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La Tour Restaurant & Bar – Wild Burgundy Escargots

La Tour Restaurant Bar – Wild Burgundy Escargots

La Tour Restaurant & Bar is of Vail’s most popular spots for food, wine and cocktails. 

This beloved Vail restaurant features a menu designed for foodies and delivered with polished service. La Tour has also cultivated one of the best wine lists in Vail. 

Chef/owner Paul Ferzacca strives to provide the best of everything at La Tour. The Vail restaurant was honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator and received an “Extraordinary” rating in Zagat. La Tour additionally received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence three years in a row. 

La Tour is conveniently located within the heart of Vail Village, a quick walk from the lifts and the main Vail Village parking structure. 

Groups and events are welcome at this luxurious Vail restaurant. The dining room can seat 105 and can be adjusted to fit a group’s needs spanning bar space, open space, cozy nooks and the outdoor patio. The restaurant’s central location makes it an ideal Vail venue. La Tour’s experienced staff will assist in event management, helping groups to create exceptional memories.

Call 970-476-4403 to book a table, or book it online by clicking here. The restaurant is open daily.

Vail Square Ice Rink

Vail Square Ice Rink

It’s a snowy day at Vail Square Ice Rink and it looks beautiful completely covered in snow. Open daily from 1-9pm from late November thru April, weather permitting and located in the Lionshead Village. Nice shops, restaurants and lodging surround the ice rink and free shuttles from Vail Village and Lionshead Village make it easily accessible. Vail, Colorado.

Snowmobiling in Vail, Colorado with Nova Guides

http://www.novaguides.com/colorado-winter-activities/snowmobile-tours/

Top of the Rockies Snowmobile Tour! Full day or 1/2 day excursions available. Endless miles of open meadows and spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of four surrounding mountain ranges including the Continental Divide. In the White River National Forest at Historic Camp Hale, elevations of 12,500 feet.

Bearcat Stables Sleigh Ride – Edwards, CO

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!

Nestled in the Squaw Creek Valley in Cordillera, 15 minutes west of Beaver Creek, Colorado, Bearcat’s Cabin is the original cabin the Bearden family homesteaded during the early 20th century. Thanks to the efforts of the Cordillera Preservation Foundation and Bearcat Stables, the Cabin has been completely restored, and now acts as one of Vail’s most historic restaurant settings.

You and your family are invited to tour these historic grounds via Horse and Sleigh while sipping on your favorite beverage. Our knowledgeable team drivers will give you the history of the land and make your journey unforgettable. Bring your camera because you will want to take pictures of these majestic 2000 pound animals. After your ride, step into a piece of Colorado history as you dine in this historic setting.

Gore Creek in Vail, Colorado

Full runoff now and with warmer weather on the horizon, levels will continue to rise. A tributary of the Eagle River, approxiamely 18.5 miles long, in Eagle County in central Colorado in the United States. It rises on the Eagle County-Summit County border along the high crest of the Gore Range, in the White River National Forest and descends ro the west through a narrow gorge, receiving Black Gore Creek from the south. It flows thru Vail, Colorado.

Vintage Restaurant Vail, Colorado

12 Vail Road, Vail
Vail’s own Vintage is styled after a French brasserie and serves a Champagne brunch daily. It is located next to The Sebastian Hotel.

Start off with a freshly baked croissant (chocolate or plain), then enjoy the Vintage American breakfast (three eggs any style, bacon, local sausage, ham or steak and more!). Order a mimosa or a Champagne float while you’re there.

Learn more by visiting vintage-vail.com.

While you’re in the area: Stick around to window shop around the village. On Sundays during summer, be sure to check out the Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show.

3 Accessible Vail Hikes Worth Tackling This Summer

By Caitlin Row | Monday, April 29, 2019

Enjoying a Vail-area hike doesn’t have to take the whole day. Here are three accessible, half-day options for Vail hiking this summer.

Please note: These trails will likely not be open for the summer season until at least Memorial Day weekend. Springtime hiking can be touch and go depending on elevation and if the snow has sufficiently melted off yet. Check before you go.

Start planning your summertime jaunts with EverythingVailValley.com!

1. Booth Falls Trail

East Vail, Colorado

Booth Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that’s rated moderate to difficult. Steep and rocky areas are prevalent throughout this Vail hike.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Beyond the falls the trail winds through conifer forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. Above 10,000 feet the trees thin and the terrain changes offering views of the Gore Range. The last quarter-mile to Booth Lake is steep and rocky.”

While I’ve never hiked to the lake, I hear it’s worth the work. I did make it to the waterfall, which is a good hike in itself and lasted a bit more than an hour one way. One commenter on AllTrails.com said it took him 75 minutes to get from the trailhead to the waterfall. 

How to get there: Drive east on I-70 to Exit 180, East Vail. Take this exit and head under I-70. Then turn left onto the North Frontage Road. Continue about 1 mile to Booth Falls Road and turn right; continue to the parking area, which offers limited parking. Carpooling is recommended due to small parking-lot size.

Since you’re in the area: Head back to Vail for some sustenance and libations after the hike. Vail Ale House in West Vail is a sports bar and restaurant with an expansive Colorado beer list. Grab a brew, watch a game and relax. 

2. Meadow Mountain

Minturn, Colorado

Meadow Mountain is a nearly 10-mile, out-and-back trail near Minturn. It features rolling hills and, in the summer, long grass and wildflowers. One doesn’t need to hike the whole trail length, however; just go as far as you like and turn back when you’re ready. The trail is dog-friendly, and I hike it during the winter as well. It’s a fun snowshoe and sledding spot.

AllTrails.com rates it as moderate and says it’s best between June and October. Overall, it’s pretty easy.

How to get there: According to the Holy Cross Ranger District, “Travel west on I-70 to Exit 171 for Minturn, Leadville and Highway 24. Exit here and turn right (south). Just past the interstate, there is a large parking lot on the right. The trail begins from the south end of the parking lot near the white house.”

Since you’re in the area: Head over to Minturn’s Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea for a delicious cup of something caffeinated.

3. EagleVail Trail

EagleVail, Colorado

EagleVail Trail is located in, you guessed it, EagleVail and is nearby EagleVail Golf Course. This trail is rated easy to moderate by the Hiking Project, and I concur. Point to point, it’s about 2.5 miles with quick bursts of uphill. Well-behaved dogs are welcome; just be sure to pick up after them. I’ve taken my parents and in-laws, who both live at lower elevations, on this hike and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Folks on mountain bikes are also prevalent.

How to get there: There is a small parking area at the top of Eagle Drive, at the cul-de-sac. 

Since you’re in the area: Head over to Vail Brewing Company‘s EagleVail location. It serves locally brewed, seasonal beers, plus the EagleVail location boasts a taco truck!

And with that …

We’ll see you in Vail!

Photo (top) features the Booth Falls Trail, by Caitlin Row

Eagle County Airport (EGE) gets new winter flight to Philadelphia (PHL).

The new, Saturday-only service from Philadelphia to Eagle County will run from Dec. 21, 2019 through Jan 4, 2020 and again from Feb. 15, 2020 through Apr 4, 2020.

The flight will depart Pennsylvania at 8:20 a.m and arrive in Eagle at 11:05 a.m. The return flight departs Colorado at 2:05 p.m. and arrives in Philadelphia at 8 p.m.