A Perfect Vail Summer Day

 In Vail Experience

In our minds, the perfect summer day in Vail is a balance of getting your heart rate up outdoors, tasty meals, a little spa time and perhaps a fun event.

Consider starting your day with an outdoor training class with Ellen Miller, a phenomenal Vail Vitality Center coach who also happens to be the only American woman to have climbed Mt. Everest from both Nepal and Tibet (one of only a handful of women in the world to have done so). Ellen offers what she calls hiking in vail colorado on vail mountain“compassion based coaching” and loves to help people “find the joy in exercise again,” she says. Nature, specifically Vail Mountain, is her favorite treadmill.

Outdoor classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. June through mid-September. Classes are free for hotel guests. For a more personalized experience, book Ellen for a private or small group outdoor session. Visit Vail Vitality Center’s outdoor classes to learn more.

If the day dawns with a drizzle instead of the usual bluebird skies, there are a slew of indoor classes from which to choose, ranging from yoga and meditation to climbing (the Vitality Center is home to Vail’s only indoor climbing wall), cycling, pilates, barre and more. Class Schedule

Depending on how early you rise and when you like to eat breakfast (pre or post workout), fuel up with a tasty breakfast at Terra Bistro (complimentary if you stay at Vail Mountain Lodge) or try a new spot in town, like Vintage in Vail, for fried chicken and waffles or a BLT benedict.

If you skipped the early morning workout, consider getting in a hike before lunch — we love the intermediate Berry picker trail or the scenic Ptarmigan Loop. Or hop on a mountain bike to check out one of the myriad of trails on Vail Mountain or around town.

Alternatively, wander Bridge Street for some fun shopping before grabbing a late lunch at Mountain Standard or a sammy from Big Bear Bistro or Joe’s Famous Deli.

If you’re visiting on a Sunday, be sure and check out the Vail Farmer’s Market and Arts Festival to score handmade goods, like jewelry and art, as well as fresh produce from Colorado farms and a delicious lunch from one of the many food vendors.

top spas in vail coloradoCome afternoon, head back to Vail Mountain Lodge for a relaxing spa treatment at The Spa at the Vail Vitality Center, which holds the distinction of being Vail’s first spa. If you’re stiff or sore from your earlier activities, check out the Thai Herbal Therapy or the Magnesium Wellness Massage, both of which relieve inflammation and leave you feeling refreshed. Make the most of your spa time and sip tea in the Solarium prior to your treatment; afterward, enjoy the steam room, Jacuzzi and/or outdoor hot tubs.

After your spa time, freshen up and head down to Terra Bistro for Happy Hour, offered from 5 to 6 p.m. every day. Chef Shawn Miller draws inspiration from seasonal ingredients to keep the menu fresh.

Try the 7X Ranch Wagyu Slider with cheddar and bacon jam(!), or if you’re feeling a bit more health-conscious, opt for the Vitality Salad, with mixed greens, dried cherries, pistachios, goat cheese, vitality seed mix and Chardonnay vinaigrette. Sip a Colorado craft cocktail, like the refreshing Jala-Back Cucumber Margarita, a sweet and spicy combo of jalapeno-infused tequila and cucumber-mint puree.

restaurants in vail coloradoIf you’re still hungry, Vail has a slew of restaurants sure to satiate any desire. Seeking sushi? Consider Matsuhisa or Yama Sushi. Craving French bistro fare? La Tour delivers. How about New American eats in a trendy setting? Sweet Basil sets the standard.

As always, check the Vail Calendar to see what might be happening during your stay. The summer is jam-packed with cultural happenings, from free outdoor concerts on Tuesday evenings, to heralded festivals like Bravo! Vail classical music festival (June 22-August 4) the Vail International Dance Festival (July 29-August 12), Vail Jazz events (various events June 9-Sept. 4) and the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series (Wednesdays June 28-July 19). There’s nearly always something fun to experience.

If you are looking to stay at Vail Mountain Lodge call us at 970-476-0700.

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