It’s Time to Register for Spousetivities at VMworld

You’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s here! Registration is open for Spousetivities at VMworld US 2017 in Las Vegas, and this year marks ten years of Spousetivities!

Since this is a big milestone for Spousetivites, I’ve taken extra care to organize some really great events this year. I also have a great set of sponsors partnering with Spousetivities to help keep the costs affordable for participants: VMware NSX, Veeam, TVP Strategy, ActualTech Media, Datrium, and rhipe. I can’t thank the sponsors enough for helping me bring these events to participants at affordable rates.

So what’s in store this year in Vegas? Here’s a quick overview:

Monday, August 28

We’ll kick off the week with our Welcome Breakfast. (Brought to you by VMware NSX) As usual, this will be a great time to get to know some other Spousetivities participants (it’s amazing to me how many friendships are forged at this event!) and have a chance to win some great prizes. I’m not going to tell you what we’re giving away, but I can point to what I’ve given away in the past: iPads, iPods, Apple Watches, VR headsets, fitness trackers…any of those might show up as a prize this year!

Following the breakfast we’ll have a fun scavenger hunt along the Las Vegas Strip. Don’t worry about the heat—a lot of it is inside and we’ll make use of the train! One thing I’m particularly excited about is the stop at the Minus 5 Ice Bar, including a specialty drink!

Tuesday, August 29

Tuesday I have two amazing events planned. First—and space is quite limited for this event—I’ve arranged for a great helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. This includes a landing on the floor of the Canyon! I can’t talk enough about this event, it should be quite amazing.

If that’s not your thing, no worries—how about a relaxing day in a cabana by the Mandalay Bay pool? (Brought to you by ActualTech Media!)

Wednesday, August 30

On Wednesday you have a couple different options:

  • You can zip line on Fremont Street or enjoy a visit to Madame Tussaud’s. Both events are followed by a food tour.
  • Alternately, enjoy a leisurely river cruise starting at the base of the Hoover Dam (including a tour of the legendary American icon). (Brought to you by Veeam)

All these events get back in plenty of time for the VMworld party!

Thursday, August 31

We’ll wrap up with the week with another cabana day at the Mandalay Bay pool (brought to you by Datrium) or a trip to Bonnie Springs for some horseback riding and a great lunch.

In addition to what I’ve outlined above, discounted spa services from the spa at the Four Seasons Hotel are available all week. Oh, and did I mention…this year there’ll be opportunities for prizes on every tour!

What a great lineup! Be sure to head over to the registration page to get more details on each event and to sign up. Keep in mind that space is limited on all these events (some more so than others!), so don’t wait too long to register or you might miss out.

Here’s hoping I see you in Vegas!


First Time Ever Spousetivities at AWS re:Invent!

Are you going to AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas? Well, there is certainly good news for you! This time, instead of leaving just after Thanksgiving and heading to another conference without the family, you can bring them along! That’s right, Spousetivities is coming to re:Invent 2016. What does that mean? Well, check out my about page for a little more information on what this is all about, then check out the activities lined up for anyone joining a conference attendee.

Registration is now open so check out what’s happening! Here’s an overview of the activities being offered:

  • Cooking with Chef Dell (Previous winner of Food Network’s “Chopped”)

  • Hoover Dam/Grand Canyon – because who doesn’t want to see this!?

  • Black Canyon Raft/Hoover Dam Charter

  • Vegas Food Tour hosted by Chef Dell

Wait, did I mention prizes? Oops, I might have forgotten that! Each day you are on a tour, you get a ticket in a drawing for a great prize. Some of the prizes given away at past events—and likely to find their way into this event—include Samsung tablets, Bose headphones, VR Headsets, GoPros, and iPad Minis. These of course, are in addition to the gift bag you receive if you are one of the first 30 to register. The gift bags include great goodies too—battery backups, water bottles, t-shirts, and more!

Sounds like something you’re interested in? You won’t want to delay as these activities often sell out very quickly so register today.

Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates leading up to the event as well as during the event. While you’re following me, go ahead and do the same for the sponsor making all of this possible: VMware NSX (@vmwarensx on Twitter and Facebook). Without their support, these activities would not be so affordable and actually wouldn’t even be possible. See you in Vegas!


Celebrity Chef, IBM Edge, and Spousetivities!

Are you thinking of bringing your spouse, partner, or significant other to IBM Edge?  Have they joined you before and Vegas was great once or twice but now they are done with the whole Vegas scene?  Well, here is a great way to get them excited about going back!  Spousetivities are available for them while you attend the conference.  Spousetivities you say?  Yes indeed!  Spousetivities offers fun day tours for conference attendee families each day of the event.  Some of the activities being offered during IBM Edge include a Hoover Dam tour, walking food tour that is a must do, Red Rocks tour, and a tour to a local ranch that includes a cooking session with a celebrity chef.  Did you hear that?  A celebrity chef!!! 

Chef Phillip Dell is not only premiering on Food Network’s “Chopped”, but he also has an amazing story to share with everyone.  He operates Sin City Chefs and his story is one of success over a battle with his weight.  As one might imagine, having a job that revolves around food, weight could be a constant area of difficulty.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Phillip, hear his story, and learn from this popular Las Vegas chef.

I look forward to seeing each of you there!   You can register here right now so you don’t miss this and all the great activities happening in just a few short weeks!  If you ever have questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me via my About Page.

See you in VEGAS!


Spousetivities at IBM Edge 2013!

I’m very excited to announce Spousetivities has expanded again to include another new conference this year: IBM EDGE 2013! That’s right, Spousetivities will be on hand in Las Vegas, NV during IBM EDGE 2013 to provide safe, enjoyable activities for spouses, domestic partners, significant others, and family members who might be traveling with conference attendees.

If you’re planning on attending IBM EDGE this year and haven’t considered bringing your spouse/partner/significant other, please reconsider! Likewise, if you’re the spouse/partner/significant other of a conference attendee and haven’t considered traveling to Las Vegas because you don’t want to sit in a hotel room bored all day, please reconsider!

You can visit the IBM EDGE 2013 Spousetivities registration page to sign up for any the activities we’ve planned that week.

Here’s a quick sneak peek at what I’ve arranged for you:

  • Monday, June 10: We’ll start the week with our ever-popular “Welcome Breakfast,” where you’ll not only get some great food, but also have the opportunity to meet other activity participants. Some great friendships have been forged at the Spousetivities Welcome Breakfast! We’ll also be having drawings for some great giveaways, so please plan on being there! Following the breakfast, we’ve arranged an awesome “Foodie Tour” of Vegas that is simply not to be missed.

  • Tuesday, June 11: On Tuesday we’ve arranged for a unique tour that combines not only the excitement of the Vegas Strip but also the intense natural beauty of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. Talk about opposites!

  • Wednesday, June 12: Wednesday’s activity is very unique. Spousetivities has arranged for a special barbecue cooking class with celebrity chef Chef Dell. While Chef Dell has a passion for barbecue, he has an even greater passion for helping others feel confident in the kitchen. You’ll enjoy a limo ride to the ranch, a cooking class with Chef Dell, and an enjoyable barbecue lunch at the rustic cowboy ranch house afterward.

  • Thursday, June 13: If you haven’t been the Grand Canyon’s West Rim, then this is the tour for you! You’ll enjoy private luxury coach transportation, breakfast, lunch on the Hualapai Indian Reservation at the West Rim, and breathtaking views of the United States’ most fabulous natural wonders.

  • Friday, June 14: The week’s activities wrap up on Friday with the opportunity to take a tour of Hoover Dam (including the dam’s inner workings!), followed by a relaxing deli lunch before an incredible cruise on the beautiful Desert Princess. Just what you need to unwind after a fun-filled week!

All these activities are in addition to discounts on spa services at THE Bathhouse at Mandalay Bay, such as massages, manicures, pedicures, and facials. Who could ask for more?

All of these activities do require registration, so be sure to visit the registration page to sign up for the activities in which you’d like to participate. And don’t delay, because space is limited—you won’t want to miss out!


Let’s do it Again!

Last year was fabulous, so let’s do it again this year! Spousetivities is coming to EMC World again in 2012. If you are going to EMC World, you won’t want to leave your family and or friends behind. If your spouse, partner, or significant other is going to EMC World, you simply won’t want to stay behind! There will be activities for everyone.

The spa was a huge hit last year so once again, Spousetivities participants will be able to enjoy Canyon Ranch Spa at discounted rates. There will also be a visit to do some wine tasting. And did I mention that you’ll be escorted to the wine tasting via limousine? If massages, manicures, wine, and limousines don’t get your interest, what about a day of horseback riding in Red Rock Canyon? These are the confirmed activities thus far, but check back often, because I hope to offer the traditional “Get to Know You” breakfast and possibly other activities as well.

All this sound like fun? Want to know how to register? Excellent! Registration is available here. Don’t wait, sign up today as some activities have very limited space.

See you in Las Vegas in May!

 


VMware PEX 2012

Can you say, “WOW!”? 2011 was an incredible year for Spousetivities (post about that coming soon), but 2012 looks to be even better. Spousetivities is kicking the year off in style with activities at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). As many of you know, PEX is being held in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and Resort. The official dates are February 13th – 16th. Most of you will pick up right away that those dates overlap Valentine’s Day. No worries, just take your sweetie with you! Spousetivities will be offered February 14th – 16th.

What’s on tap for this event, you ask? Since Vegas isn’t terribly hot in February, it is perfect for a horseback riding tour. We will also be strolling the Strip and enjoying a nice ride in a stretch limo to do some wine tasting. Prefer to be pampered this Valentine’s season? How about a day (or two) at the luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa? Spousetivities has secured discounted pricing for many of the spa services offered by Canyon Ranch. Remember, every service includes access to Aquavana to take relaxation to the extreme.

Are you interested yet? Is your spouse or significant other? Great! More details and registration information is offered here. Spaces are very limited so don’t delay. Spousetivities tends to fill up prior to the event and additional activities cannot always be added. I look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas in a few weeks. Cheers!

 


Thursday Departure Information

This is updated information so please read!

Hoover Dam/ Lake Mead Tour

If you are scheduled for the Hoover Dam – Lake Mead Tour Thursday morning, please note that the location for departure has changed! We will now meet in the guest registration area of the Venetian and board the bus in the limo area just outside guest registration. This should be very simple to find! If you have questions or cannot find us, call me. Arrive no later than 7:45 AM.

Thursday Cooking Class

If you are participating in the Thursday cooking class, please arrive in the Venetian Guest Registration area no later than 3:45 PM. The limo departs promptly at 4:00. Don’t forget to wear longer pants and closed shoes! This location is easy to find and you can ask anyone how to get to the registration area.

BOTH

This is the Venetian, not the Palazzo. Please make sure you are in the correct location and give yourself plenty of time to get there. I do not want to leave anyone behind, but the tours must depart on time. For questions or concerns, please contact me.


Wednesday Departure Information

This is updated information so please read!

Lake Mead Tour

If you are scheduled for the Lake Mead Cruise Wednesday morning, please note that the location for departure has changed! We will now meet in the guest registration area of the Venetian and board the bus in the limo area just outside guest registration. This should be very simple to find! If you have questions or cannot find us, call me. Arrive no later than 9:45 tomorrow morning.

Wednesday Cooking Class

If you are participating in the Wednesday cooking class, please arrive in the Venetian Guest Registration area no later than 3:45 PM. The limo departs promptly at 4:00. Don’t forget to wear longer pants and closed shoes! This location is easy to find and you can ask anyone how to get to the registration area.

BOTH

This is the Venetian, not the Palazzo. Please make sure you are in the correct location and give yourself plenty of time to get there. I do not want to leave anyone behind, but the tours must depart on time. For questions or concerns, please contact me.


Tour Departures

For all Spousetivities participants registered for bus tours, this post is for you. I sent an e-mail out over the weekend with detailed information and a map. The Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and Hoover Dam tours will depart from Ground Transportation at the Venetian Sands Expo Center. This is not the same as the taxi area, but rather the tour bus area. When you go to the Sands Expo Center, there will be escalators going down. Take that down and look for the ground transportation sign at the glass doors.

If you have any trouble, please ask for directions or call me. The tour departs promptly at 8:00 AM.


Spousetivities at VMworld Update #1

VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas is fast approaching, and so are the Spousetivities! I again want to thank our fantastic sponsors–Dell Tech Center, eGroup, EMC, HP, HyTrust, Train Signal, vBackup, VMUG, and The Virtualization Practice–for making these activities possible.

Here’s a quick update on availability for activities; keep in mind that registration closes on August 26, 2011 (only 10 days away!):

  • Only a couple of manicure/pedicure appointments are available; all other services are sold out
  • A few spots remain for the Wednesday and Thursday cooking classes with Chef Bev Lee
  • Only 7 spots left for the Hoover Dam/Lake Mead cruise
  • 13 spots are available on Wednesday’s Lake Mead cruise
  • Plenty of tickets still available for the breakfast on Monday
  • vHottie T-shirts are still available for those not attending the events

For those of you interested in the Grand Canyon tour, I will be adding 20 more spots in the next day or so, but the price goes up to $129.99 per person. I will also add spa services, but the price will increase to $120 per service. My sponsors have been great in helping to keep costs down, but sponsorship funds only go so far!

If you’re thinking of signing up, I highly recommend you go ahead and sign up now, before registration closes and/or before sponsorship funds run out and prices go up! Just a reminder: I will not be accepting activity registrations on-site.