This was originally published on LinkedIn on March 29, 2017.
In my pre-conference, Outsider’s Guide to Adobe Summit, I mentioned a few things to do to get outta the Venetian and Palazzo. Did ya’ll get out?
If you did, then awesome! And if you didn’t there’s always next year, right?
So here are a few of my favorite excursions from this year…
Where’s the beef?
I continue to like Container Park down on Fremont. It’s just a great urban shopping and concept. I stopped by JoJo’s Jerky…excellent range of beef and brisket jerky in a few dozen spiced varieties and some good spice rubs. The praying mantis outside the Park still ranks as one of the coolest urban sculptures I’ve seen.
That’s what I’m calling PublicUs. Located out on Fremont Street about 6 blocks past Container Park, past the empty lots and abandoned motels, and past the tattoo parlor. The café is truly an oasis and a place where all is good…drinks, food, people, Wi-Fi. Coming in for an iced coffee the counter person suggested I take a look at their coffee drinks. It was a good move and it resulted in my discovery of the joys of an Espresso Old Fashioned: 2 shots of espresso poured over an ice ball and finished with bitters and orange zest.
I was walking back from PublicUs when I heard Ramones blasting from Atomic Liquors and thought I’ve got to make sure I come back. I did and it didn’t disappoint. Great music mix, good selection of local microbrews, bartenders who know what they’re doing and what I like the best…set up with benches for drinking outside biergarten style.
I love going downtown at night for the old neon signs and neon art, but there’s a lot of very cool building murals and free standing installations that are best viewed during the day…mostly along Fremont Street. It’s worth the effort and then there’s PublicUs at the end of the walk.
Only able to get out for the afternoon but worth the 35 minute drive from the Strip. Red Rock is so serene, colors are beautiful and as challenging a hike or climb as you want to make it. There are days’ worth of terrain to explore – it’s really worth coming out to Summit a day early or staying a day later to make sure that you get yourself out there. It’s a good antidote to the Summit and LAS intensity.