The razzle-dazzle of the Strip often makes it easy to forget that we live in one of the states most devastated by the recession — and that we live in the desert. I was so excited to get out of town (even if it was only 20 minutes down the road!) last weekend, and I landed at the lovely Loews hotel at Lake Las Vegas. It was very beautiful and peaceful out there, and I can’t believe it was so close all this time. And I learned a lot about what happened to my state during the two years I was off and about, traveling and living abroad.
Lake Las Vegas rose to fame when Celine Dion bought a house there during her first run at the Colosseum. Less than an hour’s drive from the Strip (although a certain super-star songstress reportedly preferred a helicopter), the Lake was going to be fab. Three golf courses, a shopping center on the way, a Ritz Carlton… The problems came when the economy went sour. I hadn’t been there for years and couldn’t believe how different it was. The empty shopping center sits unused, the Ritz had closed, two of the three golf greens remained shuttered after the entire threesome foreclosed. I took a morning stroll through one of the two closed ones. It’s so strange, the contrasting colors of golf course grass, brown desert and a lake.
… and cacti, on the same walk!
The Loews itself was gorgeous and fitting for its surroundings. Instead of super-glitzy, Strip-worthy decor, the hotel boasted pretty accents.
Plus, Loews offered some interesting activities us desert-dwellers don’t see often…
Who wants to join me?!
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