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.

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

Paper Lantern Workshop with Helen Hiebert – Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1:30-4:30pm , Vail Public Library, Free

Paper Lanterns with Helen Hiebert

Paper Lantern Making Workshop with Helen Hiebert – Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Vail Public Library, Free
Create your paper lantern at a free workshop in the Library Community Room with local paper artist Helen Hiebert. Bring your paper lantern to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk through Vail Village following the workshop. Complimentary LED lights for your lanterns will be provided to those participating in the lantern walk. RVSP to meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate number in your party; children must be accompanied by an adult. artinvail.com  

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Wednesday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m. – Vail Village, Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge, Free
Complimentary LED lights for your lantern will be distributed from 4:45 to 5 p.m. Falling upon the winter solstice, enjoy this artful community celebration of light. Arrive early in Slifer Square to decorate a holiday cookie before the walk from 4 to 5 p.m. The short jolly procession through Vail Village will include illuminated lanterns, live music and other treats as the walk winds its way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the opening celebration of the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater presented by Vicki and Kent Logan. The Paper Lantern Workshops and Winter Solstice Lantern Walk are generously funded by Doe Browning. artinvail.com gatewayland.com

The Happiness of Watching Snow Fall.

I am sitting at my desk in the Vail Village and watching the snow fall. Big fluffy snowflakes that are creating a winter wonderland. The white stuff is relaxing and mesmerizing it’s hard to get any work finished.

A snowflake is a single ice crystal that falls through the sky as snow. Complex shapes emerge and appear white in color but are actually clear ice and I could watch it snow all day!

Matsuhisa Vail – The Gardener

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s second Colorado location opened in Vail in 2011 in the heart of Vail Village in the Solaris with his new-style Japanese cuisine influenced from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world.

Start your dining experience off with an amazing craft cocktail. My favorite in The Gardener, which combines Hendrick’s gin, cilantro, serranos, ginger. lime juice and simple syrup. It is also delicious with Ilegal Mezcal instead of gin. Cheers and welcome to Winter!

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.

Breathtaking Estate on the Eagle River

If you are hoping to own a little cabin in the woods on the Eagle River, we all know that this common request in the Vail Valley does not exist. But, in the event you are in search of a single family residence with acreage and water rights and grand views and privacy, look no further. Please check out 14243 HWY 6 in Eagle CO . This 3572 sqft, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with two wood burning fireplaces has been significantly remodeled with new Wm Ohs kitchen, expansive recreation room, huge garage and newly built barn with apartment. Located on 35.5 acres, the property is part of the Eagle Ranch Estate neighborhood where a 3 mile coveted stretch of the Eagle River has been private fishing since 1920. Call Suzi Apple for a private tour of this lovely home and breathtaking land.