Beat the Heat this Summer with Flight Lesson + Lunch Packages to Santa Monica, Big Bear Lake and Flagstaff

Beat the Heat this Summer with Flight Lesson + Lunch Packages to Santa Monica, Big Bear Lake and Flagstaff


All In Aviation Offers “Destination Training” Day-Trips to Popular Regional Locales


Video of All In Aviation conducting a “Destination Training” flight lesson over Sedona, Ariz.

 All In Aviation, a full-service aviation company specializing in Cirrus Aircraft flight training, aircraft rental and sales, invites Las Vegans to Beat the Heat this summer with new “Fly + Lunch” flight lesson packages to Santa Monica, California; Big Bear Lake, California, or Flagstaff, Arizona. Recognized throughout the national aviation community as a top flight school, All In Aviation specializes in “Destination Training,” where student pilots from across the U.S. learn to fly in the most sophisticated aircraft on the market over scenic locations like the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Red Rock, Zion and Sedona.

The perfect high-end adventure, All In Aviation’s summer packages include the following highlights. Final price depends on total hours, aircraft model and activities. (Lessons require a two-hour instructor minimum, instructor is paid hourly and aircraft is billed for time of use). Reservations and purchases can be made by calling 702-ALL-IN22 (702-255-4622) or visiting


Soar to Santa Monica
Starting at $1,500
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to the beautiful beachside city of Santa Monica, California
• Stop for lunch at the destination

Find Yourself in Flagstaff
Starting at $1,500
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to Northern Arizona’s cultural mountain resort town, Flagstaff
• Stop for lunch at the destination

Beat the Heat in Big Bear
Starting at $1,200
• Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22
• Bring 2-3 guests (weight restricted)
• Fly to Southern California’s alpine getaway, Big Bear Lake
• Stop for lunch at the destination


A student pilot conducts a “Destination Training” flight lesson with All In Aviation over Lake Mead.

Dedicated to growing and developing more pilots, All In Aviation offers the only Cirrus Aircraft flight training program in Southern Nevada, where most pilots are certified after completing 60-70 hours of training. Open to anyone, pilot training is conducted in the air, in a classroom setting, and in All In Aviation’s full-motion Cirrus Aircraft simulator — one of only two in existence.

About All In Aviation:
The only Cirrus Aircraft training partner in Southern Nevada, All In Aviation is a full-service aviation company offering flight training, pilot certifications, and aircraft rental, sales, management & storage. Along with Cirrus maintenance partner Lone Mountain Aviation, All In Aviation is in the engineering phase of its plans to build a 24-hangar facility at Henderson Executive Airport (HND). The first purpose-built, multi-use aviation facility of its kind at HND, the complex is set to break ground later this Spring.

Much more than a flight school, All In Aviation is a trusted partner for aviation training, from a student pilot’s very first flight through the most advanced pilot certifications. As a Cirrus Platinum Training Center, All In Aviation trains pilots in some of the safest and most sophisticated aircraft on the market. The best-selling aircraft in the world, Cirrus airplanes are equipped with glass panels, air conditioning, and whole airframe parachute systems. With an emphasis on quality customer care, All In Aviation’s flight instruction is led by highly experienced and professional certified flight instructors.

For additional information call 702-ALL-IN22 (702-255-4622) or visit Follow All In Aviation on social media at Facebook: @AllInAviation or Instagram at: @AllInAviation.

Shoulder-Season Values Available for Late-Summer, Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead, Lake Mohave


– With continued warm temperatures and off-season rates, late summer and early fall are great times to get outdoors at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
– “Secret Fall Specials” start at $500 off peak-season rates.
– Every Forever Resorts houseboat comes with private staterooms, spacious living area, outdoor grill and fully equipped kitchen.

 With pleasant temperatures and lots of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, late summer and fall present an exceptional occasion to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through Oct. 27, 2017.

Guests who visit that link are directed to call (800) 255-5561 to find out the magnitude of their savings. The specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat selected and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and go higher from there.

Houseboating provides an extraordinary way to spend time in the outdoors. Completely climate controlled, houseboats become lake visitors’ comfortable floating home, while affording immersive access to everything the outdoors offers. Guests enjoy private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

“It’s really the best of both worlds—the weather is arguably at its best on these lakes in the fall, and the peak summer travel season is finished so prices drop,” says Rod Taylor, vice president, Forever Resorts. “Vacationers who have the flexibility to travel this time of year are really in for a treat!”

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to or, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Maverick Helicopters and Pink Jeep Tours Launch Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience, Above, Below & Beyond Tour






Maverick Helicopters and Pink Jeep Tours Launch Ultimate
Grand Vanyon Experience, Above, Below & Beyond Tour
The one-of-a-kind excursion offers breathtaking ground and aerial views of the Grand Canyon West Rim



Award-winning helicopter operator, Maverick Helicopters, has partnered with leading off-road adventure company, Pink Jeep Tours, to offer a one-of-a-kind Grand Canyon sightseeing and aerial experience. Above, Below & Beyond Tour features highly-trained adventure guides and breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon West Rim from 3,500 feet below the rim, at the rim itself and aboard Maverick Helicopters’ state-of-the-art aircraft.


We are proud to partner with Pink Jeep Tours to offer this unique, up-close-and-personal adventure,” said Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Helicopters. “The Grand Canyon is one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world and is a must-see when visiting Las Vegas.”


The 10 to 11-hour excursion takes guests to the Grand Canyon West Rim on a personally guided and narrated excursion in Pink Jeep Tour’s iconic four-by-four Tour Trekker. Along the way, adventurers experience unsurpassed views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree Forest. After arriving at the canyon, passengers will board Maverick Helicopters’ luxurious ECO-Star aircraft and descend 3,500 feet to a private landing site on Hualapai Indian Territory, 300 feet above the Colorado River.

“We are thrilled to introduce an innovative package with Maverick Helicopters that offers the ultimate Grand Canyon experience,” said Billy Johnson, president of Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas. “Our professional guides paired with an intimate helicopter landing at the bottom of the canyon provides the perfect family-friendly and fun excursion.”


After the helicopter experience, guests have the opportunity to visit the Native American cultural exhibits of the Hualapai Nation and stop for photos at the Hoover Dam before heading back to Las Vegas. The adventure also includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, a barbecue lunch and unlimited bottled water.


Above, Below and Beyond Tour begins at $444 per person. For more information on Pink Jeep Tours or to book a reservation, please visit For more information on Maverick Helicopters, please visit or call 702.405.4300.


About Maverick Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, flies more than 200,000 guests annually out of four locations: Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West Rim and Maui, Hawaii. The company operates the largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star helicopters with nearly 50 aircraft and holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world. Maverick Helicopters employs the industry’s top pilots and has received numerous accolades including the Federal Aviation Administration’s Award of Excellence “Diamond Award” 2011-2016; Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s “Best Air Tour Company” 2010-2017; TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame 2011-2016; Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Tour” in 2014 and 2016; and many more. In 2016, Maverick Helicopters celebrated 20 years of operation as one of the world’s leading tourism companies.


Follow Maverick Helicopters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and updates.


About Pink Adventure Group

Founded in 1960 and based in Sedona, Arizona, Pink Adventure Group provides unique, unforgettable tour experiences in Sedona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. With multiple awards and accolades, including “Voted Best” in Las Vegas for six years running, millions of visitors from around the world have discovered the Southwest’s don’t-miss thing to do. With a fleet of over 150 cutting edge vehicles, it remains the only tour company with guide trainers certified by the National Association for Interpretation, and the only tour company to use the Smith System® of Driving by all guides.


Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures Launches All-American Experiences for Adrenaline Seekers



-Custom tour packages can include any combination of:
– Exclusive ATV, Razor and Jeep tours to the Colorado Riverbunkers to choose from
– Outdoor, military-style shooting range—gun options range from handguns to the Barrett .50 Cal—with six custom

– Rides in the World’s Longest Monster Truckburger and fresh-cut fries serviced in the Last Stop Burger Bar
– Lunch featuring World-Famous All-American Hamburger—a classic, handmade, half-poundAngus beef all-American  burger and fresh-cut fries serviced in the Last Stop
 Burger Bar


Las Vegas visitors have a new all-encompassing way to make the most of the exhilarating outdoor recreational experiences the desert Southwest offers—Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures (LVOA). This new adventure-tour company offers convenient access to a variety of all-American outdoor experiences, with activities suitable for all ages and areas of interest.

What started as a quick stop restaurant and gas station on U.S. 93 just outside of Boulder City, Nevada—the route that takes travelers from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon—has grown into a hub for exhilarating adventures. Options include ATV, Razor and Jeep tours to the Colorado River—the only tour through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area of its kind; an outdoor, military-style shooting range and thrill-inducing rides in a monster truck that holds the Guinness World Record for its truly monstrous length.

With numerous packages available, LVOA tours include roundtrip transportation to and from most hotels in Las Vegas, a visit to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for a breathtaking view of Hoover Dam, as well as a stick-to-your-ribs meal in the Last Stop Burger Bar featuring the World Famous All-American Hamburger—8-ounces of Angus beef, accompanied by fresh-cut fries and soda.

Visitors can opt for single-activity tours or one that includes multiple experiences all in one day. For birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties and corporate groups, LVOA offers a variety of group-friendly adrenaline activities, which can be capped off with an open bar package at the Last Stop Burger Bar. Outdoors-loving couples even opt to get married on an LVOA tour, and have their nuptials take place on a scenic bluff overlooking the beautiful Colorado River.

Highlights of LVOA activities include:

Exclusive Trail to the Colorado River: LVOA offers the only chance to take a guided scenic motorized tour on the El Dorado Jeep Trail inside the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Options include ATVs, Polaris Razor 1000, dune buggies, Viking all-terrain vehicles and jeeps. Enjoy the 22-mile guided, roundtrip trail ride through rugged desert scenery, which includes a chance to cool off with a splash in the majestic Colorado River. Tours include helmets, gloves, goggles, lunch and bottled water.

Outdoor Shooting Range: Set outdoors in the expansive Mojave Desert, LVOA’s private range offers a unique “Desert Storm” atmosphere and six military-style bunkers. Guests can shoot automatic machine guns and other specialty weapons, including the Barrett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle, and the largest machine gun in the world: the Browning BMG .50 Cal (“The Deuce”). Now available as an upgrade to any package, the much sought-after Tannerite exploding targets. LVOA’s Range Safety Officers—certified former-military firearms instructors provide guidance for each shooting experience.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours: Enjoy a luxurious flight to the Grand Canyon aboard a VIP sightseeing helicopter, outfitted with forward-facing seats and 180 degrees of unrestricted panoramic views. Soar over Hoover Dam, the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and Black Canyon before descending below the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon. Passengers will be dazzled by the canyon’s monumental, multicolored geologic formations carved over millions of years by the Colorado River. Bus tours to the Grand Canyon are also available.

“Ride and Rifles” Harley-Davidson, Shooting Package: This package combines a shooting experience at Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures’ outdoor shooting range. Passengers are picked up from their Strip hotels and transferred to the Harley-Davidson store just minutes away. From there, they ride over the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and pause for the spectacular photo op of Hoover Dam. They continue onto the shooting range, just past Boulder City, Nevada, for their shooting experience before embarking on a self-guided tour of the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon or any other destination they desire.

“Monster Truck Mayhem”: Add a heart-stopping, shriek-inducing ride-along in the “Sin City Hustler,” which holds the Guinness World Record-winning entry for world’s longest monster truck—measuring 9.8 meters—to any adventure.

All activities may be combined with one another to create an unforgettable adventure itinerary. In addition, LVOA offers the chance to add on even more adrenaline to the agenda by combining a shooting experience or guided ATV ride with an American muscle car for 24 hours, a skydiving experience or a ride on a zipline.

New packages and activities will be announced later this spring.

Click here more information about Las Vegas Outdoor Adventures, visit, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or Instagram or call (702) 825-1411.

A Dozen Digital Detox Destinations for Post-Election Escape

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-Head to Chisos Mountains Lodge in spectacular Big Bend National Park—it’s one of
“Eight Great American Winter Road Trip” destinations.

-Delve into a stunning slot canyon on a Forever Adventure Hummer Tour in Kanab,

-Relax on a 12-mile smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River with Black
Canyon Adventures.

-Escape on tranquil Lake Powell, Lake Mead or Lake Mohave for a Forever Resorts
houseboat getaway.

-Explore Yellowstone National Park on an exhilarating winter snowmobile tour.
-Head to remote Isle Royale on Lake Superior, America’s least-visited national
park…and many more.


Come Nov. 9, no matter the outcome, millions of Americans will let out a long exhale, comforted by the knowledge that at least two years separate them from another Presidential campaign season. It’s a perfect time to go someplace wild and remote, where Wi-Fi and cellular coverage is limited-to-nil—but no one really minds. After all, these are destinations where plenty of revitalizing scenery and cleansing outdoor recreation ventures beckon. Forever Resorts, a National Park Service concessioner operating resorts, attractions and tours in majestic park lands around the United States, offers plenty of reasons to put the devices down at these 12 idyllic locales:

  • Black Canyon River Adventures – All-day smooth-water float trip down the Colorado River, departing from the base of Hoover Dam. Striking grottos, hot springs, wildlife, majestic rock formations and historic narrative from river guides make this a memorable tour. Open year-round.
  • Callville Bay Resort and Marina, Lake Mead – Escape the Strip for a day aboard a party pontoon boat and bring along a ski boat for some wakeboarding fun on the side. Houseboats also available for 2-day rentals and longer. Open year-round.
  • Cedar Pass Lodge, Badlands National Park – Enjoy unobstructed views of the Badlands’ sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires from in this historic lodge, as well as hiking, wildlife viewing, fossil hunts and stargazing in the park. Open mid-April to mid-October.
  • Chisos Mountains Lodge, Big Bend National Park – The only lodge in Big Bend National Park, offering extraordinary landscapes and varied hiking opportunities. Big Bend was recently named one of “Eight Great American Winter Roadtrips” by US News & World Report. Open year-round.
  • Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, Lake Mohave – Houseboats, kayaks, power boats and superb fishing on crystal-clear waters. Open year-round.
  • Forever Adventure Tours, Kanab, Utah – Hummer tours of area natural landmarks, including Peekaboo Slot Canyon, the Grand Staircase, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and scenic Kanab Overlook. Open year-round.
  • Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim – The only lodging inside Grand Canyon’s North Rim is perched right on the rim affording dazzling views from terrace seating overlooking the canyon. Also offers access to the iconic park’s hiking, mule rides, ranger interpretive programs and junior ranger programs. Open mid-May to mid-October.
  • Lake Powell Houseboating – Explore this lake via houseboat, powerboat or kayak and investigate its stunning slot canyons on foot. Otherworldly red rock landscapes surrounding the lake make this a true desert gem. Open year-round.
  • Mad River Boat Trips, Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Shoot the rapids on the wild and scenic Snake River on Class II and III rapids or take a scenic float trip a via guide-powered raft. Raft trips may be combined with ATV tours, horseback riding and wildlife-viewing tours of nearby Grand Teton National Park. Open late May through mid-September. 
  • Rock Harbor Lodge, Isle Royale National Park – On the shores of Lake Superior, accessible only by boat or seaplane. See historic lighthouses, tour an ancient copper mine, witness dazzling displays of northern lights and venture out on the lake via canoe, kayak or motor boat. Open early June through the end of August.
  • Scenic Safaris, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks – take a snowmobile or cozy snow coach tour in the winter, or enjoy fly fishing, ATV rides and wildlife tours in the summer. Open year-round.
  • Temple Bar Marina, Lake Mead – The “hidden gem” of Lake Mead rents lakeside rustic fishing cabins and offers tranquility unmatched by other areas of the lake. Open year-round.

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to or, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ForeverResorts.

Grand Canyon Helicopters Celebrates the Launch of Hoover Dam Tours

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From R to L: John Becker, Grand Canyon Helicopters; Jill Rowland-Lagan, Boulder City
Chamber of Commerce; Geoff Edlund, Grand Canyon Helicopters; Councilwoman Peggy
Leavitt and Irit Langness, Grand Canyon Helicopters (Photo credit: Isaac Brekken)


Grand Canyon Helicopters recently announced the launch of its brand-new Hoover Dam-area tours, as well as the opening of the company’s seventh heliport located next to the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino.

To mark this momentous occasion and celebrate the expansion of the company and its offerings, on Sept. 8, the company welcome an international delegation of more than 100 tourism-industry VIPs and media. With nearly 80 percent of its customer base being international visitors, Papillon invited the delegation to be the first to celebrate this milestone. Furthermore, due to the size of the expected number of attendees, the celebration took place at their Aerocenter.

The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the terminal that marked the launch of the new Hoover Dam tours. Representatives from the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance, along with Councilwoman Peggy Leavitt.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the international delegation departed on helicopter tours to experience the new Hoover Dam tours. With these tours, Grand Canyon Helicopters makes it easier than ever for guests to have an unforgettable “flightseeing” experience of the world-famous Hoover Dam at an exceptional value. With the new heliport, Grand Canyon Helicopters now flies guests closer to the dam than any other tour operator and offers breathtaking views of not only the dam, but also Lake Mead and the rugged, volcanic terrain of Black Canyon.

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Click here for descriptions of the new tours. Flights can be booked the same day either by making the reservation in person at the Hoover Dam heliport or online at Flights begin as early as 9 a.m. and continue until sunset.

Founded in 1965, Papillon Group (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company with more than 600,000 passengers served annually on 78 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family-owned and operated, its brands include Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines and Grand Canyon Coaches. Papillon is the only company that flies the entire length of the Grand Canyon, with bases in Las Vegas; Boulder City; Hoover Dam; Grand Canyon West; Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona.

Exclusive Scenic and Savory Gourmet Houseboat Weekend Near Las Vegas


Culinary Immersion Weekend Includes Gourmet Meals Prepared by
Las Vegas Chefs Mark Purdy and Tammy Alana

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 In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Forever Resorts is introducing the newest iteration of the popular “glamping” phenomenon with its Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion, to be held on Lake Mead April 29 through May 1, 2016.

This exclusive, intimate experience pairs houseboating on Lake Mead’s picturesque blue waters surrounded by varicolored desert landscapes with an immersive culinary weekend presented by two of Las Vegas’ most talented chefs. Guests will be able not only to partake in boating activities, fishing, hiking and plenty of relaxation, but also indulge in the masterful epicurean experiences presented by acclaimed Chef Mark Purdy and Pastry Chef Tammy Alana from Las Vegas’ iconic restaurant, Alizé at the Top of Palms Casino Resort.

Highlights of the weekend’s epicurean itinerary include:

  • Welcome reception served upon check-in at the marina, including charcuterie, cheeses, whole fruit and crackers accompanied by beer and wine.
  • Hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, with meet-and-greet with the chefs, aboard the top-deck both nights.
  • Beachside clam bake with clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, sausages, potatoes and corn accompanied by artisan mustards and homemade desserts.
  • Breakfasts with fresh basked biscuits and muffins, fresh fruit, omelets made-to-order, Kona coffee with grappa, Bloody Marys and mimosas.
  • Cooking demonstration and lesson: on Saturday afternoon, learn to prepare stuffed poussin and veal Wellington, both of which will be served on that night’s gala dinner tasting menu. This lavish event will begin with a customary amuse bouche and also include green salad with cucumber torchon and truffle vinaigrette, chilled foie gras terrine, Dover sole Veronique and dessert. Each tasting course will feature a wine pairing and after-dinner drinks will conclude the meal.

The trip includes a two-night, three-day stay aboard one of Forever Resorts’ 70-foot houseboats, departing from Callville Bay Resort and Marina. Houseboats will come equipped with private staterooms, two bathrooms, full kitchens, spacious living areas, satellite television and rooftop sundecks with hot tubs. All meals, snacks and beverages will be expertly prepared by Chefs Purdy and Alana, who will also conduct cooking lessons for participants. In a departure from the typical DIY-style houseboating experience, the Scenic and Savory Excursion includes all meal preparation and clean-up, as well as the marina crew to pilot the boat and tie it down securely so guests can simply kick back and relax.

“We can’t think of a better place to prepare and enjoy our cuisine than while surrounded by the beautiful surroundings the lake provides,” says Chef Purdy. “In fact, we’ve dreamt of creating a culinary adventure that pairs nature’s scenic beauty with amazing fare—and we can’t think of a better place to do so than Lake Mead, which is so conveniently located to Las Vegas. And there’s certainly no better reason to celebrate than our National Park Service’s 100th birthday!”

Limited to just 12 participants, the Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion is priced at $4,110 per person based on double occupancy, all taxes, gratuities and fuel included. To secure the experience as a private event, the cost for up to 12 participants is $42,240. Power boats and personal watercraft are available for rental at an additional charge.

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About Chef Mark Purdy
Chef Mark Purdy began his professional culinary career after graduating from Skidmore College in upstate New York. In 1996, he landed a job as an appetizer cook at the famed Aureole under celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer, where he was exposed to true haute cuisine and world-class service standards. In 1998, Palmer invited him to be the opening executive sous chef at the new Aureole at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Chef Purdy worked tirelessly at the striking $11 million, 375-seat restaurant, which received international acclaim for its cuisine, wine list and dramatic architectural design. Demonstrating a commitment and skill level beyond his years, Palmer then hired Chef Purdy to serve as chef de cuisine at his new Dry Creek Kitchen in the Sonoma wine country. Dry Creek Kitchen was an instant success and he was named Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle. Anxious to return to Las Vegas, Chef Purdy was recruited to be chef de cuisine for Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort, where he says, “I’ve never been so happy in my professional life…not even close.”

About Chef Tammy Alana
After completing pastry school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California, Chef Tammy Alana began her career at the Bellagio Resort & Casino. Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to the Maccioni family of Le Cirque and Circo, who sought a pastor chef to open their new “off-Strip” venture in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Trē. The Maccioni family introduced Alana to Andre Rochat, who was looking for a talented pastry chef to take the helm of pastry creation at Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort. Today, Alana oversees both Michelin star award-winning restaurant’s pastry departments at Alizé at the Top of The Palms and Andre’s at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. In 2005, Alizé was invited to the James Beard House where Alana prepared the intermezzo, desserts and petit fours to rave reviews.  Also in 2005, she was named as one of Las Vegas’ Rising Star Pastry Chefs by Star Chefs; in 2006, Alana was featured on an episode of “Sugar Rush” on the Food Network.

For more information about the Scenic and Savory houseboat experience, go to To make reservations, call for a personalized houseboat trip consultant at (702) 565-4813.

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to or, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Named after the gentle trade winds that sweep the French Caribbean Islands, Alizé at the Palms Casino Resort features world-class cuisine, service and wine list, boasting the most dramatic view of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Chef and Proprietor André Rochat of the respected and award winning Andre’s Restaurant, opened Alizé – the crown jewel of his culinary empire in 2001 on the top floor of the Palms Casino Resort. Alizé quickly became the talk of the town and has gained notoriety and accolades being named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top new restaurants in the world. Located inside the Palms Casino Resort at 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Alizé is open daily from 5:30 p.m. Find on Facebook, Twitter (@AlizeLV) and Instagram (@AlizeLV).

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines Now Exclusively Offers Airplane Flights, Tours to Bar 10 Ranch




Papillon Group’s Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is launching its newest adventure, flying guests from Las Vegas to Bar 10 Ranch at the Grand Canyon’s Northern rim. Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines will be the exclusive provider for roundtrip flights.

Known as the Grand Canyon North Air/Ground Tour, guests will be picked up in Las Vegas via complimentary shuttle service to bring them to the Boulder City Aerocenter. From there, guests will board an airplane, from which they will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River—the heart of the Grand Canyon. The airplane will land at the landing strip of Bar 10 Ranch where guests will experience a guided ground tour on a Polaris Ranger. Next, they will travel through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to reach an exclusive vantage point of Grand Canyon National Park. The tour concludes with a homemade Dutch oven barbecue lunch. The tour duration is approximately seven to eight hours, including round-trip hotel shuttle transportation. Self-guided ATV upgrades are also available for an additional $65 per person. Guests wishing to extend their excursion and stay at Bar 10 overnight will also enjoy horseback riding, dinner and evening entertainment. The day trip price per adult begins at $324 and $304 per child (ages 2 to 11). The overnight excursion price begins at $599 per person.

Keeping with the ambience of the ranch, accommodation options include a 2-person covered wagon or a 4-person bunk room. On the next day, breakfast will be served, followed by free time for various activities such as skeet shooting, beach volleyball and ping pong before returning to Las Vegas.

Bar 10 Ranch is world-renowned as the ideal beginning and ending point for river rafting adventures along the Colorado River. Owned by the Heaton family since the 1970s, staff at Bar 10 Ranch pride themselves on offering a personalized, warm experience for each and every guest. The late Tony Heaton and his wife, Ruby founded the ranch. Since then, their four sons and two daughters have been actively involved in cattle ranching and building upon and maintaining the ranch. Today, the Heaton family owns more than 10,000 acres of grazing rights on BLM and Arizona State lands.

Due to its remote location, the family added an airstrip to the property. This addition coincided with the time period when tourists began running the Colorado River in rubber rafts. In many cases, these tourists were exhausted after being on the river for up to seven days. The Heatons made their ranch a welcoming place, where river runners could go to recover, eat home-cooked meals and return to Las Vegas via airplane. Despite Bar 10 being a river rafting destination, it still remains a working cattle ranch today.

*The tour will be available through Nov. 20 and not available on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of November.


Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is the world’s largest and most experienced aerial tour operator. Founded in 1967, Scenic sets the industry standard for its fixed wing tours of Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Page, Ariz. The company carries approximately 300,000 passengers annually on sightseeing tours which offer narration in 16 languages. Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is owned by Papillon Group. For more information, go to or call (800) 634-6801.