Annapurna, the Antlers Puma

May 26th, 2014

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

May 20th, 2014

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

before remodel

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.

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A.t.A.Turns….Progress

May 15th, 2014

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

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As the Antlers Turn….Pictures Tell Stories

May 6th, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 309 gets sliding glass door lifted 3 stories and over the balcony rail

Unit 309 gets sliding glass door lifted 3 stories and over the balcony rail

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.

 

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Vail Insider: May is for Charity Golf Tournaments

May 2nd, 2014

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.

 

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

April 29th, 2014

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

 

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Antlers at Vail Hosts Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat

April 25th, 2014

VailGolfClub_RetreatLogoThe Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for another new and exciting event–the inaugural Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat which will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings while enjoying an unique learning environment with instructors, special guests and more, June 19-22.

The Vail Women’s Golf & Yoga Wellness Retreat includes:

• Three-night stay at The Antlers at Vail hotel
• Two 18 hole rounds at the Vail Golf Club
• Evening cocktail and dinner receptions on Thursday and Saturday
• PGA & LPGA instruction, plus specialized on-course coaching
• RYT certified instruction during daily yoga classes
• Golf, yoga and wellness workshops
• Lunch following golf on Friday and Saturday
• Guided hiking on Vail Mountain

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for the inaugural 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, was the brainchild behind this unique event coming to Vail. She says it’s amazing what can happen when students focus on the mind-body connection. “I have always wanted to create an amazing weekend that incorporates both golf and yoga,” said Heiney. “The two sports go hand-in-hand. When I started teaching and practicing yoga, I realized how much my game started to shift. Not only will yoga improve your flexibility in your swing, but it will ultimately improve the strength and power of your mind. That’s the beauty of combining the two together.”

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.

Joining Heiney are Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Class A certified professional, Alice Plain, and former NJCAA National College Coach of the Year and inspire Golf founder, Jon Levy, to round out the all-star cast of instructors for the event’s inaugural year. Each will bring with them not only a passion for golf, but enthusiasm for overall health and wellness, learning and fun during the retreat. “Vail is a beautiful setting for this unique retreat,” said Plain. “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.”

Limited to 30 participants, golfers of all levels are welcome – including beginners – as are those who practice yoga at different levels, or not at all. Event cost will increase to $1,199 after May 5.

For more information about the inaugural Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, or to register, contact Heiney at 303-380-7175, email kathleen@linc2sucess.com or visit www.Lincgolfandwellness.com, www.inspiredgolfing.com or www.vailgolfclub.net.

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Trash Pickin’ and Picnickin’ is Back!

April 21st, 2014
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Trash Pickin’ and Picnickin’ is Back!

What’s fun, free – and green all over? The Antlers at Vail’s ‘Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’ Package’!

Thank you to our guests for a fantastic winter 2013/2014! The sun is out and we are preparing for summer. As a special thank you, we’d like to invite you to be a part of our green team this weekend with Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’. You can help us pick up trash on the highway for a few hours Saturday morning (April 26), join us for a free picnic afterward (that’s optional) and we’ll give you a free night* on Friday or Saturday night.  That’s it … no other catch.  If you want to stay an additional night, we have special rates available.  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.

Guests will enjoy participating in one of its most long-standing sustainable efforts  – its highway cleanup program. General manager Rob LeVine says, “We’ve been cleaning up our two-mile stretch of Vail Pass since 1988; this year, we thought our guests might like to join us and see what a thoroughly good time we always have.” 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!

*Limited availability.

 

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As the Antlers Turns …. 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 photos 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 out 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 109 is scheduled for a new kitchen….

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

…while we’re at it, install new windows and doors in 403.

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

The guys remove the furniture in 414…

....and Ramone sweeps up the evidence.

….and Ramon 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 since the furniture will be in the way….

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

… please replace the carpet when you’re 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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