Golden Glow of Fall in Vail

Fall in Vail. Photo courtesy of VLMD & Jack Affleck.

Fall in Vail. Photo courtesy of VLMD & Jack Affleck.

I always get a bit sad when summer starts to wind down, until I remember that the end of summer means the beginning of fall, one of the most beautiful times of year in Vail.

This year summer seemed to come to a close with rains, low hanging clouds and fog. Then this morning blue skies emerged along with a crispness in the air and of course the glorious golden colors of the Aspen leaves up high on the mountains.

Fall in Vail really is the best time to get out for a spectacular hike or bike ride. But there are so many other ways to take in the amazing fall foliage. Try a ride up the gondola, a horseback ride, or the Leadville train for a different view.

Photo courtesy Beaver Creek Stables.

Golden Aspens from horseback. Photo courtesy Beaver Creek Stables.

There are fewer events going on now that it is fall and town is a little quieter with kids back in school. Vail specials begin. The Antlers at Vail is offering up to 50% off Vail lodging, and we continue our free late Sunday check-out. Restaurants begin to offer specials, and the first annual Vail Restaurant Week will kick off September 27, and run through October 6.

Post by Liana, the Antlers’ Marketing Gal

Not Exactly a Bumper Crop

The front page of the Vail Daily headline this morning read “Community gardens reap harvest”.  It went on to recognize the half dozen or so gardens in Avon, Minturn and Edwards.  I read about their successes and  wondered “what did I do wrong?”

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This little girl is showing off some tomatoes from the Avon Community Garden (Vail Daily).

I had high hopes this spring when I transplanted my seedlings to the irrigated confines of our courtyard.  I believed with the right amount of high country Colorado sunshine and a little love, the Antlers Herb and Vegetable Garden would thrive.  I probably spoke too soon when I predicted we all would be helping ourselves to bushels of the fall harvest.  The following photo’s will demonstrate why we probably would have starved if anyone actually depended on it.

On June 11th this past spring, the garden took shape:

A little Fennel

A little Fennel

Some green and red peppers

Some Green and Red Peppers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basil and Tomatoes

Basil and Tomato’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the month (June 30th) there were illusions of success:

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Tomato’s are good

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Basil hasn’t been over-run yet

Peppers seem OK

Peppers seem OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something happened in July and by August 28th there was reason for concern:

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The Peppers are being eaten and not by humans

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Running out of time and thoughts of green – fried tomato’s is becoming more of a reality.

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The basil refuses to grow and is being over-run by tomato plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the Community Gardens are showing off the fruits of their labor in today’s newspaper, we in turn, have not been contacted by their office.  I felt it my duty to forward our progress to date.

As of September 9th of 2013…..

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The Fennel is now over one and a half inches tall and two of the plants grew back into the dirt.

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The Peppers are no longer holding on after the nuclear fall-out.

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The aphids eat the basil slowly as if they feast with manners.

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The tomato plants are now big, bushy and green with very little fertilized off-spring.

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This Years Harvest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needless to say, the guest list for this years Organic Farm BBQ is limited but we look forward to feeding the masses next year.

Greg

Heroes are Hard to Find

There are many of us that do not have the time to volunteer or we just choose not to (and there is nothing wrong with that).  Day to day life can be a grind without having to take on more.  Enough said.

I was talking to a a friend of mine the other day and he is an individual that does give up some of his time.  He volunteers for an organization he believes makes a difference.  Before I let him tell you why he does what he does, let me give you a little background about him.

His name is Garo Chalain and he is an owner of a condominium at the Antlers.  He is from Clinton, Iowa so you know he has that mid-west innocence and country style about him (not really, but I told him that’s what I would say if anyone asked).

He worked hard for the degrees and certifications that follow his name when written professionally.  His success as an oral surgeon was abruptly halted in 2008 after a motor cycle accident while he was doing what he loved, “just messin’ around in the Vail Valley”.

Unable to practice dentistry in the office he established, he went back to school and received his certification to practice law in Colorado.

I asked him after all his hard work, what he does now for entertainment and pleasure.  “Still messin’ around in the Valley but now I have Val to cook for and all the friends that want to join us.”  (Garo has never been married and Val is the bride to be.  They will be tying the knot in September right here at the Antlers.)

The other question I asked was about his work with Wellspring as a volunteer and what satisfaction it brought.  This was his response and I encourage you to watch the video on the web-site.  Garo is the one being interviewed.)

 

Give me some short summary of why you volunteer every week at Wellspring Community (satisfaction).

Approximately a year and half ago the 12 year old son of one of our endodontist partners approached me and said “I’m not making a difference in this world.”  Initially, I took pause, and thought “you know,  I’m  40 years your senior and I’m not making a difference either.”   Young Will Holtzmann and I then actively sought out a way to make a difference. We landed at the doorstep of Wellspring Community. Wellspring is a community of developmentally disabled adults who are empowered to maximize their special skills and personalities as productive members of society.

Wellspring Community offers some very innovative programs to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities – like Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and even folks with traumatic brain injury.  They operate Best Buddies Bakery where they train these adults in every aspect of baking and packaging, selling their products nationally – and they have plans to start other business enterprises to give these individuals the opportunity to enjoy meaningful, productive work.  In addition to this, they offer on-going education in all kind s of life skills and enrichment activities, such as Self-defense, Art, Dance, Sign Language, Science, Culture and much more.  This summer participants are learning to grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs in a community garden.  A professional vocal coach directs the Wellspring Wonders Choir, giving these adults the thrill of enjoying music and performing before audiences.  On weekends, Club 21 gives adults with special needs a place to socialize with friends in a safe, supervised and structured setting; and it gives their parents a time of respite.

We are currently working on a residential program so that our participants will have a place to live when their parents can longer care for them.

Until I got involved, I had no idea how desperately these services were needed.  The state of Colorado ranks among the lowest in the nation (47th – 48th) in funding services for individuals with developmental disabilities and the waiting list for services is thousands of people deep.   Wellspring is giving hope to these folks and their families – and we need more partners to advance our mission………

Please go to the website http://wellspringcommunityonline.org/.

One of the things that makes him a nice guy is the fact that he inspires you and doesn’t even know he’s doing it.  And for all the years I’ve known him, never once have I heard him complain about “the accident”.

Greg

 

Jazz @ Vail Square Offers High-Energy Jazz and Blues

Have you enjoyed Jazz at Vail Square yet this summer? There is still time! Today’s performance is the perfect kick off to the Pro Challenge coming through Vail tomorrow.

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Perform Thursday at Jazz @ Vail Square

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Perform Thursday at Jazz @ Vail Square

Today’s performance promises to be a toe-tingling time with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers heat up the Jazz Tent with high-energy jazz and blues that will make anyone and everyone’s body itch to swing. Those who are so inclined are welcomed to take their moves to an open dance floor below the stage.

Hailing from California, Lavay Smith and her band have become a highly revered staple of the San Francisco jazz scene. Of their many awards and accolades, they earned the San Francisco Chronicle’s reader’s choice poll for best band. Nationally, they have been heralded by everyone from actor Dan Akroyd to Bill Clinton for their talent and feel-good dynamic.

The Seattle Times have deemed them “the best thing to come out of the jump/swing revival … the gal can sing her tail off,” and the Boston Globe has commented that the band is  “a notable exception to the retro-swing norm. The saucy vocalist and her crew actually know the difference between jump music and bland R&B in corny suits.”

Snapping her fingers and shaking her hips, Smith belts out her very own, “ruby red lip” and “daddy”-filled  tunes and also adds a fresh level of richness to numbers by such icons as Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.

When asked in a recent podcast about how enjoyable it must be to woo younger generations into the realm of classic jazz and swing, Smith said, “What I really love is when an old guy who may not be a musician comes to the show and loves the music and says, ‘they’re playing my music. You guys are doing it right,’”

The seven-piece Skillet Lickers in and of themselves are star-studded. Founded and led by pianist Chris Siebert, who writes most of the band’s original arrangements, every Skillet Licker (Mike Olmos, Danny Armstrong, Jules Broussard, Robert Stewart, Nat Johnson and Howard Wiley) has an A-list track record of Lincoln Jazz Center performances and recordings with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Qunicy Jones.

“One thing we’ve set out to do in this band is to have some of the power of a big band but the looseness of a small band,” Siebert said. “To play with this horn section, I think, man if I wasn’t playing with them tonight, I’d be paying to see them. I get to play with my heroes and listen to them solo. How did I get to be so lucky?”

What: Jazz @ Vail Square with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22

Where: The weatherproof Jazz Tent at The Arrabelle in Lionshead

Tickets: Preferred seats are $20 in advance, $25 day of show and general admission is FREE on a first-come basis. Visit vailjazz.org.

 

Going, Going, Gone

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

August Jazz lodging promotion accompanies music in the mountains

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.

Yoga at Altitude

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

Greg

The Leaning Pine Over Gore

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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A Hotel Bucking the Trend of Charging for “Extras”

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 travelers 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:

  • NO RESORT FEES!;
  • 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 in the summer;
  • Free snowshoe rentals in the winter;
  • Free GoPro camera rentals;
  • 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

More CML Conference

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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Make-Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Janece does the finishing touches before filming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Greg