Rachel and Heather - two of the most knowledgeable and friendly concierges in Vail who also happen to work at Lodge at Lionshead - have offered to let us in on a few of their favorite places to dine out. For high-end dining, they suggest Terra Bistro, Montauk, La Bottega, Larkspur and La Tour. For more casual fare, Los Amigos has great Tex-Mex in addition to a lively après ski scene on their deck right at the base of the Vista Bahn in Vail Village. Pizza lovers can indulge at Pazzo's or Blue Moose Pizza - both have specialty pizzas as well as the old stand-bys. Favorite pub food/ burger joints are Garfinkel's (another great place to après at the base of the Eagle Bahn gondola in Lionshead), Bart & Yeti's and the Red Lion. Right now, you can't beat the $8 Epic burger & beer special at Centre V at The Arrabelle. Oh, you also must try the BBQ at Moe's Original Bar B Que! Their pulled pork sandwiches and banana pudding are to die for. I'm starting to get hungry…

If you feel like venturing outside of Vail proper, here are a few more suggestions: Bighorn Bistro in East Vail, Balata in Edwards, Vin48 in Avon, and the Gashouse in Edwards. We’d love to hear your favorites, too, so feel free to comment. Happy dining!