Best StaCation™ Ever: How to Spend 48 Hours at Green Valley Ranch

You may have heard of the term “staycation” which describes a vacation where you’re not too far from home. In these times, staycations are becoming more and more popular among Las Vegas locals.

Here at Station Casinos, we like to call these StaCations™ (get it?).

If you’re considering a staycation, there are six locations in town that are perfect for a 48-hour getaway.

Take Green Valley Ranch Resort, Casino and Spa, for example. Open in 2001, it’s a favorite particularly for Henderson locals (don’t call it Vegas in front of them!).

Below is an itinerary for the perfect StaCation at Green Valley Ranch based on a Friday afternoon check-in and a Sunday morning check-out.

Night One: Friday at GVR

4 p.m. – Check-in and freshen up

There’s no better feeling than checking into your hotel room. This is especially true at GVR where the lobby area is absolutely gorgeous.

Consider a stop at Lobby Bar* to kick off your trip. It’s right next to check-in and has a great front-row seat to the backyard area.

Welcome to your staycation.

*Check hour due to bar restrictions

6 p.m. – Walk the casino floor

With over 140,000 square feet to explore, GVR is massive. If you’ve never been before, we recommend starting out with a walk on the floor to check out everything there is to offer for your weekend. That includes indoors AND outdoors (we’ll get to the beautiful pool area soon).

It’s always good to get your bearings first.

7 p.m. – Dinner at Hank’s Fine Steaks

Start the trip with one of the best steakhouses the city has to offer. Hank’s Fine Steaks is loved by locals for their service, quality, and value compared to strip steakhouses. And let’s not forget about the martinis in its namesake.

What many love about Hank’s is the live music – on any given night the piano area is occupied by a local musician setting the perfect ambiance for your night out.

Lastly, if you want to go big, Hank’s is one of the only spots in town that serves certified Kobe Beef. It’s pricey and it’s worth every cent.

9 p.m. – Bingo Session

BINGO! If you’ve never been to a late-night bingo session at GVR, it’s something you have to try. It’s tons of fun and your experience comes with comped drinks.

You might even meet fellow StaCationers who become new friends.

Day Two: Saturday at GVR

9 a.m.  – The Spa at Green Valley Ranch 

Just beyond the Tuscan-Inspired vineyard, you will find the Spa and Salon at Green Valley Ranch. Beyond world-class treatments, the space itself allows for a perfectly relaxing Saturday morning with a private adults-only lap pool and numerous areas to relax.

There’s a reason The Spa at GVR wins Best Spa in the Best of Las Vegas Awards year after year.

With over 40,000 square feet of space and our own private adults-only lap pool with breathtaking views of the strip.

Pro tip – keep an eye on GVR Spa’s specials page for the latest deals.

OR visit the Sports Book 

Not excited about a spa day? Consider the sportsbook as an alternative. Between the massive space, drink service, and countless screens, you’ve got tons to do on game day. 

12 p.m. – Pool Day!

Arguably the most recognizable spot at GVR is the backyard ara.

The lush eight-acre backyard is the most Instagrammable spot at GVR. It offers amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip, personalized food-and-beverage service, and plush loungers & daybeds.

Our favorite feature? The walk-in sand-bottom beach pool.

The pool is just another example of strip-quality amenities at GVR but with fantastic value.

And parents, your kids have plenty of room to swim and get tired out. Thank us later.

5 p.m. – Nap, Enjoy The Room

GVR’s rooms are nice. Enjoy them. Get a quick nap in and get ready for the night. You’ll need it.

7 p.m. – Pizza Rock

Pizza Rock on a Saturday night is all about the atmosphere. Add award-winning pizzas and an impressive craft beer selection and you’ve got a great, centrally-located spot to spend your Saturday night.

9 p.m. Gaming on the casino floor

GVR is a casino, after all. Pick your game: slots, craps, roulette, blackjack, video poker… GVR has multiple versions of any game you could want.

The casino floor will be buzzing on a Saturday night and you’ll be right in the middle of the action.

Final Morning: Sunday at GVR

10 a.m. – Brunch at Bottiglia

End your StaCation on a high note. Bottiglia is one of Henderson’s best brunch spots and the food is as beautiful as it is delicious.

It’s a favorite spot of Instagrammers and one look at the restaurant will show you why. Its bright patio and classy colors make a great background for a photo of your mimosa glass.


Sound like a good time? We thought so. Right now you can book a StaCation at GVR (for Nevada residents only!) with NO resort fees and great rates.


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