Going All Out

For a wonderful experience, treat yourself to one of the valley’s find-dining mainstays. In Vail: Sweet Basil has be serving seasonal cuisine for more than 30 years. Flame  at the Four Seasons serves exquisite steaks and seafood with easy confidence. Matuhisa’s extensive sushi offerings come straight from celebrity chef Nobu.

In Beaver Creek: Spledido at the Chateau is both refined and inventive. Grouse Mountain Grill’s menu manages to be both exciting and straightforward. Mirabelle offers Belgian fare with a light hand. WYLD at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch us a snazzy space with alpine-inspired cuisine. For a mid-mountain experience, try Beano’s Cabin, accessible by van or horse.

Inspired Options

Many restaurants offer creative menus in a more casual setting. In Vail: The Fitz Bar and Lounge has an easy noshing menu which makes it a fun stop before a show at the Ford Amphitheater, and don’t forget the cocktails. White Bison has one of the best decks in town, overlooking Gore Creek. And for some excellent steaks- and people watching – try Elway’s.

In Beaver Creek: The Golden Eagle Inn has long been known for its warm hospitality as well as its cuisine – try to score a seat on the patio. Colorado’s Tasting Room mid-room wine dispensers are part of a lively scene. Black Diamond Bistro offers some wonderfully executed composed entrees, but don’t be afraid to try the pizza. And Hooked has a delightful approach to seafood that puts you in the driver’s seat. In Avon, Maya’s Mexican Inspired food has big flavors. In Edwards, the Harvest deck at the Singletree Sonnenalp Golf Club is a lovely place to eat and drink.

Causal Comforts

With three locations in the valley, Pazzo’s Pizzeria is tops, thanks to its Azteca and corfu pizzas. Find them in Eagle, Avon and Vail Village, as well as street-side at the Vail Farmers’ Market. The historical Minturn Saloon has American and Mexican cuisine that satisfies every palate. Moe’s Original BBQ in Lionshead and Eagle offers Alabama-style barbecue treats, including po’ boys. Northside Coffee and Kitchen in Avon has an amazing baked goods case – donuts galore – but the full menu is extensive and diverse. And Blue Moose Pizza in Beaver Creek and Lionshead is an energetic restaurant with fun pizza options and more.

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Breweries & Wineries

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. A few of our favorite are:

Perhaps even more entertaining than the beers themselves are the names – ask your server the history behind them!

Activity Providers

Sure, Vail is world-renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, but the Vail Valley offers plenty beyond vast bowls of bluebird powder days and grippin' groomers. Whether you prefer your adventure water-drenched, iced, air-borne, cliff-side, cycled, motorized or snowy out mountain recreation covers it- and much, much more.

Restaurants & Bars

In the Vail Valley, eating isn't merely sustenance - it's an important part of the lifestyle. From fine dining hotspots to casual comforts, it's not hard to find great food. Colorado is known for their locals breweries, distilleries and even wineries. Come sample a taste of Colorado and even international spirit favorites.

Vail Valley Events

Ski terrain and wonderful snow put the Vail Valley on the map, but it's more than just a ski resort. The calendar is packed with events that are a big part of the Vail Valley's culture. From outdoor concerts at the Ford Amphitheater to bull riding at the rodeo, it's easy to stay busy.