Vail is one of my favorite mountain towns in Colorado. We typically go every few years and it never gets old. I love the architecture and the Swiss Alps’ vibe of the town. I know Vail is a popular ski destination however, it’s just as amazing in summer. I think there is actually more to do in summer.
Vail, Colorado is a small town at the base of Vail Mountain and is set within the White River National Forest. In summer it’s a popular destination for golfing, shopping, fishing, hiking, festivals, and more.
If Vail is in your future travel plans, save this blog post as I’m going to share all my favorite things to do, where to stay, and where to eat when visiting Vail.
Let’s talk about places to stay.
Tivoli Lodge – They feature 65 rooms with mountain or village views, great amenities and are located in the middle of the village.
The Sebastian – Also in a great location and has their own private club and an amazing spa!
Austria Haus Hotel – Intimate hotel, great breakfast in the lounge every morning, and a boutique feel.
Sonnenalp – A modern lodge with a luxury feel.
Where to eat:
Lancelot, Vail’s original Prime Rib house. A locals’ and tourist favorite. Go for the atmosphere alone!
La Nonna, A traditional Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list.
El Segundo is one of our favorites, we go there every time we are in town. You have to get the nachos and bring your appetite!
Matsuhisa is a favorite as well. You’ll love the beautiful views and the expansive menu.
Mountain Standard has a pub vibe with an upscale menu. Their Executive Chef holds the title of Colorado’s Chef of the year. It’s a must-try.
Things to do:
Enjoy a scenic ride up Vail Mountain. At the top, you’ll find Epic Discovery Adventure Park. Tickets are $28
Head to Turtle Tube rentals and tube down the Colorado River. You can also swim and play in the river in the town square.
Epic Discovery, located at the top of Vail mountain features rope courses, trampolines, golf, and an alpine slide.
Vail has so many cute boutiques that feature souvenirs, unique gifts, sports equipment, clothing, and more. You could spend a whole day shopping!
Get out in nature. Some great trails nearby include Pitkin and Booth Falls.
Head to Game Creek Aerial Adventure to capture some amazing views and zip lines in the mountains.
If you’ve been thinking of a trip to Vail, go! It’s a place you’ll never forget.