Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Five Summer Luxuries From Las Vegas

While Las Vegas usually attracts more than 3 million people every month during the summer, area residents sometimes find themselves spending much more time indoors. Even so, there some simple luxuries that can transform anyone's summer (whether you live in Las Vegas or not).

Most of these tips from our top five list include amenities that are exclusive to The Stirling Club Las Vegas. However, with a little bit of imagination, most of them can be adapted for almost any locality. From the simplest to the most extravagant, all five of these summer luxuries can help put any summer blues far away and behind you.

Five Luxuries For A Fun Las Vegas Summer.

Try A New Summer Drink Originally created by beverage director and sommelier Franklin Ferguson in Los Angeles, the Agave Negro remains a great summer cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, muddle two blackberries and then add ice, 1 1/2 ounces of Reposado tequila, 3/4 ounces of lime juice, 3/4 ounces of simple syrup, 1/2 ounces of Chambord and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass and stir in 1 ounce chilled club soda. Garnish with lime. Or, if you would like to try something else, ask our servers for suggestions.

Refresh Your Skin The Stirling Club is currently offering a 50-minute Swedish massage, followed by a 50-minute Spa Mediterranee red wine body treatment, including a red wine scrub, antioxidant wrap, and radiant red wine shea butter rub that will leave your skin radiant. What is especially unique about this spa treatment is that it helps protect the skin from UVB exposure, which is common under the Las Vegas summer sun.

Choose Your Pool. Spend a leisurely afternoon in the sparkling blue mosaic Stirling Club pool. The expansive lagoon pool is much more accessible than crowded pools at various hotels. Or, if you prefer a cooler climate, visit one of the monthly pool (billiards) tournaments hosted by member Marty Tunnel and sponsored by Siku Vodka. (The next scheduled tournament is Aug. 5).

Host A Summer Party. Host a summer party at The Stirling Club, and the Charlie Palmer Group will apply a portion of the event as a credit to any Stirling Club membership (interested members can contact Kathleen Gustafson for details). Depending on the size of the party, they can be booked in a private meeting room, charming Verandah Room or opulent Stirling Room. All parties are catered by the legendary team of renowned Chef Charlie Palmer.

Escape For A Day. While many people find the Las Vegas summer hot for too much outside fun, you can find some one-day outdoor adventures and still stay cooler. One such adventure is the only one-day Grand Canyon white water rafting trip on the nearby Hualapai Reservation.

Since its opening in 2001, The Stirling Club Las Vegas has become a premier destination to relax, meet with friends, and appreciate the finest that Las Vegas has to offer. While the club is private for members, special arrangements can made by contacting Kathleen Gustafson at 702-784-4603 for a private tour or pass for those considering membership.

It is the perfect opportunity to discover the best in leisure, dining, spa services, fitness, business, and social amenities. While enjoying the property, it's not uncommon to see the occasional celebrity already enjoying their membership.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rodney Strong Vineyards Visits The Stirling Club

Rodney Strong, who left behind his successful career as a professional dancer to found Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1959, was a remarkable leader who transformed Sonoma County from rustic farmland into one of the finest wine regions in the country. His legacy continues today as Rodney Strong Vineyards grows and produces wines from grapes in Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast.

"Today, the winery owns and farms many exceptional vineyards in Sonoma County's prime grape-growing appellations where our critically acclaimed Estate, Vineyard Designated and Reserve wines are grown." — Rick Sayre, winemaker.

Together with The Stirling Club, Rodney Strong Vineyards will present a remarkable wine tasting from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 in the north lounge. Participation is only $35, with Stirling Club Wine Society members receiving half off. Reservations are required and seating is extremely limited. Fruit, cheese, and wine will be served.

What To Expect At The Rodney Strong Vineyard Wine Tasting.

Charlotte's Home, Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Vineyard, 2009.
Light, crisp, and highly aromatic, the warmer climate Alexander Valley fruit gives the wine ripe pear and melon character, while the ocean cooled Russian River fruit offers citrus, mineral, and traditional herbaceous qualities.

Chalk Hill Estate, Chardonnay, 2008
Aromas are concentrated and complex — white flower, sweet cream, ripe peach, lemon oil, and wet stone — leading to a palate anchored with rich minerality and tropical and stone fruit.

Russian River Estate, Pinot Noir, 2008
A lush and luxurious feel, with tastes of raspberry, light plum and spice that appears midway and continues through the finish. The taste lingers with cherries.

Alexander Valley Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Bold fruit aromas and flavors center on red plum and boysenberry, and a rich and mouth-filling texture with soft tannins. All of this is framed in the finest oak barrels for more than 18 months.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Chardonnay, 2008
Bright lemon and apple aromas mingle with hints of toasty barrel complexity, and on the palate, pear and pineapple with spice and a refreshing acidity.

Russian River Valley Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2008
Soft and rich, with layers of red cherry, raspberry, cola, caramel, and a hint of Asian spice, this impressive, deeply colored and full-bodied wine is aged in 100 percent French oak, which adds an elegant toasty vanilla character.

Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
Full bodied and richly textured, this cabernet displays intense aromas and flavors of black currant, sandalwood, white pepper, and cocoa, with a smooth, lingering finish.

Alexander Valley, Red Meritage, Symmetry 2007
A generous bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums, sweet spices, and a hint of chocolate. It opens boldly on the palate with layers of blackberry, cassis, smoky dark chocolate, and brown spice.

This special evening event is hosted by Ramon Triay, director of food and beverage, and Mitch Preston of Rodney Strong Vineyards. In addition, The Stirling Club wine tastings have become a remarkable opportunity to meet other members.

Non-Stirling Club members may contact Kathleen Gustafson, executive membership director, by email via the The Stirling Club Website. Stirling Club members may also refer guests for consideration. Members may place reservations by calling 702-732-9700.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Tips And Spa Specials From The Stirling Club

Because Fiji is a blend of ancient cultures, most historians agree with local legend that the Fijian people came from Southeast Asia via the Malay Peninsula, where Melanesians and the Polynesians created a highly developed society.

European influences didn't come until much latter. But their influences, especially in the 20th century, established sugar, copra, and tourism as primary industries. Along with tourism, Fijian therapists living on hundreds of different islands began developing unique message techniques and exotic treatments.

Pure Fiji Honey And Coconut Milk Body Ritual

The Royal Fijian Ritual is one such treatment. It begins with a gentle sugar exfoliation, which makes the skin feel refreshed and soft. The sugar is blended with coconut oil to ensure the skin remains moist while creating a rich, tropical scent.

Next, the treatment includes rich coconut milk and honey butter, which is wrapped in soft, heated towels. The blend is specifically designed to hydrate and nourish the skin, which is especially beneficial in Las Vegas' dry summer months.

The treatment concludes with a traditional Fijian coconut scalp massage, which restores the life and shine in your hair. (The Stirling Club Spa has made special arrangements to offer the scalp massage with any spa treatment on request.)

The Pure Fiji Honey And Coconut Milk Body Ritual is available through Aug. 31. Please allow one hour for the package that will leave you completely relaxed and restore your energy. To schedule an appointment, call 702-784-4616.

Some Other Helpful Las Vegas Summer Sunscreen Tips.

• Limit your exposure to the sun in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., even though Las Vegas generally feels the hottest just prior to sunset.

• Always choose a sunscreen with a 15 SPF or higher. Makes sure it includes a broad spectrum of ultraviolet light protection, regardless of cloud coverage.

• If you know how long it takes before your bare skin will burn, divide that number by the number of minutes you intend to be exposed in direct sunlight.

• The EPA has developed a new UV Index App that can be downloaded to your phone. This is especially useful in Las Vegas, which the Las Vegas Sun reports has the highest UV levels in the nation.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Moët & Chandon For A Stirling Evening

Champagne has launched thousands of ships, toasted billions of weddings, created countless special occasions, and shared untold special moments between two people. But no other Champagne, perhaps, has become as synonymous with all of these events as Moët et Chandon (Moët & Chandon).

For more than 250 years, the legacy of The House of Moët, founded by Claude Moët and transformed into a symbol of splendor by Jean-Remy Moët, has eclipsed all others. Even recently, Moët & Chandon has been uncorked at countless sporting events; been the toast of the Academy Awards; and sponsored "Josephine's Cellar - Wines During The Napoleonic Empire" as it toured Europe, which commemorated the relationship between Jean-Remy Moët, Emperor Napoleon I, and Josephine de Beauharnais.

Without question, Moët & Chandon is the world's most renown luxury Champagne and still holds a Royal Warrant to supply Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II in England. And for one special evening, Moët & Chandon will supply Champagne for you and your guests too.

The Stirling Club Invites You For A Date With Drinks, Dinner, And Entertainment.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, hosts Kathleen Gustafson and Jimmy Foster have made for the following special arrangements with Moët & Chandon. We are certain it will make your evening at The Stirling Club unforgettable.

• All dinner reservations of four or more come with a complimentary bottle of Moët.
• All Moët requested in the Cigar Lounge and Piano Bar will be priced at $45 per bottle.
• All Moët by the glass will be set at the unbelievably special price of $8 per glass.

Beyond the specially priced Moët & Chandon, the evening belongs to you. Make reservations to enjoy dinner by Chef Charlie Palmer in The Stirling Club. And then, enjoy a cocktail and cigar in the Cigar Lounge or make plans to be entertained by Kelly Clinton and Friends. Recent guests have included Julian Dietrich, Mark Verabian, and Lena Prima.

To attend this very special event with Moët & Chandon, place reservations with The Stirling Club concierge at 702-732-9700. Attire for this evening will be formal cocktail. Guests are welcome to attend as couples or on their own, but please remember that a complimentary bottle of Moët is only available for dinner parties of four or more.
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