New on the Vegas scene: Green Valley

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LAS VEGAS -- It's a tough time to open a new property, but the Green Valley Ranch is more than ready for its December debut. The 201-room resort is the newest member of the Station Casinos family, which owns and operates many properties in the Vegas area. Officials from Green Valley have been spreading the word at various trade shows, including the Incentive Travel Meetings Executive (ITME) conference in Chicago and the ASTA World Travel Congress in New York.

A rendering of the Whiskey Sky bar and nightclub.General manager Mike Mecca calls Green Valley "a great neighborhood casino in the fastest-growing portion of the fastest-growing city in the U.S." Officials also are trumpeting the property's unique features including its working vineyard and Vegas' first Whiskey Sky nightclub, operated by Rande Gerber. Gerber happens to be the creator of many "in" spots like Los Angeles' Skybar as well as being the husband of Cindy Crawford.

Besides possible celebrity sightings, clients will find an 80,000-square-foot casino with 2,550 slot/video poker machines and 53 gaming tables, and a 10,000-square-foot European day spa. Rounding out the offerings are a 10-screen movie theater, an outdoor amphitheater, two tennis courts, 11,000 square feet of meeting space, seven restaurants, six quick-service eateries and four bars.

Dining options include Fado, a traditional Irish pub; the Original Pancake House, and Border Grill, the restaurant created by Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Miliken from Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales" show.

In addition to regular guest rooms, Green Valley has 45 suites and a 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. The rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, a minibar, a safe and a coffeemaker. Room service is available around the clock.

Green Valley is about a five-minute ride from the airport and about 10 minutes from the Strip. "The resort is close to the action but a world apart," Mecca said. Room rates range from $99 to $299. The property is scheduled to open Dec. 18. For more information, call (866) 617-7770.

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