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Jan 5 21

Romantic Getaway in Colorado: The Perfect Mountain Retreat

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A young couple clang glasses of wine to celebrate their romantic getaway in Colorado.

A young couple clang glasses of wine to celebrate their romantic getaway in Colorado.With temperatures well into their annual plummet, the snow will continue to grace the Rocky Mountains as they lend themselves to those seeking a romantic getaway in Colorado. Now that we’re past the early stages of the coldest season, it’s time for us to dust off the ski goggles, long johns, and scarves to embrace the snow. Whether it be from residual joy leftover from the holiday season or our inclination to stay inside, there is something about winter that makes it perfect for snuggling with that special someone. There are very few things that can ignite passion like a secluded mountain retreat in the Rockies. And even if you aren’t into skiing, there are still plenty of things to do near Vail, Colorado, that doesn’t involve being slopeside. In the heart of it all, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has a distinguished collection of Vail vacation rentals awaiting your presence.

Romantic Vacation Home Rentals in Colorado

Whether you’re still figuring out each other’s quirks or celebrating decades of dedication, a romantic getaway in Colorado is an extraordinary endeavor that is sure to break the mold. Sprinkled throughout the Vail area, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices invites you to experience an unforgettable mountain retreat with one of our properties as a basecamp. From iconic locations fully displaying their winter personas to a bevy of alpine winter activities, nurturing your relationship beyond expectations might seem too easy in the Rocky Mountains. Still, we can assure you that you’ll be doing it right. Going above the everyday niceties is crucial for any relationship, and the natural scenic beauty of Colorado will flawlessly set the stage. Rural charm and Rocky Mountain hospitality are the cornerstones of a romantic getaway in Colorado, but we’ll share a few other things that will add to the allure. 

7 Romantic Things to Do near Vail, Colorado

  • Have an upscale dining experience in the privacy of your vacation home after perusing the Vail Valley Dining Guide for the best takeout and catering options.
  • Visit Monkshood Cellars in Minturn for a wine tasting and bring at least one of your favorite bottles home to commemorate your mountain retreat. 
  • Live the sweet life by making a stop at Rimini Chocolate for world-class convections, including pastries and gelato. There are two locations conveniently located in Vail and Beaver Creek.
  • AnnaVail Cheese is less than 40 minutes west of Vail and is the region’s premier cheesemonger specializing in farm to table fare.
  • Snowmobile tours with Sage Outdoor Adventures are an adrenaline-pumping way to immerse yourself in the Rockies while you explore your new favorite vacation spot.
  • Cuddle up next to a fireplace and listen to the sounds of wood crackling as you hold each other close.
  • Soak in a hot tub after each day of winter exploration and adoration.

Vail Vacation Rentals by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

A wide angle view showcasing one of many elegant Vail vacation rentals available from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

A romantic getaway in Colorado is possibly the perfect example of how you don’t need to travel to Europe to reignite the passion in your love life. The Rocky Mountains’ symbolic nature signifies much more than winter sports, and we welcome you to find out for yourself. For more information or to reserve your Vail vacation rental, please visit us online or call 970-476-3800.

Dec 1 20

Skiing in Colorado: What to Pack for a Ski Trip

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A suitcase full of luggage and items for skiing in Colorado.

A suitcase full of luggage and items for skiing in Colorado.Choosing what to include in your travel packing list for a ski trip can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. While it isn’t too difficult to rent or buy necessities once you arrive, it’s highly advisable to have a plan in place to pack effectively and reduce the amount of time spent on tracking down essentials. With that efficiency in mind, if you realize you’ve forgotten an item as you are unpacking your luggage, you’ll be able to mitigate the minor misstep quickly. When skiing in Colorado, especially if you’ve traveled a relatively long distance, your travel packing list doesn’t have to include everything. However, having an inventory of your most crucial provisions will help you be conscious of what you need most. To simplify your packing procedure, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices presents some ideas on what to bring for skiing in Colorado.

Vail Vacation Rentals: The Best Skiing in Colorado

With an impressive collection of vacation rentals in the Vail ski area, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is poised to be the perfect basecamp for any Colorado ski vacation. What’s more, we also offer airport transportation, discounted lift tickets, and grocery pick-up—among other amenities and conveniences. From the comfort of your home away from home, you’ll plan activities and return to luxury after each outing. The only thing better than skiing in Colorado is knowing you didn’t have to stay at a resort or hotel!

What to Pack for Skiing in Colorado

The most crucial factor to contemplate when planning your Colorado ski vacation is whether you want to bring your skis, poles, and helmet. Typically, it’s unnecessary to include all of your gear, especially if you fly in from out of state. Not all snow is the same, so the skis you use on the hills at home may not be optimal for the deep powder that accumulates in our neck of the woods. Furthermore, the type of helmet and poles you use is nominal, so renting will save space and give you a chance to try out that new set of gear you’ve been eyeing since last season. Bringing your boots and appeal is acceptable because you’ll want the utmost comfort, and they don’t require as much space. Here are some other times to consider:

  • A backpack is ideal for keeping smaller items secure as you move from place to place but also an excellent accessory for those long outings on the slopes when you won’t be able to go back to your locker or vacation rental on a whim.
  • Ski clothing like pants, jacket, gloves, thermal socks, and synthetic or wool base layers to prevent sweat saturation.
  • Goggles are an important item that doesn’t take up much space. Not only do they help maintain moisture in your eyes as you carve down a mountain, but they’ll also help protect your vision from UV rays.

A Vacation in Vail, Colorado: The Ultimate Skiing Vacation

A group of five takes a ride on the chairlift while skiing in Colorado.

The Skiing in Colorado is some of the best in the world, and every outdoor enthusiast should try it at least once. There’s something special about cruising down a mountain on a fresh layer of powdery snow, so we invite you to stay somewhere special for your Vail, Colorado vacation. For more information or to make your reservation, please reach out to us online or call 800-571-0055.

Jun 29 10

4th of July Holiday Fireworks Celebration in Vail

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The Vail Valley offers some of the finest fireworks celebrations in the entire state of Colorado.  The festivities begin on July 3 with the largest fireworks show in the state on Nottingham Lake located in Avon.

The annual Independence Day celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with music, food vendors, and a beer garden. A free Family Zone will offer families carnival games, inflatable jumping toys, face painting, clowns and a special children’s instrument petting zoo presented by Bravo! The fireworks will light the sky at 9:45 p.m.

DJ Logic takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. The evening concludes with the Colorado Rockies’ largest fireworks display, which will kick off at 9:45 p.m. and will be choreographed to a musical score simulcast on 97.7 KZYR The Zephyr.

Leave dogs, alcohol, replica watches, grills and personal fireworks at home. Blankets and warm evening attire are recommended. Stopping on I-70 is against the law and will be strictly enforced by local law enforcement.

“Not only is this against the law it is very dangerous; we would like to invite these folks to park within the Town and enjoy our event in a safe environment,” said Avon Police Chief Bob Ticer.

Parking on Town streets is not permitted.

Highlighting the weekend activities will be the traditional Vail Fourth of July parade on Sunday.  The parade starts at Golden Peak and then continues west to Hanson Ranch road, north on Bridge street, west on Gore Creek Drive, north across the International bridge, west along Meadow Drive and finally, weaves through the Lionshead Mall and to the finish.  The rest of the day’s celebrations include a patriotic concert, Vail Farmers’ market and a fireworks display in Vail.  Upon conclusion of the fireworks, a town of Vail public safety campaign will be enacted that enlists parental supervision of younger family members.

Some of the other activities going on during the Holiday weekend include the Vail Lacrosse shootout, Bravo Dallas symphony orchestra and  the Vail Hillclimb race.

Jun 15 10

Free things to do in Vail, Colorado

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Free things to do in Vail, Colorado  

There are lots of “free” things to take advantage of this summer in Vail Colorado.

Hot Summer Nights free concerts start Tuesday’s June 15th – July 20th.   

Vail Farmer’s market on Sundays starting June 20 – Sept. 19.

Kids ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola for free all summer with one paying adult, and
09-10 and 10-11 ski pass holders can also ride for free.

Adventure Ridge has free activities available, just head to the top of the mountain for free volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes and disc golf (you need to bring your own discs).  Open weekends in June and then daily starting June 24 – September 6

Visit the Discovery Center for free, located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, the Discovery Center introduces you to the environment through fun, interactive displays and guided nature hikes.   

Visit Vail’s free Nature Center, nestled along the banks of Gore Creek this 7 acres forest, meadow and stream. 

Visit the Colorado Ski Museum for free, located in the upper level of the Vail Village parking structure. Learn about the history of Vail, skiing and the 10th Mountain Division.

Vail’s free Skate park in the Lionshead parking structure. Open morning to dusk daily, featuring half-pipe, pyramid, ramps, transitions, rails and banks.

Free tennis match at the Golden Peak Tennis Courts.  Tennis can be played at the courts on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Kayak Demo’s will go through June 22nd every Tuesday 5-7pm at Vail’s Whitewater Park located at the International Bridge.

Free festivals coming up: Vail America Days, Vail Arts Festival, Vail’s Farmer’s Market, Vail Antique Show, and the Minturn Market.

Jazz at the Vail Farmer’s Market is free, Sundays June 27 – August 29  Noon-3pm

Join Wednesday’s free walking tours of Vail’s public art collection. The hour long tour meets at 11:00am at the Vail Village Visitor Center at the top level of the parking structure.  Tours begin June 30th.  Visit www.arinvail.com or call 970-479-2344

In July in Lionshead, Friday Family Fun Fair July 9 – August 6, will have many kids activities.
 

Enjoy!

Jun 4 10

Ritz Bachelor Gulch Rentals

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The Ritz Carlton Club in Bachelor Gulch has a total of 54 condos.  There are 32 two bedroom condominiums and 24 three bedroom condominiums.  All condos are furnished exactly the same.  All the two bedrooms units have a king bed in each room, and each three bedroom has two rooms with king beds and the third has 2 double beds.   Just in the fall of 2009 all the “soft goods” had been replaced, that means new couches, curtains, carpets, mattresses and comforters etc. 

Each condo comes equipped with a full kitchen including a Viking stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, a full size washer and dryer, and wireless internet access.  The Ritz Carlton Club condos have their own hot tubs in addition to access to the Ritz Carlton Hotel Pool and Bachelor Gulch Spa.

When you stay at the Ritz Carlton Club condos you have access to all the amenities of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, including poolside food service and the options to charge items to your room. There is room service also available.

Before you arrive the concierge will help with arrangements for your stay including setting up the lift tickets, bike rentals, dinner reservations, and even scheduling spa treatments at the Ritz Carlton Hotel that is in the adjoining building.

For the youngsters, they have an extensive children’s program, the Ritz Kids Roundup.  The Roundup is designed to make your child’s Rocky Mountain vacation as exciting and memorable as yours. This supervised program is available for children ages 5 through 12.   

The rental weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.  There are 5 and 7 night minimums that apply throughout the year.  

The Ritz-Carlton Club Beaver Creek SUMMER Special!!

Purchase 6 nights of lodging and receive the 7th night free!! Valid for reservations staying June 1, 09-Nov.15, 09.

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