Vail Summer On Its Way

Rain Showers and Bright Flowers

Wildflower abound during the Vail Summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them -- biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

Wildflowers abound during the Vail summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them — biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

This has to have been one of the rainiest Mays that I can remember. I heard earlier this week that snowpack is now back to over 100%, a significant jump from where it was in April. While earlier this month we were feeling a little cheated out of our 300 days of sunshine, all of the moisture bodes really well for the summer. The plants are a brilliant green and flowers are blooming everywhere. I can’t wait to see what the wildflowers will be like very soon!

Drumroll… Epic Vail Summer Events

It is hard to believe that this weekend is already Memorial Day, but it is. Memorial Day is a great time to visit Vail. Lodging prices are still at a value level. Restaurants are still having specials and it isn’t too crowded. The big event Memorial Day weekend is the 12th annual Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQs. May 23-25, 2015 top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews at one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings.

The GoPro Mountain games kick off the spectacular season of Vail summer sports.

The GoPro Mountain games kick off the spectacular season of Vail summer sports.

Blues, Brews & BBQs may bill themselves as the unofficial start to summer but that honor should really be bestowed upon the GoPro Mountain Games. The GoPro Mountain Games (of which we are the pet-friendly lodging sponsor) are the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music which returns to Vail, June 4 – 7, 2015. Professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines. It is when summer sports kick into full gear. The rivers are running for water sports and the trails are open for biking, hiking and running.

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to again be the Vail lodging partner for the Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat.

June 18 – 21 the Antlers at Vail hotel is once again excited to host the second annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, an inclusive weekend of golf, yoga, wellness and relaxation that takes full advantage of the spectacular Rocky Mountain setting.

The Vail Farmers Market begins June 21. Summer-long performances at Bravo! Vail begin July 1, Vail Jazz June 28, Vail Bluegrass July 1.

Of course the Fourth of July weekend not only boasts the largest fireworks display in the Rocky Mountains, a pyrotechnic extravaganza of dazzling color and sound, but also a fantastic parade and many other family events.

Vail summer is sure to have something for everyone and in a spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. You may have heard the local saying, “I came for the winters but stayed because of the summers.” We hope to see you this summer and share the experience.

Featured Antlers at Vail Homeowners

Antlers at Vail homeowners, John & Nancy, enjoying their piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Antlers at Vail homeowners, John & Nancy, enjoying their piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Featured Antlers at Vail homeowners, John and Nancy purchased their 1-bedroom condominium at the Antlers at Vail a couple of years ago from an original owner. They immediately set about to make it their own with a complete remodel. John and Nancy reconfigured a 1-bedroom with a queen bed to a 1-bedroom a king bed and added an enclosed alcove area with bunk beds. They installed travertine tile both in the all new bathroom and also as kitchen flooring. They refaced kitchen cabinets with hickory, added stainless appliances and stack stone as the backsplash. They added wool carpet and knotty alder trim, doors and beams throughout. They hand selected leather furniture and one-of-a-kind light fixtures and art work to complement the newly platinum rated condominium. While John and Nancy don’t have the opportunity to it now as much as they did when they lived in Denver, they still make it their home a couple of times per year and many guests have that much more opportunity to enjoy their beautiful home at the Antlers at Vail.

The beautifully remodeled living and dining area of John and Nancy's Antlers vacation home overlooks Gore Creek.

The beautifully remodeled living and dining area of John and Nancy’s Antlers vacation home overlooks Gore Creek.

What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?

The Antlers at Vail is our piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.  Remember as a kid picking up interesting rocks from places you visit and proudly bringing them home?  The Antlers is our family’s Colorado rock – our piece of beautiful Colorado. We started staying at the Antlers when our kids were little. We still have a rock or two that the kids picked up along Gore Creek.  Our kids are grown, and we have all moved far away from Colorado, but we all come back and vacation together in our own home at The Antlers at Vail!

As a side note, we would add that the history of capable management at The Antlers at Vail was very, very important to us as we contemplated making this important purchase of Unit 204.  Each time we sadly depart our Antler’s home, we leave it in experienced, competent hands.

What is special about your Antlers vacation home?

After purchasing Unit 204, we collaborated with Tom (Antlers Chief Engineer) to create a space that was both elegant and comfortable for us. We wanted it to feel like the perfect mountain retreat.  The gorgeous views of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek provided the backdrop. Tom guided us through the remodeling process and made it easy!

The fun part was selecting artwork – we chose Colorado artists to offer us beautiful reminders of scenic mountain valleys that are just a short drive away.  Picking furniture was a “no brainer.” Comfort reins. The bed is a king – big and inviting.  Seating is comfy! I tell the kids, you can put your feet up on the coffee table – just use a coaster.

Pay It Backward Gratitude

The response to our Pay It Backward Weekend (see previous post) has been overwhelming.  Out of the 36 organizations we invited, we now expect 33 to attend.  Even better, their gratitude has made us happier than ever, that we decided to quit talking about doing this and just pull the trigger! Two of the people I spoke with even told me that when they awarded the stay to a member of their organization, that person started to cry.  Of course that prompted some commentary among ourselves that if the reaction to a stay at the Antlers was tears … what exactly does that mean?

No, no, no … these were tears of joy … honest.

This letter we received today is a great example of why we’re so pleased to be able to do this.  We think we’re the lucky ones!

Thank You Letter: Pay It Backward Gratitude

letter from the Center for Mental Health

Stay tuned for pictures and follow-up from the reception on Saturday.

Rob

Pay It Backward Weekend

The term “Pay It Forward” has come to mean doing something nice for someone in hopes that they’ll do something nice for someone else … a wonderful act of blind faith.

Logically then, “Pay It Backward” must refer to that circumstance when someone has already been so nice that they simply deserve a little reward.

With that in mind, we at the Antlers decided it was time to host a Pay It Backward weekend. In line with our constant desire to be a good corporate citizen, we identified three dozen wonderful non-profits and invited each of them to designate a person of their choice to spend two free nights in Vail, May 15 – 17 … no strings attached. It might be their Executive Director or a hard working board member. It might be their Volunteer of the Year. It could even be a recipient of their services, who they just think deserves a break today. Whoever they want … it’s totally their choice. Naturally, significant others and family members are welcome also. We simply want to take the opportunity to thank them for doing what they do, helping to make this world a little better place.

 

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The following organizations were picked somewhat randomly. We tried to find a good mix of social, environmental, humanitarian, health, military, children and animal related causes. The Antlers has a previous relationship with some of them and others we’ve just always admired. Naturally, there are a million others who would be equally deserving, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. Who knows, maybe we can grow this event in the future to include others as well.

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
American Heart Association
American Red Cross Mile High Chapter
Audubon Rockies
Bicycle Colorado
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Boys & Girls Clubs
Canine Companions for Independence
CAR Housing Opportunity Fund
Catholic Charities
The Center For Mental Health
Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado Fourteener Initiative
Colorado Water Trust
Crossroads Safehouse
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
Denver Dumb Friends League
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Easter Seals
Food Bank of the Rockies
Habitat for Humanity of Colorado
The Home Front Cares
Hospice of Northern Colorado
IDE – International Development Enterprises
Joshua Station
Mile High United Way
Mi Casa Resource Center
MaxFund
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group
Ronald McDonald House
Salvation Army of Colorado Springs
Sense of Security
Wounded Warrior Project
Women’s Foundation of Colorado
9 Health Fair

In addition to the free nights, the Antlers will host a reception on Saturday evening the 16th at 5:30. Similar to our weekly guest receptions in the winter, Chef Barry Robinson is guaranteed to wow everyone with his gourmet appetizers and the Antlers will provide the wine and refreshments. Again, no strings attached … people can come to mingle and network with all the other humanitarians, or they will be totally excused if they’re just too busy enjoying Vail and our surrounding mountains.

As of today, thirty organizations have RSVP’d and their appreciation has already made the endeavor enormously gratifying. We can’t wait until the actual event!

As always, the Antlers takes pride in remembering that life is short and there’s a lot more to business than just making money.

Not Just Another Site Tour

Under the heading of “Life’s Little Pleasantries”, Magdalena gave a site tour to Aimee Heckel on Sunday. By the way, Aimee is a very entertaining writer (aimeeheckel.com).  In this case, she was reviewing some Vail properties for Fodor’s.  Magda reported that it was a great site tour and also relayed an interesting comment from Aimee.  When she asked about our neighboring properties, Magda naturally responded 100% positively, even noting some of the strengths of each.  Aimee said that when she asked the folks at Sonnenalp about the Sebastian (where she was headed next, before us) they too had nothing but good things to say.  On her way from the Sebastian to the Antlers, she got the same feedback from them, about us.

Her observation was that she had never experienced quite so much respect and camaraderie between different properties, when on a travel writing assignment like this one. Hearing that made me quite proud of our community. No surprise … just a reaffirmation really, but I guess it’s evidence that when we sometimes call this place Happy Valley, we’re not always being facetious.

We neglected to get a picture of Aimee and Magdalena, but here’s Magda showing unit #518 on a recent (but different) site tour. Notice Asst. Executive Housekeeper Gladys Villeda on the right … who else sends their housekeepers on site tours? We do because we’re proud of that department! And yes … that’s an international travel agent proudly wearing his new antlers.

Rob

2015 Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’ in Vail

CPHCU-2015-event-posterAs you know, we consider our guests a part of our family and community. We wouldn’t have had the fantastic winter we had without you, and without the good favor of Mother Nature. As the sun graces us longer and longer each day, we are preparing for summer. It is time for us to give back to our guests and to this special land on which we are so lucky to live and play. In this spirit we’d like to invite you to be a part of our green team April 25 with Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’. You can help us pick up trash on the highway for a few hours Saturday morning (April 25), 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 $129 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 couple of 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.

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Join the Antlers for Trash Pickin’ & Picnicin’ April 25 and get a free night on us!

 

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 2015 statuses, in addition to the Vail Valley Success Awards 2009 Green Business of the Year.

Call us at 800-843-8245!

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Antlers Green Team a couple years ago – Poised for Pickin’

*Limited availability.

Women’s Golf, Yoga, Wellness and Relaxation at the Antlers

Vail Women's Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat

Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings.

It is almost always yoga season here at the Antlers with our twice weekly complimentary yoga classes for guests, and golf season is also now upon us too. Yoga, golf and the Antlers go together like three peas in a pod.

We are once again excited to host an inclusive weekend of golf, yoga, wellness and relaxation this summer put on by the Vail Golf Club and LINC Golf & Wellness. Slated for June 18-21, the second annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings while enjoying an unique learning environment with instructors, special guests and more.

Limited to 20 participants, golfers of all levels are welcome – including beginners – as are those who practice yoga at different levels, or not at all. Retreat costs are $1,099 for those registering by May 1 and $1,199 after May 1. The extended weekend includes:
•    Three-night stay at The Antlers at Vail in Lionshead
•    Two 18 hole rounds at the Vail Golf Club
•    Evening cocktail and dinner receptions
•    PGA & LPGA instruction, plus specialized on-course coaching
•    RYT certified instruction during daily yoga classes
•    Golf and yoga workshops
•    Lunch following golf on Friday and Saturday
•    Additional activities such as guided hikes on Vail Mountain and more

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for the 2nd annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat.

Passionate about living life to its fullest, LINC Golf & Wellness founder, Kathleen Heiney, who is a LPGA teaching professional, RYT certified yoga instructor and fitness expert, says she is excited to offer the return of the retreat this summer. “Last year’s event was such a great success and it was amazing watching the women connect and improve their game,” said Heiney. “Many of them continued to play throughout the summer. That’s what the event is all about – new relationships and lasting golfing friendships.”

Joining Heiney, Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Class A certified professional, Alice Plain will bring her insights and skills to the group. “We’re thrilled to offer the retreat for a second summer,” said Plain. “Vail is a beautiful setting and our participants will leave feeling refreshed, have a new love for the game of golf and yoga and a sense of accomplishment, all the while enjoying a wonderful weekend in the mountains.”

**Additionally, on Sunday, June 21, the Vail Golf Club will offer two for one golf for retreat participant’s significant others (or fathers for Father’s Day). An additional night at The Antlers at Vail will be offered at a discount.

For more information about the Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, or to register, contact Heiney at 303-380-7175, email kh@lincgolfandwellness.com, visit www.Lincgolfandwellness.com or www.vailgolfclub.net.

Pink Hat Auction for Pink Vail

In support of Pink Vail, the Antlers commissioned two Pink Vail Hats to be handmade and auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the fight against cancer.  On a personal note, the hats were made by my wife Evelyn, who got into felting last year!  I’ll have to do another blog post dedicated to some of her other wonderful creations.  For now though, let’s auction these hats and raise some money for a good cause.

You need to buy one of these hats.  With only these two items, we’re not up for a complex auction system.  No eBay for us.  We’ll do this the old fashioned way (if you can call email “old fashioned”).  Just send me an email (rob@antlersvail.com) with your bid and I’ll take it from there.  You can also call me at 970-790-5200.  Leave me a message with your bid and I’ll get it posted.  The auction closes on Tuesday,  the 24th at 5:00 PM.

                          Current high bids are:

$35 $50 for the True Pink             $50 $75 for the Dusty Rose

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Thanks,

Rob

Sun & Snow for Spring in Vail

Spring in Vail brings sun, a little warmer weather, iconic events and a little happiness, all in the snow.

Spring in Vail brings sun, a little warmer weather, iconic events and a little happiness, all in the snow.

Here in Vail we love the winter and we pray to Mother Nature asking her to send us lots and lots of fluffy powder. But when winter begins to turn to spring, the sun starts shining, things warm up just a bit and you notice the smiles brighten and everyone is just a little happier. Spring in Vail really is a fantastic time of year. Down valley the golf courses open up so you can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. On the mountain we slather on the sunscreen and put on spring ski wear, and then we hit the mountain decks for après in the sun. And, Vail’s iconic events gear back up.

The world’s biggest, pinkest ski party in the world, Pink Vail, returns to Vail March 21, 2015. This non-competitive, fun day of skiing is the largest fundraiser of the year for the local Shaw Cancer Center.

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The world’s largest day to conquer cancer, Pink Vail, returns March 21, 2015.

March 26 – 29 the Vail Film Festival brings world premieres, independent films, panel discussions, live music, nightly galas, and the filmmaker reception to Vail. 12th annual Festival will showcase 74 films from across the globe, including 25 feature-length narrative and documentary films and 49 other films, including shorts, animated and student films.

Easter weekend is April 3 – 5 and while there is not one large event there are many lower key activities scattered around town. A sunrise service is available on the mountain and the Vail Recreation District hosts an Easter egg hunt in Lionshead village for children.

The Taste of Vail mountaintop picnic is always a local favorite.

The Taste of Vail mountaintop picnic is always a local favorite.

April 8 – 11 the Taste of Vail once again showcases more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries. Last year the Debut of Rosé event was added to the lineup and was a fun and light start to the weekend. The mountaintop picnic is always very popular and the weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting. The Antlers at Vail hotel is now offering a special Taste of Vail package that includes 4 nights of accommodations and two Signature Taste of Vail Passes.

World Championship Pond Skimming in Vail, Colorado

An athlete competes in the World Pond Skimming Championships. He takes to the air in the hopes of making it across a freezing pond before sinking. Photo Credit: Tom Green, Courtesy Vail Resorts

Spring Back to Vail, the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains, April 17 – 19 is a local favorite. The highlight is the closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water as participants careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the World Pond Skimming Championships. The entire weekend is filled with serious fun under the sun, including not just the Pond Skimming Championships but free live concerts, base area giveaways and more!

There really is a something for everyone during spring in Vail. Foodies to families are sure to have a good time. What is your favorite part of spring in Vail?

 

Vail Spring Ski Now, Stay Later Deal

SpringFlowersBalmy temps and budding blossoms may be what usually pass for the gift of spring, but here at the Antlers, the upcoming months bring a different kind of gift – not only some of the best skiing of the season, but the opportunity to score a later Vail visit for just $129/night. Back by popular demand the Gift of Vail spring deal allows guests, for every night they stay at the Antlers this winter through April 11, 2015, to book a night between April 12 and June 1, 2015 for just $129. And they can use the great deal for their own spring skiing (Vail closes April 19 this year) or gift the nights to friends and family.

“We like to spread the fun,” says Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine, “so guests can come back at the special rate for their own spring trip, or pay forward the gift of Vail. How about a $129 night for a Mother’s or Father’s Day present for parents who don’t ski but would love a mountain getaway? Or as an end-of-school-year gift for your kid’s teacher or your favorite college graduate.”

But avid skiers might just want to use the deal themselves to double up on this year’s Vail snow. They can ski now and get the special rate for an additional late spring ski visit – maybe to enjoy the Spring Back to Vail closing festivities scheduled for April 17 – 19, 2015. From the famous costumed pond skimming competition to free live concerts and base area giveaways, Vail Mountain Resort’s Spring Back festivities are billed as the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rockies.

The Antlers at Vail Gift of Vail spring deal applies to Antlers stays through April 11, 2015, for booking $129 nights April 12 – June 1, 2015. Some restrictions may apply.