Vail Pass bike path, still a bit of snow

This past week summer has finally been arriving.  Sunshine throughout the day and warmer temps.  Believe it or not the snow is finally starting to melt.  A few of us biked up the Vail Pass bike path this Sunday.  Amazing all the ice still on the big lake at the top and the amount of snow up there.  The Antlers Vail hotel “Book by June 1st” special is almost ending.  Book soon…

Only ice fishing out on that lake

blue sky, white (and brown) snow

Free Vail Colorado activities

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

Ride the Gondola up Vail Mountain for Free:
Kids ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola for FREE all summer with one paying adult
Also free for 09-10 and 10-11 ski pass holders

FREE activities at Adventure Ridge:
Head to the top of the mountain for free volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes and disc golf (bring your own discs).  Open weekends June 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and daily Jun 24 – September 6

Hiking around Vail and atop Vail Mountain is always FREE

Visit the FREE Discovery Center:
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.  Call 970-754-4675

FREE Lionshead Friday Family Fun Fair July 9 – August 6:
Activities for the kids

FREE Hot Summer Nights Concerts over at the Ford Amphitheater:
Every Tueday from June 15 – August 24

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 with interactive exhibits and more!

Take advantage of FREE festivals:
Teva Mountain Games, Vail America Days, VAil Arts Festival, Vail’s Farmer’s Market, Vail Antique Show, and the Colorado Grand Tour

Vail’s FREE Skate park:
Head to the Lionshead parking structure and check out Vail’s FREE skatepark.  Open dawn to dusk daily, featuring half-pipe, pyramid, mutliple ramps, transitions, rails and banks.

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

FREE Art Walks:
Wednesdays walking tours of Vail’s public art collection continue this summer.  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

FREE Kayak Demo’s:
May 18 – June 22nd every Tuesday 5-7pm at Vail’s Whitewater Park located at the International Bridge.

FREE Jazz Music All Summer!
Jazz at the Vail Farmer’s Market Sundays June 27 – August 29  Noon-3pm

Stop by the FREE Vail Nature Center:
Nestled along the banks of Gore Creek this 7 acres forest, meado and stream are a delight and peaceful place known to many locals and visitors as their favorite place in Vail.

There is more FREE stuff than this, but it gives you an idea!

Greg Gone Green

When I was growing up, we lived in a house that had an incinerator. I was little and when mom told be to take the trash to the basement and burn it, I was happy to do it. The only cardboard I ever recycled was used for the”Boys Only!” clubhouse we would build in the woods. When I was in high school, I drove a 1969 Ford LTD that weighed more than a blue whale and drank gas at the pace of 9 mpg. I (we) have come a long way baby.

All of us have evolved and managed to break some old habits. We have conditioned ourselves to live differently and now we have a whole set of new habits. When the green movement started, it was one person at a time. Now we are households, schools, communities and businesses.

Of course, there is always room to develop and go to the next level and as it goes here at the Antlers, we are taking the lead. We now have an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and I’m more than up for the challenge, but I don’t want to do it alone.

We have owners, guests and friends of the Antlers that live all over the world and I would love your input. Give me your thoughts, suggestions, web sites and even your inventions ( I invented the Prius in college and didn’t tell anyone and look what happened. Toyota took all the credit ).

Anyone that gets back to me gets a free cup of coffee from our lobby. Leave a comment or write me at gziccardi@antlersvail.com or, and coming soon, an actual face book account. I look forward to hearing from everyone, even if it’s just to say hello.

Greg

Vail paragliding

Vail Valley Paragliding took a few of us out paragliding this morning.  What a rush.  Bobby, one of the owners of Vail paragliding, is also a tile guy and quite often  helps the Antlers with unit remodels. He has been talking about his tandem license for awhile now and has been encouraging us to go.

It was a blast.  The flight lasts anywhere from 10-15 minutes, but could go more if the winds are right.  It runs $175 for a flight.  Check them out at www.vailvalleyparagliding.com or call them at 970-376-0495

Greg Ziccardi named Sustainability Coordinator

May 16, 2010 – Vail, CO – The Antlers at Vail, a condominium hotel and conference center, has named Greg Ziccardi to the newly-created position of Sustainability Coordinator. Ziccardi is responsible for researching, maintaining and improving the resource conservation, energy efficiency, recycling and sustainability practices at the Antlers at Vail hotel.

“This is new era in the Antlers’ longstanding commitment to sustainability,” says General Manager Rob LeVine. “I’m confident that Greg will do a great job. He’s excited and passionate about the growth opportunity – both for himself and the Antlers.” Ziccardi has been with the hotel since 2000, and also lives on site as a property manager. 

The Antlers is a 90-room condominium hotel with 2600 square feet of meeting space, conveniently located in the redeveloped Lionshead area near the Vail Gondola. Named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2009 by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards, the Antlers Vail condominiums is also proud to be a Green Star-rated business. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers includes fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. There are numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com.

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Antlers at Vail Receives Platinum Service Award

We are pleased to announce the Antlers at Vail is among the list of Platinum Service Award recipients for 2009-2010. Those participating in Destination Experience, the Platinum Service Program (PSP), are evaluated and recognized for outstanding customer service in the Vail Valley.

The Vail Valley Partnership created the Platinum Service Program in 2001 to provide year-to-year customer service measurement tools for improving service to lodging, retail, restaurants and professional services in the Vail Valley. According to the Partnership, the program enables business owners to market their company as an ‘exceptional customer service provider’, a recognition that contributes to a company’s overall revenue and offers additional marketing opportunities.

So once again we welcome you to come stay at the Antlers at Vail, ‘an exceptional customer service provider’. We also thank you for making it so easy to provide exceptional customer service; it is our pleasure.

~ Aisha

Fly to Eagle Vail airport this summer, Flyvail.com

This summer it is easier than ever to get to the Antlers at Vail Condominiums.  Both American Airlines and United Airlines will serve Eagle Airport, located just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts.  American Airlines will offer daily service from Dallas/Ft. Worth and NEW Saturday non-stop service from Miami.  United Airlines offers three times daily service from Denver.  For more information and current flight schedules visit http://www.flyvail.com/.

Tails and Trails: Dog-Friendly Vail Autumn Hikes and Lodging

Antlers at Vail Offers Value, Autumn Adventures for Canines & Companions

Vail, Colorado – May 10, 2010 – Kenneling the family dog during a vacation can be ruff — er, rough on everyone. That’s why the Antlers at Vail hotel has licked the dilemma by welcoming four-legged guests and stocking a bottomless bowl of dog biscuits in the front lobby to help canines feel at home the minute they arrive. “We recognize that many people consider their dogs to be full-fledged members of the family,” says general manager Rob LeVine, owner of Magpie, a 15-year-old dog of ‘mixed’ descent.  “We offer dedicated rooms just for pet owners, and our staff is always happy to recommend canine-friendly activities in the area.”      

Many families travel to Vail in the autumn, when the Rocky Mountains are blanketed in gold as the region’s famous aspen trees change color.  There are a number of spectacular areas in and around the Vail Valley to view the glorious foliage, including plenty of pet-friendly hiking trails.  Ania Savage, author of “Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado” recommends a trek to nearby Wheeler Lakes as a scenic half-day hike for families and canines. “The meadow and the lakes offer a lovely spot for some dog frolicking and a picnic lunch,” she says.  For a day hike, Savage suggests Pitkin Lake as a “strenuous-yet-satisfying hike because of the continuous presence of clear, gurgling Pitkin Creek, the shaded trail, and meadows where there is plenty of room to romp and roll among the summer grasses and wildflowers.”  The Antlers at Vail staff can provide guests with additional information and directions to both trailheads.       

The Antlers offers special savings of 25% off on autumn lodging from September 7 through November 17, 2010, with rates for a one-bedroom pet-friendly suite starting at just $210 per night.  Autumn is a wonderful time to experience the Vail Valley; summer crowds are gone, the days are sunny, the evenings are cool — and the values can’t be beat. Along with the stunning scenery, Vail has numerous autumn festivals and events including the always-popular Oktoberfest (Sept.10-12 and 17-19, 2010) and new this year, Vail Restaurant Month (Sept. 20 – Oct. 17, 2010).

Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. Recently named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards, the Antlers Vail condominiums is also proud to be a Green Star-rated business. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.  

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com.

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I’ve got your shoe

When was the last time you got home and realized that you were wearing one of your shoes … and one of somebody else’s?  Any chance it made you think about how much you’d had to drink?

Last night we had our end-of-the-season employee party.  After an awesome dinner at the Outback Steakhouse in Avon (Foster’s is Australian for “beer” you know), we went bowling.  In case you were wondering, they serve beer there too.  In my defense (actually there is no defense) at the bowling alley you have to take off your shoes and then put them back on later.  Seems simple enough, but apparently not always.  Here’s the voicemail that SOMEONE left for Greg later that night.

I can’t imagine that you’ll have trouble following along (it’s crystal clear) but just in case, here’s a transcript:

Hi again, I still like that message.  Hey I just got home … took off my shoes … I took off my shoes and one of them isn’t … isn’t mine …….  I’ve got …. I’ve got your shoe