Preparing for the Big Game: A foodie’s guide to goodness

You'll enjoy the Big Game that much more if you a little advance food planning.
You’ll enjoy the Big Game that much more if you a little advance food planning.

You have made the wise choice to watch the Big Game this Sunday during your stay at Club de Soleil, so let’s talk about how to best prepare for this classic gridiron match-up.

Luxury suite – check. Full kitchen in the suite – check. Crystal clear, flat-screen TV in the room with cozy couch aimed right at the action – check. And the countdown to game time is just hours away. What should you do at this point to prepare for the Big Game in style, all while realizing that you’re still trying to relax in the heart of Las Vegas?

Turns out, it won’t take too much effort to pull off the ultimate football-themed event, with plenty of time left over before kickoff. Here are some quick and easy food ideas to help you prep for the game without a lot of fuss:

  1. Pepperoni Cheesy Bread: This incredibly simply recipe is easy to prep and cooks in the oven in just 20 minutes. Don’t worry about overloaded pizza delivery guys this coming Sunday. Cook your own fresh and savory cheesy bread right in your suite.
  1. Buffalo/BBQ Chicken Tenders: Cook quality store bought chicken tenders in the oven, toss with your favorite hot sauce or BBQ sauce, put out a bowl of chilled ranch or blue cheese dressing, and watch as your companions dive right in during the game.
  1. Everything Bagel Dogs: Bagels + hot dogs + cream cheese creates a match made in sports food heaven. Trust us, this recipe is so simple you’ll wonder why you never made it at home before. And, it is a wildly popular game day treat for kids and adults, alike. See for yourself how easy it is to make these pigs in a blanket-like snacks!
  1. Loaded BBQ Fries: Imagine French fries smothered in tomatoes, onion, BBQ sauce, pulled pork, cheese, and more. It’s incredibly easy to make, too, so you won’t miss any of the pre-game action while preparing this dish. Grab all the ingredients at the store, combine, and bake. Once done it will smell heavenly and you may have to make a second batch to keep hungry game fans happy.
  1. Chicken and Waffle Sliders: We suggest keeping things simple and buying the mini waffles from the store, cooking a bag of chicken tenders, drizzling on a little syrup, and calling it good to go. Keep it simple so you’re not spending all day in the kitchen!
  1. French Dip Sliders: Meat, bread, dipping sauce. Need we say more? Ensure you create the ultimate French Dip sliders for your Big Game table spread.

Get ready for football this weekend by hosting your own in-suite party. Regardless of who you and your guests are cheering for, it’s never a bad game when the food is tasty and it keeps on coming.

 

Things to do in Vegas during Christmas

When you think of a festive Christmas destination, does Las Vegas immediately come to mind? If it doesn’t, take a look at our list of things to do during your time in Vegas this Christmas. And then, see if a jaunt around the city doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend time with friends or family during the holidays.

Cactus Garden Lighting

Las Vegas is in the desert. Cacti live in the desert. Therefore, it makes sense to decorate cactus groves with Christmas lights, right? The folks over at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate factory sure think so, and they deliver a fun and whimsical take on the traditional Christmas decoration philosophy. Check out the lights, then stick around and try some of their handmade chocolates.

 Ride The High Roller

The iconic High Roller Ferris wheel, the largest in the world, gets the full holiday treatment during the Christmas season as it is embellished with almost 2,000 vivid LED lights. See all of Las Vegas from 55 stories high, and take in the vistas from comfortable pods instead of open air seats. Located right on the Strip, you can’t beat the views.

 Live Music Venues

There are several amazing places to enjoy live music in Las Vegas, but for the ultimate experience this Christmas, head down to Fremont Street and see why this area is quickly becoming the hub for entertainment in Vegas. Headline-worthy acts are on the roster throughout the Christmas week and New Year’s Eve brings even more opportunity to rock out to your favorite group. From big name acts to tribute bands, you’ll find an eclectic mix when you discover Fremont Street during the holidays.

Las Vegas is the place to be this Christmas, especially if you’re looking for new and exciting things to do to cap off 2016. From music to museums, dining to dancing, you’ll find it all this holiday season in Las Vegas.

Ladies’ Night Out in Las Vegas

Enjoy a girls' night out on the town in Vegas!
Enjoy a girls’ night out on the town in Vegas!

Las Vegas is known for its high energy and exciting night scene, making it the ultimate destination for a memorable ladies’ night out. With so much to see and do in this city, it might be difficult deciding exactly what you should put on your itinerary. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you. Check out this all-in-one guide on what to do for a fun ladies’ night out, from start to finish.

Indulge in a Gourmet Brunch at Wicked Spoon

After a refreshing spa session, you’ve probably worked up an appetite that only a brunch buffet can satisfy. That’s where Wicked Spoon comes in. Located in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Wicked Spoon is unlike any other Vegas buffet you’ve ever had before. From roasted bone marrow to asiago gnocchi in lamb ragout, this buffet offers mouthwatering, out-of-the-ordinary dishes you won’t find in other buffets. Another highlight of Wicked Spoon is its delectable gelato bar, featuring flavors such as strawberry balsamic and salted caramel peanut. The buffet also has a bottomless beverage option for brunch that includes mimosas, champagne, Bloody Marys, house red or white wine, or PBR draft.

Do Some Retail Therapy at Grand Canal Shoppes

It’s not considered a night out unless a little splurging is involved. The best place to do some retail therapy is the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian and The Palazzo. The 500,000 sq. ft. upscale shopping mall includes designer boutiques such as Burberry, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade. With over 200 stores to choose from, it’s a shopaholic’s paradise. You’ll definitely find the perfect outfit and accessories for your night out. Need a brief break from shopping? Take a gondola ride inside the shopping mall to a scenic waterfall atrium and garden!

Keep it Light and Fresh for Dinner at Giada

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dinner option, Giada at The Cromwell is the ideal choice for you. Owned by Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, the restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine with a modern, Californian twist. Some of the must-try dishes include Marsala herb chicken meatballs, chicken cacciatore, and vegetable Bolognese rigatoni. Giada is also the first Italian restaurant on the Strip that features an antipasto and pizzetta station. Guests can eat in the dining room, lounge or on the outdoor patio which offers incredible views of the Bellagio fountains and Caesars Palace.

 

Sing Your Heart Out with Celine Dion

Finally, your night out in Vegas wouldn’t be complete without seeing a live show of none other than the legend herself – Celine Dion. Performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Celine’s show features her biggest hits as well as a collection of timeless artists from all generations and genres. Some of these artists include Elvis, Billy Joel, Queen, and Prince. Celine performs with 31 onstage musicians including a five-piece horn section and a 16-piece string orchestra. It’s a show that you won’t soon forget!

Guide to Shopping for Your Halloween Costume in Vegas

Once you’ve experienced the energy and joy of a Las Vegas New Year’s or the relaxing vibes of Memorial Day weekend, you’ll never again want to celebrate another holiday anywhere else but Sin City. This month, Halloween provides the perfect excuse to dress up for this devilishly fun holiday.

If you’re staying at Club de Soleil over Halloween weekend, keep the following  stores in mind to help you find the perfect costume this year.

BLACK CAT COSTUMES & NOVELTIES

Located at 2350 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 1, this all-encompassing costume and accessory store has virtually anything you’d need to create a memorable and distinctive costume. From Superhero outfits to Star Wars-themed costumes, and all of the classics, Black Cat Costumes & Novelties truly has it all. And, it’s open year-round so you don’t have to worry about timing your visit!

 HALLOWEEN EXPRESS OF LAS VEGAS

This massive store is located at 9731 South Eastern Avenueright in Silverado Ranch. Home to more than 10,000 Halloween costumes and all necessary accessories, Halloween Express is the place to be, if you’re on the west side ofLas Vegas. They also carry a full assortment of decorations to help you throw a festive party or decorate your home.

 STAR COSTUME & THEATRICAL SUPPLY

If you’re looking for something a few steps up from your standard Halloween costume this year, consider paying a visit to Star Costume & Theatrical Supply located at3230 South Valley View Blvd., Suite 120 in centralLas Vegas. This store is open year-round and features an assortment of costumes from just about every genre imaginable. Stage-quality makeup, wigs, accessories, and more are available to help you create the ultimate Halloween costume.

 AMERICAN COSTUMES OF LAS VEGAS

In business in Las Vegassince 1978, American Costumes is centrally located at390 West Sahara Avenue and features a wide variety of costumes and accessories. And if you’re planning a party or event around Halloween, they can even provide additional services like specialized balloons and singing telegrams. ThisLas Vegas institution is worth a visit any time of the year!

Still haven’t planned out your costume? Not to worry! These stores will help spark your creativity and have you headed in the right direction, if you decide to do a little last-minute shopping for Halloween. No need to stress about it for weeks in advance; we have you covered.

What to Know About Las Vegas’ Premium Outlet Malls

Las Vegas is famous for its towering casinos, 24/7 gambling, and glittery shows. With its bright lights, the extravagant entertainment, and never-ending cocktails, Las Vegas is certainly a “grown-up” amusement park filled with exotic and diverse attractions. However, another obsession is burning bright in the desert – one that pulls visitors in from around the world.  Shopping!

Home of two expansive premium outlet malls, Las Vegas represents an exciting pilgrimage for shoppers of every age and style. Here’s what you need to know about Las Vegas’ Premium Outlet Malls to maximize your shopping adventure the next time you’re at Club de Soleil!

Bringing Fashion to the Desert

In 2003, mega retail trust Simon Property Group unveiled their 435,000 sq. ft. Premium Outlet Mall, which is now known as North Premium Outlets. A thriving success and iconic Las Vegas tourist and local favorite, the outlet was expanded to 540,000 sq. ft. in 2008 and was then fully remodeled in 2011. Adding convenience for shoppers, the Premium Outlet Mall now has two locations in Las Vegas – offering a diverse experience with numerous unique brands.

North Premium Outlets

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North is located in the hot and newly revitalized Downtown Las Vegas area. Just minutes off the famed Strip, the North Outlet is easily accessible from I-15, Exit 41B – Charleston Boulevard. Near the trendy and bustling Fremont Street Experience, this hugely popular shopping destination is easily accessible by taxi and public transit. An outdoor mall – the North Premium Outlets feature misters to help combat the Vegas summer heat. A newly added Cheesecake Factory adds a delicious food stop, amidst the 40 acres of retailers and shops.

Shop till you drop at the North Outlets, which features 175 outlet stores – ranging from high-end brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors to popular retailers like Ann Taylor and Hot Topic. Enjoy the leisurely vibe and close proximity to downtown Las Vegas.

South Premium Outlets

A mere eight miles from the North Premium Outlets is the second of Las Vegas’ famous outlets – the South Premium Outlets. Located less than three miles from the Strip, the South Outlets are easily accessible from I-15 and I-215. Slightly south of the center of Las Vegas, the South Premium Outlets serve vacationers, as well as the surrounding neighbors of Henderson.

This beautiful indoor, climate-controlled outlet features 140 stores and shops and a newly renovated outdoor walkway and retail center. Scattered throughout the indoor outlet are fast food and “food court” style offers – ensuring you keep up your energy and hydration for more hours of strolling and shopping.  

Las Vegas: Outlet Shopping Destination

Vegas offers so much more than gambling! Shop some of the most desired and renowned names in fashion – all at outlet prices. You might want to bring another suitcase to travel home with all of your amazing outlet finds!

Lobby Waiting Area

Vacation ownership at Club now an even greater value

Club 2’s gorgeous lobby

An increase in lodging rates in 2015 – up more than 18 percent over the previous year owing to a rise in travel frequency – now more than ever underscores the value of vacation ownership.

Consistency of cost is a timeshare hallmark, and while hotel room pricing rose to an average of $102.64 per night in 2015 from $86.55 in 2014, your vacation club remained unaffected by market trends and subsequent supply and demand economics.

Ownership means you are never subject to the unpredictable pricing practices of opportunistic Las Vegas hotels, whose rates rise exorbitantly with each UFC event, mega boxing match or New Year’s Eve weekend.

Conversely, the cost of timeshare ownership remains steady and affordable, with property upkeep through the responsible application of maintenance fees the primary objective – not the wringing of every last dime out of the consumer.

As you’ve discovered, timeshare ownership at Club de Soleil a great bet, and we are humbled and honored to count you among our vacation club members. We take seriously our responsibility to provide you with a beautifully maintained property and look forward to helping you make wonderful vacation memories year after year.  

 

Lobby Seating

Remodel has given Club 2 lobby a fresh new look

What a difference!

When we asked him to put some pizzazz in our Club 2 lobby, interior designer Ron Nicola accepted the project with a single goal in mind.

“Regardless of the property I design,” he said, “I want everyone to experience a WOW moment when they see the finished product.”

Interior designer Ron Nicola

Mission accomplished, Ron. Mission accomplished.

Club 2’s lobby received a comprehensive makeover that has transformed its appearance from dark and dated to bright and contemporary. Enhancements include fresh paint and new furniture, drapery, and artwork. Ron also added area rugs and pillows with accent colors to the couches and chairs and gave the fireplace an updated look with new paint, tile and doors.

Applications of white paint to dark wood, gray paint to yellow walls, and still more white to ceiling and floor trim significantly lightened the interior space to  great effect.

“I wanted the design of the lobby to be current, with the feel of walking into a peaceful and relaxing sitting room,” Ron said, explaining that great design is all in the details.

“Dramatic flair is what I’m all about. The burst of color against the more neutral gray palette and white woods gives a fun, young, and exciting vibe. I wanted the owners to feel a more personable décor and design, not just another commercial lobby.”

We think he succeeded and hope you will agree!

Sit down and stay awhile.