Vail certainly is a hub for all tastes and genres. Summer and fall are undoubtedly gorgeous, with lush greenery, magnificent mountain views, and numerous outdoor events. Winter similarly brings its own thrill with the most iconic ski resorts in the state and plenty of other activities for those who prefer to avoid the slopes. But for those looking to find the essence of relaxation, Vail embodies the rejuvenation and reset you deserve. Depending on your comfort level, you can relax in your own style, whether it’s leisure or a high-paced vibe; Vail has it all!
If you are looking for ski and snowboard rental in Summit and Eagle counties, don’t hesitate to visit one of Charter Sports’ 14 locations in the area. Charter Sports has proudly provided affordable ski and snowboard rental equipment since 1988.
Hot mineral water flows from the Belgian Village of Spa. Legend states that Roman soldiers stopped at Spa to treat their aching wounds from battle. Well, you don’t have to be a soldier to enjoy modern-day spas’ benefits, and Vail has no shortage of luxury options to choose from. After a long day of skiing or hiking, you deserve to feel the softness of a white cotton robe against your skin as you kick your feet up and breathe in eucalyptus steam.
For the most relaxing experience possible, we recommend staying at a hotel with a spa, so you don’t even have to leave the premises to let the stress melt. To capture Vail’s splendid luxury experience, we recommend the spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square or Sonnenalp. Both hotels are located in town and are the epitome of opulence, majestic in Vail apres seventh heaven!
While some prefer a hot stone massage sipping chardonnay, others relish relaxation along the riverbanks with a craft brew in one hand and a fly rod in the other. Vail offers some of the best fishing in Colorado, whether you want a populous or more secluded location. Nottingham Lake is serene and beautiful for all-day and dock fishing. The Eagle River and Colorado River are great options for fly fishing or catch-and-release trout. Gore Creek is a local preference, as the water is more transparent than other streams. You also won’t want to miss Vail Valley Anglersfor guide fishing trips, fly-tying classes and schools, and live fishing reports. If you are new to the experience or already have your first bites, this guide provides more tips and connects you with fly fishing professionals.
Imagine being pulled by two exquisite horses through crystal white snow to the top of an enchanted mountain, awaiting a moonlight dinner and a glass of red wine. Nothing is more quintessentially Christmas than a sleigh ride, especially snuggled in a fur blanket sipping hot chocolate. Vail Valley certainly has a few places to take you back in time. Bearcat Stables in Edwards, 4 Eagles Ranch in Wolcott, and Beano’s Cabin in Avon are unique dining options designed to make you feel like you are in the Swiss Alps, early nineteenth century. Expect to take your shoes off upon arrival at each cabin and be provided with warm slippers. Cozie by the fireplace while the chef brings you the first of five mouthwatering courses. Of course, call in advance for a reservation and check for seasonal closures.
Just an hour west of Vail is home to the nation’s largest body of hot springs – a “can’t-miss” in our book. The trip wouldn’t be more relaxing and complete without dipping yourself in the natural, rejuvenating waters flowing from the geothermal heat of the Earth’s interior. Glenwood Springs sits in a valley smack in the middle of Vail and Aspen and is home to Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, the largest body of naturally flowing mineral water in North America. Glenwood Springs also hosts the Yampah Spa and Salons, the only vapor caves in North America, which are natural underground steam baths powered by local hot springs. Ute Indians used to enjoy these caves for healing and treatment. Iron Mountain Hot Springs is a more intimate setting that we recommend without the kiddoes, providing a respite from the more crowded hot springs in town.
Shopping & Fine Dining
Vail is notorious for having premier high-end boutique shops that you simply cannot find anywhere else in Colorado (Aspen excluded). Stroll through vibrant Lionshead and Vail Village’s cobblestone streets, visit the town’s local boutiques, fetch stylish outdoor gear and more. Whether looking for a new wardrobe or simply enjoying window shopping, walking through this charming town reminiscent of a Bavarian Village will leave you in an elevated state.
Nothing is more satisfying than enjoying a perfectly prepared meal while sipping your favorite beverage overlooking the awe-inspiring Vail mountains. Vail Valley offers an array of fine dining experiences like none other in the world due to the concentration of 5-star restaurants and picturesque scenery. Our favorites include Matsuhisa, Elway’s Steakhouse, Russell’s and Vail Chophouse. Be sure to check reservations ahead of time if you are traveling during season transitions, as many shops and restaurants may be closed as the Vail remains in a temporary stillness.
Hiking may seem strenuous for some, but for others, there is no better way to relax than in nature. Vail has many easy-to-moderate scenic hikes to get your heart beating and legs moving at elevation. Let all attachments go as you breathe in fresh Rocky Mountain air through towering Ponderosa Pine and Blue Spruce trees. There are so many vantage points and stunning panoramas throughout Vail Valley, leaving you inspired, grateful, and at ease with life. You can also stroll along Eagle Valley Trail – a fully paved and flat road extending 63 miles and is currently under an extension project to cover the route from Glenwood Canyon to Vail Pass.