Steve Friess is an award winning Las Vegas-based journalist that regularly writes for the New York Times, USA Today and other national publications... You probably know him as the co-host of one of my favorite podcasts, The Strip. Steve's a great guy and Vegas is lucky to have him.
His new Las Vegas guidebook, 'Gay Vegas' covers Sin City with an emphasis on gay and lesbian travelers, though the tips in here are applicable to anyone visiting Southern Nevada.
Keep reading after the jump for my take on the book and if you want to pick up a copy, this Amazon link is a way to say thanks to us as well:
I had known that Steve was working on this book for some time and was excited when it showed up in my mailbox. I read a lot of these guidebooks and to be honest, I find most of them very underwhelming. If you're looking for my one sentence executive summary here it is: this is a great Vegas guidebook, not just for gay and lesbian travelers but for anyone looking for solid vacation advice.
Along with a break down of solid choices for hotels, restaurants and nightlife, there are brief interviews with notable gay and lesbian Las Vegans such as Roger Thomas, Joey Arias and more.
As part of the services I provide to users of my Web site, RateVegas.com, we have a reader 'Q&A' section where folks can submit travel questions and I will answer them. From time to time I get questions about gay nightlife or other similar tips - 'Gay Vegas' is now going on the shelf as my standard reference for these questions and since reading it, I've got a lot more to share with people asking these questions - it's great!
If you're looking for a guidebook, gay or otherwise, pick this one up. It's a great addition to your collection.