Featured Homeowners: Matt & Tammy Dannheisser

Antlers at Vail Platinum 4-Bedroom Residence

The Dannheissers purchased a 4-bedroom platinum rated condominium and immediately started planning a remodel that would set an even higher standard for the entire property.

The Dannheissers purchased a 4-bedroom platinum rated condominium and immediately started planning a remodel that would set an even higher standard for the entire property.

In July of 2015 Matt & Tammy Dannheisser became proud new Antlers at Vail homeowners. The Dannheissers purchased a 4-bedroom platinum rated condominium and immediately started planning a remodel that would set an even higher standard for the entire property. They removed a wall between the dining and living room to open up the large space. Contemporary new chandeliers, wood beams, recessed cove LED lighting, porcelain and metal fireplaces, a 60” TV and new furniture transformed the living and dining areas. Three of the bathrooms were completely upgraded with new cabinets, counters, backsplashes, beveled mirrors and more. The master bedroom was enlarged and a new porcelain and metal fireplace and French doors completed the design. New closet systems and alder doors were added throughout. A new laundry room with a new washer and dryer was added for guest convenience. The Dannheisser’s Vail residence, along with one other Antlers condominium, are the highest rated in the building.

What is the best part of being an owner at the Antlers?

Antlers is different than most others in Vail  – it is a community where the staff not only goes out of their way to be of assistance, they have genuine care and concern for their owners and guests.  There is great comfort in knowing that our second home is being well taken care of by people for whom doing so is not an occupation but rather a passion.

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers condominium?

When we looked for a place to purchase, there were many boxes we wanted to check: close to lifts and being close to the center of activities were perhaps foremost among them.  But, we were also seeking four bedrooms (enough for children and grandchildren to comfortably visit), a large gathering/living area where many people could comfortably gather, good views, plenty of “elbow room,” upscale furnishings, ski concierge, and staff with whom we felt very comfortable.  That we were able to accomplish all of these with our Antlers unit has made our stays wonderful and leaves us with a feeling of wanting to return as soon as possible.

Click a thumbnail below to browse through the photo gallery of the Dannheisser’s complete remodel.


Featured Homeowner Series: 1 Bedroom Condominium

Antlers at Vail Featured Homeowner: 1-Bedroom Residence

Whether enjoying the view fron the balcony or relaxing in front of the fire Antlers at Vail Condo 608 is a fantastic place to stay while in Vail.

Whether enjoying the view from the balcony or relaxing in front of the fire this condo is a fantastic home base while for Vail adventures.

Retiring Air Force Colonel Hal Hagy and his wife Anne were early Antlers at Vail condominium owners. Hal & Anne became great friends with the first Antlers General Manager Bud Benedict and his wife Marcet and enjoyed getting together at every opportunity to share some laughs and soak in the atmosphere of the Vail valley of the 70’s and 80’s. In 1989, during the first push for condominium upgrades and before mandated ADA, they were the first homeowners to put in a handicapped accessible bathroom.

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Anne & Hal Hagy during a visit to their home at the Antlers at Vail during the 1970s

Over the years they undertook a couple of additional remodels to their unit and eventually passed ownership of the condominium down to their daughter Susan. Our featured homeowner, Susan, has been a kind and supportive owner, recently joining the board of directors, and has continued to remodel the condo. A couple of years back she upgraded the kitchen and bathroom and recently made major improvements to the bedroom and living space by moving a wall, adding a larger bedroom closet, adding all new woodwork throughout, including gorgeous wood beams, doors and trim. She added new LED lighting throughout and removed the popcorn ceiling that remained. These improvements have resulted in one of highest rated condominiums in the building.

 

Anne and Susan Hagy enjoying some mother-daughter time in Vail Village.

Anne and Susan Hagy enjoying some mother-daughter time during Antlers owners weekend and Anne’s last visit to Vail, in 2008.

What is the best part of being an owner at the Antlers?

In my case, I feel incredibly humble and grateful to call the Antlers home away from home. I love the personal touches in my unit that represent my history and happy memories spent there with my parents. I appreciate the amenities available to host family and friends. Visiting with staff is like spending time with old friends and I’ve known Rob for most of my life. (So we really are getting to be OLD friends!)

Retired Air Force Colonel Hal Hagy

Col. Hal Hagy, March, 1987, in front of Garfinkels in Lionshead… the same visit the family celebrated Hal’s 70th Birthday with a party in the old Antlers “Lounge”. This photo was taken by his daughter Susan.

Participating in the rental program means sharing this very special place with new visitors and return guests. We look forward to spending part of each year in the outdoor playground that is Vail. The topography of the Rocky Mountains is quite a contrast to our primary home in coastal Florida.

View from 608 balcony looking southeast in 1979, before many of the homes on Forest Road had been built.

View from the Hagy’s condo looking southeast in 1979, before many of the homes on Forest Road had been built.

Buying a 2nd home in Vail was ALL Dad’s idea, but soon after the purchase, Mother spotted me from the balcony in my bright green jacket skiing home, she said it was the best decision. Location, location, location!

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers condominium?

The outdoor view from the new King platform bed just makes me smile. I also love the addition of an extra door to the bedroom, adding both convenience and more natural light.

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Antlers at Vail 1-Bedroom Residence: Featured Homeowner

Remodeled spring of 2015 to become a platinum-rated condominium

New wood flooring, stone fireplace, ceiling beams and beautiful new furniture make the living space of this one-bedroom Vail condo a relaxing place to unwind after a day of mountain adventures.

New wood flooring, stone fireplace, ceiling beams and beautiful new furniture make the living space of this one-bedroom Vail condominium a relaxing place to unwind after a day of mountain adventures.

Mel Timmermann and his wife Catherine were original Antlers at Vail hotel owners. A salt-of-the-earth John Deere tractor dealer from Litchfied, Illinois, Mel was a favorite of the staff. He always went out of his way to make sure everyone knew they were appreciated, particularly housekeeping. Sadly he passed away a number of years ago, but his children continue his legacy at the Antlers. This spring one of his daughters, Kathy Caloia, directed a significant remodel to the family’s 1-bedroom residence that included reconfiguring the bedroom for a larger king bed by adding a new wall and French doors, replacing the old fireplace with new stone surround, installing a beautiful wood floor in the living and kitchen areas accented by wood ceiling beams. New lighting throughout and elegant new furniture completed the design. The Antlers at Vail is proud to add this 1-bedroom residence to our ever growing list of platinum-rated condominiums.

Why did you and your siblings choose to keep the family’s vacation home at the Antlers?

We created many wonderful family memories over the years making the Antlers a special place for all of us. My father frequently said that he hoped the condominium would stay in the family for generations. Last summer the 4th generation of our family made her first trip to the Antlers. We are very grateful to our parents for having the foresight to provide this wonderful vacation home.

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers vacation home?

The newly configured large king bedroom is a real plus. The newly configured bedroom, along with the attention to detail that went into the living space creates a warm, comfortable updated space for our guests to enjoy.

To see a slideshow with photos of the remodeled condominium click any of the thumbnails below.

Antlers Achieves Platinum Lodging Status for Vail Hotels

Last week we received some very exciting news from Kathy Lichtenheld at the Vail Valley Partnership, “Great news…….After lots of hard work & effort the Antlers has achieved a Platinum rating! Congratulations to the entire staff!” Our assistant manager Magda King and project manager Dave Collins worked closely with Kathy over the last eighteen months to manage and implement our Unit Quality Improvement Plan, a property-wide project created to achieve a challenging goal of reaching Vail’s highest-level Platinum lodging status, having an average condominium rating of 90 or above.

“Our enthusiasm and intention for this meaningful and thorough upgrade throughout the property has always been guest comfort and satisfaction,” says Antlers GM Rob LeVine. “We are honored and excited to carry this designation forward, and are committed not only to continuously meeting its high-quality standards, but exceeding them.”

Unique to vacation destinations, Vail Valley Partnership manages a Lodging Quality Assurance program (LQA) that provides a standardized rating system for all units rented through the Vail Valley’s central reservation systems, with Platinum representing the highest level of room appointments throughout a property.

“Congratulations to the Antlers at Vail for reaching a Platinum level rating in the Lodging Quality Assurance program,” says Chris Romer, president of the Vail Valley Partnership. “It takes a concerted effort, plus dedication, time and resources, for any condominium property to reach our highest rating. Reaching this level of rating shows a commitment to providing the highest level of guest service by the Antlers ownership as well as the staff.”

Because the Antlers guest suites are independently owned condominiums, rather than taking a ‘cookie cutter’ approach, all of the renovations were custom designed – personalized to owners’ taste, with the numerous interior upgrades over the past year including granite countertops, stainless appliances, new flooring, new lighting and entertainment systems, new fireplaces, furnishings and much more.

“While all of the upgrades meet the same stringent quality requirements, it’s fun to see the different details that personalize each of the condos – and resonate with guests, who often request the same suite on subsequent visits,” says LeVine. “This achievement was accomplished thanks to the hard work of Antlers team members Magdalena King and Dave Collins, as well as the many owners who bought into the plan and made significant investments to their condominiums. We are now looking forward to accomplishing our ultimate goal of having every condominium in the building rated Platinum.”

Many of the renovations that went into this effort have been features on our blog, and we will continue to feature future projects as we move to the next step of the plan and work towards every individual Antlers at Vail condominium being Platinum rated. You can browse a few of these projects below.

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New living room with beautiful flooring accented by faux wood beams, and a flat screen TV with stunning sounds system.

 

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Thank You, Bravo! Musicians

Bravo! Vail Music Director, Anne-Marie McDermott, performs above. One of the perks of having her and all the other fantastic Bravo! Vail musicians stay at the Antlers is the sounds that often waft from the condos where they are practicing or the conference space that boasts a piano on which they rehearse.

Bravo! Vail Music Director, Anne-Marie McDermott, performs above. One of the perks of having her and all the other fantastic Bravo! musicians stay at the Antlers is the music that often wafts from the condos where they are practicing or the conference space that boasts a piano on which they rehearse.

Anne-Marie McDermott is one of our very special guests at Antlers each year. She recently shared the following with us: “My time in Vail, as Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, is incredibly busy and sometimes very intense. Coming home to the Antlers, where I can practice the piano, enjoy a river view while grilling salmon, put my feet up in a comfortable living room gives me exactly the kind of relaxation between events that I need. Year after year I feel so well cared for by the most friendly, warm and helpful staff, it almost makes going home to New York City a little hard. I love the Antlers and all the great musicians who stay here love it too! It has become quite the musical hotbed during the summer months!”

We want Anne-Marie, as well as all of the other amazing musicians who perform with Bravo!, to know just how special they are to the staff at Antlers! Can you imagine spending a quiet Saturday afternoon at your desk to catch-up on projects and having the incredible good fortune to hear a world class violinist practicing nearby? Or doing inventory in the conference area while listening to an amazing piano recital? Mere words cannot convey just how amazing these experiences are – we are beyond fortunate to share in this musical experience every July. Thank You, Bravo! musicians!

Featured Antlers at Vail Homeowners

Antlers at Vail homeowners, John & Nancy, enjoying their piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Antlers at Vail homeowners, John & Nancy, enjoying their piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Featured Antlers at Vail homeowners, John and Nancy purchased their 1-bedroom condominium at the Antlers at Vail a couple of years ago from an original owner. They immediately set about to make it their own with a complete remodel. John and Nancy reconfigured a 1-bedroom with a queen bed to a 1-bedroom a king bed and added an enclosed alcove area with bunk beds. They installed travertine tile both in the all new bathroom and also as kitchen flooring. They refaced kitchen cabinets with hickory, added stainless appliances and stack stone as the backsplash. They added wool carpet and knotty alder trim, doors and beams throughout. They hand selected leather furniture and one-of-a-kind light fixtures and art work to complement the newly platinum rated condominium. While John and Nancy don’t have the opportunity to it now as much as they did when they lived in Denver, they still make it their home a couple of times per year and many guests have that much more opportunity to enjoy their beautiful home at the Antlers at Vail.

The beautifully remodeled living and dining area of John and Nancy's Antlers vacation home overlooks Gore Creek.

The beautifully remodeled living and dining area of John and Nancy’s Antlers vacation home overlooks Gore Creek.

What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?

The Antlers at Vail is our piece of the majestic Rocky Mountains.  Remember as a kid picking up interesting rocks from places you visit and proudly bringing them home?  The Antlers is our family’s Colorado rock – our piece of beautiful Colorado. We started staying at the Antlers when our kids were little. We still have a rock or two that the kids picked up along Gore Creek.  Our kids are grown, and we have all moved far away from Colorado, but we all come back and vacation together in our own home at The Antlers at Vail!

As a side note, we would add that the history of capable management at The Antlers at Vail was very, very important to us as we contemplated making this important purchase of Unit 204.  Each time we sadly depart our Antler’s home, we leave it in experienced, competent hands.

What is special about your Antlers vacation home?

After purchasing Unit 204, we collaborated with Tom (Antlers Chief Engineer) to create a space that was both elegant and comfortable for us. We wanted it to feel like the perfect mountain retreat.  The gorgeous views of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek provided the backdrop. Tom guided us through the remodeling process and made it easy!

The fun part was selecting artwork – we chose Colorado artists to offer us beautiful reminders of scenic mountain valleys that are just a short drive away.  Picking furniture was a “no brainer.” Comfort reins. The bed is a king – big and inviting.  Seating is comfy! I tell the kids, you can put your feet up on the coffee table – just use a coaster.

Pay It Backward Gratitude

The response to our Pay It Backward Weekend (see previous post) has been overwhelming.  Out of the 36 organizations we invited, we now expect 33 to attend.  Even better, their gratitude has made us happier than ever, that we decided to quit talking about doing this and just pull the trigger! Two of the people I spoke with even told me that when they awarded the stay to a member of their organization, that person started to cry.  Of course that prompted some commentary among ourselves that if the reaction to a stay at the Antlers was tears … what exactly does that mean?

No, no, no … these were tears of joy … honest.

This letter we received today is a great example of why we’re so pleased to be able to do this.  We think we’re the lucky ones!

Thank You Letter: Pay It Backward Gratitude

letter from the Center for Mental Health

Stay tuned for pictures and follow-up from the reception on Saturday.

Rob

92 and Still Going Strong

With almost 16,000 room nights a year and an average length of stay of about four and a half nights, you can see that the Antlers enjoys around 3,500 arrivals annually.  Some of those are couples and some are extended families of eight people or more. The average party is about four, so we had roughly 14,000 people stay with us in 2014 … and every year.  More than a third of those are repeat guests.  Naturally, it would be hard to say that there’s a favorite.  That is, unless you knew Vlasta Giese.

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Vlasta’s from the Czech Republic.  She grew up in Prague and still goes back to visit occasionally. To say that she’s both outspoken and entertaining is like saying that Michael Jordan could play some hoops … an understatement of grand proportions. She’s a self-proclaimed, world class schmoozer and I don’t know anyone who would argue.

Vlasta started coming to the Antlers in 1994.  She was 72 years old, going on about 25. Today she’s 92 … and still skiing!  Granted, her legs are no longer going on 25, but her heart and soul … you betcha. She usually stays for about two weeks and when she first came to visit us, it was from DeKalb, IL where her husband Willis was still teaching at the University.  Once Willis passed away she moved to Portland to be closer to her daughter Alenka.

Vlasta was always on a budget and thanks to her age and her engaging personality, we would try to make her the best deal we could. As the years went on money kept getting tighter, but nothing could dissuade her love of skiing, so she’d find a way to keep coming … always in January and always for ten days or more.  Every year she’d ask reluctantly how much we were going to charge her. Finally, in 2002 (when she was 81) I said to her, “Vlasta, ten years ago you paid $150 a night. Today we’re charging you $125, and although our average rate for this time of year is now about four times that much, we will keep the rate at $125 for as long as you keep coming.”  Little did I know that would be twelve more years … and counting!

And nothing could make us happier.

Here’s to you, Vlasta!

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Featured Antlers at Vail Homeowner

Featured Antlers at Vail Condo Owners Dr. & Mrs. Newbill

Featured Antlers at Vail Condo Owners Dr. & Mrs. Newbill

In 1976 Dr. Brooks Newbill, along with two partners, purchased a condo at the Antlers. Last year Dr. Newbill bought out his remaining partner, giving him the freedom to accomplish what has been the largest gain ever in lodging quality assurance score at the Antlers, from the lowest rated condo to the highest. The remodel of his condo began with a complete gutting of the unit to replace everything with platinum quality finishes and furnishings. These finishes included cambria quartz countertops, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, LED lighting throughout, smart TVs, a new fireplace and even an unexpected surprise for guests of under tile heat in both the kitchen and bathroom. His is also the only studio condo at the Antlers to feature a double vanity in the bathroom.

Newly updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and more.

Newly updated kitchen with Cambria quartz countertops, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances and more.

Q&A with Dr. Newbill

 

What motivated you to make the Antlers at Vail your vacation home in Vail?

My partners and I had stayed at the Antlers, and other Vail area lodges, a number of times prior to our purchase. We not only recognized that the Antlers had the obvious benefit of a perfect location, but it was the staff and their dedication to the guests that was the deciding factor for us.  I often talk to guests at the pool area and do a little survey about their stay.  Their almost universal response is that the staff is great and sees to their every need.  Most everyone says they love the Antlers and would certainly return in the future.

What is special about your Antlers vacation home?

My family has found our vacation home to be special because it is in the Antlers and the Antlers is in Vail, Colorado. As the ad says, “Like nothing on Earth.” My survey of guests from all over the world has found that the consensus is that Vail mountain has the best skiing anywhere.  And, the summers are even better!

We look forward to sharing our totally renovated home with our family and our Antlers guest and have to thank everyone associated with our project for their help and dedication in creating our beautiful new home.

Newly updated living area of Antler at Vail studio condo.

Newly updated living area of Antler at Vail studio condo with LED lighting throughout, new fireplace, smart TVs and more.

 

We Lost A Great One

Col. Don circa 1990We lost another one.  A great one.  One of the original Antlers owners.  He liked to tell the story about walking through the building (the original building) when it was a concrete shell.  Must’ve been 1971.  Colonel Don Wiethuechter (pronounced Wee-Tuke-Ter) was known to us as just Col. Don.  He was as supportive an owner as there ever was.  He came to every annual owners meeting as well as one or two other times a year, and always offered encouragement and appreciation.  Sure, on occasion he may have tied me up on the phone for a few minutes too long (hours, maybe?), but what I wouldn’t give right now to hear that voice say, “Hello Mr. Manager … How are you doing today?”

Col. Don and Bud Benedict were great chums and I remember when Bud retired, me being a little worried about that element of the transition.  My worries were unfounded … Col. Don had my back just as much as he ever had Bud’s … and as much as any other owner ever has.

I always claim that the Antlers Heart and Soul is what sets us apart from our competition.  It’s unquestionably what has kept me here (and happy) for 36 years.  Well, if ever there was a symbol of our heart and soul, it was Col. Don.  We’ve had some great owner/cheerleaders over the years, but Col. Don was Col. Don circa 1995there with the best of them.  I think we only took second place to his beloved Huskies at the University of Washington, and maybe his employer of 30+ years, the U.S. Army.

He would frequently travel with the Washington football team to away games and I think even received some sort of super-booster honor at mid-field one time.  I remember when Rick Neuheisel got the coaching job at UW, after getting canned from CU.  Things didn’t go so well for Rick at Udub either and we had a great time ribbing Col. Don for years afterward about our hand-me-down.  Despite his propensity to bleed purple (as they say), he always took it well.

I think we only have five or six of the original owners left now, although there are happily another six or eight that have been handed down in their families.  It’s such a bummer to see the number dwindle, but Col. Don will always be a permanent part of Antlers lore.