
>know that a city almost 3,000 miles away is mourning as we are.
>Thanks again!

Last Friday night, a number of hotels turned off all nonessential exterior lighting in remembrance of the victims. Sandy is referring to the photos at http://www.accessvegas.com/never-again.htm which I took that evening from the hills above Las Vegas.

Phyllis DeJong wrote:

>I don’t think anyone could have said this better. I think the music
>is so soothing and it does allow us to let our minds relax for a short
>time. I miss Las Vegas and was about to buy tickets and am holding
>off until I see how things go. It will be hard to fly again. Yes, we
>had someone in the Pentagon, but they managed to get out. Enjoy your
>newsletter so much.

Phyllis is referring to the Mirage Waterfalls video I posted last week at http://tv.accessvegas.com/videos/sights/index.htm The short clip was produced a few weeks ago, but seemed appropriate for the mood.

Wendy & Peter Emond wrote:

>Comments: Hi I am from Ontario Canada (Callander) and my husband and I
>truck drive all across the US I feel so sick for a couple of days
>now on what happened in New York. My husband and I have a lot of
>people in the US that we know relatives and fellow drivers. My heart
>totally goes out to all the Americans and Canadians that have been
>effected by this terrible tragedy. God Bless. Your friends from Canada.

Angela Madden wrote:

>Thanks for the email. I love getting these regularly, as they always
>remind me of the superb holidays I’ve had in your wonderful city.
>
>We have all been shocked by the horror of Tuesday’s attack,
>particularly here in Northern Ireland. We know the full horror of
>terrorism, and the unspeakable grief it causes. We also know that the
>sprit of America and the will of its people will carry your country
>through this terrible time.

Carol wrote:

>Thanks for the great email about what’s happening in our country. It
>was a nice welcome home letter. I went (to Las Vegas) Sept 8 to the 15th. I thought
>the show of support by draping the American flag outside the casinos
>was fantastic. Please send more info as you get it I am very
>interested in the articles. Once again thanks for the info.

Sandy F. wrote:

>I would like to extend my appreciation to the people of Las Vegas.
>While my husband and I were in Las Vegas when this Attack on America
>happened, we were frantic to get out of Las Vegas. We ran out of
>critical medicine while there but for the patience of the Walgreens
>staff we were able to get our prescriptions within 24 hours. The
>courtesy extended by the staff while waiting in line for the
>prescriptions was overwhelming. They served everyone with free water
>and snacks. We finally were able to get confirmation with our agent
>from Albany, NY with Southwest Airline. While waiting in line for 4
>hours in the sun outside and finally inside, the airline served free
>water, also the Salvation Army came by with sandwich’s for the people
>waiting. In these trying times it is a pleasure to see people come
>together to help others wherever possible.

Maureen Smithson wrote:

>Just a short line from the Brits in the Canary Isles to say that our
>hearts and prayers are with the wonderful people of America we grieve
>with you.

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All contents copyright 2001 Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
September 19, 2001 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 27, 2000

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This Issue: New Year’s Eve Info and Webcams

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


 


EDITORS NOTE: Where did 2000 go? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating 2000, told our computers (and life as we knew it) would grind to a halt, and Las Vegas was reeling from embarrassment for the Millennium New Year’s Eve BUST. 365 days later, we are ready to make amends. Whether you are going to be here or just catch some of the action online, we have all the info you need this week.LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

HARLEY-DAVIDSON – has inked a deal with slot maker IGT to put the infamous motorcycle manufacturer’s logo on a line of slot machines. These machines will also feature motorcycle engine noises, which has to be an improvement to the “Wheel of Fortune” sound you hear droning through a casino every 30 seconds. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/business/15090821.html

RED ROCK CANYON – This area of amazing desert scenery is only about a half hour from the Strip and well worth the drive. The 13 mile scenic loop takes you through multicolored cliffs as well as a great lookout point. Getting there is simple: Head to Charleston Blvd. (just a few blocks north of Stratosphere) and head west about 15 miles. Full story at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-03-Sun-2000/living/14897424.html Don’t have a car? We have Red Rock Canyon tours at http://www.accessvegas.com/tours

LAS VEGAS FOR DUMMIES – This turned out to be a solid book on book on Las Vegas that doesn’t pull any punches. You can read a recent review at http://www.lvcitylife.com/News/stories/00121404n.html and it is available for $12.79 from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764561626/invegascom

WWF HOTEL – Every couple of weeks, someone writes and asks me about the state of the (former) Debbie Reynolds Hotel on Convention Center drive. The World Wrestling Federation bought the property to turn it into a themed resort with live TV production from the property. However, with their involvement in the XFL and their concerns about the location, they sold it (at a profit, mind you — about an 8% return on their investment). Full story on the new owners at http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-27-Wed-2000/business/15110931.html

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CONCERTS AND SHOWS:SHOWS – 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?amid=3230&cscheme=1

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* David Brenner – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15061420.html
* Bill Acosta – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-01-Fri-2000/weekly/14915174.html
* Houdini Lives Again – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15049202.html

SHOWS AND HEADLINER – listings available at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-shows.htm
CONCERT – listings available anytime at http://www.accessvegas.com/entertainment/index.htm

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Eiffel Tower Restaurant (Paris) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-22-Fri-2000/weekly/15064047.html
* Hollywood Brown Derby (MGM) – http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/2000/Dec-13-Wed-2000/living/14921056.html
* Le Cirque (Bellagio) – http://lasvegas.citysearch.com/profile?id=7023142&fid=2

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Note: Our hearts go out to those of you in areas of the Southern U.S. who are getting hit hard by snow and ice storms not common to the area. For you our New Year’s wishes are power, water, and warmer temperatures.

LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 66/39 Mostly Sunny
Friday – 71/38 Mostly Sunny
Saturday – 68/39 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 65/34 Mostly Sunny
Monday – 61/32 Partly Cloudy

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FEATURE STORY: New Year’s Eve Info and Webcams

NEW YEAR’S EVE – is just about here and things are shaping up nicely. The resorts skipped on the high priced entertainment, finally figuring out that people come to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve to PARTY. Last year, the Visitors Authority spent their budget on advertising. This year, they are blowing it on the fireworks show. If you are within driving distance of Las Vegas, you can still nail sub-$100 a night rooms around town at decent hotel and motels. Check http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-discounts.htm for rates.

If you don’t mind the crowds and partiers, The Strip is the only place to be for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Forget New York City and Times Square, where reports note that you have to show up at dawn on the 31’st to nail a good spot and public drinking is frowned on. (BTW, for any math buffs, do us a favor: take the number of people reported to attend the Times Square ball drop and divide it by the number of blocks of roads barricaded off for these people. With apologies to our friends in the Big Apple, our best magicians couldn’t squeeze the reported number of people into the reported area).

If it sounds like we have a rivalry with Times Square, you are close. We were encroaching on their claim to fame as the most popular U.S. New Year’s Eve destination until last year when the Visitors Authority and hotels sat on their thumbs and did … nothing … for New Years (sans Paris Las Vegas which dropped confetti off their Eiffel Tower). We WILL eventually claim the mantle, but now we get to play catch-up. Oh, and we are!

We are going to have $500,000 worth of fireworks going off over a 10 minute period starting at midnight and stretching almost 4 miles, so anywhere between Mandalay Bay and The Stratosphere is going to be hot. If you love crowds, get towards the center Strip (Flamingo). Need some air? Head away from that area until the crowds thin out (generally south of Tropicana and north of Sands / Spring Mountain [Treasure Island]). Just don’t bring glass containers or get out of line, and you can drink what you want. In fact, vendors were selling beer on the street last year. Oh, and restrooms (porta-potties): they are usually up by Treasure Island and down near Holiday Inn Boardwalk.

If you are staying elsewhere, and need to drive down to the Strip, it is wise to get parked by about 6 PM (either in a hotel garage or side street) BUT hey, it’s the Strip! I can think of few better places to spend a few hours of growing anticipation.

The fireworks show will be choreographed and synchronized to music simulcast by KLUC-FM 98.5 and KMXB-FM 94.1 (either one — bring your Walkman). Unfortunately, neither of those stations broadcast over the internet, but if you can’t make it here, you won’t be entirely left out in the cold. Las Vegas and The Strip have a record number of live webcams this year, and one is even a streaming cam! We’ve got them all linked at http://www.accessvegas.com/las-vegas-webcams.htm My advice? Try the first one listed (SmartConnect.Net — Flamingo and The Strip streaming). It is very new and few know about it, so it is likely to have the fastest response.

Crowds really start to pick up around 9 PM and center and south parts of The Strip are usually completely closed to traffic by 10 PM with the rest of it to follow quickly. By 11 PM (Pacific Time) you should be able to view the crowds and throngs of people. It is quite a site!

Even though I am a veteran of many of these Strip celebrations, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I’m enjoying Christmas with my family in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon but my Alaska Airlines ticket says PDX – LAS, Dec. 30, 2000. I wouldn’t miss this one for the world and hope you can enjoy it either in person or online. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2001!


 


Note: I want to thank each and every one that sent an e-card or note over the holidays. I’m happy to have a job where I help others make the most of their vacation. I am printing a letter that is representative of the many I received.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Ian from England wrote:

>Thank you for sending me your Christmas Greeting card it was brilliant, we
>all had a lovely quiet Christmas here in England – guess what it actually
>snowed on Christmas Day it looked like a picture postcard.á I am afraid our
>scenery here in Sheffield is not as stunningá as The Nevada Desert!!!áá We
>only got back from Las Vegas on 29.11.00, so it is all still fresh in our
>memory.á We had a brilliant time there, our 5’th visit in the last three
>years, I am afraid we have all got the Vegas Bug!á We love everything, the
>shows, the entertainment in the hotel lounges, the food, the scenery and all
>those shops – it is our paradise!!!áá We are hoping to come out again, maybe
>in February if we can get the flights arranged to suit.á Thank You once again
>for sending me all the info in your newsletters, I can’t wait to read them!!!!
>Merry Christmas once again, Happy New Year 2001!
>Maybe one day I will get to meet you!

I enjoy meeting other Las Vegas “fanatics” but unfortunately, my schedule living and working in Las Vegas is usually as rigid as a visitors is fluid. Because the odds are that a number of subscribers are in town at any given time, I am giving thought to experimenting with “meet and greets” starting later this year. Nothing formal or time consuming — just times and dates in a central, casual location (probably a casino lounge on the Strip) where readers who are in town can stop by, say hello, and compare real time notes with like minded people. I’ll keep you posted.

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December 27, 2000 ISSN: 1529-2770