By Christina Cook | April 1, 2010 | Lifestyle
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
Sedona Restaurant & Lounge
At Nora’s Wine Bar & Osteria the Mauro brothers serve up specialties like butternut squash gnocchi and veal loin marsala that perfectly pair with the 60 wines served by the glass. 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-940- 6672; noraswinebar.com
Sedona Restaurant & Lounge executive chef John Zamarchi has created an upscale menu that includes everything from tasty appetizers, flatbreads and salads to pastas, steak, poultry and seafood. 9580 W. Flamingo Road, 702-320-4700
Wine Spectator awardwinner Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the finest selection of aged steaks and fresh seafood and a prime burger bar with five unique takes on the American classic. 8721 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-838-4774
Savor a selection of sushi and tempura with different delicacies like Kobe beef tataki and filet mignon as well as the ever-popular chocolate soufflé with homemade green tea ice cream at Nobu chef Hiro Nakano’s Sen of Japan. 8480 W. Desert Inn Road, No. F1, 702-871-7781
Rachel’s Kitchen owner Debbie Sofer Roxarzade dishes up delicious, wholesome items like the Protein Lovers Scramble, barbecued chicken wrap and 440 Sandwich. 3645 S. Town Center Dr., 702-459-6789
At Vasari, inside the upscale shopping district at Boca Park Fashion Village, owner Ardi styles local fashionistas in pieces by today’s most soughtafter designers. 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 6, 702-597-9500
Whether preparing for a new baby, updating a current bed/bath or simply picking up sweet gifts for little ones, Pottery Barn Kids has everything a mother could want. Rampart Commons, 1075 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-968-0110
Summerlin residents turn to Jamie Zaleski’s The Ivy House & Garden Florist for elegant floral displays for weddings, luncheons and everything in between. 9340 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 100, 702-360-0800
Fitness newbies and athletes alike find plans that work for them at Core Fit Pilates studio, which offers a selection of specialty programs like power lunch, bride-to-be boot camp and perfect posture. 1925 Village Center Circle, 702-877-2673; mycorefit.com
Summerlin socialites call on color expert Trinity at Mosaic Salon & Spa to keep their tresses looking fabulously healthy. 8320 W. Sahara Ave., 702-696-7200
Those prepping for pool season seek out the professionals at The Fitness Source, an elite private facility with certified trainers that create personalized fitness plans and work one-on-one with you to achieve those goals. 8933 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 100, 702-804-5433
PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRI SAGALOW (RIDGES); ISTOCKPHOTO.COM (RED ROCK)