Two Area Getaways: Loews Resort at Lake Las Vegas and Mount Charleston

Two nearby spots make for quick, great getaways just outside Las Vegas. Loews Resort-Hotel is a destination in the mountains, by a lake, with amenities such as world-class golf courses, children’s camp and “Sushi Skool.” For rustic mountain scenery, go to an even higher elevation at Mount Charleston Lodge, just northwest of the city...

Loews Resort – A Getaway with a Sushi Surprise

For locals who want to get away but don’t have enough time to take a long vacation or for visitors to Las Vegas, take a trip to Loews Hotel-Resort at Lake Las Vegas for the perfect getaway setting. It’s certainly a wonderful contrast to the Las Vegas Strip, and it’s set in the mountains overlooking the valley. In addition to the distant view, its lakeside view is stunning. Secluded on 21 acres, Loews is majestic and nestled in the Lake Las Vegas Resort area just 30 minutes from town.

The hotel has 493 guest rooms and suites, along with two restaurants, a 9,000-square-foot spa, and a children’s camp facility. Guests can play golf on either of the two champion courses. This truly is a great family or business destination.

Special Sushi Surprise

One of the two restaurants located in Loews Resort is the Marssa, which features the Japanese-style cuisine popular in Tokyo and Osaka. The menu highlights are sushi and traditional dishes.

Master Sushi Chef Osamu “Fuji” Fujita is the only sushi chef in the United States to have received recognition of achievement by the Japanese Chef’s Association. For guests and visitors, he even teaches classes, which are referred to as clinics, as part of the Loews Culinary Institute’s sushi and sake sessions, which are held every second Saturday of the month in Marssa’s private banquet room.

The clinics are educational, fun and very stimulating, while promoting the art of sushi. The two-hour sessions consist of hands-on instructions and tastings of sushi and sake. The cost is $50 per person, which includes the supplies, and participants may receive a gift chef’s apron. There is also a “Sushi Skool” for kids, which are held during the summer. For more information about the sushi and sake classes go to To find out more about the resort and activities and to make reservations, call (702) 567-6000 or go to

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Mount Charleston is a Tranquil Retreat

Mount Charleston, one of the great nature spots near Las Vegas, is only 45 minutes from the Strip. It’s a beautiful, tranquil setting for those who want to enjoy the outdoors. It is, perhaps, one of the best kept secrets in Nevada. The mountain is home to a small community of permanent residents, and there is one lodge near the top.

Mount Charleston is approximately 8,000 feet above the desert floor. And it has the grandeur of pine trees and all sorts of wildlife. The most common route is the 95 Freeway north, towards Reno, turning west at the Mount Charleston exit.

The new owner of the Lodge at Mount Charleston, Dan DeArmas, has remodeled the restaurant and revised the menu. There are cabins for rent at the lodge — just right for honeymooners, vacationers, families and business retreats. Call 1-800-955-1314 or visit