Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Year In Review At The Stirling Club

With the countdown to a new year well underway in Las Vegas, General Manager Mike Saye and the entire team would like to take this opportunity to thank members for a very memorable year.

While there are many ways to accomplish this, it seems most fitting to share some of these moments as seen through the eyes of our members, guests, and friends. The mentions below represent only a few of the experiences enjoyed at The Stirling Club this year. And yet, because our members, guests, and friends took the time to share them, they are representative of what makes The Stirling Club a second home for residents and regular visitors. Thank you and enjoy.

Twenty-Five Stirling Mentions by Members & Friends

Elisa Fiorillo is Back in the Footlights! by Diane Taylor. Living Las Vegas featured a photo of singer/songwriter Elisa Fiorillo at The Stirling Club. Earlier this year, Fiorillo performed with Prince on Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Our members join her every Saturday night for live performances(including this New Year's Eve).

Rachel Uchitel Lists Her Las Vegas Property by Daniel Kanoon. The Property Buzz was quick to pick up on Rachel Uchitel listing her ground floor penthouse at Turnberry Place. So was The Real Estalker.

Repuff, Cigar Relighting Solution by Dane Maralason. Commenter Dante Becerutti III shared his experience rebuffing a Fuente Opus at The Stirling Club.

Featured Community Member by Theresa Hall. Half-Hour Meals, which is an online community-supported cookbook, features former dining reviewer and member Richard Becker including The Stirling Room at The Stirling Club (Charlie Palmer) among his top five favorite restaurants in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Philharmonic Presents an Intimate Concert by VegasNews. One of several concerts held throughout the year, the Las Vegas Philharmonic showcased violinist and concertmaster DeAnn Letourneau, principal cellist Andrew Smith, and nationally renowned pianist Sandra Rivers.

Final Thoughts And Grateful Thanks by Kathy Bax. Member Kathy Bax includes her experience at The Stirling Club in a story that also blends in a recent cruise.

Featured Article by NeoPopRealism. The article mentions the work of Joseph Borozotta, who included The Stirling Club as one of several places his work has been shown.

A "Stirling" Evening with Jason Falls, The Bloggess, Jay Ehret and Copywrite, Ink. by Jason Teitelman. This post from, which is a blogger community with 300,000 members, hosted their dinner in The Stirling Room at The Stirling Club.

Top Chef Episode 8: Charlie Palmer University by Sarah Feldberg. Published by Las Vegas Weekly, the article recaps Top Chef: Las Vegas featuring Chef Charlie Palmer, the genius behind The Stirling Room.

Dana and Joel Jarvis Las Vegas Wedding Video by Shaw Productions Inc. As seen on Las Vegas Wedding Planner, the video highlights the wedding of members Dana and Joel Jarvis last September.

Turnberry Place by Glenn Radcliffe Pop and jazz singer Glenn Radcliffe shared his experience at The Stirling Club with a former member of the Drifters.

Kiss My Palate - Johnny Love Vodka Cocktail by Vegas News Just prior to participating in Kiss My Palate, the charity event benefitting Project Shero taking place at The Stirling Club, Johnny Love Vodka created a signature cocktail specifically for the event. You can find it here.

Oscar Goodman Pours, ELV Triumphs by John Curtas. Curtas recapped Kiss My Palate, where Eating Las Vegas (ELV) beat Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and The Morning Zoo’s Chet Buchanan in a cooking contest. Judges included celebrity Chef Kerry Simon and Executive Chef John Watson.

Lollipop Chicken Wings by Steve Piamchuntar. Sinner Magazine included a recipe created by Stirling Club Chef Steve Piamchuntar. He has been cooking at The Stirling Club for more than six years.

Vintage Vegas Returns To Suncoast by City Guide Las Vegas. This short article shares how Shades of Sinatra, created by Kelly Clinton, debuted at The Stirling Club before moving on to larger and larger venues. In 2007, Shades of Sinatra was named “Best Tribute Show” by the Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange.

Las Vegas’ Largest Mixer V Hosts VIP Kick-Off by Largest Mixer. One of the larger events of the year hosted at The Stirling Club was a VIP Kick-Off Event for the Largest Mixer, with more than 200 people attending.

MAGIC After parties: Your Complete Guide by Las Vegas Weekly. The Stirling Club became home to one of MAGIC's favorite after party events hosted by Prodigal Daughter. Prodigal Daughter is a bold new women's fashion line from Los Angeles.

Vegas DeLuxe by Robin Leach. While many celebrities enjoy their privacy at The Stirling Club, Robin Leach learned that Alicia Taylor made a surprise appearance at an executive lounge event.

Assemblyman Morse Arberry Honored At Las Vegas Juneteeth Committee by Evibe. When the Juneteenth Committee wanted to honor Assemblyman Morse Arberry, the most fitting place was The Stirling Club at Turnberrry Place.

Viva Las Vegas by The Godfather of Las Vegas. While there were many highlights, The Godfather of Las Vegas cited the Cigar Room at The Stirling Club with a dozen executives and celebrities as an easy favorite.

Las Vegas Hotels: Top 10 Spas by Orbitz. As covered in September, The Stirling Club was honored to be included by Orbitz as a Top Ten Spa.

Hollywood Legend Tony Curtis Shows His Support For FEAT by Diana Magpapian. Published by Hollyscoop, Magpapian recaps Tony and Jill Curtis attending a seated dinner prepared by celebrity chefs at The Stirling Club to benefit Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Southern Nevada.

The Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame Hosts a Star-Studded Luncheon by Inside Tennis Inside Tennis captured one of several tennis events hosted at The Stirling Club this year. Guests included Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Tony Bennett, and Phyllis McGuire.

Hanging Out With The Boys by Tony Curtis. Yes, even member Tony Curtis has a blog. You can find it here just before his art showing at The Stirling Club earlier in the year.

You're Invited as our guest to the "Enchanted Bridal Affair" by Jodi Harris. Patrick Harris was among the first to host an event at The Stirling Club last year. The event included a bridal show unlike any other hosted in Las Vegas.

In closing, the Courtier team would also like to extend its thanks to The Stirling Club members and new visitors. Thank you very much. And Happy New Year!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Year's Eve 2010 In Las Vegas

Las Vegas will once again be home for America's Party to ring in 2010, with fireworks confirmed to launch from the rooftops of seven resort casinos — Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, The Stratosphere, and The Venetian. The best outdoor viewings will likely be between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road or near the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Without question, Las Vegas is one of the most diverse New Year's Eve destinations in the United States. The celebrations range from gatherings on the Las Vegas Strip to countless nightclub events, concerts, and parties. Prices range from "free" to hundreds of thousands of dollars. To demonstrate the diversity, here are five places to ring in the New Year. Enjoy.

Five Places To Ring In A Las Vegas New Year

The Stirling Club. The Stirling Club will feature a signature 4-course New Year's Eve dinner as well as a special menu in the piano lounge. Entertainment includes Las Vegas' legendary singer-songwriter Early Clover. He began his career as a lead singer with Cornell Gunter's Coasters and has performed with greats that include the Drifters, Platters, Marvelettes, Little Richard, and The Temptations.

The evening will be commemorated with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are required; member admission is $95 per person.

The Gold Lounge Club. Cirque du Soleil headlines with special guest DJ Spins at one of the newest venues on the Las Vegas Strip inside the recently opened Aria. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and continue to 4 a.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $125 per person (subject to increases) and include a VIP entrance, hosted bar, and champagne toast at midnight.

LAX Nightclub. LAX at the Luxor has booked the Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas to ring in the New Year. While tickets are $300 per person, LAX is also offering table reservations that range from $8,000 to $60,000 for parties between ten and 100 people. The entry level table reservation ($8,000) includes three bottles of Belvedere, two bottles of Dom Perignon, and admission for up to 10 people on the lower floor.

XS at Encore. The nightclub at Wynn is one of the chicest social scenes in Las Vegas, with two levels, poolside ambiance, and signature 10-foot chandelier that rotates above the dance floor. Doors open at 9 p.m. with an open bar through 10 p.m. Although XS doesn't have an "official" headliner, the club is well known as a favorite among the friends of Steve Wynn and Victor Drai. General admission is currently set at $75 for ladies and $150 for gentlemen.

Fremont Street Experience. While other venues are expected to sell out, The Fremont Street Experience provides an "always open," casual Las Vegas-style event with up to 30,000 people expected to attend. At the heart of the event are eight tribute bands covering INXS, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, U2, Depeche Mode, and No Doubt. The performances begin early at 6 p.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for residents and $20 for out-of-state guests. Mayor Oscar Goodman will lead the countdown to the New Year, which features live and virtual fireworks.

For more New Year's Eve options and events, members are invited to call The Stirling Club concierge. All guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible as these events and limousine rentals tend to sell out by New Year's Eve. It's also recommended that guests confirm dress codes as many venues strictly enforce them.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Stirling Solution For Holiday Stress

While not everyone knows it, taking a few minutes or hours to find a breather during the holidays can make a big difference. It's especially important for women, who tend to take on more holiday responsibilities and more worries.

Seven in ten women say they worry about finances. More than half worry about their weight. And about three in ten are worried they have to stand in long lines while shopping for last minute gifts.

These statistics tend to mirror another study conducted just this year. Lindt, a master Swiss chocolatier, found 87 percent of women feel that taking time for themselves improves their overall mood during the holidays, but 93 percent will push aside free time for something else.

No wonder more than one in four women hope for a gift "experience" during the holidays. Scheduled "experiences" are much harder to push aside and less likely to be interrupted.

A Stirling Solution For Stress.

Through Dec. 31, The Stirling Spa is adapting a centuries old ritual from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific to hydrate, nourish, and rejuvenate the skin and hair using pure coconut milk and honey. The treatment begins with a gentle sugar exfoliation with warm coconut oil and cane sugar, is followed by a rich milk and body butter, and ends with a warm towel body wrap.

This seasonal special includes a traditional Fujian scalp massage, with special care to restore the shine and life to hair. The treatment is $130 for 60 minutes for members. Non-members are invited to make special arrangements with Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director.

The Fiji Coconut Milk Body Ritual is perfect for lifting anyone's spirits during the holidays or as a gift before the New Year. In addition to regular spa hours, the Stirling Spa will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Other holiday specials include 20 percent off Swedish or therapeutic deep massages during select hours, a specially-priced warm gingerbread delight body package or, before and after Dec. 31, ask about the new Arabian message, which is popular for jet lag and (holiday) recovery.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Dinner In Las Vegas

December marks a special month for the Stirling Club. Eight years ago, the club opened with special guests that included Cheryl Tiegs, Alana Stewart, James Caan, and Jack Nicholson (among others). Who might be seen this year is anyone's guess.

But what won't be a guess is how many people will visit Las Vegas during the holidays. It won't be slow. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is anticipating as many as 300,000 visitors per day, spurred on by a host of events that include the opening of City Center; Cher performing at Caesars Palace, through Dec. 20; and Garth Brooks ending his retirement to launch a new show at Wynn on Dec. 11.

With so many people already making plans to visit, the Stirling Club concierges are making a list of holiday menus and Christmas dinner possibilities. To help narrow the choices, here are five top picks for a Christmas dinner in Las Vegas. Enjoy.

Five Top Spots For Christmas Day Dinner In Las Vegas.

The Stirling Club. The Stirling Club will host a grand buffet created by Chef Charlie Palmer and his team of executive chefs with two seatings at noon and 3 p.m. on Christmas Day. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required. $49.95 per person and $19.95 for children under 12. One of the outstanding features this year is a special appearance by Santa Claus and his elves.

The Stirling Club is also hosting two Christmas Eve dinner seatings at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in The Stirling Room. The dinner features an a la carte menu with special holiday creations and prices that reflect the benefit of membership.

Verandah. Under the direction of Chef Michael Goodman, Verandah at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas will feature a traditional menu with a choice of free-range oven-roasted turkey, braised short ribs with tiger prawns, smoked herb-crusted organic salmon, and a vegetarian assortment. Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $77 per person and $36 for children ages 4-12.

Pinot Brasserie. Located at The Venetian, Pinot Brasserie is featuring your choice of a three- or four-course menu with three entrees that include sea scallops with a celeriac remoulade, rack of lamb Niçoise with ratatouille gratin, or pavé of New York strip with potato mousseline. The menu was developed by executive Chef Eric Lhuillier. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. $55 per person for three courses; $65 person for four courses; and $15.95 for children under 12.

Andre's. Located at the top of the Monte Carlo, Chef André Rochat will offer a complete menu ranging from free-range chicken and veal pot au feu to Colorado rack of lamb and Maine lobster thermidor. Service begins at 5:30 p.m. As an a la carte menu, dinner will range between $60 and $120 per person.

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. Located inside The Palazzo, Morels will feature an 8-ounce filet mignon with a whole Maine lobster, accompanied by a wild mushroom risotto, with a petite parsley and asparagus buerre blanc red wine reduction. Service is from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. $75 per person.

For more Christmas dinner options or assistance with reservations, members may call The Stirling Club concierge. Members visiting from other cities are also encouraged to make their Christmas dinner selections as early as possible, as many venues will have limited hours and/or seating. Some may have a dress code.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Five Exclusively Unique Gifts For 2009

The Stirling Club Courtier has created its top five exclusive gifts for 2009. All of them represent some of the most exclusive finds that people are talking about this year, and all of them include an element of originality, including the price.

Along with our top five quick picks, The Stirling Club is sharing several of its upcoming special events for the next two weeks. Like the exclusive gift picks, they all represent events that you cannot find anywhere else in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

1. Life-Sized Lego Sculpture of You, $60,000

Nathan Sawaya is considered the world's foremost independent LEGO artist, using LEGO exclusively as his art medium of choice. When he isn't touring along with The Art of the Brick museum show, this freelance artist accepts commissioned work from individuals, corporations, and almost anyone with a good idea. During the holidays, some of those good ideas include building a life-sized LEGO sculpture of anyone, based on nothing more than measurements and a few photos.

2. Limited Edition Fighter Motorcycle, $110,000

There are only 50 P120 Fighter Combat motorcycles available, with 45 of them being offered in the 2009 Neiman Marcus Christmas book. Featuring a 120-cubic inch radial twin engine that delivers 160 horsepower, the ride is described as informed, pure, and explosive. It's yet another success for Confederate Motor Company, which was founded in 1991 to create the most holistic, avant-garde process in motorcycles.

3. Stuart Weitzman Tanzanite Heels, $2 million

First spotted at the Le Vian party in Las Vegas, these silver leather designer heels flaunt 185 carats of tanzanite and 28 carats of diamonds. The shoes were the collaborative efforts of Stuart Weitzman teamed with jeweler Le Vian. Given the exclusivity of this single pair, you might have to settle for one of the other wonders from Stuart Weitzman, who is responsible for designing five of the world's top ten most expensive shoes.

4. One Night in the Royal Penthouse Suite, $65,000

As much as it would be nice to attribute it to Las Vegas, the world's most expensive suite is the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, up from $33,000 per night last year. The four-bedroom suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel and has bulletproof windows and doors. The suite is popular with international diplomats. The hotel itself overlooks the imposing panorama of the Geneva Harbor at Mont Blanc. In Las Vegas, the current ooshest publicly available suite is the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at The Palms, which runs as high as $40,000 per night.

5. Holiday Membership Gift at The Stirling Club, $200*

Admittedly self-serving to include membership at The Stirling Club as one of the most exclusive gifts of the year, the Holiday Membership Gift is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a member of a premier private club in Las Vegas. This special gift, which is only available through an existing member, is ideal for referred family and friends. The membership does require a modest administration fee* (no initiation fee) and monthly dues, based on the level of membership they prefer.

You can discover the property amenities at The Stirling Club site, but the real benefits of membership tend to be what happens here all the time. Here are some highlights over the next two weeks. (Reservations are required.)

• Designer Sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3. This special member event features up to 80 percent off fashions from Versace, Just Cavalli, Galliano, Torras, and others. The sale also includes some rare and exclusive gems and settings selected by Fred Paris.

• Chanco - Rahman Piano Duo, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Aileen Chanco and Raja Rahman have been performing together since they were students at The Julliard School, which is one of the one of the world's most prestigious performing arts conservatories.

• Kids Art Class, noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Taught by 'Art Classes for Kids,' this special family event in the North Lounge teaches children (and those young at heart) how to paint gingerbread houses, reindeer, poinsettias, of abstracts for the holidays.

• Member Holiday Open House, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Set in the Stirling Room, this festive members-only event includes complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

• Hanukkah Dinner, starting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11. A special Hanukkah dinner and Menorah lighting will take place in the member dining room. A special menu insert will also be available during the holiday.

These events are all in addition to regularly scheduled live entertainment, Sunday brunches, and Monday night football parties in the cigar bar. For more information about any events, please refer to the The Stirling Club newsletter.

For non-members interested in becoming members and then taking advantage of the Holiday Membership Gift program, please contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, at 702.784.4603.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bryan Brothers Swing Into Las Vegas For Tennis Camp

A few days ago, former Wimbledon doubles champs Bob and Mike Bryan released a new five track album, Let It Rip. The album comes complete with a new single, Autograph, featuring debut from British tennis star Andy Murray and Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic.

While most critics are advising Murray and Djokovic keep their day jobs, everyone is giving props to the Bryan Brothers for pulling it together. The release of the new album also comes just in time for Camp Bryan 3 on Dec. 12-13 in Las Vegas. The event, immediately following the Zeno/Canon Tennis Challenge in Florida, includes cardio tennis workout, clinics, round robin play, an amateur challenge, a pro-am tournament, and Bryan Brothers Concert.

"I play a lot of pro-am tournaments but Camp Bryan was the best of them all," noted Michael Scott, the winer of last year's Camp Bryan. "The Stirling Club was first class and the competition was high-level. I was fortunate to play with Bob Bryan and win first place. My prize tickets to the 2009 French Open!"

Camp Bryan III will be the last opportunity this year to work on tennis skills with the twins, who have dominated the doubles scene with over 54 tour titles since their first tournament at age six. In fact, at the writing of this post, the Bryan Brothers are currently competing in ATP World Tour Finals, hoping to win the rest of their matches en route to the title and finish the season atop the rankings much like they began the year.

They were ranked first after claiming their seventh Grand Slam title with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 win over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the Australian Open final. They hope to be there again.

All funds raised at the camp benefit USTA-NV Junior and Multicultural Tennis Programs. All four courts at The Stirling Club are clay, which offers a better quality of play, easier movement, and a softer surface. (Among the top rated in the city.)

Stirling Club members may participate weekly clinics throughout December. Marty Hennessy, tennis director, is also organizing a Holidays Ladies Round Robin Doubles competition in December. For nonmembers hoping to learn more about tennis programs offered at The Stirling Club, contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving In Las Vegas

While many people plan to stay close to home with family and friends this holiday season, more than 25 percent are already making plans to drive to their favorite destinations. And for anyone on the West Coast, Las Vegas remains a first choice favorite for the holidays.

In addition to being listed among many travel guides as one of the top dining destinations in the world, Forbes Traveler has consistently listed it among the top ten in the country and Via AAA recently rated it among the the top three in the West Coast. Not surprisingly, celebrity chefs are already making plans to prepare the best; Las Vegas will not disappoint for Thanksgiving.

Five Top Spots For Thanksgiving In Las Vegas.

The Stirling Club. The Stirling Club will have two intimate Thanksgiving presentations by Chef Charlie Palmer at noon and 3 p.m. The menu includes favorites like roast organic turkey breast, sauteed turkey thighs, creamy brown gravy, cranberry lemon compote, and candied sweet potato puree. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required. $49.95 per adult and $19.95 for children under 12. The price reflects the benefits of membership.

Alize. Alize at the top of The Palms has developed a Thanksgiving menu under Chef Mark Purdy that includes a choice of traditional oven roasted free range turkey with herb nut and dried fruit stuffing; pan seared California sea bass with Cannellini bean ragout; or roasted Kurobuta pork chop with sauteed spinach. Service will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. $85 per person.

Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas will feature the work of executive Sous Chef Ryan Taliaferro with a Thanksgiving menu that blends traditional turkey dinner with modern chefs’ action stations. The special menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include live Jazz played throughout the service. $60 per person and $25 for children between the ages of 4-12.

Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro. Located inside The Palazzo, Morels merges classic and modern culinary skills under the direct of Chef J.L. Carrera. The Thanksgiving menu includes oven roasted free range turkey with chorizo and brioche stuffing with glazed autumn root vegetables and mashed potatoes. Service is held from 11:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. $65 per person.

Spago. While set in the bustling Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Executive Chef Eric Klein is featuring a classic roasted free range turkey roulade, served with pretzel bread stuffing, sweet potato puree, and clove turkey natural jus. Dinner will be served during normal hours, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. $65 per person.

For more Thanksgiving options or assistance with reservations, members may call The Stirling Club concierge. Members visiting from other cities are encouraged to make their Thanksgiving selection this week, as many venues will have limited hours and/or seating. Some choices above may also have a dress code.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Honor of Veterans Day

"We have to support, in ways we never have before, our soldiers and veterans as they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan." — Clint Holmes

Those were just a few words from Stirling Club member, Las Vegas entertainer, and singer-songwriter Clint Holmes at a special screening of the documentary Who WIll Stand hosted by The Galaxy Theatres at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.

Holmes, also a U.S. Army veteran (1967–1969), wrote and produced the title song for the film. In honor of Veterans Day, it seems fitting to share his song as it recognizes the accomplishments and sacrifices of the men and women who have served.

Two public screenings of the film will be held today, Veterans Day, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free, with the request of a donation to help homeless veterans.

For those who do not know, Veterans Day is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. It falls on Nov. 11, which is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In the United States, Armistice Day was celebrated until 1954 when Congress amended the national holiday it became Veterans Day in an effort to further recognize the contributions of all veterans.

Several bloggers, through a program called BloggersUnite, have dedicated their Nov. 11 posts to honoring veterans and drawing attention to their needs. The event organizer is also the director of the film, which features Holmes' song, and we're honored to join them in recognizing our veterans. In closing and with gratitude ...

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." — Ronald Reagan, President
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Stirling Club Adds A Zumba Exclusive

Beto Perez, former choreographer for Shakira and other high profile celebrities, may have never seen it coming, but Maria DiMarco, director of spa and fitness at The Stirling Club, did. Zumba was destined to become a fitness craze in North America with its infusion of Samba, Salsa, Hip Hop, Reggae, and Cumbia into a high energy workout.

“I was immediately inspired to add Zumba because it is a fun cardio workout that anyone can do,” said DiMarco. “Because I have an extensive background in both dance and fitness, I was driven by my passion to add this class as a permanent addition."

In fact, DiMarco was so taken by Zumba, she pursued her certification directly from Perez, who also serves as director of the national Zumba Master Trainer Team. She started studying Zumba more than a year ago and the distinction is what Stirling Club members have come to expect.

Unlike many gyms offering Zumba, DiMarco utilizes Beto Perez’s core philosophy. He believes in instructing participants through non-verbal clues, making the class more like ‘follow the leader'. DiMarco says this helps participants avoid the frustration of trying to verbally and visually comprehend the dance moves while performing them simultaneously.

“I have also adapted my class to fit the preference of Stirling Club members, creating new dances and allowing them to select their favorites,” said DiMarco. "This allows for each class to feel different, unique, and always fun!”

The class, which DiMarco says required long hours of additional instruction beyond the certification program, took several months to perfect. And even then, she says it is continuing to evolve. Every few weeks, DiMarco choreographs new dances for individuals who attend on a regular basis.

The infusion of new routines benefits visiting members as well. Every time they visit Las Vegas, they are likely to discover a new dance as part of this exclusive class that averages no more than ten members per session.

As one member described, The Stirling Club provides near personal instruction for a class that is often standing room only at other gyms. They also know that as a certified instructor, DiMarco must continually stay current through the variety of courses offered by the Zumba Academy.

The Stirling Club initially offered Zumba classes to gage member interest. After an overwhelming response, the class has been added to the fitness program schedule at 9 a.m. every Wednesday. It is exclusive to members, but guests may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership, for a pre-membership trial and tour.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some Secrets Inside Las Vegas Are Too Good To Keep

While the general rule for Las Vegas entertainment tends to be bigger is better, there are a few secret places where those rules don't apply. One of them is The Piano Lounge inside The Stirling Club.

On any given night when the guest list might include Kim Kardashian or Robert Duvall, entertainment requires a level of intimacy that most stages cannot accommodate.

“The intimacy and elegance of The Piano Lounge encourages the audience to interact," says Kelly Clinton, who headlines every Saturday at the exclusive Las Vegas Stirling Club at Turnberry Towers. “As a performer, you feel as if you are entertaining friends in the comfort of your own living room, with plenty of room to dance and always a lot of laughter.”

Clinton ought to know. While she insists her living room bears no resemblance to the lounge, she knows how to host a personal and unforgettable event. In fact, in addition to being an entertainer for entertainers, Clinton is responsible for some of the best known but little told impromptu jam sessions ever held in Las Vegas. Just a few recent surprise guests from the audience have included Bill Medley, Jack Jones, and Gordie Brown.

It all depends, she says, on who happens to be in the audience. And for Clinton, anybody and everybody might be in the audience. In fact, her consistent ability to draw entertainers to her show every Saturday night led to another opportunity. In between her work as a singer, actress, comedian, and impressionist, Clinton has become the club's entertainment director.

“As entertainment director, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to bring in talented and experienced musicians to this unique setting,” said Clinton. "Currently, we have one of my favorite singers, Elisa Fiorillo. She travels all over the world on tour with Prince. But when she is in town, she is a regular on 'Saturday Night Live.'”

According to Clinton, hosting friends is half the fun. Club members agree. In addition to Clinton's talents —she has also worked as a background singer for Engelbert Humperdinck, shared the stage with notable stars like Wayne Newton, and headlined at several resorts in Las Vegas — she has also earned a stellar reputation for bringing the best to a smaller stage. Just recently, in fact, she secured Early Clover from the Coasters to cover New Year's Eve.

The difference is in the venue. While Vegas is well known for hosting headliners at expansive venues like The Colosseum or The Pearl, there is something to be said for a setting that places entertainers within a few feet of every guest, and celebrities (sometimes) at the same table. Rather than just seeing legendary entertainers, guests share the experience with them.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where The World Meets In Las Vegas

"I first want to thank The Stirling Club for an amazing evening. It was, overall, one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all excellent." — Jason Teitelman, BlogCatalog

With more than 140,500 guest rooms, 9.8 million square feet of convention and exhibit space, award-winning restaurants, luxurious spas, fantastic shopping, world class golf, and unique entertainment, Las Vegas remains one of the best vacation destinations in the world. In fact, beyond the allure as a vacation destination, it also remains one of the world's premier convention destinations.

"We live in a city with more meeting space than any other city in the world," says Kathleen Gustafson, executive director of membership at The Stirling Club. "Yet, The Stirling Club is a unique place to meet because of its central location, convenience, and ability to make a lasting impression."

During the BlogWorld New Media Expo 2009, members of BlogCatalog (Tony Berkman, Oscar Tijerina, and Jason Teitelman) BrooWaha (John Froch and his wife, Joanne), Copywrite, Ink. (Richard Becker and Hadley Thom) along with Jenny Lawson, Jason Falls, and Jay Ehret, chose the member-only club from the fast-paced excitement of the expo. For a few hours, there was an opportunity to focus in on social media trends over dinner.

The signature menu, developed by James Beard award-winning executive chef Charlie Palmer. Palmer is best known for signature Progressive American Cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French cuisine.

"Without a doubt, people eat with their eye long before they put fork to food," says Palmer. "So I continue to look for a playful yet respectful way to create excitement on the plate."

Even more remarkable, Palmer is also responsible for ensuring the private catering experience for the members and guests of The Stirling Club at Turnberry Place. The exclusive venue is suitable for groups of 20 to 500 people; the member dining room is perfect for smaller groups.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Add The Exclusive Cocktail

Gone are the days when Vegas was only known for gambling and cheap buffets. As home to some of the most prestigious resorts, restaurants, and spas in the world, Las Vegas can be as luxurious as it is entertaining. In between spa treatments and fine dining, you can find some of the most expensive cocktails in the world.

In fact, according to the University of Luxury, the top five most expensive cocktails in Las Vegas, easily compete with the most expensive cocktails in the world.

5. King Richard's Pride - $1,000

At BOA in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, King Richard's Pride is a $1,000 a drink consisting of Hennessy Richard, Dom Perignon Rosé 1996 and Chambord Liqueur Royale de France with a splash of lime and cranberry. Add an orange slice to the rim of a keepsake Baccarat cocktail glass.

4. The Presidential - $1,000

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features a $1,000 martini called The Presidential. The price is driven by the best of the best — Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac and Dom Perignon champagne.

3. Duvet Passion - $1,500

The Seablue Restaurant at the MGM Grand serves a mix of rare and aged cognacs with the blend of vintage champagnes, garnished with a vanilla orchid petal. This drink for $1,500 was introduced on Valentine's Day in 2005. It's still loved today.

2. High Limit Kir Royale - $2,200

The second most expensive drink in Las Vegas used to be served inside of the The Teatro Euro Bar at the MGM Grand. It featured Louis Roederer Cristal Rose champagne, Hardy Perfection cognac, Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, and fresh muddled raspberries. The bar has since been supplanted by Rogue. It could be anyone's guess if Rogue stole the recipe.

1. Ménage a Trois - $3,000

As anyone might expect, the Wynn Las Vegas still lays claim to the most expensive cocktail in Las Vegas and the third most expensive in the world. The Ménage a Trois at Tryst is made with Cristal Rosé, Hennessy Ellipse and Grand Marnier Cent-cinquantenaire. 23-karat gold flakes and liquid gold syrup decorate the cocktail, which is sipped through a golden straw, studded with a 9-point diamond. The diamond is yours to keep.

Of course, if you're really looking for something more exclusive in Las Vegas than the Ménage a Trois, any cocktail ordered at The Cigar Bar inside The Stirling Club can compete with the world's most expensive drinks. The reason is simple. To even order a cocktail in The Cigar Bar, you have to be a member.

With membership comes other luxurious exclusives as well. In addition to being able to order the finest cognacs, cordials, and ports from around the world, Stirling Club members can store their personal cigars in exclusive humidors kept on property. And that is just one more reason The Stirling Club comes out on top as the place to find rare and rewarding cocktail experiences in Las Vegas.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Stirling Effort in Support of Teachers

The Stirling Club is the venue of choice for many companies and organizations. One of them, The Executive Lounge, hosts member mixers every Tuesday night. The mixers, referred to as “The Tomb,” are modeled after East Coast secret societies, making the piano lounge and cigar bar an especially fitting venue.

The Tomb provides an opportunity for professionals, socialites, entrepreneurs, and other like-minded people to enjoy art, food, wine, current events, travel, leisure, and a little business. Their motto, “social first, business second,” encourages members (loungers) to build genuine friendships that lead to long-lasting business relationships.

On Sept. 22, The Tomb became much more than a social mixer, featuring Lon Kruger, UNLV men’s basketball coach, and the Tickets for Teachers program.

The program provides two season tickets (football and basketball) to every elementary and middle school in the district. Principals are then encouraged to use the tickets as a teacher incentive or for recognition. Tickets are provided through ‘angel’ donations from community members.

"The atmosphere of the event was great," said Christa McGraw, who takes the lead on community outreach for Coach Kruger. "It allowed us to reach people we would not have otherwise and raise awareness for the program. We are thankful for their support."

During the “The Tomb" mixer, loungers were asked to make a voluntary $20 donation in support of the program. In return, they received a complimentary ‘teacher-tini’ (a.k.a. a zesty cosmo). Thanks to their support, The Executive Lounge and The Stirling Club funded more than 120 of the 274 schools in a single evening.

As this was the first fundraising event for the program since it was started a year ago, Coach Kruger seemed especially humbled by the support. After a sharing a few inspirational words with the guests, he took the time to mingle with guests and express his gratitude on an individual basis.

"It's been wonderful to see UNLV fans come together to say 'thank you' to our community's teachers," said coach Kruger.

There is still time to show your support. If you would like to make a donation in support of Tickets for Teachers click here for a basketball ticket order form or here for the football ticket order form.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stirling Club Members Attend Private Tony Bennett Gala

Stirling Club members were honored to attend the annual Tony Bennett Heart Awards to benefit the's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, which was held at the TAO Asian Bistro and Nightclub last Thursday. The private concert and event was produced by Clint Homes, and celebrated Tony Bennett's 83rd birthday.

The foundation works with and inspires at-risk youth by providing them mentorship through education and tennis. The foundation has successfully groomed 19 students, who have gone on to earn college scholarships. A portion of the proceeds also benefited USTA-Nevada youth tennis programs.

The event included appearances and performances by Rita Rudner, Clint Holmes, Mosaic (MTV band of the year), Ellie Smith (lead in Annie and Secret Garden), and Vinnie Falcone (former Sinatra pianist), and Tony Bennett. Jay Leno also made a surprise appearance. Event honorees included: Jeffrey and Rashae Taylor; Michael Flaherty (president and Founder of Walden Media and producer of Chronicles of Narnia); Sandy White; and Edgardo Ureta.

For a complete list of sponsors for this event, please visit Tony Bennett Heart Awards. There are still opportunities available to sponsor a child.

The Stirling Club extends its heartfelt thanks to all members who attended. Your support made a difference.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Top Ten Spa In Las Vegas

Earlier this year, The Stirling Club was distinguished as one of the top ten spas in Las Vegas. The review was featured in Orbtiz, a leading online travel company offering leisure and business travelers.

"Impressively spacious and well maintained, The Stirling Club has the intimacy and service level of a private club … since it is one." — E.C. Gladstone for Orbitz

While Orbitz highlighted the dramatically lit sauna and steam rooms, spacious whirlpool bath, waterfall showers, and enclosed fitness lap pool, members frequently marvel at the 14 treatment rooms where they receive therapeutic massages, rejuvenating facials, and detoxifying body wraps.

Other spas rounding out the top of the list: Encore; Caesars Palace; Bellagio; Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian; Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa; and Green Valley Ranch. But what made the Stirling Club stand out was the rarity of quietly opening private club facilities to non-members.

October Spa Special — Pumpkin Pie Special

In October, The Stirling Club is offering a seasonal special for members that also serves as an excellent spa introduction for visiting guests. The Pumpkin Pie special takes advantage of the pumpkin, which is known to have remarkable therapeutic properties, including natural UV protectors, powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and exfoliant properties that are especially beneficial for people with sensitive skin.

• 25-minute gentle Mediterranean body exfoliation, which increases circulation, adds nutrients, and regenerates the skin. This special employs a special pumpkin pie brown sugar blend, laced with ginger.
• 25-minute body nourishing pumpkin pie body wrap, which tightens, tones, and stimulates your metabolism to help fitness.
• 50-minute Swedish massage, with superficial and deep effleurage using Whipped Shea Pumpkin Body Butter.
• 50-minute facial, which adds a Pumpkin Enzyme mask, rich in antioxidants, to the luxuriously classic Stirling Creation Facial.

The special will be available through Nov. 30. Please allow 2 1/2 hours to complete the package. For details, please call 702.784.4616.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Stirling Key To National Clubs

While The Stirling Club is exclusive to Las Vegas, membership does not have to be exclusive. Many business members who frequent Las Vegas upgrade their membership to Signature Gold Unlimited, which expands the experience to more than 200 associate and affiliate clubs across the United States.

"We have always taken advantage of the benefit of Signature Gold ... the savings from using Signature Gold will pay for my annual dues." — Signature Gold Member, Brookhaven Country Club

While traveling, Signature Gold members frequently enjoy complimentary golf, complimentary dining, and great deals at affiliate hotels and resorts. Most clubs extend our members the same courtesies as they would any of their local members.

Signature Gold Unlimited Membership

• Complimentary green fees at prestigious country clubs nationwide
• Exclusive access to the fitness centers, athletic centers, and tennis courts
• Experience complimentary world-class dining in more than 50 major cities
• Access to the best tickets across the country for theaters, shows, concerts, and sporting events
• Complimentary Titleist loaner clubs recognized by Golf Digest's 2009 Hit List
• Special attention and recognition at world renown restaurants owned by chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse

In addition to the Signature Gold Unlimited, The Stirling Club is currently offering a membership upgrade program that allows for members to extend premier membership and social membership privileges to two or more colleagues. For more information, contact Kathleen Gustafson, director of membership.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Welcome To The "Courtier"

The Stirling Club is a private club situated in the guard gated resort community of Turnberry Place, which is located just off the Las Vegas Strip.

The Stirling Club Courtier is the official resort blog. Here, you will find weekly updates of events, insights, interviews, reviews, and informative tips on enjoying a luxurious lifestyle at The Stirling Club and around Las Vegas. You may also discover some inside information about the entertainers and members who appreciate the privileges associated with a private business and social club in one of the least likely locations for old world elegance and Mediterranean charm.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

About The Stirling Club

Since its opening in 2001, The Stirling Club has become a premiere destination to relax, meet with friends, and appreciate the finest that Las Vegas has to offer. Exclusive to members, The Stirling Club delivers the best in leisure, dining, spa, services, fitness, business, and social amenities.

For more information about the Stirling Club, please visit our Web site.
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