I love three-day weekends so much, don’t you? This past long weekend, Dean and I took a fantastic trip out west to Vail. We stayed at a new boutique hotel, with perfect touches like cookies on our nightstand at turn down and steamy hot tubs under the snowy sky. Though Colorado hasn’t received the massive amounts of precipitation it’s known for, the skiing conditions were still awesome. The only problem with weekends like this is that they end and you are left wondering who is going to make you a delicious buffet breakfast (with amazing omelet and waffle stations) in your real life…
Hotels: Try to book a “ski free, spa free” package at any of the participating hotels. Our hotel room included our lift tickets, daily breakfast, drinks at the hotel bar, and massages.
Sebastian* (beautiful new lodge with awesome location, great restaurants and apres-ski bar on site, and excellent amenities like spa, ski valet, and complimentary snacks in room.)
More hotel options to come…
Restaurants (all in Vail Village):
Block 16* (everything was great here, even the salted butter for the bread, but favorite dishes: risotto w/ black truffles & orechiette with mussels)
Matsuhisa* (a Nobu restaurant, favorite dishes: the crunchy rice with spicy tuna, soft shell crab w/ black bean sauce, miso black cod, rock shrimp),
Marketplace* (great European style grocery/market with delicious thin crust pizzas, crepes, sandwiches),
Beignet Cafe* (hot drinks and warm donuts made to order, well deserved after a day on the slopes)
Other local faves: Sweet Basil, Campo de Fiori, Joe’s Deli
Activities: Skiing, hiking, snow tubing, ski mobile, bowling and ice skating in Vail Village, Bloom Spa at the Sebastian (Brooke and Vanessa were amazing massage therapists)
Getting There: Flights daily into Vail/Eagle (About 35 minutes from the mountain) and Denver (about 2 hrs to the mountain). From Vail/Eagle Airport, taxis are about $135 to Vail Village. We opted instead to rent a car for $25/day and it was very easy to navigate our way.
* indicates the hotel or restaurants we went to this trip and LOVED
If you have any favorites at Vail, please comment below for readers planning their trips.