Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’ Returns May 6th, 2017

This Vail ski season has been one for the record books. The snow and skiing has been amazing all season. Just when we think it is melting off, another snow storm drops a few more inches of snow. But it will truly be over in just a few days. And, as the season winds down we execute our plans to get our property, and also the Vail community ready for summer. 

Join the Antlers for Trasch Pickin’ & Picnicin’ May 6th, 2017 and get a free night on us!

We’d like to once again invite our guests to be a part of our family and green team May 6th, 2017 with our annual Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’. You come help us pick up trash on the highway for a few hours Saturday morning (May 6th), join us for a free picnic afterward at Broken Arrow in Arrowhead (that’s optional) and we’ll give you a free night* on either Friday or Saturday night.  That’s it … no other catch.  If you want to stay an additional night, we have special rates available. And of course if you visited this winter you can take advantage of your $139 spring nights.  But if you just stay one night … it’s a freebie! It’s our way of thanking you for staying with us, and for helping us keep our world a little cleaner place.

While we’ve been cleaning up our two-mile stretch of Vail Pass since 1988; we’ve also started joining the Community Pride Highway Cleanup arranged through the Eagle River Watershed Council. The past few years we’ve had a handful of guests join us and had a ton of fun, so we’re bringing it back again this year and letting you know in plenty of time to make plans. Join the Antlers green team again this spring, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets underway, to help clear the trash and debris that emerges after a long winter of being buried in layers of snow. This is our community’s way of sprucing up the valley for residents and visitors alike!

The Antlers – which has incorporated numerous eco-friendly business practices long before the term ‘green’ was coined – recently was awarded the TripAdvisor GreenLeader and Actively Green statuses, in addition to the Vail Valley Success Awards 2009 Green Business of the Year and the Vail Valley Community Impact Award 2015.

Call us at 800-843-8245!

 

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Featured 2-Bedroom Residence: Wally & Bettye Tipsword

Wally & Bettye Tipsword at the Antlers creekside pool.

Wally & Bettye Tipsword purchased their first condominium at the Antlers in 1981. Ten years later they purchased another Antlers condominium, and eight years after that they purchased a third, this one from Bettye’s sister. Wally is a World War II veteran who survived being shot down and a internment at a POW camp to return to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma to found and run several successful businesses. Four generations of Tipswords enjoy making the Antlers at Vail their second home year after year.

The fourth generation of Tipswords enjoying skiing Vail.

A few years back the Tipswords made improvements to one of their condominiums and then this past fall completed a major renovation to their two-bedroom condominium. They retextured and painted the ceilings and walls throughout, added new wood doors, trim and soffit throughout. A new stripstone gas fireplace, new tile flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, new wood cabinets, backsplash and marble countertops in the bathroom and kitchen create a clean modern living space. These upgrades brought this 2-bedroom condominium from being one the lower rated condos in the building up to a platinum rating. The Tipswords have been so happy with their newly remodeled mountain home at the Antlers that they are planning to remodel their third Antlers condominium this fall.

Why did you choose to purchase a vacation home at the Antlers?

Bettye’s sisters, Blanche and Bridget, who often skied Vail had told us that The Antlers was the most beautiful spot in Colorado and that it was far and above other condos in Vail because of its spectacular location right on Gore Creek.

The living space of the Tipswords 2-bedroom residence before and after the renovation.

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers vacation home?

The new fireplace is a real highlight and the kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!  We feel very at home. From the balcony you can see the creek, the mountains, and the activities of Lionshead.  It doesn’t get any better than that!!

To browse through photos of the Tipswords newly remodeled 2-bedroom residence, click any of the thumbnails below to enter the gallery.

Featured Team Member – Gladys Contreras

Gladys Contreras is originally from Hondouras. She began working at the Antlers in 1990 as housekeeper, so has been with us 27 years! Although a little quiet and reserved, Gladys is known for embracing the phrase, “The answer is ‘yes’, now what’s the question?”  She’s just got that attitude. She worked her way up over the years to become a supervisor and integral part of the Antlers team. She very much enjoys her current role of supervising the staff and making sure that everything is very organized and in its place. She must also have a green thumb, as she cares for all of the plants belonging to Antlers owners in her office, and then brings them back to the owners when they are in house. Many guests recognize her as the constant, happy housekeeping face that is always here to make them feel at home!

She is very grateful for her time at the Antlers. One of her favorite memories is the year that Rob LeVine dressed as Santa Claus and delivered presents to her family at her house! Gestures like that are what has made the Antlers home for her and has kept here here all these years.

Her sister Delores (Lola) worked with us for many years and we miss her. In Gladys’ spare time she enjoys spending time with her three daughters and her granddaughter Yaritza.

As many of the Antlers housekeepers, she has worked hard to learn English and now communicates well in what is a second language to her. We are so proud to share the news that she recently became a U.S. citizen!

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Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse Weddings Receive Free Antlers Rehearsal Dinner Space!

To celebrate the grand opening of this new Vail wedding venue the Antlers at Vail is happy to offer complimentary rehearsal dinner space at the Antlers to couples who book their wedding reception at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Photo: Jack Affleck

The Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse has always offered uniquely scenic views of the Gore Range Mountains throughout all seasons. But now wedding parties will not only enjoy the serene views among the vast greens on the secluded and private wedding island during the summer, but also a sparkling new Gore Range Room banquet space and patio year-round.

To celebrate the grand opening of this new Vail wedding venue the Antlers at Vail is happy to offer complimentary rehearsal dinner space to couples who book their wedding reception at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Of course, the standard charges will apply for Chef Barry’s scrumptious food and beverage, as well as cleaning, but the savings couples can realize on not having to pay space rental is significant.

The Antlers at Vail would be honored to host your family and friends for your Vail wedding in our spacious condominiums with convenient access to everything Vail has to offer.  Relax together before the big day in a spacious four-bedroom bridal suite unit or by our beautifully renovated pool, hot tubs, and saunas overlooking Gore Creek.  The Antlers is the perfect destination for your rehearsal dinner and send-off brunch. Call Cherie Paller at 970-790-5217 for more information!

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Snow, Snow & More Snow

View down the river behind the Antlers the day after a Vail snow storm. Photo: Steve Hersee

About a week before Thanksgiving a couple of us in the sales/marketing office were bemoaning the lack of snow. “We know the Vail snow will come. But what if Vail Mountain doesn’t open on time? What will that perception be?” Our Controller walked in on that conversation and proceeded to tell about one of her first winters in Vail when she and a few friends were sitting outside enjoying a picnic on a balmy November day having the very same conversation. And, how the very next week the snow came and didn’t stop for 30 days. It was 30 days until they saw sun again and an epic year for skiers. Déjà vu?

The second week of December we received our first really big snowfall with 25″ in one week and it just continued from there. January received 70″ of snow when the January average is 35″. This 2016/2017 ski season will likely be on for the record books. Today is a beautiful blue sky day with lots of soft snow to enjoy. Hope that you have or will be making it out to Vail to enjoy it — we sure are!

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Featured Team Member: Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez

Featured Antlers Team Member: Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez

Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez came to work at the Antlers as a houseman 8 years ago. He is the son of a famous tailor in Vera Cruz, Mexico and trained with his father in that profession for fourteen years before moving to the U.S. and then coming to work with us at the Antlers. Not only is Cristobal kind hearted and reliable, but he is also an extremely hard worker. He was working two jobs in addition to his job at the Antlers when he first started as a houseman. Eventually we realized that he had other skills that we could take advantage of and were able to entice him to work just with us. He now sews all of our custom linens, fixes cushions and really anything else that can be improved by a skilled tailor. He helps out in the laundry, in addition to his many duties as houseman. He lives on site at the Antlers and is on call two days a week. As Rob LeVine put it, “In any group of employees, there’s always one or two that you just wish you could clone.  Cristobal’s at the top of that list.  His unfailingly great attitude along with his incredible work ethic make him an absolute delight to work with.  Yes, we are beyond fortunate to have him on Team Antlers.”

Poolside Wedding Ceremony at the Antlers

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At the Antlers, we receive many wedding inquiries throughout the year. Some newly engaged couples hear about us from their friends, some from our TripAdvisor listing, and some simply know that they want to get married in Vail. This was Haley and Reza. 

Haley and Reza wanted to keep things simple and have a quaint yet beautiful wedding ceremony somewhere near Vail Square where their photos would be taken later in the day. Their wedding was set to take place on New Year’s Eve, mind you, one of the busiest weeks of the year in Vail. The lovely couple e-mailed us just before Halloween and we thought, you know what? Why not offer to let them get married by our pool? And you know what else, why not let them have their ceremony here on the house? After all, it would be short, sweet, and to the point – No great need to charge for 30 minutes on our patio. 

After offering our poolside deck on Gore Creek for their small ceremony, Haley and Reza were delighted to accept. After all, finding a location for lodging in Vail this time of the year is difficult enoughimage014

So, after much anticipation, New Year’s Eve rolled around and I met Reza in the courtyard. He was thrilled, and could not wait to marry the love of his life. We presented them with a champagne welcome. The officiant came in, then the photographer, and finally the bride. The day couldn’t of been more beautiful with blue skies, and the sun setting over Lionshead. At the ‘I do’s’ we had a number of guests in our hot tubs and some on their balconies clapping and cheering them on! It was pretty fun. With Reza’s brother and his partner at their side to bare witness to their nuptials, they had a toast and some laughs, and went on to Vail Square for the rest of their photographs. 

After the ceremony, I got to catch up with the newly weds in our lobby and offer them some hot cocoa and a suggestion for their first wedding anniversary… because, where better to celebrate than the Antlers?

As an independent property, we get the privilege of offering some very custom, sometimes unorthodox accommodations in the hospitality industry to some really lovely people, and this was certainly the case here. Having the ability to help out when we can just adds a little more meaning to our work, and offering a complimentary location for a small elopement-style wedding ceremony to a grateful couple was our pleasure.

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Freshly Prepared Meals by Chef Barry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“The chef service is very good indeed!!! We enjoyed having homemade food at our apartment.”
-Antlers at Vail Guest, Veronica Cohen

Fully Equipped Kitchens

The Antlers at Vail's fully equipped kitchens can be stocked with such unique appliances as an espresso machine or waffle maker.

The Antlers at Vail’s fully-equipped kitchens make dining in easy.

One of the things that guests love most about Antlers condominiums are the fully-equipped kitchens. When on a week-long ski vacation there are times when you just don’t want to eat out and the kitchen enables guests to enjoy simple or gourmet meals in the comfort of their spacious Antlers condominium. Many people even come in large groups and entertain in their condo. But there are times, particularly after a big powder ski day, when you may not feel like going out to eat OR cooking. Enter Chef Barry Robinson and freshly prepared meals for in-room dining!

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Chef Barry Robinson, Caterers of Vail and Antlers at Vail Chef

Chef Barry Robinson

We are so fortunate to have Chef Barry as a part of the Antlers team. Chef Barry caters all events on property at the Antlers and we hear endless compliments about him, his food and service. Internationally-trained Chef Barry was recruited all the way from Australia by Vail Resorts to operate their Game Creek Club, private members operations. Chef Barry had the responsibility and privilege to prepare culinary experiences for guests of the private chalet including Hollywood stars, famous musicians, Wall Street CEO’s, and others. Now Chef Barry runs Caterers of Vail out of the Antlers kitchen and conference facilities.

Freshly Prepared Meals for In-Room Dining

Two winter’s ago Chef Barry offered breakfast burritos and last winter offered freshly made soups as in-room dining options for Antlers guests. This winter he is going all out and offering a range of full meals prepared to be heated in the comfort of your Antlers condominium. Now you can order a meal or two ahead of time to be delivered so you can simply simply heat it up on those days you don’t feel like going out to eat or cooking. Dine in the comfort of your condominium without the work or clean up of cooking!

Freshly Prepared Meals by Chef Barry Include:

Beef and Vegetable Stew: Large pieces of diced beef chuck steak cooked with onions, carrot, celery in a beef stock. Gluten free. Finished with chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

Hungarian Beef Goulash: Traditionally cooked with equal parts onion and diced chunks of beef chuck Steak, flavored with caraway seeds, tomato paste, Hungarian paprika, beef stock, salt and pepper.

Chicken Pot Pie Ragout: Juicy pieces of both thigh and breast meat sautéed with onions, celery, carrots and bell peppers, thickened with chicken stock and cream using a flour and butter roux.

Roasted Herb Chicken: Two (2) whole medium sized roasted chickens seasoned with mixed poultry herbs, salt and pepper, with seven cups of cooked rice pilaf.

Creamy Mash Potatoes: Boiled Idaho potatoes, seasoned and whipped with cream and butter.

Spaghetti and meatballs: Spaghetti, finished with lots of meatballs tossed in a herb marinara sauce.

 

Rotini Pasta with Butter and parsley: Al dente boiled rotini pasta tossed in olive oil and butter, finished with chopped fresh Parsley.

 
 

Mixed Greens: fresh mixed greens served with a side dish of dressing. Your choice of dressing.

Chorizo or Veggie Breakfast Burritos: Delicious southwestern style breakfast burritos. Eight to an order – perfect to have in your fridge, heat and eat on the way out for the ski day.  

All dishes are served in large, recyclable, oven-proof containers with a clear lid for easy identification. We recommend you individually portion onto a dinner plate and microwave until your desired temperature is reached. 

Staying with us this winter and want to place an order ahead of time? No problem! Let us know your name or reservation number and what you’d like to order. Pick one of the days that you’ll be staying with us, or multiple days if you’d like to order multiple meals, and the meal(s) will be delivered to your door by noon on the delivery date. For advanced orders, please call 1-800-843-8245.

 

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A GREAT Addition to the Antlers

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Kim Rediker joins the Antlers at Vail team.

I remember going to a Vail Town Council meeting sometime in early 2004 and thinking, “This new woman on the Council is way too young to have that much poise”.  It later occurred to me that she was the same age as me, when I was elected to the Town Council in 1989, but I can tell you that she was a lot more prepared for the task than I was.  I hadn’t met Kim Rediker prior to that, which is a little surprising given that we both worked in the hospitality business.  I thought I knew everyone in the Vail hotel scene.  Apparently not. 

In the past dozen years I’ve enjoyed watching Kim work in a myriad of community roles, both public and private.  It didn’t take long to appreciate how smart and dedicated she was, in addition to all that grace.  I’ve also had the pleasure of working with her on the Vail Economic Advisory Council for a good part of the last decade.  In that role (and others), she’s always demonstrated one of her great strengths … pragmatism.  I have long valued that skill as highly as any other.  Kim truly understands that you can be right about something all day long, but if you’re not effective it doesn’t do anybody any good.  There are SO many circumstances that come up every day in the hospitality business where understanding, compromise and pragmatic decisions are the key to success.

I love the fact that Kim has that “big picture” view.  That’s just one of the reasons I was so stoked when Magda convinced her to come be the Assistant GM.  Combined with Magda’s similar talents, the Antlers is in REALLY good hands going forward.

Rob

Freshly Ground Coffee & the Vail Veterans Program

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The Vail Veteran’s Program invites military injured and their families to participate in various outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

The Vail Veterans Program is a non-profit organization who’s mission is  to empower military injured and their families through innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives. Since 2004, their programs have provided adventurous and engaging mountain experiences to wounded warriors and their families. Thanks to donors, volunteers, and the Vail community Vail Veterans Programs are provided to military injured and their families entirely free of charge.

At the Antlers, we are now providing Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Whole Bean Patriotic Blend in each of our condos. When you arrive at your condo, you’ll find a jar of coffee beans and a coffee grinder on the kitchen counter to grind fresh and brew in your coffee pot. It is our pleasure to provide the coffee to you complimentary, and we hope you’ll enjoy your morning cup a little more knowing that all of the profits gathered by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company for their Patriotic Blend will go to supporting the Vail Veterans Program. 

We’re pleased to support this incredible local charity and we hope you are too. If you love the taste of this rich coffee blend, and would like to continue supporting the Vail Veterans Program after your stay at the Antlers, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Patriotic Blend is also available for purchase on their website.