Summerlin, a suburban neighborhood located just west of Las Vegas, offers a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. Rent a car and take the 20-minute journey for shopping, dining, spa treatments, and a round of golf.
Begin your day with brunch and a shopping excursion at Downtown Summerlin, a relatively new addition to the neighborhood. Start with a visit to the casual MTO Cafe for brunch on the patio. Enjoy views of the desert-themed landscaping and towering fountain while nibbling on the surprisingly light and fluffy carrot and coconut pancakes that you can scarcely believe are vegan.
Next, continue your explorations of Downtown Summerlin with a visit to The Toy Box, a unique shop that sells toys and collectibles for all ages. This is a perfect place to shop for a souvenir if you’ve opted to leave the kids at home during your Las Vegas vacation. Grab a cute stuffed animal for the kids, and then check out the store’s glass cases, which hold collectible action figures depicting a variety of characters from comic-book heroes to iconic movie stars.
Fashionable fellows will want to stop by Lindbergh, which sells an array of modern clothes for men, with styles ranging from preppy to athletic. Refuel with a cup of coffee at the in-store café and enjoy some people-watching through the store’s large floor-to-ceiling windows.
After you’re finished shopping, walk or drive to the neighboring Red Rock Resort Casino for a treatment at The Spa. Pamper yourself by indulging in a relaxing 80-minute hot stone massage. Before you leave the resort, grab lunch at Mercadito, which serves Mexican fare amid modern decor. Order a plate of the estilo baja tacos: corn tortillas filled with crispy mahimahi, spicy chipotle aioli, and cole slaw. On the side, try the Mexican-style corn on the cob.
After a relaxing morning of shopping and spa treatments, it’s time to get active. Why not play a round of golf at one of the area’s beautiful courses? At TPC Las Vegas, take in the impressive views of Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas skyline while working on your handicap at the par-71 championship course.