Visiting Keystone, Colorado

If you are planning a trip to Colorado and you are looking for a great location for hiking and fun activities, Keystone is a wonderful place to be. My family has stayed in Keystone, Colorado on many occasions and it has been a great deal of fun every time.

Keystone offers many different VRBO rental options that will put you either on the edge of town, or right at the base of the ski lifts. You can easily find a place to accommodate anywhere from two to sixteen people, and maybe even more. You can find places that are in the middle of it all, or a little more secluded for a more private vacation.

Last summer my husband’s family took a trip to Keystone, there were fourteen of us. We stayed in two large beautiful condos that were right next to each other. Each condo had its own hot tub as well as large beautiful kitchen and living room. The location was great because it was right on the edge of town but within walking distance of restaurants and liquor stores.

You will find many shops, restaurants, and activities in the Keystone town square. You can play giant versions of chess and checkers and sit by fire pits in the evening. Sometimes they even hold special events and festivals in this area. If you are able to endure the height, you can also walk to the gondolas and take a trip to the top where you will find a restaurant and other fun outdoor games to partake in.

If you want to go hiking there are tons of great trails nearby. Keystone is only about forty-five minutes from Breckenridge, which is also near a lot of great trails, and it’s a great town to explore.

For more information on Keystone, Colorado, please visit: http://www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/keystone

 

Get Your Groupon On!

Whenever I am getting ready for a trip, or I need a night out for dinner, or a massage to relax, there is one place I look to without fail. That place is Groupon. I am sure that many of my readers will recall hearing me speak of Groupon in the past. Groupon is a site where you can get goods and services, as well as vacation packages, for a fraction of their original cost.

Groupon is located all over the US; some cities have caught on more quickly than others. My home town for instance, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has some Groupons available, but not enough to make me happy at this point. Places like Las Vegas, however, have all sorts of Groupon services and items to choose from.

To use Groupon, all you have to do is add the app to your phone, or go to their website: www.groupon.com. You then type in the location you are interested in, and voila, all sorts of things will pop up. One thing to note is that most goods can be ordered no matter your location, but the voucher will say if it has any stipulations.

When we go to Las Vegas or anywhere on vacation, I always check to see if there are deals on hotel rooms, restaurants, or things to do. Most often we will find several restaurant options. Something important to understand is that most likely the business providing the offer is only making a quarter of what they normally would on the service or item they are offering. Groupon gets the other quarter of the price, because the price is half of what it would normally be. With this in mind, please tip well if you are going to dinner, or to get a massage, etc.

If you purchase a Groupon, always make sure you keep the expiration date in mind. You want to make sure your voucher is good during the dates you are traveling before you purchase it. If your voucher expires, however, you can still use the amount you originally paid, toward the service.

For the business owner who is looking to use Groupon, there are things you should keep in mind. The purpose of Groupon is to help businesses bring in new clientele, however, depending on whom you are and what you offer, most often the people who buy Groupons do not return. They are simply looking for a deal and providing you with fast cash, though it is a fraction of what you would normally make on your provided service. If you are a massage therapist, this could be great for you. If you are a Reiki Practitioner, like me, and people don’t necessarily know what Reiki is, this will bring in some clients, but not necessarily the amount you would hope for.

As a business on the selling end of Groupon, I have had a lot of frustrations with the company. They wouldn’t give me what I wanted in my advertisement; they didn’t like to return my calls or emails. I requested a different account manager and never had my request met, and then suddenly my account manager was gone from the company and I was never told about a replacement. I am not saying this will be your experience, I am sure others have had great experiences; mine just didn’t go how I had pictured.

If you are dealing with Groupon as a client who has an issue, they are pretty great. They tend to rectify issues quite quickly. Usually if there is a problem with the Groupon, they will refund your money. Sometimes they will give you a credit. I have never been let down by the final outcome of my request for remedying an issue with a business.

If you love online shopping and deals, check out Groupon. They can save the average person quite a bit of money on a daily basis, especially if you are open to trying new things. Just be careful, Groupon can become a little addicting when you start receiving discount codes on a regular basis.

For more information on Groupon, please visit: https://www.groupon.com/

 

Downtown Tattoo And Eric Ayala For An Exceptional Experience

As someone who has a love for art, it was only a matter of time before I got my first tattoo. It took me forever to decide what I wanted, where I wanted it, and that I genuinely would be happy upon following through with applying permanent art to my body. While all of these questions ran through my mind, one thing was never an issue; who would be applying that piece of art.

I now have four tattoos, all of which I completely love. The same tattoo artist has applied every single one of them and I could not be happier with the experiences I have had. The artist I always choose is, Eric Ayala, of Downtown Tattoo, located at 1106 E. Fremont Street.

While I have my own artistic side, Eric has been wonderful in collaborating with me to come up with the right tattoo to fit my personality. He is a traditional tattoo artist, but he always listens to what his clients are looking for and modifies things as needed. If given complete creative liberties, he will design you something exceptional; I have never been disappointed in his work.

Eric is a great artist for first time tattoo clients, or anyone looking to get a large intricate tattoo. He has a light hand so that the pain is less and things heal more quickly. He is also a very quick and smooth tattoo artist. To give an example: knee tattoos can be extremely painful, but Eric is so skilled that I know of one occurrence where the patron was able to sit through the outline of the entire tattoo without as much as a single break. I’m not saying you won’t have pain, but he helps lessen the sting a little, and he has a happy, shining personality, on top of it all.

If you are looking for a great tattoo artist, Eric Ayala is wonderful, I definitely recommend him. I also recommend the shop he works out of. Downtown tattoo is clean and has a vast variety of artwork to look at. I am sure any one of the artists at this location would love to help you create your first or next piece of unique body art. I know that I will continue to return to, Downtown Tattoo, for all of my tattoo adventures.

For more information on Downtown Tattoo, please visit: http://downtowntattoo.vegas/

 

Cris Angel Will Blow Your Mind

In a previous post I mentioned that I am a fan of the Cirque Du Soleil shows. One of my favorites in particular is the Cris Angel MINDFREAK show, at the Luxor. If you like Magic, as well as acrobatics, you will enjoy this show.

Cris Angel puts on a show like no other Cirque at present. He wows you with everything he does. You will sit in awe and wonder how he does it. How he does it, doesn’t really matter, what matters is that he will blow your mind and leave you speechless, every time.

Even though I have seen this show, I believe that I could go back repeatedly and still have a blast. There is no shortage of things to look at during his acts. At times he involves the audience. Some moments may make you squirm a little in your seat, but those moments usually go by quickly. The main thing to remember is that it’s magic, and somewhere there is a logical explanation; or is there?

For more information, or to buy tickets, please visit: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/criss-angel-mindfreak

***Note that I do not have a current photo for this particular show because they would not let us take photos inside, but if I get one next time I visit from outside I will add it to this article.

Check Out The Silverton

When I visit Las Vegas there are certain things I look for and very much enjoy. One of those things is a tasty buffet. The other is an atmosphere that can entertain me for hours. The Silverton Casino has both of these aspects, and much more.

If you are looking for a great buffet experience, check out the Season’s Buffet at the Silverton. I prefer to go on Sundays for brunch. Sundays the Seasons Buffet does a Bellini Brunch, and it is exquisite. They have five or six different Champagne drinks to choose from, including your typical Mimosa. My favorite is the pomegranate because it comes with strawberries on top.

Beverages aside, this buffet has a lot more to offer. They have some of the best macaroni and cheese I have found, as well as some wonderful pizza. They have a vast variety of foods and they keep their food hot, or at least they did when I visited. They also have a great dessert bar with ice cream, cakes, brownies, cookies, pies, and for those who are looking for it, sugar free, or gluten free items.

If the buffet doesn’t grab you, then perhaps one of the other many restaurants will. I haven’t checked out the other possibilities other than dessert. The Gelato is amazing. They have several flavors to choose from. Three of my travel companions tried it and loved it. If the other food options are as good, then you are in for a real treat.

Outside of the buffet you have a vast variety of slot machines to choose from, both old and new. You can also go visit the Bass Pro Shop entrance to the casino. There you will find waterfalls with ponds of giant coy and a huge fish tank. On certain occasions you may even see a mermaid. This is a great attraction that a lot of people like to stop and view. There are jelly fish in small tanks above the bar near the pro shop entrance. You will find even more fish within a tank inside the actual store.

If you happen to be staying at the Silverton, or you just need to stop and rest for a bit, you will find several differently colored Adirondack chairs around fire pits at the entrance to the casino. This is a new addition in the past year. The Silverton has done a great job cleaning up their exterior and making it more inviting to their hotel guests, as well as those who are just visiting for the day.

I very much urge people to check out the Silverton; as an off Strip casino, it is a lot of fun and it’s one of my favorites.

For more information on the Silverton, please visit: http://silvertoncasino.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=places&utm_campaign=google_places_ms

 

Fun At Big Swedes Resort In Holcombe, Wisconsin

This past weekend, while visiting family for Memorial Day, my father’s band, 40 Fingers, played in Holcombe, Wisconsin at Big Swedes Resort. I had never been to this particular resort before, but a lot of fun was had by everyone. The band played from 4-8pm. We danced, we had some drinks, and we enjoyed some wonderful food.

Big Swedes is a resort located on the lake. You can rent cabins, play volleyball, or sit and listen to music on weekends. This is a great place to celebrate the summer holidays.

The main bar and restaurant are decently sized and have booths, regular tables, and bar seating. You can sit down and enjoy a nice meal, or just have a cocktail or two at the bar. They also have some games available for those moments when you feel like doing something a little different.

The secondary building is a pole barn type structure that can be opened on all ends, if desired. The band played inside this area. There is a bar located in the opposite end from where the band is. Several tables and chairs are there for your listening enjoyment, but they do fill up fast, so arriving early would be to your benefit. The dance floor is decently sized and seemed to be plenty of space for those who wanted to shake their tails.

The staff at Big Swedes was nice, but not always very prompt. It felt at times as if certain staff behind the bar were too busy day-dreaming to notice someone wanted something. In one instance it appeared that my wanting to order food was an inconvenience, which is a little frustrating. I had better luck getting beverages out in the pole barn. The woman working outside was very helpful and prompt, she definitely earned her tips.

The group I was with ordered several different food items. We tried the cheese curds, the nachos, and a thin crust supreme pizza. All of the food was wonderful. I especially loved the pizza.

The music was great and the atmosphere of the pole barn was nice. I will definitely visit Big Swedes again sometime. Hopefully the slow service inside was an isolated incident.

For more information or to book your weekend at Big Swedes Resort, please visit: http://www.bigswedes.com/

 

A Fun Filled Night At The Downtown Container Park

Las Vegas is full of great activities. If you are looking for something fun to do off the Strip, Fremont Street has a lot to offer. One place in particular that I recommend visiting is the Downtown Container Park.

This park is quite unique; it offers a variety of food places to choose from. My family ate at Big Ern’s BBQ and we were not disappointed. The food does take a little while to make if you are there on a busy Saturday night, but everything was very tasty. They make a great brisket salad; it is huge and very flavorful. The rest of my family ordered pork sandwiches and they were very happy. If you are not a barbecue fan, there are plenty of other great food options available.

After dinner we sat and listened to some jazz music, which was playing at one end of the park. The singer was wonderful and she sang a lot of songs that we all recognized and enjoyed. There is music in the park every last Saturday of the month. If you are looking for a different form of entertainment, check out one of the 360 degree movies playing in the dome. Movie times can be found on the park’s website.

After we had our fill of music we wandered into some of the stores. There is everything from shoes to jewelry, toys, jerky, and nuts. One particular store I like is Kappa Toys. If you love fantasy games, they have some of those. They also have a ton of collectible figurines. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you can find puzzles, games, and other Harry Potter items. I could have looked through this shop for hours. So far this is the most inexpensive price I have found, including online, on Harry Potter Clue; the prices can range though, on other items.

Toward the end of our visit we were pleasantly surprised when suddenly the Praying Mantis at the front of the park began to move to the music and shoot flames out of its antennae. This was a really neat sight to see. Later in the evening the Praying Mantis began moving again and you could feel the heat from the flames all the way across the street.

The Downtown Container Park is fun, but after 9pm, you must be twenty-one and older to enter. Another rule the park has, is that no pets are allowed, accept llamas and service animals. I find that a little bit funny. Perhaps next time I will bring my llama.

For more information on the Downtown Container Park, please visit: https://downtowncontainerpark.com/

 

Adventure is wherever the desire takes us.