Vail Family Friendly Hotels

family friendly hotels in Vail

Happy kids mean happy parents and Vail is a great place for such an equation. Recently named one of America’s Best Holiday Towns by Travel + Leisure, Vail, Colorado is a must visit getaway for you and your loved ones this winter.

Some days you might want to live on the hill and other days you’ll probably want to kick back and relax, maybe even at the spa. Lucky for you, Vail has it all. With all the amazing accommodations, it’s easy to find affordable, comfortable and perfectly located lodging in the one of America’s most family friendly resort towns.

But to save you some time, we’ve complied some great options just for you and your family. When you decide it’s time to book your holiday, check out EnjoyVail.com and enjoy some of our early booking discounts, but hurry, they end very soon: November 20, some even earlier!

The Sebastian

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Not only is The Sebastian Vail perfectly located near the ski hill for ski in/ski out easy access, their Base Camp valet makes sure everyone’s boots are dry and warm and ready to go. They are well known for their family friendly option, like the Battle Mountain Kids Camp, a great opportunity for them to spend a day busy with crafting, exploring and learning while you get a day to yourself on the hill, at the spa or just wandering aimlessly. They also offer a Tyke’s Room where ones imagination can run wild and after a day of excitement, take part in their family Movie Night, complete with popcorn, candy and cuddles.

Four Seasons Resort 

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The Four Seasons Resort, like The Sebastian, has also been noted as one of “America’s Best Family Friendly Hotels”, not just for it’s great dinner-at-home like residence options or their heated outdoor pool environment but they also offer Kids For All Seasons, complimentary supervised activity based child minding as well as a Teen Room with pool table, air hockey and video games. Let the concierge organize a family ski lesson, or a trip to Adventure Ridge. Got some wee little ones? They offer babysitting options as well.

The Ritz Carlton Residences also offers an unsupervised games room with pool tables, air hockey, and Wii as well as a heated outdoor whirlpool and lane swim. Great for après ski or those days when you just feel like hanging inside and having some fun. Spend some time and save some money by making dinner together at “home” in their luxury residences with their state of the art kitchens.

Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

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Last and certainly not least, may we recommend the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. The ski in/ski out resort offers year round, daily “Kidventure” kids camps for ages 5 – 12 that are both entertaining and educational. Après ski, gather the troops and tell tall tales around the outdoor fire pit or play Marco Polo in the heated infinity pool. Don’t pass up an opportunity to try out their incredible Aria rejuvenation spa that offers childminding while you unwind.

Tivoli Lodge

Tivoli Lodge Hot Tub

Tucked right in the heart of Vail Village, the recently rebuilt and family owned resort that has been facilitating amazing vacations since 1968. The European-style architecture blends smoothly with the natural world outside and offers sensational views of Vail’s Golden Peak. It’s also premium ski-in/ski-out access with its location just steps away from thew new “number one” gondola. So it might be the perfect ski-in/ski-out option for your family. there’s a good reason why it’s rated #1 out of 34 hotels in Vail all the time. So get ready for luxurious lodging for a boutique hotel value. The hotel is just brimming with excellent amenities to make your family stay as dreamy as possible. Enjoy a full hot buffet breakfast and complimentary Starbucks coffee and pastries every morning to start your day; stay in shape at the fully-equipped fitness room; and soak in the two outdoor hot tubs and bask in the mountain views. There’s underground parking, ski storage and ski valet. Everybody in the family will just love staying in this unique, cozy but yet so exquisite resort.

Tivoli Lodge winter  Special:

Every 3rd Night FREE -arrive Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

Book by January 16,2016!.
Blackout Dates:  12/18/15 – 1/2/16
travel dates: November 29-April 16

Lodge at Vail

It’s the perfect combination of all the charming elegance of an authentic grand Alpine chalet and the open-hearted hospitality of the west. Not only is the intimate ambiance blissful and relaxing, the location is perfect for the whole family– nestled right at the base of Vail Mountain. The staff is outstanding, greeting you by name and offering personalized service that anticipates your every need. The concierge ensures all your needs are met, including ski valet service and complimentary equipment storage. There’s also valet parking and shuttle service to the further slopes. There’s high-quality babysitting services, facilities for meetings and events, outstanding dining, and a world-class spa. Basically everything you could ask for.

Lodge at Vail winter Early booking Savings:

For more insights and family travel tips ( family dining, To DO’s etc) check our previous family friendly blog. If you want to bring your furry member of the family to Vail, take a look at our pet friendly trilogy blog, which will guide you  and ease your research.

No matter how you’re family likes to play, rest and spend time together, Vail makes it easy and fun. Take advantage of our last minute, early bookings at EnjoyVail.com and give your family the gift of a blissful winter adventure.

Enjoy Vail!

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Planning a Family Vacation to Vail

The Art of Travelling with Kids ( part 1)

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It should come as no surprise that Forbes.com continuously lists Vail, Colorado as one of the most family friendly ski resorts in North America. Between its grand annual snowfalls, brilliantly located lodging, abundant recreation, food and dining opportunities it’s the perfect place to spend time with the ones you love most.

Travelling with kids is an art form on its own and it is important to be strategic when choosing a good resort. Vail has been named the number one ski resort in America in part, because it has something for everyone. Terrain options range from easy greens right through to double blacks, with untouched out of bounds choices too. The resort also offers beginner, intermediate and advanced ski and snowboard lessons for children and adults, or you can choose to take a private family lesson and learn all together!

Family Friendly TO DO’s

While the riding is fantastic, you certainly don’t have to spend everyday on the hill (but you can if you want!). Vail offers tons of off hill activities for everyone in the family. For the adrenaline junkies, Adventure Ridge is the place to be. It has heart racing family fun like snow tubing, ziplining, ski biking and a kid specific snowmobiling track with mini mobiles for the young ones. Or, for something more relaxed, try a winter trip in a hot air balloon. You get beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, a chance to see the local wildlife and you can pick out tomorrows ski lines from high up in the sky. Alternatively, take a spin around the scenic outdoor skating rinks, brush up on your ten pin skills at Bol Vail, a world class bowling and dining venue or take a load off those feet at CineBistro, a comfortable cinematic experience like no other!

A huge perk of visiting Vail is its pedestrian friendly atmosphere. The villages are located at the base of over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain, and they are interconnected by easy to navigate walking paths and reliable bus transportation. This means easy access to hill, shopping, dining and the many winter activities Vail has to offer. It’s a great opportunity to leave the minivan at home and unbuckle for a week of stress free living.

Family Friendly Lodging

Check out our great Early Booking Offers! Finding the perfect place to call home for the holidays is easy in Vail, with numerous lodging options located right on or near the ski hill. Proximity is helpful, but it’s also nice to have après ski amenities like heated outdoor pools, saunas, spas and hot tubs as well as in room options for making dinners and vegging out. For family friendly, ski-in/ski-out options check out Vail Cascade Resort & Spa and Lion Square Lodge. Tivoli Lodge is another awesome choice for families. For the next closest thing, seek out The Lodge at Vail and Christiania Lodge. If you’re looking for the epitome of mountainside lodging, check out the Game Creek Chalet by The Arrabelle. There are lots of condo style lodging options that give you a bit more room to spread out and relax. Check out The Landmark or the Ritz Carlton Club and Residences.

Family Dining

 Family friendly restaurants in Vail

Vail takes the guessing game out of dining with youngsters. They pride themselves on having family establishments that don’t make you feel like you’re at Chucky Cheese. On hill options for grub are plentiful, including a pit stop bite at Two Elk or for something a little more sophisticated, try the newest trailside addition, The 10th, for a slightly upscale spin on American comfort food. Après ski at Garkfinkel’s is a local’s favorite, with a big patio to sip on some tasty beverages and recount the day’s events, or, grab a slice at Pazzo’s Pizzeria, a Vail staple. For a dinner to remember, consider the trip to Bearcat Cabin, which starts with a peaceful, cozy sleigh ride to a historic Colorado cabin where you’ll be treated to world class cuisine in mountainside comfort.

Guess Who’s Coming to Town

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The holiday season is full of reasons to pack up the kids and hit the town. Vail Snowdaze (December 11 – 13, 2015) is a great way to kick off the early season with fresh tracks and snowy adventures. They have high profile live entertainment acts, sponsor expos and loads of all day activities to keep everyone happy. Next up is Vail Family Holidaze (December 19, 20 & 31st) which is a great way to spend Christmas in the Village. The festival guarantees a relaxing and picturesque family experience that’s easy on the pocketbook. It’s full of opportunities to bask in the warm glow of the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Lantern Walk, or ring in the New Year with the Torch Parade and fireworks display. Browse our winter blog for more insights about this coming winter.
Whatever your mission for the family getaway, Vail has got you covered. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself why Vail is the ideal spot for you and yours and let our friendly team at Enjoy Vail help you plan your getaway.  After all, the family that plays together stays together!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

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TOP 10 Reasons to visit Vail this winter

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Hailed as one of the largest and versatile ski resorts in Colorado, Vail takes pride of its over 5,000 acres of terrain, perfect for winter sports & leisure as well. The ski resort is not just among the largest but it’s also among the best and generous ski resorts, making it a favorite place among world-class athletes and VIP’s for both skiing and snowboarding.

It doesn’t matter whether you plan to travel on your own or with a group; there’s always something for everyone in Vail, skier or non-skier, junior or senior, adrenaline junkie or an indoor cozy foodie. Here are the top reasons why you should visit Vail this winter:

1. Skiing & Snowboarding, of course!


Not much to persuade here: With thousands of acres of groomed terrain, Vail is a top destination for all levels of skiers. Vail mountain has something for everyone whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or an expert skier.

2. Celebrate the start of skiing & snowboarding season with Vail Snow Daze

10 reasons to come to Vail this winter

Celebrated between December 11 and 13, Vail Snow Daze marks the beginning of skiing and snowboarding season. It’s a fun 2-day event filled with on-mountain activities, contests, parties, free live concerts at night, and giveaways.

3. Enjoy the start of the festive season with Holidaze

19, 20, 31 December, 2015. Vail is not just home for adrenaline junkies; it’s also a perfect place to welcome the festive season through an event called Holidaze. Everybody is invited! It’s an annual event where the town and mountain comes alive with lights, series of events, and sounds. Families come together in Vail for Holidaze to witness the tree lighting ceremony, lantern walk, torchlight ski down, and the fireworks. The holiday vibe is definitely on with Vail’s Holidaze.

4. Be part of the ultimate Mardi Gras celebration with Carnivail

Top 10 reasons to visit Vail this winter
Photo: Matt Inden

For three (3) days starting February 6, 2016, guests will enjoy the merriment brought by the grand Mardi Gras celebration in Vail. It’s a fun-filled event with a full lineup of activities including after-dark parties, parade, contests, street festival, on-mountain craw-fish boils, and many more!

5. Witness the Burton U.S. Open

Burton U.S. Open, which first took place in 1982, will be held in Vail in 2016. For five (5) days starting February 29, 2016, Vail will be home to the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world that attracts the world’s best snowboarding athletes. This is the second time that the event is held at Vail.

6. Get a rush in Vail’s multi-lane tubing hills

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Grab a tube, hop in a lift, and get your dose of adrenaline as you go down from Vail’s multi-lane tubing hill. Once you’re done, an easy-access lift is waiting for you to take you back up so you can go tubing again. An hour to an hour and a half session sliding downhill is a great way to spend winter days in Vail.

7. Learn more about Vail Mountain’s forests through snowshoeing

The snowshoeing trails in Vail are not only a good excuse for exercise but they’re also a great way to explore and learn more the forests atop Vail Mountain. Snowshoeing tours are available for both short and long distances and you can go on your own or with a tour guide.

Feeling more adventurous? Try the evening tour where you get to witness the changing skies and the nocturnal animals in Vail’s forest.

8. Get moving by ice skating

Vail Arrabelle

Ice skating is a fun & relaxing activity that is suitable for almost all people of different ages. You can try it either indoors or outdoors in Vail. For indoor ice skating, you can try the indoor rink of Dobson. Arena while you can opt for the Solaris in Vail Village, Village Plaza in Beaver Creek, and The Arabelle in Lionshead for ice skating outdoors.

9. Learn the history of winter sports in Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum

Top 10 reasons to visit Vail in the winter

Turn your holiday  into a learning opportunity as well, by visiting the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. The museum features the history of skiing and snowboarding, the evolution of the outfits worn by skiers, and photos of those who won during Winter Olympic for both skiing and snowboarding.

10. Indulge in Vail’s fine cuisine

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You can’t go to Vail and not immerse into its fine Cuisine, and get a taste of the best of this Colorado resort town that prides itself on being a foodie’s haven. The following restaurants are mandatory : Up The Creek Bar & Grill ( a Vail Village treasure by the creek serving seasonal fresh farm to plate meals), La Tour( a French restaurant and bar, serving up exquisite gourmet cuisine, hand-crafted from the freshest organic ingredients), Sweet Basil (a locals’ favorite), La Bottega, Russel’s Steakhouse, Campo de Fiori, Cine Bistro and Yeti’s Grind and the list continues.

There’s more to Vail than just winter sports. It’s a place where you can experience adventure, fine cuisine. adrenaline, and learning new things at the same time. Inspired by any of these 10 reasons we gave you? Get in touch with our friendly team at Enjoy Vail or book your vacation to Vail online at www.enjoyvail.com.

Enjoy it!

 

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The Vail Farmer’s Market: Where Color and Life Come Together

17…40…300…100! What do these numbers means? Well, if you ever find yourself in Meadow Drive from June 21st to the October 4th, make sure to stop by the Vail Farmer’s Market, and you’ll learn what these number mean.

17 stands for the number of weekends that you get to enjoy the Vail Farmer’s Market, since the market will be held every Sunday beginning from the Sunday of June 21st. 40 stands for the number of food vendors, so whether you’re looking for a bite to eat,  looking for artisanal food items, or just looking for that new favorite that you can bring home to your family, Vail Farmer’s Market is sure to make your mouth water with the astounding number of food choices.  300 stands for the number of sunny days in Vail, so no matter which weekend you choose to visit the Farmer’s Market, there’s a very good chance that it’s going to be a clear, sunny day! Finally, 100 stands for 100% enjoyment, which is what you will experience for sure when you visit the Vail Farmer’s Market.

The Vail Farmer’s Market has so many different stalls that it might be hard to keep track of all of them, but you can basically break these stalls down into four categories: food and beverage vendors, clothing and accessories sellers, artisanal items, and activities.

Food and Beverages

The Vail Farmer’s Market is home to dozens of sellers of different food and beverages, ranging  from farm fresh produce, to home-made baked goodies,  savory dishes, and other delicious food items. If you visit the Farmer’s Market on an empty stomach, you will definitely have a hard time deciding which food items to fill your tummy with!   There are also food items that will be prepared right in front of you, such as freshly-made donuts, wraps, and sandwiches. There are also stations where you and your kids can enjoy making your own food.

Beverages run the gamut from coffee, juices, to wines, so a visit to the Farmer’s Market will also slake your thirst.

 

Clothing and Accessories

 If you’re the type who loves getting a bargain, or who loves to haggle, or just loves to spend the day shopping, a visit to the Vail Farmer’s Market should definitely be on your calendar. You will be able to find many different clothing vendors around the Farmer’s Market, and most of their items are significantly cheaper than anything you will find at a retail shop. However, the real gem are the sheer number of different accessory vendors.

Shoes, bags, jewelry, sunglasses…just name it, and chances are that there is a vendor at the Vail Farmer’s Market who is selling that item. You’ll be able to find almost anything you need in terms of accessories, at bargain prices! You can also find a lot of other household items, such as home-made soaps, lotions, and even goose-down pillows and comforters, such as those from Moore Comforts. Trust us, a walk around Vail Farmer’s Market will show you items that you didn’t even know that you needed!

 Artisanal Items

Say you’re looking for a gift, or you just want something special to remind you of your visit to the Vail Farmer’s Market, and you’re looking for an item that has that “special extra little something”, then try visiting the different artisanal stalls! You can find a wide range of different artisanal items, from food to art, to accessories, and even toys, so there’s definitely something for everyone.

What makes an item artisanal, you may ask? Well, at the Vail Farmer’s Market, you will be able to see just how much time, love, and effort went into crafting or making these artisanal items, whether it’s a cheese sandwich from Cheese Louise, or a hilarious caricature from Keen I Design.

Activities

If you have a whole day planned at the Vail Farmer’s Market, there are other things that you can do besides browsing and shopping. Visit the No Bull Entertainment to try your hand at riding a mechanical bull, or look for the Minturn Anglers stall to learn the finer points of fly fishing. Whether you’re polishing up on a beloved hobby, or trying to learn a new one, there are a lot of choices around the Vail Farmer’s Market.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT THE MARKET?

The Vail Farmer’s Market is meant to be a whole family affair, so yes, even pets are welcome! The whole market is pet-friendly, and there are even stalls that sell pet products. However, make sure that your pet is well-behaved, properly socialized, and that you pick up after your pet so that everyone has a good time.

As you walk around the Farmer’s Market, your ears will also be treated to the sounds of music. Every Sunday, a different artist or band will be invited to play, so if you have particular favorite, make sure to visit when they are playing!

The fun, life, and discoveries that you and your family can have at the Vail Farmer’s Market is endless, so make sure that you set aside one whole Sunday for this great event. You may not be able to completely and thoroughly see and experience everything that the Farmer’s Market has to offer, but you can give it a good try! See you there!

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Listen to the Sound of Music Festivals in Vail

The sound of music has never been more alive than in Vail during the summer, surrounded by Colorado’s Rocky Mountains at more than 8,000 feet in elevation.  Nature brings its own sound bites. By day, Vail will wow you with its activities from biking to hiking, sipping cold local brews to sipping wine, dining al fresco or taking a picnic on your hike. And then there’s the evening, with the backdrop of the always impressive Colorado sunset serenaded by the local music festivals.  You got that right – Vail is a music lover’s perfect vacation.

Bravo! Vail: Symphony of the Rocky Mountains

Where can you find the only North American festival to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season?  You got that right – Bravo! Vail Music Festival.  Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail and are featured in programs of the great classics, plus jazz and pops. That’s not all world-renowned chamber music artists perform a diverse and eclectic chamber music series.

The 2015 Bravo! Vail Music Festival season debuts today (July 1) with an all-Beethoven concert featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and violinist Pinchas Zukerman and continues through August 6. For those who have had the pleasure of listening to a concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater you already know that the experience combines the joy of listening to music with a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains.  Oh, and then there’s that sharing a bottle of wine with friends with surround sound of your own live concert. Yeah, that’s even more special.

This season, Bravo! Vail is stepping up the experience with extra-musical experiences, by celebrating all the arts, from visual to dance to theater to animation.  Make it a family event with the Free Family Concert on July 16. Sound intriguing?  Book your Vail summer vacation now.

Vail Summer Bluegrass Series

It’s like Vail is in surround sound mode during the summer. Say hello to local, regional and national bluegrass acts during the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series, kicking off on July 1 with Hot Buttered Rum at Vail Square at the Arrabelle Hotel in Lionshead Village.  The free concert lineups are staggered throughout the summer (July 15, July 29, and August 12) and begin at 6 pm. Upcoming Bluegrass favorites include: Oteil & Roosevelt, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Grant Farm & Dead Winter Carpenters. Ready to visit Vail now?

Vail Jazz Festival

Now we have your attention?  Over 40 performances and 150 artists, that’s the 21st annual Vail Jazz Festival. Travel to Vail from June to September, pick a week, any week during the Vail Jazz Festival’s 12-week program, and your Thursday evenings at Vail Square will be gifted with the sound of jazz.

National and international applauded artists bring their Jazz game to the stage beginning July 2 and ending on September 3, for a total of 10 performances under the jazz tent.  How could this get any better? Say cheers to beverage tastings featuring 10th Mountain Whiskey, Bonfire Brewing, and Ironstone Winery.

Hot Summer Nights

Crazy Mountain Brewery is hosting “Hot Summer Nights,” the annual free summer concert series.  The place to be every Tuesday is the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater for shows ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to funk.  Start the music celebration early with Hot Summer Happy Hour and enjoy yard games, free music and cheap beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery.

Celebrate Music Through Dance in Vail

Dance celebrates the sound of music, right?  From July 27 to August 10, visit Vail for the 27th season of the Vail International Dance Festival. The Festival is a two-week celebration of exceptional talent and imagination taking place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Vail

School’s out and summer is here. Vail is in high altitude summer, and with Father’s Day around the corner, why not bring your dad on a mountain adventure to Colorado’s playground?

It’s officially summertime which means approximately 3 months to get you and your kids out exploring Colorado’s playground.  In the summertime, Vail blooms with a medley of festivals, summer activities, and Colorado hotel deals that make it easy and affordable for families to enjoy a mountain of adventure…from KidVenture activities at Vail Cascade to family fun in Vail and Beaver Creek.  Let the celebration begin starting with Father’s Day weekend!

Lodging for Father’s Day

At EnjoyVail  even when it comes to lodging. Find a new altitude with our expansive collection of Vail hotel rooms, suites, Vail condo rentals and Vail vacation home rentals…the choice is yours. (Be sure to check out or specials.) This Father’s Day, whether you need a little or a lot of space, a mini-bar or full kitchen, a weekend or more time for respite, EnjoyVail has you covered. Stay a little longer, dad. You deserve it. Regardless of what you pick, you’ll always have full access to the resort’s amenities and services. Lodging secured…now it’s time to start enjoying a little Father’s Day/Family Day mountain adventure.  When you stay in Vail, do what you like, when you want to: hiking, biking, rafting, clay shooting, off-roading, golfing, spa-ing, shopping, dining, fishing, sight-seeing and everything in between.

VAIL’S King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament June 19-21

Vail, Colorado’s 43rd annual King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament is the largest beach doubles volleyball tourney in North America, drawing more than 600 teams from all over the Rocky Mountain Region including juniors, adults, co-ed teams and special Father/Son & Father/Daughter divisions. There is also a FREE junior’s beach doubles volleyball clinic that is held in conjunction with the Tournament featuring All-Star beach professionals as coaches. This year, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Misty May, is headlining the annual juniors double volleyball clinic. A family event for all ages, the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament is the perfect Father’s Day event for the entire family.

Hiking at Altitude

It’s all about the Climb! While Vail teems with an abundance of summertime activities and experiences. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, it’s no surprise that hiking is is one of the top reasons to visit. Take Dad on a special hiking-inspired Vail vacation and experience firsthand what others hail as hiking’s holy grail. From mountain vistas and rolling rivers to roaming wildlife and flourishing flora, hiking in Vail is more than just a trek, it’s an experience.  Come. Hike. Explore Vail!

Biking in Vail

Mountain biking is another activity dads can enjoy with the whole family, and Vail is a bicycling paradise. Enjoy lift served mountain biking trails to the top of Vail Mountain, or enjoy a variety of trails in Eagle – the Vail Valley’s mountain biking mecca. Many outfitters rent bikes throughout the Valley and offer Vail Pass tours during the summer months. Multi-use trails are designated for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Adventure Ridge Family Adventure

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Adventure Ridge at Vail has fun activities for all ages at over 10,000 feet, perfect for Colorado family vacations! Enjoy activities like climbing, disc golf, and tubing, or just take in the views while eating BBQ on Talon’s Deck. Don’t miss the world’s best high altitude family happy hour, Friday Afternoon Club (FAC), live music, lawn games, and a great sunset view. Daily summer operations are open and ready for your next family adventure!

Golf in Vail

Dads just went to golf, right?  Vail knows how Dads like golf, and with the spectacular mountain golf courses, your father will feel like a king when he checks out his swing and the view when playing on Vail golf Courses.  Read more about Golfing in Vail here.

Pamper Your Dad at the Spa

Yes, Dads like to be pampered. After all this fun, pamper your special dad on Father’s Day by adding a spa treatment.

Vail lodging…check. Dad time…check. Family time…check.  Outdoor Vail mountain adventure…check.  Life is good for Dad on Father’s Day in Vail.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Vail in the Summer

Travelers hit the high country of Colorado and head to Vail in the winter because of is world class ski and snowboarding.  When the snow melts, summer in the Colorado Rockies is perhaps the best season to plan a vacation in Vail.

From world class events to exhilarating outdoor activities Vail’s summer experience appeals to everyone. Ride 11,000 feet up the mountain on a scenic gondola ride to Adventure Ridge. Swing our clubs on Vail’s golf courses, and you’ll even be gifted with a longer drive due to the thin air of the mountains. Vail’s event calendar is literally buzzing with experiences, such as the upcoming GoPro Mountain Games.

With picture perfect weather and dozens of iconic events taking place in Vail throughout the summer, consider these 10 reasons to visit Vail this summer.

  1. The weather. Average daytime temperatures sit around 75 degrees. Nighttime lows at 45. Dry with little to no humidity.  That’s why Vail locals say, “I came for the winters, but I stayed for the summers.”  BONUS: Enjoy Vail’s affordable summer hotel rates – - as much as 50% lower than in the winter. Although for holidays like 4th of July and Labor Day, Vail can be as crowded as the winter
  2. With so many outdoor activities, Vail is the perfect summer destination to kick-start wellness focused vacation with exercise. Choose the Colorado Rockies as your next outdoor playground with an unlimited number of calorie-burning exercise. You’ll be well on your way to a fit you with hiking, biking, fly-fishing, paragliding, rafting, and kayaking.
  3. Take a ride on the craft distillery trend with a sip of locally sourced craft spirits at the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company. Welcome to Vail’s newest premier distillery and crafts spirits, commemorating the mountain lifestyle. Here you’ll taste Olathe corn moonshine, a rye whiskey, a Bourbon, a potato vodka, and a Colorado sage-infused, Palisade peach-vanilla cordial.
  4.  Sit back, relax, take in the beautiful mountain air and enjoy some bluegrass during the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series.
  5.  It wouldn’t be a Rocky Mountain summer without the Vail Jazz Festival, a 12-week program from June to September with nothing but the best talent in the jazz world. With over 40 performances and 150 artists, pick a week and your summer vacation will be brighter with the sound of music.
  6. Another musical adventure awaits you during Bravo! Vail, North America’s only festival in North America hosting the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail. This year’s dates are July 1 – August 6.
  7. Don’t let the big one get away.  The streams and rivers of Vail are ready for your fishing adventure. Schedule your vacation during the 14th annual FIPS Mouche World Youth Fly Fishing Championship, held on August 10-15.
  8. From July 27 to August 10, visit Vail for the 27th season of the Vail International Dance Festival. The Festival is a two-week celebration of exceptional artistry taking place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
  9. The USA Pro Challenge returns to Colorado and Vail with world class cycling. Stage 6 is a road race and Time Trial starting in Vail Village, riding up Vail Pass on August 23. Spend he afternoon watching cycling. Then create your own Vail adventure. When the sun sets enjoy everything Vail has to offer from world class food  and nightlife to lodging.
  10. With all these activities, we could hardly end without a bit of culinary  indulgence. Returning for its 10th year to Vail Village, celebrate Labor Day Weekend (September 4-7) with a multi-day, open-air food and wine tasting at the annual Gourmet on Gore returns to Vail Village for the tenth year September 4 – 7. Gourmet on Gore’s main event – a multi-day, open-air food, wine, spirits and beer tastings. Live music and entertainment rounds out the festivities.
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Great Adventure and Hiking the Vail Valley

Adventure awaits in one of the most beautiful places on earth: hiking on Vail Mountain. This place is an ideal option for traditional and pleasurable ways to enjoy the splendor of nature in the summer. Vail Valley is a hiking paradise with its dozens of trails just minutes from Vail & Beaver Creek.

For directions, there are maps available at the Hiking Center in Beaver Creek or ask for trail information at the U.S. Forest Service office in Minturn.

Vail is easily found as it is right on Interstate 70 corridor. From the east (Denver) or w3est (Grand Junction), take exit 176. For a more direct route from the south, follow U.S. 24 through Leadville as this Tennessee Pass road joins I-70 5 miles west of Vail. Beaver Creek is located 12 miles west of Vail, just off I-70 exit 167.

Visitors could directly go to Eagle County Airport, located 35 miles west of Vail between I-70 exits 140 and 147. Most visitors fly to Denver International Airport and continue to Vail Valley availing of the eco one-way rates. Vail Valley is just a hundred miles west of Denver International Airport. It is accessible in one of 3 exits off at Interstate 70.

Vail Valley boosts of several miles of scenic hiking trails for all ability levels: for the young, adult and seniors. Start from the apex by taking the gondola to the uppermost height while exploring the miles of trails, or begin trekking at the base and hike all the way up! Hikers of Vail Mountains are offered the most awesome views of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks, wildlife, wildflowers and of course, therapeutic fresh mountain air. 

There are various trails for every type of hiker in the Vail Valley. Opt for a gentle-grade of trail through the woods to the intense and challenging summit of a “14er” that is a mountain that peaks at 14,000+ feet in altitude.

Here are some of the famous and iconic Mountain Trails surrounding Vail for your great adventure escape:

Bighorn Creek (4 miles/ vertical moderate)

Bighorn Creek Trail is the least exhausting trail close to Vail—with the exception of at the onset. Including in the ballpark of eighty wildflower species along its initial two miles, this is a decent kept up zone starter trail for Vail climbers. Except for the introductory sharp half-mile rise, the trail leads up a long picturesque valley, switching between shade and sun. Shaking aspen trees rule the course and in pre-winter a trek under the aspens is similar to an adventure in the center aisle of a characteristic house of God spilling with brilliant, encompassing light. A lovely, must do climb in fall.

Guide: From Keystone, take Highway 6 towards Dillon and jump onto I-70 going west towards Vail. Exit I-70 at the easternmost way out (180) and take a prompt left onto Big Horn Road to go under I-70. Take after Big Horn Road back east for not as much as a mile to Columbine Drive. Take a left on Columbine Drive and retreat under I-70 and up the slope two or three hundred yards.

Booth Falls (3.8 miles/ vertical 1800 ft.)

Another must-do trek in Summit county, Booth Falls is more difficult than most of the others, yet definitely justified despite the challenge. The trail is littered with wildflowers and stupendous views, with the falls as the great finale. For those so inclined, an extra four miles past Booth Falls proceeds up to Booth Lake. The principal part of the trail rises steeply before weaving through colorful meadows and after that keeps rising, most pointedly as it nears Booth Falls itself. At the end of the day, there is an absolute joy to hiking in Summit County.

Guide: From Keystone, take Highway 6 back towards Dillon and bounce onto I-70. At that point take the East Vail (Exit 180). Travel west 0.85 miles to the Booth Falls Road. Turn right and continue on this street for 0.2 miles to the trailhead stopping region.

Surrounding Vail Village and on its pinnacle are countless picturesque hiking trails that could be a challenge for all types of hiking enthusiasts. Explore, enjoy and experience the regional flora, fauna and wildlife that Vail Mountain Hiking offers. 

What to bring:

After finally deciding to trek the trail, prepare the following essentials:

1. Water essentials – At least bring three quarts of water per person per day after considering the length of the hike, pay attention to the weather conditions, and your personal level of fitness;

2. Body protection essentials – Bring extra clothing including a especially strong pair of socks; sturdy walking shoes, reliable rain gear; sun protection of 30 SPF at minimum;

3. Essentials for survival – Your first aid kit:  food/snacks; flashlight & backpack;

4. Essentials for direction – You will never get lost with a cell phone; compass; GPS and camera

5. Walking essentials – Since you are likely to hike above tree line or on any trail, it is practical to use a solid hiking boot. 

Safety along mountain trails:

Safety is top priority in Vail Valley as there will always be certain risk is involved. Hikers walk along the trails for hours carrying a heavy backpack of supplies. Precautions are paramount at all times.

Prior to the trek, both newbie and veteran hikers should look for  a good Vail hiking guidebook – there are several that easily fit in your pack with detailed directions, tips and full-color maps to help you find your way and be prepared for any eventuality.

Hiking as an exhilarating cardio workout

If sometimes you need to be reminded  about the wonders of  hiking and you need a boost of motivation, don’t forget that :

Hiking as a powerful workout for cardio can lower the risk of heart disease and improve sugar levels and blood pressure. It has strengthening powers to upgrade bone density, to build-up muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, and to fortify the fibers in your hips and lower legs. Aside from controlling your weight, hiking improves balance and enhances your mood.

Studies showed the positive impact of hiking in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Summer hiking has plenty of perks: nice views, fresh air, and the sounds and smells of nature. With the grandiose Vail Valley as your setting, hiking will be an unforgettable experience this summer.

Enjoy it!

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Golfing in Vail

Perfect your Swing in the Vail Valley

Golfing is a fun and relaxing sport. You can play at the pace that you feel like, you can play solo or with your friends, and you can even conduct a business meeting while playing golf. Going away for a weekend for a round or two of golf with your buddies can be the best thing for you and your friends, and if you’re looking for an unforgettable golf weekend, look no further than Vail Valley.

Vail Valley offers a myriad of activities for visitors year-round, but for summer visitors, the beautiful, lush greens of the golf courses in Vail Valley can’t be beat. Vail offers three full-size golf courses: Vail Golf Club, Eagle Vail Golf Club, and Eagle Ranch Golf Club.

Vail Golf Club

Golfing in Vail

The Vail Golf Club is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Vail Valley, and both Vail locals and guests consider a visit to the Vail Golf Club as an experience to remember. Golf Digest Magazine has hailed Vail Golf Club as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses”. Golfers who visit the club might be in for a surprise: due to its elevation, golf balls fly around 10% further, so if you want to impress a friend or a colleague, there’s no better place to play a round with them than at the Vail Golf Club.

Visitors of all golf skill levels can enjoy the course, and there is even a course that is specifically designed for women and children. The Vail Golf Club is open from May to October every year. Aside from a golf course, there is also a practice facility if you want to practice your swings before hitting the green, as well as a pro shop where you can purchase high-quality golfing equipment. Finally, after a long day of playing the greens, you can grab a bite to eat at the Happy Valley Grill.

Proper golfing attire is required at the Vail Golf Club, and riding a golf cart is mandatory. Each player must have his or her own golf set, and you cannot wear spiked shoes to play.

Eagle Vail Golf Club

Golfing in VailIf you love fantastic views and being close to nature, make sure to visit the Eagle Vail Golf Club. The club is located at an elevation of 8000 ft., and if it’s the first time for you to play mountain golf, this is the perfect chance to do so! The Eagle Vail Golf Club offers an 18-hole course that is ideal for families and beginners. However, if you’re only looking for a quick round of golf, you can also indulge in a 9-hole, 3-par course at nearby Willow Creek.

Eagle Vail Golf Club is located beside the scenic, winding Eagle River. As you play through Eagle Vail, you will be surrounded by colorful flowers, lush pines, and the majestic shadow of the Gore Mountain Range. Aside from the courses, you can also perfect your golf game at the in-house practice facility. There is a golf shop with all the golfing equipment that you could need, as well as a club house with refreshments.

The dress code is simple: collared shirts, and no denim. The course is open from June to October every year. Reservations for the club can be made up to 5 days in advance.

Eagle Ranch Golf Club

Golfing in VailIn the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains sits a golf course that’s the perfect getaway for solo golfers, couples who are looking for a quick vacation, or a family looking for a fun bonding experience. Eagle Ranch Golf Club is a public course, and open to everyone who wants to play a round. It is located beside Brush Creek Valley, and features a gorgeous, lush course that’s perfect for everyone, from the beginner, to the pro, and all those in between!

Eagle Ranch offers both the full 18-hole experience, as well as a quicker 9-holes for those who are looking for a shorter round of golf. You can rent a set of clubs, if you don’t have your own, and the dress code requires a collared shirt, and no denim. Eagle Ranch also has its own golf shop, practice facilities, and even a junior golf program for your kids! And  yes, Dining at Eagle Ranch is a MUST!

golfing in vail

Eagle Ranch is open from April to November, making it the Vail Valley golf course with the longest golfing season to offer visitors. However, the dates are still dependent on the weather. They also offer reduced rates for Eagle County and Eagle Town residents.

Check out Vail’s golf rates here  and book your experience with Enjoy Vail!

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Celebration of Sports During Vail’s GoPro Mountain Games

Lifestyle and mountain sports come together in an amazing celebration in Vail. We’re talking 4 days of art, music, mountains and sports. Picture this: Lindsey Vonn Fly Fishing; Alex Mason Slackline; Sierra Blair-Coyle Bouldering; and Kai Lenny SUP Sprint. Celebrities and amateurs all test their skills during this annual June event, during the GoPro Mountain Games.

 

Get your summer on in Colorado during the country’s largest celebration of mountain sport and lifestyle. EnjoyVail invites you to join the celebration with more than 3,000 athletes and 53,000 spectators during the annual GoPro Mountain Games.

And oh what a beautiful season to visit Colorado, with Vail’s powdery white winter mountain peaks transitioning to spring green. Travelers and locals reluctantly leave behind the winter sports, and the valley springs to life with adrenaline filled events from whitewater kayaking to slopestyle biking during the Mountain Games.

From June 4-7, 2015, the GoPro Mountain Games is a showcase of more than 25 sports in professional and amateur categories with over $100,000 in prize money.  The events are hosted throughout Vail, ranging from Golden Peak to Vail Mountain, Solaris Plaza, Vail Pass, Homestake Creek and now Lionshead Village.

Celebrate Free During GoPro Mountain Games

We’ll get the crazy amount of sports happening next, but perhaps the most fun for travelers is the excessive free things to do!

Free concerts kick-off on the first night and keep right on serenading spectators to the last. From the kick-off evening on Thursday Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Run DMC Remixed to the finale following the IFSC Bouldering World Cup Finals with G. Love & Special Sauce. There’s no better way to enjoy the stunning sunset in Vail than listening to a free concert – don’t you agree?

Free Yoga, free casting clinics, free disc golf clinic, and free stuff – there’s more free stuff to love during the GoPro Mountain Games.

Vail Mountain Sports

Let’s get the sports started, and during the GoPro Mountain Games, not one opportunity is missed. Compete in multiple sports endeavors, including biking, climbing, fishing, kayaking, slackline, and stand up paddling. Pick your poison and get ready to rock and roll Vail Mountain sports. Whether you are a kid or a pro, the competition is stiff.

Or perhaps you’re one of those all in kind of athletes? Then consider the Ultimate Mountain Challenge Event. You’ll tackle four of the GoPro Mountain Games toughest events in two days.  Do you have what it takes?

Doggone Ultimate Mountain Contest

It’s Doggone days leading up to the GoPro Mountain Games. GoPro Mountain Games is searching for the best Ultimate Mountain Dog. Upload your canine’s photo of its most EPIC adventures to win an awesome dog package, including a two night stay at the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games! Submit your photos via Social Media using hashtag: #UltimateMtnDog.  Then go to and take a look at the irresistible photos already submitted of man’s best friends. Click here to vote for your favorite #UltimateMtnDog.

Get Behind the Camera and Win

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to click to win a tear-sheet in Outside Magazine and some cashola. Take advantage of behind the scenes access and then submit up to 5 photos (including at least 3 GoPro shots) to be judged by professional photographers in multiple categories.

Got video? Mountain Games also hosts a Film School, and students are given exclusive press passes to all events and competitions during the games to capture some of the world’s most extreme athletes at the height of their impassioned pursuits. Instructors offer tips on camera techniques and storytelling, but film topics are decided entirely by the students themselves. When the competition is over, the work begins for the GoPro Mountain Games Film School at Antlers at Vail Hotel where students get access to new Apple computers and editing software. The finale is a student film festival where everyone gets to show off their short films.

Finally, if you’re going to participate, then pre-registration is highly recommended. Whether you’re going to hang out and be a spectator or kick up your adrenaline as a participant, book in advance at EnjoyVail.com will guarantee you accommodations to the highly anticipated event.

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