New Dining, Lodging and Guest Experiences Highlight Exciting 
Summer Offerings in Vail
Summer 2018 Media Tipsheet
 
Vail, Colo. – Summer 2018 – When the snow melts, big adventure heats up in Vail, Colo. The destination’s future continues to be bright with new lodging, restaurants and events as well as numerous distinctive guest experiences.
We’ve developed the following list of story ideas and noteworthy happenings in the community to illustrate the ongoing commitment of the destination to offer an experience “Like Nothing on Earth” for its year-round guests. 
 

Lodging

 
Hotel Talisa, Vail
The 285-room luxury ski-in/ski-out property has undergone a $60 Million complete renovation and rebrand. In addition to bringing unparalleled luxury to Vail, Hotel Talisa will be the first ski destination property in North America to join The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts.
 
Hotel Talisa features thoughtfully crafted programming and amenities. Highlights below:
 
  • Après Everyday - More than just the typical social hour, Hotel Talisa is making the best of après a way of life. The resort offers inventive avant and après-adventure libations, including daily champagne sabering and tasting, a decadent hot chocolate bar, bites and music year-round
  • Pillow Menu – Curated selection of luxurious pillows that fit individual guest preference  
  • Moët Flutes & Frites - A weekly tradition soon to be a favorite for hotel guests and Vail visitors. This custom offering is an opportunity to enjoy beautifully presented Moët glasses of champagne with house made pommes frites.
  • Mats and Moët – Taking place twice a week, Hotel Talisa will pamper their guests with a glass of champagne after yoga
  • Talisa Tykes - Offering year-round rotating weekly activities for Hotel Talisa’s littlest guests including canvas painting and Ute Indian inspired crafts
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Vail 
Soon-to-open DoubleTree by Hilton Vail is the Vail Valley’s first and only Hilton-branded hotel. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s “modern mountain” space and recent hotel-wide renovation, including 116 updated guest rooms with 19 well-appointed family suites. 
 
Visitors this summer will be able to take advantage of the property’s on-site bike rentals and complimentary guest shuttle to get to and from the mountain to enjoy some of Colorado’s best hiking trails, bike trails, fly fishing, shopping and more. After a day of adventure, guests can unwind with the hotel’s variety of on-site offerings, including an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, rustic outdoor fireplace and massage treatment rooms. 
 
The hotel will serve handcrafted cocktails and delicious local cuisine at Pivot62. Mouth-watering selections include Colorado Grassfed Tomahawk Waygu Beef Striploin, Point Judith Crispy Calamari in a Sweet Chili Sauce with Green Onions and Bean Sprouts, and, of course, The DoubleTree Cookie Martini. Other dining options include: Westside Cafe, serving casual American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Casa Mexico, open for both lunch and dinner. Guests can also select grab-n-go delights from the Made Market, perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch to enjoy on the mountain. 

The Lion
The Lion offers a variety of mountain sophisticated residences ranging from 1- to 5-bedrooms, all with distinctive finishes, a high attention to detail and spacious balconies, many with exceptional mountain views.  Amenities include a huge outdoor salt-water hot tub, an indoor infinity current lap pool and salt-water hot tub, a fitness center with steam room and an entertainment room. Located less than 350 yards from Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola, The Lion offers amazing access to hiking, mountain biking and kayaking.


Dining Experiences

 
Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails 
Fall Line restaurant celebrates the active and adventurous lifestyle of Vail with casual comfort food and inventive cocktails in a bright, modern space flanked with large ’60s era ski photos lining the walls. Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt has developed a creative menu that features sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and sharable plates. Selections include Smoke Trout and Salmon Rillettes, Maine Lobster BLT, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches and a Hawaiian Chicken Flatbread. The restaurant is centrally located in the Gorsuch Clock Tower on Bridge Street.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mountain Sized Brunches
In big cities, brunch has been a staple for years, but mountain communities are catching on in a big way. Hotels such as The Sebastian-Vail and Four Seasons Resort and Residences now are offering mountain sized brunch options throughout the year.
  • Sunday Funday Brunch at The Sebastian-Vail
The concept of “Sunday Funday” gets a new twist with The Sebastian-Vail’s weekly brunch featuring unlimited food and drink. The hotel’s new Sunday Funday Brunch includes a bottomless Bloody Mary and Prosecco Bar, ‘All Day Rosé,’ service, a charcuterie and cheese bar as well as classic and creative brunch selections served tapas style. Sunday Funday Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Leonora. 
 
In addition to the bottomless drink selections, quests can sample an unlimited number of made-to-order, creative brunch inspired tapas such as Huevos Sebastiano with Cuban-style black beans, crispy tortilla, farm fresh eggs and fire-roasted tomato ranchero sauce, Colorado Peaches and Ham Salad. The Quinoa Pancakes feature caramelized apples and Vermont maple syrup. Other selections include Slow-Roasted Harris Farm Short Rib Hash, Duck Carnitas, a Colorado Peach & Ham Salad as well as Colorado Shakshuka with baked farm fresh eggs and Colorado Meat Company lamb sausage.
 
  • Munchie Brunchie at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail is offering a high-altitude brunch at The Remedy Bar. The Munchie Brunchie is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Executive Chef Marcus Stewart has created a menu loaded with dishes such as a smoked salmon and tater tot "waffle" complete with accoutrements and caviar; the French countryman benedict with country ham and poached egg; banana nutella dulce de leche crepe with citrus confit and cherries; an acai bowl; and buffalo corned beef hash with smoked tomato choron, caramelised onion-thyme compote and scallions.
No brunch would be complete without a bottomless Bloody Mary Bar which features a special Bloody Mary mix created by Director of Beverage Steven Teaver. Guests can further amp-up the cocktail with toppings such pickled okra, peppers, seared Spam and shrimp.

You Pick It; We Will Cook It at Manor Vail Lodge 
This unique culinary experience for families and couples combines learning with the freshest ingredients from our local purveyors and Manor Vail Lodge’s backyard garden.
 
Experience an interactive farm-to-table dining experience at 8,200 ft. The property’s executive chef and catering manager will work with guests to customize a unique, interactive dining event. Enjoy a seasonally themed menu paired with locally grown ingredients from local Colorado purveyors and the Manor Vail Lodge garden. Choose from a variety of customized menus and classes below:
 
  • Fork the Diet: Come hungry for this BBQ. Enjoy gourmet burgers, ribs, corn on cob, grilled chicken, vegetable kebabs, potato salad, garden salad, the freshest watermelon. Pair the meal with wine and Colorado's famous craft beer and spirits. Top the evening off with some Palisade peach pie and homemade ice cream.
  • Jam Out: Learn how to create juicy jam preserves from the freshest fruits and berries of Colorado. This session includes an array of appetizers and delicious wine pairings.
  • Colorado Craft Brewing: Get a taste of Colorado's best craft brews and learn what goes with each glass of larger, porter and stout beers. Cooking includes items such as roasting lamb, braising ribs and making homemade ice cream.
  • Rocky Mountain Whiskey: Learn how to cook with one of Colorado's favorite spirit. In this class, learn how to pair the finest Rocky Mountain whiskey with artisan cheeses, meats and bread.
 

On Mountain Adventure

 
Epic Discovery
Do you want to soar like an eagle? Travel through the forest canopy like a squirrel? Find out if you’re as strong as a bear? See the world through the eyes of a trout? In 2016, Vail Resorts embarked on a new adventure as Epic Discovery debuted at Vail Mountain. 
 
Epic Discovery provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing guests in activities which provide big-time thrills, allow them to challenge themselves physically, guide them to explore and better understand their natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories. Whether traveling through Colorado or staying in Vail, guests can experience Epic Discovery.
 
This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure features components such as zip lines, a rock climbing wall, an alpine coaster, wildlife trail exploration, and interactive, “learn-through-play” activities. Vail Resorts will utilize its “1% For The Forest” program as a means to contribute 1 percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects on national forest lands.
 
Sustainable Destination 

Top 100 Global Sustainable Destination
Vail has made international news for its collective sustainability efforts by being named to the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in 2017 by Green Destinations. This is third year for the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations competition sponsored by Green Destinations, a nonprofit organization for sustainable tourism via a global partnership of expert organizations, companies and academic institutions with participation by destination representatives and stakeholders. Vail and Jackson Hole are the only U.S. destinations making the Top 100 list for 2017. Vail and the other nominees were required to provide extensive information about their sustainability initiatives and their local and global impacts. The review process included an evaluation of 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard, including cultural heritage conservation, solid waste reduction, accessibility and landscape and scenery. 

Events

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens - Nurture Explore & Discover at the Gardens - May to September 2018
Nurture Explore & Discover at the Gardens is a compilation of traveling educational exhibits, interactive games and activities, Intimate Evening at the Gardens speaker series, and hand-on workshops focused on conveying the importance plants play in the health of our water ways. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens plans to host two traveling exhibits, five Intimate Evening at the Gardens speakers, and five hands-on workshops. Summer 2018 programming for the gardens includes acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Doughtery, Wildlife 2000 Founder Sherri Tippie and Historian Kathy Heicher.
 
Whistle Pig Vail Music Series – June- August 2018
The Vail Valley Foundation soon will be announcing a partnership with one of the largest music management companies in the country to bring a new music series “Whistle Pig Vail” to town. Whistle Pig will feature four to eight new, big-ticket headlining acts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in summer 2018.
 
Patrick Dougherty - Stickwork – June 2018
In June 2018, Art in Public Places is commissioning acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty to create a site-specific installation in Vail’s Ford Park. Information, www.stickwork.net
 
Artists, Authors & Athletes Program - June to September 2018
This summer, The Sebastian-Vail is continuing its popular Artists, Authors & Athletes series which launched in winter 2018. The program connects guests, owners and the local community with experts in their chosen field. Artists, Authors & Athletes takes place the first Thursday of every month June through September with a complimentary reception and presentation from 6-7 p.m. in the Library. The happy hour Sparkle & Pop reception also features complimentary prosecco and truffle popcorn.
 
Guests interested in more time with the VIP presenter can opt to attend an intimate dinner with the speaker at 7:30 p.m. in the Leonora private dining room. Cost is $100 for the three-course prix fix menu and wine pairing. Only eight seats are available for this VIP dinner.
 
Speakers have included a New York Times best-selling author, a popular TEDx speaker, mountaineer, yogi and artist. Speakers for summer 2018 have not been announced.
 
Vail Dance Festival 30th Anniversary Season - July 28 – August 11, 2018
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2018, the Vail Dance Festival will once again present performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek and the Avon Performance Pavilion in Nottingham Park. Under the helm of Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, now in his 12th year, the Festival showcases the world’s most renowned dancers from ballet and tap, to Jookin and Flamenco with live music and artistic collaborations that are only possible during this two-week celebration of dance in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
 
Stage One, Colorado Classic - Aug. 16-17, 2018
The Colorado Classic is a four-stage cycling race sanctioned by UCI that brings some of the best racers in the world to compete in Colorado. The event was held for the first time, last summer and included 17 Olympians and 12 riders from the Tour de France. In 2018, the event will take place in two stages: Stage one Aug. 16-17 in Vail, followed by stage two Aug. 18-19 in Denver. In Vail, the event will dovetail with Whistle Pig Vail headliner concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Aug. 17-18 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and create a weekend-long festival atmosphere including men’s and women’s pro cycling races, citizen events, food, beverage, expos, and other ancillary events.
 
World Figure & Fancy Figure Skating Championships - September 27-29, 2018
Skaters from all countries can pursue the epitome of elegance on ice by completing all 16 World Championship Figures. Those skaters have a chance to win the 2018 World Figure Championship's Gold, Silver, & Bronze Medals, be inducted into the World Figure & Fancy Skating Hall of Fame and obtain the prestigious overall World Figure Rankings. 
 

Lodging Packages


Spa Under the Stars at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail
Whether looking for a romantic evening for two or a unique spin on the bachelor and bachelorette party, look no further than the Spa Under the Stars package at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. Find solitude and complete relaxation after hours with a complete buyout of the Spa. The journey begins as the private Spa Butler provides an orientation of the space, and remains on hand throughout the evening to attend to every need. Enjoy exclusive use of the Spa facilities such as the plunge pools, eucalyptus steam room, tranquility lounge, slumber room and sauna. Make sure to come hungry because heavy hors d’ouvres by Flame Restaurant, the Resort’s signature steakhouse, await at the Relaxation Garden – a hidden outdoor oasis complete with a firepit and lounge chairs. The private Spa experience includes a Couples Romance Ritual, which starts with a champagne toast in a bath soak. Side by side, bodies are polished with a nourishing scrub and then nestled in an ultra-hydrating shea butter cocoon while receiving a warm oil scalp massage that will leave hair shiny and brilliant. The journey concludes with a relaxing full-body massage. Of course, a bottle of prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries accompany this package. Leave with not only timeless memories, but also a Zent’s spa gift set. Pricing starts $1,995.

30-day Vail Sabbatical
Experience Vail like a local – for an entire month – from the Antlers at Vail’s quiet Gore Creek-side location steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola with its 360-degree views and tempting trailheads, as well as the vibrant mix of dining and shopping in Vail’s Lionshead neighborhood. Antlers at Vail condos include full kitchens, dining areas and comfy living rooms with flat screen TVs and fireplaces, plus private balconies and easy access to Vail’s favorite pool-with-a-view. Visit the popular Sunday Farmer’s Market to cook your own meals, and enjoy one complimentary dinner from Vail Chef Barry Robinson delivered to the condo – as well as a dozen famous Colorado-made Duffey Rolls to heat for breakfast. Then step out and enjoy the town’s incomparable cultural offerings: the 30-day Vail Sabbatical package includes a mix of lawn tickets for Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival, as well as Vail Jazz Festival and Vail Summer Bluegrass Series tickets (depending on event dates). Test drive living in Vail for a month in Antlers comfort, available May 1 – Oct. 30, 2018, starting from just $1,850 for 30 days for early summer dates (through June 14) in a studio, one bedroom or one bedroom with bunks – tax-free and no resort fees. Additional person or pet is $250/month.
 
Beat the Heat Family Package at the Antlers at Vail
When it comes to travel, “cold is hot” with travelers seeking out cooler climes in 2018, according to a recent Forbes trend forecast. Now Antlers at Vail hotel is inviting families to chill out in the Rocky Mountains with a new Beat the Heat package that includes three nights’ lodging, a complimentary pool toy for the kids for use in the Antlers’ stunning mountainside pool and delicious icy treats for four from Vail’s Rimini Gelato. The Eagle Bahn Gondola, just steps from the Antlers’ front door, can carry families to the full array of Vail Epic Discovery action as well as shady hikes to take in a waterfall – or watch the kids splash and play in one of Vail’s inviting fountains. From June 1 – Sept. 30, 2018, this 3-night value package includes a 20 percent lodging discount with rates starting from $744 for a one-bedroom with bunks or larger condo for a family of four. Tax not included, no resort fee. Subject to availability.
 
You’ve Got Vail
With wilderness to explore, rivers to kayak, trails to bike, mountains to hike – it’s time to put email on pause and enjoy Vail, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain adventure. Now, Antlers at Vail hotel’s new You’ve Got Vail package sweetens the deal with a 20 percent off summer lodging discount. Take the gondola – a half-block from the hotel – to hiking trailheads or Vail’s Epic Discovery for ziplining, alpine coaster and more, enjoy the charming Lionshead neighborhood’s variety of dining and drinking opportunities, splash in Antlers at Vail’s year-round outdoor pool and hot tub, and bike or walk the adjacent-to-the-hotel Gore Creek trail. Guests will also appreciate Antlers’ unusual array of complimentary amenities, including passes to Vail Athletic Club, a loaner espresso machine (for going barista in one of the Antlers full-size kitchens), a propane grill on each suite’s private deck, a cohort of complimentary Antlers-bedecked cruiser bicycles, and GoPro cameras and harnesses to capture every minute of summer fun. Ask for You’ve Got Vail, June 1 – Sept. 30, 2018, with prices starting from $200/night for a studio or one-bedroom, subject to availability.

For more information on summer adventures in Vail, please visit vail.com.
 
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