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Nov 15 22

A Guide to Lionshead Village in Vail

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Panoramic view of Lionshead Village in Vail

Panoramic view of Lionshead Village in VailVail is one of the most sought-after winter destinations in the country, offering world-class skiing and charming villages that look straight out of the set of a Hallmark movie. One of the most picturesque options is Lionshead, a Bavarian-inspired village lined with picturesque cobblestone streets. After a day on the slopes, explore the restaurants, shops, and activities available in Lionshead Village, such as:

Restaurants in Lionshead Village

Lionshead Village offers fantastic restaurant options, whether you are looking for fine dining or something casual.

  • Vail Chophouse: This slopeside restaurant offers spectacular mountain views, live music, and upscale dining. Their menu features prime steaks, fresh seafood, and signature cocktails.
  • Montauk Seafood Grill: Enjoy fresh seafood in the heart of the mountains at Montauk with options like lobster, salmon, trout, Alaskan crab, and sea scallops.
  • Garfinkel’s: If you are looking for a laidback place for apres-ski food and drinks, we recommend stopping at this local’s favorite dining spot. 
  • The Little Diner: Start your day at this legendary Vail breakfast spot and sample the family recipe for yourself! You can expect items like omelets, breakfast platters, pancakes, crepes, and breakfast sandwiches. 

Lionshead Village Activities

The most popular winter activity in Lionshead Village is ice skating at the Alderhof Ice Rink. This ice rink is open daily, with equipment rentals available on-site. The village is also a short walk away from the Eagle Bahn gondola, which takes you straight to the slopes of Vail Mountain. Families looking for an afternoon activity can stop at Imagination Station, a hands-on children’s museum with fun workshops and activities. 

Explore the Lionshead Shops

Stroll through Lionshead Village and explore the stores and boutiques that line the streets. Discover beautiful jewelry showcasing Native American designs at Dakota Craftsman. Or shop for outdoor apparel at Helly Hanson and Outdoor Divas. Browse all of the stores and boutiques available in the village here.

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Stay right in the heart of Lionshead Village with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. We offer over 20 vacation rentals in Lionshead, ranging from two to five bedrooms. Our properties put you within walking distance of the slopes, shops, and restaurants. Book your winter getaway in Vail today!

Oct 21 22

How to Get from Denver to Vail During Winter

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Photo of a car on a snowy road traveling from Denver to Vail

Photo of a car on a snowy road traveling from Denver to VailWith the Vail ski season right around the corner, travelers are already thinking about their next epic winter getaway. If you’ve never visited our mountain town before, you may be wondering about the easiest way to get here. Most people decide to fly to the Denver International Airport and make the two-hour trip on land from Denver to Vail. There are many ways to get here, whether you want to rent a car, take the shuttle, or enjoy a private SUV. However, you get to Vail, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has the perfect vacation home waiting for your arrival!

Epic Mountain Express

The Epic Mountain Express offers a shuttle service from the Denver International Airport to Vail throughout the year. This is one of the most affordable and convenient travel options taking just over three hours. If you are looking for private, luxury transportation services, you can take advantage of Premier Mountain Express. This option offers a personal chauffeur service in an SUV or charter van. 

Berkshire Hathaway guests will receive a 10% to 20% discount on transportation using our code 30755 during checkout.

Bustang Bus

The cheapest way to get from Denver to Vail is the bus through the Colorado Department of Transportation system. Bustang departs from the Union Station in downtown Denver to the Vail Transportation Center. The Bustang West Line offers the easiest route to get you to Vail in 2.5 hours, traffic permitting. Once you have arrived at the Transportation Center, you can use the Eagle County bus or rent a car to get to your vacation rental.

Car Rental

If you want the freedom to get to Vail on your own schedule, we recommend renting a car from the Denver Airport. Keep in mind that Vail Village is car-free, but luckily many of our vacation rentals offer on-site parking. The drive is around 100 miles on I-70 and can get quite busy during winter. Renting a car provides a fantastic opportunity to take things slow and explore the charming mountain towns along the way. Some of the most popular pit stops include the charming cities of Golden and Georgetown.

Stay at Our Vail Luxury Vacation Home Rentals 

However you want to travel from Denver to Vail, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has the perfect property waiting for you! We offer a wide selection of Vail vacation home rentals with a broad range of property types, amenities, and locations. So, whether you are looking for a luxury multi-family home or a slopeside condo, we have something for everyone. Book your winter getaway in Vail today!

Aug 19 22

Experience the Magic of Fall in Vail, Colorado

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Photo of fall foliage during fall in vail

Photo of fall foliage during fall in vailMost people save their Vail vacations for winter, looking to shred the slopes at one of the best ski resorts in the country. However, Vail is beautiful year-round, and you don’t have to wait till winter to experience the best of Vail. Fall is the perfect time to visit Vail; when the crowds die down, there is a comfortable chill in the air, and the scenery is as beautiful as ever. The colorful yellow leaves of the mountains offer the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing. Fall in Vail may be short-lived, but it provides one of the best times to visit our Colorado mountain town. Stay with us at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and stay close to the action in one of our luxury vacation rentals.

Adventurous Activities

Fall in Vail offers an excellent opportunity to get on the trails with hiking and mountain biking adventures. If you are a family visiting Vail, we recommend the Lost Lake Trail, which offers a level footpath and rewards hikers with views of Piney Peak. The Upper Piney River Falls Trail is the most popular fall hike, around six miles long, and offers some of the best views in Vail.

Explore even more trails this fall with mountain biking adventures. You can find the most extensive mountain bike trails on Vail Mountain, where you can take a gondola ride to the trails. Discover our favorite Vail Mountain Biking trail on our blog.

Fall Festivals in Vail

Fall also brings some of the best events and festivals to our town. In fact, the Vail Oktoberfest has been named among the country’s top ten greatest Oktoberfest celebrations! Our German-style alpine village offers the perfect place to drink beer, listen to music, and celebrate autumn. Join us for traditional Bavarian music, bratwurst eating competitions, and of course, tasty beer.

Or embrace your true lumberjack spirit at the Man of the Cliff event in Avon, Colorado. This one-day festival will have everyone wearing flannel as they sip on craft brews and watch keg tossing competitions.

Fall Fishing in Vail

Fall is a beautiful time to take advantage of the weather and get outside for fly fishing. As the summer crowds dwindle and the weather cools down, fly fishing is at its best. The Eagle, Colorado, and Roaring Fork rivers offer limitless opportunities to catch trout with wade or float trips. Cast your line on your own or consult a local expert who will take you to the best local fishing spots. Outfitters like Gore Creek Fly Fisherman and Vail Valley Anglers offer everything you need for a successful day on the water. 

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Plan your Colorado mountain getaway today and experience the magic of fall in Vail. Whether you want to hike vibrant fall foliage trails or visit us during Oktoberfest, there is something for everyone this season! Choose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to host your getaway and enjoy more space together in one of our Vail vacation rentals.

Jul 15 22

Experience the Thrill of Vail Mountain Biking

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Photo of bikers backs enjoying Vail mountain biking

Photo of bikers backs enjoying Vail mountain bikingYou may think the best time to visit Vail is during the winter, but summertime in Vail offers just as much exhilarating fun. During summer, the ski trails on Vail Mountain transform into an impressive network of biking trails. So, whether you are a seasoned mountain biker or are trying the sport for the first time, there are plenty of trails that cater to every age and ability. Choose Berkshire Hataway HomeServices to host your Vail vacation and unwind in one of our spacious rentals after a day of adventures. Read on to learn more about our favorite Vail mountain biking trails!

Mountain Bike Rentals in Vail, CO

To avoid the hassle of transporting your bikes during vacation, we recommend renting a mountain bike in Vail. Venture Sports offers a complete collection of mountain bike rentals in Avon and Vail Village. They also offer guided bike rides with local experts if you are not comfortable hitting the trails on your own.

Vail Ski Resort Biking Trails

The most extensive collection of mountain biking trails is accessible from Vail Mountain. Many bikers take the Gondola One or Eagle’s Nest Gondolas to access the trails without biking up the mountain. You can also rent a bike at the ski resort to conveniently access the trails. Here are a few of the top tracks you can access from the gondolas:

  • Grand Traverse: This five-mile moderate Vail bike trail offers one of the most popular rides on the mountain. After departing from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, you will ride through the Game Creek bowl, past pine forests, mountain views, and flower meadows.
  • Golden Gate Trail: If you are searching for an easy and fun trail on the mountain, then take Gondola One to access Golden Gate. This two-mile trail offers a 1,000-foot descent with fast straightaways and fun twisty sections. 
  • Radio-Flyer: One of the most popular and exhilarating trails in Vail is Radio-Flyer. You will descend for over two miles on rollers and endless whoop-dee-doos. 

More Vail Mountain Biking Trails

If you are looking for longer rides away from the crowds of Vail mountain, there are several options for you! Bike over twelve miles of paths on the North Trail section and enjoy switchbacks, aspens, and wildflowers. The Meadow Mountain Loop offers similar views on a ten-mile trail with a more challenging climb. Speaking of challenges, if you are up for the ultimate challenge, then Son of a Buffeher is for you! This twenty-mile trail includes 3,000 feet of elevation gain and is not for the faint of heart!

Vail Village Summer Vacation Rentals

Photo of pool outside Beaver Creek Rentals with BerkshireGather your family and friends and get ready to embark on the scenic Vail mountain biking trails this summer. And choose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to host your summer vacation in Vail. Stay close to the action in Vail Village in one of our spacious Colorado condo rentals. Discover our complete list of properties here and find the perfect place to call home during your Vail vacation.

Jun 10 22

Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Vail, CO

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Photo of a family biking enjoying summer summer activities in Vail

Photo of a family biking enjoying summer summer activities in VailIf you have a family of adventurers and are searching for the perfect summer destination, look no further than Vail, Colorado! Summertime in Vail is spectacular, with the warm sunshine, clear skies, and plenty of family-oriented fun. Whether you want to ride down exhilarating mountain coasters or bike mountain trails, there are summer activities in Vail for every family member! And Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices offers a wide range of family-friendly vacation rentals throughout Vail Valley, so you will have plenty of space to unwind after exploring beautiful Vail. 

Have Fun on Vail Mountain

After the ski season, Vail Mountain transforms into a mecca of summer fun. If you are looking for thrilling adventures, bring your family to Epic Discovery. Take a scenic gondola ride, bounce on the bungee trampoline, fly down the mountain coaster, and soar on the zipline. You can also find the Nature Discovery Center here, where you can learn about natural history and local wildlife. You can join a naturalist for a free nature tour suitable for all ages!

Discover Family Activities at the Alpine Gardens

The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are the highest alpine gardens in the country and a must-visit in Vail! The area comprises 19 gardens featuring high elevation plants from around the world. There are also great activities the whole family will love, including a children’s garden and daily scavenger hunts.

Explore the Great Outdoors

There are endless ways to get outside and explore the great outdoors with your family in Vail. If you want to embark on a family bike ride, we recommend Gore Creek Trail for a flat and easy ride. If your kids are animal lovers, Vail has several experiences for them. Go horseback riding in the mountains with Vail Stables or take a llama to lunch with Paragon Guides. And for those families that love the water, whitewater rafting with Sage Outdoors offers adrenaline-pumping fun for everyone!

Plan Your Vacation Around the Vail Family Fun Fest

The Vail Family Fun Fest is an annual event that takes place every Saturday in July at Lionshead Village. This free event offers fun for kids of all ages with several contests and group games. This festival is also an excellent way for the kids to learn something new at the Science Tent from local nature educators.

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There are endless summer activities in Vail for families seeking adventure in the mountains. After a day of exploration, return to your Vail vacation rental with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Our spacious properties offer plenty of room for your family to spread out whether you are vacationing with five people or twenty. From cooling down in your private pool to cooking meals in the kitchen together, we have the perfect property for your family at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

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