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Visiting Vail, Colorado

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

You may have visited Vail before or you could be planning your first trip to this world-class ski resort. Your trip will likely have you staying at one of the fine hotels nearby, enjoying meals prepared by some of the top chefs in the world and taking in a theater production from one of the shows passing through the area.

Stay in a condominium — Taking nothing away from local hotels, a stay at a condominium offers advantages for you. First, you stay in an environment similar to home, with a fully furnished apartment at your disposal. Second, your stay could answer an important question for you: “Can I see myself living in Vail, even if for only part of the year?” A condo gives you the chance to “try before you buy,” a first-hand experience at what Vail life is all about.

Try home meal delivery — Coinciding with staying at a condo, you may want to consider having your restaurant meal delivered to you at least once thanks to A La Car, the local restaurant delivery service. This business can pick up your meal from top local restaurants and deliver it to you. After a long day on the slopes, you may prefer a relaxing and romantic meal in the comfort of your own room.

Plan a late season visit — In early April, just before the slopes shut down for the season, a Taste of Vail is held, a three-day event where you can sample some of the best foods and wines served up by Vail’s renowned chefs. Enjoy spring skiing, take in a wide variety of foods and enjoy the related entertainment.

Head to Beaver Creek — Your Vail lift ticket is also valid for nearby Beaver Creek. Ski on over or take the shuttle to see what the “other” nearby Vail Resorts slopes are like. You may find that the lines are a bit shorter at Beaver Creek when Vail is at its busiest.

Book early to save money — Everyone wants to save money on their Vail vacation, right? Well, in the height of the ski season that can be difficult to do unless you book your trip early. If you’re flying in from afar to Denver and are needing a transfer to Eagle County Airport, you’ll pay a mint for your airfare if you wait until the last few weeks to make your reservation. The same can be said for your hotel stay and car rental.

Try something new — Go snowboarding, try fly fishing or put on a pair of in-line skates and go, go, go! There are classes held on the slopes and local guides willing to teach you something new or to show you around. Yes, you are visiting Vail with certain ideas in mind — when you get there explore what options are available to you and seize them.

Make the most of your Vail stay by making restaurant reservations in advance, checking out the best time to hit the slopes and finding out which entertainment venue is offering front and center tickets at a special price.

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