Vail shopping shuttle to Silverthorne Outlet stores

If you just can’t get enough shopping done in Vail during your Vail vacation, we have a back-up plan for you.   New this year at the Antlers at Vail, the Silverthorne Outlet stores Express shuttle will be picking up people that wish to do a little shopping over at the Silverthorne Outlet/Factory stores, just 40 minutes from Vail.  The Outlet Shopping Express meets in the Antlers courtyard two times a day, with one trip in the morning and one in the afternoon after skiing.  Cost is $20 for the round trip. It isn’t just for non-skiers.  Wtith the afternoon trip you can even do a little skiing in the morning and a bit of shopping at the factory stores to finish out the day.  Check with the Antlers front desk for pick-up and drop-off times.




Raise Your Stein In Honor of the Antlers’ Proximity to Oktoberfest 2011

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Bratwurst unbridled | Photo by Ernesto Andrade

The following guest post is written by Eliza Cross, an associate of the Antlers’ public relations firm WordenGroup.

I just returned from a great weekend at the Antlers, including a visit to Vail’s Oktoberfest. This annual celebration of beer, brats, polka music, cabbage, dancing, strudel, lederhosen, Fahrvergnügen and all things German is held in Lionshead this year, making it extremely convenient to weave walk back to the Antlers after partaking of the festivities.

I met up with Mary Abel, the lovely and talented Editor in Chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine, and her charming husband Chris. Soon we were joined by the Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine, which was handy because Mr. LeVine seemed to be the only person in the crowd who could answer the oft-asked question of why Oktoberfest is celebrated in September.

“The tradition started when Crown Prince Ludwig von Wieneschnitzels was reviewing the catering options for his wedding to Princess ‘Caraway Spice’ Therese,” he would say with a faraway look in his eye, regaling revelers with facts that would make him a fierce contender in the popular German game Das Trivial Pursuiten. We quickly came to a consensus that we should sample some of the readily-available Beck’s beer; it just seemed more German-ish than Bud Light.


In the midst of the crowd we ran smack into Jennifer Williams, publisher of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles. A little while later, we stumbled upon freelance writer Joy Overbeck. Then we collided with Jennifer Aniston and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Okay, I exaggerated that last part—but there were a lot of extremely important celebrities around in addition to ourselves. Approximately every two minutes, various people in the crowd recognized long-time local Rob and shouted greetings and/or insults (sometimes both), depending on how they knew him.

Before long it was time to get another beer and make a rather important decision:  what type of bratwurst should we eat? This was not an easy choice, given that one could indulge in rattlesnake, elk, wild boar, alligator, buffalo or even chipmunk bratwurst. Okay, I made that up about the chipmunk— but seriously, we had a lot of options.

Bratwurst menu at Oktoberfest | Antlers at Vail

After securing four enormous bratwurst sandwiches loaded with sautéed onions and sauerkraut, we delicately and neatly ate our sandwiches NOT, and began planning our next move:  dessert. We drooled over the sophisticated gelatos at Rimini

…but ultimately decided to indulge in cherry strudel and chocolate-dipped almond cookies, both of which pair surprisingly well with beer.

The happy news for you is that Oktoberfest continues next weekend, September 17 and 18. Anyone on the Antlers staff can point you in the right direction toward the festivities, and you can purchase beer and food tokens on the spot. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a gorgeous Colorado autumn day, head to the Antlers, get settled in a nice room, and then weave your way over to Oktoberfest.

And if you order the chipmunk bratwurst, be sure to tell ’em Prince von Wieneschnitzels sent you.


Vail’s Oktoberfest party and beer celebration

It is just that time !   Vail’s Oktoberfest is the yearly festival of beer, music and fall. It is a time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndl, and toast your steins to the most popular party in the world.

The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oom pah parties, lively demonstrations and traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include brat-eating and Beck’s Keg Bowling contests, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancing. Oktoberfest is two full weekends the whole family will enjoy.  It is in Lionshead near the Antlers at Vail condominiums on September 9 – 11 and then down in Vail Village September 16 – 18.  Both Schedules can be printed here.  The Antlers at Vail will have Vail room rates from $156 per night during this weekends, but these mountain view, Studio suite units will book up early, so call soon.

Party in Lionshead

Vail International Dance Festival

The Vail International Dance Festival is now in its 23rd year with dancers from all over the world performing at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater.  2011’s highlights include the worldwide company debut of New York City Ballet Moves, Mark Morris Dance Groups’ 30th Anniversary Celebration, gala events like the International Evenings of Dance, plus the triumphant return of Trey McIntyre Project.  Call 888-920-2787 for tickets or visit


Come meet Christo in person!

The Vail Symposium (for which the Antlers is the OFFICIAL HOTEL), is hosting a presentation by Christo on July 19.  Tickets to the presentation sold out in a matter of days, HOWEVER … there are still tickets available to a private reception with the man himself!  Those tickets also include the otherwise sold out lecturem, “Chirsto Live in Vail”.

Even better … tickets are $250, but if you’re one of the next ten people to buy a ticket to the reception, the Antlers at Vail will throw in a FREE one-bedroom condominium for the night of the 19th.  Call me directly (970-790-5200).  Rob

USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Vail Colorado

Antlers at Vail Room rates are 35% off for the USA Pro cycling Challenge August 24-26th.  Riverside/mountain view Studio suite rooms from $156 per night with a full size kitchen.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  August 25th is Stage 3 of the USA Cycling Challenge and is the Vail Time Trial going up the old Highway 6 road towards Vail Pass.  It starts right from Vail village.  August 26th will be Stage 4 of USA Cycling Challenge and goes from Avon Colorado to Steamboat.

Here is the “TEAM ANTLERS” bicycling team who should be around town watching the races in August.  Come join us !

Art Fest, BBQ and One Tough Mudder

The Vail Valley is exploding with events this weekend!

The Vail Arts Festival kicks off on Friday in Lionshead Village with over 60 vendors. This open air market is a great place to pick up a new sculpture or a hand made piece of jewelry. The festival runs until Sunday.

The 4th Annual BBQ Bonanza is Saturday and Sunday in Vail Village with live music, BBQ and a pig race.  Swing by and grab some BBQ from local restaurants as they compete for the coveted title of Vail’s Best BBQ!

Beaver Creek welcomes the Tough Mudder competition Saturday and Sunday. Tough Mudder is not your average mud or endurance race. Participants go through 7-12 miles of obstacles designed by British Special forces. Spectator tickets are a suggest donation of $15 with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Vail’s Fall Feast for Food Lovers

Antlers at Vail offers convenient location, excellent value during autumn culinary events

The Antlers at Vail is a convenient home base during Oktoberfest

Vail, Colorado – June 10, 2011–People have always flocked to the Vail Valley in autumn to see the area’s renowned aspen trees turn golden yellow, but this fall ‘foodies’ have even more reasons to visit Vail with numerous culinary-themed offerings throughout the season.

It may be called Oktoberfest, but the festivities for this popular annual festival are held in September – 9-11 and 16-18, 2011, to be exact – with two full weekends of German parties, bratwurst, beer gardens and traditional dance demonstrations held throughout Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail Restaurant Month returns September 19 through October 16, 2011, featuring harvest dinners at local eateries, wine and beer tastings, chef demonstrations and activities for families.

Just minutes from Vail, Minturn Cellars’ tasting room is open every Saturday through the end of October featuring local wines made from grapes from Grand Valley – one of the state’s two designated American Vinticultural Areas. The Marketplace on Meadow Drive includes a bistro, wine shop, deli, bakery, gelato shop and creperie and offers regular tastings and events. Many of Vail’s 100-plus restaurants also offer special ‘shoulder season’ deals and discounts.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located ‘home base’ for fall festivals and activities, with spacious condominiums and fall lodging discounts of up to 35% off regular room rates from September 5 through November 17, 2011; prices for a studio suite start at just $156. Autumn is one of the best times to experience the Vail Valley. The summer crowds are gone, the days are sunny, the evenings are cool — and the values can’t be beat.

Since 1972, the eco-friendly Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers Vail condominiums – named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley Partnership Success Awards – is also proud to be a Green Star rated business. 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 in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail 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.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

The summer festival season is about to begin starting with the Blues, Brews and BBQ happening Memorial Day weekend in Beaver Creek. Enjoy live music and BBQ from around the country! Beaver Creek is also kicking off its summer culinary demonstration series the same weekend.

Amy, Darci, and Katie enjoying a brew!

Free Events Schedule:

12:00 – 6:00pm:  Brews and BBQ on the plaza
12:00 – 4:00pm:  Kids activities
12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm:  Culinary Demonstrations

Free Entertainment Schedule:
Saturday, May 28
12:00pm – 2:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
2:30pm – 4:00pm Seth Walker
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell

Sunday, May 29
12:00pm – 2:00pm Seth Walker
2:30pm – 4:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell


Ski Joring

If you are looking for something a little different to do on a weekend,  I suggest if at all possible heading to Leadville Colorado when they are having their annual Ski Joring event. It typically happens in March and I had the chance to attend this weekend and what fun it was. As someone who grew up ridding horses and skiing I can’t believe I never got involved in this long before now but I guess they just don’t do things like this in New Mexico! The town spends several day putting snow back on the main street packing it down and building jumps. There are two different courses depending on skill level Sport skiers have higher jumps than the Open registration and Legend skiers. They even have a children event (they get pulled by snowmobiles at a much slower pace).


Leadville is a nice little town to spend a day in and a short drive from Vail, dress warm and take your camera. I’m off to start training my horses for next years event!

Mike Fries

2010 Ski Joring Champion Mike Fries