I grew up traveling through Las Vegas on road trips and taking advantage of the copious buffets and fun sights and sounds of Fremont Street and the Strip. I thought I knew Vegas as a result, but it wasn't until I moved here that I discovered there's a whole other side of Vegas many people aren't aware even exists.
Especially if you live in Los Angeles and the only advertising and promotion you see about Vegas is about The Vegas Strip. It's easy to be fooled into thinking Vegas is only neon, bright lights and gambling if you don't poke around and get to know all the amazing resorts and activities located off-Strip too.
When I first moved here I was fortunate to be connected to a very informative, patient Real Estate agent who spent hours driving my mother and myself around introducing us to the various areas and types of Vegas neighborhoods available to live in. Her name is Ann Diab and she's with Prudential Americana Group. Her number is available upon request.:)Once she drove us near Boca Park, Summerlin and Tivoli Village I kinda felt like I had found my neighborhood. Lots of cafes, shops and great hiking nearby. So, here's three reasons why I think it's great to stay off Strip in no particular order.
1.) You can still experience the casino/resorts Vegas are known for, but according to what you want to do while visiting Vegas. Perhaps it's attending a conference, shopping, or relaxing. Well, the Strip isn't the only place to find this.
There are numerous resort casinos nearby which are upscale and unique to Vegas like the Resort at Summerlin which also features the attached Rampart Casino. They are known for golfing, conferences, destination weddings and relaxation based on the gorgeous spa I saw when I recently visited.
Here's some pix to give you an idea of what this hidden gem offers because I bet you didn't even know it exists! I know I didn't until I moved right down the street!
Here is their outdoor spa pools with private lounging pods. Isn't this relaxing? I could fall asleep here! This outdoor hydrotherapy circuit pool includes a co-ed whirlpool, steam and sauna. There's lots of other amenities in this amazing spa which you can learn about here in case you're looking for an escape from the Strip or your daily grind in general.
But if golf is more your more thing, then you'll love the TPC Las Vegas Course: 18 holes, 7,081 yards. Par for course: 71 Designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd. Golf's not my thing, but I know many love it so click here for more info if I'm talking about you.:)
2.) And then, there's always the fact Vegas is known for destination weddings too! When I first arrived I was dining at The Palms for lunch and met a guy visiting from Canada who was there for a friend's wedding, along with over 100 guests who had flown in from all over to participate.
And who can forget the quickie Britney Spears wedding at one of the wedding chapels a few years back? She's coming to Vegas for New Year's Eve by the way...
But I digress.
If you're looking to create a wonderful wedding escape where your friends will actuallly want to fly out to celebrate with you, but you don't want to lose them to the Strip, why not consider hosting your wedding off-Strip too?
Again, the Resort at Summerlin is known for weddings and is close enough to the Strip to allow your more raucous guests to run down to the Strip to burn off steam or throw a bachelor or bachelorette party for you because it's literally only 20 minutes away, but then you'll be sure to keep everyone together when they're staying with you at this gorgeous Marriott resort.
3.) Nature. I recently took a walk around the entire property because I'm trying to visit every single casino while I'm here and was pleasantly surprised to see all the nature. You can see all my pix here, but here's a few to pique your interest too. Isn't this magical? Who knew Las Vegas has such a resort? I know I sure didn't until I moved here. That's what I'm enjoying about living here now. I'm finding all kinds of unique things to do and see that we never hear about living in LA.
4.) Hiking in nature. (Maybe this is still nature, but I don't care.:)
Did you know Vegas has an amazing hiking area too? One I've been dying to experience is called Red Rock Canyon. Isn't this stunning? I'm now surrounded by all these majestic mountain vistas and it's very grounding to look out and see them every morning.
Love the Strip, don't get me wrong, but after awhile walking on concrete surrounded by throngs of people (drunk and sober) kinda makes me feel claustrophobic and all I want to do is get away to nature to regroup.
Well, by staying off-Strip, you can do that too. Click here for more hiking and nature ideas because I know I've just begun to scratch the surface of everything that is fun to do around here.
5.) I know I said 3, but I can't stop.:) Amazing concerts and performers in Vegas.
That said, due to being only 20 minutes away from the Strip and the fact all the casinos offer free parking, if you rent a car or a taxi, you can take advantage of all the great concerts like I recently expereinced seeing Josh Groban and Judith Hill perform up close and personal. What a wonderful experience and fun time! Great light show, lots of variety of instruments and performance styles which made me remember why I fell in love with Josh's music so long ago. Then, to see my favorite Voice contestant live because I'd been a huge fan of Judith Hill's performances even back then, it just tipped over the whole concert for me.:)
There's constantly amazing talent coming through Vegas, but what I also admire and enjoy is the fact many artists have residency's and play on a regular basis here as well. The locally based talent also believe in giving back to their community and supporting local businesses like I recently experienced at the shopping center across the street from where I live.
I was pleasantly suprised to find Taylor Hicks, a Season Five American Idol winner, and Elvis performing a few weekends ago. Who needs to run down to the Strip when talent comes to you?:)
6.) Shopping too! There are lots of great stores you can enjoy by visiting Tivoli Village, another off-Strip shopping and destination too.
This is another secret of those of us who live off-Strip which boasts the renowned David Barton Gym, beautiful Leone Cafe and lots of cute clothing stores and restaurants. Rumor has it we're even getting our very own nightclub on-site there too.
And just think, you won't have to fight crowds, be on any special lists, or stand in line with hordes of young, scantily dressed women to get in.:) Those are just a few examples of why I'm loving living off-Strip and feel you would enjoy staying too if you came to visit.
I've only mentioned a few things to do off-Strip, trust me, there are lots more, but this was to give you an idea of what is going on near me because I think this is a very unique community. Check it out next time you come through and let me know if you don't agree!