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2014 Vail Golf Course Openings

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Vail area boasts a large variety of golf courses set amidst the natural beauty of majestic peaks. Many of these Vail golf courses were designed by greats such as Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and equal Vail’s world-class skiing.

The 2014 golf season in Vail has begun! We are in the window of time here in our happy valley where you can ski in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. So far Gypsum Creek and Eagle Ranch have opened, with Sonnenalp to follow this weekend. Following is a list of 2014 Vail golf course opening dates. Our front desk is always happy to help you make a tee time. Happy golfing!

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Vail Golf Club opens early May. Photo courtesy Vail Rec District.

2014 Vail Golf Course Openings

Beaver Creek Golf Club Opens May 9, 2014

Eagle Ranch Golf Club is Now Open

Eagle Vail Golf Club Opens Early May

Gypsum Creek Golf Club is Now Open

Red Sky Ranch Golf Club Opens May 9, 2014

The Club at Cordillera Opens the Valley Course April 2014

Sonnenalp Golf Club Opens April 12, 2014

The Vail Golf Club Opens Early May 2014

 

Golden Glow of Fall in Vail

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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

Jazz @ Vail Square Offers High-Energy Jazz and Blues

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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.

 

Antlers at Vail Biking Tradition

Wednesday, 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!

bike jersey back    bike jersey front

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

A Hotel Bucking the Trend of Charging for “Extras”

Thursday, 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

We Love I-70 … Usually.

Thursday, 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

Pets and Musical Children Make the Antlers at Vail Home

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games.

Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games.

We love the variety of friends who make the Antlers their home while here in Vail. As the official pet-friendly hotel of the Go Pro Mountain Games, we enjoyed many furry friends visiting over the weekend. Those furry friends included a skateboarding bulldog and competitors in the 2013 Dock Dogs competition at the GoPro Mountain Games. Most of those friends have checked out now, and our friends at the Colorado Children’s Chorale have checked in. Our condo arrangements (from studios to four-bedroom condos, all with full kitchens) make us an ideal home for families, or anyone coming for an extended stay.

 

The Colorado Children's Chorale during their annual visit at the Antlers at Vail.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale during their annual visit at the Antlers at Vail.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale is at the Antlers for their annual visit.  They are in town for a workshop designed to develop performance skills such as singing, dancing, acting and stage movement. Professional conductors and Chorale members work with attendees to share music and theater skills plus elements of teamwork and self confidence. The workshop concludes with a performance, Voices in the Valley, featuring workshop participants on stage with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s a taste of all the fun we’re looking forward to at the Antlers at Vail Condominiums and Conference Center this week in a video of the Colorado Children’s Chorale Rehearsing in the Antlers at Vail Courtyard in 2010.

Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package Lets Colorado Golfers Save by Spending in Vail Valley

Antlers at Vail’s New Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package Lets Colorado Golfers Save by Spending in Vail Valley

Antlers at Vail’s New Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package Lets Colorado Golfers Save by Spending in Vail Valley. Photo courtesy of Jack Affleck.

With outrageous views, courses designed by golfing greats like Palmer and Norman, and those extra-long high-altitude drives, Vail, Colo., knows how to make every golfer feel like Tiger Woods. Now Antlers at Vail makes a good thing even better with its new Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package – crediting $100 off the regular room rate of each night’s stay May 15 – June 26 and September 9 – October 14, 2013, toward golf, meals, or any activities or retail purchases made in Vail.

“Show us your receipts for up to $100 a day spent in Vail, and we’ll credit that amount to your room bill,” says Antlers at Vail General Manager Rob LeVine, who says the new golf package is “perfect for spontaneous guests” who don’t want to be tied to a specific itinerary in advance.

With 17 championship golf courses within a 38-mile radius, half of them open to the public, Vail Valley is a links-lover’s dream. To help create the perfect golfing getaway, Antlers at Vail’s expert travel staff – including LeVine, an avid golfer – can recommend the perfect course, as well as arranging tee times, restaurant reservations and more. Vail area golf courses include:

  • Vail Golf Club – highlighted by views of the Gore Mountain Range, this mountain-style 18-hole course is a favorite with guests and locals alike, featuring uniquely challenging fairways with everything from bunkers to beaver ponds to test golfers’ accuracy.
  • Eagle Ranch Golf Club – recently honored by Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine as the “Best Mountain Course in Colorado for under a $100 green fee,” this Arnold Palmer-designed public course has the feel of a links course plus an extensive practice facility.
  • Eagle Vail Golf Club – this unique 18-hole river-and-woods course crosses the scenic Eagle River several times on the front nine and challenges golfers with big elevation changes among aspen, lodgepole pine and fir trees on the back nine. Brand new GPS-equipped golf carts help keep golfers on track.
  • Sonnenalp Golf Club – located in the Edwards Valley, this 7,100-yard semi-private course has been recognized by Golf Digest in its “Top 100 Resort Courses” and consistently ranks as one of Colorado’s top three courses in Colorado Golf Magazine. Antlers GM LeVine is a Sonnenalp member. “I’m always looking for an excuse to get to know Antlers guests better, if you happen to need a fourth – hint, hint,” he says with a smile.

The Antlers at Vail’s Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package is available May 15 – June 26 and September 9 – October 14, 2013 and provides a discount of up to $100/night based on Vail purchases made that day. Antlers at Vail rates start at $240/night for a Studio Suite ($140 after $100 credit). Unfortunately, the Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Vail Valley golf events of note taking place during Antlers at Vail’s spring offering of its Build-Your-Own Vail Golf Package include the 10th Mountain Division Tribute Tournament on May 27 at the Red Sky Ranch Golf Club in Eagle County with proceeds to fund ongoing educational programs and exhibits at the Colorado Ski Museum, headquartered in Vail. Then on May 31, the Eagle Chamber holds its annual fundraising event the Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament at the Eagle Ranch Golf Club, with proceeds going toward the Eagle Chamber Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to an Eagle Valley High School Senior. And on June 15, the Golf Channel will hold its Vail Valley Open at Eagle Ranch Golf Club, providing an authentic PGA Tour experience for players of all abilities.

 

Jazz @ Vail Square Comes to Lionshead Starting July 4

Monday, May 20th, 2013
Will Campa belts in out in the tent at Vail Square in 2012.. by Anthony Thornton

Will Campa belts in out in the tent at Vail Square in 2012.. by Anthony Thornton

The 2013 Jazz @ Vail Square Thursday night lineup brings stars from every corner of the jazz genre to the Antlers’ neighborhood

The Vail Jazz Festival in Vail, Colo., has planted itself firmly on the map for jazz connoisseurs all over the world, but in recent years with its mix of Cuban, Latin, rock, blues, swing and soul, it has seriously pushed the limits of the genre and has thus attracted a slew of enthusiastic new fans. Celebrating its 19th year, this summer is sure to recruit a whole lot more.

The festival stops in the Antlers’ neighborhood in Lionshead from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday for Jazz @ Vail Square in an open-air tent, just 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail.

Here’s the lineup:

July 4: Curtis Stigers and SaRon Crenshaw pay tribute to The Red, White & The Blues.  Kicking off the summer’s star-studded lineup with a star-spangled onslaught of talent with renowned saxophonist/vocalist Curtis Stigers and New York-based guitarist SaRon Crenshaw paying tribute to all that’s red hot and bluesy. Have you heard the theme song to Sons of Anarchy? That’s Stigers. He headlines the Pops with Bravo! Vail last year with 3,000 people listening in rapt wonder.

July 11: Wil Campa y Su Gran Union. Get your dancing shoes on for a veritable circus of steel-drum infused energy. Great indeed, the Cuban ensemble is comprised of 12 musicians who typically break out in collaborative stepping and instrument swinging. Making their Vail debut last year, they are back by popular demand.

July 18: Ann Hampton Callaway.  Having performed on Broadway, sung with Wynton Marsalis and the Boston Pops and wowed the valley with her passionate, spontaneous delivery last winter when she landed at the Vilar Center paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Callaway returns to highlight the nation’s most revered stage and screen classics in her Great American Songbook-focused performance.

July 25: Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo.  Although Frank Vignola may be a jazz guitarist, he has been influenced by rock icons such as Eddie Van Halen and Frank Zappa, and has played sidekick to the likes of Madonna and Ringo Starr. Five years ago, he teamed up with fellow New York guitarist Vinny Raniolo and the duo make their strings smoke as they match melodies on stage.

Aug. 1: John Pizzarelli Quartet. You could say that John Pizzarelli comes from a musical family. His father Bucky performed for two presidents (Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton) and was in the band for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. John has played guitar with James Taylor and Paul McCartney. Along with his brother Martin on stand-up bass, John will be joined by his wife, fellow guitarist Jessica Molaskey, with whom he has a radio show in New York City. Pianist Larry Fuller and drummer Tony Tedesco round out the ensemble. Expect surprising, unique twists on jazz classics.

Aug. 8: Tommy Igoe Sextet. The spotlight turns onto the drum kit for this show, in which Tommy Igoe  (son of legend Sonny Igoe) hammers out numbers that are guaranteed not to be your grandpa’s jazz. Having written the drumline for Broadway’s The Lion King, Igoe takes after everyone from his father to The Beatles. He started The Birdland Big Band, which is famous for regularly selling out Manhattan’s Birdland Jazz Club. He is joined by five more virtuoso musicians.

Aug. 15: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band. Also a percussionist, Poncho Sanchez specializes in the congo and can also belt out his fair share of salsa. He and his band have won Grammys for best Latin Jazz. Bringing an onslaught of horns, piano, percussion and a lot of Latin soul, Sanchez should ignite a dance party if not an actual flame or two.

 Aug. 22: Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Some people view jazz as a chilled out brand of music best suited for closed eye listening and calm finger snapping, but Lavay Smith takes that stereotype and launches it right out of its armchair. Oh, and did someone say dance party? With vocal stylings reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, Lavay brings not just her Skillet Lickers to Vail but also some serious swing dancing.

Aug. 29: Clayton Brothers Sextet and The Vail Jazz All-Stars. Mainstays and resident heroes of the Vail Jazz Festival, saxophonist Jeff Clayton and bassist John Clayton compose the most dynamic delivery of original jazz this side of the Rocky Mountains with fellow famed jazz stars Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Bill Cunliffe on piano, Wycliffe Gordon on Trombone and Lewis Nash on drums. The energy leaps yet an extra octave with the Vail Jazz All Stars – a selection of the most talented young jazz musicians in North America whom the Sextet has mentored through the intensive Vail Jazz Workshop. It all leads up to this, the climax.

If you are staying at the Antlers, not only will you be able to conveniently access the performances, but you also might even be able to catch some of the fabulous sounds from your hotel condo balcony. We are looking forward to it!

 

 

Outside Adventure Film School

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The Antlers at Vail is proud to welcome the Outside Adventure Film School back to the Antlers for the 5th year in a row. The Adventure Film School, sponsored by Outside Magazine and presented by Serac Adventure Films, is an intensive one-week program held June 5 – 12, 2013 teaching students how to take their film from concept to screening with expert help every step of the way. Held in Vail Colorado during the GoPro Mountain Games when professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines, it offers a multitude of opportunities to capture action and adventure as subject matter. At the conclusion of the games, the students with the help of some amazing film makers including school founder Michael Brown, edit their footage down to short films. The Antlers hosts a FREE film showcase where the students show off their talent and hard work with a collection of fun, funny and entertaining short films. This is a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes and up close in the world of adventure film making.  The showcase will be on Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Antlers conference room. Light snacks, sodas, beer and wine will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Here are some great videos from past Adventure Film School Students in Vail and beyond!

If you are interested in participating in the school there are still a few spots available. For more information visit www.adventurefilmschool.com.

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