LAS VEGAS DAY
3: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston
Located in the master-planned community of Summerlin, JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort is about 20 minutes northwest of the Strip. The exquisite 545-room hotel offers guests a stylish resort setting, complete with Mediterranean architecture and glorious views of the mountains. Have breakfast in the lovely Ceres or on its patio overlooking lush gardens, waterfalls and fountains, followed by 18 holes of world-class golf or a session in the resort's state-of-the art spa.
The resort's J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub is always a lively place to while away the afternoon or evening. For dinner, certified master chef Gustav Mauler's award-winning Italian eatery, Spiedini, is revered by locals and visitors, though others may enjoy the showmanship of interactive and entertaining teppanyaki chefs at Shizen.
Among other choices is a visit to the trendy Tivoli Village, where nearly a dozen restaurants, such as Sam Marvin's Echo & Rig and Angelo Sosa's Poppy Den Asian Bistro await for a lunch or dinner.
For adventurers looking for a complete change of environment, get away from it all with a visit to Mount Charleston, 36 miles away, where the temperature is 35 to 40 degrees lower than on the desert floor. Perched at 7,700 feet in the Toiyabe National Forest's Spring Mountain Recreation Area, Mount Charleston Lodge features hearty dining enhanced by a massive fireplace and picture windows with views of the mountain's towering pines. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, winter sleigh rides, snowboarding, skiing and sledding are among the exhilarating activities available on site.
Enjoy your vacation in and around Las Vegas, allowing some time for the casinos' games of chance, and plan to come back soon. You'll always find something new, adding to the attractions and adventures that have stood the test of time.
Charlette Krane & Bob Barnes
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