Q & A with Nicole Lucht
Why/when did you move here?
I've been here since 2001 when I decided to give up flying and study journalism at UNLV. My plan was to become a travel writer and see the world. I quickly learned there's plenty to write about in Las Vegas.
When did you start at VEGAS.com, and what does your job entail?
I'm the new kid on the block, having been with Vegas.com since July 2013. Besides writing reviews for all the shows in town, I get the mundane task of attending shows and interviewing performers. Tough gig, I know.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel and have been to four continents so far. I plan on making it to all seven before my time is up on this planet. Antarctica is the ultimate prize, but I really only want to spend about 30 minutes there before heading back to warmer climes. Other hobbies include hiking, gardening, camping, scuba diving and baking.
Give us a random fact about yourself
I rescue rock doves. Those who can't be released because of broken wings or some other injury live in an aviary in my backyard. They are such sweet creatures and really misunderstood. It's probably the only thing I have in common with legendary boxer Mike Tyson, besides a slight gap between my front teeth.
Give us your top insider tips about Vegas
- If you get cold easily, bring a light sweater to the theater. It might be hot outside, but showrooms can get chilly.
- Productions on the Strip tend to start on time and last about 90 minutes. So don't be late.
- Even though food is allowed in the theater, please, please, please don't munch on popcorn or other loud, distracting foods during a production that cost big bucks to see. Your fellow audience members thank you.
- If you plan on getting dinner before attending a show, let your server know when you order. They will get you fed and out of there in time for the show.
- Although it's not required, dressing up for a production on the Strip is fun and will make you feel like you're back in classic Vegas. Plus, I feel like you get better service.
- When I have guests in town, I always take them to the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign south of the Las Vegas Strip so they can have a photo of themselves taken there. It's probably the best souvenir you can take home with you -- and it's free.
- For a night out, taking in a Vegas production, such as Cirque du Soleil or one of our celebrity headliners, is high on the list. If money is an issue, there are other shows that are also entertaining and don't cost quite as much.
- When it comes to gambling, my favorite table game is craps. It can be a little complicated to learn at first, but the dealers are usually helpful and once you know how to play, it can be a lot of fun. Poker is the fairest game out there, because it is based solely on chance and skill, and can be quite the thrill.