Keeping Kansas City in the Loop
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print

Vail, Reinvented

Vail has become the Front Range’s accessible luxury.

At just over 50 years old, Vail has reinvented itself. The mountain resort town has become a hot destination among skiers, mountain enthusiasts, families and couples.

A renowned skier’s paradise, Vail is rich in resort
amenities, small-town charm and year-round appeal.
photo: Jack Affleck
Group yoga on the Solaris lawn.
photo: Jack Affleck
Mountain biking is one of many warm-weather pursuits at Vail.
photo: Jack Affleck

From fine dining and exquisite accommodations to family retreats and year-round activity, the mountains have never been easier or more fun to enjoy.

For the Foodies

One of Vail’s charms is its diverse selection of upscale and hole-in-the-wall dining spots. Sweet Basil tops the list for its innovative cuisine and celebrated local following.

The menu is punctuated with fresh fish, local fare and heirloom vegetables.

Summer offers a modern take on the classic Caesar or the trendy tartare of Wild Sockeye Salmon. Additionally, Heritage Farm’s Berkshire Pork Ribeye served with tapioca corn pudding, corn juice, burnt onion and bourbon jus tempts the palette and is a fan favorite.

An inventive cocktail list and well-thought-out wine list promise an accomodating selection of drinks. The expansive bar is an ideal setting to enjoy an après ski sipper or summer spritzer.

A meal this good should be followed up with a visit to Sweet Basil’s sister restaurant, Mountain Standard. Offering a hip atmosphere steeped in wood-fired dishes and soul food, the downstairs patio and bar are perfect for watching Vail’s visitors saunter around.

Don’t leave without trying the onion rings served with a house-made ranch and a hoppy beer for a “light” afternoon lunch.

For more information visit sweetbasilvail.com.

For The R&R-Seeker

For those in search of the chance to slow down and simply take in the mountain air and scenic vistas, Vail has answered your appeal.

A variety of resorts now pepper Vail Village, Lionshead and East Vail, offering weekend and seasonal accomodations.

Vail Mountain Lodge is uniquely positioned among its neighbors after undergoing renovations on its 27 luxurious rooms and condos, which are ideal for all seasons. Nestled in the woods just east of Vail Village, the lodge is a short walk to the village and the slopes.

The lodge’s on-site restaurant, Terra Bistro, offers a complimentary breakfast to all guests and is a popular spot for locals and happy hour. For fitness-minded guests, the adjacent Vail Athletic Club offers year-round fitness amenities for a variety of visitors. And the spa, offering massages and a menu of treatments, will seal the deal for those needing a relaxing touch.

Learn more at vailmountainlodge.com.

For The Adventurers

Vail offers an abundant supply of adventure and entertainment. With gondolas running year-round, skiing, mountain biking and hiking have become the fruits of this town.

In the summer, roll out your yoga mat with other community vacationers for the group yoga class on the Solaris lawn in the heart of Vail Village, learn to fly fish or take the kids up to Adventure Ridge — the state-of-the-art ropes course, zipline and climbing wall.

When the snow begins to fall, get your lift tickets for Vail’s mountains, which will also allow you to ski Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. When the slopes are stacked with “pow,” revisit Adventure Ridge for snow tubing, ski biking and kids’ snowmobiles. The younger ones will be wiped out for the rest of the day.

Whether with friends, family or just the two of you, Vail is the spot to indulge in mountain fun this year.

To plan your trip visit vail.com.

photos courtesy Vail Valley Visitors Bureau

Still hungry? Don’t miss these delectables.

Dessert
Soufflés at the iconic Left Bank. Choose any from the menu and pair with an after-dinner drink. Praised for its authentic French cuisine and a time-warp dining room, the Left Bank is a favorite and the sweets are to die for.
leftbankvail.com

Coffee
For the adventure-seekers in need of quick coffee and the breakfast burrito, pop into Yeti’s Grind. One strong and perfect Americano paired with Yeti’s breakfast burrito equals a delicious morning pick-me-up before heading to the mountains.
yetisgrind.com/vail

Sushi
Matsuhisa Vail is the sister restaurant of the well-known Matsihisa in Aspen. Located in Solaris Vail, the bank of windows serves as the gateway to an epic view of Vail Mountain. The Japanese menu offers mostly sushi with a peppering of worldly flavors. Much larger than its Aspen counterpart, it offers a chic, modern experience for Vail dining.
matsuhisavail.com

KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race

Flatlanders, listen up!
In early August, Vail turns into a family frenzy thanks to the KEEN Vail Kids Adventure Race. Teams of two, ages 6 to 14, have the chance to experience and compete in a real-life adventure course.

With a map in hand and teammate at the ready, these kiddos get to mountain bike, hike, tube, try their hand at archery, zip line, rock climb, soar on the Tarzan swing and more. Dashing through the heart of town, parents cheer and competitors sprint to the finish at this youthful event.

Learn more about the 5th annual race coming up in 2014 at facebook.com/VailKidsAdventureRace.

 

Add your comment: