Posted on November 13th, 2014
One of the biggest draws in Vegas every year is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – and this year is no exception. For 10 days, Las Vegas will be overrun with some of the most passionate rodeo sports fans from around the world as the best in their respective events are crowned champion. Capping off all of the excitement will be country star, Bucky Covington, performing at the Showroom inside of Plaza Hotel Casino.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas
If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas in the beginning of December, then you’ve surely witnessed the way that the National Finals Rodeo takes over the city. Fans from around the world don blue jeans, cowboy boots and hats to gather in anticipation for the largest rodeo competition of the year. Casinos, nightclubs and restaurants alike will all be dishing out their own brand of “southern hospitality” to welcome these loyal fans and give them the experience of a lifetime during their stay.
Starting Dec. 4, NFR will take hold of Las Vegas for 10 days of pure competition as the top 15 ranked competitors from a wide range events, including bull riding and steer wrestling, display their talents for the chance to be recognized as the best in their respective field.
In addition to a noticeable impact on the culture and energy of Las Vegas during this special time, you can also expect to encounter some of the biggest stars in country music and entertainment while NFR is in town.
Bucky Covington to Perform at Plaza Hotel Casino
At Plaza Hotel Casino, we are throwing our own celebration by featuring country star and former American Idol contestant, Bucky Covington, in our very own showroom to cap off the event on Dec. 13.
Best known for hits like “A Different World,” “It’s Good to be Us” and “I’ll Walk,” Covington’s debut, self-titled studio album reached #1 on the US Country Charts in 2007 following his appearance and eigth-place finish on Idol.
His latest single, “Buzzin’,” was released earlier this year on iTunes and we are sure that he’ll provide a proper sendoff to the 10-day celebration in Vegas with his passion and energy as he graces our stage.
For tickets and information, please visit http://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/bucky-covington
Posted on October 23rd, 2014
One day per month a group of volunteers will help at the Sunrise Acres Elementary School mobile food pantry. Three Square Food Bank works with the Downtown Las Vegas school to assist upwards of 400 families by providing 40 to 50 pounds of food for free every month.
Many families struggle with proper nutrition because of difficult financial circumstances. The Sunrise Acres staff and volunteers ensure that students and their caretakers do not go hungry.
The Plaza and its employees cherish opportunities to give back to the local community. If you would like to lend your help and donate time and/or nonperishable food to the Three Square Food Bank please call (702) 644-FOOD (3663) or visit threesquare.org.
Posted on October 21st, 2014
Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, is a testament of this. The festival will bring some of today’s greatest musicians, chefs, artists and speakers to the art district for a three day inspirational social platform.
The Plaza Hotel and Casino has defined Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication.
The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire. And as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community. Adjacent to the arts district, the Plaza was a hub for those who attended last year’s inaugural Life is Beautiful festival and we be one this year as well.
Whether you need a room to rest between days, something to eat or drink or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible.
For the full festival lineup, please visit lifeisbeautiful.com.
Posted on May 2nd, 2014
The Mint Julep has been the official drink for the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. How did this drink consisting of mint, sugar, and bourbon achieve such fame?
History of the Julep
“Julep” comes from the Persian for “rose water”. It describes a sweet drink used to mask the taste of medicine. Truth be told, mint juleps were the original energizing morning drink! Horse trainers who woke up early would prepare the drink to help face the day. Eventually, the julep started showing up at horse races. In 1938, Churchill Downs started charging twenty-five cents once they noticed the mint julep glasses disappearing. Those cups are the leading Kentucky Derby collectible. It is tradition for the Kentucky Governor to use the mint julep sterling silver glass to toast the winning Derby owner.
KentuckyDerby.com explains that during the Kentucky Derby, 120,000 mint juleps are served over the two-day period. That’s eighty tons of shaved ice and 2,200 pounds of fresh mint! Since 2006, one has the option of purchasing a custom-made mint julep served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw for $1,000! Proceeds from this extra-premium drink go to care for retired race horses.
Mint Julep Recipe
Here at Oscar’s you can find a similar, more moderately priced, premium drink. If you are watching The Derby at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, come into Oscar’s Steakhouse for a perfectly muddled mint julep using Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of The Kentucky Derby! We also enjoy the mint julep mixed with Blanton’s Bourbon because of the festive bottle pictured below. Or make your own with the following recipe:
10 Mint Leaves
¼ oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Woodford Reserve or Blanton’s Bourbon
¼ oz Soda Water
1 Lime Wedge
Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup. Pour over crushed ice. Add bourbon. Add sprits of soda water. Mix well. Garnish with mint leaf and lime wedge. Cheers!
Posted on March 21st, 2014
The bright lights of Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip plus the fast-paced and high-energy gambling at any number of casinos. That’s Las Vegas in a nutshell — or is it? Sure, you’ve heard of these attractions, and you’re certainly going to hit them up the next time you’re in the city, but is there more to Las Vegas than meets the eye? Of course! Las Vegas is a city of surprises. Whether its your first time visiting Sin City or you’re a Vegas veteran, these beyond the strip attractions will give you a well-rounded vacation you’ll remember forever.
Ethel M. Chocolate Factory Tour and Botanical Cactus Gardens
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so that means you’re free to overindulge. The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory promises fun, education, and a free sample. You’ll see how chocolate is made and learn about Ethel M., the genius behind the gourmet morsels. Once you’ve toured the factory, you can head next door for a completely unique experience – a visit to the Botanical Cactus Gardens. Displaying over 300 types of cacti, these botanical gardens are truly engaging, offering three acres of prickly pears, yuccas, aloe, and more. This excursion is perfect for parties of all ages, but it’s a great way for families to spend part of the day doing something together – and it’s free!
Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon
Have you ever dreamed of soaring above all your troubles? At Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, you can do just that – at 60 miles per hour. The moderately priced attraction ($159 for your three-hour tour) is perfect for those who love nature and adventure. Not only will you have the time of your life flying down four ziplines, but you’ll also get a captivating view of the historic and beautiful Bootleg Canyon. It’s one of the most breathtaking sights in the Las Vegas area. You might even glimpse some horn sheep or lizards as you zip through the Red Mountains. This experience is perfect for teens and adults with a sense of adventure or who are ready to get one! However, it’s not a great choice for those with health conditions, and there are strict weight limits.
American Muscle Car Driving Experience
Have you ever wanted to drive a really cool, really fast car? If so, Las Vegas is your town. The American Muscle Car Driving Experience provides you with a really awesome car – a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 2013 Corvette Z06, or 2014 Camero ZL1 – and lets you drive it really fast through 30 miles of Red Rock Canyon. While this is obviously an attraction for adults, almost everyone loves shiny cars, so it could be a fun opportunity for your whole group, provided no one is afraid of high speeds! One person can drive for $299, a passenger is $99, and an additional driver costs $150.
Las Vegas has always been considered one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but there’s more to do than gamble and take in shows. Make your experience unique with one of these destinations.