A Summer Vacation to Vail

Although known primarily as a ski resort, Vail, Colorado is an ideal summer vacation destination. Vail was modeled after an Alpine village and the 8,150-foot elevation keeps summertime temperatures at a comfortable daytime average of 70-75 degrees. Automobile-free areas enhance the atmosphere while the free shuttle system makes it easy to get around.

Individuals or families who decide on a summer vacation to Vail can enjoy a wide array of activities, including road/mountain cycling, horseback riding, river rafting/kayaking, golfing, fishing, tennis, paragliding or rock climbing. The village also boasts horsedrawn carriage rides, the Colorado Ski Museum, a nature center, world-class shopping, a lively nightlife and a summer-long Farmers Market/Art Show offering gourmet foods and unique arts/crafts. The profusion of restaurants ranges from burger joints/pizzerias to fine dining at places like the award winning “La Tour Vail,” or “Pepi’s,” which specializes in Austrian cuisine/wild game dishes.

Summertime in Vail is a music lover’s paradise that showcases the VAIL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL, featuring prestigious ballet and contemporary dance troupes; BRAVO VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL, six weeks of performances by the New York Philharmonc and other symphony orchestras; the JAZZ SUMMER SERIES that ends on Labor Day weekend with a blend of world-renowned artists; and BUD LIGHT SUMMER NIGHTS featuring weekly rock and blues concerts by popular artists.

Vail’s wide choice of accommodations includes the MANOR VAIL LODGE which offers spacious hotel rooms and fully furnished condos. Its location on the banks of Gore Creek at the base of Golden Peak ensures spectacular views in all directions. Amenities at Manor Vail Lodge include heated pools, four hot tubs, spa service, a fitness facility, sauna/steam room, wireless internet access and underground parking. Fitz Lounge is ideal for unwinding after a busy day while Lord Gore Restaurant promises an outstanding menu that includes both distinctive items like truffle fries or bison, as well as a creative kid’s menu. Manor Vail Lodge offers a summer package to Vail that provides as much as a 30 percent savings over winter rates and a special summer package to Vail for Colorado residents.

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