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.

Bravo! Like a Local in Vail this Summer

We love Bravo! Vail, and always have. The Antlers at Vail has been hosting Bravo! musicians since the second year the festival in existence. But we’re not biased in saying that Bravo! Vail is a highlight of Vail summers. The only music festival in North America to host three world’s-best orchestras in the same season, the iconic series was named one of “10 Can’t Miss Classical Music Festivals” by NPR, which led with the line “If musical heaven is overdosing on orchestras, Bravo! Vail is the place to be.” This summer Vail visitors can join the fun, spreading out tasty picnic fixings and mingling with neighbors while enjoying internationally famous orchestral strains with a new “Bravo! Like a Local” package from Antlers at Vail hotel.  And not incidentally, the Antlers also plays home-away-from-home to Bravo! celebs, giving guests an extra insider’s take on the festivities.

The Antlers at Vail’s “Bravo! Like a Local” package offers general admission (lawn seating) tickets for two – or four for families with kids – and a gourmet picnic to enjoy on the lawn. Package rates are $289 per night (two-night minimum) for a one-bedroom condominium suite – or a comfortable one-bedroom with additional bunks, if the kids come along.

The 2015 Bravo! Vail season runs July 1 – Aug. 6, 2015, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in residence with performances July 1 – 8, the Philadelphia Orchestra performing July 10 – 18, and the New York Philharmonic July 24 – 31, with performances held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bravo! also includes a long-running Chamber Music Series, performed in more intimate settings. And for those making their Bravo! visit a family affair, the music series offers experiential events for children including “Instrument Petting Zoos” and Little Listeners at the Library events. For complete Bravo! Vail scheduling and information, visit bravovail.org.

The 2015 World Championships … Even Better than the Hype.

If you know anybody who knows anybody who knows anybody, who’s been in the Vail Valley these past ten days, you’ve probably seen some version of all the pictures attached hereto … and a whole bunch more. Facebook and the social media world have been overrun with them.  It’s not surprising, since the World Alpine Skiing Championships have been as exciting as anything that’s ever happened in Vail … and that’s a pretty long list of amazing events.

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Biggest crowds to watch a ski race since the Salt Lake City Olympics

 

The common sentiment among locals has been equal parts fun and excitement, but even that seems to be outweighed by an enormous sense of pride in our community.  I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t believe a place as small as this can pull this off!”  Between the races themselves with huge crowds, the award ceremonies replete with all kinds of fireworks and fun, and the multiple big-name concerts (free) literally every day … it’s truly been extraordinary.

Our heroine, Lindsey Vonn

Our heroine, Lindsey Vonn

I had the pleasure of watching the Women’s Super-G last week from the VIP tent with Antlers owners Ron & Dawn Bobuk and their nephew Anthony.  Ron had been regaling me with stories about New Year’s Eve in Times Square right under the big ball, but he had to admit that this scene was even better.

Bode Miller in the Downhill Training Run

Bode Miller in the Downhill Training Run

Anthony scoring Bode's autograph!

Anthony scoring Bode’s autograph!

It’s worth noting that this is Dawn’s second time on our blog in just a few months.  Last December she helped us decorate the lobby in high fashion for the holidays.  Ron took all these pictures, except for this last one.  No wonder they’re two of our favorite owners!

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12 Days and Counting! The 2015 World Ski Championships are Upon Us.

The 2015 World Ski Championships are only 2 weeks away!

The 2015 World Ski Championships are only 2 weeks away!

Have you ever been to the Olympic Games? Have you ever though how cool it might be to have that opportunity? Well in the ski world the World Ski Championships are an even bigger deal than the Olympics for many reasons. One is that the courses are hard and if you win you KNOW you earned it. This particular Championships is special for more reasons than just being in our beautiful backyard. The US team has a really good shot at dominating this year. We have some local names who are expected to take home a few medals. And, did you know that just like you need tickets for the Olympics, in Europe you need tickets for the World Ski Championships? But you don’t need tickets for the 2015 Vail Beaver Creek World Ski Championships? It is FREE! And, there is FREE transportation between Vail, Avon Center and Beaver Creek to the races! And, there are FREE concerts every night. Okay let’s talk about the concerts. These are headliner bands in a really cool outdoor venue, and there is at least one band that every generation will want to see.

The newest additions to the line up include CeeLo Green, KC and the Sunshine Band, Craig Wayne Boyd and Andreas Gabalier.

Five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, and pop culture and fashion icon CeeLo Green will take the stage on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Known best for his worldwide hit “Forget You,” which received five Grammy nominations and won the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance,” he’ll also perform top hits like “Crazy,” “Bright Lights Bigger City” and more.

The band that many are most excited about is KC and the Sunshine Band.

The band that many are most excited about is KC and the Sunshine Band.

KC and the Sunshine band have been entertaining audiences around the world for forty years and are slated for a free performance on the evening of Tuesday, February 10. Topping the charts with seven No. 1 singles and three triple platinum albums, including hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes,” and “Rock Your Baby,” KC and The Sunshine Band defined disco music and forever influenced music with its timeless sound and mission of getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor to celebrate. Harry Wayne Casey, named “Founder of the Dance Revolution,” and his band will get the crowd dancing with their greatest hits as well as new music from their soon-to-be-released album, Feeling You! The 60s, which is slated for national release on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

This entertainment lineup will also feature a fresh new artist just coming onto the scene – recent winner of “The Voice,” Craig Wayne Boyd on Sunday, February 8. The Texas-born country singer and multi-instrumentalist will most certainly bring a flare to the Championships, with his easy musical versatility, sure to appeal to everyone’s tastes.

Rounding out this list of heavy hitters will be international sensation Andreas Gabalier, who will take to the free concert stage on Wednesday, February 4. Not only was Gabalier the artist behind the 2013 World Championships’ Official Song in Schladming, Austria, he is also a celebrated folk singer throughout Europe and recipient of both the ECHO music award in folk music category and the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2012.

Popular multi-platinum rock band O.A.R. performs Feb. 7.

Popular multi-platinum rock band O.A.R. performs Feb. 7.

Yesterday’s announcement adds to the five headliner names previously confirmed for the 2015 World Championships lineup, including Michael Franti & Spearhead on February 3, Mix Master Mike on February 5, American Authors on February 6, O.A.R. on February 7 and Phillip Phillips on February 12. Prior to the nightly festivities, Sierra Nevada Brewery will operate their Winter Beer Camp, opening at 4 pm daily at the International Bridge in Vail.

And, to top it all off the Antlers at Vail is still offering lodging discounts. You will not pay more to be in Vail for this once-in-a-lifetime event than you would during peak ski time any other year. And, think of the memories you will take home! I for one am making plans for which races I will pull my daughter out of school to see and which concerts we will make it out to, so that we can create some new amazing memories.

17 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin hanging out with my daughter's preschool  class in 2012, before raking in the medals.

17 year-old Mikaela Shiffrin hanging out with my daughter’s preschool class in 2012, before raking in the medals.