Vail, Colo. – Summer 2011 – Travelers in pursuit of great vacation values this summer need look no further than Vail as the resort community offers numerous lodging packages and activities that are designed to make playing and staying in North America’s most popular mountain resort even easier.
 
Travelers who book their summer vacation in Vail by May 1, 2011 can take advantage of rates beginning at $99 per night at the Vail Racquet Club and Holiday Inn. For more information on this special lodging offer, please call Vail/Beaver Creek Reservations at (877) 204-7881 or visit vail.com.
 
The Sebastian, Vail’s newest boutique hotel and residence club, is offering a “Great Fun with Friends” vacation package this summer. The package includes three nights in a Deluxe Plaza Room with two queen beds, along with the following amenities: 
·       Welcome cocktails in Frost
  • Breakfast daily at Market
  • $100 Bloom Spa credit per room
  • Welcome amenity
  • Nightly turn-down
  • Nightly parking 
  • Guided half-day hike with gourmet lunch prepared by Market and half-day rafting trip on the Eagle River
Package rates begin at $399 per night based on double occupancy and a three-night stay. For more information or to book the “Great Fun with Friends” offer at The Sebastian, please visit www.thesebastianvail.com or call (877) 820-7970. 
 
While staying in Vail there are endless activities to feed any travelers’ appetite for adventure, culture or relaxation. Vail offers a variety of free events and value-oriented activities that visitors can experience throughout the summer.
 
Free Activities at Adventure Ridge
Head to the top of the mountain for free bocce ball, horseshoes and disc golf (disc rentals are extra).  Enjoy mountain top fun at the summit of the Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead. Daily operation runs through early September.


Hiking Around Vail and Atop Vail Mountain is Always Free
With more than 166 miles of hiking trails in the area, enjoy spectacular wildflowers and wildlife as you explore the nature and forests of Vail. It’s highly recommended to pack a picnic and a camera.
 
Visit the Discovery Center
Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Discovery Center introduces you to the environment through fun, interactive displays and guided nature hikes.  Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information call (970) 754-4675.
 
Complimentary Parking & Free Bus Transportation all Summer
Parking in Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures is free all summer. The Town of Vail bus system also is free so guests can leave their car at home and tour the area via the largest free transit system in the nation.
 
Explore the Vail Recreation Path
The Vail Recreation Path is an affordable way to have fun with your entire family. Located right in the middle of town, the trail winds from West Vail to East Vail and has 1,100 acres of open space available to the public. The path stretches for 15 miles and is surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest.
 
Bud Light Hot Summer Nights – www.hotsummernightsconcerts.com
Celebrating 24 years of free concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Bud Light Hot Summer Nights has become the social event of the season and the place to be for locals and visitors alike. Tuesday nights from June through August heat up the town with bands like The Wailers, Reverend Horton Heat, Mofro and Soulive who rock the house and keep the huge crowds dancing. The concert series begins June 14 and runs through Aug. 23. Hot Summer Nights is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. Information, (888) 883-VAIL(8245).
 
Top-of-the-Mountain Tour
Returning for its second summer season is the Top-of-the-Mountain Tour at the top of the Eagle Bahn gondola. Providing incredible views and a sense of adventure, the new Motorized Mountain Tour starts its 11 mile loop at Eagle’s Nest, passing Two Elk and Patrol Headquarters with a final destination of the Orient Express Lift (#21) at the top of China Bowl.
 
Free Fly Fishing Casting Clinics - www.gorecreekflyfisherman.com
Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is pleased to offer complimentary daily casting clinics in Vail Village along the Gore Creek Promenade at 10:30 a.m. from Memorial Weekend through September. The clinics are perfect for those who have never fly fished before and are considering trying the sport.  They also are great for those just wanting to brush up on their technique. Expert staff members lead the demonstration, and he or she will be able to answer any general fly fishing questions. For more information, please call (970) 476-3296.  
 

Vail Farmers’ Market, Art Show & Jazz - www.meadowdrivevail.com

Get a taste of Colorado with the Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show, open weekly throughout the summer on Sundays, June 19 through Sept. 18. Colorado's finest are showcased during the farmer’s market including locally grown produce, international dishes, fresh baked goods and even Colorado wine. The Art Show feeds travelers’ creativity offering everything from beautiful clothing and jewelry to handmade home items. Beginning June 26 the Vail Jazz Foundation will entertain at the Vail Farmers’ Market with regional artists performing in trios, quartets and quintets. The first of 10 Sunday concerts will be presented from noon to 3 p.m. on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Talent includes local favorites Tony Gulizia Trio, Justin Allison Trio, Summit Jazz Consort, Kathy Morrow and many others.
 
Vail Friday Afternoon Club - www.summer.vail.com
There is great free music and fantastic fun on the top of Vail Mountain. Enjoy drink specials, hamburgers and hotdogs, horseshoes and fantastic sunsets. The gondola is free after 4 pm on Fridays.
 
Vail Nature Center – www.vailrec.com/nature.cfm
Nestled along the banks of the Gore Creek in the heart of Vail, the Vail Nature Center is a hidden gem and must-see for visitors to the area. Its educational and nature-driven programs, both at the center and out in the surrounding wilderness, offer the young and young at heart a variety of activities to remember. Enjoy wildflower walks, bird watching, nature hikes, speakers, youth camps, fly fishing, art and photography classes and more. Many programs cost just $3 per person and the Nature Center itself is free, providing an opportunity to enjoy its interactive displays that showcase Vail’s local flora and fauna. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Information, (970) 479-2291.
 
Vail Skatepark
Shredders can head over to the Lionshead parking structure and check out Vail’s free skatepark. Open dawn to dusk daily, the free skatepark features a half-pipe, pyramid, multiple ramps, transitions, rails and banks, plus a street course area for younger or less experienced riders. Information, (970) 479-2271.
 
Visit the Colorado Ski Museum - www.skimuseum.net
Located in the upper level of the Vail Village parking structure, is the Colorado Ski Museum. Learn about the history of Vail, skiing and the 10th Mountain Division with interactive exhibits and more.
 
For more information on Vail summer activities, lodging options and vacation experiences, please visit vail.com.
 
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