Wellness Seeker

Photo courtesy Terra Bistro

Hooked on Healthy

Restaurant Terra Bistro, located in the Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, has embraced that very idea for years, offering food that is delicious as well as healthful. Nearly 90 percent of the ingredients used are certified organic, and many of the ingredients are locally sourced. In fact, the quinoa sprouts are as local as it gets. They’re grown in the kitchen and snipped fresh for an appetizer that includes butterhead lettuce cups, avocado, balsamic macerated tomatoes and basil aioli.

In winter 2014, Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp Hotel, another staple Vail restaurant, went entirely gluten free. “It was our goal to create a menu that demonstrates that eating gluten free does not mean guests have to give up quality, flavor or creativity,” said Executive Chef Florian Schwarz who decided to make the entire menu gluten free after many people requested it.

Some diners didn’t even notice the change. “The best compliment is, ‘I didn’t realize it was gluten free,’” he said.

Healthy Hikes

Hiking is one of the main things locals look forward to during the summer. With great hikes ranging from Vail to Gypsum, there is no shortage of ways to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Want to skip the hassle of deciding on the perfect hike and driving to the trailhead? Walking Mountains Science Center offers full and half day guided hikes. Click here to visit their website to learn more.

Beginner Hikes:
Eagle’s Loop: Short ridgetop loop with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross. 1 mile (1.6 km), 15–20 minutes.
Nature Valley Complimentary Hike in Beaver Creek: Easy guided hike. Begins at the top of Centennial Express (Meet at Spruce Saddle)

Intermediate Hikes:
Berry Picker: This trail winds down from Mid-Vail or Eagle’s Nest to Vail Village or Lionshead. 3.2 miles (5.1 km), 2–3 hours one way
Upper Piney Trail: The trail is mostly in open meadows above the Piney Lake and Piney River before entering aspen groves and becoming a bit rougher before reaching the cascading falls at just under 3 miles.
Booth Creek: The trail climbs steeply from the trailhead through aspen groves for the first mile, then climbs more gradually following along Booth Creek. At mile 2, the trail passes 60 foot Booth Creek Falls.
Eagle Lake: There are majestic views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, Burnt Mountain, and William’s Mountains. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for such animals as deer and elk.
Beaver Lake: This trail follows Beaver Creek as you hike through aspens and thimbleberry on an old wagon trail then onto singletrack up through coniferous forest to the Holy Cross Wilderness boundary.

Photo courtesy Allegria Spa

Relax & Unwind

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.

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs caters to all who appreciate relaxing with a warm soak surrounded by mountain views. Glenwood Spring’s newest hot spot offers 16 NATURAL mineral hot springs soaking pools and a freshwater family pool with a jetted spa.

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.

Good for the Soul

Good for the Soul

The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek is the perfect place to feed your creative side. Offering year-round performances, the Vilar presents Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more. Discover and explore the arts in this intimate theater located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek village.

Don’t Miss This One Thing:

The Summer Solstice Trail Run in Beaver Creek is a great opportunity to test your ability in the high-altitude. From races for the hardcore like a 5K or 10K to fun runs for kids and families, it’s all set in scenery that will blow you away. Don’t miss the great entertainment and food provided by local vendors after a hard day’s work!

Local Tips

There are free outdoor yoga classes throughout the valley.

  • Sundays enjoy Yoga in the Park in Eagle
  • Join the Vail Public Library for their Healthy Lifestyle Series
  • Saturdays join the Vail Vitality Center for Summertime Community Yoga in Vail in front of the Solaris, or check-out the rest of the schedule for other activities.
  • The Iron Mountain Hotprings is located alongside the Colorado River, just across from the base of the tram at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, with Rocky Mountain views that soothe and inspire. A hydraulic swing taking people upside down over a 1300 ft. cliff, the alpine coaster, and the drop ride into a dark mine shaft will leave a smile on everyone’s face.

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