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Summerlin, Nev.: Las Vegas Without the Hustle

A flourishing dining and shopping scene has this neighborhood at Sin City's edge buzzing.

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  • Sambalatte Summerlin, image
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    Sambalatte's Summerlin location has a polished yet rustic look that's common in the neighborhood. The baristas pride themselves on their foam art.
  • MTO Cafe's chicken pot pie, image
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    MTO Café in Summerlin offers a dinner menu that includes chicken pot pie topped with a buttermilk biscuit crust.
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    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar serves a picture-perfect roasted squash with Burrata and brown butter nut granola.
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    Ridges and canyons of brightly colored sandstone make Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area a scenic wonder.
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area hikers, image
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    Hikers of all ages enjoy exploring Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
  • Made L.V. clams, image
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    Made L.V. steams clams in hefeweizen beer and serves them with chicken chorizo and garlic bread.
  • Regal Downtown Summerlin 5 bar, image
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    The amenities at the Regal Downtown Summerlin 5 movie theater include a full bar.

Beyond the flash of the Strip and the crowded downtown area, visitors find the upscale Summerlin neighborhood, home to a flush of new restaurants and shops, and gateway to the stunning painted cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. Area code is 702.

The area’s big news is the recently opened Downtown Summerlin, a laid-back open-air mall with 125 stores, restaurants, and attractions, including Regal Downtown Summerlin 5, a luxurious movie theater outfitted with plush, king-size reclining chairs and a full bar. 2070 Park Center Dr., 641-9005, regmovies.com.

Last winter, comfort-food favorite MTO Café doubled down with this second location that adds a dinner menu, including dishes such as truffle meatloaf, to its popular breakfast and lunch lineups. 10970 Rosemary Park Dr., Ste. 100, 982-0770, mtocafe.com.

Since it opened in August of 2014, Made L.V. has been a hit for its stylish, rustic interior and tasty casual dishes such as dirty mac and cheese, made with burnt pork ends, four kinds of cheese, and a crust of Ritz crackers. The outdoor seating and banana pudding with salted caramel are also fan favorites. 450 S. Rampart Blvd., 722-2000, made-lv.com.

The highlight in Red Rock Resort’s new restaurant row, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar offers diners a menu of shared plates that include braised short rib meatballs with goat cheese, and wood ovenbaked flatbreads with various toppings such as buffalo mozzarella, basil, and chile. 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 693-8300, hearthstonelv.com.

Just 20 minutes away, a 13-mile scenic drive loops past vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a jumble of red and tan sandstone formations. Stopping points along the way connect to hiking trails, including the moderately strenuous walk to Calico Tanks (2.5 miles round trip) that leads to a viewpoint overlooking Las Vegas in the valley below. 3205 State Route 159, 515-5350, blm.gov.

Locally owned coffee shop Sambalatte buzzes with activity as people catch up over coffee carefully selected from small, sustainable farms from around the globe. Highly trained baristas top off frothy drinks with artistic leaves created from foam. 750 S. Rampart Blvd., 272-2333, sambalatte.com.

To help customers navigate the thousands of wines, beers, and spirits it carries, Total Wine & More offers free weekly wine tastings as well as in-depth classes that include samples and expert insights. 730 S. Rampart Blvd., 933-8740, totalwine.com.

Photography by Bill Milne (Made L.V. clams); Billy Ward (MTO Café pot pie); courtesy of Sambalatte, Light Group (Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar squash); BLM/Southern Nevada District Office (Red Rock Canyon); and Regal Entertainment Group

This article was first published in January 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.