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Feb 4 21

Winter Soup Recipes for a Mountain Retreat

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A young woman blows the steam off a ladle as she tries one of her favorite winter soup recipes.

A young woman blows the steam off a ladle as she tries one of her favorite winter soup recipes.Although it may seem like yesterday—or eons, depending on who you ask—since the first snowfall of winter, the fact of the matter is that the coldest part of the year is in full swing. One of the most noteworthy perks associated with Vail luxury rentals from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is having a full kitchen—among many other amenities. Cuisine is often a cornerstone of any vacation, and a mountain retreat is no different. And although there are plenty of good dining options in Vail and the surrounding area, there’s something to be said about learning new winter soup recipes for you and your loved ones to try in between skiing, snowmobiling, and other prominent Colorado winter activities. From bisque to chowder, hearty winter soup recipes have been warming the bodies and souls of winter travelers for generations, so today, we’ll share three of our favorites.

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Whether your mountain retreat is a quick weekend getaway or an extended vacation, being someplace that feels familiar can go a long way in maximizing your experience. Making meals in your home away from home not only gives you an unparalleled sense of comfort but also helps save some money on your dining budget. One excellent way to unleash your innate culinary talents is to explore and discover winter soup recipes because they are typically relatively easy and allow you to make personal adjustments adhering to your tastes. Perhaps it’s recreating winter family gatherings from when you were a kid or the growing potency of your concoction as the day progresses; there is a sentimental feeling one finds when making and eating soup in the winter. Without further ado, here are three of our favorite winter soup recipes for a mountain retreat in Vail, Colorado.

1. Colorado Lentil Soup

Although many soups are considered a side or appetizer, this Colorado lentil soup is hearty enough to stand on its own as an entire meal! Thanks to the combination of lentils and potatoes, you’ll feel full after a day of playing in the powder. This filling, vegetarian option is best when using a Dutch oven, but you can use a standard stockpot for similar results.

2. Classic Beef and Barley Soup

Perfect for Colorado mountain carnivores, this classic beef and barley soup is so thick, it could almost be classified as a stew! Revolving around robust and succulent top round steak chopped into cubes, the vegetables, beef, and barley combine to provide a flavorful punch and a warm tummy. Having enough protein is crucial in winter, especially for recharging after a day of outdoor excitement!

3. Salmon Chowder

Salmon chowder is an excellent option for those who like creamy soups. With biscuits, sourdough, or crackers, salmon chowder is a fantastic family meal but still elegant enough for the most exquisite of dinner parties. While fresh salmon is what the recipe calls for, you can use canned salmon in a pinch. We also recommend using some local trout instead of salmon if you want to get super creative!

Vail Luxury Rentals from Berkshire Hathaway

A wide angle view of a luxurious kitchen, one of the cornerstones of our Colorado vacation rentals.The neat thing about experimenting with winter soup recipes is you don’t have to be a master chef to craft a delectable offering. With a bevy of illustrious lodging options, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices can’t wait to be your basecamp for a much-deserved mountain retreat. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit us online or call 800-571-0055.

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.

Oct 5 10

Ritz Carlton Club Vail

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New this December 2010 is The Ritz Carlton Club Vail.  This 45 unit condominium complex and resort is also connected with The Ritz Carlton Residences.  The 45 club units consist of both 2 and 3 bedroom luxury condominiums.  These residences offer the absolute finest condominiums in the Vail Valley for rent.  Each property is fully equipped with gourmet kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, gas fireplaces, washer and dryer and large balconies.  The main lobby and bar area and designed to the highest standards of The Ritz Carlton.  Guests will also enjoy the free valet parking, ski valet, large gym with treatment rooms, concierge services and twice daily housekeeping.  The Ritz Carlton staff will not overlook any details.  Guests will be completely pampered by The Ritz Carlton staff with five star service. 

The outdoor pool, hot tub area and firepit are absolutely spectacular.  There is already talk in the Real Estate community that it is the nicest pool area in the Vail.

Residences are available for rent usually on a Saturday to Saturday basis.  We can sometimes accommodate shorter stays as well as dates that cross over a Saturday, please just inquire for details. 

The new Ritz Carlton Vail is located on the western side of Lionshead Village, just adjacent to The Marriott hotel and just north of Gore Creek.  It is a short walk to Lionshead village and the Lionshead ski slopes.  The Ritz Carlton staff will also assist guests with getting their skis and boots over to the ski slopes.

To preview more information on The Ritz Carlton Club Vail including rates please go to http://www.www.bhhsvail.com/the-ritz-carlton-club-vail/

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!

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