More than Vail Vacation Rentals

The Antlers is excited to host an important event on May 23rd entitled Community Conversations.   There have been three instances of similar community conversations over the past year.

The first was at the Elevate Conference last September, when the organizers put on a Mayors Panel with five past Vail mayors.  The intent was the same as that of the entire three day conference … to broadly explore what makes places like Vail, special.

The second was when the Vail Symposium hosted the program pictured here at the Grand View room in March, with Elaine Kelton, Terry Minger and Merv Lapin reminiscing about Vail’s early days.

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The focus was one of “lessons learned” and their potential meaning for our collective future.

In April, the annual Town of Vail meeting at Donovan Pavilion included another Mayors Panel (slightly different participants) which also explored what our history tells us about the future.

All three of those community discussions included good audience participation.  They were well attended and seemed to imply a thirst for more.  The Vail Symposium’s roots, in the early 1970’s, was based on similar community introspection. It’s only fitting to continue that conversation today.

Some of the recurring themes that arose from those three recent dialogues will provide the focus of these upcoming Vail Symposium Community Conversations.  The first is, Progress at what Price?  The topic for each of the following Conversations will be chosen by the audience de jour.

The Antlers enjoys being more than just another Vail vacation rental operation.  We see ourselves as an integral part of the greater Vail community and it’s with enormous pride that we host and sponsor events like this one coming up.

Please join us on Thursday the 23rd at 5:30 at the Antlers.  $10 recommended donation, but it’s not required.  We would NOT want that to keep anyone away.

Antlers at Vail Hires Liana Moore as Director of Marketing

Antlers at Vail new Director of Marketing

The Antlers welcomes new Director of Marketing Liana Moore

You’ve already heard from our new Director of Marketing Liana Moore here on the blog, expounding on the joys of Vail pond skimming, but we thought we’d share the official news release about this exciting new addition to our Antlers team as well…

Vail, Colorado – April 10, 2013 – The Antlers at Vail has named Liana Moore as director of marketing, announced Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine.  In the position, Moore will oversee all aspects of marketing for the popular condo hotel in Vail’s Lionshead. “I’ve already had the pleasure of working with the Antlers in a different capacity for several years,” says Moore, who previously served with two local nonprofits – Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the Vail Symposium – for which the Antlers is official condo hotel. “I’m excited to get to don my marketing hat as a part of the Antlers team.”

“Liana brings an in-depth understanding of the Vail Valley to the Antlers,” says LeVine, “and her marketing experience includes everything from marketing research to public relations. We look forward to having her on our team and assisting us with the big picture as we continue to grow.”

In 1996, Moore began her work as a freelancer for Dallas public relations firms then moved to a financial company where she worked in marketing research. After earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University, Moore launched her own business in the travel industry. She moved to the Vail Valley in 2000 where she served as director of marketing and public relations for Bravo! Vail Music Festival before founding Kaleidos Marketing to provide marketing strategy and campaigns, public relations plans and social media campaigns for clients. She was elected to the Vail Symposium Board of Directors in 2007, becoming executive director in 2010. She resides in Eagle/Vail, Colorado with her husband and two children.

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail hotel has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. With condominiums ranging from studio suites to four bedrooms, the Antlers provides fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet and free parking, and is conveniently located in Vail’s Lionshead area, steps from restaurants, galleries, shops, the free Vail town shuttle and Vail’s Gondola. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

5 Reasons to Visit Vail in April

Vail skiing 50th anniversary

Early Vail ski instructors line up for photo op (credit: Vail Resorts)

Celebrating  Vail’s 50th remains the name of the game for the 2013 Vail ski season, right through its April spring skiing finale, with plenty of special late-season festivities – many of them free. The fun ranges from a new Nordic twist on the venerable Taste of Vail’s 22nd year through a tricky closing day event featuring “floatable athletes” launching from snow to icy pond. To keep all those good times company, the Antlers at Vail hotel is offering a 30-percent discount on its lodging rates for the month of April, bringing the rate for a studio suite below $200. The insider Vail travel experts at the Antlers also recommend these five reasons to enjoy their home resort this April:

1)    Taste of Vail – the iconic spring food and wine festival turns 22 this year, showcasing the area’s finest chefs and nation’s top vintners. A new Nordic Wine Tour kicks off the Taste with cross-country ski/snowshoe wine and cheese stations on the Vail Golf Course. April 3 – 6. Event tickets start from $50.

2)    Spring Back to Vail Celebration – a week-long end-of-season bash in honor of Vail’s 50th, featuring free live concerts including reggae legend and Grammy-winner Jimmy Cliff, performing April 14 at the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. April 8 – 14.

3)    50th Anniversary Film Night – a look back at Vail’s 50 years in film from Roger Cotton Brown, who created the first ever promotional film about Vail in the early 60s. April 4 and 11. Show is free with ticket, available at Lionshead Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. on the day of the show only. Film starts at 5:30 p.m.

4)    Skiing Heritage Week – a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 13 is a highlight in a week of events that also includes the Ishpeming International Film Festival of classic ski movies. April 8 – 14. $350 for the All-Access Pass.

5)    Vail World Pond Skimming Championships – thousands watch as costumed skiers and snowboarders vie for fame and glory as they attempt to clear a 100-foot, ice cold pond in this wacky annual close-of-season event. April 14. Lake Golden Peak at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Base Area. Free to watch; $75 to participate.

Antlers at Vail’s April discount includes 30 percent off regular rates for the month, with a $285/night studio suite available for $199. Check the Antlers at Vail website calendar or chat with Antlers staff for additional events – from family snowshoeing to a Segovian pig roast – to accompany an April Vail visit.

Antler Vail Luggage … Who Knew?

I love unsolicited crazy ideas.  I even have a reputation for sending emails with nothing in the subject line but “Crazy Idea #627″ (or 395, or 822 or…).   So I get this call the other day from Maria at VeraLuca Media.  She tells me that she represents Antler Luggage.  My first thought is, “How would you make a suitcase out of old, shed antlers?”

Silly me … she’s not thinking, “How would you make a hotel out of the same?”  It’s just a name, nitwit.

Anyway, Maria explains that Antler Luggage has just expanded their line of products with a series called “Vail”.  How amusing … no wonder she’s calling me … I guess.  She asks if we’d be interested in doing some kind of co-promotion with them.  They’ll provide a couple pieces of luggage (Vail luggage, of course) that we can give away.  No strings attached.   Really?  No strings attached?  You’re going to GIVE me something nice, that I can GIVE AWAY, and now you’re actually waiting for me to respond?  Say, this IS crazy.

For one who likes to say, “The answer is ‘Yes’, now what’s the question”, this is WAY too easy. 

True to form, if someone is willing to do something nice for us, we want to return the favor.  So not only will we come up with some kind of a contest to give away these lovely duffels with wheels, (keep an eye on our FB page), but I told her that we would also offer an immediate $40 one-time discount off anybody’s total room bill, who arrives with a piece of Antler Luggage.  It doesn’t even have to be AntlersVail Luggage …. just any old Antlers Luggage.  The $40 is representative of this, our 40th year in business.  Uh-oh… that promotional  message may be a bit too mixed.  Oh well … tough … $40 it is.  Who’s going to argue?

 

Off—and On—the Beaten Path in Vail This Summer

Antlers at Vail hotel summer activities

Left, photo © goodluz – Fotolia.com; The Antlers at Vail hotel, center, is close to many of Vail’s walking paths and trails; the hotel’s hard-to-miss bikes, right, are free for guests to borrow.

When someone tells you to “take a hike” you’ll be thankful if you’re in Vail, Colorado, where the area’s abundant trails and paths are suited for people of all ages and athletic abilities. The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located home base for exploring Vail by foot or with one of the Antlers’ free loaner bikes, and summer rates start at just $168 for a studio suite.

The Antlers at Vail’s friendly staff is happy to recommend nearby trails and provide directions for guests who want to explore the area. These are some of their favorite jaunts close to the hotel:

Creekside Sauntering

The Antlers is located on Gore Creek, which winds through Vail and has a paved walking and biking path that’s perfect for exploring the area. Head east and enjoy a shady, easy walk to Vail Village, or head west to Donovan Park, a fun children’s park and play area.

Art Walking

Vail’s public art collection includes forty works ranging from paintings and sculptures to murals, playground components and site-integrated art. Art in Public Places offers free summertime guided tours including discussions of the history of the Vail Valley and the importance of site-specific art. For dates and times, visit www.artinvail.com.

Mountain Ambling

Just 200 yards from the Antlers at Vail hotel, the Vail Gondola is ideal for those who prefer downhill striding to uphill climbing. Ride to the top and enjoy a scenic walk down the mountain trail, enjoying the Rocky Mountain vistas and wildflowers along the way.

Nature Rambling

Just east of Vail Village, the Vail Nature Center offers a variety of summertime nature walks, guided hikes and back country treks. For more information visit http://www.vailrec.com/hikingprogram.cfm.

Rover Romping

The Antlers at Vail is a dog-friendly hotel, and Bighorn Park just east of the Vail Racquet Club offers over seven acres of leash-free terrain for canines and their owners. The northern half of Stephens Park in West Vail is also an off-the-leash zone.

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail hotel has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers is the proud recipient of the Platinum Service Award Winner from the Vail Valley Partnership and was named the Vail Valley Green Business of the Year in 2009. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in Vail’s Lionshead area with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, The Antlers at Vail, (970) 476-2471, RLeVine@antlersvail.com or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, (307) 734-5335, darla@wordenpr.com.

Adventures in Vail

Last week The Antlers had the pleasure of accommodating David and Kirsty Thoreson for a few days.  As the Official Hotel of the Vail Symposium, we’ve had the honor of hosting a myriad of incredible speakers, but none more fascinating than David.  In addition to being a great photographer and sailor, David puts the “A” in Adventure.  He also happens to be one of the best story tellers I’ve ever heard.  Whether it’s for sheer excitement, or an insightful firsthand analysis of climate change, I recommend spending some time on his blog, and if you have a chance to see him in person, do NOT miss it!

Antlers at Vail Hotel Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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 The Antlers at Vail hotel, then (1972) and now.

For forty years the Antlers at Vail Hotel has welcomed guests of all kinds:  celebs like Venus Williams and Robert Kennedy, Jr., babies and octogenarians, bunny slope skiers and black diamond pros, rock stars and business executives, families and singles, brides and grooms, yuppies and hipsters, boomers and empty-nesters—and canines galore.

The hotel’s anniversary coincides with Vail’s 50th birthday festivities, celebrating the opening of the new resort for the 1962-’63 ski season. Ten years later, the Antlers was one of the first hotels to open in the Lionshead area of Vail. The condominium hotel has evolved and grown over its four decades—and general manager Rob LeVine has led the property through many of its significant transitions.

“I’ve been here since 1984, and I can remember many of the Antlers’ milestones: our first website back in 1996, our $22 million renovation from 2000 to 2002, and our new swimming pool in 2004,” he says. “I’ve also been here long enough to remember when it snowed on the fourth of July, the time our roof leaked like a sieve and the year we booked a truck drivers’ convention and a ballerina group during the same week.”

As part of the Antlers’ 40th birthday festivities, now through June 30, 2013 travelers can ‘like’ the Antlers at Vail’s Facebook page and submit their own memories, photos, anecdotes and videos about their past stays at the hotel. A panel of judges will review the submissions and award one lucky winner a two-night, two-bedroom suite stay for up to four people, including free parking, Internet, and health club access. The Antlers will be running other specials and promotions throughout the year.

The Antlers Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free heated indoor parking – plus free equipment storage for skiers and boarders. Every room provides plenty of space to spread out and all the comforts of home, and the Antlers’ Vail-insider staff is on call to answer questions big or small.

Conveniently located 200 yards from the Vail Gondola, numerous restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away.  Named the Vail Valley ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2009, the Antlers Vail condominiums are also proud to be named a Platinum Service Award Winner by the Vail Valley Partnership.  For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit  www.AntlersVail.com.

Antlers at Vail Hotel Offers Complimentary Snowshoeing for Guests

Snowshoeing at the Antlers at Vail hotel

Photo: Dee and Tula Monstah

“Do something I’ve never done before” is a popular New Year’s resolution, and the Antlers at Vail hotel is making it easy for its guests to try the sport of snowshoeing. “If you can walk, you can snowshoe,” says Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine. “Because our guests love hiking so much in the summer, we decided to invest in snowshoes so they can explore the Vail Valley on foot in the winter.”

Snowshoeing is easy to learn and suited for people of any athletic ability. Beginners might enjoy an easy stroll at the Vail Golf Course, while more experienced athletes can get off the grid with a hike at Vail Pass or take a short drive to Meadow Mountain in nearby Minturn. The Antlers staff is happy to recommend trails, and snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to registered guests.

The Antlers Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free heated indoor parking – plus free snowshoe rental. Every room provides plenty of space to spread out and all the comforts of home, and the Antlers’ Vail-insider staff is on call to answer questions big or small. Conveniently located 200 yards from the Vail Gondola, numerous restaurants, galleries and shops are within walking distance and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit www.antlersvail.com.

Free Yoga Classes at the Antlers at Vail

We will be doing our free Vail yoga classes for our guests again this winter. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. They are a great way to stretch and unwind after a long day skiing or boarding. Two days not enough? Please check out the Vail Athletic Club for their class schedules. Antlers guest can pick up complimentary passes at the front desk.

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7 Reasons to Take your Family to Vail This Summer

Summer activities at the Antlers at Vail hotel

Left, soaring with Zipline Adventures; center, the Antlers at Vail hotel; right, the Antlers trademark loaner bikes

1. Vail’s ideal for a ‘walkabout.’ Whether you’re into scaling fourteeners, hiking up Vail Mountain or taking an easy stroll along the banks of Gore Creek, the Vail area has an abundance of trails, parks and paths for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life (pun intended). At the Antlers at Vail hotel, the staff will happily recommend off-the-beaten-path hiking and walking tours – and with a little urging, they might even personally show you their favorite trail.

2. Do something you’ve never done before. Go on a real cattle drive. Kayak. Soar on a zipline. Vail offers dozens of unique experiences and activities, from four-wheeling to hot-air-ballooning to flyfishing and more.

3. Spread out and stay awhile. The Antlers is rated #1 on TripAdvisor in Vail specialty lodging for good reason – it’s a convenient home base for families, with bunkrooms for small families, spacious four-bedroom suites for large families, and dog-friendly rooms for pets with families. The Antlers at Vail staff is happy to organize reunions for extended families, too.

4. Embrace your inner reindeer. Guests are welcome to borrow one of the Antlers’ trademark, antlers-adorned bicycles, and cruise around town or follow the bike path along Gore Creek.

5. Want more two-wheeler thrills? Rent a mountain bike from Charter Sports, catch the gondola to the top and cruise down the winding bike path – rated one of the top mountain biking trails in Colorado.

6. Let your kids burn energy. At the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Adventure Ridge offers bungee jumping, a climbing wall, mini golf, horseback riding and other exciting activities for kids.

7. Listen to a symphony under the stars. Watch a ballet. Celebrate the heart of soul music. From the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival to the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights Concert Series, Vail offers a rich offering of performing arts and music festivals all summer long. And since the Antlers at Vail is the residence hotel for the New York Philharmonic, you might even hear the sounds of a world-reknowned musician practicing during the day.

Since 1972, the Antlers at Vail hotel has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers is the proud recipient of the Platinum Service Award Winner from the Vail Valley Partnership and was named the Vail Valley Green Business of the Year in 2009. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in Vail’s Lionshead area with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.