Neighborhood Tour: Summerlin
By Christina Cook
The posh desert community is a hotbed of A-list activity as well as decadent dining—and hello, nightlife!
THE RIDGES This ultraexclusive gated community of custom home sites and luxury residences sits at Summerlin’s highest point, overlooking the entire city. Superior design and unique architecture complement the unparalleled views of Las Vegas and the bordering Red Rock Canyon. Residents can enjoy a game of golf on Jack Nicklaus’ replicate golf course Bear’s Best Las Vegas or socialize with neighbors and friends at Club Ridges, the private resident clubhouse equipped with a fitness room, swimming pools and tennis facilities.
Red Rock National Conservation Area
Hike, bike, run, walk—it’s a bevy of outdoor opportunities in Summerlin. With loads of recreational hot spots, as well as more than 100 parks, this posh western enclave has trails galore. And let’s not forget Red Rock National Conservation area—rare natural beauty in the desert.
THE ALEXANDER DAWSON SCHOOL Private; preschool through grade eight. Dawson’s rigorous curriculum blends core academics with world languages, fine arts and athletics. 10845 W. Desert Inn Road, 702-949-3600; alexanderdawsonschool.org
THE MEADOWS SCHOOL Private; prekindergarten through grade 12. An established college preparatory school, The Meadows maintains high academic, moral and social standards. 8601 Scholar Lane, 702-254-1610; themeadowsschool.org
FAITH LUTHERAN JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL Private; grades six through 12. This Christian school offers a demanding curriculum to prepare for college-level learning and encourages students to develop leadership skills and commit to community service. 2015 S. Hualapai Way, 702-804- 4400; faithlutheranlv.org
BISHOP GORMAN HIGH SCHOOL Private; grades nine through 12. Founded more than 50 years ago, Gorman is wellknownin the Las Vegas community and continues to be the only Catholic highschool in Southern Nevada. Parents recognize this college preparatory school for its students’ academic and athletic achievements. 5959 S. Hualapai Way, 702-732-1945; bishopgorman.org
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With plush seating, chandeliers, a friendly bar staff and volume-appropriate music, Lucky Bar Ultra Lounge is a popular spot for after-dinner mingling and cocktails. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 702-797-7517
Visitors to executive chef Matthew Silverman’s Vintner Grill can choose from a selection of dishes with Mediterranean influences like white-bean hummus and lobster cannelloni or just enjoy a cocktail on the striking outdoor patio or lively bar/lounge area. 10100 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 150, 702-214-5590; vintnervegas.com
Golden Spoon, the area’s always packed soft-serve froyo joint, offers a large selection of nonfat, ridiculously smooth yogurt with truly decadent toppings. 3370 S. Hualapai Way, Suite 125, 702-448-3281 Reminiscent of a Napa Valley winery, Grape Street Café Wine Bar & Cellar offers an extensive wine list with a selection of more than 75 wines by the glass and a full menu of well-paired appetizers and entrées. 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 702-228-9463
PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRI SAGALOW (RIDGES); ISTOCKPHOTO.COM (RED ROCK)
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