Just 30 miles north of Las Vegas, in a little hamlet called Mt. Charleston, Nevada, one can experience glorious views of nature in a romantic setting of waterfalls, hiking trails through pine forests, and mountain views that clear the head and revitalize the soul. Located just a half-hour drive from the bright lights of the exciting Las Vegas Strip, Mt. Charleston is one of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets and a favorite location for romantic getaways, corporate retreats, weddings and other special events.
This cozy mountain retreat provides a rustic setting of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. With temperatures averaging 20 – 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, year round, this rustic mountain retreat is a convenient side-trip for those seeking either a romantic getaway from Las Vegas, a relaxing vacation, or a commanding destination for a corporate retreat or captivating special event.
Within Mt. Charleston, itself, you’ll find two, top-notch resorts: Mt. Charleston Lodge (www.mtcharlestonlodge.com) and the Resort at Mt. Charleston (www.mtcharlestonresort.com). Both offer breathtaking accommodations, dining, and a wealth of services catering to their guests.
Just 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas, you will find the Mt. Charleston Lodge at the very end of State Route 157 in scenic Kyle Canyon. This historic Lodge will captivate you with its 7,700’ perch at the top of the mountain above Las Vegas in the middle of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is proudly known as the ‘only commercial dining and lodging at the top of the mountain.’ Some of the most popular events taking place at the Lodge are weddings and receptions with two, independent, non-denominational ordained ministers available on-site to perform weddings and outstanding accommodations for guests.
Whether you are staying at the Lodge or just stopping by for the incredible view, you will find a meal worth waiting for in the romantic, candlelight setting. Favorites include the Mt. Charleston world-famous coffee, the delectable hot chocolate and a full range of California wines, top shelf liqueur and beer served at the Lounge.
The Lodge’s accommodations include 25 rustic and spacious log cabins, several are pet-friendly. Due to its remote surrounding, cabins do not contain phones, Cable TV or WiFi, but due provide DVDs with current titles available to guests. Indeed, the Mt. Charleston Lodge is a romantic getaway with no distractions: Just the sounds of birds singing, the wind blowing and vast skies overhead with incredible views all around.
Just down the road on Route 157 you’ll find the pet-friendly Resort at Mt. Charleston, a luxury facility with a hotel, restaurant, coffee house, a 24-hour bar and lounge, plus a meeting room, game room, fitness center and full-service health and wellness spa. The Resort accommodates guests with full catering and event planning services to make the most of this ultimate location which provides a great backdrop for weddings, receptions and honeymoons.
In 2005, this mountain resort underwent a multi-million dollar restoration to provide its guests with the utmost in services. It now provides numerous amenities with 61 hotel rooms, ranging from deluxe to the Bridal and Presidential Suites. There are also family and honeymoon cabins, each with a fireplace, whirlpool tub, living area and a private desk with expansive views of the canyon. Cabins are equipped with phone service, Cable TV, DVD players, and Internet access in the Resort’s public areas.
One of the Resort’s greatest assets is its location in the heart of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Whether you are an avid hiker, mountain biker, camper or just enjoy a simple picnic in the open air, you will enjoy this beautiful location. There are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails all around the property as well as a horseback riding stable (Mtcharlestontrailrides.com). For those who want to take a guided trail ride, guests can sign up for a catered scenic ride offered daily from the Resort.
For those who enjoy winter sports, it’s just a 15-minute drive to the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (www.skilasvegas.com). LVSSR sits at the end of Resort State Highway 156 in Indian Springs, Nevada. (For those who choose not to drive, transportation is available, seasonally, from both the Resort at Mt. Charleston and the Mt. Charleston Lodge via the City Bus to Ski Bus connection).
Winter sports lovers can ski Las Vegas’ beautiful mountain resort with its 11 groomed trails. The Base Lodge is located at 8,500’ (2,594 meters’) and the highest trail peaks at 9,370’ (2,856 meters). The trails accommodate skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports with equipment and clothing rentals available for those who like to travel lightly. There’s also a Sport Shop on the mountain providing all that you might require. When you’re ready to call it a day, visit the Bristlecone Bar or enjoy a sandwich, soup or a mesquite, fire-grilled meal at the Big Horn Café.
Well-hidden but just a short drive from Las Vegas, you can get away from it all here in Mt. Charleston.