Monday, February 23, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

Ahhh....Vegas. Of all the tracks I have been to, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is my favorite. Great shopping, gambling, famous shows, amazing restaurants and NASCAR….what more can a girl ask for?! I attended the race in 2007 and I can say with certainty, I was intoxicated the entire trip. We stayed at the Wynn, the nicest hotel I have ever stepped foot in. As nice as it was, it was also torture having Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Manolo Blahnik and others located inside your hotel. The mixture of intoxication and great shopping isn’t the best combination….lets just say it took me a while to pay off the debt from that trip (but I have awesome pair of Christian Louboutins as a souvenir!). So take my advice, be careful where you drink and gamble or you may find yourself with a hefty credit card bill.

Lets face it, Vegas is not a cheap destination. With the state of our economy, you can really make Vegas work in your favor and a lot of the hotels have "free" attractions worth checking out. If you find yourself near the Wynn at nightfall, stop by and grab a drink at the patio of Parasol Down. They have a light show called the Lake of Dreams which is really neat and the more you drink, the more mind boggling it becomes. The Bellagio has a couple attractions worth checking out; The Bellagio Conservatory and the Bellagio Fountain. If you plan on going to see the fountain, dine on the patio of Todd English’s restaurant “Olives”. This will place you overlooking the fountain and you won’t have to stand outside w/ thousands of other tourists to get a glimpse of the show. Do yourself a favor and order his famous Beef Carpaccio. Do not let the term raw beef scare you. You will be thanking me later.

Moving onto the race! One of the great things about LVMS is their Neon Garage. It is like the FanZone in Daytona but on steroids. Where else can you go to a race and see Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, The Blueman Group and the Earnhardt / Elvis Car Unveiling? Click here for the Neon Garages schedule of events and here for the race schedule.

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