It’s always a bonus when you’re on vacation and find that special something that can only be seen, done, or experienced there. It’s easy to over-book your Vail vacation calendar, so be sure to save room for these extra special experiences. And, watch the video below to get a local’s take on what to prioritize on your itinerary.
Goat Yoga at Vail Stables
Goat Yoga is one of the weirdest, craziest, and most fun ideas to come out of the farm animal world, and it has quickly become the most popular activity at Vail Stables. If taking a pose isn’t your thing, just lie there and let them sleep on your stomach, or join the herd for Goats & Wine (beer or soda available too). And, for the “happiest hour in town,” don’t miss Goat Happy Hour, most days from 3:30-5:30pm.
Upscale camping, or “glamping,” at Piney River Ranch or Four Eagle Ranch is an experience that takes the best parts of camping and combines it with a 5-star hotel. With comfortable bedding, room service, and stunning views, a glamping experience for at least one night is a must-do! Combined with the many outdoor adventures available (horseback riding, hiking, chuckwagon dinners) at these authentic ranches, you’re guaranteed to sleep well.
Looking for a guided excursion with a unique photo opp? Connect with Paragon Guides and hike with llamas! These unique journeys venture through the Vail Valley, Eagles Nest, and Holy Cross Wilderness Areas. Multi-day hikes, with stops at various huts, are also available. The llamas serve as guides only (not ridden) but are excellent trail companions and can carry as much as 80 pounds.
Experience a curated picnic experiences just for you! Picnic Vail sets up distinctive settings throughout town including dining along Gore Creek, an experience near the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens or a private getaway near the Vail Nature Center. Picnics include a grazing board from The Grazing Fox, chilled bottled water, Polaroid camera, games ranging from conversation cards to corn hole, a low table, seating, glassware, cutlery and cozy linens. Each experience can be customized with a photographer, balloons, flower arrangements and more.
ROOT & FLOWER Adult Summer Camp, COCkTAIL CLASSES & WINE TASTINGS
Why should kids have all the fun this summer? Join us every Tuesday at 5pm from July 12 to September 6 for a wine tasting class, liquor tasting class or cocktail making class! Price and format varies based on class, but they will all take about 1.5 hours. The perfect way to start your evening whether you are headed to dinner or to the Hot Summer Nights Concert!
Pull up a chair for one of these chef-crafted dinners sourced from Colorado farmers. Dinner, featuring seasonal and local ingredients, is held rain or shine under a tent on Willow Bridge Road. Bring your sense of culinary adventure and get ready to be wowed as the chefs and wineries walk you through this culinary experience. This program is only offered four times this summer – so make your reservations early.
Throughout the summer, Alpine Arts offers unique art classes (like Cocktails & Canvas) in magical settings like the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Whether you’re new to art or a seasoned creative, instructors will guide you (kids and adult classes available) through the process of creating your own masterpiece – a very special souvenir.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
At 8,250’ above sea level, these spectacular gardens are the highest gardens in North America. Access if free and open year-round. Take the time to stroll and discover the delightful sights around every corner! Special events including yoga, cooking classes, art classes, and other seminars take place throughout the year at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
Art in Public Places & Art Walks
Vail has assembled a collection of works of art in public places, including over 55 works of art with 35 works created by Colorado Artists. The collection ranges from paintings, sculptures, murals, and playground components to installations. A colorful map of Vail’s public art is available at The Welcome Center at Vail Village and Lionshead or download it here.
Enjoy a free, one-hour public art tour of Vail on the first and third Wednesdays of the month with the Town of Vail’s Wednesday Art Walks. After meeting at 3:30pm at the Vail Village Welcome Center (located on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure), you’ll wind your way through the Village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail mountain, the master planning of the Village, and the importance of site-specific art. A virtual tour of the collection is available here.
Vail’s event calendar is packed, with most events returning this summer (even if they look slightly different, following COVID protocols). Signature events include: GoPro Mountain Games, Craft Beer Festival, Bravo! Vail, Vail Dance Festival, Vail Oktoberfest, and Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show.
Be sure to check the complete events calendar for ongoing details and updates.
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