This Summer Explore the Best of Vail
Hike Up, Zip Down, and Eat Around: A Day of Play in Vail
Enjoy an action-packed day that takes you up one of Vail’s iconic backcountry trails and ends with ziplining over one of its famous Back Bowls.
Drive to East Vail to enjoy part or all of the Gore Creek Lake Trail, an 11-mile round-trip hike to Gore Lake. If you want to get in some afternoon activities, we suggest hiking up just part of the way – there’s plenty of beauty to enjoy with Gore Creek winding next to the path the whole way. Enjoy the sounds of the creek as you wander through aspen stands and meadows of wildflowers, and navigate fun water crossings.View Hike
Lunch & an adrenaline rush
If you’ve left time to enjoy additional activities in the afternoon, we suggest parking in Lionshead and grabbing a quick bite at Moe’s Original BBQ before heading up the Eagle Bahn Gondola for adrenaline-filled activities on the mountain at Epic Discovery. You can even grab Moe’s Bama-style BBQ to-go and enjoy it on Talon’s Deck at the top of the mountain.
At Epic Discovery, check in for some mountain thrills, like the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. Take the coaster full speed down Vail Mountain 3,400 feet. Keep the adrenaline up for a rush down the summer tubing hill. If there’s time after your tour, you could tackle the ropes course at Epic Discovery, ride the alpine coaster, or scream at the top of your lungs while coming down the summer tubing hill.Explore Activities
Dinner & more in Lionshead
As the sun sets, ride the gondola back down to Lionshead and enjoy dinner under the stars at Vail Chophouse. Located at the bottom of the gondola, the Chophouse offers some of the best steaks and seafood in town. If you’re lucky, Vail’s own Phil Long will be entertaining with his live acoustic performance. Order a creative cocktail like the Grape, Radle and Roll or I’m Your Huckleberry to toast to a great day in Vail!Make A Reservation
Let Gravity Take Over
Check in to Vail’s hottest new hotel and restaurant and listen to live music under the brilliant stars.
Welcome to Vail! Get settled at the new Gravity Haus Vail in the heart of Vail Village. A new concept in lifestyle lodging, Gravity Haus offers 22 newly renovated, luxurious guest rooms, along with the 18,000 square foot Dryland Fitness and Dryland Spa – which you’ll have time to appreciate after tomorrow’s activities.Book Your Stay
Amp it up
Head out for an evening under the stars with a performance at Ford Amphitheater (aka, “The Amp”). Check the schedule of events to see who’s playing: performances range from up-and-coming pop artists to well-known bluegrass, rock, jazz, R&B, and acoustic performers. There’s something to experience almost every night of the summer!Check Event Schedule
Dine & done
After the show, close the night back at Gravity Haus for late-night drinks and dinner at the Slope Room, Vail’s hottest new destination for dining and craft cocktails. The cozy, Old West-themed restaurant features locally sourced meat and produce from Rocky Mountain farmers and ranchers on their new American and steakhouse menu.
Not-So-Lazy River Day
Experience the Colorado River on a tube before a little R&R back at the spa.
Fuel up for a fun day
Start your day with a cup of joe downstairs at Unravel Coffee, which serves house-roasted coffee from zero-emissions Bellwether Roaster. Pick up a smoked salmon lox, coyo chia seed pudding, or hearty breakfast burrito to fuel you up.
Hop on the Turtle Bus from the Vail Transportation Center for an adventure on the Colorado River. Known for offering “transpertainment,” the Turtle Bus is a destination all to itself. En route, you’ll get to socialize, dance, drink, and simply have a great time as you get to where you’re going. Today’s destination: the mighty Colorado River.Getting Around Vail
Tube down the Colorado River
At Dotsero Landing, you’ll put in on the Colorado River for a mellow tubing float. Put your feet up as you bob along the river – there are several mild rapids and ripples to add a touch of excitement. On your return to Vail, enjoy drinks from the Turtle Bus bar to cheers a fun float!
From river to river stones
Back at Gravity Haus, you’re in for a relaxing afternoon at The Spa at Dryland Vail. Opening summer 2021, The Spa at Dryland offers an array of services designed to help guests recover and relax. From hot stone massages and CBD recovery treatments to creative packages like “Spa & Savor,” you’ll find a treatment sure to help you unwind.Explore Spa Services
Dinner & drinks
There’s something about a day on the water that gets the appetite going. Tonight, your evening begins in Vail Village with dinner at Almresi. This authentic Bavarian restaurant provides a lively atmosphere and the opportunity to share hearty plates – such as the popular Brotzeitbrett which includes slices of Black Forest ham, Emmentaler cheese, Bavarian Obatzda cheese, Weibwurst, goat cheese, mustard garden radish, pretzel, and rustic Almresi bread. Try the Resi’s Schnitzel or Foie Gras Bratwurst for an entrée. And don’t forget to save room for strudel for dessert!
Before you call it a day, make your way to the new Bad Kitty Lounge. This speakeasy-inspired lounge is just off Vail’s main drag on Bridge Street. Mixologists make creative cocktails that are a twist on the traditional. Challenge the team behind the bar with a favorite or unusual cocktail – they’re bound to make it like you’ve never tasted before!Book A Reservation
Cruise & Booze on Your Last Day
Rent cruiser bikes for a fun day of exploring while sampling local libations along the way.
Spin over to Vintage for a boozy brunch. Sit outside and enjoy the European streetside bistro feel while watching the Village come to life. Indulge in a “Just Dill with It” Bloody Mary before diving into some of the restaurant’s sweeter options – like the bacon-wrapped figs or huckleberry bacon french toast (yes, it’s as good as it sounds).Explore The Menu
Take a spin
Work off brunch by cruising along Gore Creek Trail with its spectacular views of the Gore Range accompanied by sounds of the lively river. Pass the Vail Golf Club and travel into East Vail before turning around and enjoying a downhill coast into the Village.
Find something local to bring home
Drop your bikes off before exploring the Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show (Sundays only throughout the summer), celebrating its 20th year in Vail on Meadow Drive. With live entertainment and amazing Colorado-grown produce and products, you’ll feel like you’re experiencing the heartbeat of Vail. The market offers more than 140 vendors and food purveyors, so you’re sure to find something to bring home to relive your vacation memories.Explore Vendors
Sunset and saki
Grab a happy hour drink at Slope Room before wandering over to Matsuhisa for your final night in Vail. Enjoy dramatic views of Vail Mountain and the Japanese fusion fare that Matsuhisa is known for. Sample the chef-selected Omakase menu or simply enjoy some sushi. Don’t miss your chance to pair your pick with Matsuhisa’s own blend of saki!
As the sun sinks behind the mountains and you wander back to your room, breathe in the pine-tinged mountain air and enjoy the sparkling, star-studded sky. There’s nothing like a few days in the mountains to soothe and restore.Reserve Your Table
Tasting Tour on Two Wheels
Jump on a bike for a self-guided tour of Vail’s popular restaurants and taprooms.
Once you’re settled, check out one of the hotel’s bikes (supplied by Venture Sports) and explore Lionshead and Vail Village. Headed toward Lionshead, you’ll enjoy the sounds of Gore Creek to your left throughout the ride. On your way back, enjoy some challenging uphills to help you work up an appetite for a self-guided tasting tour in Vail Village.Reserve Your Bike
Start at the top of Bridge Street at 7 Hermits for a quick bite and to sample a diverse selection of local craft beer, which may include Talbott’s Grow a Pear Cider, Ska Brewery True Blonde Ale, or Dry Dock Sour Apricot. Jump back on your bike and head to Vail Brewing Company’s taproom in Solaris. Brewed right down the road in Eagle-Vail, Vail Brewing Company offers a great outdoor patio and lively indoor vibe – the perfect setting to try craft beer favorites like Hot Mess Blonde, Deck Daze Wheat, or Working Class Hero English Mild. Enjoy flights of tasters, growlers, or a 32-ounce pour. While in the taproom, check out the custom wood mural on the wall that’s a topo map of the Vail Valley.
After your beer-based happy hour, head back to The Sebastian to drop off the bikes and relax before dinner at Osaki’s, located steps away from the hotel. Osaki’s is somewhat of a locals’ secret – it’s off the beaten path with a somewhat hidden front door. Osaki’s offers the finest and freshest Japanese cuisine in a small, personal setting. Reservations are recommended due to the size limitations of the restaurant. Note: Arrive on time! The restaurant requires punctuality.Make A Reservation
Polish off a great day with a nightcap from 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits, located over the covered bridge in Vail Village. Inspired by the soldiers on skis who trained near Vail and fought in World War II, the design of the bottles and decor of the tasting room reflect the unique history of the area. Sample the potato vodka, bourbon, and rye, or, for a stronger option, the Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine. Or, choose the sweet Alpenglow Cordial for the perfect close.Find the Tasting Room
Shoshone, Spa & Standard - A New Kind of Triple Threat in the Mountains
An adrenaline-pumping morning followed by spa and a succulent dinner. Then, dance the night away in Vail Village.
Grab a quick breakfast at Leonora at The Sebastian before getting picked up for some rushing whitewater action on the Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River, located approximately 45 minutes west of Vail. The mile-long stretch of river mainly features back-to-back Class III rapids. Most Vail outfitters such as Sage Outdoor Adventures, Lakota Guides, and Timberline Tours all offer guided tours through Shoshone. Timberline even offers a Double Thriller option where you get to run the stretch – twice!
Dinner on the deck
Return to Mountain Standard for patio dining at its best along the Gore Creek promenade. The Warm Pimento Cheese and Buttermilk Biscuits are a must for appetizers! The Standard Wedge salad is a classic, or opt for the Ahi Tuna Crudo for another light bite. For entrees, the Pork Shank and Piri Piri Rotisserie Chicken are fan favorites, though certainly, you can’t go wrong with anything from Mountain Standard.
Wrap up the night with live music at Bridge Street Bar, featuring entertainment from Scott Munns, Ted Hammock, Jonny Magambo, Brian Kittrell, and many others throughout the year. If you’re in the mood to move, Bridge Street offers a separate room for dancing with a DJ playing the latest tunes into the night.
Llamas at Lunch & a Lion at Late Night
Select a unique hiking adventure in the White River National Forest before enjoying music under the stars at Ford Amphitheater. End your night with more live tunes and food at one of Vail’s most popular nightlife spots.
Take it to go
Grab a quick breakfast and coffee at Sonnenalp’s new Treff Café across the street from The Sebastian before heading out for a day of hiking in the backcountry with Paragon Guides. Your knowledgeable guide will contact you the night before to design a day that meets your interests. You may opt for a challenging hike to Pitkin Lake in East Vail, or Notch Mountain outside of Minturn where the summit offers one of the most spectacular views of Mount of the Holy Cross. Or, hike in search of wildflowers and waterfalls. For something truly unique, Paragon offers Llama Lunch hikes as well.Reserve Your Spot
An evening outdoors (with music)
After a day exploring the White River National Forest, relax by the pool back at The Sebastian. Swing by the front desk to pick up your grazing board from Vail’s own The Grazing Fox. Nibble on cheeses, meats, veggies, and sweets as you enjoy an evening of music at Ford Amphitheater. (Check local listings for the latest live music options which range from classic rock to bluegrass, jazz, and even classic philharmonic performances.)
Stop at Red Lion in Vail for a bite and cocktail on your way back to the room. A burger or nachos are the perfect accompaniment to live tunes.
Day of Play at Piney
Enjoy a day of play in the heart of the Gore Mountain Range with activities on the water, horseback, or your own two feet.
Breakfast & brunch (with cocktails)
Enjoy breakfast next door at Vintage, Vail’s popular brasserie brunch spot. Fill up with one of their galette options – like the Croque Madame Gallette featuring one egg in a puff pastry with gruyere cheese, French cured ham, and bécheamel, or the Huckleberry Bacon French Toast. They’re also known for brunch cocktails such as Just Dill with It Bloody Mary, Xpresso Tini, or the Walk of Shame with fresh muddled strawberries, lemon, Tru Lemon Vodka, and sparkling wine.Explore the Menu
Then, head up to Piney River Ranch for a day full of fresh air and outdoor activity. Located only 15 miles away from Vail Village, this scenic drive takes about 45 minutes on dirt roads that wind through the national forest. (A car with a high clearance is suggested.)
Piney River Ranch is an adventure-lovers escape in the heart of the Gore Range. The lake, located at the base of the mountains, offers canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing. Many guests make the six-mile round trip trek to Upper Piney River Ranch/Piney Falls. The trail meanders along the side of the valley carved out by Piney River below, and at the end, the falls provide amazing views, many Instagrammable moments, and plenty of quiet spots to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Horseback & BBQ
Back at the ranch, get the true Colorado experience with a guided horseback trail ride. If you’re lucky, you might see one of the moose or bears who frequent the area! Dismount and enjoy some great BBQ at the restaurant located at Piney.
Stop along the drive back to Vail to take amazing pictures. There’s a turn as you near town that provides one of the best views of Vail Mountain!
Dinner en plein air
On the Vail Chophouse patio, you’ll get panoramic views of Vail Mountain. If you get there early enough, you might be lucky enough to catch a live performance by long-time Vail local Phil Long as he entertains into the evening. The crab cakes and lobster mac ‘n cheese are sure crowd-pleasers before the selection of steaks and chops take center stage for the main course.Reserve A Table
Outdoor Adventures in Biking & Dining
A day getting dirty on Vail’s mountain biking trails, followed by dining under the stars.
Start up high
Get up and go with a guided mountain biking adventure on Vail Mountain! Your ride starts at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola with amazing 360-degree views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Soak it all in, because you won’t be on top much longer as the trails quickly take you down and around Vail Mountain. Guides can take you down the best routes based on ability and adventure levels. Check out the pump tracks, tree courses, and – for the more advanced – sample parts of the trails used for the 2001 World Mountain Bike Championships.
Rinse off the dirt from the mountain before wandering over to Root & Flower to enjoy one of the wine bars’ many classes – perhaps led by Jeremy Campbell, co-owner of Root & Flower and an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. Check the bar’s schedule of events for other classes, some of which are as creative in their presentation as they are with their names (e.g., History of Drunk).Find A Class
Farm to table
There’s no better end to an action-packed trip than in the heart of the Village sampling some of the finest fare grown and harvested in the area. At Vail’s Farm-to-Table Dinners, the food is as distinctive as the setting – you’ll be enjoying dinner on the International Bridge over Gore Creek. Seasonal, local ingredients on the chef-crafted menu are sourced from the fields of Colorado.View the Schedule
LUXURY MEETS CAMPING (AKA, GLAMPING)
Start your trip glamping under the stars in the heart of the Gore Mountain Range.
Welcome to Vail
Drive up to Piney River Ranch to start your trip with some glamour camping – aka, glamping. Set up “camp” in one of the ranch’s three glamping tents (which sleep four) and delight in the luxury decor including an outdoor sitting area that looks out on the Gore Range. Choose to dine at the ranch’s restaurant for dinner or cookout on the grill. Sit outside under the stars while roasting s’mores over a campfire in front of your tent. The night sky is so dark you might see the Milky Way or a shooting star!Reserve Your Tent
FROM FALLS TO FOUR SEASONS
Explore all Piney River Ranch has to offer – hiking, water sports, trail rides, and more! – before checking in to luxury lodging in the heart of Vail Village.
Bring your own breakfast to Piney or swing by the on-site restaurant for pastries and coffee before a day of play. If you get up early, you might see one of the resident bears who frequent the area before they scamper away to hide during the hustle and bustle of the day.Piney River Ranch
Get moving with fishing, hiking, canoeing, or horseback riding
Try your hand at fly fishing in Piney Lake. Or, take an early morning hike to Upper Piney River Ranch/Piney Falls. The six-mile round trip hike is a great way to get moving in the high country! The rolling trail follows Piney Creek into the mountains where your endpoint is the creek’s dramatic fall from a plateau. Head back to the lake to canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or wander over to the corral for a guided horseback ride.Plan an Activity
Enjoy a relaxing lunch at the BBQ at Piney River Ranch for salads, sandwiches, craft beer, and wine with a view. Pull up a seat on one of the many picnic tables around the ranch and soak in the fresh air and surrounding mountain views.
Dinner & drinks
Your evening begins at The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons. Then, walk over to El Segundo for outdoor dining along the banks of Gore Creek. Cheers the day with a classic margarita or a Run, Rabbit, Run (400 Conejos Mezcal, ancho reyes chili liqueur, tempus fugit creme de cacao, and a twist of orange) or choose from single- or fiesta-sized cocktails with (or without) a CBD twist.The Remedy Bar
BOOZE AND BURGERS
Booze and burgers bookend a day of hiking on Vail Mountain.
Kick-off a new day with a boozy brunch at Vintage, just across the street from the Four Seasons. Start with a selection of mimosas (select from orange, grapefruit, or cranberry juice), a Colorado Blackberry Royale (a twist on the popular Kir Royale), or one of their creative cocktails like the Walk of Shame (fresh muddled strawberries, lemon, Tru Lemon Vodka, and sparkling wine). Pair your drinks with the avocado toast, one of five different benedict options (meat and potato, eggs, crab, veggie, and southwestern), or the ever-popular Huckleberry French Toast. Don’t miss the coffee and lattes either!Vintage
Get acquainted with Vail Mountain
Head out for a hike on Vail Mountain mid-day. Choose a trail from popular local favorites like Strawberry Lane, Grand Escape, the Ridge Route, or Berry Picker. (If you choose to do Berry Picker, we suggest skipping the boozy part of brunch!).Find Signature Hikes
Put your feet up
Return to your room in the afternoon and lounge by the pool, which is tucked into a sunken courtyard. Relax on loungers around the pool, take a dip in either of the two spa tubs, or – if you have time – book a blissful spa treatment for yourself right inside.Explore the Spa
Start your evening in Vail’s newest hot spot – Barrio Social. Opening summer 2021, the high-end tapa bar offers a sleek interior design that flows outside onto the patio for optimal people watching. Created by the owners of La Bottega, Barrio Social’s design, menu, and drinks are inspired by travels through the Iberian Peninsula. Spanish and Portuguese wines, ciders, sherries, and portos complement the pintxos, tapas, and planchas dishes. Fill up on several small plates before the evening’s pub crawl throughout Vail Village.
Night on the town
From the back of the house to the bowels of Vail Village, head out for a night on the town. For live music, swing by The Red Lion or go downstairs to Bridge Street Bar for live tunes and DJ dancing. For more late-night fun, stop by The George for a grittier experience that goes until bars close.Hit the Town
A mellow day of adventures with goat yoga and biking down Vail Pass followed by a progressive dinner through Vail Village.
Stretch out with goat yoga
Grab a quick breakfast and coffee at Sonnenalp’s new Treff Café across the street from Four Seasons before driving over to Vail Stables for a morning goat yoga session. In this lively yet relaxing way to start your day, flow into poses as goats help you stretch by jumping on your back, nibbling at your ears, and certainly putting a big smile on your face. Namaste!Sign-Up for Goat Yoga
Glide down Vail Pass
Return to Four Seasons for an activity that includes a 1,832-foot vertical drop. Venture Sports will pick you up for its popular Vail Pass bike ride. You’ll be driven to the top of Vail Pass where you hop on your bike and simply coast down the mountain! This activity takes little effort but it’s filled with fun as you fly down Vail Pass into Vail Village. Your guide will stop along the way to set up a gourmet picnic before returning you to Four Seasons to freshen up.Venture Sports
Sample the decks, dining, and drinks at several favorite Vail hot spots in a progressive-style dinner. Start on the deck at Alpenrose for a stein and authentic Bavarian pretzel served on an antler. Walk across the street for mudslides, truffle tots, and elk nachos at Bully Ranch. Then, swing by Matsuhisa in Solaris for saki and the popular yellowtail jalapeño, black cod lettuce cups, and king crab tempura. If you’re still hungry, reserve a lane at nearby bol and nosh on dessert while bowling strikes into the night. Bol offers classic desserts like cookies, brownies, and their popular banana bread pudding. Pair with a classic cocktail, craft beer, or after-dinner drink.Progressive Dining
Hike, zip, and roll around Vail Mountain during this day of activities at Epic Discovery.
Breakfast & views to go
Grab a light breakfast at The Four Seasons before having the property drop you off in Minturn at the Game Creek trailhead. This 3.5-mile hike takes you up to Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain. In winter, known as the popular Minturn Mile backcountry run, this trail winds up the forest with wildflowers and aspen groves dotting the way. The hike is mainly uphill but you get a great reward at the end: Eagle’s Nest on the top of Vail Mountain.
At Epic Discovery, check in for some mountain thrills, like the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. Take the coaster full speed down Vail Mountain 3,400 feet. Keep the adrenaline up for a rush down the summer tubing hill. Check out the Epic Discovery site to learn more (availability pending Vail Mountain summer offerings).Explore Activities
Back to Lionshead
After you’ve gotten that out of your system, there’s no need to hike back to Minturn – simply take the Eagle Bahn Gondola back down to Lionshead. If you hear the live tunes of Phil Long at The Vail Chophouse, stop by for a martini or craft beer on the patio and soak it all in.
Tonight, you’re off to enjoy live music at Ford Amphitheater (The Amp). On your way, stop by The Fitz in Manor Vail for small bites to tide you over during the concert. Performances at The Amp range from rock to bluegrass, country, and classical – check local listings for what’s on tap. There’s always a great lineup of not-to-miss performances!View Events
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO PRISTINE TROUT WATER
It’s an adventure to get there, and a bigger adventure to fish on Piney River, followed by dinner at Vail’s newest hot spot.
Fill up on a classic European-style breakfast buffet at Ludwig’s at the Sonnenalp before heading out for your day’s adventure. Choose from lighter options such as lox and bagels or muesli as well as heartier fare like omelets and benedicts. Don’t forget the table of decadent pastries!Ludwigs At Sonnenalp
Guided Fishing @ Piney River
The team from Sage Outdoor Adventures will pick you up for a day that provides you with access to one of the best-kept fly fishing experiences in Colorado – an exclusive stretch of the Piney River. The trip begins on ATVs as you make your way through a wilderness canyon to Piney Valley Ranch (not to be confused with Piney River Ranch). Sage is the only company in the Vail Valley to offer access to this pristine trout water. Fish for hours before returning via ATV to the car and then back to Vail.Reserve Your Spot
Dinner & Drinks
Top off your last night in Vail at one of the newest, hottest restaurants in town – Slope Room. Go early and saddle up at the sprawling bar which offers twists on the classic cocktail, like the Oaxacan Old Fashioned of Pisco Punch. Take a seat for dinner and select from the restaurant’s extensive wine menu. For starters, check out the interactive Colorado Wagyu Hot Stone or go lighter with the Hamachi Crudo. Select from several composed or à la carte entree options including the Seared Salmon and Mishima Reserve American Wagyu NY Strip.Experience the Slope Room
A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST
End your trip with a morning ATV tour that rolls through history.
Farewell on Four Wheels
On your way out, drive to nearby Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division soldiers of World War II trained. Reserve a side-by-side ATV tour with Nova Guides for an unforgettable glimpse into the backcountry. As you ride through Camp Hale and into the Vail Pass recreational areas you’ll be able to see four different mountain ranges and the Continental Divide. On a clear day, you can see two of Colorado’s highest peaks – Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. The two-hour tour pairs an adrenaline-filled activity with history and farewell views to close out an amazing week!Nova Guides