Travelling Notes | 5 Great Reasons to Visit Las Vegas

By Kailash Maharaj
August 4, 2009

There has never been a better time to visit Sin City.





Inside the Encore Casino accented with red, and carpeted with butterflies. Photograph by Barbara Kraft.



Steve Wynn’s newest hotel, Encore, upped the ante on glamour.  The 2034 room hotel epitomizes 21st century cool with all the amenities you could possibly ask for including golf, spa, shopping, bars, clubs and restaurants.




The dark wood interior of Bouchon. Photography by Deborah Jones.


A Lyonnaise inspired menu from famed chef Thomas Keller and rooftop patio views at the Venetian equals a priceless experience at Bouchon.  Add executive pastry chef Chris Herrin’s passion and generosity and Bouchon is spectacular.



Sinatra’s bar is exquisite. Photography by Barbara Kraft.


He may be synonymous with Las Vegas, but did you know Frank Sinatra also inspired the menu at Sinatra?  The Italian menu from Chef Theo Schoenegger, a native of Italy, is breathtaking.  The agnolotti is incredible comfort food and not to miss




Delicious pastries at Payard. Photography by K&S Media.


Scrumptious pastries and a cute hidden away breakfast nook are the attractions at Payard.  If you are in a hurry or want to sit only for a quick bite, Payard also offers take out service and small café style seating outside the shop.  The giant chocolate egg in the centre of the shop is a show stopper.



The unexpected in Las Vegas. Photography K&S Media.

Red Rock Canyon

It may be obscured by flashy lights and glitz, but Las Vegas is still in the desert.  Get a glimpse of this, a quiet drive away from the city, in the Mojave Desert at Red Rock.  Enjoy a scenic drive or get out and hike, bike or climb the various trails in this conservation area.


For more on Las Vegas see our Summer 2009 issue here.