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10 ways to stuff your Thanksgiving weekend with some Vegas fun

Don't slave over the stove this Thanksgiving -- let Vegas serve up a heaping helping of fun all weekend long! Here are 10 things to be thankful that you can do in Vegas this weekend:

Twin Creeks1. FEAST. Hey, it is Thanksgiving, and many Las Vegas restaurants have special holiday menus to satisfy any appetite. Here are a few deals to chew on:

  • Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton is offering a special three-course menu including Smoked Duck Breast Salad or Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Free Range Roasted Turkey with a foie gras stuffing, sage giblet gravy, pureed Yukon gold potatoes, haricot verts, yams and cranberry pear relish; Pumpkin Cheesecake or a Linzer Torte for dessert.
  • The D Grill downtown inside the D Las Vegas features a full holiday spread with herb-roasted turkey and classic accompaniments including house-made garlic rolls, creamy buttermilk-whipped potatoes, flavorful sage bread dressing and green beans almandine. Pan gravy and fresh cranberry sauce complete the spread, and a dessert choice of pumpkin pie with pecan caramel glaze or apple pie topped with fresh whipped cream end the meal on a sweet note.
  • All three Hash House A Go Go locations -- the Quad, the Plaza and the M Resort -- have special Thanksgiving offerings to choose from: Pumpkin Bisque with sea salt toasted almonds; HH Wedge Salad with hardwood smoked bacon and blue cheese; Roasted Turkey Breast with homemade mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy, old school dressing, carrots, baby green beans and cranberry sauce; Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf with griddled mozzarella, grilled onions, spinach, charred tomato and griddled mashed potatoes topped with BBQ cream; Linguini Pasta in Pumpkin Cream with Grilled Big O’ Shrimp, asparagus and roasted pumpkin seeds; and for dessert, Homemade Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream.

2. FOOTBALL. There's plenty of it on Thanksgiving and throughout the weekend, and you'll have the best seat in the house at any of Vegas' spacious sports books or venues such as Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo or the Ainsworth at the Hard Rock.

3. NAP TIME: After a huge Thanksgiving feast, sometimes, hey, we all need a little nap. Fortunately, Las Vegas' hotel accommodations are second to none. 

4. AFTER-DINNER DRINKS: Try any of the hand-crafted delights on the cocktail menu at The Chandelier inside The Cosmopolitan or the brand-new Fizz Champagne Lounge at Caesars Palace.

XS5. WORKING OFF THAT BIG MEAL: Get your dance on at any of Las Vegas' signature nightclubs, such as XS at Encore Las Vegas, where Chris Lake spins Friday night and Sultan & Ned Shepard perform on Saturday.

6. SHOPPING ON BLACK FRIDAY: You'll find something for everyone on your holiday list, and on Black Friday, you're sure to find great deals at Las Vegas Premiums Outlets locations downtown and on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. 

7. REJUVENATE: Give yourself a holiday gift, too, with a little pampering. Enjoy a Traditional Turkish Hammam treatment at the Drift Spa at Palms Place.

8. SHOWTIME: There's a reason Las Vegas is called The Entertainment Capital of the World. Check out the comedy, concert and production show lineup for this weekend!

9. SEEK YOUR THRILLS: Get your heart pumping and take on the Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides. You'll be thankful for the controlled atmosphere while you plummet from 800 feet with SkyJump.

10. GET INTO THE SEASON: Check out some of Las Vegas' festive holiday displays, such as the Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus GardenGlittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Conservatory at the Bellagio and the Waterfall, Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo, which feature hand-designed snowflakes suspended midair in the three-floor-high atrium. 

Hungry? Check out some of Las Vegas' top buffets

No matter what you're hungry for, it's easy to find in Las Vegas -- especially at any of our amazing all-you-can-eat buffets! Here's a quick list of some of our top spots to fill up your plate:

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

  • Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace: USA Today recently named it the top buffet in Las Vegas for the second straight year. At a cost of $17 million to build and featuring 500-plus dishes, you'll dine in opulence and are certain to find something for your appetite. 
  • The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas: Seventeen -- yes, 17 -- live-action exhibition cooking stations. Enough said.
  • Studio B at M Resort: You'll see your meals come to life on the big screen with unique, live cooking and technique demonstrations by culinary experts that are broadcast on 110'x6' video monitors inside the main buffet.
  • The Buffet at Bellagio: The finest cuisine, hand-picked from a myriad of exotic places. Revel in a variety of sumptuous selections from Italy, China and Japan, as well as fresh seafood and traditional American delights. 
  • The Buffet at the Golden Nugget: On the second floor of the spa tower overlooking the pool, this downtown dining delight features such specials as the "Seafood & More" buffet and Sunday's champagne brunch.
  • The Feast Buffet at Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort: Both versions of the popular Station Casinos buffets feature six live-action cooking stations and serving Italian, American, Mongolian, Chinese and International specialties prepared right before your eyes.

Take a break from work and spend Labor Day in Vegas!

You work hard, so play hard this Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas!

PeepshowLet loose at a Las Vegas show! Enjoy the zaniness of Absinthe at Caesars Palace or be one of the last to look during the final weekend of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood.

There are spectacular concerts on tap, too, including country superstar Brad Paisley at Mandalay Bay and Lil' Wayne at MGM Grand.

Enjoy outrageous pool parties all weekend long, such as the renowned Ditch events at Palms Pool and Rehab at the Hard Rock Pool.

While you take a break from work, perhaps enjoy a few precious works -- Warhol Out West at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art includes Andy Warhol's 1960s paintings of celebrities and consumer products, the 1980s advertisement series, the "Double Elvis" painting and his rarely seen "Cowboys and Indians" series, among others.

Warhol Out West

Or, perhaps celebrate the work of a true Vegas legend and dine at Sinatra inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. It's a culinary homage to Ol' Blue Eyes with great food and nostalgic memorabilia of the Chairman of the Board.

You know what they say about "all work and no play," so give yourself a weekend in Vegas you'll savor all year round!

A great view is always on the menu at Vegas restaurants

Some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas tend to have one thing that's always on the menu: a great view.

Comme CaNothing pairs better with a great cuisine than a veritable feast for the eyes. The Strip is a spectacular place, and the restaurants, naturally, do their level best to fit right in. See for yourself from the unique vantage points at Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan; Diablo's Cantina at Monte Carlo
and Mix Lounge at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay.Or get up close with patio views from PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Cabo Wabo Cantina, both at Planet Hollywood.

But fantastic restaurants with a view go beyond the Strip. The views are spectacular because the city has skillfully made itself spectacular. Las Vegas, of course, is world-renowned for its shimmering, neon-lit nights. After nightfall, terra cotta buildings and pale blue skies give way to a diamond-encrusted darkness.

See the city like you never have before from high above at the Top of the World at the Stratosphere or the Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.

Binion's Ranch Steak HouseFor more astonishing views, dine at Wynn Las Vegas' Lakeside with its breathtaking backdrop of pine-topped mountains and sweeping views of the picturesque Lake of Dreams, or step into the beautiful life at San Marco inside The Venetian at Otta Enoteca Pizzeria.

Take a trip downtown and see a breathtaking view of the heart of downtown, the Fremont Street Experience, while you indulge at Oscar's inside the Plaza. The romantic Hugo's Cellar in the basement of the Four Queens hotel may not have a view, but it sure gives you a glimpse into the historic past of Las Vegas!

Check out all of the exciting and award-winning restaurants with a view in Vegas!

Vegas Weekend: Music, art and food collide!

This weekend, order up some great music with a side of arts, culture and delicious food in Vegas! At The Venetian, Sammy Hagar performs while Emeril Lagasse serves up dishes at the Tiki Party. Downtown, soak in some arts and culture at First Friday and enjoy a free show with Hinder on Saturday.

With top musical groups and comedy acts in showrooms and the world's best DJs spinning inside the hottest nightclubs, there's no better place to let loose this weekend than Las Vegas! Here's a rundown:

Grace Potter & The NocturnalsFriday, June 7

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS/DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

Saturday, June 8

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS/DAYCLUBS

Rodney CarringtonNIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, June 9

CONCERTS & EVENTS

Celine DionPOOLS/DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

There's plenty of excitement in downtown Las Vegas this weekend! It all starts with First Friday, the monthly art celebration featuring the work of more than 100 artists, including painting, ceramics, mixed media, photography, jewelry, textile arts and sculpture.

On Saturday, Hinder takes the Fremont Street Experience stage as part of the free Rock of Vegas summer concert series.

You can also enjoy a night of great music and food on Saturday at the 10th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ festival at the Cannery.

Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at the all-new LasVegas.com!

Celebrate your independence in Vegas

Fourth of July is the ultimate weekend of commemorating your freedom, so plan a trip to Las Vegas for some food, fun, fireworks and UFC Fight Week!

Fourth of JulyGet up close and personal with the stars of The Octagon from July 3-6 with meet and greets, autograph signings and more at the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay! Then cap off the excitement with UFC 162 at MGM Grand.

Several resorts are hosting special events on the holiday, too. The LVH is celebrating with its Rockin' 4th of July Pool Party from 4-10 p.m., with food and drink specials and prize giveaways.

The Silverton is hosting a Tailgate barbecue from 11 a.m.-9 a.m. on the Fourth, complete with beef brisket, fried catfish, St. Louis style pork ribs, BBQ chicken and more.

The Hard Rock Hotel is offering Fourth of July-themed menus at 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco and Mr. Lucky Cafe throughout the holiday weekend. Treat your taste buds to some BBQ Pork Belly Sliders or Duck Quesadilla with Ancho barbecue sauce and mango pico de gallo.

There are plenty of explosive entertainment options, too, including Garth Brooks at Encore at Wynn Las VegasKellie Pickler at Silverton, and fittingly, the band America at the Cannery.

If you're feeling patriotic, enjoy a meal at America inside New York-New York or the All-American Bar and Grill at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Or show your true colors with a relaxing treatment at The Spa at Red Rock, followed by a trip to check out the White Lions and Royal White Tigers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, and then cap the night with a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo.

Of course, no Fourth of July is complete without a spectacular fireworks show, so check out the boom at Green Valley Ranch or Red Rock Resort.

For more traditional Independence Day revelry, take a quick ride to Boulder City for the July 4th Damboree! You can enjoy everything from a pancake breakfast to a parade and midway booths, and of course, an evening fireworks show.

Don't forget the amazing pool parties all weekend long and spend your Fourth of July celebrating in Vegas! 

Forget socks or a tie -- Vegas is a much better Father's Day gift!

Golf in Las VegasLet's face it -- your dad has socks. And probably a tie. This Father's Day, get him something he really needs. A trip to Las Vegas! And hey, just to make sure he has a good time and all that, maybe you should join him, to make up for all those times he helped chaperon you.

Start with a relaxing round on the links. Las Vegas has more than 55 championship golf courses crafted by some of the game's greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer.

Then, help Dad update his wardrobe with some stylish threads. You'll find everything you need to get Dad decked out in Las Vegas' amazing shopping centers.

Charlie Palmer Photo for Blog

Once he's dressed to kill, it's time to fuel up. First, dinner -- most Dads love to eat, and Las Vegas has some of the most award-winning restaurants anywhere on the globe. Treat him to a memorable steak dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, or Cut by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. If he's a seafood lover, American Fish by Michael Mina at ARIA Resort has dishes ranging from Copper River salmon to Great Lakes walleye, or treat him to fresh steamers, shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder and calamari at the Oyster Bar at Harrah's.

Finally, treat Dad to any of Las Vegas' unbeatable shows and you've got the perfect Father's Day gift -- a Las Vegas excursion that he'll think about fondly all year long.

Treat Mom to some Vegas

Give your mom something that will last forever this Mother's Day, give her a lifetime of memories and treat her to a Las Vegas adventure!

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical GardensInstead of giving her a few flowers, taker her to the breathtaking displays at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It's a kaleidoscope for the senses! If she wants a flower to keep, treat her to dinner at Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens, an intimate and elegant setting where every female patron is handed a red rose upon arrival.

And why settle for a box of chocolates when you can take Mom to Chocolat Bistro at the Palms. Chocolat is a stylishly chic fusion of traditional European gelateria, creperie and cremerie featuring delectable crepes, handcrafted chocolates, a palette of bright, fruity gelatos and an array of mouthwatering desserts.

Mom deserves to be pampered, too, so set her up with a treatment from any of Las Vegas' unique, invigorating and refreshing spas.

Sahra Spa & HammamHelp her escape to Qua Baths and Spa's Arctic Ice Room at Caesars Palace, where she can relax in snowfall-like conditions in the form of mint-infused air falling from a domed ceiling at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. It's the coolest spa treatment she'll ever enjoy, and it's only in Vegas. The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan offers multiple treatments inspired by traditional Turkish baths.

Other refreshing and invigorating signature treatments that Mom will love can be found at The Spa at Red Rock, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian, Oleksandra Spa at Treasure Island and the Aquae Sulis Spa at the J.W. Marriott, to name a few.

Then, it's time to treat her to a real Vegas show! For a magical experience, enjoy champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your VIP seats at Le Rêve - The Dream at Wynn.

Treat Mom to the experience of a lifetime in Vegas!

Vegas Uncork'd returns with nine new events

The food event of the year is back and bigger than ever! Grab your seat at the table and get ready for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, May 9-12 in Las Vegas!

Vegas Uncork'dThe culinary spectacle features nine brand-new events. Guests will have the chance to be among the first to step inside the new Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand, as well as visit the outdoor Beer Garden at Mandalay Bay, enjoy the Block Party at Bellagio, and sample the most delectable dishes from around the world at the signature showcase, the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace.

In all, 50 celebrity and master chefs and 30 sommeliers will come together for 25 events at four extraordinary resorts for a world-class weekend of delightful cuisine. Tickets to this annual culinary extravaganza are available at VegasUncorked.com, so join fellow food lovers at this premier foodie event. It's the boldest Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit yet, so don't miss out! Book your trip today at LasVegas.com.

7th heaven: Vegas Uncork'd is back and bigger than ever

Grab your seat at the table for the food event of the year - the seventh annual Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, May 9-12 in Las Vegas! Tickets for this annual culinary showcase are available at VegasUncorked.com, so join fellow food lovers at this premier foodie event.

Vegas Uncork'dFifty celebrity and master chefs and 30 sommeliers will come together for 25 events at four extraordinary resorts. Mingle with Nobu Matsuhisa, who recently opened his
latest restaurant in Caesars Palace, and Gordon Ramsay, who has opened three Vegas eateries in the past year.

You'll step inside the new Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand, visit the outdoor Beer Garden at Mandalay Bay,
enjoy the Block Party at Bellagio, and sample the best cuisine from around the world at the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace.

It's the boldest Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit yet, so don't miss out! Book your trip today at LasVegas.com and get tickets at VegasUncorked.com.

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