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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sad news for Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas...

Yesterday I read the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Spa at Lake Las Vegas is shutting down May 2, 2010.  That really shocked me. It really shows how affected the town has become from lack of tourism and conventions. This is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning Hotel people! Loews Hotel, the other premier hotel next to the Ritz-Carlton, will still remain open.

 
Not too many people know about Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas. It is out Lake Mead Blvd on the way to Lake Mead.  It is 17 miles from the Strip which is about a half hour drive.

Its like a mini trip to Europe...visiting a small Italian Village on a lake.  The  Montelago Hotel hosts the friendliest and most hospitable Casinos you will find. One of our friends was the only player at a poker table.  She was on a winning streak, and when someone else approached to play, the dealer politely asked them to wait while she finished her streak!  Our friend could not believe her ears.

                                                                                    

You can rent power boats to go out on the lake,  take a romantic gondola ride..or play golf on a 36-hole course.

There are many weddings held here, and beautiful pictures taken from the inside of the bridge, over looking the lake...



Often, I enjoy going there on a Sunday or special occasions.  Its a favorite destination when family or friends come to visit. Its one of my favorite places to celebrate my birthday. It is like being transported to Italy.  It has such an old world Tuscan charm...

If you are not a gambler, and like to shop, you would find the one of a kind shops a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Stop in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a bag of your favorite chocolates as you stroll down the cobblestone streets of Montelago Village.  There have several interesting jewelry, clothing, and  art galleries to explore...


 
Andrea Bocelli has had several outdoor concerts held out of doors, by the lake.








The Village hosts wine tastings, craft and art fairs.  They have movie nights, where everyone brings blankets & beach chairs, gathering to watch the movie projected up on a huge screen...

I sound like a tour guide, for Pete's sake, but I really do love the area out there and find it such sad news about the Ritz. If you are traveling to Vegas and want a unique experience apart from the craziness of the Strip....do yourself a favor and try it before it closes.  I think I will suggest to my husband that we find a special reason to stay there, one last time...

8 comments:

Wander to the Wayside said...

That is sad ... and what exactly will happen to it? Hopefully we won't see it being demolished on the news to make room for another hotel? It's like the Tavern on the Green that just closed, selling all that 'stuff' that has so much history behind it.

Jeanie said...

I have never been there but it looks like a really great place. We used to go to Las Vegas two or three times a year, but have been going to Laughlin more latley. I hope someone will buy it and keep it open, but it is tough out there right now, I know. I hope you get to make that one last trip.

Christina Lee said...

wow --I love Vegas and would definitely consider staying there! Thanks!

Donna said...

I thought it was a private resort, and didn't realize anyone could visit the area. Guess that will be on my agenda to visit. They should pay you for the advertisment. LOL

Darlene said...

It has been years since I have been to Vegas as I am unable to travel any more. This is sad news about the Ritz Carlton. The economy is a real mess right now. Lay offs happening everywhere. I just wish the best for those that are out of work and trying to find work.
I enjoyed your photos.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Sounds nice but nothing in life stays the same. Cherish the memories.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

This is truly distressing news for us here in Las Vegas. There are so many commerical vacancies and cutbacks in entertainment in the casinos. Lake Las Vegas was always kind of a gamble, I thought, because of its location (even though it's not far at all). I feel sorry for all the people who have lost jobs because of this closing.

Donna B said...

Hey Linda...it is sad. I feel bad for the 304 employees who will lose their jobs.

Thanks Jeanie...To stay, they have the Ritz, Loewes, and the Montalago. I hope another hotel moves in...

Christina, I think you will really enjoy yourself...it is beautiful there.

Donna: Yeah, it is open to the public...go there and treat yourself and I know you will have a great time.

Darlene: I agree...it is so sad. I really hope we can get this economy turned around for the sake of everyone...

Grumpy Ken: For sure...we see that more often these days...and will definitely cherish the memories.

Linda: We still enjoy it out there because it is so peaceful and feels like we are on a mini vacation.