Sunday, August 27, 2006

Henderson, Nevada the Las Vegas Extension

To many local "Nevadans" who live in Henderson, it's common to respond to the adage "where do you live?" with "Las Vegas", despite the fact that we live in the suburb of Henderson, Southeast of Vegas - It's not that we're trying to mislead others, Las Vegas is "just" the better answer and avoids confusion. I mean... where the heck is Henderson, Nevada anyway?

Henderson is Southeast of the Las Vegas Strip, a quick 15 minute drive over the 215 Beltway, takes you straight into the entrance of the city. Like other cities across the US, Henderson has it's own downtown area, parks and entertainment. The best description of the city is that it is an "Extension to Las Vegas", in short... "What Happen's in Henderson, stays in Las Vegas". You're probably wondering why I would take the time to write about this city? What you probably don't know, is that Henderson plays a significant role in the dining and entertainment industry for Las Vegas. Huh?

Henderson, Nevada offers it's fair share of top dining and entertainment choices for Nevada, from it's top rated restaurants, over-packed celebrity visited night clubs, renowned golf courses, casino gaming to concerts and more, Henderson is a perfect compliment to the brightly lit Las Vegas Strip.

Henderson is home to some of the top Golf Courses in Las Vegas, sure, we can always say Golf Courses in Henderson, but where's the glamour in all of that? Hence, we refer to a lot this city as Las Vegas, did you not read the first half of this article? The Rio Secco Golf Course, for example, one of the top rated golf courses, commonly listed as the #1 golf course in Las Vegas, stretches itself around the pristigious community of "Seven Hills" in Henderson. Troon Golf's, Revere Golf Club home to the Anthem Community in Henderson, the "Lake Las Vegas Resort" hosts of the nationally recognized "Reflection Bay Golf Club" is guess where? you got it.. Henderson, Nevada. Who needs Las Vegas right?

The city of Henderson has lots to offer both locals and visitors take the Eastern Avenue exit off the 215 and immediatly submerge into the what is commonly referred to as the Henderson Restaurant Row, offering a wide array of dining choices from the typical Southwest offering of Mexican food (I recommend the popular after work hang out, El Jefe's) to the exotic Mediterranean fare of "Chandelier Restaurant", recently reviewed by the Las Vegas Review Journal as " ... one of few excellent Mediterranean Restaurants in the Las Vegas valley" and by the Las Vegas Weekly "The best Hummus in Las Vegas!". Chandelier Restaurant lives up to it's reviews, the food is always fresh and the service is phenominal, "we refer to our customers as guests, each guest is greeted and catered to as if they were visitors in my own home" says Gaurav Varma, head chef and managing partner of Chandelier Restaurant. He's definitely on target with that comment, each time that I've been to Chandelier, I am always greeted at the door by one of the staff, often times, the door is opened to welcome me into the beautifully decored dining area. Now these guys know how to treat a girl! You definitely want to place this restaurant on your "top 10" lists while in Henderson, Chandelier will be celebriting it's 1st Anniversary in October, 2006 and is currently offering a 15% summer discount to diners.

There are many other dining options throughout the city of Henderson, and although, we "Hendersonites" sometimes, venture south toward the Strip for a portion of our entertainment cravings, it's not uncommon for us to stay within our city limits to fulfill a greater part of those cravings.

The Green Valley exit off the 215 plants you at The Green Valley Ranch, a local casino often host to top celebrity names, the Ranch is commonly visited by locals, but keeps it's share of visitors throughout the year. The casino is one of Henderson's most popular hang outs, with a large array of dining and entertainment options located within and around the Ranch such as the Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs and Hanks Steak House, a movie theater, the famed dance club "The Whiskey" and of course shopping at the District, it's hard to imagine the Green Valley Ranch as not being the center of Henderson's Night Life.

Exit off Stephanie for excellent shopping and more dining choices, the Galleria Mall off Sunset and Stephanie is a favorite shopping experience. The mall offers top designer stores and high fashion trendy stores as well. Around the Galleria, you'll find, more restaurants and across the street, even more shopping. If you enjoy Sushi, try Momo's Sushi on Warm Springs and Stephanie, families will welcome the large dinner portions at Claim Jumper. Macaroni Grill is also located here, for pasta lovers and for entertainment, drop into the "Sunset Station" where you can find hooters, the Oyster Bar and one of Henderson's best Casino Buffets.

While in Las Vegas, stop over in Henderson, take the Beltway 215 exit off Highway 15 and exit off Eastern Avenue, Pecos, Valle Verde, Green Valley and Stephanie - and extend your Las Vegas trip.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Las Vegas is a Golfers Paradise

Fall means golf season in Las Vegas and with the list of championship golf courses we offer, the city's golf courses are sure to be filled up, so if you're planning a golf trip you might want to get on it fast tee times fill up pretty quickly around this time of year.

The golf courses in Las Vegas are second to none in the world, world renowned architects such as Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye and the man Jack Nicklaus himself have all made their mark in Sin City. As a destination, Las Vegas is unique in that it offers golfers more than just golf, from dusk to dawn, golfers have a large array of entertainment to keep them occupied before their next visit to the tees. Don't take this city lightly however, to a golfer Las Vegas would be a 24 hour play ground.

A typical golfers day in Las Vegas could start off with early tee times at one of Las Vegas' championship golf courses, settle down for a few drinks and laughter with your fellow golfers, then head into the Las Vegas Strip where you have a selection of some of the worlds top restaurants to have lunch, my favorite place after hitting a few balls is the Paris Hotel cafe - I can always expect excellent food and atmosphere, and the keno isn't too bad either! The cafe at the Paris Hotel offers a wide selection of sandwiches and entrees that are sure to please any one.

After lunch you can walk around the Paris Casino or any Casino on the strip. Personally, I would take the gang up to Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, grab a private table at the pit and have a fun afternoon. The Green Valley Ranch is a favorite haunt for me, the pit design upstages any casino on the strip. Always a fun time, lots of great music and the people aren't bad either.

After an afternoon of fun, it's time to check out the dinner choices on the strip, you can find just about any cuisine imaginable in Las Vegas. The Forums at Caesars Palace hosts the infamous Spago's, and if you get there at a good time, you could probably get in without much wait (okay.. maybe not!) The Aladdin has some great restaurants and an excellent mediterranean buffet, and great place to hit is the MGM Grand, take a stroll through the shops at MGM for a surprising array of restaurants including Emeril's and the Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.

After dinner, head out to one of the great shows in town, check out the comedy clubs, in Las Vegas it's not unusual to run into some great artist on stage. Not up for a show? The dance clubs are a great place to work off the day, there's a lot of entertainment that can be found throughout Las Vegas. If you are up for some serious crazy fun, stop into the Hard Rock Hotel or Hooters.

Close up your night and head back to the hotel, hit the tables and if you are a risky partier, play all night - but don't forget the 7:10 Tee Time in the morning.

When you plan a golf vacation to Las Vegas, be sure to check up with the guys at Las Vegas Golf Adventures. They can save you money and hook you up with the top golf courses in Las Vegas, as well as hotel and casinos. After you have the guys working on your itinerary, relax and get ready for some serious partying, because for a golfer - there's no better paradise than the city of Las Vegas.

Welcome to my blog spot...

I'm Asia, I've lived in Las Vegas for over 3 years now, and there is absolutely nothing about this beautiful city that has disappointed me, since leaving Hawaii.

Las Vegas has so much to offer, whether you are a visitor, a resident or planning to move out here, from the colorful casino's that grace the Las Vegas Strip, the fantastic dance clubs, the delicious food at some of the worlds best restaurants, the outdoor activities including the Grand Canyon and the beautifully desert land scaped golf courses - there is so much to do and see in Las Vegas!

This is where I begin my first weblog, a place where I can share my experiences about this city that I have grown very fond of. Every story I write here takes into account my personal experience of places and people in Las Vegas. I'll share my favorite places to eat and hang out, perhaps even my least favorite places as well, my favorite casinos and people I meet along the way, what I enjoy doing, and what I suggest others do as well. I hope you enjoy reading my weblog, as much as I enjoy writing it.

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