Nevada Family Resorts

by Mark Heidelberger Google
A number of resort-style properties across Nevada offer family-oriented activities.

A number of resort-style properties across Nevada offer family-oriented activities.

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The majority of Nevada's resort properties certainly lean toward adult visitors, with recreational opportunities like nightclubs, bars, casinos and sporting activities. However, a few resorts across the Silver State cater to families. Property types range from casino hotels to ranches to lakeside village getaways, and typically offer spacious accommodations and family-style dining.

Aston MonteLago Village Resort

The Mediterranean-style Aston MonteLago Village Resort is nestled up against the man-made, 320-acre Lake Las Vegas, 17 miles from the Strip. Families can take advantage of the "Lake Las Vegas Family Marina Package," which includes lodging, a one-hour electric boat rental, and choice of two water toys like kayaks, canoes and pedal-boats for up to two hours. The property's outdoor pool and game room accommodate guests of all ages, and activities range from fishing to desert tours to wintertime ice skating. Attractions like Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are just a short drive. Extensive on-site dining options include a steak and seafood restaurant, Mexican grill, Irish pub, lakeside French bistro and confectionery selling everything from hot fudge to caramel apples. Family-style two-bedroom units offer the choice of a lake or resort view; these units have a balcony with deck furniture, cable TV and DVD player, bathrobes, full-sized kitchen and baby cribs upon request.

Ruby Crest Ranch

The Ruby Crest Ranch is burrowed between the Bullion Mountains and the snow-capped Ruby Mountains, with peaks reaching as high as 11,000 feet. The nearby town of Elko is the home of the famous National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Families can inquire about crafting a customized vacation adventure with personal attention, be it guided horseback riding, backpacking trips or fishing excursions to Ruby Marshes. Staff will even help organize family reunions. Package deals include all lodging, meals, activities and equipment such as tack, bait, saddles, life vests and boats. Staff recommends that guests bring rugged outdoor clothing, bug repellent and sunscreen, although the ranch sells it for those who forget. The main ranch house offers family-style dining and serves a diverse menu of home-cooked meals in generous portions. Sizable three-bedroom cabins have large outdoor decks with furniture, kitchens and satellite television.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

The AAA-rated Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort sits in the Sierras, offering access to family-oriented ski slopes like Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain as well as off-site activities like ATV tours, biking, golfing and fishing. Property amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, sundeck, fire pits, and a spa offering treatments like yoga, aromatherapy and Swedish massage; families can also take a two-hour leisure ride on a 55-foot catamaran. And those with infants can have baby supplies sent to the hotel through Hyatt's special partnership with Babies Travel Lite. Five different on-site restaurants, grills and cafes offer something for everyone, including kid-friendly choices. Accommodations include a 400-square-foot room with two signature queen beds, a 37-inch flat-screen TV, private safe, mini-bar, iron with board, and windows that open to scenic mountain views. The resort offers seasonal sun and ski packages throughout the year and provides discounts to AAA members.

Zephyr Cove Resort

The Zephyr Cove Resort at Lake Tahoe is designed for family-style vacation adventures, with swimming, wakeboarding and jet-skiing in the summer and winter snowmobiling over 25 acres of wilderness terrain. Guided family snowmobile tours are available, with lessons provided to first-time riders and piping hot cocoa served after the ride. The property covers more than a mile of private beach and offers lake cruises to Emerald Bay on paddlewheelers like the Tahoe Queen and MS Dixie II. Other resort activities range from guided horseback rides to parasailing to half-day fishing trips. In addition, the area's attractions include Vikingsholm Castle, Squaw Valley Adventure Center and Tahoe Whitewater Tours. A beachside grill and an American lodge-style dining room with a giant stacked stone fireplace highlight the dining options. Guests can stay in lodge rooms that accommodate four to six people or in pet-friendly cabins with full kitchens and space for up to 10.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.

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