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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

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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Where to Apres in Vail, Colorado!

Are you looking for a new place to Apres?

Stop by Almresi Vail at the top of Bridge Street and have a Feuerzangenbowle-a traditional German drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set of fire and the sugar drips into spicy hot wine. The anticipation was building as the sugar drippes into the wine. It tasted amazing and didn’t last long.

It was hard to choose what to have next…Jagertee, Snowstorm Cafe, Schumlil-Pflumli or a schnapps. Stop by then let me know your favorite!

Love this place!

Let the Flight of the Monarch begin!

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~Springtime in the Rockies~

Eastern North American Monarch Population

The eastern population of North America’s monarchs winter in the same 11 to 12 mountain areas in the States of Mexico and Michoacan from October to late March. Monarchs roost for the winter in oyamel fir forests nearly 2 miles above sea level. The mountain hillsides of oyamel forests provide an ideal microclimate for the butterflies. Here temperatures range from 32 to 59 degrees . If the temperature is lower, the monarchs will be forced to use their fat reserves. The humidity in the oyamel forest assures the monarchs won’t dry out, allowing them to conserve their energy.

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Western North American Monarch Population

Monarchs living west of the Rocky Mountain range in North America winter in California along the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz and San Diego. Here the conditions are very similar to that of central Mexico. Monarchs roost in eucalyptus, Monterrey pines, and Monterrey cypresses in California.

Clustering in Colonies

Monarchs cluster together to stay warm. Tens of thousands of monarchs can cluster on a single tree. Although monarchs alone weigh less than a gram, tens of thousands of them weigh a lot. Oyamel trees are generally able to support the clustering butterflies, but sometimes branches break.

 

Traveling North

As warm temperatures and lengthening days arrive, the migratory generation of monarchs finishes the development they halted prior to their migration. They become reproductive, breed and lay their eggs for the new generation.

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This starts their northern journey back to North America. Unlike the generation before them, who made a one-generation journey south, successive generations make the journey north. Generation 1 monarchs are the offspring of the monarchs who overwintered in Mexico. Multiple generations of monarchs are moving further North with every migration, each successive generation travels farther north. It will take 3-4 generations to reach the northern United States and Canada.

Map of North America showing the spring and summer migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly.

 

 

Colorado’s Most Stunning Modern Estate for sale, Vail Real Estate

vail colorado estate for saleThis exquisite 12,521 SQFT modern mountain estate, Vail real estate’s finest property, graces 4.5 acres and is now reduced to $12,750,000.

The two-level master wing with yoga studio, awe-inspiring spa bathroom, cedar closet, and sweeping mountain views is enough to make royalty happy. Vail estate for sale Lake Creek vail real estate - stunning bathroom

The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s paradise, with sleek and clean appliances and offers a butler’s pantry, large wood bar, and breakfast nook surrounded in glass.

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The outdoor living is extraordinary with a reflection pond, large waterfall, two kitchens, pizza oven, and fire pit!

vail real estate - 34 whiskey ridge outdoor livingFor more information on this estate for sale, please visit www.34whiskeyridge.com or 34 Whiskey Ridge or to search the Vail MLS and view more Vail Valley homes for sale, visit www.GatewayToVail.com.

To see this home, or if you are interested in Vail Valley Real Estate, please contact Ashley at ashley@gatewayland.com