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Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden – Las Vegas, Nev.

7 Jan

You have got to go here…the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden – Las Vegas, Nev.

Did you know that drinks aren’t the only thing that you can get for free in Vegas?  At the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden you can get FREE CHOCOLATE!  You read that right…FREE CHOCOLATE!  I am not suggesting that you drop everything, but I would hurry up and go!

I had always heard of the mystical chocolate factory tour where sweets flowed through your hands and into your mouth, so on my last trip to Las Vegas I knew that I had to go there.

When we pulled into the driveway it became clear that I made a good choice to visit – the chocolate smell in the air was scrumptious!  OH, and we were greeted by my favorite M&M!

OK, enough about me!  When you first arrive there are plenty of signs pointing you to the tour.  Once inside the factory (yes you get to go inside for FREE) there are displays on the history of chocolate /Ethel M and giant viewing windows so you can watch the chocolate being made.

Take your time and enjoy the scenery because at the end there is a surprise for you!

FREE CHOCOLATE!!! They had milk, white, dark and a special of the day (it was pecan toffee when I went and it was so good!)  I have to say that I have tasted a lot of chocolate in my life and this was one of my favorites.

After you are done, head into the store for yummy delights!  There are so many choices to purchase – truffles, bars, brittle…the list goes on and on.  Make sure you take a look at everything as you don’t want to skip over something tasty!

The  fun doesn’t end in the store…so grab yourself a decadent hot chocolate or ice cream and head outside to the cactus garden.  It is Nevada’s largest display of cactus with over 300 different types and it is truly beautiful.  There are many little walkways to take through the garden so make sure you stroll them all. Who would have thought that by visiting a chocolate factory you would also get a tour of nature???

The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Garden Tour was such a pleasant surprise.  It was fun to step away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and go see something unique and FREE!!

The factory is located in Henderson, Nev. (not far from the airport) and is open seven days a week.

I highly suggest you put down the quarters, step away from the slot machine and go try some treats!

Happy Chocolating!



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,