Travels with Larry Olmsted

By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas and steakhouses go together like red meat and excess, and no other city, not New York, Chicago or Omaha, can match the array of protein temples Sin City offers up. Not only does Las Vegas have many excellent places to eat steak, but here they

By Larry Olmsted Some resort developers like to start small and expand organically. Not Baha Mar. Currently the largest tourism project under construction in the Western Hemisphere, this $3.5 billion development is massive in scope, and while most American travelers have never heard of Baha Mar, they will – and

  By Larry Olmsted Welcome back to “Great Urban Weekend Escapes.” Since the famous Austin City Limits music festival just finished, it seems like a perfect time for this column to visit Texas’ capitol city. Austin has been one of the country’s hottest, trendiest and fastest rising destinations for several

By Larry Olmsted Mix something old with something new and plenty of slick interior design and you get the Delano Las Vegas. Even by lofty Las Vegas standards, in an ever-changing city on the move where new hotels open all the time, the Delano is something special. It is a

By Larry Olmsted They say the rich are different from everyone else, but that’s not completely true. They have hobbies, enjoy vacations, and are passionate about many different things, from conservation to golf to food, just like other people. The difference is that they do it at a much different

By Larry Olmsted Colorado’s ski season is off to a tremendous start, Utah is catching up and Tahoe is finally shaking off the snow shortage of the past two seasons and returning to its normal deep, white conditions. Early pre-Christmas snow across New England helped kick off the winter in

  By Larry Olmsted American skiers and snowboarders are blessed with a wealth of great choices when it comes to planning a winter vacation, and there are plenty of excellent options – but Colorado’s Breckenridge should be near the top of any short list of finalists. Continue reading …  

By Larry Olmsted In this week’s holiday gift guide, I tackle two of my favorite sports, skiing and snowboarding. My picks range from high performance to comfort, at every price point. Unlike many magazine gift round-ups, I have either bought or tested a manufacturer sample, and personally tried and approved each product

By Larry Olmsted There are a lot of good reasons why someone might visit the Kingdom of Bhutan – but now there are more than ever. The only Buddhist nation on earth, Bhutan famously measures its success not with gross domestic product, like most countries, but rather with gross national

  By Larry Olmsted Las Vegas loves its Happy Hours, and few cities have a bigger selection. Walk around town and it seems like ever bar and restaurant, from dives to pubs to upscale celebrity-chef haunts boasts specials, usually from 3-5PM weekdays. But the best Happy Hour in Vegas isn’t