Health and Wellness for your Pet

Family petsAs part of the Vail Restaurant Month the Antlers at Vail will be presenting a seminar on healthy diet for your dog. For most of us our pets are an extension of our family, and like our family we want to keep them as happy and healthy as we can for as long as we can.

Ben Nelson, DVM, with over 34 years of experience as a practicing Veterinarian, will cover Diet necessities for your dog to live a long, healthy, and active life.  Dr. Nelson, a Biology professor at New Mexico Highlands University along with his General Veterinary practice, has extensive hands on and educational experience with many of the common canine ailments.

This event will feature a 45 minute presentation by Dr. Nelson and a 45 minute question and answer session.

When: Sunday October 3, 2010
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Cost: Lodging package $145 for a studio condominium and 1 space for seminar.
Additional attendees or without lodging $25 per person.
$20 for Eagle county residents.

Health and Wellness Yoga Class and Lunch

For the Week of September 27 – October 3 Antlers will be feature some activites to help you and your family get back to “nature” first is a Yoga class lead by instructor Tracy Long, this class will be for beginner and and experienced a like followed by a lunch presented by Antlers in house caterer Chef Barry Robinson. Over lunch participants will learn about some healthy cooking techniques and Chef Barry will share some of his favorite healthy recipes.

When: Saturday October 2, 2010
Time: Yoga 10:00am to 11:15am Lunch starting at 11:30am.
Where: Antlers at Vail Swimming Pool Deck (weather permitting)
Cost: Lodging Package $170.00 for a studio condominium and 1 space for yoga and Lunch.
The fee for additional attendees or guests without lodging is $50 (including Yoga Class and Lunch

Another Reason to Love Staying at the Antlers

I work for the Antlers’ PR agency and live in Denver, so it’s always a treat to come to Vail for a visit. My daughter and I enjoyed a fabulous stay at the Antlers last weekend, and along with seeing some spectacular autumn scenery and attending Oktoberfest, we enjoyed strolling through the shops and restaurants in the recently redeveloped retail area across from the Antlers.

One of our favorite discoveries was the heavenly Rimini Gelato just a couple minutes’ walk north of the Antlers. One look through the window stopped us in our tracks:

The shop’s hand-crafted gelato is simply amazing — beautifully displayed, fresh, artful, and with so many delicious flavors it’s impossible to choose; now you know why we had to return for another round the following day. During our dual visits, we tried the creamy milk chocolate, espresso, caramel toffee and chocolate mint gelatos – as well as the classic Italian Stracciatella:

Our dog Maddie (who we brought along for the trip, since we stayed in one of the Antlers’ pet-friendly rooms) insisted on her own cup of vanilla:

To accompany the gelato, the shop sells excellent coffee, espresso and cappuccino — which I craved the minute I saw the enormous, gleaming silver Italian espresso machine behind the counter. The shop also offers a few wines and alcoholic drinks, plus an assortment of fine chocolates.

The Antlers staff can point you in the direction of Rimini. In fact, odds are good that they might just offer to accompany you there — so you don’t get lost, of course.

Rimini, 675 Lionshead, 970-476-1712;

~ Eliza Cross

Vail moose are on the loose

The Vail moose are roaming around Lionshead again.  Picture from today September 22.  Here they are by the Lionshead bus stop.  A few days ago they almost came in the Antlers at Vail courtyard!  Yikes.

Bigger "baby moose" in Lionshead Wednesday

Baby moose outside Antlers this past Spring

When it was a baby

Vail Restaurant Month

Market to Table Week September 20th through 26th!

During this week Antlers at Vail will be featuring a cooking demonstration, learn how to prepare a simple yet tasty meal using the freshest of ingredients. After the Demonstration participants will be able to enjoy the wonderfuly prepared meal.

First Course:  Gore Range Summer Salad, Organic greens and vegies with grated Cortija Feta, seasoned lightly and left to macerate for 30 minutes

Second Course:   Shaved Tuna Ceviche, Herbal Garden Greens, Avocado Salsa and Organic Blue Tortilla Chips

Dessert Course:   Best Natural Banana Ice Cream with fresh berries and a Grand Marnier Juice

When: September 25th
Where: Antlers at Vail Swimming Pool Deck (Weather permitting)
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Price: $170 Lodging package
includes Studio or 1 Bedroom  condo for either the night of Sept 24 or 25th and entrance for one person to the demonstration. Additional people are $50.

Please join the Antlers in house caterer, Chef Barry Robinson for an afternoon of great food.  Special packages and rates available please contact the Antlers at Vail for more information at 800-843-8245 or email us at

For more information on other events happening around Vail during the Restaurant Month visit


Welcom to the Antlers Chef Barry

Antlers at Vail would like tChef Barryo welcome our new in House caterer Chef Barry Robinson of Caterers of Vail. Originally from Australia, Chef Barry has over 24 years of experience in the culinary arts and has traveled the world learning and honing his craft. Beginning his time in Vail at the Game Creek Club, Barry has worked extensively for private clubs throughout the Vail Valley and brings this high quality of service to you through Caterers of Vail now based at the Antlers at Vail.

Son of middle creek Vail mountain bike trail

Son of middle creek mountain bike trail is a fantastic Vail mountain bike ride. It is around 8 miles and only takes 1 to 1.5 hours for a wonderful loop from the Antlers at Vail hotel and conference center. Click on the link below to print out the map and read about the directions etc. It has about 40 minutes of climbing and 30 minutes of single track ascent/descent.

View Son of middle creek in a larger map

Great views over the valley.

The leaves are starting to change…

Winter arrives in 2-12 weeks depending on what happens… Get that hike and bike ride in soon.

Vail Oktoberfest Starts This Weekend!

The famous German beer festival comes to Vail’s Lionshead Mall and Vail Village. Grab yourself a stein of beer and put on your lederhosen for the Vail Oktoberfest – two full weekends of Germanic fun. Brat-eating and yodeling are included.

Details: The Vail Oktoberfest celebrates everything German, from fantastic beers, to authentic cuisine. There will be an Oom Pah Celebration, live bands, dancing, keg bowling, a brat eating contest, and beers from the famous local breweries. This year, the Town of Vail has decided to extend this fantastic festival into two weekends. The festivities begin on the weekend of September 10-12, and continue the following weekend of September 17-19.  The celebration is lively and offers plenty of events and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Brat eating Contest: If you have an appetite for German sausage, than you should definitely sign up to compete in this year’s Brat eating contest. You can sign up for free each Saturday and Sunday at the Vail Oktoberfest. Participants will have three minuets to try to eat as many bratwursts as possible in the attempt to be named the brat eating champion!

Oktoberfest Fun Run: If you are feeling like getting some exercise after eating greasy German cuisine and drinking fantastic beer, the Oktoberfest Fun Run may be your answer. The run starts on Sunday morning, September 19th at 9:00am in front of Checkpoint Charlies. You can choose to do the 10K, the 5K run/walk/rollerblade, or there is a race especially for the kids. You can register for the Fun Run online or in person on the day of the race. Registration costs $20 online, or $25 on the day of the race. Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate costs only $10 to register. The first 150 people who register for the Fun Run will get a limited edition T-shirt. The Fun Run raises money for the Children’s Garden of Learning, which is a fantastic cause, and yet another reason to get up and get active after a big day of eating and drinking!

Music at the Oktoberfest: You can jam out to FREE music during both weekends of this year’s Oktoberfest. No tickets will be sold. But be sure to note that no glass containers, chairs, dogs, or coolers will be allowed.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy the alcoholic beverages provided at the Vail Oktoberfest

A Place at Carlotta’s Table

A group of 9 African American students, more commonly know today as the Little Rock 9, were enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. These students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school until the intervention of  President Eisenhower. Despite the violence and hardships all 9 students were eventually allowed to attend the formerly all white school under the protection of the U.S. Armed Forces. On September 1st several Antlers employees, owners and friends were treated to a luncheon at the Park Hyatt supported by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. The Vail Valley luncheon was titled, A Place at Carlotta’s Table: Education & Civil Rights. The key speaker was Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock 9. She was inspirational and a true role model. It was a wonderful presentation, incredibly educational and moving. Susan Hagy Humphry, Antlers condo owner, said, ” The Women’s Foundation has a commitment to make a difference in the lives and education of as many children as possible. There wasn’t a single person in the room that wasn’t touched by the speakers.”

Eliza, Rob and Darla

Rob and 9 of his favorite women

All Smiles

Deluge Lake Hiking

Deluge Lake, located in off exit 171 in East Vail (only a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride from the Antlers, is a great hike for a amateur hiker. Its fairly steep at first giving you a good warm up, then levels out to a nice long gradual ascent to a lake nestled in a valley between several peaks. The hike is about 7 hours round trip so be sure to bring food and water. Now a minor drawback to this hike is for the first 2 miles or so you are still within sight and sound of route 70. So it takes away from the whole nature experience early on. Still, I was blown away when we got behind the mountain, out of sight of the road, and into the Rockies. Gore Creek valley is an awesome sight to behold with many jagged cliffs overlooking the creek below. Then as we got further up the trail we discovered a valley straight out of the sound of music. Grassy knolls dotted with white rocks, a picture perfect creek running right down the middle. It was really an awesome place to be. Getting over that stream was pretty fun, it is a log hanging over a small waterfall that wasn’t exactly secure. We nearly lost one of our hiking members into that stream but luckily he was able to regain his balance. As you follow Deluge Creek up the valley, you will reach your destination, a secluded lake hidden between some massive, scree covered rocky crags.

View Deluge Lake and Gore Creek Hiking Trails in a larger map

This map includes the trailhead location in relation to the Antlers and Vail (just move the map a little west/left), Deluge Lake Hiking trail, and I included Gore Creek trail as well which is a hike I plan to accomplish very soon.