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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.

Frost Creek

The cornerstone of Frost Creek is a 285-acre, members-only golf course that features eight man-made lakes, a driving range, and practice chipping and putting areas. Ten holes play around or are adjacent to water. One of Tom  Weiskopf’s marquis courses, the highly reviewed, and highly playable course meanders through the fertile Brush Creek Valley with 18 statement holes that will delight even the most seasoned golfers.

Nestled in the secluded Brush Creek Valley just west of Vail, CO, Frost Creek offers easy access to everything you have come to expect for your time spent in the Rocky Mountains.  While located just 15 minutes from the Eagle/Vail airport and I-70, Frost Creek is surrounded by thousands of acres of federal and state protected land creating a pristine setting for numerous seasonal activities. www.frostcreek.com

Vail Whitewater Race Series May 7 – June 4, 2019

The first of a five-race series in Gore Creek in Vail started on Tuesday of this week at 5:15pm and this marks the seventh years the series has been underway. The races are open to kayaks (under 9 feet, 6 inches), two-person raft teams and stand-up paddleboarders. The finish is at the International Bridge and festivities will be in full effect.

The series continues every Tuesday night through June 4. As the series wraps ups, The Town of Eagle will host and inaugural series at its new whitewater park beginning June 11.

Lake Creek, Edwards, CO 81632

An exclusive residential community that a quiet, rural environment along Lake Creek with wooded hillsides, open pastures for horses and agriculture that make Lake Creek a desirable place to live. Wildlife signtings include elk, deer, bears, mountain lions and foxes with Southern views of the rugged Sawatch Range and surrounded by the White River National Forest, Holy Cross Wilderness and BLM Land.
In addition, Edwards has some of the Valley’s finest restaurants and shopping. The Riverwalk commercial area, located in the center of Edwards on the banks of the Eagle River, has numerous restaurants, a variety of boutique shops, a grocery store, movie theater, hotel and other amenities. Across from Riverwalk is another commercial area, the Edward Village Center, where one can find a delightful mix of shopping and dining. Primary and secondary schools, Colorado Mountain College, churches, parks, and athletic facilities are all within the Edwards community.

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