Paintball provides a competitive capture-the-flag approach to studying the forces of velocity, wind-resistance, and the physics of splatter. Seven spacious fields of natural grass and hundreds of trees span 10 acres of surface area at Pahrump Paintball, where a friendly, safety-first staff can monitor large groups of marksmen and Wagnerian shieldmaidens. All equipment is provided, including paint, air, and splattable battle fatigues, allowing soldiers to sink into the trenches and skillfully blot the enemy from a distance or surge toward an opponent's base, making a poignant meta-mural of their surroundings. The attentive referees and variety of the course, including a tall-grass jungle field, make Pahrump a fine destination for all levels of splotcher.
Situated on 7,082 lush yards of undulating hills bordered by mountainous vistas, the par 72 course at Mountain Falls Golf Club entertains golfers of all levels with challenging shots in a serene setting. Limber up a stiff swing with a bucket of 35 practice balls on the course's all-grass driving range, which features a chipping and putting area designed to improve short game and acclimate players to the cheerful chirps of their clubs. Commandeering a one-cart motorcade across the bent-grass fairways, golfers engage 18 holes, each equipped with four sets of tees to accommodate different backgrounds and handicaps (up to a $65 value). Bunkers and water hazards pepper the greens, providing formidable obstacles for players, who can refuel with a hearty third-pound burger, fries, and a soft drink (a $9.95 value) from Mountain Falls' rustic Grill Room. The on-site dining facility boasts a flavorful menu, elegant décor, and an undefeated high score at Golden Tee.
At Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, luxury meets asphalt: the facility's resort-style clubhouse and amenities coexist with three racing tracks encompassing 4 miles of roadway. Visit the club for its restaurant and lounge, pool and spa, racquetball court, climbing wall, and workout facilities. The adjacent racetracks boast more than 20 unique configurations, which factor into the lessons at three resident driving schools.
The instructors at the resort’s Ron Fellows Performance Driving School train students from behind the wheel of current-model Corvettes. Students learn to navigate a purpose-built road course in a safe, controlled environment. The club’s Radical Division services the club's fleet of Radical racecars—six-speed and up to 500-horsepower machines that visitors can climb into for ride-along sessions with instructors or test on their own. During driving classes, students and their families gain access to parts of the club normally open to members only.
Growing up in a small town, Tanya Carrier discovered a talent—and more importantly, a passion—for running at the age of 13. Running helped give her confidence and identity in high school. It helped see her through college, as the only member of her extended family to attend. It taught her discipline, which guided her in qualifying for the Boston Marathon, earning a master's degree in special education, and, ultimately, founding Downtown Runners. As she told Joe Schoenmann of the Las Vegas Sun, she created the organization to share her passion with others and to provide an outlet for people to exercise together.
Tanya knows that Las Vegas already has its fair share of 5Ks, so she planned her inaugural two for the off seasons. Her first race, the Sprinkler Sprint 5K, offsets summer's heat with watery obstacles, such as squirt guns, water cannons, and Slip 'n Slides. Her second 5K takes its inspiration from strip poker, encouraging runners to bundle up against the winter chill with clothes they'd like to donate to charity, losing a layer at predetermined stops along the route. For each item of clothing lost, they get a playing card to use in a poker hand at the end of the race. Winning hands can be used to claim prizes or bluff other racers into believing they haven't even started running yet.
Outside of Graceland, The King's Ransom Museum showcases one of the largest collections of artifacts and personal treasures owned by Elvis Presley. Curated by Elvis historian Bud Glass and collector Russ Howe, the exhibit encompasses artifacts that span Presley's career from 1950 until his death. Highlights include familiar wardrobe pieces he donned on stage and screen, such as a custom two-piece leather suit and his massive ring from the 1972 documentary Elvis on Tour. The museum also houses large jewelry and gun and badge collections assembled by the "King of Bling," as well as the last car Presley ever purchased and other historic artifacts from his youth.
The museum also delves into Presley's private life, displaying more-personal effects such as the custom, red crushed-velvet bedspread from his Graceland home and his pajamas, whose dry-cleaning slips have been lost forever. To supplement these artifacts, Russ and Bud incorporate plenty of the King's private photos and home movies. On select days, the museum welcomes guest appearances from some of Presley's friends and colleagues, such as his Blue Hawaii costar Darlene Tompkins and his Kissin' Cousins costar Cynthia Pepper.
The Black Smokers Retreat gathers people of color together for a weekend of smoking premium cigars at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino and surrounding venues. The first day—Friday, August 9—kicks off with a welcome reception at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, followed by a cigar crawl at Napoleon’s Lounge, Vato’s Cigars, and Rhumbar. After sipping cocktails and smoking luxury cigars in the sultry lounges, cigar-crawl participants can head out to the Smokers Terrace for freshly rolled cigars and cash-bar libations.
During Saturday’s Old School Day Party, a DJ spins classic songs from the 1780s and 1990s while throwing in a few hits from today. The Gentleman’s Smoke event that follows includes appetizers, complimentary cigars, and a two-hour open bar. And the Smokers Terrace opens once again that evening.
The retreat concludes on Sunday with a Sunday smoke and brunch, followed by an awards ceremony. Smokers can participate in one of these events or purchase a three-day event pass and receive a two-night stay at the Flamingo, a gift bag, evening meals, and complimentary cigars.