First-Timer

Get Outside

 

One of the first things we suggest you do when you get to the Vail Valley is pick up a Vail Daily newspaper. This valley-wide newspaper has information on upcoming events, dining specials, available activities, and more.  Click the video to find out what some of Mark Bricklin’s, the Vail Daily Marketing Director, favorite activities are to do in the summer.

Taste of Colorado

The Vail Valley is awash with craft industries, from microbreweries to distilleries. Sample their sensational offerings with a tasting flight, where you can try six or more beers and choose your favorite.

The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company in Vail, Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards and Bonfire Brewing in Eagle all offer tasting flights- and The 10th even let’s you keep your tasting glass.

Insider Tip: Perhaps even more entertaining than the beers themselves
are the names – ask your server the history behind them! Some of our personal favorites include Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Hopflower Pie, Pink-I Raspberry IPA and World’s Greatest Pale Ale.

Where To Stay

If you’re a couple:

There is no shortage of romantic hotels in Vail. Big names include The Sebastian-Vail, Sonnenalp Hotel, Solaris, Four Seasons Resort and Arrabelle at Vail Square. These luxurious hotels are located in the heart of Vail, and are just minutes or even an elevator ride away from some of Vail’s most famous fine dining restaurants. Beaver Creek also has its share of cozy hotels. Try the Park Hyatt, The Charter, Pines Lodge and The Osprey. These hotels are within walking distance to the mountain so you can expect breathtaking views from your hotel room. Further west in Edwards, you can find a bit more seclusion and privacy at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. This hotel is surrounded by mountains and aspen trees and is only a 20 minute drive to Beaver Creek and a 30 minute drive to Vail.

If you’re traveling with your family:

While the hotels listed above are good recommendations for anyone visiting Vail, families might consider renting a condominium for the added space and flexibility. Vail International, Vail Cascade and Vail Landmark offer condos with a kitchen and multiple separate bedrooms ensuring comfort and lots of space for your family. Each location has a pool and hot tub so you can relax while the kids play. Also, each is within walking distance to Vail Ski and Snowboard School so dropping off the kids at ski school or signing up for a family private lesson is convenient and leaves more time for what you really came here for: skiing and riding. In Beaver Creek, excellent family choices include Saddleridge, St. James Place, Park Plaza and Creekside. These condos offer more space, parking and a short walk to the slopes.

Aspenwood Lodge, Buffalo Park, One Arrowhead Place and Seasons Lodge are all excellent choices in Arrowhead, where you can access Beaver Creek in winter and enjoy a round of golf at the Country Club of the Rockies in summer.

If you’re traveling with friends on a budget:

Just 30 minutes west, the town of Eagle offers visitors to the Vail Valley a variety of lodging options. The AmericInn and Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites are good value alternatives to the hotels closer to the mountain. To get to the mountain from Eagle, you can rent a car from the Eagle County Airport, or you can hop on the ECO Transit bus, which will take you to either the base of Beaver Creek, Lionshead or Vail Village, and only costs four dollars one way. Insider Tip: Be sure to check the Lodging Quality Assurance (LQA) ratings on VailOnSale.com for the best rates.

Experience Eagle

Eagle is one of those towns that you don’t want to miss. Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, the residents of Eagle know how to enjoy the outdoors. With tons of biking, hiking, and yoga festivals throughout the summer, we know you’ll enjoy your time in this nature-focused community. But, don’t take our word for it, check out this video to the right.

Don't Miss This One Thing

One of the best ways to eat a delicious Sunday brunch at Game Creek Restaurant is to work for it! You can take the gondola up the mountain, but locals suggest hiking all the way up to be sure you are nice and hungry for your buffet brunch. The buffet includes shrimp, pastries, gourmet cheese, made-to-order omelets and so much more. Be sure to make reservations and sit outside. The view can’t be beat! Local tip: If you made reservations, you don’t have to wait in the line at the gondola behind all the bikers waiting to ride up. Tell the greeter at the bottom that you are going to Game Creek for brunch and you get to skip to the head of the line!

Local Tip

Relax and enjoy. We move at a slower pace in the summer months. There are so many activities, events and things to do in the summer months and it’s not essential to pack too much into your itinerary. You can get to those other items on your next trip to our valley.