Susan Stapleton

Correspondent

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Susan Stapleton is a correspondent who lives in Las Vegas and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Stapleton is an award-winning journalist who has covered Las Vegas for seven years; she loves to discover all that’s new in Sin City, whether it keeps her up all night or not. The city’s bevy of fine dining, hot clubs, happening casinos and phenomenal fashions keep her buzzing all over the Strip. Stapleton grew up in the Midwest, has a degree in journalism, and spent eight years in Philadelphia covering the luxury market before moving to Las Vegas to cover fashion and beauty. She also acts as editor of the Las Vegas edition of the popular food website Eater as well as Haute Living Las Vegas.

  • On May 26, 2013
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    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    American Muscle Car Driving Experience. Photo: Courtesy There’s far more to do in Las Vegas than gambling. Just off the Strip visitors can do everything from swing on the links, hike the natural beauty of the desert to driving a race car.

    MGM Resorts International owns Shadow Creek Golf Course, 18 holes of near perfection in the middle of the desert. Golf course architect Tom Fazio designed the course filled with waterfalls, creeks and meadows with the mountains as a backdrop.

    Head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for hiking the red rocks there. Desert tortoises and burros can be found along the 14-mile loop in the park while the trails here run the gamut from easy to difficult.

    Those with a need for speed can head to the American Muscle Car Driving Experience, where drivers can take on a Shelby GT500 and Corvette Z06 during a thrilling 30-mile excursion through Red Rock Canyon.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    American Muscle Car Driving Experience. Photo: Courtesy There’s far more to do in Las Vegas than gambling. Just off the Strip visitors can do everything from swing on the links, hike the natural beauty of the desert to driving a race car.

    MGM Resorts International owns Shadow Creek Golf Course, 18 holes of near perfection in the middle of the desert. Golf course architect Tom Fazio designed the course filled with waterfalls, creeks and meadows with the mountains as a backdrop.

    Head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for hiking the red rocks there. Desert tortoises and burros can be found along the 14-mile loop in the park while the trails here run the gamut from easy to difficult.

    Those with a need for speed can head to the American Muscle Car Driving Experience, where drivers can take on a Shelby GT500 and Corvette Z06 during a thrilling 30-mile excursion through Red Rock Canyon.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best bars in Las Vegas?

    Chandelier. Photo: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas No trip to Vegas is complete without a stop at one of the fine bars here.

    Make your first stop at Vesper Bar, the bar near the check-in desk at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas named for the drink. Here find a bar surrounded by mirrored tiles and a wood liquor cabinet in the center. The specialty here is cocktails based on old recipes.

    A walk through Cosmopolitan brings you to The Chandelier, a three-level bar all sitting inside 2 million Swarovski crystals that make up the chandelier. Head to the mid-level for specialty cocktails including molecular garnishes made by mixologists. The lower level often features live music while the upper level for cocktails made with house-made lavender and rose syrups for a modern take on drinks.

    Head off-Strip for Herbs & Rye for concoctions from the Gold Age of cocktails made from original recipes using the same techniques used in the bygone era.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best bars in Las Vegas?

    Chandelier. Photo: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas No trip to Vegas is complete without a stop at one of the fine bars here.

    Make your first stop at Vesper Bar, the bar near the check-in desk at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas named for the drink. Here find a bar surrounded by mirrored tiles and a wood liquor cabinet in the center. The specialty here is cocktails based on old recipes.

    A walk through Cosmopolitan brings you to The Chandelier, a three-level bar all sitting inside 2 million Swarovski crystals that make up the chandelier. Head to the mid-level for specialty cocktails including molecular garnishes made by mixologists. The lower level often features live music while the upper level for cocktails made with house-made lavender and rose syrups for a modern take on drinks.

    Head off-Strip for Herbs & Rye for concoctions from the Gold Age of cocktails made from original recipes using the same techniques used in the bygone era.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best restaurants in Las Vegas?

    Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Picking out the best restaurants in Vegas is like choosing a favorite child — impossible. But for the sake of argument, here are three that will never disappoint.

    For fresh seafood flown in daily from the Mediterranean, try Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. The star of chef Paul Bartolotta’s menu is his langoustines, sourced from an obscure island not found on any map off the coast of Italy. Even the boxes that bring the exquisite seafood are removed of any identifying marks to keep the location top secret.

    French chef Guy Savoy’s only restaurant in the United States sits on the second floor of Caesars Palace. The newest innovation at Restaurant Guy Savoy? The Krug Room, a private dining room for up to six people serving up to 13 courses paired with Krug Champagnes. The artichoke and black truffle soup is a must-order here.

    Head to Aria for Shawn McClain’s Sage and its ever-changing New American fare. Aside from mixologists behind the bar who can pair drinks with dishes and an absinthe cart, the foie gras custard brûlée has quickly become the dish to try here. Find blood orange, cocoa nibs and salted brioche in this savory combination.
  • On May 26, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best attractions in Las Vegas?

    Fountains at Bellagio. Photo: Bellagio They call Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason. You can have fun without spending a cent with these free attractions.

    Head over to the Fountains at the Bellagio in front of the resort for dancing waters, music and a show that changes all the time. The choreographed fountains dance to opera, classical and standard music with a little light show thrown in at night. You can see this breathtaking treat every half hour from 3 to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and every half hour from noon to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

    Then step inside the Bellagio to see the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, an indoor garden of exotic plants and flowers on display for 24 hours, 365 days a year. Plants, flowers and trees arranged by more than 140 horticulturists show off the best of the season in intricate detail. Look for gazebos, ponds, bridges, jumping fountains and more. Take a leisurely stroll to discover the treasures within and maybe find inspiration for a garden of your own. The display changes to reflect the holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and fall.

    Head to Downtown Las Vegas to the five-block Fremont Street Experience to find the pedestrian promenade with its free concerts and canopy with light and sound shows. Nearly a dozen free concerts, parties and special events take place every month at the First and Third Street stages. Viva Vision shows above on the canopy feature 2 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound and special effects. Shows begin at dusk and run on the hour until midnight.
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  • On May 22, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best restaurants in Las Vegas?

    Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. Photo: Wynn Las Vegas Picking out the best restaurants in Vegas is like choosing a favorite child — impossible. But for the sake of argument, here are three that will never disappoint.

    For fresh seafood flown in daily from the Mediterranean, try Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. The star of chef Paul Bartolotta’s menu is his langoustines, sourced from an obscure island not found on any map off the coast of Italy. Even the boxes that bring the exquisite seafood are removed of any identifying marks to keep the location top secret.

    French chef Guy Savoy’s only restaurant in the United States sits on the second floor of Caesars Palace. The newest innovation at Restaurant Guy Savoy? The Krug Room, a private dining room for up to six people serving up to 13 courses paired with Krug Champagnes. The artichoke and black truffle soup is a must-order here.

    Head to Aria for Shawn McClain’s Sage and its ever-changing New American fare. Aside from mixologists behind the bar who can pair drinks with dishes and an absinthe cart, the foie gras custard brûlée has quickly become the dish to try here. Find blood orange, cocoa nibs and salted brioche in this savory combination.
  • On May 14, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    Where is the best shopping in Las Vegas?

    Photo: Forum Shops at Caesars The boutiques of Las Vegas read like a walk down Fifth Avenue, Rodeo Drive and the Miracle Mile combined. Shoppers can find everything from the high-end boutiques such as Lanvin and Tom Ford to the second largest H&M and a Forever 21 department store right in Vegas.

    Head to Crystals for the most chi-chi shopping in Vegas. Here find Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada and Versace along with the only Tom Ford and Lanvin stores in Las Vegas. Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. all add some sparkle.

    At the Forum Shops at Caesars, high-end meets moderately priced. Look for Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin nestled next to a massive H&M and Intermix. Designer names such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Valentino can all be found here.

    Over at Fashion Show mall, the big department stores rule. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and a huge Forever 21 can be found here. Staples such as Express, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and French Connection give shoppers a wide variety of places to visit.
  • On May 14, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    What are the best attractions in Las Vegas?

    Fountains at Bellagio. Photo: Bellagio They call Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason. You can have fun without spending a cent with these free attractions.

    Head over to the Fountains at the Bellagio in front of the resort for dancing waters, music and a show that changes all the time. The choreographed fountains dance to opera, classical and standard music with a little light show thrown in at night. You can see this breathtaking treat every half hour from 3 to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and every half hour from noon to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

    Then step inside the Bellagio to see the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, an indoor garden of exotic plants and flowers on display for 24 hours, 365 days a year. Plants, flowers and trees arranged by more than 140 horticulturists show off the best of the season in intricate detail. Look for gazebos, ponds, bridges, jumping fountains and more. Take a leisurely stroll to discover the treasures within and maybe find inspiration for a garden of your own. The display changes to reflect the holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer and fall.

    Head to Downtown Las Vegas to the five-block Fremont Street Experience to find the pedestrian promenade with its free concerts and canopy with light and sound shows. Nearly a dozen free concerts, parties and special events take place every month at the First and Third Street stages. Viva Vision shows above on the canopy feature 2 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound and special effects. Shows begin at dusk and run on the hour until midnight.
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