Caesars Palace – Las Vegas Vacation

“…because every guest is a Caesar”, that’s the logic behind Caesars (not Caesar’s) Palace.

Every thing a guest could look for is available at this leisure and entertainment mecca in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. This is not a Griswald Vacation!

Begun in 1966, Caesars Palace is an every evolving complex that’s grown to include 3348 rooms spread over 5 towers, a major casino, swimming pool complex, Michelin starred restaurants, shopping mall, nightclubs and entertainment theatres.  Guests really do not need to ever step outdoors to experience the best of Las Vegas.
The standard guest rooms are very spacious and feature large, deep soaking tubs and walk-in showers while suites in the newest

Augustus Tower

Augustus Tower are luxuriously appointed, large and many feature amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip.  In the Forum Tower guests will find rooms with over 1000square feet of space.

Whatever type of holiday tickles your fancy it’s probably available at Caesars Palace; I recently attended one of my best friends’ wedding and the 50+ guests all had a great time.  Whatever activity we could think of, we found it;  gambling in the huge casino, laying by the swimming pool,  pampering in the spa, enjoying world renowned Michelin starred restaurants like Restaurant Guy Savoy and Mesa Grill.  Libations were had in some of the many bars, lounges and nightclubs found throughout the complex and making a safe bet on some great shopping in the Forum Shops adjoining the casino were also on our list.  Whatever we needed it was all waiting downstairs from our guest suites.  When we felt like venturing out beyond the resort the central location meant we were easily within reach of all the other casinos, resorts and malls along The Strip.  I would definitely base my next trip to Las Vegas around Caesars Palace too.

Janet Jackson – #1’s: Up Close & Personal

Janet Jackson – Colosseum at Caesars Palace – April 22, 2011

Wrapping up a 30+  North American date tour, Janet Jackson performed to three sell out audiences in the intimate Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  At just 4082 seats The Colosseum is a great venue for such an intimate and personal tour.
Number Ones: Up Close & Personal Tour is just that, an up close and personal view of Janet.   From the opening of the “Escapade” video and voice over “…this is the story of Janet Jackson” it was 90 minutes of the history of Janet.  With just a simple stage set and costume, the songs from the last 25 years since her first #1 single brought back floods of memories for the audience especially as Janet and her seven back up dancers recreated the dance moves from the music videos.  In between the set of 35 number one hit singles Janet included vignettes of her other endeavours and personal moments.  Video clips from her acting career included segments from “Good Times”, “Different Strokes”, “Poetic Justice” and “Why Did I Get Married” seemed chosen to tell the story of Janet as well as the characters on screen; an abusive parent, teen relationships and marriage proposals, sexual awakening as a young woman and finally domestic unrest and divorce as an adult.
In between other hits was a break featuring a selection of images of Janet from her various photo shoots during a career that’s spanned nearly 40 years.
Other touching personal moments included Janet singing “Scream” with late brother Michael via video. Also during the closing song, “Together Again” the video screens showed images of Janet with Michael.  Judging from the audience reaction, Janet wasn’t the only one missing Michael.
As she thanked the audience for making each of these singles number one the audience repaid the thanks with endless cheers and applause.  Everyone wishing there were 35 more singles so the night would last much longer.

No Place Like Home – Whitecaps FC V Chivas USA

Whitecaps FC V Chivas USA – Empire Field – April 16, 2011

Keeping their undefeated home streak alive, Whitecaps FC held the visiting Chivas USA to a nil-nil draw at Empire Field. It seems that the Whitecaps have a hard time travelling as both losses of the

Northgate All-Stars

season have been away matches and neither has been a particularly great performance. At home it’s been a different story does the home crowd really give the team an advantage?
The ’12th Man’ (the crowd) plays such an important part to a match as they provide the added boost to the home team to keep playing their best. To the away team the noise and support

Northgate All-Stars with Spike

 provided to the hosts can be a distraction that can (and hopefully does) throw off their game.
The rolling chants of WHITE & CAPS from the opposite sides of the pitch are followed by the end to end taunting of each, the Southsiders and the Northgate All-stars, supporter’s group, to see who was the better bigger booster all create a great supportive atmosphere in Empire Field.

Man Of The Match - Jay Nolley

Although this match against Chivas wasn’t the best performance by the Whitecaps, they managed to hold the visitors off the goal. Did the support of the crowd give them just that little but extra.  Both teams had chances, but ‘keeper Jay Nolley kept the Whitecaps in the hunt by consistantly denying Chivas’ attempts. As Coach Tietur Torteson keeps tinkering with the line due to suspensions and injury the players don’t seem to have gelled and don’t appear to trust the players on the pitch with them. Miscconnections and fumbled calls have led to missed goal opportunities or free kicks going against them. Hopefully a regular line-up will appear soon to get that ‘finish’ that they’re missing presently plus ensure the fans have something to cheer about.   
We want to continue to see lively crowd bringing the now standard cacaphony to the stands.  Now if we can just get them to travel well and deal with the away fans…we’ll have a winning combination!

Top 10 Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts of Airline Travel

Since I’m flying off to Vegas this weekend it reminded me of the things I hate when travelling so I thought I’d share some of my (and I’m sure other people’s) pet peeves.

1. DO arrive in plenty of time for your flight. If you can’t make it on time don’t expect to be pushing your way past those of us who are on time for our flights.
2. DON’T forget your documents and information for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already.
3. DO have those documents ready and available for check-in, security and customs…the lines move slowly enough already.
4. DON’T pack anything in your carry-on baggage that isn’t allowed to travel. Pack Smart
5. DO board the plane in an orderly and efficient fashion;  find your seat and step out of the way of others trying to get by.
6. DON’T carry-on too much stuff and hog the overhead bins.
7. DO travel with your children but be prepared to keep them quiet and entertained on a long journey. You don’t want them to end up in an overhead bin!
8. DON’T be a seat hog! Unless you know the person next to you, chances are they don’t want you falling asleep sprawled out all over them.
9. DO enjoy your refreshments and food that you’ve brought with you but try not to bring food that will stink up the plane!
10. DON’T talk too loud, yes, there is background plane noise but if people can hear you even with their headphones on…it’s too loud!!

Happy Travels!

Morningstar Farm

Morningstar Farm in Parksville, BC is a great place for city-slickers to get in touch with the country (albeit a slightly touristy version of the country). Home to Little Qualicum Cheese Works and Mooberry Winery this is a great spot to see how food gets from field to table.
With cheese produced from the Farm’s own herds of Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Canadienne dairy cows sold alongside great tasting BC Fruit wines crafted on-site, the Farmgate shop is a locavores dream place to find local meats and produce.
Self-guided farm tours are available daily from 9am – 5pm in Summer and Autumn; visit and pet the animals, in the milking parlor the dairy cows are milked twice daily and watch the cheesemakers in action. After all that fresh air and fun stop by for a wine tasting at the winery, take home your own farm fare from the Farmgate Shop.
Morningstar Farm is a great little excursion next time you’re in the Parksville/Qualicum area.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

At the recent World Airport 2011 in Copenhagen, airport hotels were recognized for the first time and Fairmont Vancouver Airport was awarded “Best Airport Hotel – North America”.
On a recent overnight at the hotel the reason for this award was evident, it’s a great property – a blissful oasis within the hustle of busy YVR!
This AAA/CAA Four Diamond luxury hotel features 392 sound proof rooms just minutes from the baggage carousel or airline check-in desk. Even a standard Fairmont Guest Rooms are spacious, quiet and comfortable, designed to meet the needs of both the leisure or business guest.

Health Club featuring indoor mechanized lap pool

Hotel amenities include Jetside Bar, Globe@YVR Restaurant, Absolute Spa at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport plus for those who need to stick to routine; a health club and business centre.  If you have time before, between or after your flight, drop-in access is just $15.00, for non-registered guests, to the Health Club, saunas and showers.

 

Fairmont Gold Guest Room

 

I stayed on the Fairmont Gold level, this “a hotel within a hotel” features it’s own check-in desk and team of dedicated staff who anticipate every guests needs.  The state of the art environmental controls within the rooms also anticipate your needs automatically dimming/raising lights so you can feel good about not wasting electricity. Lighting, temperature, entertainment and even the blinds are controlled from a unique touch-screen telephone.

Plane-Spotting with breathtaking views of Vancouver & North Shore Mountains

In the Fairmont Gold Lounge guests can enjoy complimentary evening hors d’oeurves and in the morning, continental breakfast while reading a newspaper or checking their email on the free wi-fi or just sit back and enjoy a bit of plane-spotting on the runway from the floor to ceiling windows.

 

Whether it’s pre or post flight or just for a relaxing night away, Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the perfect place to getaway!

The Fairmont Empress – April is “Royal Month”

I recently had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of royalty as I spent the night at the historic Fairmont Empress in Victoria.
In 1919, Edward, Prince of Wales danced until dawn in the Crystal Ballroom and in 1939 parents of our current Queen, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at The Empress. In addition, countless Hollywood royalty have graced the storied corridors since the hotel opened its doors in 1908.
In recognition of this connection to the Royal Family,  The Fairmont Empress, along with sister property Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has proclaimed April “Royal Month” leading up to the historic nuptials of future King of Canada; Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th.  Break out the hats and gloves and take part in some of the ‘Royal’ events and festivities taking place all month long. One of the highlights, I’d love to do is the Royal Empress Room Dinner, served on The Queen’s China, only ever used by Her Majesty, until this dinner!
Even though I don’t have a pedigree and paparazzi isn’t chasing me down, I was treated like royalty at The Empress.  As soon as I walked in the doors I felt welcome, this century old property is prime place to spend a relaxing break in Victoria.  Although the Inner Harbour, the hub of most Victoria activities lay just across the expansive front lawns, one can find plenty of activities to keep engaged within the walls of this castle, which was perfect on a rainy overnight stay as I experienced.

The Bengal Lounge

Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress provides first class spa services, stop in for curry and a cocktail at in the cool, colonial environment of the Bengal Lounge, lounge on a chaise with wine & oysters while overlooking the harbour on The Veranda and the ‘must do’ for everyone – Empress Afternoon Tea is renowned around the world.  Those are just a few of the experiences you can find in The Empress without even checking in!  Stay overnight and get the full Fairmont treatment, soak up the history

Fairmont Empress Guest Room

as you relax in your room and stroll the wide corridors, maybe even bump into one of the hotel’s supernatural guests.  There are a least a couple of ghost stories passed on by many guests, although I don’t have one…yet.   If you’re wandering, be sure to go downstairs to find the Archives to see the important roll The Empress has played in the history of Victoria.  With the great activities happening for “Royal Month” now’s the perfect time to make The Fairmont Empress part of your own personal history too!