As the Antlers Turn……Things are really coming apart

April 16th, 2014

In a manner of speaking of course.  It’s as if there’s a quiet tornado being directed through designated units at the Antlers.  You see everything in its place one day, turn around, and it’s gone.

As the ski season winds down (and oh by the way, it’s been a great month) nearly all the condominiums with major improvements scheduled have taken on a different look.

Pete, the mastermind behind the madness, has focused on removing furniture and all the nick-knacks from the units.  “We want to make sure all the owners belongings are safe and properly stored before actual construction begins” he told me.

You’ll notice in the photo’s that some demolition has begun but the “loud stuff” will wait until after the Mountain closes.  ” We’re being considerate of the guests we have in house.  We can pull carpet and disassemble cabinets without too much noise, but hammering tile and taking down walls is part of the schedule that can wait until Vail Mountain is closed.”

These guys have been busy as depicted below:

Unit 302 will be getting new carpet...

Unit 302 will be getting new carpet…

...and the replacement of a 20 year old fireplace

…and the replacement of a 20 year old fireplace….

....and new windows and doors, and ceiling encapsulation and a new bathroom.

….and new windows and doors, and ceiling encapsulation and a new bathroom. WOW

We hope unit 402 is scheduled for a new kitchen.

We hope unit 402 is scheduled for a new kitchen….

While we're at it, new windows and doors.

….while we’re at it, install some new windows and doors.

The guys get rid of the furniture in 414...

The guys remove the furniture in 414…

....and Ramone sweeps up the evidence.

….and Ramone sweeps up the evidence.

309 will be getting some new carpet

Looks like 309 will be getting some new carpet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ceilings in 410 are scheduled to be abated.  The furniture will be in the way....

The ceilings in 410 are scheduled to be abated and the furniture will be in the way….

....and please replace the carpet when your done.

….and please replace the carpet when your done.

Where is all this stuff going for the time being?

Completely safe and organized in the lower parking structure.

Completely safe and organized in the lower parking structure.

....snug as a bug in a basement.

….snug as a bug in a basement.

Things are about to get a little more intense in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

Greg

 

 

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2014 Vail Golf Course Openings

April 8th, 2014

The Vail area boasts a large variety of golf courses set amidst the natural beauty of majestic peaks. Many of these Vail golf courses were designed by greats such as Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and equal Vail’s world-class skiing.

The 2014 golf season in Vail has begun! We are in the window of time here in our happy valley where you can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. So far Gypsum Creek and Eagle Ranch have opened, with Sonnenalp to follow this weekend. Following is a list of 2014 Vail golf course opening dates. Our front desk is always happy to help you make a tee time. Happy golfing!

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Vail Golf Club opens early May. Photo courtesy Vail Rec District.

2014 Vail Golf Course Openings

Beaver Creek Golf Club Opens May 9, 2014

Eagle Ranch Golf Club is Now Open

Eagle Vail Golf Club Opens Early May

Gypsum Creek Golf Club is Now Open

Red Sky Ranch Golf Club Opens May 9, 2014

The Club at Cordillera Opens the Valley Course April 2014

Sonnenalp Golf Club Opens April 12, 2014

The Vail Golf Club Opens Early May 2014

 

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The Vail Insider: Spring is Upon Us

April 5th, 2014

The Antlers at Vail hotel’s new monthly column on upcoming events and activities

As a longtime local, I love spring in Vail!

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What kid wouldn’t want to play in spring mud?

Once upon a time April marked the start of “mud season” in Vail. Us local marketers and PR professionals soon banned that term. Now we refer to this season as “shoulder season,” or just spring. But I really kind of like the term “mud season” because it tells me that the sun is out and that we are enjoying warmer temperatures. It is the time when we really have the best of two seasons. Yes, you can find some mud, but so what. My kids love to play in it, and the smiles on their faces are so worth the mess. There are many other special things about this time of year.

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Golf courses start opening in the Vail area in April. Gypsum Creek is already open, Eagle Ranch opened this morning and Sonnenalp opens next weekend.

This spring in Vail, ski season is still in full swing and you can enjoy a ski break on a deck where you may even be able to get a tan and soak up some vitamin D. The Vail golf courses open. If you are an avid sportsperson and like to both ski and golf then this is the perfect season for you. How many other places in the world and times of the year can you brag that you skied in the morning and played golf in the afternoon?

The marketing entities in Vail have worked hard to attract visitors during this post Spring Break time of the year, but it is really the locals who reap the benefits. The town is buzzing with back-to-back and overlapping fun events. Wednesday was the kick off of Taste of Vail with a fun new event featuring great food and more refreshing rosé wines than you could possibly taste in one afternoon. Saturday the event culminates with the Grand Tasting. Pink Vail, the world’s largest ski day to conquer cancer, is today and we are already seeing lots of pink here at the hotel. The largest end of season celebration in the Rocky Mountains, Spring Back to Vail kicks off April 11. It also has something for everyone, from concerts to the always entertaining World Pond Skimming Championships. And, though they haven’t announced it yet, Vail Recreation District usually puts on a really fun Easter Egg hunt in Lionshead for the kids.

Every Wednesday from 4-5 pm one of our favorite restaurants, La Tour, is offering $12 French wine tasting perfectly paired with French lessons. This will continue through shoulder season though rumor has it that this may change to French Bingo. But regardless it is sure to be a fun outing.

Spring in Vail is also a paradise for bargain shoppers. Hotels offer great lodging deals. Restaurants offer fantastic dining deals. Retails stores have epic sales.

Oh, and did I mention that the lift lines dissipate? Everything is a little quieter. You can get best table in your choice of restaurant, and you don’t have to wait for anything. And best of all everyone is relaxed and happy.

OlafI’d liken spring in Vail to summer in Arendelle. The best of two seasons, especially if you happen to be Olaf. Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch, but there are those days when it feels like it.

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As the Antlers Turn…..and the hammer comes down

April 3rd, 2014

As I mentioned just a couple of days ago, Springtime in the Rockies is the start of some new construction projects around the Antlers.

I was sure to take some pictures on Monday of the condominiums in line for improvements.  The idea being we could show a little “before and after” as things progress.  Well, things have started to progress as shown below.  There must be a little destruction before anything can be rebuilt.  Unit 109 has taken on a new, temporary look.

Ready for a Check-in on Monday

Ready for a Check-in on Monday

 

Gone on Wednesday

Gone on Wednesday

Cook dinner on Monday night

Cook dinner on Monday night

Sure hope the dishwasher was emptied by Wednesday

Sure hope the dishwasher was emptied by Wednesday

Lets get cozy by the fireplace on Monday

Lets get cozy by the fireplace on Monday

We're going to need a lawn chair on Wednesday

We’re going to need a lawn chair on Wednesday

We need to blame Pete on this mess

We need to blame this mess on Pete

...and Dave

…and Dave along with his trusty side-kick Roberto

I asked Pete what the next stop was on his “train for demolition”.  He winked and with a wry smile said “I look forward to visiting 309″.

I walked upstairs and low and behold, the housekeepers have made their preparations.

They pack up the linens and dishware before the indoor tornado hits

They pack up the linens and dishware before the indoor tornado hits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More up-dates coming………….

Greg

 

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As the Antlers Turn: April Showers Bring…

April 1st, 2014

….unit improvement projects to the Antlers.

Tom and Pete in our Engineering Department have quietly been preparing to “bring the hammer down”.  I refer to the upgrades that are scheduled for several units at the Antlers this spring.

Since the Unit Quality Improvement plan was put in place last December (Nothing But Platinum Rated Condo’s” 12/27/13 blog- Rob) many of our owners have participated in some form or another.  Be it a new dinning table, a piece of art or a new king mattress, everyone seems to understand the concept of “keeping up with the neighborhood”.

Several owners have committed to major improvements this spring and that’s why Tom and Pete have been busy all winter putting more than a few ducks in a row.

To be more precise, there are 11 of these major projects beginning in April (the most ever taken on at one time) and the logistics and timing involved in an undertaking like this cannot be taken lightly.  Everything and everybody needs to be where they are suppose to be on any given day.  Demolition, materials, delivery, contractors and all the scheduling must be in place.  There is not much margin for error when the final inspection is on May 25th and a guest is checking in on June 1st.

New by June.

Over $500,000 will be invested into these 11 condominiums in the next few months.  The improvements include everything from new bathrooms and kitchens to carpet and heated ceramic tile floors.  Fireplaces along with windows, sliding glass doors, new interior doors and trim and stainless steel appliance upgrades are just a few things that will be new by June.

Why.

Ask any one of these owners why they are making the changes now and the overwhelming consensus is about unit quality.  Whether it’s done in steps or a complete demolition and remodel, the majority of Antlers owners agree that our guests have expectations that must be met if we are to remain competitive and even a level above the competition.  Again demonstrating the Antlers, its Owners and Staff remain committed to guest satisfaction.

Moving Forward

Our thanks to the owners who have committed to these improvements and I look forward to posting progress and photos of the the following condominiums as April showers begin:  Brooks Newbills 109, Marie Millman & sisters 211, Bob & Susie Abramsom 302, Stephen & Nancy Snyder 309, Frank & Flavia Bencina 403, Scott Brinkman 406, Edwina Daley 410, Steve & Jamie Hersee 411, Joe & Marie Forish 414, John & Nancy Scott 502 and David & Ulrike Martin 504.

Stay tuned.

Greg

 

 

 

One Response to “As the Antlers Turn: April Showers Bring…”

  1. BaconGirl says:

    Very exciting news! I can’t wait to check out the new, improved condos.

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Antlers Achieves TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Status

March 27th, 2014

The Antlers team has always been environmentally conscious and we are quite proud of our longstanding leadership as a green hotel. We feel privileged to call this special valley our home, and our entire team appreciates the important role we play in reducing waste and pollution, and in leading conservation efforts. So, we are very excited to announce that we have been accepted as a Silver level GreenLeader into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program – one of only two Vail lodgings to achieve the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders status. The program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. In addition to its TripAdvisor honor, the Antlers also was one of the first Vail hotels to earn Actively Green 2015 status as designated by Sustainable Travel International.TripAdvisor Greenleaders

While the recent green news isn’t a first for the Antlers, which was named Vail Valley Partnership Green Business of the Year several years ago, the new honors are meaningful for the hotel “because they acknowledge our continuing attention to environmentally-friendly efforts,” says General Manager Rob LeVine. “Our whole team enjoys brainstorming additional ways to save energy and reduce our impact on the planet, and we continue to implement ideas as they’re suggested. We also have been active in supporting the Vail community’s emphasis on going green – including acting as a sponsor of the Town of Vail’s portable solar VoltsWagon.”

From being a Vail Valley leader in converting wood-burning fireplaces to gas more than 20 years ago to installing an environmentally friendly laundry that’s one of the greenest in the area to smaller efforts like using refillable amenities containers in all of its suites, the Antlers has made green practices a regular part of doing business for decades. Additional eco-friendly initiatives include a highway cleanup day that guests can help with for a free overnight stay, free bus passes for employees, hotel-wide recycling, purchasing supplies with recyclable content, new smart landscape sprinkler timers with moisture sensors, investment in solar panels and wind power, participation in the Town of Vail’s Sole Power program and much more. For information about the Antlers at Vail’s many green practices, visit the Green Efforts page on the Antlers website.

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The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. “TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” says Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. Travelers can search for accommodations with GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices. For more information on the program, visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

Actively Green 2015

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, Actively green, Vail hotelActively Green 2015 is a community-driven collaboration with a goal of certifying at least 100 businesses across the Vail Valley for sustainability best practices by the February 2014 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. The program offers education, support and resources to Vail Valley business toward achieving certification as designated by globally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Travel International (STI).

 

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  1. Bob Vanourek says:

    Hearty congrats to Rob Levine and the entire Antlers’ staff.

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April Taste of Vail and Pink Vail Lodging Deals

March 17th, 2014
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To make sure that an epic ski season comes to a spectacular end, we are offering April Vail lodging deals. This ski season Mother Nature has graced Vail with lots of fluffy powder. And, now spring has brought beautiful blue bird days which makes us really excited for all that is still to come.

April Vail Lodging Deals Starting at $199

Vail will be thinking pink in early April with a new rosé tasting event as opener for the iconic Taste of Vail food and wine festival, April 2-5, plus more than 1,000 pink-clad skiers taking to the slopes to fight cancer as part of the third annual Pink Vail ski fundraiser, April 4 and 5. Helping travel budgets stay in the pink as well, Antlers at Vail hotel is offering a roomy studio or one-bedroom suite for $199/night for participants in either event. And Pink Vail skiers receive an additional opportunity to lower their room rate by doing good with extra Antlers discounts based on how much moolah they raise for Pink Vail beneficiary Shaw Regional Cancer Center. In addition to its new Debut of Rosé, providing one of the first opportunities of the year to taste the 2013 rosés just being released, events at this year’s Taste of Vail will include the annual spring lamb cook off, a gourmet tasting picnic atop Vail Mountain, and the Saturday Grand Tasting auction as well as seminars on topics ranging from cigars to olive oil. For tickets and a full schedule of events, visit www.tasteofvail.com.

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Special Pink Vail lodging rates April 4-5, 2014

Also happening the first weekend of April, Pink Vail – billed as “the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer” – will have as many as 2,000 participants registering at www.pinkvail.com to ski individually or join a team and gather donations. The event also includes on-mountain deck parties, live music, and the Celebration Ski-Down tribute ski. Antlers at Vail is an official hotel of Pink Vail, and will donate $5 per room night to Pink Vail in addition to its room rate deals for participants.

Also, April sees the return of the Vail Film Festival and a local favorite, Spring back to Vail.

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It’s a Big World … Not

March 13th, 2014

So we’re giving a site tour to four lovely wedding consultants from A Touch of Bliss in Denver.  We had just come out of #420, one of our largest, most beautiful four bedroom-condos.  We’re walking down the hallway to show them #311, a super nice one-bedroom, overlooking the swimming pool.  Just making conversation, one of the young women, Zoie, asks me, “Are you from Colorado?”

“As a matter of fact I am.” I reply, “I grew up in Littleton.”

“Really?” says Aimee Thomas, another one of these very charming wedding planners, “Where in Littleton?”

“Oh, way down south, almost to the Ken Caryl area”

“No kidding? My mother’s house is in that area.”

I ask where.  She tells me it’s close to Platte Canyon Road. I tell her that we lived near Coal Mine and Platte Canyon.  She acts a little surprised and I say, “It’s a little community called Normandy Estates.  You’ve probably never heard of it.”

The look on Aimee’s face goes from surprised to incredulous.  “Heard of it?  We live in Normandy Estates.”

“NO WAY!” I say, “What street?”

“Ontario”

Gulp.  “Circle or Way?”

“Circle”

“OMG”  At this point I’m starting to shake a little. Ontario Circle is a cul-de-sac and only has about eight or ten houses.  I tell that to the others and they’re all pretty much in disbelief as well.

“6755” I say.

Aimee turns a little pale.  “6755 W. Ontario Circle?”

“Are you kidding me? No way.”

(queue the eery music)

“That’s my house.” she says.

I tell her that we lived there from 1960 to 1972 … moved out 42 years ago.  She tells me the carpet’s been changed.

Yikes Stripes.  Beechnut gum.

Aimee Thomas c

Aimee and Rob, same house, 42 years apart

5 Responses to “It’s a Big World … Not”

  1. Susan Byers Brozovich says:

    Wild. The world is so small. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lavelle Carlson says:

    Great story!

  3. Carol McMinn Piburn says:

    Amazing!

  4. warren zeller says:

    I too lived on Ontario Circle across the street from Rob LeVine. Rob taught me how to ski the trees at Mary Jane before it was officially opened as part of Winter Park.

  5. Jo-Anne Scott says:

    What a great story. Kind of freaky but amazing!!

Win a two-night getaway to Vail

March 7th, 2014

Win a two-night getaway to the Antlers at Vail

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We’ve just announced our biggest social media contest yet! For your chance to win a two-night getaway to Vail “like” the Antlers at Vail’s Facebook page and then share your favorite ski, snowboard or mountain resort story or picture (or both) as a post on the Antlers at Vail’s Facebook wall. The post with the most likes at 9 am mst on March 14 will win a 2-night stay in a 1-bedroom condo at the Antlers at Vail valid between March 23-June 15, subject to availability.

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  1. MartyHecker says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to Rob and Evelyn for providing a great place to stay and also for remembering and reminding me that I had a coupon for a free night. The Antlers staff called me every year FOR YEARS to remind me I had not yet used my free night. A great place and even greater people.

    BlueSkies!!!
    MartyHecker
    Denver, CO

We Love Our Vets

March 3rd, 2014

There is a little piece of human nature that can be disturbing.  It ranges from people pushing in line to the outright violence some display against each other.  We see it on the news every day.

It’s heartwarming to know there is a side of human nature that surely demonstrates the beauty that all of us have inside.  It can be the lone stranger helping an individual on the street or the neighbors in a tornado stricken town coming together for each other.

For 10 years The Vail Veterans Program has been in place and it demonstrates how our community comes together.  In that time, over a 1,000 severely wounded warriors and their families have come to Vail Mountain to ski and snowboard.

Most everything is complimentary for these special guests.  It ranges from breakfast, lunch and dinner from some of the finest restaurants in the Valley to a place to call home at some of the world class accommodations located here (the Antlers of course embraces the concept and is eager to contribute).

The program runs for  3 days and embraces these heroes in January and March.  Although these are peak revenue times for our mountain resort, businesses prioritize and donate their time and services while they are here.  It is heartfelt and a small concession in comparison to their sacrifice for us.

The specialized equipment required is all donated and and there is actually a waiting list of volunteers and instructors needed to assist the Vets and their families.

Scott Giffin is one of those volunteers and sums up why he wants to help, “They’re amazing.  They have such a tremendous attitude.  They’re already used to working hard and they’ve been through some tough times….they’ve gotten up from much worse than falling on skis or snowboards.”

Columnist Randy Wyrick of the Vail Daily noted in his coverage ….”the warriors ski, they snowboard, they laugh, they live…..”

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Wounded Warrior Tom McRae (Vail Daily)

 

 

 

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Wounded Warrior Ivan Morera (Vail Daily)

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Wounded Warrior Kevin Howey (Vail Daily)

The January program is behind us and we look forward to March when at least one family will be staying with us for a complimentary five night stay.  We are just a very small piece of the community wide effort that is the Vail Veterans Program. We thank them for their service and their infectious spirit.

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