One of our favorite places on the planet is Vail, Colorado. We decided to spend just two nights for a quick getaway and enjoy the warm spring-like weather. Even though we decided not to ski, there are still plenty of things to do in this magical mountain paradise in March. Here’s what we did:
With such a beautiful, sunny day on tap we parked ourselves near the bottom of a run and watched the first skiers of the day glide down, swishing and slicing their way back to the chairlift.
We meandered through Lionshead, Vail’s sister village connected by a short, free in-town bus service. Unique shops, restaurants, and outdoor patios mark the Old World European architecture. There is a certain friendly and outgoing charm that accompanies this place as everyone from waiters and shop clerks to ski patrol and bicycle cops stop to chat and share a laugh with you.
Gore Creek flows near the walking path between Vail and Lionshead – an easy 10 or 15 minute trek between the villages.
You know you’ve reached Vail when this enormous wire sculpture of a mother bear and her two cubs appear on the sidewalk just outside the Four Seasons.
Vail has a plethora of quaint shops and art galleries that meander through the streets. At this one, we had to look twice when this live polar bear stood guard at the entrance. Her name is Shasta.
I’ve never made it through a trip to Vail without stopping at Blitz boutique. They offer stylish clothes and accessories along with a nice shoe collection, some of which come from Guatemala where a percentage of the sale goes to help the women there.
We made a point to stop in at our favorite restaurant in Vail – Matsuhisa. We’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and any number of other special occasions at this hot spot that serves sushi and asian inspired specialties. Enjoy spectacular views inside and out as this is a fun people watching spot too.
I ended my evening with a green juice martini… Only in Vail can you juice and medicate at the same time!
I hope you enjoy your next visit to Vail. I’d love to hear about your favorite places and spaces here too.