As the largest ski resort in Colorado, Vail is the ultimate mountain vacation spot for both summer and winter. The Swiss architecture truly makes you feel like you are in staying in a chalet in Switzerland. Vail and Lionshead Villages both have quaint shops and restaurants that are right out of a storybook.
Updated December 2021
THINGS TO DO IN THE WINTER
As the largest ski resort in Colorado, Vail has over 195 ski runs to choose from. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced skier, use your epic pass this year for a fantastic experience.
In both Lionshead and Vail Village have adorable ice skating rinks that will make you feel like you are in a Hallmark movie. Skate under the twinkling lights for a magical time with the family.
Just down the road from Vail is the smaller sister resort, Beaver Creek. Wander around the charming alpine village with shops and restaurants for a change of scenery!
Just a few miles from Vail is the quaint town of Minturn, with a rich history and is a great back country ski spot. While you're there, stop by the Minturn Saloon where John Wayne once stood.
THINGS TO DO IN THE SUMMER
Go on a family summer adventure to Epic Discovery on Vail Mountain. With activities such as zip lining, rope courses, rock climbing, tubing, and a mountain roller coaster, everyone is sure to have a blast!
Visit the highest botanical garden in the United States. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the perfect place to get some fresh air and to get your nature fix!
Explore Colorado's natural beauty at the Piney River Ranch. With activities such as horseback riding, fishing on Piney River, canoeing Piney Lake, and hiking the various trails of this rustic paradise.
With over 300 trails, there is no better way to explore the open terrain of Vail than mountain biking. The stunning views will make the incline worth all that hard work!
Through Paragon Guides, you can experience a day hike with a llama by your side. Take a break for lunch with your llama friend and take in the breathtaking mountainous views.
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This elegant Swiss chalet serves phenomenal food and doubles as a gorgeous photo op. The prime rib is next level, so be sure to bring your appetite to this one.
Are you in Vail or Germany? It's hard to tell at this chalet serving authentic Bavarian cuisine. Have a fondue night with family and friends for some post ski day comfort.
Get a taste of the Old West with an elegant twist at this upscale New American restaurant in the Gravity Haus Hotel. Rich navy velvet and the mahogany wood bring a classic touch.
Get a little taste of Paris at this French brasserie in Vail Village. Enjoy a pre ski day breakfast or a weekend boozy brunch at this adorable cafe that will leave you saying "oui oui".
With recipes passed down through generations, The Little Diner brings comfort to a whole new level. Make sure you order their famous dutch baby while you're there!
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This rustic chic wine bar is great spot for wine and charcuterie with the girls or for a romantic date night. They have live music from soothing guitarists to DJ jams that you can dance the night away to!
As the prime post slopes drinking spot in Lionshead Village, Garfinkel's has it all. Take in the mountain views on the outdoor deck while sipping on your warm spiked apple cider or the refreshing patio punch.
The Red Lion is a restaurant by day and nightclub by night. Check out their extensive drink menu with options for everyone. For an extra fierce time, try one of their unique margaritas or their famous bridge street slammers.
One of Vail's hottest bars, Bert & Yeti's has a cozy local feel. Prices are great and the beer is better. This dog friendly bar welcomes your furry friends to come along and join in on the fun!
Named after famous skier Pepi Grandshammer, Pepi's is a quaint bar at the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer. Sit outside on their beautiful patio for an après ski moment or come watch their live entertainment for a fun night out in Vail.
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This quaint lodge in the heart of Vail Valley will make you feel like you are staying in the Bavarian Alps. The European elegance resembles a Swiss chalet with a gas-log fireplace and rustic wood that bring an element of European comfort.
An upscale experience is always guaranteed at The Sebastian. With both the icy Frost Bar and the elegant Leonora restaurant, this is the hotel for the foodie and social butterfly.
You truly cannot go wrong with the Four Seasons accommodations. Their Vail resort is no different, with a ski concierge, spa, and a heated outdoor pool, you are sure to be pampered throughout your stay.
At the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Arrabelle is both upscale and convenient. Overlooking Vail Square in Lionshead village, it exudes true alpine luxury.
For more private accommodations, Solaris condos are perfect for you. Right in the heart of Vail Village, you have access to the shops and restaurants, while maintaining an exclusive ambiance.