You don’t have to travel far to get away from it all when you are in Las Vegas. You can choose from a mountain resort guaranteed to be cooler than the city, a romantic or family getaway at beautiful Lake Las Vegas, a stay in town with new “friends,” a visit to a state park to see history come to life at a real ranch where you can also enjoy a summer theater experience or you may decide to take a trip to Pahrump to see a working winery or Death Valley.

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Photo Credit: Resort on Mount Charleston

Mount Charleston
The Resort on Mount Charleston
2275 Kyle Canyon Road
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(888) 559-1888

Mount Charleston Resort is a retreat for many local Las Vegans looking for respite from the heat of summer or wanting to experience a bit of snow during the winter. It’s only 30 minutes from the Strip, but seems a lifetime away with its crisp, clean air and cooler temperatures. During the summer, there are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails, scenic routes, campsites and picnic venues. Those wishing to be pampered can stay at the resort and enjoy all the amenities, including views of the Spring Mountains. It truly is a getaway from the Las Vegas lifestyle.

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Photo Credit: Ravella Lake Las Vegas

Ravella Lake Las Vegas
Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa
1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 567-4700

Sometimes a family is looking to get away together or perhaps a couple wants to get away for a little romance. Whatever the case, Ravella Lake can satisfy any needs. The couples spa package includes “resort accommodations, chocolate covered strawberries and a glass of champagne in the Spa, a private treatment spa suite for two and even complimentary access to a fitness center.” Locals get 20 percent off all full price services with a valid local ID. This is available seven days a week. If you choose to bring the kids along for a summer at the Lake visit between May 27 and August 29, you will receive deluxe king or double/double accommodations, including an American breakfast in Medici for two adults and two children and a $25-per-day resort credit for food and beverage or spa services. Other specials are offered seasonally.


Photo Credit: Spring Mountain Ranch

Spring Mountain State Park
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 862-3154

Spring Mountain State Park, a historic ranch 30 miles from Las Vegas, is a bit of Nevada history preserved from the times of the Mormon settlers. Howard Hughes is a former owner, and the park is the site of summer outdoor theater and concerts. May through September features Super Summer Theater cultural events. The day-only park also features living history programs giving a realistic view of what life may have been like on the ranch, where you are free to take a self-guided tour. Included is costumed role-playing, demonstrations and historic reenactments. Shaded picnic areas are provided with grills and restrooms. After a rustic day in the wilderness, unwind in luxury in the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa just 12 miles from the park.


Photo Credit: Saddle West Hotel

Saddle West Hotel, Casino and RV Park
1220 S. Highway 160
Pahrump, NV 89048
(800) 433-3987

Make Pahrump your base camp to adventure. Stay and play in the center of it all and take a day trip to many popular destinations such as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The website states, “Being the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert, this refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth and the highest concentration of endemic species in the United States.” You can visit a winery and especially take advantage of the close proximity to Death Valley. You can go geocaching, take off on road trails and even enjoy a few games of bowling and a concert or two. Death Valley is a natural when you visit Pahrump. The hottest place on earth has an unearthly beauty with outstanding sunrises, mountain vistas and a breathtaking contrast from green hills to craggy peaks. October through May are prime times to visit since the days are milder, but the park is open year-round. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a full cooler of cold drinks as you visit Badwater Basin’s salt formations (the lowest point in the western hemisphere), Dante’s View (a dramatic camera stop), the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and Scotty’s Castle (an elegant Spanish-style mansion in the middle of the desert). After a day in the hot sun, cool off at the Saddle West Hotel near Pahrump.


Photo Credit: FeatherDanse Bed and Breakfast

FeatherDanse Bed and Breakfast
6384 Tanager Way
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 581-2129

There are charming, affordable and pleasant alternatives to staying on the Strip or spending oodles of money at the casinos. FeatherDanse has received rave reviews, with words like clean, delicious meals, comfortable and “just like home” coming up over and over again. Because of Las Vegas legalities, this is an establishment for “friends to stay with friends” with all amenities included, so become a friend today and enjoy a romantic weekend away with all the comforts of home and a most excellent breakfast experience. Ages 21+ only, please.

Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at