Stay & Play Mesquite

For many, removing themselves from the daily hustle and bustle that life brings can be defined in many ways.  A staycation, which gained popularity for several years due to the economic turndown, resulted in a family staying in their home city and enjoying area attractions.  Today, however, couples can enjoy a quick getaway just 80 miles north of Las Vegas in Mesquite, Nevada as an affordable alternative.

 Many people would be surprised to learn that in spite of some hardships the town is still growing with a population of over 17,000.  Visitors can choose from five different hotels in the area to fit every budget, some with casinos and several motels as well.  The oldest and probably the most recognized of the five is the CasaBlanca Resort & Casino.  It opened in 1996 by Merv Griffin and Players International and was known as Player’s Island Resort.  The name was changed in 1997 when Black Gaming acquired the resort for 30.5 million. Today, Casablanca offers over 450 contemporary style hotel rooms with European style bedding.  No other casino in Mesquite, Nevada has as many dining options as the CasaBlanca Resort.  Their gourmet restaurant, Katherine’s, offers an innovative menu featuring fish, seafood, poultry, pasta, and the finest cuts of beef from Chicago Stockyards Prime Beef.  Caesar salad, spinach salad, bananas foster, and Café Diablo are all served with tableside flair, an art you rarely see today.  Dinner is served daily from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with 50% off cocktails during happy hour from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The resort also has a 24-hour coffee shop and buffet with limited hours.

 If you have visited Mesquite before, you might be familiar with the Eureka Casino Resort.  Newly remodeled and one of the nicest hotels to stay in Mesquite, the 214 rooms are decorated and styled with your comfort in mind.  The Eureka is family-owned and operated since 1997 by the Lee family.  Gregory T.H. Lee has incrementally transformed it from a small and simple operation to a modern, multi-faceted hotel and casino.  Their signature restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill, has exquisite cuisine cooked on a mesquite wood grill, traditional décor and great customer service.  The menu features all the old-time favorites, along with added specialties of live Maine lobster and Italian cuisine nightly from 4:00-9:00 p.m. The remaining three hotel properties are Highland Estates Resort Hotel, Holiday Inn Express (formerly The Falcon Ridge Hotel), and the Virgin River Hotel & Casino.  In addition, CasaBlanca does offer RV parking behind its property.

 A couple of days spent in Mesquite will not disappoint the avid golfer or spa aficionado.   Play any of the seven championship golf courses that carpet the desert in Mesquite for your playing pleasure.  Mesquite is rapidly emerging as a major golf destination. Each of these courses is unique and offer golfers a challenging adventure each time they tee up.The Oasis Golf Club is Mesquite’s only 36-hole golf facility and features The Oasis, an Arnold Palmer designed course, rated among the top 10 public courses by Golf Digest and The Canyons designed by Dave Druzisky featuring the same canyon fairways and spectacular desert scenery.  Falcon Ridge is one of the newest additions to the Mesquite golf scene.  It winds through the hills and canyons of Northwest Mesquite with spectacular elevation changes, numerous water features and high mesa views.  The Cal Olsen designed CasaBlanca Golf Club lies etched into the wetlands of the Mesquite Valley.  This beautiful course winds in and out of the Virgin River basin offering a new experience on every tee. 

Mesquite’s first golf course, the Palms, features plenty of water features on the front nine, while the mountainous back nine has dramatic elevation changes and emphasizes shot placement.  The 15th hole has a breathtaking view and vertical drop of 114 feet from the tee to the fairway.  Mesquite’s newest golf challenge, Conestoga is an 18-hole scenic masterpiece artfully interwoven with the character and contours of Sun City Mesquite’s spectacular landforms. Undulating through canyons with gently ascending and descending elevations, rugged rock outcroppings and tranquil water elements, the integrity of the land is preserved at every opportunity.  Wolf Creek has been called one of the most remarkable and most visually spectacular courses in the world. The course winds up, down and through dramatic red rock canyons and from the back tees require generous quantities of both power and precision. One of the back tees stands as tall as an 11-story building!

 After your round of golf or in lieu of, why not enjoy a spa treatment at either of Mesquite’s two spas, Spa Eureka or The Spa at CasaBlanca.  At the Spa Eureka, enjoy their signature Red Mesa massage.  A warm pink granite stone enhances the therapist’s touch as a healing balm with botanical oils and exotic spices is applied to your body.  60 minutes/$100.  Guests may elect to have their massage in a poolside cabana, in the comfort of their room or suite, or in a spa treatment room.  Packages are available, so be sure and check with the hotel when booking your room reservation. The Spa at CasaBlanca offers seasonal specials such as Revitalizing Properties of Orange, a 2 hour orange peel body masque, scrub, wrap, hour massage, and scalp for $159.  They offer a Room & Golf or Spa Package Starting at $79.  For more information or to book your Golf or Spa Package call 877-GETAWAY. For those who love nature and exploring the outdoors, Mesquite is a good stepping off point for several recreational parks.  Zion, one of the nation’s oldest national parks is just 80 miles from Mesquite in Springdale, Utah.  Valley of Fire is located about 45 miles from Mesquite and is oldest and largest state park dedicated in 1935.  Both parks offer hiking for all levels, camping, and Mother Nature’s palate for photographers.

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, there is no better time to forego a staycation and visit Mesquite, Nevada.  Discover it soon for yourself! Copyright © 2012   Tammy Kincaid   All rights reserved