Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: July 12, 2005

NEW MUSEUM: The Las Vegas Historic Museum opened late last month at the Tropicana Resort & Casino, replacing the Casino Legends Hall of Fame, which closed in March after seven years at the property. The new attraction features several exhibits that focus on gaming, entertainers, mobsters and brothels such as Madam Kittys Sheris Ranch, the Green Lantern, the Mustang Ranch and the Chicken Ranch. For example, the Gambling & Gangsters section of the museum includes a video about the Las Vegas mafia as well as several giant-size photos of well-known mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Frank Rosenthal and Al Capone. Visitors also can take in memorabilia from such stars as Louis Prima, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Liberace. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and admission is $6.95 for adults and $5.95 for seniors. To enter the museum, visitors must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult. For more information, phone (702) 739-2222.  

TICKET TO THE STARS: Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson kicked off its Stars on the Lake concert series late last week with Glenn Frey. Next up is Natalie Cole, who will perform at 8 p.m. July 30. Also scheduled to perform on Reflection Bays 4,000-square-foot floating stage are Michael Bolton at 9 p.m. Aug. 6, Kenny G at 8 p.m. Sept. 9 and Vanessa Williams with the Las Vegas Philharmonic at 8 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets to each concert are $49.95 for general admission and $100 for VIP seating. The venue can accommodate 2,500 people. For tickets or more information about the concert series, phone (702) 795-7469 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.starsonthelake.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

WINING AND DINING: For Stars on the Lake concert ticket holders only, MiraLago Lakeside Mediterranean Cafe, located inside Reflection Bay Golf Club, will feature a pre-concert dinner buffet from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. priced at $34.95 plus tax for adults and $10.95 plus tax for children under 12. The cost includes nonalcoholic beverages only; gratuity is not included. There will be an automatic gratuity of 18% added to parties of at least seven people. For restaurant reservations, contact the cafe at (702) 568-7383. In addition, concertgoers also may avail themselves of Lake Las Vegas Resort logo wine and cheese baskets sponsored by corporate partners Chandon Wine and Albertsons. The baskets sell for $39.95 each and are available for purchase at each concert.

STAY AWHILE: Concertgoers who want to extend their stay at Lake Las Vegas Resort can book a two-night Stars on the Lake Concert Package at MonteLago Village Resort, one of Lake Las Vegas three resort properties. The plan, priced at $296 per person, double, features accommodations in a studio suite plus two VIP tickets to any Stars on the Lake concert except Vanessa Williams Sept. 23 performance with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. For that concert, package participants will receive general admission tickets unless they request an upgrade to VIP admission for $50 per person. For more information or to book, phone (866) 399-2753 or log on to www.montelagovillage.com.

WESTIN SIZZLES: The Westin Casuarina Hotel & Spa is offering guests a Sizzling 10s promotion through August. The deal features a 10% discount on dinner, $10 in free slot play per night, $10 in match play at table games and 20% off spa treatments. For more information, phone (866) 837-4215 or visit www.starwoodhotels.com/westin.

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