My friends are traveling to Vail Colorado after business travel in Denver and asked me what my favorite spots are for them to visit. I had to think for a minute as what I remember most about Vail are the long ski runs, the scenic beauty and the feeling of tranquility I obtained while being in enwrapped in this beautiful l mountainous destination.
Since there weren’t really interested in my spiritual state I decided to delve into deeper and come up with some of my favorite lodging and dining choices. When visiting destinations like Vail I always like to find the local chefs and taste their original creations. In terms of lodging I prefer the small boutique hotels for my needs but the larger ones are just as tempting with their spot on service and ski concierges.
Some of my lodging and dining choices are as follows:
- The Arabelle is a lovely boutique hotel located in Vail Village. Part of the Rockresorts with total attention to detail and a European sensibility.
- If you are looking for total privacy, seclusion and want a romantic twist the Game Creek Chalet, 10,500ft up in the Vail Mountain is for you! Total privacy and amenities provided by the Arabelle. You cannot get more secluded.
- A more rustic but chic lodging option is the Sebastian right in Vail Village with a modern sensibility, a fantastic spa and chic vibe.
- If you are looking for a wonderful venue to go with your children but experience the utmost customer service then the Four Seasons Vail is just for you.
- The Sonnenalp is family owned business with great service and very family friendly. One received a great sense of warmth and a long history of serving the Vail community.
Dining & Libations:
- Larkspur vail is a local chef driven restaurant with seasonal food and a fun ambience. The selection is fresh, creative and beautifully prepared.
- Kelly Liken is a local chef and James Beard award winner that has been featured in many magazines & television programs about great cuisine. The current location will close the end of May 2016 so if in Vail before the end of May please give her culinary delights a try.
- Kevin Clair opened Sweet Basil in 1977. Since then Sweet Basil has seen quite a few evolutions but you can always count on great food, a tantalizing local ambience and heart felt service. Still owned by Kevin Clair and continuing to bring in new patrons in 2016!
- If you are looking for out of this world authentic Italian in Vail then Campo de fiori is your destination! From home made pasta, to great meets and desserts all items are delectable.
- Mountain Standard created by the owners of Sweet Basil is a fun rustic tavern serving delicious food cooked over an open and live food fire. Relaxed, casual and perfect after a long day of skiing! Fresh, innovative and handcrafted food that makes ones mouth water with excitement.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Vail as much as I have exploring the outstanding ski runs & nature, innovative dinning choices and formidable lodging accommodations.