Bargain Hunter

Photo courtesy Jack Affleck

Dining at Altitude

Calling all foodies! Fall in the Vail Valley means the start of Vail/Beaver Creek Restaurant Week.  Dubbed “Dining at Altitude”, this restaurant week features deals from all the top eateries in the Valley. With over 45 establishments participating, we’ve got you covered from breakfast to dessert. It might be impossible to visit all the spectacular restaurant specials, but that just means you have to come back next fall!

Free Fall Activities

Nothing beats free, and if that includes exploring what Colorado does best, than all the better. Hiking and Mountain Biking are some of the local’s favorite free fall activities since the weather is perfect and the trees are wearing crowns of gold. With tons of great trails and paths scattered throughout the valley, you’ll be hard pressed to find your favorite. Eagle is becoming a mecca for mountain bikers. When asked, locals said their favorite trails were Boneyard and Haymaker.

Want to stay a little closer to civilization? Head to Oktoberfest in Vail or Beaver Creek and enjoy free Bavarian music and a festive atmosphere that includes a Bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling, Bavarian yodeling, and stein lifting. Listed as a “don’t miss” by many locals, this celebration of beer, music and autumn ranks as a top fall pick.

 

Timing is Everything

If you’re on a budget, you can score the same hotel room that you’d book at top dollar in the wintertime for a fraction of the cost in the spring or fall. If your plans are somewhat flexible, you can find lodging specials most any time of year at vailonsale.com.

In addition to saving money on lodging, there are deals aplenty for activities and restaurants during the off-peak seasons. Peruse the Vail Daily (which is free, BTW) for the latest dining specials that might include two-for-one entrées, free bottles of wine with purchase or multi-course meals for an unheard of price.

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Perhaps the best way to find the bargains is to talk to the locals. These folks have, through their wits and ingenuity, found a way to live and play in the Vail Valley; they can be your best source of information for deals and bargains – particularly for free entertainment. There are tons of options to discover the area and try out various activities, like trying a fly fishing casting clinic on the banks of Gore Creek, joining a walking tour of Vail’s outdoor art or exploring the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, where high-altitude flora from around the world grows. Then there’s the great wide open, where you can hike or simply wander the bike path. Take a deep breath – these views are just for you.

Whether you’re looking to visit for a few days or longer, there are plenty of ways to find a bargain in the Vail Valley. From lodging to meals to entertainment, you may not spend a ton, but your memories will be priceless.

Don't Miss This One Thing

The Vail Sports Annual Blizzard Ski and Snowboard Sale typically takes place in August or while supplies last. You can find everything you need to gear up for the season, from skis to boots to apparel and more.

Miss the Blizzard Sale? Check out Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s annual ski swap at Dobson Ice Arena in late October or early November.

Local Tips

If you’re looking for deals, we know where to find them. Grab the local newspaper, The Vail Daily, as soon as you arrive in the valley. It will have all the local specials running during your vacation and range from spas, to restaurants, to activities.