Wellness Seeker

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Naturalist John Muir’s famous quote has resurged lately on everything from t-shirts to bracelets, perhaps because time in the mountains can unclutter our minds and refresh our souls in a way nothing else does.

Photo courtesy Jack Affleck

Train for a Busy Summer

If you want to fit as much hiking and biking as possible in this summer, make sure you are in shape. The Avon Recreation Center offers Indoor Cycling Courses that focus on both power and heart rate. The training is designed to improve your body’s capability to sustain energy longer during your rides so you can ride faster up our famous mountains, reduce your fatigue, prepare for your bucket list cycling events, and have more fun on your bike!

Healthy living is a hot topic around the country and it’s certainly top of mind for folks in the Vail Valley who take wellness – of mind, body and spirit – seriously.

Adding a wellness component to your vacation, be it in the form of a yoga class, opting for healthy meals at local restaurants or taking a guided nature hike with a naturalist, can set the tone for your getaway, or perhaps even start a whole-life overhaul.

Healthy Spots to Eat

The Blue Plate, located in Avon, boasts a 65% gluten free menu and takes special care to provide a wide range of Vegan and dairy free options as well. This restaurant has a fantastic outdoor patio, and locals know this is the place to dine on a beautiful sunny day.

If you’re planning a special event, consider using FOOD! by Marc which specializes in healthy food for active lifestyles and bases menus off of seasonal ingredients. In fact, Chef Marc goes to our local farmers markets throughout the valley to find fresh organic produce, honeys, breads, meats, and seafood. FOOD! by Marc is one of the valley’s favorite catering companies.

Photo courtesy Vail Vitality Centre

Climb High

While snow sometimes stops you from climbing our highest peaks in the spring, try visiting the only indoor climbing wall in Vail at Vail Athletic Club. Test yourself both physically and mentally as you make it toward the top of this vertical obstacle course. Never climbed before? The expert trainers at Vail Athletic Club are equipped for everything from the basics to the more technical aspects.

Spa Me

Hotel spas have long been on the forefront of providing rejuvenating and often times luxurious spa treatments.

At Allegria Spa in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, spa goers can go on a 90-minute guided hike followed by treatments at the spa.

The Four Seasons Resort Spa offers organic treatments that focus on preserving the delicate balance of hydration and nourishment, which is especially important in this alpine climate.

Meanwhile, at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, therapists use a combination of deep heat, royal Thai massage and an aromatic hot poultice to work their magic on sore muscles during the Hot Herbal Poultice treatment.

Spa Anjali, at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, offers a series of “Chakra Blessing” treatments, including the Manipura blessing, which focuses on the naval chakra responsible for igniting health and vitality. The treatment combines a detoxifying foot and body scrub, bio-energy mud wrap, massage and lymphatic drainage.

Photo courtesy Ashley Albrecht

Don’t Miss This One Thing

There is nothing quite like a powerful yet serene alpine waterfall. In the spring there are a variety of hikes for all abilities that will get you up close and personal with these gushing waterways. Some of the local favorites include Booth Falls and Piney Falls.

Local Tip

In spring, the daffodils and tulips run rampant along the hiking trails. Pack a picnic and hike to the picnic tables near the yurt in Arrowhead to enjoy these beautiful bulbs and some peace and serenity.