Longstreet Inn, an Oasis on the Calif.-Nev. State Line

By Amy Baratta

Reed Travel Features

ASH MEADOWS, Nev. -- Building the Longstreet Inn, Casino & R.V. Park here took five years from start to finish, but to proprietor Jim Marsh, it was worth the wait. According to Marsh, who was looking to establish a gaming operation near the Nevada-California state line, the U.S. government owns more than three-quarters of the state's land, so finding private property that was for sale was one challenge and finding that property in a good location was another.

However, Marsh found and bought his state-line land in the Amargosa Valley -- situated 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, near Highway 373. "It was the last remaining highway of significance that did not have a casino," Marsh said. Then he tried to find a development partner. "My original intent was not to develop the property," Marsh said. "I tried to get someone else to do it." When that failed, he said, "I decided to design [the property] and do it myself."

Thus was born the idea for the Longstreet Inn, Casino & R.V. Park, which opened last year, when the property's gaming license went into effect. The 60-room inn -- named for gunslinger, settler, miner and gambler Jack Longstreet -- includes 43 standard rooms, three designed for travelers with disabilities and 14 mini-suites that feature gas fireplaces, patios or balconies and views of the Funeral Mountains. In addition, all of the guest rooms are decorated in turn-of-the-century, Victorian style.

The decor reflects Marsh's interest in the history of the Old West. For example, Bar None, the inn's watering hole, features one of the serving bars from the old Windsor Hotel in Denver, and items such as an 80-caliber rifle and early pictures of Las Vegas are on display in the property's various public areas. The area's mining and farming history is represented by displays of old mining cars, ore buckets and antique farm machinery. The inn also features an outdoor swimming pool that opened last spring and a lagoon and gazebo from which guests can relax and watch the resident ducks or fish.

Dining options include the Nebraska Steakhouse, which seats approximately 80 people and offers mountain views, and Jack's Coffee Shop. The latter is located near the casino, which features table games and slots in 12,000 square feet of gaming space.

For those who would rather take their chances on a golf course, Marsh said, the property will introduce a par-28, nine-hole layout in mid-October. Marsh also said he is considering constructing a skeet range at the property later this month. In the future, Marsh added, he would like to build an off-road racing course and expand the golf operation to 18 or even 36 holes on a 640-acre tract of land he owns less than a mile from the property on the California side.

For clients traveling in recreational vehicles, the property's R.V. park features 51 full hook-ups with cable television and telephones.

A convenience store, gift shop and fully equipped laundry facility are located at the inn.

In the summer, nightly room rates range from $39 to $69. In the winter, the prices increase to from $49 to $99 per night. Clients who wish to stay in the R.V. park pay $16 per day or $12.50 per day for stays of three days or longer. For reservations, agents can contact the inn at (702) 372-1777; fax (702) 372-1280.

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