An Unforgettable Vegas Trip | Las Vegas, Nevada

get_blog2

While what happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, we know you’ll want to create a trip that you’ll remember for years to come. From flashy and funny shows to upscale bars to diving with sharks, we’ve got you covered. Here are some memorable ways to enjoy the City of Sin.

get_blog1

The Palazzo

Stay at The Palazzo, an upscale, all-suite resort located on the Strip. Their luxurious suites are almost twice as spacious as other Vegas hotel rooms. The Palazzo has great slots and table games, over 200 boutiques, a spa, and relaxing pools with private cabanas. Guests can choose from over 14 delicious eateries run by world-famous celebrity chefs, like Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse CUT. The Palazzo also has great nightlife, offering a number of bars and nightclubs. For something unique, be sure to check out the Fusion Latin Mixology Bar, featuring homemade cocktails from Mexico, Trinidad, Brazil, and Peru. Featured cocktail Smokin’ Mama, made with Mamas Boy Tequila, Xicaru Mezcal, Aperol, fresh lemon-lime sour and garnished with chili salt is sure to refresh and invigorate you.

The Palazzo is home to some of the best shows in Vegas. Book the Complimentary Show Tickets package and enjoy rates from $159 and two free tickets to one of The Palazzo’s many fantastic shows (up to a $100 value). Lipshtick, a comedy series featuring a number of famous funny women like Whitney Cummings, Iliza Shlesigner, Loni Love, and Garfunkel & Oates, is just one of the shows you can use your complementary tickets for.

get_blog3 Eat

Eat is a new restaurant in downtown Las Vegas that offers delicious breakfasts and lunches. Chef Natalie Young uses fresh and local ingredients to bring quality food to the surrounding community. The result is a menu full of simple yet tasty options. Stop by for brunch and try the Huevos Motulenos, made with two eggs, green chiles, black beans, peas, pico, feta, and sautéed bananas with corn tortillas.

get_blog4

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental offers some wonderful venues to eat, drink, and take in the views of Las Vegas. The Mandarin Bar is located on the hotel’s 23rd floor and offers impressive views of the bustling Strip. Try a hand crafted cocktails like the Cucumber & Cilantro Margarita. It’s made with Casamigos Reposado tequila, cilantro, cucumber, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and egg whites. You’ll love it.

get_blog5

Prefer tea? Try the Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge. Enjoy teas from all over the world while you snack on delicious scones, pastries, and desserts. The Tea Lounge offers unparalleled views of Las Vegas and is the perfect afternoon getaway. 

get_blog6

V – The Ultimate Variety Show

Can’t get enough of Las Vegas’ exciting shows? The city offers a staggering number of shows in almost all of the major hotels. It can be hard to choose between comedy acts, concerts, magic shows, and acrobatic routines. Get tickets to see V – The Ultimate Variety Show, and you won’t have to choose a particular genre. V is a 75 minute show that includes about seven different acts. Master juggler Wally Eastwood hosts and performs with energetic showmanship and humor. Audiences will get to see acts like rhythmic gymnast Tamara Yeroffyeva, comedian Russ Merlin, dancer and street performer Turf, and drummer group The Crazy Gauchos. See the show at Planet Hollywood.

get_blog7 Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay showcases rays, sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, sharks, and even a golden crocodile. Visitors can feed stingrays, sea turtles, and even sharks in special animal encounters. If you’re feeling especially daring, sign up for their Dive With Sharks Program. You’ll go on a tour of the entire aquarium and then see over 30 exotic sharks up close on a guided dive.

Experience the Unique Charm of Portland | Portland, Oregon

get_portland7

Portland is one of the country’s most unique cities, well known for its eclectic vibe. Situated between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, it’s full of Pacific Northwest beauty. Portland offers an array of entertainment options including performing arts theaters, museums, and parks. Explore the Pearl District, see the world’s largest bookstore, and check out some of the latest art exhibitions.

get_portland8

markspencer

The Mark Spencer

Stay at The Mark Spencer and immerse yourself in Portland. This stylish and comfortable hotel provides free continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, and an evening wine reception. It’s located right in downtown Portland, close to the vibrant West End and Pearl District. Book the Paperback Writer package, which includes a $50 gift certificate to the famous Powell’s Books, a Powell’s coffee mug, and a bookstore map. You’ll also enjoy free parking at the hotel and a late 1pm checkout.

get_portland9

Powell’s Books

Any book lover will tell you that Powell’s Books is one of the most famous bookstores in the country. The store has been an independently owned Portland landmark since 1971, and has expanded to include five stores. Visit the flagship store, which is called Powell’s City of Books due to its incredible size. It’s the world’s largest used and new bookstore, occupying an entire block of Portland’s Pearl District. Don’t miss the Rare Book Room, which has about 9,000 of their most valuable and exciting volumes.

get_portland10 See the Pearl District

The Pearl District has become one of the city’s most exciting areas. It boasts art galleries, spas, and endless food and beverage options. Stop at Ovation Coffee & Tea for an afternoon pick-me-up. They have a great selection of coffee and tea, including Moroccan beverages and cold brew, as well as delicious scones and pastries. The Pearl District is also a great place to browse some of Portland’s unique, independently owned shops. You’ll find amazing stationary at Oblation Papers & Press, a 19th-century print shop. Visit Nau, a store committed to creating sustainable clothing, for some of Portland’s best fashion.

get_portland11

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1892 and features over 42,000 objects and unique exhibitions. Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction blends art and architecture together, presenting pieces of architectural design that were part of the creative process for some of the country’s most impressive buildings. The museum is also presenting Native Fashion Now, a look at modern Native American Fashion and indigenous designers in the last half-century. Both exhibitions run through September 4, 2016.

get_portland13

Go “Floating”

Portland is full of unique trends and opportunities. Try something new while you’re in town and check out Float On. What is “floating”? Floaters spend 90 minutes inside a float tank containing a mix of water and Epsom salt. The tank is soundproof and dark, and the buoyancy makes you float on your back in the water. The idea is to lose track of your body and the environment around you. It’s been described as a profoundly relaxing experience, reducing stress and giving your body a break from gravity.

Flavors of Portland | Portland, Oregon

get_portland2

Head to Portland for a getaway filled with culinary delights. The charming city was named the #1 best food city in America by The Washington Post in 2015. Portland takes its food and drinks seriously, offering some of the best restaurants, breweries, and wineries anywhere. Fantastic chefs use local ingredients to create truly unique and impressive tastes. Here are our recommendations for the best spots to check out while you’re in town.

get_portland1

Hotel deLuxe

The Hotel deLuxe was designed with Hollywood’s Golden Age in mind. Art deco style, sophisticated décor, and lush color palettes combine to create truly elegant spaces. Guests will have a delightful time exploring all of the hotel’s special amenities. Select a pillow that’s just right for you from their Pillow Menu, listen to the specially-created Spotify channels, and get a pint of ice cream from local favorite Salt & Straw delivered right to your room. If that’s not enough to convince you, they also show classic movies in their Pop-Up Cinema and serve an incredible Afternoon Tea, developed by their own tea sommelier.

For some extra excitement, book A Royal Picnic. This package includes stylish accommodations in a Queen or King Premier Suite and a picnic in one of Portland’s many scenic spots. Choose from six locations, including the beautiful Waterfront and Cathedral parks. You’ll be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce to your chosen destination, where you’ll enjoy a full English picnic.

get_portland3

Salt & Straw

This unique ice cream shop is a can’t-miss Portland spot. Founded by an aunt and nephew, Salt & Straw took off quickly and now has multiple locations throughout Portland and Los Angeles. They’re known for their interesting, creative flavors that often blend savory and sweet together. Sample a few scoops of the Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, or Pear & Blue Cheese.

get_portland4

Bee Local

A few years ago, honey expert Damian Magista placed hives in different neighborhoods across Portland. Bee Local was founded when Magista discovered that the honey from these hives all had completely distinct tastes, colors, and textures. As a result, Bee Local honey is called “artisan neighborhood honey,” where each honey features complex, hyper-local flavor profiles. One of Bee Local’s hives is right on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe! Visit their online store to purchase traditional honey, cold-smoked varieties, and honey sauces. 

get_portland5

Rogue

Part brewery, part distillery, Rogue quite literally has something for everyone. Not content to specialize in any one beverage, they make their own beers, spirits, ciders, and even sodas. Rogue has been crafting beverages from their very own fresh farm ingredients for almost thirty years. They make over 30 types of beer, including a variety of IPAs and some unique brews like Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout. You’ll want to sample some of their spirits like the Chipotle Whiskey. Take home a few of their homemade sodas. The Citrus Cucumber, made with Rogue Farms honey, is a refreshing treat.

get_portland6

The Country Cat

For dinner, head to The Country Cat, a restaurant that specializes in American classics. Their menu consists of Midwestern-style food enhanced with the flavors of Portland. They use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious, seasonal dishes. Start out with warm buttermilk biscuits and some of their house beef jerky, and then try the Pan Fried “Drop” Dumplings, which are served in a ragout of wild mushrooms, mizuna, fennel, and gouda.

Scenic Wine Country | Temecula, California

The Temecula Valley is a charming Southern California region widely known for its vast wine country. Located in Riverside County, Temecula offers a pleasant climate and gorgeous scenery. The name “Temecula” comes from the Luiseño Indian word “temecunga,” meaning “Place of the Sun.” The city lives up to its name and makes the perfect destination for a weekend escape. You can explore the numerous wineries in the area, sample some of the finest California cuisine, and take in the beautiful landscapes.

TemeculaCreekInn

Temecula Creek Inn

The Temecula Creek Inn is located at the entrance to the famous Temecula wine country. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, a relaxing ambience, and unmatched hospitality. Play a round on the 27-hole championship golf course or grab a drink in the cocktail lounge. Indulge in a delicious meal at the award-winning Cork | Fire Kitchen. The on-site restaurant offers an inventive menu that highlights fresh ingredients from local farms. Book the Wine Country Getaway Package for a true taste of Temecula. The package includes overnight accommodations, tastings at four local wineries, a behind-the-scenes winemaking tour, and a gourmet picnic lunch.

OldTownTemecula

Historic Old Town

Old Town Temecula dates back to 1882 and retains many historical features including original buildings, sidewalks, and storefronts. It’s a popular attraction known for its Old West heritage and distinct vintage charm. Step back to a simpler time as you peruse the various shops, antiques, museums, and restaurants. Be sure to visit the award-winning Pennypickle’s Workshop – The Temecula Children’s Museum. The interactive gallery is full of hands-on inventions, gadgets, and exhibits that are fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and purchase a unique souvenir to commemorate your visit.

CrushNBrew

Crush & Brew

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Crush & Brew, an artisan restaurant that showcases locally crafted beer and wine. The barrel-room inspired interior features large street-front windows with views of Old Town Temecula. The upscale eatery serves gourmet appetizers, flatbreads, salads, and entrees that pair perfectly with the 30 craft beers on tap and extensive wine list. Order a wine tasting flight to sample five one-ounce pours. Your server will gladly assist you in choosing selections that complement your meal. Crush & Brew also features live performances from local music artists every weekend. Browse the calendar of events online.

LakeSkinner

Lake Skinner

You’ll find the scenic Lake Skinner County Park just a few miles east of the Temecula wine country. Nestled among the Winchester Hills, Lake Skinner offers a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. The lake is home to striped bass, largemouth bass, carp, and bluegill year round. Pack a picnic lunch and spend an afternoon in nature. The park is full of shaded shelters with benches and barbecue pits. Take a stroll on the walking path that circles the park and keep your eye out for the various species of birds, rabbits, squirrels, and deer that inhabit the area.

HelicopterTour

Custom Helicopter Tour

Adventure Flights specializes in thrilling aerial excursions that provide spectacular views of the area. The scenic flights begin at the French Valley Airport near the Temecula Valley wine country. We recommend a customizable helicopter tour. You can plot your own course to any number of locations on a 30-minute or 60-minute ride. From the mountains to the coastline, you’ll experience the Southern California landscape from a completely new perspective. Flights are available by advance reservations only. Book your adventure online.