Thanks to The Retreat on Charleston Peak for sponsoring this trip. All opinions are my own.
When you think of Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is the Strip. Big hotels, flashy lights, crazy casinos. While the Strip can be a lot of fun, for our recent visit to Las Vegas, it wasn’t quite what my husband and I had in mind.
In making the road trip to see family for Thanksgiving, Las Vegas was a logical overnight stopping point to avoid the road trip melt down from 9 month old CJ. Nathan and I were also excited to break up the trip and have some family time alone before spending the week with our extended families. We weren’t, however, so excited to plunge our baby into the chaos of the Strip.
I started to do a little research on hotels outside of the Strip that would be a nice, quiet retreat for our trio. I quickly zoned in on The Retreat on Charleston Peak.
The Retreat on Charleston Peak (recently renamed from the former Resort on Mt. Charleston) is a charming oasis in the Las Vegas desert. Located about 35 miles northwest of the Strip, the Retreat on Charleston Peak is nestled at the base of Mt. Charleston, which is situated within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. While we could see the skyline of the Strip as we drove in (thankfully bypassing all the downtown traffic), it felt like we were in a completely different part of the country.
The drive definitely gets you in the mood. Once you get off the freeway, you have a pretty straight shot through the National Forest. As we climbed in elevation, with the mountains rising above you, I found myself getting more and more excited for our little Vegas hideaway. Once we arrived, the initial view did not disappoint. I quickly fell in love with the rustic, quaint exterior. It reminded me more of a ski chalet than a Vegas hotel! The pond in front added an amazing touch.
The hotel lobby continued with the rustic, cabin-y feel. Big, comfortable, oversized furniture created inviting places for families to sit and play games and talk.
My favorite feature, however, was definitely the open fire place. I could have sat in front of it all evening long.
As we were checking in, I appreciated learning from the manager that the hotel had recently come under new ownership (hence the renaming). The new owner has big renovation plans, and there were boards around the lobby that show the color schemes, materials, and ideas for the rooms, the restaurant, and the lobby. I will say, I am quite excited to return and see what they do!
Our room was on the third floor. The décor was simple, but pleasant, and kept in line with the overall feel of The Retreat on Charleston Peak.
My favorite part of the room was the balcony. We were on the third floor and had our own private balcony. To walk out in the evening and the morning to this view was nothing short of spectacular.
CJ loved getting out in the brisk mountain air and chattering at anyone who passed by.
The grounds around the hotel are nicely maintained. I particularly loved the wagon wheel swing that looked up to the side of the mountain.
They also had a beautiful area set up for weddings and other events. Can you imagine getting married with this as your backdrop?!
The Retreat on Charleston Peak was exactly what my husband and I were looking for on our Vegas vacation. Quiet and charming, we were able to focus on having some quality family time while enjoying the beauty of the mountain. All while eating some amazing food (more on the food in the next post!). And, bonus, the Retreat at Charleston Peak is at a higher elevation so it is about 20 degrees cooler than Vegas proper – something I can imagine would be a huge selling point in the summer.
Have you been to Mt Charleston? What would be the first thing you would explore?
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