Going, Going, Gone

August 7th, 2013

A while back I posted some pictures of the “drunken tree” that sits just behind the Antlers on Gore Creek.

It’s been leaning for years and this summer the tired old fella finally decided it has had enough.  These pictures were taken in a 3 week time span.

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Natures way of providing us with a new public beach.

Greg

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August Jazz lodging promotion accompanies music in the mountains

July 21st, 2013

Vail Summer of Music Includes Free August Performances

Antlers at Vail August Jazz lodging promotion accompanies music in the mountains

Vail Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend. Photo by Drew Winners.

Vail Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend. Photo by Drew Winners.

August music offerings in the Vail Valley pair Vail Jazz Festival performances (© Drew Winners) with a special lodging deal from Antlers at Vail hotel.

Vail, Colorado – July 15, 2013 – Hear that? This August, music, not snow, falls gently on the mountains over Vail as a variety of performances, some of them free, strike a chord with the crowds. The Vail Jazz Festival, one of the summer’s major music venues, brings an expected 50,000 listeners to the Vail Valley with concerts scheduled through Labor Day. And without missing a beat, the Antlers at Vail is offering an August Jazz lodging special for tuned-in travelers that starts August 12, with an opportunity to receive as much as 50 percent off on room rates while enjoying the summer sounds.

The 19-years-strong Vail Jazz Festival’s 2013 offerings include the Thursday evening Jazz @ Vail Square series with performances in Lionshead just steps from Antlers at Vail. Tickets for the tented venue are $20 in advance, $25 day of concert – or enjoy the music free from the patio of a nearby restaurant. For more free jazz, visit Jazz @ the Vail Farmers’ Market on Sundays, noon – 3 p.m. The festival’s summer schedule wraps up back in Lionshead with the annual Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party, featuring eight sessions of music from Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2, plus an opening night cocktail party and Saturday dinner with the artists. Jazz Party concert tickets start from $55; the all-inclusive weekend Patron Pass is $385.

Additional August concert series in Vail include the free Bud Light Hot Summer Nights series, sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation. Have a picnic on the grass for the 6:30 performances ranging from rock to country, bluegrass to funk, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, with concerts scheduled August 13, 20 and 27. For music with a high-altitude view, try the Friday Afternoon Club Concerts at Eagles Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, free with the price of the gondola ride (or completely free for EPIC pass holders), Fridays through August 30.

The Antlers at Vail’s August Jazz lodging special is offering 10 percent off for a one-night stay, 20 percent off for a two-night stay, 30 percent off for a three-night stay, 40 percent off for a four-night stay, and 50 percent off for five nights or longer, with the 50-percent-off rate bringing studio rates down to $120/night. The special rates are available August 12 – 31. Just mention “August Jazz” when booking a room.

The Antlers at Vail hotel offers a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting and was recently awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for consistently outstanding traveler reviews. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four-bedroom penthouses, every unit at the Antlers enjoys a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, private balcony, daily maid service, free wi-fi and free parking.  The Antlers has an A+ location on the banks of Gore Creek, just steps from restaurants, galleries, shops, free Vail town shuttle and the Lionshead Gondola. And Antlers’ staff is always ready to help with – and offer an insider expert take on – dinner reservations, activities or any other guest request.  For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

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Antlers at Vail Biking Tradition

July 17th, 2013

In keeping with the Antlers biking tradition, Randi and I participated in the recent Ride to Work day.  I think this was our tenth time doing it together out of the last eleven years.  One of us must have been on vacation that other year … I can’t remember who.  In the spirit of Bert Farin, we stopped at every food station between Edwards and Vail, and did manage to hit our favorite one at Dowd Junction, just before they ran out of breakfast burritos … Yes!   Bert claims to take a circuitous route each year down in Boulder, just to stop at a couple more.  We totally admire that.

Ride to work 2013

Another component of the Antlers Vail Cycling history is our participation in the Colorado River Ride.  It’s coming up in just two weeks, on July 27.  We’ve had as many as two dozen people proudly wearing the Antlers colors.  Out of 32 people, that’s not bad.  Some of them even work for the competition, but we still call them friends.   Besides, our standards for this purpose are exceedingly low.

River Ride Montage

Unfortunately, this year many of our regulars have conflicts and I think we’re only going to have a handful riding together.  No biggie, because we usually split up pretty quickly anyway.  However, if YOU would like to join us, we’d love to have you, AND you get a free limited edition Antlers jersey!

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Just give me a call at 970-790-5200.

We do have one celebrity rider with us this year, although she doesn’t know it yet (she knows she’s riding, she just doesn’t know that she’s a celebrity).  Back in April we contributed a free night stay (as we often do) to the Bicycle Colorado fundraiser, PLUS entry into the River Ride with Team Antlers!  A very nice woman who works at Kaiser Permanente called me to say that she was excited to have bought our donation at the auction.   What fun!  After she’s here in two weeks, had a chance to meet us and then if she still has the poor judgement to allow herself to be associated with us, we’ll publish her name.  Maybe even a picture.  Stay tuned.

Rob

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Yoga at Altitude

July 11th, 2013

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What a great way to start the day in Vail.  Come join us, won’t you?

Greg

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The Leaning Pine Over Gore

July 7th, 2013

You’ve heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa” ?  Well this has nothing to do with that, it just caught my eyes one day and I realized this “drunken pine” has been falling for years.

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It won’t be long that the rafter’s, tuber’s and kayak’s will be waiting on the chain saws to pass.

We should start an office pool, don’t you think?

Greg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vail Fourth of July Festivities Expanded

July 1st, 2013
Antlers' owners and guests enjoy the Fourth of July parade in Vail.

Antlers’ owners and guests enjoy the Fourth of July parade in Vail.

There is never a void of things to do in Vail for the Fourth of July, and this year is no exception. Vail America Days returns to Vail Village and continues throughout the Fourth of July weekend, July 4 – July 7. The celebration  has been expanded to a four-day festival featuring spectacular fireworks, a classic town parade  through the heart of Vail Village, live music, children’s entertainment and an open-air street  festival atmosphere.

Entertainment will include Vail’s celebrated 4th of July parade this year with a nostalgic theme, fireworks by the world-famous Zambelli Fireworks (conditions permitting), live musical  entertainment throughout the weekend featuring family music, Jazz, and our annual Patriotic Music from Bravo! Vail featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For the family, there will be an array of children’s activities, and multi-day festival style attractions with Americana style food and drink  – as always complimented by all that Vail summer has to offer on and off the mountain.

The Vail 50th themed parade will begin at Golden Peak at 10 a.m. on Thursday July 4 and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday, attracting thousands of spectators. This year’s theme is “Vail’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” and will set the tone for the rest of the day’s celebrations featuring musical entertainment, a patriotic concert and a fireworks display at dusk.

Fourth of July celebrations continue at noon and throughout the remainder of the day with free entertainment in Vail Village at the main Vail America Days Stage at Solaris Plaza. The live music and beer garden will be open to the public through 10 p.m. on and stay open from noon – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 to keep the celebration going. Another new addition to Vail America Days, is the Stars and Stripes zones, which offer an array of games and activities for the whole family to enjoy, The Stars and Stripes zones are complimentary and will be located in Lionshead and Gore Creek Promenade on Thursday, July 4 – Saturday July 6 from 12 – 4 p.m. each day.

For a complete schedule visit VailAmericaDays.com.

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A Hotel Bucking the Trend of Charging for “Extras”

June 27th, 2013
As savvy travellers know, the advertised price of travel increases significantly with all of the fees that most hotels, except the Antlers at Vail, add on.

As savvy travellers know, the advertised price of travel increases significantly with all of the fees that most hotels, except the Antlers at Vail, add on.

In today’s travel environment, savvy travelers have come to expect annoying fees on top of whatever base price is advertised. Airlines tack on baggage fees, reservation change fees, movies, WiFi, upgrade fees for additional leg space, and more.  Rental cars?  Forget it!  Hotels charge for WiFi, parking, movie rentals, and many even add on resort fees. Well, not at the Antlers at Vail Condo Hotel… Our philosophy for the past 40 years has included exceeding expectations and not nickel and diming our guests. We do this in part by offering almost all amenities or “extras” at no additional cost. These free amenities include:

  • Free WiFi;
  • Free parking in our heated underground garage (1 car per condo);
  • A free Vail Athletic Club membership during your stay;
  • Free yoga classes twice a week;
  • A free shuttle to the grocery store to stock your full kitchen with groceries;
  • Free newspapers;
  • Free movies;
  • Free bike rentals;
  • Free snowshoe rentals in the winter;
  • Free luggage storage (from year to year);
  • And, just added to the list, free late check-out on Sundays!

Add up the cost of what you would pay for all of these extras when you stay elsewhere, and WOW, what added value or savings you receive by staying with us! And, did I mention that we are pretty darn fun too! I hope you will make an Antlers condo hotel suite your home in Vail this summer. We look forward to sharing our home and community with you!

Do you want to read more about those annoying extra travel and hotel fees that you can avoid when staying at the Antlers at Vail Condominiums and Conference Center? Travel + Leisure and TIME Magazine just published recent articles on the subject.

Tell us below the most annoying travel fee you have ever been charged.

 

Post by: Liana, the Antlers’ marketing gal

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More CML Conference

June 26th, 2013

The Antlers (and mostly Katie) were busy when the Colorado Municipal League invaded Vail.  We were host to United Power, Comcast, X-cell Energy and dozens of City Officials from all over Colorado.

Here are a few photo’s of some of the activities that took place an the Antlers during the week.

This way to unit 519 for make-up

This way to unit 519 for make-up

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The Mayor of Glenwood Springs is interview for broadcast on local public television stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Millie Barela Board Room served as the media and film center.

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This way to unit 518 for some hospitality.

This way to unit 518 for some hospitality.

Lunch and evening cocktails were donated by United Power of Colorado

Lunch and evening cocktails were donated by United Power of Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentleman on the right wanted to thank Catherine (owner of 518) for her hospitality.

The gentleman on the right wanted to thank Catherine (owner of 518) for her hospitality.

The Antlers, the Town of Vail and the weather were totally accommodating during the 4 day conference.

This group has moved on and we look forward to the Bravo Music Festival and the arrival of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra moving in.

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Full Circle; around the world from Vail and back again.

June 20th, 2013

“Friends are the Family you choose.” That quote is attributed to a lot of people but who said it first I have no idea. When you work for, stay with or visit the Antlers at Vail you become a part of a family much larger than you might realize. Being a relatively new employee here – only 4 years this August- I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. I say only 4 years because our current head housekeeper Lora Montez has been here at least 38 years her sister Millie Barela was on the original construction clean-up crew in 1972 before becoming head housekeeper for 32 years. Rob LeVine our General Manager has been here 35 this year. A few have been here between 20-25 years! Like Randi Davis our Controller has 26 years under her belt and Gladys Villeda one of our housekeeping supervisors is going 25 years strong! I really could go on but that is a blog for another time!

Millie, Gladys and Martha 2000

Millie, Gladys and Martha 2000

The great thing is when people leave, especially former employees, they tend to come back and you get to meet a lot of “family” members. And everyone always has a story to share whether it be reminicing about their days at the the Antlers or what has transpired since. I had the chance to meet, very briefly, a member of the Antlers family yesterday Polly Letofsky. Polly worked at the Antlers in the late 90’s doing the very job I do now, conference services. She left the Antlers to embark on a journey to walk around the world. More importantly I was able to hear her speak this morning. Polly is in town giving a presentation for one of the many Colorado Municipal League Conference  sessions going on this week. She is very fun and has some great stories to tell about her adventure. I didn’t get to hear all of her presentation though because I was after all suppose to be working! (Shhh don’t tell anyone I played hooky for about 30 minutes).

“Polly left her home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. But it was never an easy road; Polly struggled with earthquakes, muggings, languages, even religious riots”. This is one story worth hearing, knowing and sharing!

Polly at the Antlers Employee Party 1999

Polly at the Antlers Employee Party 1999

I guess I have some pretty big shoes to fill! I don’t have any currently plans to walk around the world but you never know, life can take you places you never saw coming. Listening to Polly talk about her adventure is inspirational to say the least, and very entertaining.
Katie Nelson,
Conference Services Manager – (Future achievements currently unknown but unlimited)

 

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We Love I-70 … Usually.

June 13th, 2013

I admit it.  We here in Vail have a love/hate relationship with I-70.  Our friends in Aspen refer to Vail as “a highway runs through it”.  Guilty as charged.  On the other hand, they may not admit it but I know they’re jealous at the same time.  Vail’s consistently strong economy is due in large part to the ease of traveling here.  As much as we like to tell ourselves that it’s all about the mountain experience (which is certainly critical), access is also hugely important.  Happily, we at the Antlers at Vail are especially lucky and once you’re in Vail, for us the highway is a non-issue.  We’ve even used the marketing message, “You can’t hear or see the highway from here.”  Our location at the base of Vail mountain and right on Gore Creek is simply A+. It’s quiet and yet convenient to all the amenities Vail has to offer.

We all know that the other bane of this easy-access asphalt strip of I-70 can be the occasional congestion traveling back to Denver, particularly on a Sunday afternoon.  This summer, with the twin tunnel project going on near Idaho Springs (no, not Eisenhower), we’ve decided to be especially pro-active in doing our small part of easing congestion and making our weekend visitors’ travel smoother.  We’re offering no-charge, unlimited late check-outs on Sundays this summer.  This will enable our guests to avoid the peak traffic, while enjoying another full day in Vail, hiking, biking, shopping the Vail Farmers’ Market or whatever mountain activity our guests choose, before making that relaxing drive back to Denver.  All we ask is that you let us know, so we can schedule accordingly.

Margaret Bowes is the program manager for the I-70 Coalition and its GoI70.com website, dedicated to improving visitors highway travel experience to Vail and other Colorado mountain town destinations.  As one of the coalition’s tourism partners, we appreciate their efforts. So when Margaret suggested the possibility of late check-outs,  in typical Antlers form we said, “Sure.”  As a matter of fact, just between you and me, if you tell us your check-out time will be 7:00 PM, and then you actually leave by 8:00 Monday morning, we might just look the other way … a free night … on the condition that you promise to have fun in Vail Sunday evening.

Twin Tunnels

The I-70 Coalition was originally formed in 2004 when more than 30 political jurisdictions joined forces to address transportation issues along the I-70 corridor. Private businesses have since joined the local governments in the coalition, which continues to push for implementation of highway improvement projects like the plans to add capacity on the Twin Tunnel to Floyd Hill section of I-70. In 2009 the coalition also launched GoI70.com, which includes a mobile phone app and text messaging, to inform I-travelers on traffic conditions toward improving their travel experience visiting Vail and other mountain towns.  Check it out … it’s pretty cool … and then come spend Sunday with us.

Rob

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