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Vail moose are on the loose

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The Vail moose are roaming around Lionshead again.  Picture from today September 22.  Here they are by the Lionshead bus stop.  A few days ago they almost came in the Antlers at Vail courtyard!  Yikes.

Bigger "baby moose" in Lionshead Wednesday

Baby moose outside Antlers this past Spring

When it was a baby

Vail Firefighters Combat Challenge at Altitude

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge, August 28 – 29, 2010
The “toughest 2 minutes in sports” Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge is scheduled for Ford Park parking lot on August 28-29, beginning at noon on Saturday the 28th at 10am on Sunday the 29th. There will be a special “Kids’ Firefighter Combat Challenge” that the kids will love. Bring the family.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding and respected of occupations.  It is an intense, spirited competition that demonstrates to the viewing public the nature of the job – and no job is more dependant upon the physical prowess of its work force.  The Challenge is an embodiment of the essence of firefighting – an urgent race against time, and time is the mortal enemy of firefighters as fire doubles in size every 90 seconds!  Visit www.firefighterchallenge.com for more information.


Vail Flowers, Vail Fun & camp; Adventure!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

We were fortunate enough to plan our schedules and get a lot of the family up to Vail last weekend – end of July. The Michela /Pignetti kids (that is, our two daughters and their 5 children) had lots of fun, despite the afternoon showers – cycling, time at the Antlers condominiums pool, going up on the mountain for bungee-trampoline and rock wall climbing – they had a blast! Hope to do it again next summer in Vail!

Vail flowers

Vail’s climibing wall at the top of the gondola

Snowitch Aug 5, 2010

Adventure Tubing with Sage Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Adventure Tubing…can those two words really go together in the same sentence?   When I think of tubing, I think of a nice easy float down a stretch of river, not something adventurous.  Well, guess what, those two words go quite nicely together!  In fact, I think they are my two new favorite words together!  I grew up rafting on all the rivers in Colorado and Utah, was a raft guide for 6 years, and loved tubing when I was young.  Little did I know that a family owned company called Sage Outdoor Adventures  (just 100 yards from the Antlers condos) would come up with a NEW outdoor activity to do in Vail beside whitewater rafting.  So…here is a bit of my adventure:  Started out getting to the meeting spot to get all of our gear (wetsuits, booties, gloves, helmets, etc.)  We decided we looked A LOT like frogs with our gloves, but they really helped with navigating down the river!

After dressing in our amazingly attractive wetsuits, we jumped into the river in our tubes and set off downriver!   We got a little taste of everything.  From relaxing in the calm water to getting splashed by the waves in the little rapids.  It was awesome!  We saw some amazing wildlife too!  A blue heron was drinking out of the river next to us and flew right above us- it was beautiful!  Saw some baby ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds.  There is nothing quite like being outside, in the wild!

Meadow Mountain biking

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Looking for an easier mountain bike ride near the Antlers at Vail hotel ?  Try Meadow mountain for some mountain biking down near the town of Minturn.  Go West on I-70 to Down junction, exit 171.  Park at the U.S. Forest service station at Dowd Junction just southoff of Interstate 70.  Once in the parking lot and on your bikes, go south of the parking lot and start up the double track road.  After about 1 mile of climbing you’ll come to a sign on your left that says, “1 mile to Grouse mountain trail”.  Take this single track here that goes south.  It is a fantastic trail.  There are two short hike a bike sections for about 10 feet.  Once you cross the bridge (over Grouse Creek), you’ll come out to a double track (Grouse Mountain trail)  Turn left here going back down to Hwy 24.  Just return on Hwy 24 going North for about 3/4 of a mile back to the parking lot.  Quick and easy.

Riding on Meadow Mountain

Overlooking Minturn, CO

Vail flowers

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

The flowers around Vail are sure out this summer.  Just a quick pic.

Recipe of the Week from Chef Angelee Aurillo

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Hi Everyone!  This recipe came about on a snowy day, (just like today) and by me not wanting to leave to go to the market (just like today); only using ingredients I had in the kitchen.  I wanted something quick, light and satisfying.  For some reason, the sharpness of mustard was tasting delicious to me…The night before, I had made the Dijon Chicken recipe I posted a few weeks ago.  For anyone who is wondering, our dinner was the Paillard of Chicken with a Dijon Sauce; Sauté of Spinach with Grape Tomatoes and Jalapeños; and Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes…This salad was made with left over Chicken, Jalapeño, Grape Tomatoes and Baked Potato.  If you are making this recipe without these left over ingredients, poke some holes in the potatoes and throw them into the oven on some foil 40 minutes before roasting the chicken.  Using a Roasted Chicken from the market would make this salad even easier!  I would enjoy this salad with some warm bread and a buttery Chardonnay…Divine lunch or dinner!!

Chef Angelee Aurillo

Roasted Chicken, Grape Tomatoes, Salad tossed in a Dijon, Lime, Jalapeño and Honey Vinaigrette (Serves 4)

Dijon, Lime, Jalapeño, Honey Vinaigrette

2T Dijon Mustard

1/4c Lime Juice

2t Honey

¼ of a Jalapeño, minced

1/2c Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4c Vegetable Oil (mix the two oils together)

Salt

Roasted Chicken (OR both breasts from a market roasted chicken)

2-3 Skinless Chicken Breasts

Vegetable Oil (Or Non-Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Garlic Powder

Paprika

Potato “Croutons”

2 Baked Potatoes, cooled, peeled and cut into a “crouton” size dice

Vegetable Oil

Garlic Powder, Salt& Pepper

Mixed Field Greens Salad

Mixed Field Greens for 4

10 Grape Tomatoes, quartered

1 small shallot, thinly sliced

Salt& Pepper

Preheat oven to 350*.  Bake the potatoes until soft through the center.  Rub the chicken breasts with oil and Garlic powder.  Sprinkle with Paprika.  Fold the thinner end of the chicken under so the chicken breast has the same thickness.  Roast in the oven for 18 minutes or until cooked through.  Let the chicken cool slightly.  Keep warm and slice the breasts into four portions just before serving.  After slicing, sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper.

While the chicken is roasting:

Make the croutons: Dice the cooked potato into “crouton” size cubes.  In a bowl, add the oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Add the cooked potato cubes and toss well to coat.  In a sauté pan, cook the potatoes over medium heat until browned on all sides.  Keep warm until ready to serve. 

Make the vinaigrette: In the bowl, in which you will be tossing the salad, whisk together the first four ingredients.  (I like to put a damp cloth or damp paper towel under the bowl to keep it from moving while whisking.)  In a slow stream begin adding the oil while vigorously whisking until you have a nice emulsification.  Add salt and put aside, reserving a bit to drizzle over the chicken.  Or sometimes, what I like to do is use a jar with a tight fitting lid with all of the vinaigrette ingredients inside.  Vigorously shake and serve…Super easy.

 In the bowl with the vinaigrette, add the tomatoes, shallots, the mixed field greens and half of the potato “croutons”.  Gently toss together.  Divide the salad onto 4 plates.  Sprinkle the remaining “croutons” and fan  the chicken at 6:00 (as if you were looking at a clock), sprinkle with a bit of salt and freshly cracked pepper (if you so desire), drizzle the reserved dressing across the chicken and serve…Try to have some of the tomatoes visible on the salad; it adds great color.  Enjoy!!

Fun Fishing & Some Unexpected Moments

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

We had a surprising moments when were fly fishing this past Labor Day at the end of the Owners Weekend at The Antlers. I was fishing in a small lake up at the end of the Vail Golf Course and some movement caught my eye. I turned and there were two of the biggest “marmots” that I had ever seen swimming in the lake – looked like they were patrolling “their” territory. I was puzzled as I had never seen such big marmots and they were totally unafraid of me – came within abou 15 feet – I thought they were going to take my fly…then one slapped his tail on the water and they both dove under …and I realized they were big beavers, with a nest right at waters edge! They stayed with me while I was there – occasionally slipping into the water and patrolling their territory. What a great experience!! -

From SnowWitch, September 2009

Bears in Vail, can't get in the Antlers bear proof trash bins

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Well the bears are sure out in full force around the Antlers at Vail this month.   There have been many stories in Vail about the bears getting into the trash, into cars, dumpsters, etc. as they eat as much as they can to store fat for the coming winter.  A couple of  mornings ago we found one of our bear proof trash containers tipped over.  Was it a bear?  Not that we were checking, but……. the trash bin had some great food from Garfinkles that was thrown away.  Probably it smelled pretty good for a bear.
Bear
Tipped over trash can, it was heavy

Vail Pass new Highway clean up sign for Antlers at Vail

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Antlers at Vail has a 2 mile section of Interstate 70 up on the top of Vail Pass that we clean up.  This past June a number of guests even gave us a hand!  It is one of the most beautiful sections of highway through the State of Colorado.  And guess what?  We just got some new signs placed by the highway department this summer.  They look great.  Thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation.


Antlers new Highway clean-up sign near Vail Pass bike path