Vegas Past the Strip: Highlight on Summerlin

By Andrea Bennett

Few individuals have skilled the evolution of Las Vegas like veteran occasion planner and Vegas native Daybreak Hume. Her mom, Eleanor Roth Grasso, who arrived in Las Vegas to assist government Jack Entratter open and handle The Sands in 1952, turned the leisure business’s gatekeeper. “When Spencer Tracy needed to go see a present or Cary Grant needed to drink photographs Downtown, she’d go along with them,” Hume says.

Daybreak Hume

When the master-planned neighborhood of Summerlin started constructing in 1990 on land west of the Strip first bought by Howard Hughes (one other Eleanor pal), Hume and husband Christopher have been early arrivals. The neighborhood, which sits on the base of the Spring Mountains and Purple Rock Canyon Nationwide Conservation Space and now comprises over 300 parks in its 22,500 acres, “was a little bit greater up, cooler, and felt like a neighborhood,” Hume remembers. Now she and her household love mountain climbing and biking the paths of their neighborhood, and strolling to eating places in Downtown Summerlin, a uncommon luxurious on this car-friendly metropolis.


Downtown Summerlin, a vigorous and rising open-air pedestrian heart within the coronary heart of Summerlin, is the brand new dwelling of the Las Vegas Ballpark and Metropolis Nationwide Area, the follow rink for the NHL Vegas Golden Knights. Nevertheless, it’s way over a mecca for sports activities followers: Downtown Summerlin hosts all kinds of occasions, from a Saturday Farmers Market at The Pavilion and health lessons on The Garden to an annual Summerlin Competition of Arts showcasing works by greater than 100 artists. “You possibly can actually discover the whole lot in Downtown Summerlin,” Hume says.

With dozens of eating places, eating decisions are plentiful, however Hume’s favourite is Harlø Steakhouse & Bar (1720 Competition Plaza Dr., 702.333.0402), probably the most unique new eating places in Summerlin. An elite, native crowd flocks right here to get pleasure from tasty wood- fired steaks, seafood, and a formidable caviar menu.

Purple Rock On line casino Resort & Spa


Within the northwest nook of Downtown Summerlin, you’ll discover Purple Rock On line casino Resort & Spa (11011 W. Charleston Blvd.), named for its location because the gateway to Purple Rock Canyon. The eating scene right here is having fun with a renaissance, notes Hume, who recommends brunch at Osteria Fiorella (702.797.7777), the Las Vegas outpost of Philadelphia celebrity chef Marc Vetri. He’s well-known for handmade crammed pastas (a summer season corn caramelle with pickled blueberries and basil has turn out to be legendary), however Hume goes for the Large Cinnamon Bun. “It’s wonderful and value the entire journey to brunch,” she says. One other must-stop at Purple Rock is T-Bones Chophouse (702.797.7595). “Sit on the bar and have a martini and crabcakes,” Hume advises. Earlier than leaving, e book an appointment at Purple Rock Spa by Effectively & Being (702.797.7878). “Their scorching stone therapeutic massage is fabulous, they usually give nice locals’ reductions,” Hume says.

The Ridges (Photograph: ERIC JAMISON)


Greater than 200 miles of trails join Summerlin’s neighborhoods and parks, all with stunning views of Purple Rock Nationwide Conservation Space. “I like to park my automobile at Paseos Park (12122 Desert Moon Rd.) and use that as a base for an ideal, lengthy stroll,” Hume says. She additionally enjoys strolling in Mesa Park (5401 Mesa Park Dr.).

“Summerlin feels so distant from the Strip and so livable, although it’s solely 20 minutes away. I like our accessibility to the whole lot.”

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