When I look out my office window, I can see clear to the Strip on one side — and clear to nothing on the other. (In the middle is the sprawling suburbia where all of us locals live and play, those of us who don’t “live on the Strip.”) Yup, there’s a line in the sand so to speak, a drop-off point where all of the buildings and roads of razzle-dazzle Sin City end, and the desert begins. Outside of Las Vegas, there really is basically nothing. Between the towns that have been built in Nevada, there are miles and miles of dirt and sand. Depending on the time of day, this landscape can be the most beautiful shades of orange or pink. It is so peaceful being out there, with nothing to see all the way to the horizon.I just love this Southwest landscape.
Last week, Diana of D Travels Round and I decided to get out of town for the day. We got in her car and headed for St. George, Utah. The two-hour drive could not have been more beautiful — gorgeous landscapes, an intense gorge, a small river. The only civilization we passed was the obligatory casino boarder town of Mesquite right before leaving Nevada for Arizona on the way to Utah. It was a beautiful, peaceful drive, the business and stress of our lives in Las Vegas that we often have to grin and bear melting away as we drove.
We forgot that Utah and Arizona are an hour off from us this time of year, so we did suddenly realize we were running a little late. We arrived at Red Mountain Resort and went straight to the spa. After our treatments, we ate a little picnic outside and a took a sunset walk before getting back into the car. (Above, the meditation labyrinth walk.Say your intentions on the way in, and leave the bad stuff on the way out.) We wished we were able to stay for a few nights — getaways to Southwest spas are so relaxing, as I know from my wonderful stay at Miraval in Tucson. Nothing recharges you better than spa treatments and other activities on peaceful grounds away from the city.
If you’d like to go check out the gorgeous Southwest landscape of Red Mountain, please call: 877.246.4453
They have all kinds of spa services and treatments, and you don’t have to be a guest to make an appointment.
I appreciate the Southwest landscapes so much because I grew up near the ocean, in Florida. I try to make it out there at least once a year, breathing in the humidity that I love and spending time at the beach. Planning a trip? Check here first for great deals on Florida flights.