Archive | December, 2011

The Neon Museum – Las Vegas, Nev.

20 Dec

You have got to go here…The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nev.

I know what you are thinking, who goes to a museum in Vegas??? Well this isn’t just an ordinary museum and it is definitely something you have to see!

Founded in 1996, The Neon Museum has been dedicated to preserving a true art form in Las Vegas – the neon sign!  Of the hundreds of vintage signs that the museum has in their possession, nine have been restored and are located on Fremont St. and another three sit along Las Vegas Blvd.  The rest are housed where your tour begins…in the “boneyard”!

Reservations must be made in advance to visit and the $15 per person is well worth the money!

While the physical building of the museum is still under renovations (they are using the lobby of the old La Concha Hotel – which is a great example of Googie architecture), the tour begins in the neighboring “Neon Boneyard” Park.

After a brief overview, a tour guide will lead you to see the majestic old signs.

Once I entered the “boneyard” my eyes darted every which way.  There were so much awesomeness to look at – the colors, shapes and sizes were overwhelming! Old signs from the “Lady Luck”, an “E” from Cesar’s Palace, the lamp from the “Aladdin”, the complete and humongous “Stardust” sign…just to name a few and I am serious when I say that these are a just a few!

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You must stay with the tour, but our guide, Mitch, gave us plenty of time to take pictures while he told us the history of almost all of the signs. It was amazing to hear the stories and believe me there were some great ones!  My personal favorite was about Howard Hughes and how he thought someone was spying on him from inside the silver slipper below.

The tour was one of the coolest history lessons I ever received.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions as you’ll never know what cool facts you may discover!

I felt “lucky” (yes a Vegas pun was intended) to have been able to spend an hour inside the boneyard and I will for sure be making a return trip.

Homework: Step outside of the casino and GO GO GO to the museum.  Don’t forget to let me know what your favorite sign was!

Happy Signing,

Crystal

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The Grand Canyon Deer Farm – Williams, AZ

6 Dec

You have got to go here…The Grand Canyon Deer Farm – Williams, AZ!

Who loves to feed animals?  I do, I do!  And believe me you will to after a visit to this farm.

On a trip to the Grand Canyon a sign for the deer farm appeared like a beacon…taunting me with cute animals and the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer.  It had me at “this exit”.

Like he always does, my husband fed into my childlike giddy and headed towards the farm.  When we arrived Santa’s sleigh was right out front and ready for a driver – that’s me!

I was already excited, but little did I know that I was in for so much more fun!  I hurriedly paid the entrance fee (it is worth every penny – well to me at least!)….and then the doors opened!  There were deers everywhere and they are not shy, but not aggressive.  I highly suggest buying feed for them.  Once you do this though you will have tons of friends!  I never laughed so hard as they all headed towards me…

I think I forgot to mention this…the deers are free roaming, so if you or members of your family have a fear of animals this may not be the place for them.

I could have spent hours feeding them…I think we actually did.  Several hours later my husband finally told me that we were out of money (big fat lie) and it was time to go!  Oh by the way there are other animals to see…wallabies, cattle, camels and bison just to name a few – don’t worry these animals are all caged!

The Grand Canyon Deer Farm can be a quick stop or a several hour adventure.  No matter what you choose to do you are in store for unforgettable family fun and laughter.  I am so glad I saw the sign and stopped and I know you will be too!

The farm is located off I40 just one hour south of the Grand Canyon so you literally can not get to the canyon without going here…just kidding! Another great thing about the farm…it has been open since 1969 and is family owned.  I know some may say that this place is hokey, but it is also filled with traditions and wonder that are priceless!

Happy Feeding,

Crystal