Category Archives: Colorado Property

Vail Estate Stunner. There is absolutely nothing like it.

I have seen a lot of homes in the Vail Valley. Being born and raised in Vail, and having a mother who is an iconic real estate agent in the Valley, I have toured hundreds of residences over the last two decades. But to be fair, I LOVE homes and real estate. I love how they are a beautiful illustration of one’s life. I love seeing where people spend their time (and money)… Often times you see the heart of one’s home in their kitchens, other times in their master suites, and sometimes even in their game rooms.

There are many homes in the Valley that have captured my awe, but 34 Whiskey Ridge in Lake Creek is simply my favorite. And this incredible home is shockingly on the market for sale.

When you drive up to 34 Whiskey the glass walls of the estate reach to the blue sky and the stacked stone feels like you have arrived at a castle in the mountains. And when you enter the home your breath is taken away by the soaring ceilings, glass walls, and dramatic New York range staring you in the face. The formal dining room yearns for a party, the gourmet kitchen is so clean sleek you would have no idea that it is a chef’s dream, and the living room is deliciously inviting and warm.

To enter the private master wing, you must walk over one of the homes glass bridges. Once over the bridge you have arrived at a heavenly oasis. The spa bathroom is incredible: the gorgeous shower with a slab of stone that is stunning. The stand-alone bathtub sits against a 2-way fireplace overlooking the Colorado mountains. A quiet stone patio, large closet with endless built-ins for every piece you own, and soaring slabs of glass are just the beginning. The lower level of the suite offers a sanctuary room perfect for diving into a good book, practicing yoga, or simply retreating.

As I sit here and write I have realized that no words can describe this home. You must simply experience it to understand its perfection.

For a tour of this home, for a true mountain experience, please contact me. It would be my pleasure to walk it with you!

Ashley Smith // ashley@gatewaytovail.com // 970.376.5417 // gatewaytovail.com

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

The Vail Valley’s Most Spectacular Estate, 34 Whiskey Ridge, is for sale!

It is rare to find a Vail Valley home that is both dramatic yet comfy, modern yet organic, spectacular yet cozy . But 34 Whiskey Ridge exudes all of these seeming contradictory qualities. The entry way is a perfect example of this extraordinary contrast. Upon your arrival, 30 feet of soaring glass originating from the atrium below frames Finnegan’s Peak and the Lake Creek Valley. Adjacent is an intimate living and conversation area framed by a stunning curved fireplace and two walls of glass which disappear and open to a deck to the south and patio to the north. This home is both breathtaking and  gorgeous with soaring ceilings and endless glass while simultaneously exuding a sense of coziness and comfort. In the Vail Valley there are many significant homes, but 34 Whiskey Ridge is undeniably the most spectacular!

For a private tour of 34 Whiskey Ridge, please contact me at 970.376.5417 or apple@gatewayland.com

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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

Where will you be in 6 months?

It’s coming! Be the first to live in your brand new mountain modern duplex in Arrowhead! Completion set for late September, just in time to watch the beautiful autumn colors.

Starting at $3,525,000 both sides offer 4 bedrooms (option for a 5th), 4 full bath, and two half.

Side A – Large 3 car garage & elevator along with a large bonus space for home gym, theater, etc

Side B – 2 1/2 car garage

Contact Hope Nickeson for more information (720) 275-3186 or realestatewithhope@gmail.com

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.