By Debbie Hall

A staycation featuring wine tastings, golf and race cars

3 Cadillacs on Spring Mountain Track 2013Pahrump, approximately 60 miles east of Las Vegas, is the perfect weekend getaway with two wineries offering wine tastings, golf and a racing experience along with accommodations, an incredible steakhouse and local entertainment.

For those looking for an adrenaline rush, Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club is for the hardcore racing enthusiast or novice ready to race around its track. The Ron Fellows Performance Driving School offers an all-encompassing approach to performance driving. The clubhouse features amenities such as state of the art locker rooms, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, weight room and gym. Also included is a rock climbing wall, indoor gun range, professional indoor racquetball court and outdoor basketball court. In the complex is a 40 foot tall observation deck and timing tower to view all areas of the track and facilities.

Pahrump Valley WineryThe centerpiece of the Mountain Falls community is its golf course, breathtaking in its setting, facilities and course layout. Every hole, the driving and putting ranges and the parking lot has a panoramic view of Charleston Peak and the Spring Mountains. The Grill Room in the club is open to the public and fees for golfing are very reasonable all year round.

Nevada may seem like a strange place to have vineyards, but there are two wineries with tastings and one with a restaurant on the property.

Pahrump Valley Winery has been around 20 years with owners Bill and Gretchen Loken. The winery produces award-winning wines from grapes grown from its own vineyard as well as distributing other wines under its own label. Wine tastings and tours are offered and Symphony’s Restaurant designed to be an “upscale casual” restaurant named after the Loken’s gold medal winning wine of the same name. While the restaurant features white linen, stemware and china along with its wonderful wine offering, guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and dine luxuriously.

The Sanders Family Winery was established in 1988 when owner Jack Sanders founded the first winery in Pahrump. The Sanders family has been growing grapes in Pahrump for nearly three decades and with their Tuscan style winery, visitors center and performing arts amphitheater. Tastings are offered along with a chance to experience real Nevada history.

Stockmans SteakhousePahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino, 3 Diamond AAA rated hotel, features newly remodeled guest rooms with free wireless, plasma televisions and non-smoking rooms with golf packages available. Stockman’s Steakhouse in the hotel is a classic American steakhouse with a modern twist. With a hometown feel, excellent service, beautiful presentation, an eclectic wine list and signature cocktails; the main course is USDA choice (or higher) steaks. But there is also seafood, chicken, pasta and lamb with sides and desserts.

While Pahrump might be an hour’s drive, it is a world away from Las Vegas. For more info, visit pahrumpnv.org.

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