Lake Las Vegas serves as the perfect summer getaway

lakelv2If you’ve come to party hard this Fourth of July and enjoy all the craziness this city has to offer, then you’re in the right place. But if you actually want to take a break from all of the hype and enjoy some relaxation in a beautiful setting, Lake Las Vegas offers just that.

I love Lake Las Vegas because the vibe reminds me of my hometown, Seattle. While Seattle will never reach 110-plus temperatures, the calm (but still lively) atmosphere is a lot like home. The lake, along with the unique shops and restaurants at The Village, almost makes me feel like I’m walking along one of the piers in the lovely Northwest. And with paddle boats, kayaks and canoes available to use, these make me feel not so homesick. It feels great that I can have a taste of my city in the middle of the desert.

Another thing I love about Lake Las Vegas is that it’s only about a half hour drive from the Strip. Compared to other large cities, that’s really just a hop, skip and a jump away. If you’re planning on staying a night or two, here are all the fun activities going on at Lake Las Vegas.

Fourth of July events

With the holiday just around the corner, Lake Las Vegas offers events this coming Sunday. At Ravella’s outdoor Florentine Garden, dinner options include heirloom tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella drizzled with balsamic glaze, charbroiled rib eye with chili oregano rub and tarragon baked barramundi. This buffet-style dinner is available from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and is $45 for adults ($15 for children ages 6 to 12).

If you’re planning on making it a romantic weekend, take your sweetie on La Contessa Yacht Cruise and watch the fireworks from above. Tickets are $30 and for $10 more, you can get a basket of sweets.

Friday night flicks

As a kid, I thought drive-in movies were the best thing ever. But watching movies outdoors on the grass by the lake is even better. This Friday, you can see “Jaws” at Ravella’s pool or “The Notebook” on Friday, July 8 at The Village. Other upcoming movies include “Madagascar” (July 15 at Ravella’s pool), “50 First Dates” (July 22 at The Village) and “The Wizard of Oz” (July 29 at the pool).

Take a dip into luxury

Spend the day in a luxurious cabana stocked with comfy furniture, ceiling fans, misters, chilled water and towels as well as fresh fruit. Cabana rentals start at $100.

Keep up with the fancy festivities by indulging in a treatment at the spa at Ravella. Enjoy one-of-a-kind treatments inspired from Italy and Mediterranean regions. You can also dabble at the custom aromatherapy bar and create your own blend of essential oils for your spa service or to take home.


At Ravella’s Medici Café, enjoy views of the Florentine Garden and the fire pit. Breakfast items include eggs Benedict or country-style omelet to healthier choices like Irish oatmeal and organic yogurt with fresh fruit — what a way to start the morning! Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

At Firenze Lounge, savor everything from gourmet sandwiches for both meat eaters and vegetarians to tapas like white bean and chickpea hummus served with orange-scented olives and grilled eggplant with smoked burrata mozzarella. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For the perfect poolside treat, the Lagoon Bar and Grill serves everything from small snacks and hearty comfort food to healthy options and refreshing drinks. The bar and grill is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With so much to see, taste and experience at Lake Las Vegas, maybe (just maybe) you’ll want to change your crazy Vegas trip altogether.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.