Sunday, July 20, 2014

Let's pretend it is autumn in Las Vegas

If you don't want to stay overnight, try a hot cocoa at their bistro Mt Charleston Coffee, or have a breakfast, lunch or diner at their restaurant watching hummingbirds



Sometimes Vegas can be overwhelming; so many things to do, places to go, restaurants to choose from, so many concerts, shows, that you just want to be a hermit for a day or even pretend it is autumn in Vegas.

There are two ways, at least that I know, to pretend it is autumn in Las Vegas. One is setting your AC thermostat like to 45 degrees and the second option is driving towards the mountains which is what sometimes we do during summer time.

Mt Charleston is just 35 miles from Vegas and it is 25° to 40° cooler. It is 102 degrees in Vegas right now, but in Mt Charleston is 68° and tonight it is gonna be 47°.  With such a weather you just don't want to go back to Vegas. But during the winter you don't want to be there. It is so freaking cold.

There are many hiking trails around the mountains, like Mary Jane Falls trail that has a seasonal waterfall and a cave and also Cathedral Rock, a half-day hikes through impressive views. If you don't want to hike alone, there are many Vegas meetup groups you can join and start hiking together with some 10, 20 people.

But if the goal is to be a hermit anti-social for a day, there is nothing better than to book a cabin at the Mt Charleston Lodge. There are no phones, A/C, WIFI, cable or TV reception in the cabins! Just that makes you a truly hermit. 

Cabin prices for the rest of July are from $39 to $210. There are many deals, according to the cabin you want to book, like with balcony, standard, etc,  but the best of all deals is a 20 percent discount for locals with Nevada ID and military ID.

If you don't want to stay overnight, try a hot cocoa at their bistro Mt Charleston Coffee, or have a breakfast, lunch or diner at their restaurant watching hummingbirds flying around.

more info about the lodge:
Mt Charleston Lodge
http://www.mtcharlestonlodge.com/
5375 Kyle Canyon Rd
Las Vegas NV 89124
(702) 872-5500
Mt. Charleston Map 
The historic Mt Charleston Lodge is located at 7700 feet elevation at the end of Highway 157 at the top of Mt Charleston with lodging in 23 log cabins and breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily from 8 am to 9pm Sun-Thu and till 10pm Fri-Sat. The lounge is open until eleven. Each cabin has a TV with a built-in DVD player. There is a cell phone tower and some major carriers work on the mountain. 


by Bea Taylor