Heurista's 5 Spots to Experience
Las Vegas offers something for all tastes. Las Vegas can be overwhelming and it is easy to go numb from all the lights, sounds and attention grabbers that come at you wherever you are. For a thoughtful and artistic change to the norm on the Strip, Lake of Dreams water show at the Wynn is a free show from inside the property. The Wynn has been one of our favorite spots in Vegas for the refined scale and colorful approach that makes just stopping by worth the effort. Specifically, Parasol Up and Parasol Down by the lake’s edge is our go to spot for something special away from the Strip. Each night on the lake, an amazing artistic and thoughtful performance takes place. The Wynn describes it best:
1. Lake of Dreams water show at The Wynn
“The Lake of Dreams, with its 40ft waterfall, pine-topped mountain, and nightly shows is a sight to behold. Take the circular escalator from Parasol Up at Wynn and experience the dazzling shows while enjoying a cocktail at Parasol Down, out on the show terrace for a water’s edge view or while dining at out two open front restaurants, Lakeside or SW Steakhouse. When the sun sets, the Lake of dreams comes alive in a spectacle of music and imagery created by over four thousand lights, stunning holographics and puppetry”. Make time to go and see the Lake of Dreams water show at the Wynn. We will be headed there during our time in Las Vegas. If you would like to join us, just give us a tap on the shoulder at the conference and we will be glad to have you along.
2. Happy Hour at 107 Sky Lounge at the top of the Stratosphere
One landmark in Las Vegas that is impossible to miss is the Stratosphere Tower. Rising 1,149 feet into the Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere Tower is by far the best view in town. 844 feet in the air, Top of the World Restaurant is the only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas. The Stratosphere has a great deal to offer. Restaurants, shopping and even some of the Strip’s best thrill rides are inside this amazing building. We have chosen Happy Hour at 107 Sky Lounge as a must-visit while attending the conference. The sun will have just set and the lights will be starting to shine as we get 360degree views of all that is Las Vegas. If you are looking to get above the crowds and unwind with a little fun plan to join us or make plans of your own. Whatever the case- check out the Stratosphere to see all of Vegas at once.
3. Springs Preserve, Donor Recognition Sighting
As we have been getting closer to the conference, we have been interested in great examples of donor recognition in Las Vegas. With some guidance from local donor relations professionals, we came across the Springs Preserve. This 180-acre nature preserve features walking trails, botanical gardens, and museums. At the Origen Museum building, the preserve has created a unique donor recognition display. The display features cattails with the names of donors and the rounds are polished granite that float and spin on sheets of water. We admire the sculptural approach, the interactive elements and the use of local references. Las Vegas isn't all asphalt and neon signs. If you can fit a professional outing into your travel plans, enjoy a walk through this little slice of beauty in the desert of Las Vegas. Let us know what you think of your visit and of any other great examples of donor recognition in Las Vegas.
4. Happy Hour at The Grand Luxe Cafe in The Palazzo at The Venetian
There is no reason to blow your budget or your winnings while visiting Las Vegas. There is every reason to see the best of the city and get in on some great deals. One of our favorite Vegas-y spots has both. The Grand Luxe Café in The Palazzo at The Venetian is where we will be headed. We know real Italy and this is not it. It is however; a totally immersive experience that gives visitors an loose idea of what Venice is like through over-the-top décor and theatrical elements. Take a gondola ride! Stroll through likenesses of Venetian canals and end up for Happy Hour with us at The Grand Luxe Café. There are amazing Happy Hour deals to keep you on budget and great food and drink. Mangiamo!
5. Murals and Vintage Neon Walking Tour in Downtown Las Vegas
Just before Las Vegas welcomes ADRP to our 14th Annual International Conference, something else special is happening in Las Vegas. From Sept 22-24 the Life is Beautiful Festival will happen in Downtown Las Vegas. Creative minds come together to explore artistic and immersive environments. Each year new murals are added by some of the world’s best talent. “There’s a lot of places where people are now walking and doing little art tours,” Ryan Doherty, chief experience officer for Life is Beautiful, says. They’re hoping to develop an app that visitors can use for self-guided walking tours (Great Idea!). “It creates a sense of place. Art really allows for a community to embrace itself and embrace the art as a community that cares,” says Brian “Paco” Alvarez, the arts commissioner for Ward 3, which includes downtown. Heurista will be checking out the Art and the cool vibe that defines downtown. Another aspect of this area we are looking forward to seeing are the vintage Las Vegas neon and lit signs that have been restored and installed a landmarks of Downtown. Let us know if you would like to join us for a stroll through this neighborhood and get inspired.