It’s not yet March, but I’m already in the mood for a summer in Vail. I dare you to find a better summer destination in the U.S. from June through October.
When the snow melts, Vail reawakens with a summer filled with adventures from hiking and biking to golf to three new hotels and new dining concepts and events.
The biggest project in Vail over the past decade is the $90-million, 323,000-sq-ft luxury condo complex called Lion Vail. The Lion offers a variety of mountain residences ranging from one to five bedrooms, each with distinctive finishes, a high attention to detail and spacious balconies.
Amenities include an outdoor salt-water hot tub, an indoor infinity current lap pool and salt-water hot tub, a fitness center with steam room and an entertainment room.
The Lion is conveniently located less than 350 yards from the Eagle Bahn Gondola for easy access to hiking, mountain biking and on-mountain activities.
The 285-room Hotel Talisa recently completed a $60 million renovation and rebrand. Hotel Talisa is the only mountain property in North America to join Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio of hotels and resorts.
Hotel Talisa features crafted programming and amenities, including a pillow menu, Ute Indian-inspired crafts for kids, a weekly Moët flutes and frites event, and “après everyday” with champagne sabering and tasting, a hot chocolate bar, bites and music year-round.
Following a complete renovation, Hilton is introducing its first and only hotel in Vail, DoubleTree by Hilton Vail. The landmark property, expected to open in April, features 116 guest rooms with 19 family suites in West Vail.
One of Vail’s new dining concepts is Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails. Fall Line restaurant celebrates the active and adventurous lifestyle of Vail with casual comfort food and inventive cocktails in a bright, modern space flanked with large ’60s era ski photos lining the walls.
Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt has developed a creative menu that features sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and sharable plates. Selections include Smoke Trout and Salmon Rillettes, Maine Lobster BLT, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches and a Hawaiian Chicken Flatbread.
Vail also offers several mountain sized brunch options with weekend offerings at The Sebastian-Vail and four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.
The concept of “Sunday Funday” gets a new twist with The Sebastian-Vail’s weekly brunch featuring unlimited food and drink. The hotel’s new Sunday Funday Brunch includes a bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco Bar, ‘All Day Rosé,’ service, a charcuterie and cheese bar as well as classic and creative brunch selections served tapas style.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail is offering a high-altitude brunch at The Remedy Bar. Executive Chef Marcus Stewart has created a menu loaded with dishes such as a smoked salmon and tater tot “waffle” complete with accoutrements and caviar; the French countryman benedict with country ham and poached egg; banana nutella dulce de leche crepe with citrus confit and cherries; an acai bowl; and buffalo corned beef hash with smoked tomato choron, caramelised onion-thyme compote and scallions.
One of the world’s highest botanic gardens Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is hosting Nurture Explore & Discover at the Gardens from May to September. It’s a compilation of traveling educational exhibits, interactive games and activities, Intimate Evening at the Gardens speaker series, and hand-on workshops focused on conveying the importance plants play in the health of our waterways.
The Vail Valley Foundation recently announced a partnership with one of the largest music management companies in the country, AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, to bring a new music series “Whistle Pig Vail” to town. Whistle Pig will feature four to eight new, big-ticket headlining acts to Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater this summer.
In August, the Colorado Classic, a four-stage cycling race featuring some of the best racers in the world, will take place in two stages: stage one Aug. 16-17 in Vail, followed by stage two Aug. 18-19 in Denver.
The event will dovetail with Whistle Pig Vail headliner concerts to create a weekend-long festival atmosphere, including men’s and women’s pro cycling races, citizen events, food, beverage, expos, and other ancillary events.
Feature photo by Jack Affleck