The Best of Vail Colorado: Hotels, Restaurants & More

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Cameron Zellner

  • Colorado

  • Vail

  • Adventure Travel

  • Active Travel

  • Domestic Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Group Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Outdoors

  • Skiing

  • Foodie

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Curator’s statement

From the 'Legendary Back Bowls', to the spa at the Four Seasons; you will never run out of things to do in Vail, Colorado. With over 500 ski resorts in the United States, something about this little town always has me coming back for more. Start the day zipping through Riva Ridge or gliding down the catwalks, and then make your way back to Vail Village for apres-ski at El Segundo. Don't forget to grab a sweet treat at Fuzziwigs candy store before ending the night!

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Things to do in Vail, Colorado

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Skiing: Hit the back bowls or ski your way towards Lionshead Village where you can ski down, grab lunch and take the gondola back up before heading back down to Vail Village.

Bowling at Bol: An upscale restaurant meets bowling alley? Say no more. I'd plan this early in the trip before your legs are too sore from the days skiing!

Lionshead Village: Walk over to Lionshead Village and check out the multiple restaurants and apres ski spots across town.

Spa at Four Seasons: Book yourself a full body massage or mountain treatment at the spa at the four seasons. Pro tip: Book early in the day to enjoy the spa amenities for a few hours before grabbing some of their famous hot chocolate at the restaurant.

Ice Skating: Walk over to Solaris for ice skating, or simply sit by the fire pits and watch others while enjoying a beer from the local brewery, Vail Brewing Company.

Kemo-Sabe: Walk into the old western hat store, and custom design your own hat with experienced associates. Want an even more memorable experience? Rent out the VIP Bar for your special event by emailing ahead of time.

Gorsuch: No shop quite compares to Gorsuch. This high-end department store specializes in all things ski and makes me lust over the newest fashions. Stop by the Gorsuch Cafe after perusing the shop for a coffee or pastry.

Places to eat & drink in Vail, Colorado

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El Segundo: High energy taqueria with over 100 tequilas at the bar. Don't skip the Hot Korean craft taco! The perfect mix of Asian fusion meets Mexican street food.

Sweet Basil: possibly one of the hardest-to-get reservations on my list of favorites, but so worth it! The ambiance, the food, everything left me wanting more. The whipped feta was a hit for our group!

Mountain Standard: The sister restaurant to Sweet Basil, but a more rustic vibe. Stop by for lunch or dinner with a big appetite!

Matsuhisa: Nobu Matsuhisa is the place to go for luxury dining in Vail. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the view can only be topped by his famous black cod miso.

La Bottega: A Vail staple that, unfortunately, I have never been able to try. Can't make another trip to Vail without visiting this Italian restaurant and seeing what all the fuss is about.

Fuzziwigs: The best candy store, bar none. From old-school favorites to new trends, this store will bring out everyone's inner kid. The 'moreo' may or may not have been a nightly post-dinner treat on my last trip. (In case you aren't familiar, a moreo is a deconstructed Oreo, filled with a Reese, and then dipped in chocolate..... now you can judge my nightly treat properly!)

Big Bear Bistro: Stop by for breakfast or lunch while walking around the village, casual and delicious.

Joe's Deli: A hole in the wall that had us wishing we had discovered it sooner in the trip. Deli sandwiches and homemade ice cream just hit differently after a long day of skiing.

The 10th: On top of the mountain after gondola one, make reservations in advance for this one!

Yeti Grind: A cute coffee shop that's a perfect start to every day!

Need to Know

For more Vail travel tips, check out this guide by Fora Advisor Erica Charles: A Local's Guide to Vail, Colorado.

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