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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