Las Vegas is one of the most beautiful places I’ve lived. Every time I look at the Spring Mountains, they take my breath away. There are plenty of wholesome, enjoyable activities in Las Vegas; you just need to know where to look. I’ve featured some of my favorites here.
We have that Strip of crazy in the center of the city, but the Strip is not the heart of the city for the people who live and work here. There are plenty of excellent offerings off the Strip that help build a life of wellness!
The Las Vegas Farmer’s Market
It’s hard to find farm-fresh food in the desert, but it’s not impossible! The Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at Tivoli is wonderful. There’s a wide variety of produce and goods available. Growers from Nevada, CA and Utah come in with produce (the green beans, strawberries, and blueberries are to die for!). Getting to know the people who produce our food is a deep reminder that the choices we make every day impact our lives and the health of the planet. And the produce is all very, very good, which makes it an easy, healthy indulgence. It’s worth every penny. Support organic family farms and local artisans by shopping at the farmer’s market.
I practice yoga, in addition to getting acupuncture treatments (so I do take in what I dish out!).I have found that the practice of yoga decreases the frequency of treatments I need. Yoga is the whole package: stress relief, balance, strengthening and relaxation all wrapped up in one deliciously nurturing package. There are yoga studios all over Las Vegas; I recommend trying one that has a class that focuses on relaxation, meditation or stress relief.
My I have two favorite studios are Yoga Sanctuary. There is a studio location in Summerlin, on Sahara and Buffalo; also one in Henderson. There are a wide variety of classes, offered at lots of different times, so there is something that will fit every schedule. Check Groupon to see if there is a special being offered!
The Spring Mountains
The Spring Mountains offer a beautiful, peaceful, refreshing get away from Las Vegas. I love watching the play of light and shadow on them, they are constantly changing. The mountains are simply spectacular; seeing them every day renews my sense of connection to nature and the cycle of the seasons. Here are some links to Red Rock Canyon and hiking maps of the Spring Mountains.
http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/ Good pictures and information.
http://www.sunsetcities.com/Red-Rock-Canyon/calicobasin00.html Good pictures and information.
http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13201 A link to hiking trails in the Spring Mountains.
More info on the Spring Mountains and Mt. Charleston.
I’m hooked on this place. Amazing vegan food (I’m not vegan, but I LOVE veggies) at reasonable prices. And they have gluten free options which are rare. The Street Tacos, the sweet potato chili, and the veggie tamale are unbelievably scrumptious. AND, if you join their mailing list, you get a free brownie dessert. YUM!!!