Soon To Be Platinum Rated

Dr. Brooks Newbill, owner of unit 109 at the Antlers, committed to a major renovation this past spring and the results are in….. Stunning!

The 680 square foot condominium was completely “gutted” in order to launch the project.  All existing walls and popcorn ceiling texture were removed.  The original kitchen, bathroom, fireplace and all flooring were taken to a final resting place.  The majority of furniture was donated and all older appliances were properly recycled.

These few photos are only a glimpse of the final result.

With no walls left, new walls needed to be raised.

With no walls left, new walls needed to be raised.

This is eventually the kitchen with a new window.

This is eventually the kitchen with a new window.

After a little more than four months, the condominium is back in the rental pool and ready to be enjoyed.

The sliding glass door from the living/dinning area, overlooks the pool and Gore Creek.

The sliding glass door from the living/dinning area, overlook the pool and Gore Creek.

A new fireplace, entertainment center with additional storage space.

A new fireplace and entertainment center with additional storage space.

The kitchen includes granite counter tops with stainless steel appliance and heated tile floors.

The kitchen includes granite counter tops with stainless steel appliances and heated tile floors.

A king bed in the master.

A king bed in the master

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A wardrobe with plenty of space.

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A double vanity, walk-in shower and heated tile floors complement the master suite.

It also needs to be mentioned that the furniture and all the amenities to complement are of the highest standard.  The electronics and appliances are the most current available and Dr. Newbill elected to install LED lighting throughout the unit.

Congratulations Brooks Newbill, your home away from home is truly outstanding.

Another Moose Takes Refuge

Anyone that walked into our Lobby last Sunday did a double take at the sight of a very large Blue Moose standing near the fireplace.

This one did not wander unwittingly into our lobby, but rather, was intentionally dropped off under the cover of darkness. Our neighbors in Lionshead made quite the effort to wheel the 250 pound sculpture over on Saturday night from the Blue Moose Pizzeria.

The sign around its neck read “I hear you accept pets and this is a great place to stay”.

This visit didn’t get as much coverage from the press as the last one.

Dan Cullen, Front Desk Agent extraordinaire, catches up on the Sunday local news

Dan Curtin, Front Desk Agent extraordinaire, catches up on the Sunday local news

Antlers Lobby Serves as Brief Refuge for Baby Moose

There is never a dull moment at the Antlers at Vail hotel! A baby moose sought a brief refuge in our lobby yesterday morning. We are hoping it safely finds its way back to mamma.

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife website has resources for how to act when encountering wildlife and specific information on Moose in Colorado.

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A sweet little baby moose sought a brief refuge in the Antlers at Vail hotel lobby yesterday morning.

Cliffs, Creeks and Cameras at the Antlers

Emmy-award winning filmmaker, aspiring cinematographers to showcase work at Antlers at Vail hotel

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Emmy award-winning filmmaker Michael Brown will showcase a spectacle of outdoor adventure films made by the Outdoor Adventure Film School Students.

The Antlers at Vail main conference room will feature kayakers cascading over waterfalls, climbers with spider-like fingertip strength, runners grinding in effort and even dogs diving for thrown buoys. On June 10, 2014 at 6 p.m. the Antlers at Vail hotel will host a presentation by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Michael Brown who will showcase a festival of outdoor adventure films made by the Outdoor Adventure Film School students over the course of the Mountain Games.

Renowned outdoor cinematographer Michael Brown is a pioneer of telling the story of adventure, and has earned more than 30 international film festival awards and three Emmys.

The Vail Symposium has partnered with the Outside Adventure Film School bringing Brown as a guest speaker to the annual debuting of short adventure films made by aspiring filmmaker students over the course of the Mountain Games.

“This event has always been a huge hit in the past with just the students showing their short work,” says Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s Executive Director. “This year we are coming on board and bringing Michael Brown – a veteran of the industry – who can speak to the audience and the students about his illustrious career.”

Brown will share clips from his videos and speak about the struggle, character, commitment and dangers of creating these mystifying videos. As a part of the Symposium’s Unlimited Adventure series, the Town of Vail Public Library has sponsored the program.

Students from the Outside Adventure Film School, over the course of the Mountain Games, are tasked with creating a video that tells the story of the games. They only have days to find the story, film it and then edit it into a three to six-minute segment. The students will showcase their films, telling the trials and tribulations they faced in the short time they had to put the films together following Brown’s lecture. If you are interested in participating in the film school there are still spots left for locals at a discounted rate.

“This event is unique for the outdoor enthusiast or the film fanatic,” said Flower. “In a few years, these students will be the ones trekking into the backcountry and bringing home awe-inspiring stories.”

If you go…

Who: Michael Brown and the Outdoor Adventure Film School
What: Screening Adrenaline I Lecture and Short Film Presentation
When: June 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Antlers at Vail
How Much: Free | $10 Suggested Donation

Annapurna, the Antlers Puma

Our friend and fellow Vail Symposium board member, Jay Huffard, recently sold his house in Minturn.  Perched outside was a bronze mountain lion originally sculpted by Edith Huffard, Jay’s mother! Rather than leave the sculpture there, Jay would like to sell it and donate the proceeds 50/50 to the Symposium and the Minturn Community Fund.  You gotta love that!

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Since it wasn’t going to get much attention in a remote neighborhood of Minturn, the Antlers agreed to host this puma on our property, overlooking Gore Creek and the bike bath.  We named her Annapurna, after the mountain in Nepal.

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While she may only be ours temporarily, we’re secretly hoping that someone will make a $6,000 donation and leave her here permanently … or at least indefinitely.  Either way, Anna is one of a limited edition of ten, and others have sold for more than $12,000.

We’re also wondering if she’ll keep away the deer and other wildlife that seem to frequent our back yard.

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Featured Antlers at Vail Residence

One of the joys of staying at the Antlers at Vail is that the condominiums are true vacation homes. Each homeowner has put forth the effort to make their condo a comfortable home for guests to enjoy. In the second installment of this new blog series we feature the homeowner of a 1-bedroom Antlers at Vail residence, and let them tell you a little about what it is they love about the Antlers.

Antlers at Vail 1-Bedroom Residence

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Antlers at Vail studio condo prior to remodel and conversion to 1-bedroom with bunks

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Antlers at Vail 1-bedroom residence with bunks after upgrades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim & Diana have owned a home at the Antlers at Vail since 1992. In 2010 the family took the opportunity to purchase the condominium next to theirs when it became available. It was a studio condominium in need of significant upgrades. After much deliberation Jim & Diana committed to a complete renovation that included moving walls to convert the studio into a 1-bedroom condominium with bunk beds. The kitchen was redesigned to move the sink and dishwasher to create a more user-friendly configuration. An old pot-belly fireplace made way for a new modern fireplace. New electrical and lighting was installed throughout. And, high end finishes included travertine tile for floors and the bathroom, granite for the countertops and stainless steel appliances. Their investment produced a luxurious vacation home for Antlers at Vail guests to enjoy, and raised the home rating from a silver to platinum level.

Owner Q & A

What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?
Originally the beauty of Vail and variety of skiing attracted us to the Vail area. We have skied the East Coast, the Pyrenees and Alps, but nothing compares to Vail; Nothing is even close.  And, of course, the proximity of the Antlers to the slopes is extremely ideal. We love the ambiance of the village.

What is special about your Antlers vacation homes?
Our entire family has enjoyed many vacations to our Vail home. Over the years our children developed friendships with Antlers staff members, and we look forward to our grandchildren doing the same. The excellent management, employees and service at the Antlers are what make our visits to Vail special. Diana continues to show our appreciation by delighting the Antlers with her famous authentic Greek Baklava every holiday season.

To see more photos of the completed remodel of Antlers at Vail residence 402 click any of the thumbnails below.

A.t.A.Turns….Progress

Some interesting and telling pictures taken through the week that I would like to share.  The focus this past week has not been on any one thing in particular, but rather everyone staying ahead of everyone else. Contractors are following each other from unit to unit and everything remains on schedule.  The coordination to this point has been flawless.

Windows and sliding glass patio doors were certainly part of the weeks activities.

Tom and Ryan hoist the new patio slider to unit 302

Tom and Ryan hoist the new patio slider to unit 302

 

The slider is dropped in and installed.

The slider is dropped in and installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guys are waiting above.

The guys are waiting above.

Unit 504 is a bit more of a challenge.

Unit 504 is a bit more of a challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All condo's getting new windows and doors (302,309,403 & 504) were complete before the snow came the following day.

All condo’s getting new windows and doors (302,309,403 & 504) were complete before the snow came the following day.

 

It's dropped on the balcony.

It’s dropped on the balcony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on Unit 414……….

Porcelain tile is then meticulously installed.

Porcelain tile is then meticulously installed.

Anti-fracture membrane is laid before the ceramic tile floors

Anti-fracture membrane is glued to the cement floors before finish product.

Unit 109……

New framed walls are nearly complete

New framing for walls is nearly complete.

  

A completely new floor plan

A completely new floor plan from the original studio.

 

          


 

 

 

 

Unit 406….

New tile in the bathroom is nearly complete.

New tile in the bathroom only needs grout…

 

 

....and the fireplace rock is nearly completed

….and the fireplace rock is nearly completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 309…..

New fireplace before...

New fireplace is framed in (notice the installed patio door).

....and the finish rock is in place (notice the new patio door).

….and the finish rock is in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exterior Repairs….

New doors and windows results in stucco repairs

New doors and windows results in stucco repairs

Day two of repairs.

Day two of repairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The progress is becoming more evident every day.  Stay tuned for another update next week.

Greg

As the Antlers Turn….Pictures Tell Stories

It’s fast and furious around here, the remodels are moving ahead as planned, and on schedule.  We have evolved from furniture storage and demolition to welcoming various crews to to get started on abatement, painting, plumbing, electrical, fireplace installation and tile work.  Here are a few picks that show some of the progress.

Unit 502 is "under the tent" for abatement

Unit 502 is “under the tent” for abatement

Three days later, all the "popcorn" is gone

Three days later, all the “popcorn” is gone

After abatement, walls and ceilings are textured before painted.

After abatement, walls and ceilings are textured before being painted in unit 211.

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211 bedroom

The texture guys move to unit 410 next.

Unit 410 abatement is complete and the texture guys move there next.

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Unit 406 had the older style fireplace

Unit 406 new fireplace installed

Unit 406 now has a newer style fireplace installed

Unit 406 old bathroom

Unit 406 had an old bathroom.

The plumbing has begun in Unit 406 new bathroom

Unit 406 will soon have a new bathroom as the plumbers have moved in.

 

The electricians have begun in unit 309

The electricians have begun in unit 309

 

New fans and lights have been installed in 414 bathroom

New fans and lights have been installed in the bathroom of unit 414.

And Bobby "the tile guy" has started on the shower tile.

And Bobby “the tile guy” has started on the shower tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new fireplace has been installed in 109

The new fireplace has been installed in 109

And the new walls are going up

And the new walls are going up

 

Stand it up and screw it in place

Stand it up and screw it in place

As mentioned, we are right on schedule.  More updates coming.

(An aside….It’s not all a construction zone in the Valley.  Spring has sprung and the Sun is shining, while the Aspens are budding, the Evergreens are pollinating, the Flowers popping, Fish are jumping and the Bears are yawning.  All the while the Joggers are jogging, the Bikers are biking and the Golfers are golfing.  This is a glorious time of year.)          Greg

Oh, and the moose are lumbering.  This was taken just outside Darci's front door on Tuesday.  She was late for work.

Oh, and the moose are lumbering. This was taken just outside Darci’s front door on Tuesday. She was late for work.

 

Vail Insider: May is for Charity Golf Tournaments

At first glance it may seem that not much is going on in Vail this month, but dig a little deeper and you will find that is not the case. May is full of fun events here in Vail. Last week the 2014 Vail Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series kicked off. And, between the school year wrapping up and Vail golf courses opening, May is the month to have fun and play charity golf tournaments to benefit local children.

This weekend (May 3) sees the return of the 2nd Annual Vail Derby Party! Sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon, and hosted by The Sebastian Vail, this is guaranteed to be a good time and proceeds benefit Children’s Garden of Learning.

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May features many charity golf tournaments in Vail.

I am aware of five charity golf tournaments in May but would not be surprised if there are many more that I don’t know about.

May 17 the Eagle Vail Golf Club hosts its first Community Golf Tournament! Sponsored by the POA, the 10-hole tournament will have a shotgun start at 4pm followed by dinner, drinks and prizes, and is the best value around.

May 22 Eagle County Charter Academy will hold its 14th annual golf tournament at Sonnenalp Golf Club. This fun tournament has been voted as the best golf tournament in the Vail Valley.

May 23 Stone Creek Charter holds their golf tournament at the spectacular Red Sky Ranch Golf Club.

May 26 the Beaver Creek Resort Company holds a golf tournament concluding Blues Brews & BBQs, which will benefit MS Can Do.

May 30 is the Eagle Chamber Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament. Proceeds will go towards scholarships.

Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games. The Antlers is once again the pet-friendly hotel of the games.

Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games. The Antlers is once again the pet-friendly hotel of the games.

Of course, the end of May sees the return of the iconic events for which Vail is known. Feast Vail and Blues Brews & BBQs both bring the valley back to life Memorial Day weekend with their jam-packed schedules of culinary events and entertainment. And then, June starts off with a bang with the GoPro Mountain Games, of which the Antlers at Vail hotel is proud to once again be a sponsor hotel.

 

As the Antlers Turn…Not Quite a Remodel…Ulmschneider Blazes LED Trail

Mark Ulmschneider, owner of Unit 517 at the Antlers, must have been reading my mind.

After converting the majority of lighting in the common areas of the Antlers to the newer, more efficient and long lasting LED lighting, it’s now time to consider the same for our individual condominiums.  I thought it best to start replacing the halogen type bulbs first because availability is quickly becoming non-existent.

I did a walk through of all the units and counted only the halogen-par type bulbs in each.  Some of the units have only 3 recessed in the kitchen and others have over 40 throughout the condominium.  Total for all the building is over 950.

That’s a lot of light bulbs and remember, it does not include the standard incandescent bulbs in the lamps and chandeliers (let’s throw another 1,000 in when those are counted).

Having a discussion with Mark this past winter about the replacement and conversion of all lighting over time, he said “Why don’t you just go ahead and do my whole place.  It’s all got to be done eventually anyway, doesn’t it?”

So that I did.  Twenty-six LED’s were swapped out at a cost of $565.

I must say that the quality of the light is nearly identical to the original and one would be hard pressed to notice any difference.

I talked with Mark the other day and explained that although LED lights use less energy, the savings on his monthly utility bill would not be that significant.  But I do have every intention to track his Holy Cross bills in the future and find out just how much he actually does save over time.

Important as any energy savings are, just as important is the impression the Antlers leaves on future guests.  More emphasis is put on green initiatives in our industry these days and staying abreast with these changes is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

Also, this conversion is guaranteed against failure for at least 5 years and replacing burned out light bulbs dozens of times every year is now a task in the past (at least in unit 517).

Cathedral kitchen and bar lights are all on dimmer switches

Cathedral kitchen and bar lights are all on dimmer switches

 

 

 

Seventy-five watt equivalents use only 15 watts after the exchange

Seventy-five watt equivalents use only 15 watts after the exchange

The chandelier lights are flame type and also on a dimmer

The chandelier lights are flame type and also on a dimmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Mark for moving forward on this.

Now we need to come up with a plan to replace the other 939 lights and a 1,000 more after that.  (Actually, we are putting some thought into this and we’ll be asking for your feed back soon.)

Greg