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  • Las Vegas-It's Going To Be KOAS!

    3/17/2019 8:00:28 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    You don't have to gamble and go clubbing to fill a Vegas vacation agenda. There's always something new to do in the desert city that never sleeps.

     

    Try Flying Superman-style 12 stories high over the Las Vegas Stripe at speeds up to 40 mph. Take the 35 second ride that travels above the bustling Linq Promenade, past Sprinkles cupcakes, Brooklyn Bowl and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips toward the towering High Roller observation wheel. When completed you can say you rode Fly Ling, the first Zipline on the Strip.But. there's also the VooDoo zip-line at Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino just off The Strip, and Slotzilla at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

     

    Slotzilla

     

    The Slotzilla will launch you out of a giant slot machine that's 11 stories tall over Fremont Street underneath the second largest video screen on earth which gives you the best view of their mesmerizing light show. The light show plays every hour on the screen which is 1500 feet long and 90 feet wide.

     

    There are 2 ways to fly. The Zoom line shoots you all the way down Fremont Street Superman-Style or try the less intense Zipline which is only 77 Feet high where you can fly seated.

     

    Tip: The views are spectacular at night.

     

    The Underground at the Mob Museum

     

    There are no signs on the green side door outside The Mob Museum. Visitors push a buzzer and a narrow slot in the door opens to reveal a pair of dark eyes. To get in you must say the password ( which is posted weekly on Instagram). Entrance is free with Mob Museum admission or free on its own after 5 p.m. through the side entrance .Inside, a combination speakeasy, distillery and Prohibition exhibit called The Underground and, like the Mob Museum itself, is a must-see in downtown Las Vegas.

     

    The small distillery makes corn-mash moonshine and you can get a free sample, buy a bottle to take home or order a drink at the bar with moonshine in it. The 30-minute distillery tours, which include samples of moonshine, vodka and Jamaica ginger infusion, are popular and offered daily from noon to 6 p.m.

     

    Block 16 Urban Food Hall

     

    A collection of food counters next door to the Marquee nightclub on Cosmopolitan’s second level features niche restaurants beloved around the country.

     

    It’s easy to call Block 16 a food court, but visitors won’t find Nathan’s, McDonald's or other fast food on the menu at the latest addition to the chic hotel with the trademark crystal chandelier. The Block 16 takeout bags playfully scratch out fast in "fast foodies”.

     

    Block 16 is tiny and easily overlooked with the arrival of Eataly, the grand new Italian food hall that opened in late December at Park MGM hotel, but it is a great addition to the Las Vegas food scene and Cosmopolitan's already stellar restaurant lineup. (For another quick option, try Cosmo's secret pizza on the same level.)

     

    Tip: Take a cruise around the place before ordering and bring friends so you can try a bunch of options.

     

    NoMad Bar

     

    The bar opened in October and has a vintage vibe, it’s really a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, in addition to cocktails. On the cocktail menu are drinks for two in a giant copper rooster that sits behind the counter.

     

    Cocktail enthusiasts flock to the swank new NoMad Bar at the new NoMad Las Vegas hotel for its pedigree. The NoMad Bar in New York was named best bar in North America in 2018 and fourth in the world in the Oscars of bar competitions.

     

    Tip: Las Vegas is the only place where you will find a NoMad slot machine. A few are stationed at the entrance to the NoMad Hotel off the casino floor at Park MGM hotel.

     

    Hard Rock Cafe guitar and Tim Burton at the Neon Museum

     

    The Neon Museum, another downtown Las Vegas gem where old Vegas signs go to die, will add a high-profile neon sign to its boneyard in early March. It is adding the giant guitar from Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, which closed in 2016 after a nearly 30 year run.

     

    The sign owner, Young Electric Sign Company, donated the guitar to the museum, which launched a $350,000 fundraising campaign in 2017 to transport, restore and maintain the sign.

     

    The Hard Rock guitar was lit in a lighting ceremony on March 4. Donors will have their names at the base of the guitar.

     

    Coming this fall and running into February 2020: An exhibition from director Tim Burton. The museum says it's first exhibit of his original fine art in nearly a decade. Ticket sales have not begun.

     

    Las Vegas-It's Going To Be KOAS

     

    As is often the case in Las Vegas, the rumors were true. The Palms is building a 100,000-square-foot, multi-level day club and nightclub with a massive glass wall-operable door dividing indoor and outdoor spaces, a DJ booth that rotates 360 degrees, a supplemental dome cover that will make it a year-round destination and a 65-foot bronze sculpture of a headless demon.

     

    Set to open in April, the club and amphitheater-style complex is the last big piece of the resort’s $690 million update by Station Casinos, which acquired the 17-year-old off-Strip hotel and casino in 2016.

     

    Imagine attending a Las Vegas pool party in the shadow of British artist Damien Hirst’s eerie, six-story sculpture “Demon with Bowl.” You look around to see layers of private cabanas—39 of them across multiple levels—with sparkling glass pools jutting out over and around the crowd, people dancing and splashing inside them. This could happen at KAOS’ “luxe Greek-inspired oasis” dayclub, as most of its cabanas will feature cantilevered glass pools. Besides the rotating DJ booth that sits at the center of the indoor and outdoor areas, the pool club portion also features an additional stage and live entertainment performance space and “the city’s largest LED wall” on the eastern side of the hotel’s Ivory Tower, streaming live shots of the club for Vegas visitors outside the resort to enjoy.

     

    Day club business has grown so lucrative in recent years that KAOS will be the first Vegas mega club to be built as a year-round venue. Its nightclub space, according to today’s announcement, “takes inspiration from a modern playhouse, with art and architecture working hand in hand to create a surreal, ever-shifting experience.”

     

    To find out more about all the KOAS going on in Las Vegas in 2019 tune into Its Your Time 2 Travel on talktainmentradio.com, Tuesday, at 8 pm EDT or you can join the conversation by calling 877-932-9766. To book your Vegas Vacation visit https://www.tyustours.com/14062374_21812.htm.

     

  • Unique Vacation Tours: Aloe Vera Production Around the World

    3/6/2019 7:15:22 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Photo Courtesy of Aruba Aloe Factory, Museum Store

    If you are like many people, you seek out some interesting, unique experiences while traveling. This very well may include touring unique sites while on a vacation.


    If you are also like many individuals in this day and age, you may make use of aloe vera, as well as products that contain aloe vera, with some regularity. With this in mind, the history and production of aloe vera has resulted in some interesting points of interests for people on vacation in different parts of the world, including in the Caribbean and the United States. These are some aloe vera historical or production sites that you will want to consider adding to your vacation travels to-do list if you will be in the area of one or another of these locations.


    Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store


    Aruba is one of the most vibrant and beautiful travel destinations in all of the world. People flock to Aruba each and every year for the beaches and the parties. The nightlife of Aruba is incomparable in many ways.


    The reality is that there is more to do on Aruba than lie on the beach and party. There are also some interesting sites to take in, including the amazing Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store. The Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store is located at Hato, Aruba. Everything is "nearby" on Aruba and the Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store is only minutes away from the main hotel area on the island.


    The Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store features a free tour of the factory operation. Tours start every 15 minutes and are conducted in English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento (whish is Aruba’s native language). Tours are conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store is closed on Sunday.


    One can also choose to tour the Museum independently. An 11-minute audiovisual presentation on the History behind the Aruba Aloe brand is showcased, as are archived past Aruba Aloe products in their retro packaging, along with artifacts and processes behind the making of Aloe-based skin care. A brief historical tour tells a visual story of the domestication of the Aloe plant, and how this shaped the beginning of an agricultural way of life. Information on everything that Aruba Aloe Museum, Factory, and Store has to offer can be obtained by calling 800-952-7822.


    Aloe King Farm


    The Aloe King Farm is located in the United States. It is in the midst of a sub-tropical region in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, at Mercedes, Texas. The mission of the Aloe King Farm is to farm fresh aloe vera products of different types of the marketplace in their most natural form. The Aloe King Farm has been in operation at this location for over 30 years.


    The Aloe King Farm offers tours by appointment. You can schedule a tour by calling John Downing at (956) 463-9431.


    Hilltop Gardens


    Located at Lyford, Texas, is an amazing destination, with a sharp focus on the cultivation of aloe vera and the creation of a variety of different types of aloe vera products.


    Hilltop Gardens features both self-guided and guided tours. Guided tours are scheduled in advance. If 10 or more people will be coming to Hilltop Gardens, even for a self guided tour, reservations are required.


    The admission price to Hilltop Gardens is as follows:


    $3 - adults

    $1 - children

    $5 - audio tour


    Hilltop Gardens is located in the center of the Tamaulipan Biotic Province. The Province extends across parts of Texas and Mexico. Hilltop Gardens is considered a healing place and offers a wide range of different activities to its guests.


    Hilltop Gardens farm was established 1939. It was one of the one of the first commercial Aloe farms in the United States. Today, Hilltop Gardens includes a Sensory Walk, a Healing Garden, a Memorial Aloe Garden (which has one of the largest collections of aloe species available for public viewing in the country.) There is also a large Children’s Garden on site -- marketed as being for the "kid in all of us."


    The Inn at Hilltop Gardens is available for rent. The Inn at Hilltop Gardens has four bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people. It is available the year around for $900 a night. Reservations for The Inn can be made by telephoning Hilltop Gardens or contacting Hilltop Gardens via its website.


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