Fora Favorites: Our Vail Travel Guide

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  • Vail

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  • Outdoors & Nature

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Fora’s Take

A storybook version of a Coloradan mountain town, Vail is home to charming streets lined with ​​European-esque architecture and gorgeous scenery stretching as far as the eye can see.

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Where to stay

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The Sebastian - Vail

Polished boutique hotel nestled in Vail Village with a trendy restaurant and outdoor heated pool.

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  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail

Exquisite luxury resort at the base of Vail Mountain boasting a refined restaurant, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and picturesque mountain views.

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Sonnenalp Vail

There’s an upscale but understated vibe to this Vail Village favorite, with a ski concierge, three restaurants and evening activities for kids.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Where to eat & drink in Vail

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10th Mountain Whiskey: Small-batch distillery with a tasting room in Vail that’s styled as a cozy lounge.

Annapurna: Cozy Indian and Nepalese eatery with a warm and hospitable approach.

The Little Diner: Vail’s only all-day breakfast joint. Everything is made from scratch! 

Matsuhisa: Fantastic sushi and a fun scene. 

Mountain Standard: Sweet Basil's younger, non-fussy sibling with a chill, gastropub atmosphere.

The Remedy Bar: Known for its decadent take on hot cocoa, The Remedy Bar has a playful menu of inventive cocktails. 

Root & Flower: Work your way through the “slow and serious” and “fast and fun” cocktails at this cozy, chic gem. 

Slope Room: Sexy steakhouse meets Old West nostalgia vibe. 

Sweet Basil: Probably the most popular restaurant in Vail, so plan ahead and make a reservation.

Swiss Chalet: Incredible fondue and super cozy in the winter. It really feels like you've been transported to Europe.

Vail Brewing Co.: A quintessential Coloradan experience with top-notch brews and an unfussy vibe. 

Vendetta's: Old-school pizzeria where you're likely to find ski patrol and locals lining up for slices and beers at the end of a day on the slopes.

Vintage: Instagram-worthy backdrops with equally appealing foods. Vintage is known for its Champagne brunch, need we say more?

What to do & see in Vail

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Booth Falls Trail: Vail hiking at its finest, Booth Falls Trail is popular for a reason. The hike itself has an elevation gain of approximately 1,290 feet, so remember to acclimatize to high altitudes before beginning your trip.

Upper Piney River Falls Trail: A six-mile hike with unbelievable views of Colorado, finishing with a waterfall at the end. If you’re looking to take a dip, venture upstream to find a hidden pool. Re-energize post-hike with a meal at Piney River Ranch’s restaurant.


Minturn: You can take a backcountry ski trip or short drive to Minturn, a small town just five miles west of Vail. Minturn’s main street is home to unique, local shops, including Minturn Mercantile, a locally-owned store with hand-stitched and customizable leather goods and gifts. Finish at Minturn Saloon for après before taking a taxi back to Vail.

The Spa at Four Seasons: Relax and unwind at one of the best spas in town.

Vail Village: Picturesque ​​European alpine village feel, without the trip to Europe. Explore the quaint village atmosphere and peruse local shops and finish with a cocktail at The Remedy Bar or Root & Flower

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: The world’s highest botanical gardens.

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