Fall Events in Vail That Are on Our Radar

Days are still sunny and gorgeous, but mornings are getting cooler up here in the mountains.  Fall is definitely in the air!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Vail, but is bittersweet because it means winter is getting that much closer.  When you live in a climate where up to 8 months of the year can be winter, you hold on to warmer weather as long as you can!

Family Fun: Vail Nature Center's Summer Programs

The Vail Nature Center is one of those hidden gems that Vail visitors and locals sometimes forget about.  The Nature Center has a beautiful seven-acre facility along Gore Creek right across from Ford Amphitheatre where they host Camp Eco Fun, Art in Nature classes, Fly Fishing/ Stream Ecology, a bi-weekly Hiking Program, Photo Safaris and these great family-friendly programs:

Evening Beaver Pond Tour, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 22-Aug 24

Our Picks: The Best Vail Valley Hikes

In honor of the lovely ladies hiking group staying with us this week, we thought we would share some of our favorite area hikes.  We have a lot of hikers on our staff (some are even volunteer search & rescue members) who love to get out and explore the backcountry.  Among all of us, we've probably hiked almost every trail in the area and then some (we do go off trail occasionally). 

Here is a list of our favorites - on trail, of course - in no particular order:

Family Fun: Lionshead Saturday Afternoon Club

Looking for a great family activity to do during your vacation in Vail?  Look no further than Saturday Afternoon Club.  Taking place right over in Lionshead each Saturday, it features all sorts of fun FREE activities plus a different theme each week. Regular activities include kids' arts and crafts, face painting, hula hoops, water balloon toss, pizza tossing competition, a gigantic inflatable obstacle course, Kids' Discovery Zone, and Raptor Rendezvous.  Raptor Rendezvous is part of the Denver-based Raptor Education Program which showcases birds of prey such as eagles,

Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool in Vail This Summer

The dog days of summer have arrived in Vail.  Now - to give you some perspective here - this means temps are in the high 80s and sometimes low 90s.  We locals think this is hot.  Our lodging guests in town from Texas, the East coast or the Midwest, think it's balmy in comparison to their hot and humid locales.  It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?  Regardless, everyone wants to stay cool in the summertime and here are some of our favorite ways to do it in Vail:

"Where Exactly is the Lodge at Lionshead?"

We get this question quite often from prospective guests interested in our lodging options. They've usually been to Vail, but can't quite picture where we are located. The standard answer is that Lodge at Lionshead sits along Gore Creek a short 100 yards from the Eagle Bahn gondola. We also like to tell people that we are just on the east side of Lionshead Plaza. At this point, most folks have figured out our geographic location.

Vail America Days and More This July 4th Weekend

The first sign it is almost Fourth of July in Vail?  Eager locals and visitors lined up at Ford Amphitheatre this morning to purchase tickets for reserved seats to the Patriotic Concert on Sunday at 2pm.  I went over at 8:30am and there were probably 75 people in line and that did not include the true early birds (my friend, Lee, for one) who were there shortly after 6am this morning.  Reserved seating sold out before I made it to the window; however, I did learn a thing or two about how to potentially purchase "extras" on Sunday.

Hot Summer Nights FREE Concert Series Kicks Off June 15

Bud Light Hot Summer Nights is a Vail summer institution.  This free concert series has been around ever since I moved to the Valley in 1995 and is one of the most popular events throughout the summer.  Each Tuesday night, locals and visitors alike flock to the stunning outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre for great music and some of the best people watching around.

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