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Seize the summer before it's too late

Everyone knows Las Vegas is famous for its poolside parties and summertime entertainment, but there are plenty of other ways to seize the summer in Vegas before it's gone.

Minus 5 Ice Bar at Monte Carlo & Mandalay BayLas Vegas is home to some of the most acclaimed and talked about restaurants in the world. From diners and buffets to one-of-a-kind Michelin-rated eateries, Vegas caters to every dining desire. The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas offers an innovative update to the classic steakhouse menu. For a rockin' good time, check out Roxy's Diner inside the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower. The 1950s-themed diner boasts a singing staff and a menu offering hearty items like juicy burgers, crispy onion rings and delicious milkshakes. For those looking for an unforgettable experience, Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian features Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines.

Here are a couple of great ways to stay cool this summer - try the Qua Baths and Spa's Arctic Ice Room at Caesars Palace, where you can relax in the "snow" - in the form of mint-infused air falling from a domed ceiling at 55 degrees. It's the coolest spa treatment you'll ever enjoy, and it's only in Vegas. Or hang out at the Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo Resort, where the drinks - and everything else - are chilled. Same goes for the frozen ice bar at Red Square.

Life is short. Summer is shorter. Seize the summer in Vegas!

Miss USA 2011: Along the Eastern shore

Note: This is the fifth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from the East Coast.

MISS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA USA: HEATHER DANELLE SWANN

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Elvis! I want to take a picture with an Elvis impersonator.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Money, a Redbull or some type of energy drink, the cutest cocktail dresses in my closet, the cutest set of comfortable heels and a camera to document the time of my life!. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Trump International Hotel Las Vegas!

MISS CONNECTICUT USA: REGINA TURNER

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: Seeing the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Bank at the Bellagio

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: I hear that the pools at the MGM Grand are exquisite.

MISS MAINE USA: ASHLEY-LYNN MARBLE

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Cruise down the Las Vegas Strip in a convertible.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: Sage (at ARIA Resort) because of its fresh farm-to-table ingredients. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I have heard that the M Resort is amazing!

MISS MARYLAND USA: ALLYN ROSE

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about competing in the Miss USA pageant! I will also be extremely excited to see the legendary "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Vegas icons are Penn and Teller! Their shows are amazing! 

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: Sushi is my favorite food, so I would love to visit Shibuya and I hear Alize is amazing.

MISS MASSACHUSETTS USA: ALIDA D'ANGONA

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I'd love to go to Le Boulevard at Paris Las Vegas!

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: As a DJ, I would love to go to the nightclub that has my icon DJ Tiesto rocking the dance floors. 

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Girls' night out with Ellen DeGeneres. She's hilarious and is the only person who could make Vegas better!

MISS NEW HAMPSHIRE USA: LACYJANE FOLGER

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Donald Trump, of course!

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Vegas?
A: I have never been to Vegas before, but anyone that knows me knows that I am a steak and potatoes girl. My friends who have been to Vegas recommend I go to Craftsteak

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Miss USA, of course, David Copperfield and The Ultimate Variety Show.

MISS NEW JERSEY USA: JULIANNA WHITE

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I would go to Surrender at Encore. It seems like the perfect place to visit for a night of dancing!

Q: What is the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: The most unique experience I had in Vegas was when I solved a crime at MGM Grand's CSI: The Experience. It was so fun to be a part of what I see in the television series! 

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice I could give to someone visiting Vegas is just have fun -- go everywhere you can and make sure you go to all of the amazing clubs! Also, don't forget Band-Aids for your feet after all of the sightseeing and dancing!

MISS NEW YORK USA: AMBER MARIE COLLINS

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Rehab at the Hard Rock because it has great cabana service.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Vegas?
A: Tao Asian Bistro because I love the giant fortune cookie dessert. 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Definitely New York-New York so I could get a taste of home while I was in Vegas!

MISS RHODE ISLAND USA: KATE MCCAUGHEY

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Currently, my favorite Vegas icon is Holly Madison, star of Peepshow at Planet Hollywood. She seems so kind and has an incredibly outgoing personality, perfect for Vegas!

Q: Who would be your dream dates for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream dates for a night out in Vegas would be my best friends. I love girls' nights out, but if Zach Efron or Justin Timberlake happen to be there, I wouldn't hate that either! 

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: I can't miss seeing Paris Las Vegas because I have been to the city of Paris and can't wait to see the Eiffel Tower replica and relive some amazing memories.

MISS VERMONT USA: LAUREN CARTER

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: Six-inch high heels and a swimsuit ... together! Nobody does that in Vermont.

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Las Vegas?
A: I haven't been, but I would love to go to Margaritaville (at Flamingo Las Vegas). I'm a huge Jimmy Buffett fan! 

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: Mandalay Bay. An amazing gym, pool and spa -- what more could I ask for?

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA 2011: Some Southern hospitality

Note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from Southern states, and slowly worked our way up the East Coast a bit.

The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS ALABAMA USA: MADELINE MITCHELL

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I'm most excited about the amazing shopping.

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Swimsuit, oversized sunglasses, my favorite dress, skinny jeans and a sparkly top.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: You can sleep when you get home!

MISS GEORGIA USA: KAYLIN REQUE

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: The Shoppes at The Palazzo.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: The scenery. I suggest taking a few laps on the Las Vegas Strip to see the people, the buildings and lights at night.

MISS FLORIDA USA: LISSETTE GARCIA

Q: Who would be your dream date in Vegas?
A: Brad Pitt and George Clooney ... and with the rest of the Ocean's Eleven cast!

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in LasVegas?
A: In 2004, my mom came to Las Vegas to get married by Elvis. I arranged all the wedding events and we had dinner at the Top of the World in the Stratosphere.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant is American Fish in ARIA. I love eating seafood, and with Michael Mina restaurants, you can never go wrong.

MISS SOUTH CAROLINA USA: COURTNEY HOPE TURNER

Q: What's the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: I want to watch the Bellagio's water show!

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: The Luxor, especially if you admire Egyptian culture.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and bring plenty of sunscreen.

MISS NORTH CAROLINA USA: BRITTANY LEIGH YORK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra is a classic Vegas icon. I absolutely love the era that he represents.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: Paul Walker! Fast cars, big blue eyes, and an awesome smile ... who could ask for more?

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The amenities at ARIA seem phenomenal; I could definitely see myself living there!

MISS VIRGINIA: NIKKI POTEET

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: It's a long flight from Virginia, so after I stretch my legs I want to see the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I have in mind a 1950s showgirl costume, with lots of sparkle and glitz, and a feathered headdress 4 feet tall. Pretty sure that outfit would not be Richmond, Va., appropriate!

Q: What would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: First, I would want to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and race a Lamborghini. Then, to celebrate my victory over my date, I would like to enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating. Then, to finish off the evening, I would find the highest point that I can go to, possibly at the top of the Eiffel Tower restaurant, and enjoy my view of the bustling nightlife.

MISS PENNSYLVANIA USA: AMBER-JOI WATKINS

Q: What is the first thing you want to do want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Visit one of the amazing spas so I can relax before the competition starts. The locals tell me I should try the Encore spa.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, I always have a great time there.

Q: What's the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Meet new people, ask the locals for advice and do as much as you can. There is something for EVERYONE in Vegas.

MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA: WHITNEY VEACH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The Vegas Strip and all of the lights. I can't wait!

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: That fully sequined mini dress that has been sitting in my closet since I bought it.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Peepshow. I love Holly Madison.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA 2011: Across plains and terrains

Please note: Lion King at Mandalay Bay has since closed. 

 The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

MISS UTAH USA: JAMIE LYNN CRANDALL

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: Fashion Show Mall.

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Tao Beach.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I'd love to live at the Wynn, The Cosmopolitan or ARIA.

MISS NORTH DAKOTA USA: BRANDI LYNN SCHOENBERG

Q: What's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign is probably the most recognizable thing in Vegas.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: Why stop at one? I'd try to go to as many as I could!

Q: What would be your date for a night out in Vegas?
A: I would want it to be a total surprise, but it should include a helicopter ride at night to see the whole city lit up from above.

MISS SOUTH DAKOTA USA: CHANDRA RAE BURNHAM

Q: If you had to pick five things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I would have to pack a fabulous swimsuit for all the amazing pool parties in Vegas, amazing dresses for clubbing, tickets to a one-of-a-kind Vegas show, a great pair of walking shoes so I can cruise up and down the Strip, and a big fat wallet so I have something to put all my winnings in on my way home.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Any Cirque du Soleil show and The Lion King.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would enjoy living at The Venetian.

MISS NEBRASKA USA: HALEY JO HEROLD

Q: Who's your favorite Las Vegas icon?
A: Frank Sinatra.

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: A fascinator headpiece.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Wear comfortable shoes!

MISS OKLAHOMA USA: KAITLYN SMITH

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: I am most excited about just spending two weeks in Vegas and enjoying the whole atmosphere. Vegas is electrifying!

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My current favorite Vegas icon is Garth Brooks! He's from Oklahoma.

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: XS at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is a must visit!

MISS TEXAS USA: ANA CHRISTINA RODRIGUEZ

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back home?
A: I'd rock an Elvis outfit if I had one.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Las Vegas?
A: My first time in Vegas, I was able to experience a "Vegas wedding." My family and I had an amazing time.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: If you can't make it to the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, not a problem, because there's one in Vegas (at Paris Las Vegas), and it is beautiful.

MISS MISSOURI USA: HOPE DRISKILL

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date would be bringing all of my friends to Vegas for shopping, sun and a girls' night out!

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: All of the buffets.

Q: What are your must-see shows in Vegas?
A: Elton John and Peepshow.

MISS LOUISIANA USA: PAGE PENNOCK

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: My favorite Las Vegas icon is Celine Dion. I am so excited she is back in Vegas and will definitely see her show while I am in Vegas.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: My favorite restaurant in Las Vegas is the hot dog restaurant right down the street from Planet Hollywood called Pink's. They have the best hot dogs ever!

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: The best advice to give to a first-timer in Las Vegas is to definitely take a gondola ride at The Venetian and watch the water show at Bellagio. They are both unforgettable experiences.

MISS HAWAII USA: ANGELA BYRD

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: Besides thanking the pilot for bringing the plane safely to Vegas, I want to experience what everyone has told me to be one of the best qualities about Vegas: the great food! Vegas, ready or not, here I come!

Q: Where do you love to shop in Vegas?
A: I look forward to checking out the great shopping at the Fashion Outlets! Williams-Sonoma Marketplace, Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair will be the first stores I run to! If I can find a Pottery Barn, this will complete my shopping list!

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would live at The Cosmopolitan if I had a choice to choose any Las Vegas resort to live at. The style, sophistication, interior and exterior design, (Marquee) Dayclub pool and their spa describes my personality and what I am comfortable with.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

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