New Dining, Lodging and Guest Experiences Highlight Exciting 
Summer Offerings in Vail
Summer 2017 Media Tipsheet
 
Vail, Colo. – Summer 2017 – When the snow melts, big adventure heats up in Vail, Colo. The destination’s future continues to be bright with new restaurants opening in Vail Village and Lionshead, a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel, recently opened villa accommodations, new golf clubhouse and event space, as well as numerous distinctive guest experiences. The excitement also continues on Vail Mountain with the opening of Epic Discovery last summer for an exhilarating on-mountain experience.
 
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.
 

Dining

 
PlumpJack Group Brings Successful Formula to Pendulum
Pendulum, a new modern, upscale restaurant opens in the heart of Vail Village this winter featuring innovative American cuisine accented with Latin influences. The first “new build” restaurant to open in Vail Village in eight years, this is the second Colorado restaurant from San Francisco-based PlumpJack Group. Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Jake Burkhardt, who also oversees the culinary program at White Bison. Dishes highlight hyper-local and seasonal ingredients from the Vail Valley and greater Colorado region melded with Latin flavors. Signature items include the Ensalata Rusa with heirloom root vegetables, roasted winter squash, and honey-lime vinaigrette topped with mizuna and spiced pumpkin seeds and Crispy Peruvian Octopus braised and fried with charred sweet potatoes, pimenton and soubise. Main options include Poached Lobster Tagliatelle with grilled squid, uni broth, confit tomato, dried lemon, and roasted chilies; Colorado Leg of Lamb with roasted cinderella pumpkin and honey piquillo pepper gremolata; and Ash Crusted Wagyu Sirloin with smashed marble potato, brassicas, and black truffle chimichurri. Led by beverage director Brandon Bigalke alongside the PlumpJack Group’s award-winning, nationally recognized cocktail duo Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano, the beverage program at Pendulum places a heavy emphasis on fine wines, seasonal ingredients, well-balanced drinks and quality spirits such as rare scotches and cognacs.
 
White Bison Re-concepts & Reopens in Vail Village
Located in the heart of Vail Village, White Bison debuted a fresh look, new menu and new beverage program upon reopening in December 2016. Operated by San Francisco-based PlumpJack Group, White Bison brings New American comfort cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere to an unparalleled setting above Gore Creek in the Rocky Mountains. Led by local culinary talent Jake Burkhardt, White Bison features Colorado produce in a newly reimagined menu. Appropriately, bison holds court on the menu in signature dishes such as the White Bison Tartare topped with quail egg and served with crispy mushroom chips, fresh watercress, pickled pearl onions and a side of asiago toasted sourdough; the Roasted Apple & Parsnip Soup with spicy pumpkin seeds, sage brown butter, pomegranate, chestnuts; and a Bourbon Brined Pork Chop with shelling bean, cassoulet, herb bread crumbs and apple slaw. White Bison’s Crispy Wall-Eye Tacos and Bison Burger are prominently featured on the lunch menu. The dessert menu by Pastry Chef Natalie Barsov offers rustic, shareable sweets. The PlumpJack Group’s award-winning, nationally recognized cocktail duo Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano are supervising White Bison’s beverage program and hand selected Brandon Bigalke as beverage director on the ground in Vail. In addition to classic cocktails featuring seasonal ingredients, the bar highlights a selection of rare scotch, spirits and wines. Bigalke’s cocktail creations include the Yard Sale with gin, lemon, mint, cucumber, orange bitters, soda and warm cocktails like Send It with red wine, winter spices and either rum, whiskey or cognac.
 
Iconic Sweet Basil Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Established in 1977, Sweet Basil has been a favorite for travelers and locals for 40 years. Sweet Basil is a creative, modern American restaurant located in the heart of Vail Village. The menu features imaginative cuisine with an innovative array of diverse influences. The restaurant also is a destination for wine lovers with a wine list featuring more than 500 carefully chosen selections from around the world. Sweet Basil continually has been voted “Colorado’s Most Popular Restaurant” by the editors of Zagat.
 
Almresi Opens at the Top of Bridge Street in Vail Village
German restaurateur Franz Thoma brings his expertise to Vail as the Alps meet the Rockies in the quaint new restaurant. The three-meal-a-day restaurant offers pastries and a coffee bar reminiscent of a café in downtown Vienna. For heartier meals, menu selections include schmorbraten (short ribs) and schlitten fondue – a popular family-friendly offering.
 
Pepi’s Bar Get First Facelift in 50 Years
Pepi's Bar, a well-known hot spot for its live entertainment, cocktails and festive atmosphere in the heart of Vail Village, recently completed its first renovation in more than 50 years. Located in one of the original hotels in Vail, the bar serves some of the best Austrian beers and specialty drinks the area has to offer. From Presidents, actors, astronauts, athletes to notable local legends, the “wall of fame” showcases past visitors who’ve graced the iconic bar.
 
Expert Burger Brings New Fast Casual Option to Lionshead
Vail Valley’s own Expert Burger is expanding from its down valley location in Eagle to a new spot in Lionshead. The restaurant only uses 100 percent “never ever” beef from Colorado. Expert Burger’s verified Angus Beef has never been inoculated with either therapeutic or sun-therapeutic antibiotics nor has the beef received supplemental or growth hormones. This means a pure tasting, high quality burger. In addition to classic options, Expert Burger has created unique, hand-crafted selections such as the Dolomite with truffle aioli, sautéed caramelized onions and thick cut bacon as well as the Alyeska with a salmon patty, caper mayo, hard boiled egg and pickled onions.
 
Larkspur Vail Now Offering Culinary Classes
Internationally trained chef and owner of Larkspur Vail, Thomas Salamunovich is now offering a variety of culinary classes for groups and private parties at his restaurant. Together with Larkspur chefs Bill Fitzgerald and Christian McCallion, Salamunovich shares with guests his passion for fresh, locally grown food and inspiration for using seasonal ingredients to create simple and delicious dishes. During class the chefs demonstrate how to prepare modest and abundant platters of composed fruits, local garden vegetables, and artisanal meats and cheeses utilizing honed techniques. Chefs then pair up with groups of two to four and use the skills that were just taught to prepare a unique creation. Not only a fun and creative team-building activity, the classes offer attendees a unique and memorable experience, along with practical skills they can bring back to their home kitchens. Lunch or dinner is served to participants following class.
 

Lodging

 
Vail Cascade Transforms into Hotel Talisa, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel
The former Vail Cascade Resort and Spa will reopen in spring 2017 as Hotel Talisa, Vail. Derived from the Native American name translating to “beautiful water,” Talisa pays homage to the Rocky Mountain’s first residents – the Southern Ute Indians – while also playing to the resort’s location along Vail’s majestic Gore Creek. As part of the exciting conversion project, following the reopening, the 285-room Hotel Talisa is expected to join the Luxury Collection’s resort portfolio within Starwood Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s most exclusive luxury hospitality brands by mid-2017. The hotel will be the first ski resort in the Luxury Collection’s North American portfolio.
 
The Lion Debuts 68 Luxury Residences in Lionshead
The Lion, a new luxury residence property located in Lionshead, debuts 68 new residences just steps away from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The new property offers two, three, four and five bedroom floor plans and ultra-exclusive penthouse options. The Lion includes spacious layouts with oversized windows and high ceilings to bring the surrounding mountains indoors. Guest services include an on-site restaurant, owner’s storage as well as front desk and concierge services.
 
 

Guest Experiences, Creative Services

 
New Vail App Puts Everything Guests Need to Know in the Palm of Their Hands
The new Vail App, for iPhone and Android, is by far the most comprehensive and functional digital vacation guide for a resort town. The features of this free app are too many to list but here is a glimpse into what the app offers:
  • Real Time Parking updates – Guests can click on the parking icon to find out the live availability of the Vail parking structures.
  • Deals and Specials – With the Vail App, guests and locals can find out the hottest deals on food, drink, happy hour, lodging and more.
  • Interactive Maps – The custom maps of the town and the mountain allow guests to easily navigate both. The guest is able to select their location and a destination and use their phone as a compass to find their way across town or down the mountain.
  • Friend and Family Locator –The friend feature allows guests to invite their fellow travelers to share their location while on vacation.
  • Activities – Vail has so much to offer both on and off the mountain. The activities guide shows guests everything they can do off the mountain.
  • Calendar of Events – The events icon has something for everyone each day. Live music, free concerts, cultural events, kids activities and more.
  • Transportation – The transit icon lets guests find where and when they can pick up public transportation to get anywhere in the Vail Valley.
  • Emergency – Hopefully not something anyone will ever need, but the emergency icon points guests in the right direction in case of an issue. Call Ski Patrol for on-mountain assistance, locate a doctor, fill a prescription or find a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon.
 
Experience Tesla in the Rockies
Tesla, makers of premium electric sedans and SUVs, has expanded into the Colorado Rockies with a new showroom at The Solaris in Vail Village. One of two locations in the Colorado High Country, the Tesla Vail location fits the company’s model of creating retail boutiques in high-end shopping, dining and entertainment areas.
 
“Intoxicating” Bourbon-Themed Treatments at Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail
Going to the spa has never been so much fun for guys, thanks to the Five Star Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, and a little splash of bourbon. New bourbon-themed treatments use a decadent FarmHouse Fresh Bourbon Bubbler scrub that combines brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey. The scrub benefits circulation, promotes a purifying and cleansing effect on the feet, and removes excess skin buildup making the feet smooth and fresh. It’s 93.5 percent natural, vegan, gluten-free, and paraben and sulfate free. The icing on this bourbon-infused cake? Guests are welcome to imbibe in a glass of locally distilled bourbon from 10th Mountain Whiskey before, during or after their treatment.
  • From Boots to Booze Men's Pedicure - After a long hike or playing in the snow, men can kick off their boots and relax with this luxurious pedicure. Imbibe in a glass of locally distilled bourbon while the treatment begins with an intoxicatingly decadent Bourbon Bubbler scrub to exfoliate and relax sore feet and muscles. Next, a therapist will apply a cooling and soothing GuacStar avocado hydration mask to feet, followed by a hot-stone massage that melts away tension and leaves feet feeling invigorated. The treatment concludes with a hot foot soak, callous filing, a nail trim and buffing. For an additional $15, enjoy the treatment with guacamole and chips.
  • Bourbon Cowboy - Muscles and limbs will get much-needed TLC in this full-body treatment. The experience begins with the application of steaming nectar milk towels to aching feet, arms and legs, and is then followed by an exfoliating application of warm Bourbon Bubbler scrub. Guests will then unwind in a hot bath while sipping on a glass of locally distilled bourbon. A refreshing agave nectar massage will bring a smooth and relaxing end to the treatment.
 
Inspired Experiences at Manor Vail Lodge, A Destination Hotel
Nestled at the base of Golden Peak near Vail Village, the iconic Manor Vail Lodge, A Destination Hotel, has launched Inspired Experiences, an exclusive penthouse guest program endowed with personalized resort and recreational privileges, services and amenities. Guests that book any of Manor Vail’s penthouses will be treated to highly-personalized experiences such as placing photos of guests in room or stocking kitchens with favorite foods prior to arrival, personalized check-in and check-out times and dedicated penthouse concierges to assist with requests or reservations. Guests that book a penthouse will be automatically enrolled into Inspired Experiences and can partake in the club’s perks and preferred rates on future reservations.
 

Golf

New Vail Golf Clubhouse Offers Enhanced Wedding, Meeting Space
Located on the edge of the Gore Mountain Range, the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse is Vail's newest gathering place, offering views and food like no other. This state-of-the-art building is home to world-class recreation - the Vail Golf Club in summer and the Vail Nordic Center in winter. An all-new restaurant inside the clubhouse, the Grill on the Gore, boasts the most spectacular mountain views of any Vail restaurant and a creative take on American comfort food. Featuring a stunning banquet space for up to 160 guests, the Gore Range Room offers a new event venue and uniquely scenic views throughout all seasons - perfect for weddings, family gatherings, meetings and social events. Combined with the Golf Club’s outdoor wedding island, this will be the preferred venue for Vail destination and local weddings for years to come. The new clubhouse also offers expanded pro and Nordic shop retail space; a new Nordic lodge area and public wax room, and an expansive outdoor seating areas for both restaurant and community space guests to enjoy.

 

Mountain Adventures

 
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? Last summer, Vail Resorts embarked on a new adventure as Epic Discovery debuted at Vail Mountain in Colorado. 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 a-la-carte or take advantage of the Adventure Pass.
 
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 Mountain’s Epic Discovery proposal received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service in October 2014, and the resort began construction the following summer. Vail’s existing Adventure Ridge underwent enhancements with the addition of rope challenge courses, summer tubing, and a four-line zip line, as well as a kids’ challenge course and zip line.
 
  • NEW: Rock Climbing Wall: Making its debut this summer, guests can navigate their way up 36 feet of rock face, choosing between 18 routes to the top.
  • Game Creek Zipline Tour: The ultimate outdoor experience, this guided tour will immerse guests in the forest habitat with an array of zip lines and aerial bridges as high as 300 feet above the valley floor. Guests will learn about the mountain environment from interpretive guides while working their way through the tour.
  • Forest Flyer™: This gravity-based alpine coaster allows guests on individual sleds to descend on a raised track through the forest while giving riders full control of their speed.
  • Interactive Trail System: Fireweed and Eagle’s Loop Trail transform into a wilderness exploration trail with the addition of story stakes that feature mountain flora and fauna and a series of animal ability installations that each resemble a different ability, such as vision, stride, agility and strength. Vail has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, the USFS and Walking Mountains Science Center to bring interpretive elements to the Epic Discovery experiences and will be contributing one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects.
  • 1% For The Forest: Vail Resorts will utilize its “1% For The Forest” program as a means to contribute one percent of all summer lift ticket and activity revenue to The Nature Conservancy for forest restoration projects on national forest lands.

Lodging Offers

Vacation Value - Save Up to 40 Percent on Winter Rates
Summer is a great time to visit Vail with lodging rates – on average – 47 percent off winter prices. Rates in summer 2017 start at $161 per night for a mid-week stay.
 
Four Seasons Vail Offers “Hike a Fourteener” Extraordinary Experience
Vail’s renowned Colorado wilderness is a visitors’ to explore – in luxury, of course. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail is making it easier for guests to discover one of the region’s legendary “fourteeners” (mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet) during an exclusive two-day adventure led by the local outdoor experts of Paragon Guides. Accompanied by llamas that carry gear and food, journey to 11,000 feet to set up camp and savor a gourmet meal prepared by the resort’s chefs. After spending the night in characteristic Four Seasons comfort, embark for the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. At 14,005 feet, marvel at the breathtaking view and consider your accomplishment: To reach the peak is a feat much admired in Colorado—and an unforgettable experience for any outdoor enthusiast.  Package available mid-June through September.

Farm to Flame Exclusive Package Introduces Four Seasons Guests to 7X Ranch
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail offers guests the opportunity to experience the taste of Vail as part of the new Four Seasons “Taste of Place” global initiative. Those with an appetite for exploratory eating and drinking will enjoy the Resort’s curated Farm to Flame experience. The comprehensive itinerary begins with a private helicopter ride to 7X Ranch in Hotchkiss, where Flame Restaurant, the resort’s modern mountain steakhouse, sources its signature beef. 7x Cattle Company is well known for providing some of the nation’s tastiest varieties of beef. Raising 100 percent full-blooded Japanese cattle on the Western Slopes of Colorado, the farmers follow specific, sustainable guidelines to achieve extreme marbling and tenderness.
           Enjoy an aerial view of 7x Ranch as Chef Marcus Stewart points out aspects of the farm and its special connection to Flame Restaurant. Then land in Aspen and head to a local restaurant for an après lunch with 7X owners and representatives to chat firsthand about the farm and the 7X experience. Upon returning to Vail, guests are treated to an intimate dining experience at Flame’s Chef's Table in the kitchen. Chef Stewart's meal will focus on the different preparations of some signature appetizers as well as the outstanding and unparalleled steak experience 7X has to offer. This interactive experience with the chef will add to the lively ambience surrounding this evening of pure epicurean delight. The Farm to Flame experience doesn’t end there as shipments of 7x beef will be sent to guest’s homes throughout the year to be reminded of this once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey.
            Pricing for this exceptional experience begins at $10,000 per person with a two-person minimum, four person maximum.
 
Antlers at Vail Horsin’ Around Family Package Combines Ranch and Mountain Fun
Saddle up the kiddos and ride the mountain range with a new family lodging-and-lifestyle package from Antler’s at Vail hotel. The property’s family-friendly cred includes being named a “best ski hotel for families” by Curbed Ski and receiving a kidtripster.com shout-out praising the value of its spacious suites with full kitchens, dining areas and living rooms. Now kids can revel in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains from the back of a horse – and alpine coaster and zipline – while capturing the memories on a GoPro camera with the Horsin’ Around family adventure package available June 15 – Aug. 15, 2017. In addition to three nights in a comfy one-bedroom-plus-bunks suite, the package includes a guided two-hour backcountry horseback ride for four on a 6,000-acre private mountain ranch with Sage Outdoor Adventures, four unlimited all-day access passes to Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery and the use of a loaner GoPro. Pricing starts from $1,460 for a family of four (taxes not included, higher peak season; as always, Antlers charges no resort fees). Activities appropriate for ages 8 and up.
 
Summer Like a Local at Antlers at Vail with 30 Days of All Mountain Living Perks
Who needs the Hamptons? Antlers at Vail hotel is a traveler’s home-away-from-home for a full month this summer to experience Colorado’s favorite mountain town as a local, complete with all the cultural amenities summer in Vail is famous for. The Ultimate Vail 30-day Live-like-a-local package includes Antlers’ Platinum-ranked lodging tax-free, plus complimentary lawn tickets for the incomparable Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival, as well as Vail Jazz Festival and Vail Summer Bluegrass Series tickets (depending on event dates). Visit Vail’s popular Sunday farmer’s market and create home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen that’s part of all Antlers at Vail guest suites, from studios to 4-bedroom luxury residences. And take advantage of the hotel’s long list of unusual complimentary amenities, from loaner bikes for cruising around town to specialty kitchen appliances to unlimited Vail Athletic Club access. Antlers at Vail’s 30-day tax-free pricing plus perks is available April 15 – Nov. 15, 2017, and varies by dates (peak season June 15 – Sept. 15). Prices start from $1,850 for 30 days in a studio, one bedroom or one bedroom with bunks through June 14; additional person or pet is $250/month. As always, Antlers at Vail charges no resort fees.
 
Bikes, Brats and Beer: Top Off this Zipline and Biking “Dudeventure” with a Cold One
It doesn’t have to be men-only, but Antlers at Vail hotel’s Bikes, Brats and Beer outdoor adventure package, available Aug. 15 – Sept. 30, 2017, knows how to turn Vail’s late summer sunny days and cool nights into a great getaway. Grill brats on a private balcony after zooming down Vail Pass on two wheels, ride a zipline or just kick back in front of the fireplace – and living room big screen – while sipping a cold one with this best-of-Colorado lodging-and-lifestyle trip. Price for the three-night package is $445/person, based on four guests in a two-bedroom condominium, including a Charter Sports self-guided Vail Pass bike tour (with bike rental, helmet, map and shuttle to top of the pass), a Zip Adventures zipline ride, use of a GoPro camera and harness, ‘town bikes’ for in-Vail riding, passes to Vail Athletic Club and beer and bratwurst in your condominium suite fridge. Package is based on availability, taxes not included. As always, Antlers charges no resort fees.
 
For more information on summer adventures in Vail, please visit vail.com.
 
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