Winter Whirlwind Tour Through New Las Vegas Hotspots

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This is high season in Las Vegas, and it really has been since New Year’s Eve. There’s no better time for half the country to get away from the brutal cold of February in favor of the ideal winter weather in Sin City.

Modern journey’s to Vegas are now built around luxury and dining more than at any time in the city’s history. The city’s attractions are more about fine food than they are about gambling these days. In this age of struggling economies, stumbling governments and shrinking disposable incomes, travelers to the Nevada desert have a different take on their stays there. If they’re going to take a vacation and drop $500, $1000 or $10,000 in Vegas, they want the assurance of taking something home with them besides an empty wallet and credit card debt thanks to a sour run at the Craps table.

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Tourists want a memory of a once in a lifetime show, an adventure thanks to a zip line or a dune buggy or an elite shopping experienced. And, they want to take home the lingering pleasure of a truly great meal. Long the home of luxury hotel rooms, Las Vegas is now also the epicenter of “event dining.”

 On a whirlwind tour of Vegas to escape the umpteen minus zero below weather, I had a chance to sample a set of destinations from The Palazzo Hotel, STK Steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan, Cleo at the new SLS Hotel and Piero’s Italian Restaurant off-strip. Catch some images of the stops below with a few suggestions on what to enjoy when you visit.