Cupcake ATM At Sprinkles

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Las Vegas’ Cupcake ATM

Las Vegas is host to many incredible things. Sprinkles Las Vegas offers the Cupcake ATM that’s the first of it’s kind.  Everyone goes crazy for this one of a kind money making masterpiece.  It’s so cool, you won’t think twice about paying top dollar for a cupcake.

So Where Is It?

As you walk from the Strip towards the High Roller, about half way, you’ll head straight towards Sprinkles in The LINQ’s open-air avenue. Sprinkles Las Vegas offers many styles of delicious cupcakes. Inside you can customize, add ice-cream, or do many other things to make your cupcake just right.  But that’s not why we’re here. We want to talk about the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM.

Cup Cake ATM

Located on the outside of Sprinkles on the wall facing the strip, you’ll find that ATM. There’s are large pink arrows pointing downward towards it.  The virtual touchscreen makes the process quite easy.  You merely pick out your cupcake or cupcakes, +/- your quantity, then swipe your card, and watch the screen to see the ATM go to work. The display monitor shows the robotic hand selecting your cup cake and placing it on the tray. In a few short seconds the door opens up and you are presented with your cupcake.

 

Everyone loves it

When I first brought my kids here, they thought it was the coolest thing. The cupcake selections are limited at the ATM, but the cool factor is off the charts. Every time we stop there, people of all ages stop, giggle, take pictures, and purchased cupcakes.

So if you’re in Las Vegas and looking for something super cool to do with your kids, your significant other, or a friend, stop by the cupcake ATM and experience it for yourselves. You’ll just love it.

How to buy a cupcake (video)

Follow this link: How to buy a cupcake

Find Out More

Sprinkles Webpage

 

Sprinkles makes different cupcakes on different days. If your overly picky you may want to check their website to see what’s available for that day.

Free Las Vegas Aquarium, Silverton Casino

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About the Las Vegas Aquarium at Silverton

The best free Las Vegas aquarium is at the Silverton Casino.  This large tank holds 117,000-gallon salt water, artificial reef aquarium that holds 4,000+ exotic fish. Included in the fish are tiger sharks and stingrays. This massive tank is designed in an octagonal shape to provide ideal viewing opportunities from all angles. The main window spans an impressive 25‘ x 12‘. There is also an inlet where you can walk a few feet into the tank so that you feel like your inside the tank. The aquarium is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Location

The Silverton Casino is located 2 miles South of the Las Vegas strip.  It’s on the corner of highway 15 and Blue Diamond and is connected to the Bass Pro Shop.

Mermaids

The kids love seeing the mermaids swim with the fish. If your kids are familiar with Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” then you’re in for a real treat. The mermaids swim among the fish and do everything from blowing bubbles, doing flips, and they also interact with kids watching through the glass.

 

Mermaid swims times are:

Thursdays from 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm, and 7:30 pm -8:15 pm
Fridays and Saturdays from 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Sundays from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Mermaid show times may differ please check Silverton Casino Website for current times or click this link: Silverton Aquarium

 

So how do the Mermaids breathe?   

 Every mermaid is scuba-certified and gets air from hookah ports located throughout the tank. About every 20-30 seconds they hook up and take a breath of air before continuing their show. This allows them to remain submerged throughout the entire show.

 

Fish Feeding

Along with the mermaids, you can also catch the marine biologist staff feeding the fish.

Interactive feeding shows are scheduled daily at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

The divers are equipped with a full-face communication mask and answers guests’ questions during the feeding show. The guests can ask the divers any question and they can learn more details about the fish and other interesting facts about the tank. The divers are marine biologists so they are able to provide the informative information and make every guests visit more educational.

 

Aquarium Facts

  • the staff spends 32 hours a week cleaning the tank.
  • If you are scuba certified, you can get married in the tank.
  • During the Christmas Season, Santa puts on scuba gear and swims with the fish.
  • Behind the tank, art is available for sale and can even be shipped out of state.

 

Hanging Out

Next to the Aquarium at Silverton is a great lounge called the Mermaid Lounge. Behind the bar are two really cool 500-gallon jellyfish aquariums lit with color changing LED lights. While there you can enjoy a meal or drinks as you watch the sea creatures swim around the tank. Since you are seeing this Las Vegas aquarium for free, you’ll have extra money to gamble a little.

Experts Guide To Visiting The Las Vegas Sign

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Experts Guide to the Las Vegas Sign

The Las Vegas Sign is one of the most famous signs in the world. When someone makes a reference to the Las Vegas sign, you know it's the retro style sign that says “Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas”.

Since the Las Vegas Sign was never copyrighted,you can find it's image everyone.  Souvenirs all over town are littered with pictures of this historic centerpiece. Nothing say Las Vegas better than when you buy magnets, key chains, or anything else using its logo. 

 

Finding The Las Vegas Sign

Finding the Las Vegas sign is fairly easy.  The sign is located about one mile south of The Luxor  (pyramid casino) and Mandalay Bay (gold casino) on the Las Vegas Strip.  The address is:

5200 Las Vegas Blvd S

Las Vegas, NV, 89104

 (click on the above address to view it in google maps)

 

As you drive south on Las Vegas Blvd. you’ll see the sign located in the middle of the road.  There is a parking lot making access to the Las Vegas Sign quite simple. That wasn’t always the case. Before the parking lot was installed in 2008, people often jaywalked or jumped the curb to park their car in the center median just to snap a picture with the sign. 

 

General Information

The Las Vegas sign is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is free of charge to walk right up to it and free to take your picture. Mornings and early afternoon are the least busy time and best times to go. If you choose to go later in the day, you will most likely have to wait in lines up to 30 minutes to get your picture taken with the hordes of other tourists.

It is not uncommon to see Big Bird, Elvis, or people offering to take your photo for free.

Note: Although they can't legally charge, it is customary to tip them at least $1 to take a picture with them or allow them to take your picture for you.  

 

Facts On The Las Vegas Sign

  • In 1959 the Las Vegas Sign was designed by Betty Willis.
  • The Las Vegas Sign cost $4,000 to build and install.
  • The sign stands 25 feet tall. 
  • The back of the sign says "Drive Carefully" and "Come Back Soon".
  • The sign has $7 pictured on it. Inside each of the circles that spell out WELCOME is a silver dollar.
  • On May 1, 2009, the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The historic sign is now green. It is run off of solar power.
  • The lights from the sign are removed and offered as a commemorative souvenir. You can find them at OfficialLasVegasLight.com .

 

Safety

A good rule of thumb is to always lock your car doors and keep your valuables out of site while taking pictures. I've heard too many stories about cars being broken into and their valuable being taken at the Las Vegas sign. Since it's one way in and one way out of the parking lot, it is easy for potential thieves to monitor your where bouts.   As long as you are aware of this and take precaution, you'll have no issues and you'll get your pictures. 

More Information

More information about the author and/or to look into renting an awesome Las Vegas vacation home, check out:

  1. myvegasvr.com

 

Las Vegas Nightclub Dress Code Guide

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Las Vegas Nightclub Dress Code Guide

The biggest reason people get turned away from the Las Vegas nightclub is because of the dress code. At the end of the day, whether you enter or get turned away comes down to the door man. Our Las Vegas Nightclub Dress Code Guide will help you get into any club every time.

 

The nightclubs want to be full of very hot girls, high rollers and celebrities, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. The host with the clipboard at the door controls entry. Don’t give him any reason to leave you in line.

Every single nightclub and ultra lounge in Las Vegas enforces dress codes upon entering. Our Las Vegas nightclub dress code guide will help you get into any club every time.

Women

The Las Vegas nightclub dress Code for women is listed as: “Stylish nightlife attire” (which basically means “sexy.”)
Girls can get away with almost anything, especially if you’re hot. Even that’s to the doorman’s discretion. So don’t chance it.

Dress to impress; show a lot of skin and wear ultra-chic, fashionable dresses. Designer jeans and blouses are acceptable, but not always recommended.

So ladies, look the part. Bring a nice “sexy” dress with heels if you want to go clubbing at the best clubs. If you don’t have one, make a trip to the Fashion Show Mall (across from the Wynn) and pick one up. You definitely don’t want to be under dressed and denied access.

There are also a few places that rent dresses, shoes, and accessories. You can rent an expensive name brand dresses for a very affordable price. My wife has done this numerous times. You pick up the dress when you get to Vegas, drop it off before you leave. It’s that easy. You can even have it set up to be delivered to your house, if that’s your thing. The best company in Las Vegas for this is Rent a Runway, located center strip at the Cosmopolitan. .

Check out Rent the Runway

Men

Las Vegas nightclub dress code for men on the other hand will have a more standard dress code that will have to be adhered to. If not, you’ll be left in the sea of other guys waiting in line.

So guys, dress the part. The following list is never allowed in a Las Vegas night club unless you’re rich and famous.

  • Sneakers, work boots, sandals
  • Torn or baggy jeans
  • Jersey shore v-necks
  • Athletic Attire (Jerseys, Sports team hats, ect)
  • Shorts or cut offs.
  • Cheesy party gear (feathered boas, colored wigs, crazy outfits)

 

So guys, you don’t know what to wear? Let me help you out.

  • You want to play it safe wear nice fitting jeans or slacks (not kakis),
  • Nice leather dress shoes.
  • Leather belt.
  • Nice button up shirt or sports coat.

Also guys, if you’re too drunk, loud and obnoxious in line (we’ve all seen that guy in line), unruly or ruthless, the doorman will spot you right away and you’ll be denied entrance.

Simply put, dress to impress and be cool.  On a side note, if there’s a club you really want to attend, be in line before 10pm, especially if you don’t any girls in your party. Follow my simple advice and you’ll have no issues getting into every club on the strip.

 

2015 Las Vegas NFL Team Bar Directory

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Las Vegas NFL Team Bar Directory

2015 Las Vegas NFL Team Bar Directory is here.  Everyone likes to watch football with friends. What if you could watch football with a group of people who love the same team as you do. You can feel just like you back home.  In an article written by the Las Vegas Review Journal, they’ve provided in detail the names and locations of where to watch your favorite team in action with like minded individuals.

 

Where to Go

This is an excerpt from the Las Vegas Review Journal.  The link to the article is below.  Not every team has a local bar to choose from.  If your favorite team doesn’t appear here, it’s because its owner or general manager didn’t call us or didn’t call us by the deadline or because the place doesn’t meet our definition of a team bar.

Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Washington Redskins

These are the teams who have designated locations where you can cheer with the other fans away from the strip.  The sports books are nice but you get a large mix of fans and people who are cheering solely because they have money on the line.

 

Check out the full article-  NFL Team Bar Directory

 

Now you can go out and catch your favorite team.  Have fun.

 

Christmas In Las Vegas – 5 Must Do’s

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Christmas in Las Vegas is a blast.  Although we don't have have snow, we do celebrate Christmas right.  We decorate cactus with large amount of lights and go above and beyond everyone else. If you are going to celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas, here are the 5 coolest things to do. 

 

 

#1 BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY & BOTANICAL GARDENS

 

 

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens welcomes winter with a holiday display rich in nostalgia. The Conservatory and Botanical gardens really embody what Christmas in Las Vegas is really about and best of all, IT'S FREE.   This 14,000 square foot floral playground is always a pinnacle of beauty and never disappoints. You will find yourself in a world surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights, more than 28,000 poinsettias and a 42-foot tall holiday tree mixed in beautiful creation that brings the Spirit of Christmas to life.  This area is open 24 hours a day.  

THE YEAR'S HOLIDAY SHOWING         12/04/2015 -01/03/2016

When to go

The ideal time to go is in the mornings 8-10. The horticulture crews work in the morning repairing damaged displays and swapping out unsightly plants.  For our Christmas cards, I'd have the kids up early and we'd go there in the morning and get our pictures.   

If you can at all avoid it, try not to go at night. Unfortunately though, it's more beautiful at night.  Once the sun goes down, the Bellagio in general starts to become packed.  You will be herding around like cattle trying to take pictures at the same time everyone else it.  Impatient  guest will be trying to get buy backing up traffic even further.  You've been warned.  

Parking

I would always use level 2 with great success.  I wouldn't always find a spot at busy times but I had great success on this level.  Take the elevator to the ground level and upon entering the casino the botanical gardens are right in front of you.  As of late the kids now want to park on the roof every time we go into a parking structure.  NOTE: The the roof you can take nice photos with the Eiffel Tower in the background. 

While You're There

While your there, I have a couple more things that you should do

  1. Giant Chocolate Waterfall.  This is located down the hall behind the Botanical Garden.  (Worlds largest Chocolate Waterfall)
  2. Bellagio Check in area. This is also right outside the Gardens and it's decorated equally impressive. 
  3. Bellagio Watershow.  Put on your gloves and venture outside and watch the world famous Bellagio water show. 

#2 ETHAL M CHOCOLATE FACTORY

 

 

Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden in Henderson, NV. This is one of the coolest holiday things you can do in Las Vegas. Best of all, it's FREE.   You can easily spend about 30 minutes walking around the cactus garden experiencing the thousands of lights.  Santa also makes appearances in the evenings to the delight of the children. Be sure to bundle up with jacket, hat, and gloves because it can be very cold.  

PARKING

Parking has never really been an issue.  Throughout the evening people are coming and going enough that you may get a spot right up front.  If not, it will be a short walk.  

 

While Your There

People come for the light display but they stay for the chocolate. While your there....

  1. Take a self guided tour of the chocolate factory.  You walk down a long hall watching workers make chocolate.  On the walls are facts, history, and an explanation of how they make chocolate.  At the end of the tour there is a working passing out samples.  You can choose between milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate.   
  2. Order a hot chocolate.  Yes it's priced like Starbucks, but boy is it good.  They have some of the best hot chocolate you've ever had. 

 

#3 VENETIAN'S 65' CHRISTMAS TREE

 

 

The Venetian offers up a 65-foot-tall holiday tree that's the centerpiece of Doge's Palace plaza. Right out by the strip it's a great place to take some romantic Christmas pictures.The Venetian-inspired Christmas Tree is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights and makes this "Nightly Holiday Spectacular" a must-see Vegas attraction.

Parking

I never liked parking at the Venetian.  It's kind of a pain.  My recommendation is as follows.  Exit highway 15 heading east on Spring Mountain.  At the first light take a right behind Treasure Island.  From here you can make your next right into the Treasure Island parking structure or you can make your second right and park in the Mirage parking structure.  They both provide fast access on and off the highway.  Anytime you can avoid the strip, avoid the strip.  

While Your There

  1. Go inside the Venetian and walk along the canal and go shopping. 
  2. Go across the street and watch the volcano show at the Mirage. 
  3. Check out the outdoor pirate show at TI's (Treasure Island).

 

 

 

#4 GLITTERING LIGHTS AT LV MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

 

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the Glittering Lights.  This is a drive-thru light show held annually and considered Nevada's largest Christmas Light Show by lighting up the speedway. Christmas in Las Vegas just won't be the same without it. Last year it was nationally recognized from CNN Travel and USA Todays 10 Best places to see Christmas Lights in the United States.  Glittering Lights doesn't disappoint either, featuring more than two million animated and sparkling displays along a 2.5-mile drive-through course. Enjoy many custom twinkling light displays, never-before-seen lights and some of your old favorites like the NASCAR scene and the Avenue of Trees which showcases more than 55 charities with custom dedicated signs and trees. You can buy Tickets online at Glittering Lights Tickets.

When

November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Time

Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Cost

$20 per car

Location

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, NV 89115

Discounts Give for Clothing Donations to Goodwill

INSIDERS TIP    

If possible go early before 7pm to beat traffic.  The line to get in builds up fast to get in.  If you get there late you could be waiting a while. 

#5 MAGICAL FOREST BY OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE

 

The Magical Forest is a very popular event in Las Vegas.  It's hosted by Opportunity Village. This is one of the largest and most popular Christmas events in Las Vegas.  They have more than 150,000 people that visit the Forest every year.  The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. 

 

Activities

  • A Forest Filled with Hundreds of Dazzling Trees
  • Forest Express Passenger Train
  • Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel
  • Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience
  • Avalanche Slide
  • Rudolph’s Raceway
  • Rod’s Mini-Golf
  • Nightly Entertainment For All Ages
  • Photos with Santa in his Workshop
  • Free Parking

 

Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday: 5:30-9:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:30-10:00 pm

Location

The Magical Forest is located at Opportunity Village 6300 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 • Map It Between Rainbow and Jones Parking is behind the Magical Forest in the CSN parking lot.

 

For Tickets {CLICK HERE}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour Family Adventure

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Las Vegas For Kids

Las Vegas For Kids- The Candy Tour

 

Las Vegas For Kids- The Candy Adventure Tour

Las Vegas can also be for kids. Las Vegas doesn’t have to be all about the adults. Are you planning a Las Vegas family vacation?  Are you looking for things to do in Las Vegas for kids? Believe it or not, Las Vegas Casinos and the strip offer fun for the whole family.

Let me introduce you to Las Vegas for kids!!. If your looking for stuff to do with your children while in Las Vegas, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. The perfect Las Vegas walking tour for your family, The Candy Tour, is just the thing to step up your vacation.

Located at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana.The Candy Tour is an easy walk, lots of photo opportunities, and can easily take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours.

THE CANDY TOUR

You can always park wherever you want. We exit highway 15 heading east and then make a right into the outside parking at Excalibur.  You can also park at any of the neighboring casinos. If your staying on the strip, you can catch a walk, catch a cab, or ride the bus to any of the casino's on this corner.

  1. After parking we walking through Excalibur. You’ll pass Dick’s Last Resort, keep going straight and you head outside.
  2. We cross the bridge and head to NYNY Casino. At NYNY you can check out the Statue of Liberty out front and take a walk to our first stop, the Hersey Chocolate World.
  3. Hersey Chocolate World- they have tons of cool things to look at and they have everything Hersey. They even have touch screens games and all kids love a glass elevator. Downstairs you can buy fudge, candy, ice cream, and other eatable treats. You can by every color Hersey kisses and pay per lb.  Check out the entire property before heading out.
  4. From there we cross the bridge towards the MGM, go down the escalator and head north up Las Vegas Blvd. towards the M&M store, M&M World.
  5. M&M World is even more crazy than the Hersey Chocolate World. You have 5 floors of everything you can think of M&M’s. Being a sponsor of Star Wars, you'll find a multitude of gifts. On the 5th floor they have a NASCAR M&M car that you can take a picture next to. Also, you can buy any color M&M’s on the 2nd floor for a premium. Once you’ve overloaded on chocolate you are ready for something to drink.
  6. Next door you’ll find the Everything Coca-Cola. After eating all the chocolate you need to wash it down with something, right?  Why not a Coke product?  Once again you can find memorabilia galore to purchase. On the second floor you can drink Coke’s from around the world. Our family favorite is this.
    a. Here’s something our kids love. You can purchase 12 flavor samples of coke from around the world. Some are really good and some are horrible. The kids love tasting all the crazy combinations. It’s around $8.
    b. You can also buy a more delicious coke alternative, float sampler. You get samples of coke products with vanilla ice cream. The price is around $6.

 

BONUS ADVENTURES

This Las Vegas for kids tour gives you ideas to customize your adventure. If you are looking for more things to do in Las Vegas with kids, here you go.They are all within a couple minutes walk.
1. Big Apple Roller Coaster and Arcade (NYNY Casino) You must be 54″ to ride the roller coaster. Great for older kids 10+.
2. Fun Dungeon (Excalibur Casino) Arcade games, carnival games and stuff for the whole family. Most of the arcade games were $.50 to $1 and the prize games were $2. For Kids 7+.
3. Free Tram connecting Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, and Luxur. There is a short wait time. Great for Small Kids. Kids love the fun ride.  For kids 6 and under.

THE TRAM

At the Excalibur you can take a free tram between Mandalay Bay, Luxur, and Excalibur.
(The tram goes in this order… Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, Luxur, back to Excalibur)
Mandalay Bay- Nothing really exciting for the kids unless you want to visit the Shark Tank.
Luxur- Pyramid themed Casino. In the center of the casino, they have a raised area with a Imax Theater, Body’s Tour (not for kids), and some random shops.

THE END

By this time the kids should be pretty tired, the sugar worn off,  and you can go on and complete your day. You’ll see that not everything in Las Vegas is is 21 and over.

NIGHT TIME TOURS

You can do this also at night. We’ve done it many times between 7-9pm. Just remember these safety tips.

• Just be careful for the guys passing out prostitute cards. They can't give you them if your with kids, but there are always a lot of them on the ground.
• It’s a lot more crowded overall at night. So keep your kids close and in sight. 
• More people drinking, loud, and cursing. Women are more provocatively dressed.
• There are people dressed up as characters. You can take pictures with them but usually they want a $1 tip. It’s not mandatory though.

#1 KID FRIENDLY PLACE TO STAY

If your looking to book your next trip to Las Vegas try considering us. Check us out at www.myvegasvr.com . We are a vacation home with tons of kids activities. There are alternatives to staying in the loud, smoke field casinos. “The Winners Resort” is always pet and kid friendly and we are located just 15 minutes from all major casinos. For more things to do in Las Vegas with kids or more information on booking with us, check us out.

I hope you get a lot of information out of this Las Vegas for kids, walking tour. 

Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour
Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour
Las Vegas For Kids, The Candy Tour

Three Great North Las Vegas Restaurants You Must Try

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When Las Vegas vacation rental guests stay with us, there’s one thing for sure, great food is nearby, created by local businesses.  Here are three great North Las Vegas Restaurants you don’t want to miss.

Three great North Las Vegas Restaurants..

1.  Old School Pizza.   http://www.pizzaoldschool.com/

I’ve yet to hear one person say a bad thing about this place.  They make pizza the old fashion way, by using yeast and dough.  Since they have to prep it all the night before, there’s always a chance that they’ll run out.  The place is a small restaurant that seat about 25 people.  I must say that everything on the menu is good.

2. Viva La Zapatas.  This has been a staple of our over the years.  There menu consists of about 200 items that you can pronounce, but I’ve yet to try something I didn’t like.

3. Cafe Tokyo.  This place is more like a small local fast food/sit down restaurant.  They have curry, Thai Tea, and rice/noodle dishes.  If you love Chinese home cooking, this is definitely the place for you.  Check it out.

Dog Friendly Hotels in Las Vegas? There Is A Better Alternative

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Dog friendly hotels in Las Vegas?

Dog friendly hotels in Las Vegas? Each year more and more people are traveling with their pets. This makes you wonder why more hotels aren’t more dog friendly. This reduces options dramatically for many travelers and often times owners are scrambling to find dog watching alternatives.

Mary Ann Dennis, VP at Caesars Entertainment, says eight of her outfit’s Las Vegas resorts opened their doors to dogs, after a pilot program showed that the policy appealed to everyone from trendy singles to high rollers. Going dog-friendly required dozens of changes, ranging from the addition of pet-relief areas to rejiggering the reservations system.  Many hotels limit pets to lower floors near the exits (closest to “relief areas”). And hotels in general tread a tricky line as they try to avoid affronting pet-free travelers.

I ask you this, “Have you ever considered renting a pet friendly vacation home”?

Our Story

Owning two Bernese Mountain Dog’s, we experience this often first hand.  Being frequent vacationers, we find it very hard to find places that allow dogs, needless to say two large dogs. The majority of the time hotels are out of the question. If they do allow dog’s they have weight restrictions of 25lbs, 35lbs, or 50lbs. Hardly ever do they welcome large breed dogs.

With such limited choices we are relegated to asking neighbors or friends to come by and feed and hang out with the dogs while we are gone.  We also have to cut trips short just so the dogs aren’t left alone without us for extended periods of time.  Don’t get me wrong, our dogs have access to the large backyard via their dog door and I do leave on ESPN for them to watch.  But still, we are not there with them. Since being introduced to vacation homes, our vacations have been a lot better.

Why Consider A Vacation Home

Dog friendly hotels in Las Vegas may be making a rise, but what about an alternative. Vacation homes are slowly becoming the way to go when traveling with your pets.  Right now, less than 1/4 of the homes on Airbnb in Las Vegas allow dogs. Sure some people may not have yards, maybe their allergic to pet hair, or any other legitimate reason.

Staying in a vacation home with your pet makes more economical sense and offers more flexibility for your family.  Many hotels frown upon leaving your pet alone while your out and about. Many Las Vegas vacation homes usually offer an enclosed backyard for your pet to roam around and get fresh air, play with the kids, and exercise.  You also give your pet more freedom to roam around freely like at home without the constraints of constantly being on a leash.

Another thing to consider is the size of the unit.  Most normal hotel rooms are around 400 square feet in size compared to vacation homes that range from typically 2000 square feet and up.  You give your pet the feeling of being at home and seriously reduce their stress levels.

Rules

“Dog Friendly” vacation homes also have rules for you to follow.  However, since you are the sole people in the home, the rules are slightly more bendable.  In hotels your neighbors are mearly on the other side of a wall, while vacation homes offers you a greater distance of privacy.   Some typical rules you’ll find for vacation homes are

 

  • No pets on the furniture  (this includes and is not limited to couches, beds, and chairs)
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Insuring that your pets flea and tick shots are up to date
  • If your dog is a barker, please don’t leave them alone (nobody wants to get the neighbors mad)

Many vacation homes charge a pet fee. The typical price is $50 – $100 per stay.  This is due to the extra cleaning that must occur between guests.  These fees aid the owner in

  • vacuuming or sweeping up dog hair
  • extra moping and wiping down furniture
  • any accidental pet accidents inside the house
  • any other inconveniences put upon the property

Dog Friendly: What it Means

Being dog friendly means that we “Welcome All Dogs”.  Dog friendly properties are homeowners that understand the your pets are part of your family.  They know that you take extra care of your pets and these same pets are usually extremely well behaved.  We provide you with dog dishes, a back yard, and a large dog door that exits to the back yard. Some vacation homes provide you with additional amenities for your dogs like dog beds, treats, bowls, and toys.  It all comes down to the property owners.

Plan Your Day Around Your Dog

Planning your day around your dog can be a good thing by introducing you to activities you wouldn’t normally do or places you wouldn’t typically visit. Las Vegas has many themed neighborhood parks that would make dog walking fun.   There are many dog parks around Las Vegas where you dog can run around and play with other dogs.  Do you want to get out of town, no problem.  Las Vegas has many dog friendly hiking areas and lots of site seeing.  In the winter you can even find snow 30 minutes outside of town.

Getting your dog out and about will not only acclimate him to the Las Vegas climate and area, but it will also allow both of you to get some exercise.  Walks also will reduce the stress of the dog and make him less prone to barking and acting out while you are away.

Items to Bring When Traveling with a Dog

So you know where you are going, how you are getting there, where you are staying and a good idea of the parks, hiking trails, beaches, restaurants and activities offered. All that’s left is to figure out what to bring. Make a checklist that includes the following staples:

    • tags
    • photos of your dog in case of separation
    • food & treats
    • water
    • leash
    • toys
    • carrier or kennel
    • hiking gear (if needed)

 

Alternative Places to Stay With Your Pets

Since dog friendly hotels in Las Vegas are limited, here are some suggestions.  There are many vacation rental sites if your interested.  Anyone of the major companies (Airbnb, Homeaway, and Flipkey) offer you a filter for Pets Welcome.  You’ll be able to see the properties have to offer you and your pet.

Our property, Villa Tuscano, is conveniently located 15 minutes north of any major hotel on the strip.  When booking your next travels, think of us, where we’ll treat your pets like you do, just like family.  You can see if our property is right for you and your pet. Our dog amenities include

  • a large dog door for dogs up to 120lbs
  • a backyard for your pets to run, play, or just relax
  • full reign of the property
  • access to dog bowls and a dog bed
  • Welcome book the offers locations of parks, dog parks, and pet supply stores

Please check out our website for more information.  www.myvegasvr.com , and book today.

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