Bonnie Springs Motel

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go. Eighteen miles west of town off Charleston Boulevard, this bucolic resort is a throwback to the old days. Among its 50 rooms are five themed suites dressed up in the motifs of American Indians, Spanish, Chinese, covered wagons and the Gay ’90s. If you’re not into period pieces, there are suites with indoor Jacuzzis, fireplaces and mirrors on the walls and ceilings. Yow! And for more conventional family fare, 13 larger suites contain full kitchens (with utensils) and televisions in both bedrooms. VCRs can be rented and that might be a good idea because Bonnie Springs doesn’t have cable. Kids younger than 13 stay free, and they will enjoy the free petting zoo and miniature train on site. Cowpokes ages 7 and older can saddle up for morning horseback rides ($20 per hour). Next door is Old Nevada, a rustic Western village with turn-of-the-century shops, an opera house and a wax museum of notable Western figures on the main street. Daily gunfights and shootouts are staged to keep things lively. Meeting rooms on the grounds accommodate up to 1,000 people for conventions and retreats. A restaurant a half-mile away at Bonnie Springs Ranch serves excellent food. Any steak on the menu is excellent! In keeping with the old West flavor, there are no nonsmoking rooms at the motel. Pets are accepted with a $50 cash deposit.