Epic Discovery Vail Debuts

Epic Discovery Vail Debuted June 2016

Fun can be had at Epic Discovery simply exploring the new story stakes and viewfinders. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/Andrew Taylor.

Fun can be had at Epic Discovery simply exploring the new story stakes and viewfinders. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/Andrew Taylor.

Founded in the 1960s, Vail is one of the youngest towns and ski resorts in the nation. Since inception it has been a popular ski mountain, although the summers were a bit slower to grow. When almost every local resident will tell you, “I came for the winter but stayed for the summer,” you know that is bound to change. Vail may have just reached the tipping point for its attractiveness as a summer destination with the debut of Epic Discovery — the new on-mountain summer adventure at Vail with zip lines, alpine coaster, aerial adventures, and educational components.

Epic Discovery Vail provides a unique, connected, on-mountain summer experience, immersing guests in activities which provide big-time thrills, allow them to challenge themselves physically, guide them to explore and better understand their natural surroundings, and ultimately create lifelong memories. This first-of-its-kind comprehensive on-mountain summer adventure features components such as zip lines, an aerial adventure, alpine coaster, wildlife trail exploration, and interactive, “learn-through-play” activities.

The Eagle Bahn gondola has always taken summer visitor to fun activities atop Vail Mountain but the new additions as well as the connection to our natural environment that pull the whole experience together is pretty spectacular.

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The Forest Flyer winds its way 3,400 feet down the mountain, following the natural contours of the landscape through the forest. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Andrew Taylor.

As a parent I was excited to see activities even for young visitors. Many of the kids activities do require the child to be 3 years of age and more than 30 lbs, but once they meet those requirements there’s not much they can’t do on the kids course. Adults can also ride free with the children too small to ride by themselves on the Forest Flyer.

Speaking of… You will want to take time to ride the Forest Flyer which winds its way 3,400 feet down the mountain, following the natural contours of the landscape through the forest. Speed is your friend as you fly through the forest on a raised alpine coaster!

Grab a tube, hop a lift, get a rush on one of the two summer tubing hills. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Andrew Taylor.

Grab a tube, hop a lift, get a rush on one of the two summer tubing hills. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Andrew Taylor.

Adventurers young and old will love taking thrilling runs down the 550 ft-long Eagle’s Nest Summer Tubing hill. Music entertains you the whole way down, while the Adventure Bahn carpet ride will take you back to the top. The younger kids will want to grab a tube and glide down the mountain on a thrilling, adrenaline-fueled Marmot Mini Tubing ride. The multi-lane tubing hill features two runs, and easy-access surface lift gets you back up top fast.

There are two adventure courses available where you can put your strength and balance to the test as you explore challenging obstacle areas via ropes, bridges, logs and balance elements, all with a bird’s eye view of Vail’s surrounding mountain ranges.

Put your strength to the test on one of the two challenge courses atop Vail Mountain. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Andrew Taylor.

Put your strength to the test on one of the two challenge courses atop Vail Mountain. Photo courtesy Vail Resorts/ Jack Affleck.

There are two levels of thrilling zip lines available at the mountain top. BUT if you really want an aerial adventure try out the Game Creek Aerial Adventure. Fly through and above the forest habitat with an array of seven ziplines and aerial bridges. Learn about the mountain ecosystem while working your way through each course’s challenges. Experience nearly 2 miles of ziplining over the course of a 3-4 hour tour.

A variety of Epic Discovery passes are available including:

Ultimate Adventure Pass for $89 (TIP: Epic Season Pass 2016-17 holders receive $17 off for a $72 price)
The Ultimate Adventure Pass provides unlimited all-day access to an array of thrilling activities, including the Forest Flyer alpine coaster. Ideal for adults and kids alike, this pass includes a FREE companion ride-along ticket for the Forest Flyer (so parents can join their kids if they can’t ride alone) and a Scenic Gondola Ride up the mountain to reach Epic Discovery.

Little Explorer Pass for $49
The Little Explorer Pass, designed for the smallest guests, provides an introductory Epic Discovery experience. This pass includes a Scenic Gondola Ride up the mountain to reach Epic Discovery. (Note: The pass does not include access to the Forest Flyer alpine coaster.)

Game Creek Aerial Adventure for $189 (Includes the Ultimate Adventure Pass)
Activity Restrictions: Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 75-250lbs. Participants under 14 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult. Harness must fit properly. Fully enclosed footwear required for all activities. Reservations are required. Call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245) to reserve.

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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!

Antlers at Vail Tip Sheet: Top 10 Reasons to Visit Vail this Summer

Looking for sunny days, cool nights, fresh mountain air, beautiful scenery, outdoor adventure and bountiful cultural events? Vail has it all. From the internationally known cultural events – many of them free and enjoyed in the open air – to family-friendly hikes among wildflowers to more challenging backcountry adventure and the dining and shopping experiences available in town, it’s hard to limit our reasons to visit Vail this summer to just 10 favorites. So we suggest you use this list as a jumping off point – and if you need help creating a more personalized plan for your visit, just ask us!

Here, in no particular order, are our Top 10 picks for this summer:

Wildflower abound during the Vail Summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them -- biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

Wildflowers abound during Vail Summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them — biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

Vail on 2 Wheels. Vail Resort is home to all levels of mountain biking and road biking trails for every kind of biker.  Eagle County offers a stunning 58 miles of paved recreational paths for biking. To sample portions of the Vail bike path, or for a quick ride to a local restaurant or other summer activities, the Antlers at Vail provides a selection of complimentary cruiser bikes for guests to use.

Bravo! Vail. Held this summer from July 1 – Aug. 6, Bravo! Vail is the only festival in North America to host three of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. An unparalleled live musical experience in beautiful mountain scenery, this is a highly anticipated event with a rich schedule of complimentary and ticketed events. And for an “insider” experience of the festival, Antlers at Vail guests can take advantage of the hotel’s Bravo! Like a Local package.

The breathtaking outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is home to both Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival events.

The breathtaking outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is home to both Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival events.

Take a Hike! Vail offers miles and miles of scenic mountain terrain for hikers of all levels where wildflowers abound and wildlife is often spotted. Visit Vail.com for a list of trails and hiking options. Bring Fido along for your trek and then cozy up with him back at the Antlers at Vail, with a well-known pet friendly policy that includes being named the official dog friendly lodge of the GoPro Mountain Games each June.

Just Dance. Now in its 26th year, the Vail International Dance Festival is a two-week celebration featuring both performance and educational elements in the art of dance. The Festival, scheduled July 27 – Aug. 10, features many “boldface dance world names” and “has championed the intermingling of dancers across companies and genres, often encouraging them to perform works they wouldn’t have the chance to do with their home companies,” according to The New York Times, while taking advantage of a variety of venues including the breathtaking outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center and Solaris in Vail Village.

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Vail Golf Club is just one of the many stunning high-altitude golf courses where your ball can fly farther in Vail this summer.

Hit the Club. The Golf Club! 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 staff – including Antlers GM Rob LeVine, an avid golfer with firsthand experience of legendary courses from Carnoustie to Pebble Beach – can recommend the perfect course, as well as arranging tee times.

All that Jazz. Jazz lovers delight in Vail’s Summer Jazz performances from July 2 through Sept. 3. A total of 10 performances will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays under the jazz tent at Vail Square in Lionshead Village just outside the Antlers’ front door. Additional Vail Valley venues also host performances, including the free music at the Vail farmer’s market on Sundays. For the complete Vail Jazz Festival schedule, visit http://www.vailjazz.org/.

Iconic Colorado fishing with Fly Fishing Outfitters and the Antlers at Vail hotel

Iconic Colorado fishing with Fly Fishing Outfitters and the Antlers at Vail hotel

Gone Fishing.   Vail offers a variety of opportunities for anglers to enjoy the region’s many lakes and rivers for a scenic fishing float trip or for fly fishing.  Those interested in a guided fly fishing trip with professionals can check out services from Fly Fishing Outfitters, who have also partnered with Antlers for a “Flights & Flies” stay-and-play package for fall. Or for an ad hoc “fish with a local” opportunity take advantage of the several Antlers staff members who love to share their knowledge of fishing – recently mentioned in a Denver Post article on experiential travel.

Rise to New Heights. Take a scenic Gondola ride to the top of Vail’s Eagle Bahn where Vail Mountain Resort’s Adventure Ridge offers an array of outdoor activities such as zip lining, challenges courses and motor tours, as well as dining with a view.

Go from Farm to Table. Enjoy summer Sundays at the outdoor Vail Farmers Market, which features over 135 tents with vendors offering deliciously unique prepared food, fresh produce, clothing and accessories along with live entertainment and more. And Antlers at Vail guests can pick up the fixing’s for a DIY meal cooked in the condominium hotel’s fully equipped kitchens.

Many of Vail's best restaurants have picturesque patios for peak people watching and fresh air dining and drinking. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck, VLMD.

Many of Vail’s best restaurants have picturesque patios for peak people watching and fresh air dining and drinking. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck, VLMD.

Dine Outdoors. Vail is loaded with fantastic restaurant options during the summer months, and many of the area’s best offerings have picturesque patios for peak people watching and fresh air dining and drinking. Some of the Antlers’ staff’s favorite Vail patios include the Alpenrose Restaurant, Pepi’s Bar and Mountain Standard.

Vail Summer On Its Way

Rain Showers and Bright Flowers

Wildflower abound during the Vail Summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them -- biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

Wildflowers abound during the Vail summer and there are plenty of fun ways to view them — biking, hiking horseback riding or even a ride on the gondola.

This has to have been one of the rainiest Mays that I can remember. I heard earlier this week that snowpack is now back to over 100%, a significant jump from where it was in April. While earlier this month we were feeling a little cheated out of our 300 days of sunshine, all of the moisture bodes really well for the summer. The plants are a brilliant green and flowers are blooming everywhere. I can’t wait to see what the wildflowers will be like very soon!

Drumroll… Epic Vail Summer Events

It is hard to believe that this weekend is already Memorial Day, but it is. Memorial Day is a great time to visit Vail. Lodging prices are still at a value level. Restaurants are still having specials and it isn’t too crowded. The big event Memorial Day weekend is the 12th annual Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQs. May 23-25, 2015 top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching microbrews at one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings.

The GoPro Mountain games kick off the spectacular season of Vail summer sports.

The GoPro Mountain games kick off the spectacular season of Vail summer sports.

Blues, Brews & BBQs may bill themselves as the unofficial start to summer but that honor should really be bestowed upon the GoPro Mountain Games. The GoPro Mountain Games (of which we are the pet-friendly lodging sponsor) are the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music which returns to Vail, June 4 – 7, 2015. 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 is when summer sports kick into full gear. The rivers are running for water sports and the trails are open for biking, hiking and running.

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to again be the Vail lodging partner for the Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat.

June 18 – 21 the Antlers at Vail hotel is once again excited to host the second annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, an inclusive weekend of golf, yoga, wellness and relaxation that takes full advantage of the spectacular Rocky Mountain setting.

The Vail Farmers Market begins June 21. Summer-long performances at Bravo! Vail begin July 1, Vail Jazz June 28, Vail Bluegrass July 1.

Of course the Fourth of July weekend not only boasts the largest fireworks display in the Rocky Mountains, a pyrotechnic extravaganza of dazzling color and sound, but also a fantastic parade and many other family events.

Vail summer is sure to have something for everyone and in a spectacular Rocky Mountain setting. You may have heard the local saying, “I came for the winters but stayed because of the summers.” We hope to see you this summer and share the experience.

Women’s Golf, Yoga, Wellness and Relaxation at the Antlers

Vail Women's Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat

Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings.

It is almost always yoga season here at the Antlers with our twice weekly complimentary yoga classes for guests, and golf season is also now upon us too. Yoga, golf and the Antlers go together like three peas in a pod.

We are once again excited to host an inclusive weekend of golf, yoga, wellness and relaxation this summer put on by the Vail Golf Club and LINC Golf & Wellness. Slated for June 18-21, the second annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings while enjoying an unique learning environment with instructors, special guests and more.

Limited to 20 participants, golfers of all levels are welcome – including beginners – as are those who practice yoga at different levels, or not at all. Retreat costs are $1,099 for those registering by May 1 and $1,199 after May 1. The extended weekend includes:
•    Three-night stay at The Antlers at Vail in Lionshead
•    Two 18 hole rounds at the Vail Golf Club
•    Evening cocktail and dinner receptions
•    PGA & LPGA instruction, plus specialized on-course coaching
•    RYT certified instruction during daily yoga classes
•    Golf and yoga workshops
•    Lunch following golf on Friday and Saturday
•    Additional activities such as guided hikes on Vail Mountain and more

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for the 2nd annual Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat.

Passionate about living life to its fullest, LINC Golf & Wellness founder, Kathleen Heiney, who is a LPGA teaching professional, RYT certified yoga instructor and fitness expert, says she is excited to offer the return of the retreat this summer. “Last year’s event was such a great success and it was amazing watching the women connect and improve their game,” said Heiney. “Many of them continued to play throughout the summer. That’s what the event is all about – new relationships and lasting golfing friendships.”

Joining Heiney, Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Class A certified professional, Alice Plain will bring her insights and skills to the group. “We’re thrilled to offer the retreat for a second summer,” said Plain. “Vail is a beautiful setting and our participants will leave feeling refreshed, have a new love for the game of golf and yoga and a sense of accomplishment, all the while enjoying a wonderful weekend in the mountains.”

**Additionally, on Sunday, June 21, the Vail Golf Club will offer two for one golf for retreat participant’s significant others (or fathers for Father’s Day). An additional night at The Antlers at Vail will be offered at a discount.

For more information about the Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, or to register, contact Heiney at 303-380-7175, email kh@lincgolfandwellness.com, visit www.Lincgolfandwellness.com or www.vailgolfclub.net.

Stay & Play Vail Golf Package

The Antlers is now offering a Stay & Play Golf Package starting at only $109.50 per person

The Antlers is now offering a Stay & Play Golf Package starting at only $109.50 per person

With spectacular views, courses designed by golfing greats like Arnold Palmer, and those extra-long high-altitude drives, Vail, Colorado, knows how to make every golfer feel like Tiger Woods. Now Antlers at Vail makes a good thing even better with its 2014 Stay & Play Package. Starting at $219* (only $109.50 per person!), two people can spend a relaxing night in a spacious Antlers at Vail condo located on Gore Creek and also play a round of golf at Eagle Ranch.

Situated in Brush Creek Valley, Eagle Ranch Golf Club sits at an elevation of 6,600 feet above sea level. Eagle Ranch is an Arnold Palmer Signature Design set in the center of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Mr. Arnold Palmer designed the layout, which includes an interesting variety of mountain and links-style holes. The open, rolling fairways lead to large, undulating greens which play fast. There’s water on most holes and strategically-placed bunkers throughout. Eagle Ranch demands accuracy. But with five sets of tees there’s fairness for golfers of all abilities.

Call 800.843.8245 to book your stay & play golf package today!

*One night lodging Sunday through Thursday in a 1-bedroom condo and a round of golf at Eagle Ranch for two people is only $219. One night lodging Friday or Saturday in a 1-bedroom condo and a round of golf at Eagle Ranch for two people is only $249. Upgraded condos available. Subject to availability.

Antlers Lobby Serves as Brief Refuge for Baby Moose

There is never a dull moment at the Antlers at Vail hotel! A baby moose sought a brief refuge in our lobby yesterday morning. We are hoping it safely finds its way back to mamma.

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife website has resources for how to act when encountering wildlife and specific information on Moose in Colorado.

Update: Resulting news stories on 9News and USA Today.

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A sweet little baby moose sought a brief refuge in the Antlers at Vail hotel lobby yesterday morning.

Antlers at Vail Hosts Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat

VailGolfClub_RetreatLogoThe Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for another new and exciting event–the inaugural Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat which will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings while enjoying an unique learning environment with instructors, special guests and more, June 19-22.

The Vail Women’s Golf & Yoga Wellness Retreat includes:

• Three-night stay at The Antlers at Vail hotel
• Two 18 hole rounds at the Vail Golf Club
• Evening cocktail and dinner receptions on Thursday and Saturday
• PGA & LPGA instruction, plus specialized on-course coaching
• RYT certified instruction during daily yoga classes
• Golf, yoga and wellness workshops
• Lunch following golf on Friday and Saturday
• Guided hiking on Vail Mountain

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The Antlers at Vail is excited to be the Vail lodging partner for the inaugural Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat.

Passionate about living life to its fullest, LINC Golf & Wellness founder, Kathleen Heiney, who is a LPGA teaching professional, RYT certified yoga instructor and fitness expert, was the brainchild behind this unique event coming to Vail. She says it’s amazing what can happen when students focus on the mind-body connection. “I have always wanted to create an amazing weekend that incorporates both golf and yoga,” said Heiney. “The two sports go hand-in-hand. When I started teaching and practicing yoga, I realized how much my game started to shift. Not only will yoga improve your flexibility in your swing, but it will ultimately improve the strength and power of your mind. That’s the beauty of combining the two together.”

Vail Women's Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat

Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat will help women connect, learn, network and explore Vail’s picturesque surroundings.

Joining Heiney are Vail Golf Club Director and PGA Class A certified professional, Alice Plain, and former NJCAA National College Coach of the Year and inspire Golf founder, Jon Levy, to round out the all-star cast of instructors for the event’s inaugural year. Each will bring with them not only a passion for golf, but enthusiasm for overall health and wellness, learning and fun during the retreat. “Vail is a beautiful setting for this unique retreat,” said Plain. “Our participants will leave feeling refreshed, have a new love for the game of golf and yoga and a sense of accomplishment, all the while enjoying a wonderful weekend in the mountains.”

Limited to 30 participants, golfers of all levels are welcome – including beginners – as are those who practice yoga at different levels, or not at all. Event cost will increase to $1,199 after May 5.

For more information about the inaugural Vail Women’s Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat, or to register, contact Heiney at 303-380-7175, email kathleen@linc2sucess.com or visit www.Lincgolfandwellness.com, www.inspiredgolfing.com or www.vailgolfclub.net.

2014 Vail Golf Course Openings

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

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