What’s New in Vail Version #2
This post is an update on what’s happening around Vail from some of the local businesses. We will keep updating this post as new information pops up throughout the season. View the Spring Events
Art in Public Places: There is a new brochure with full winter schedule. Art walks begin January 4 and are 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The winter solstice lantern walk is on Dec. 21 and ends at the opening celebration of the Tenth Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.
Mountain Standard/Sweet Basil: 2017 marks Sweet Basil’s 40th anniversary. They will start promoting that in January.
Four Seasons: New menu of “pocket size” meals that can fit in a ski jacket. Whenever there is 6+ inches of snow guests get complementary powdered sugar donuts and coffee. New farm to flame culinary experience in partnership with the 7x Ranch.
Sonnenalp: Ludwig’s their onsite restaurants menu is 100% gluten free.
Blue Moose Pizza: There is now a big focus on Colorado craft beers and distilled products. A few specialty pizzas have been taken off the menu and to replace them there will be a contest all winter long. Each month a winner will be selected and at the end of the season there will be a bake off to determine which new item is added to the menu. #BruceIsLoose social campaign. Guests wearing their Blue Moose swag can post a picture to social and use the hashtag to potentially win prizes.
Vail Recreation District: The new clubhouse is open at the Vail Nordic and Golf Center. The Nordic center is open and Grill on the Gore will open when the track does with a new banquet space. The winter race series has expanded to include fat tire bike race and winter alpine in addition to snowshoeing and the shamrock shuffle. New pickle ball courts continue to be a success.
The Sebastian: Rolling out signature hot chocolate program with a gourmet flavor of the week. Happy hour with a DJ on weekends in Frost. Leonora is open for dinner.
10th Mountain Whiskey: Live music on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings. The distillery in Gypsum will be open to the public for tours and tastings
Manor Vail Lodge: Named to CNN’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hotels in America list. New concept for The Fitz Bar and Restaurant. Garden in the back that provides “farm to table” experience during the summer. Spa was designated a “green” spa. Just celebrated 50th anniversary. Added ski valet service this winter.
Sage Outdoor Adventure: Bought out Nova Guides so they have been able to expand the territory that their permits cover allowing them to take guests more places. They are trying to establish themselves as a year-round company. Big attractions are snowmobiling in the winter and rafting in the summer.
Sundae: New Ice cream shop in Vail is open. It’s near the covered bridge where Marble Slab used to be located. call for more information 970-479-1705.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: Just finished first year in the education center. A lot of interactive kids activities in the center. Gardens are open year round. This is the second year of doing snowshoe tours through the garden trail. Hosting “Intimate evening in the garden” with photographer John Fielder Wednesday, Nov. 30. Working to make their website more user friendly. They are rated the number two thing to do in Vail on Trip Advisor. Chefs in the garden will be back next summer as well as the partnership with Bluegrass musicians. Photography workshop scheduled in January.
White Bison: Is open and remodeled. White Bison has a new menu/cocktail program.
Pendulum: one of the new Bridge street restaurants is open and will showcase a seasonally driven menu that is both “innovative and approachable.” Jack Burkhardt, formerly of Aspen Kitchen, will serve as Executive Chef for both places.
Vail Cascade: Opening of the hotel is scheduled for late March. Atwater will be renamed and have a new menu. Look for exciting details to come.