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Munich comes to Vail for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn – Oktoberfest! The event will see two full weekends of blown-out Bavarian fun including the return of many crowd favorites like the Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contests and Keg Bowling. Emulating the age-old celebration known all over the world, Vail Oktoberfest delights guests with tasty beer, traditional music and dancing, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, and much more!

There is no cost for admission to Vail Oktoberfest, and the event is open to the public

Our Gateway Land and Development Real Estate office is located in the heart of the exciting Vail Oktoberfest events! Come by and say hello to local expertise brokers! Let Gateway Lead You Home


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After 17 years of hitting the pavement in Vail Village, Vail’s Farmers Market and Art show continues to draw a crowd of locals and tourists on Sunday’s.

With smell good booths from local eateries in the Valley to colorful racks of clothes from boutiques…There is truly something for everyone!

The event which started off with only a few vendors has now grown to over 135 tents for 16 glorious days of Summer.

If shopping works up your appetite like it does mine enjoy choosing from over 40 food vendor tents! With such delicate portions you can truly get a bite of everything! Click HERE for a list of vendors in the Vail Farmer’s Market.

Whats that you hear? Sweet tunes over head…. YES! There’s a variety of live performers that accompany Vail’s Farmer’s Market this Summer, check out the line up HERE.

The market begins today (June 18th) and continues through Sunday October 1st.  Parking for the Market is at the Vail Village Parking or Lionshead Parking. 

Our Gateway Land and Development Real Estate office is located above the International Bridge on Gore Creek Drive.  Stop in and say hello!


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Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has been purchased by a Dallas-based firm, Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. for a price of $145 million which is $766,000 per room.  The purchase of the iconic Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa was completed in just 3 weeks.  The Park Hyatt earned Forbes’ Four Star rating and AAA’s Four Diamond rating.  It was one of nine Colorado resorts on Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Hotels in The American West, part of its annual Reader Choice Awards.

The Ashford Hospitality Prime purchase of the 190-room Park Hyatt tops last years Vail Four Seasons sales price of $121 million to a New York Company and it’s Asian Partner. The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa sold last year for $90 million which was a 292-room resort finishing a $50 million dollar renovation.  The Vail Holiday Inn  also traded hands in January and was bought by a private East Coast group for $22.4 million.  It is being renovated and being re-positioned to be a Double Tree Hotel.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please feel free to contact:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or visit our website:

Having a well maintained and functional mudroom is essential when living here in the High Country. When every season is a “play” season residents seem to accumulate A LOT of gear and clothing, with a well kept mudroom you can easily get to your go – to seasonal accessories without creating too much clutter!

Initially setting up your mudroom with barriers or compartments that distinguish storage areas so you can easily stash your wet boots, ski jackets, hiking gear or whatever seasonal accessories desired.
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Cubbies, coat hooks, or even storage bins can be used to help separate mudroom gear and make it easy for your family or guests to get to what they need without shuffling around.

As the gateway into your home a mudroom can be stylish as well as a functional storage space! Blending themes you already have in your home into your mudroom keeps nice, well balanced consistency. However, giving your mudroom a different splash of style is also exciting; brightening the space with a little paint and a few other updates such as new boxes or baskets, you and your family will be re-energized to stay organized!

Maximizing space by layering your storage compartments makes for an efficient mudroom and optimal space for storing gear. Such as; on top of a locker like set up purchase small baskets or boxes to hold stray items. Place those boxes above your head but still within reach (like the above image!).
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Alos, encourage guests to slip off their shoes to come into your cozy home by leaving a basket of slippers in the space.

For more renovation tips please don’t hesitate to contact me at, or pop into our Vail Village location near the International Bridge so I can set you up with an expert broker to discuss Vail Real Estate! 


Happy Wednesday Y’all!


From 4pm – 8pm in the Vail Village near the ice rink Santa and some of his favorite elf’s will be here in beautiful snow covered Vail to spread Holiday cheer! Fun for the entire family!

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FREE Ice skating begins at 6pm and goes until 8pm! Stick around to ice skate under the stars and beautiful holiday lights that surround Vail Village.

If the excitement of Santa and free ice skating trigger an appetite for you Bol is offering ‘Kids eat FREE‘ with purchase of adult entree to warm ya up!

If you find yourself in Vail Village with some time to kill this afternoon come on by our Gateway office located near the International bridge! I will be here all day with my sweet Akbash puppy. So come in for a warm hot coco and give my puppy some love before you head down to the Holiday Hop!


Four Seasons Vail

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences sold for a record $121 million.  The sales price of $902,985 per room for the 134-room luxury hotel sets a new price standard, according to CBRE Hotels, the company that put the deal together. The average price in the luxury hotel market was $851,000 per room in 2015.  The record price reflects both the market’s stature and the product’s premium.  New York-based Extell Development Company and Chinese firm Parkland Holdings partnered to buy the Four Seasons.  Barclays had owned the resort since 2009, when it took control of the project when it was still under construction.

The Four Seasons is known for their world-class service, luxury finishes and robust amenity package.  The AAA Four Diamond hotel features 121 hotel guestrooms and 13 two-to-four bedroom condominiums that are currently operating as hotel inventory.  Amenities include a 14,935 square foot space, 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Flame restaurant and The Remedy Bar.  The resort also has ski valet facilities near the base of Vail’s Gondola One.

For Vail, the Four Seasons deal marks the second major resort transaction in the past 12 months.  Last December, Los Angeles-based Laurus Corporation purchased the 292-room Vail Cascade Resort and Spa for approximately $90 million and almost immediately announced plans for a $35 million renovation during the off-season. Holiday Inn Vail also traded hands in January for $22.4 million.  A private East Coast group purchased the hotel is renovating and re-positioning the hotel as a Double Tree, according to CBRE.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please feel free to contact:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or email:  Please visit our website:



The Walking Mountains Science Center in Vail offers an endless variety of outdoor experiences! Time is running out for their 2016 guided day hikes. Have your gear packed for possible inclement weather, along with your lunch, snacks and plenty of fluids! Adult’s $80 / $75 for VRD taxpayers.

October 18th – Buck Creek

October 21st – Bighorn Creek

October 25th – Gore Lake

October 28th – Colorado Trail to Tennessee Pass

You can register now via this

Walking Mountains Science Center link, or call 970-827-9725


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Hut to Hut hiking offers a very unique and exciting wilderness adventure in EagleSummit and Pitkin Counties, without having to rely entirely on your own means! Most of the Huts are within a 7 mile radius from the trail head with a 700-2,800 vertical foot climb. Be sure to visit the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association Colorado to make your personal or group reservations and to create your own, customized adventure! (970) 925-5775

You will need to pack in your own sleeping bag, water, food, personal gear and an emergency kit. Be sure to pick up a Summer Huts & Trails Topo map!

Included with the Huts: wood burning stoves for heating and cooking, propane burners, photo-voltaic lighting, cooking and eating utensils, kitchen supplies, mattresses and pillows.

The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association Colorado maintains a total of 34 Huts.  All 34 Huts are available during the winter season for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, etc. In the summertime, access is limited to 21 Huts. Be sure to plan your trip soon to ensure reservations!


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There is no question that in Vail desiging, acquiring permits, and building a hotel (or anything else, for that matter) was less time consuming in the early 1960s.

The truth of some stories regarding the earliest days in Vail can be questioned, but the following story was related to me by one of the developers of the Manor Vail, one of Vail’s iconic hotel-condominium buildings.

Charlie Gersbach was overseeing the staking for corners of the newest building along Gore Creek when a friend of Charlie’s approached him – cigar and martini in hand. The man owned the east end unit in the Texas Townhomes which was located just west of the building being staked out. He asked Charlie to join him on the creek-side deck of his townhome. It was immediately apparent that the new Manor Vail building would obstruct the man’s view of Gore Creek.

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Following a bit of discussion – and probably a martini or two – the stakes were moved twenty feet further away from Gore Creek. and the friend’s view was preserved.  Presumably, the plans were then altered appropriately with the proper authorities, and that is how the Manor Vail’s northernmost was built along Gore Creek where it now sits.

Back then common sense and courtesy prevailed, and everyone walked away happy.

How long would such a change take now?

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For information regarding real estate and activities in the Vail Valley, contact Don Galgan:  (970) 331-4190 or


Vail Resorts is spending between $110 and $115 million toward improvements for the upcoming ski season.  The largest beneficiary is the new Park City with a total costs of $50 million to tie together what used to be Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons.  This will become the largest ski resort in the United States with more than 7,300 skiable acres and the 2nd largest in North America behind Whistler Blackcomb’s 8,000 skiable acres. The new eight-passenger Quicksilver gondola will link together the two formally independent resorts.  The gondola will run from the Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons.  Park City will also get a new 500-seat restaurant called Miners Camp, at the base of Silverlode.  Other improvements will include upgrading the King Con and the Motherlode lifts, updating the Summit House Restaurant, expanding the Red Pine Lodge and widening some trails and adding more snowmaking.

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Vail Mountain will be replacing the Avanti Express Lift (#2) with a six passenger lift.  The Avanti Express Lift (#2) is a primary lift on the front side of the mountain and the upgrade will reduce wait times and disperse skiers and snowboarders from the Lionshead area to mid-mountain.  A loading conveyor and gates will improve efficiency and increase capacity by up to 30 percent.

Beaver Creek snowmaking refresh expands for 2015-2016 season.  This winter, 23 fully automated fan guns will equip Red Tail and Centennial trails to enhance the “Snowmaking Refresh” fleet.  This adds a dusting of snow on top of the groomed trails.  This one-of-a-kind system ensures that guests will always be skiing or riding on the freshest snow available every day.

Breakenridge is adding snowmeaking on Peak 6.  A mile of new snowmaking on Lost Horizon and Barton Breezeway trails on Peak 6 is critical to get the popular new area open in the early season regardless of the natural snowfall.

Keystone Lodge and Spa will undergo a remodel where the hallways will have a new feel after being re-carpeted and the doors and woodwork replaced.  The guest rooms on all the six floors will be upgraded with new soft goods.

EpicMix Time is an expansion of EpicMix, which will allow guests at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone access to lift line wait times in real-time to help guests better navigate the mountain and make most of their ski and riding experience.  EpicMix Time will debut durning the 2015-2016 winter season.

Vail Resorts has invested over $500 million in the past 5 years for improvements.  Come ski the best!