Posts Tagged ‘Vail’

Montauk Seafood Grill

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Ask any Antlers employee where they go for seafood and chances are they will say Montauk. With fresh fish and seafood flown in daily Montauk Seafood Grill is the perfect restaurant if you have a hankering for some coastal fare while land locked in the mountains. Located in Lionshead Village, just steps from the Antlers, it is an ideal location for guests not wanting to venture too far from their condo. While Montauk specializes in seafood they also have a variety of steaks and an ever-changing grill list.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A few of my menu favorites are the malpeque oysters on the half shell,

Crispy Calamari

Rhode Island calamari with basil aioli & tomato caper dipping sauces, Hawaiian ahi tuna, and the herb crusted halibut. Other Antlers favorites include the lobster mac and cheese with mascarpone and aged white cheddar and chives, Alaskan king crab legs and the specialty cocktails.

Here are some of our Montauk pictures taken over the last few months

Former employee Rob Gray ready to chow down on some crab

Ratz, Darci, Sara, Joe, Amy, Mark and Tyler

Oyster Shooters......Bottoms up!

Amy is really excited to eat!

Its Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas…..(Dec. 18-25)

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

The holidays in Vail can be a magical combination.  This year looks to be better than ever with Vail’s, week long,  Holidaze celebration.  The holiday activities include Snowman decorating, kids glow stick parties, and free concerts by Milkshake and Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could.  Got a sweet tooth?  I hope so, because Brownies and Candy Canes will be given away at the base areas all week.  All these fun, family activities, along with some great early season snow, promise to make Vail “the place to be” this holiday season.

Vail Oktoberfest Starts This Weekend!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The famous German beer festival comes to Vail’s Lionshead Mall and Vail Village. Grab yourself a stein of beer and put on your lederhosen for the Vail Oktoberfest – two full weekends of Germanic fun. Brat-eating and yodeling are included.

Details: The Vail Oktoberfest celebrates everything German, from fantastic beers, to authentic cuisine. There will be an Oom Pah Celebration, live bands, dancing, keg bowling, a brat eating contest, and beers from the famous local breweries. This year, the Town of Vail has decided to extend this fantastic festival into two weekends. The festivities begin on the weekend of September 10-12, and continue the following weekend of September 17-19.  The celebration is lively and offers plenty of events and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

Brat eating Contest: If you have an appetite for German sausage, than you should definitely sign up to compete in this year’s Brat eating contest. You can sign up for free each Saturday and Sunday at the Vail Oktoberfest. Participants will have three minuets to try to eat as many bratwursts as possible in the attempt to be named the brat eating champion!

Oktoberfest Fun Run: If you are feeling like getting some exercise after eating greasy German cuisine and drinking fantastic beer, the Oktoberfest Fun Run may be your answer. The run starts on Sunday morning, September 19th at 9:00am in front of Checkpoint Charlies. You can choose to do the 10K, the 5K run/walk/rollerblade, or there is a race especially for the kids. You can register for the Fun Run online or in person on the day of the race. Registration costs $20 online, or $25 on the day of the race. Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate costs only $10 to register. The first 150 people who register for the Fun Run will get a limited edition T-shirt. The Fun Run raises money for the Children’s Garden of Learning, which is a fantastic cause, and yet another reason to get up and get active after a big day of eating and drinking!

Music at the Oktoberfest: You can jam out to FREE music during both weekends of this year’s Oktoberfest. No tickets will be sold. But be sure to note that no glass containers, chairs, dogs, or coolers will be allowed.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

You must be at least 21 years old to enjoy the alcoholic beverages provided at the Vail Oktoberfest

Deluge Lake Hiking

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Deluge Lake, located in off exit 171 in East Vail (only a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bus ride from the Antlers, is a great hike for a amateur hiker. Its fairly steep at first giving you a good warm up, then levels out to a nice long gradual ascent to a lake nestled in a valley between several peaks. The hike is about 7 hours round trip so be sure to bring food and water. Now a minor drawback to this hike is for the first 2 miles or so you are still within sight and sound of route 70. So it takes away from the whole nature experience early on. Still, I was blown away when we got behind the mountain, out of sight of the road, and into the Rockies. Gore Creek valley is an awesome sight to behold with many jagged cliffs overlooking the creek below. Then as we got further up the trail we discovered a valley straight out of the sound of music. Grassy knolls dotted with white rocks, a picture perfect creek running right down the middle. It was really an awesome place to be. Getting over that stream was pretty fun, it is a log hanging over a small waterfall that wasn’t exactly secure. We nearly lost one of our hiking members into that stream but luckily he was able to regain his balance. As you follow Deluge Creek up the valley, you will reach your destination, a secluded lake hidden between some massive, scree covered rocky crags.


View Deluge Lake and Gore Creek Hiking Trails in a larger map

This map includes the trailhead location in relation to the Antlers and Vail (just move the map a little west/left), Deluge Lake Hiking trail, and I included Gore Creek trail as well which is a hike I plan to accomplish very soon.

Vail Rotary Duck Race

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Sunday, September 5, 2010, at 2:00 PM.

Presented by the Marketplace on Meadow Drive

Thousands of rubber ducks travel through the heart of Vail on Gore Creek once a year for The Vail Rotary Duck Race!


The rubber ducks, which sell for $5 each, are dropped into the Gore Creek Sunday at the Covered Bridge. The ducks then float quickly down the creek toward the finish line at the International Bridge. The first 20 ducks to finish win prizes for their owners. The money raised goes toward the Salvation Army’s food bank, scholarships for local students and the Children’s Medical Voucher Program, which gives local children without health insurance vouchers for medical care. The Antlers at Vail will be purchasing a large amount to help out as always and we’re still offering 15% off your Vail room rate for Labor Day Weekend! So, if you’re looking for a great option for Labor Day Weekend, pack up the kids and head to Vail.

My Holy Cross hiking experience

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Hello, I am Tyler the new night shift guy at Antlers in Vail. Just last week a friend of mine came out from Massachusetts to camp and hike Mt. of the Holy Cross just around the corner from us in Minturn. We had a great time from start to finish and I recommend the hike to any moderately experienced hiker. Not having a car, we took the bus to the I70 exit 171 and walked to the trailhead on our first day. It was only about 10 miles at 10000 feet so it was a good warmup for my friend who was still adjusting to the lack of oxygen. We camped at the trailhead overnight which was my first time camping in these mountains. Got a pretty heavy thunderstorm that night, had a deer curiously investigate our camp, and managed to forget only one item for our entire trip… eating utensils. So we made due with what we had, some sticks shaped like a Y wrapped in duct tape! Not to confuse anyone, let it be known that this is a one day(8-10 hour) hike, we just decided to make it two since we had no car and wanted to camp anyways.

The next day we woke up early (highly suggested for this hike as the mountain is known to create bad weather) and continued on towards the top. The trail crosses over Notch mountain and down into the valley between the two mountains, then back up along the rocky North Ridge for the final ascent. The last 2 miles or so you are clambering over some pretty large boulders to reach the top so watch your footing, especially if it rained. Once we reached the top we had a great view of the Rockies in all directions, we could see the back bowls of Vail Ski Area and Eagles Nest, and you are standing on top of a massive rock face descending to the valley below and the Bowl of Tears, a lake in the valley. Well worth the trip, we signed the register and decided to head back down since it looked like bad weather was approaching. The only drawback to this whole hike is when you are leaving, you must climb again over Notch mountain to get home. Not fun when you just hiked 6 miles there and your legs are sore. Still, overall the hike was an awesome experience, especially for me since I worked as a lifty at Vail Ski Resorts last year and nearly everyday I saw that peak to the southwest and yearned to climb it. Now I have, and I recommend you try it too.

This is a basic map depicting how to get to the trailhead, and then the North Ridge trail to the summit.  Zoom out to see other points such as Antlers in Vail and the road leading to the trailhead.

View Holy Cross North Ridge in a larger map

Vail Farmers Market

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Baklava, cupcakes and a mechanical bull are not your typical farmers market finds-but Vail is not your typical farmers market. With over 100 vendors the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show is the largest in the Colorado Rockies. The market is held each Sunday from 10am to 3:30pm on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. It is a quick ride on the In-Town bus from the Antlers at Vail. You can find everything from locally grown produce to hand crafted clothes and jewelry and even some home made dog treats. The last farmers market will be on September 26 so be sure to check it out.

Vail Farmers Market

Palisade Peaches

The Peach Preserves are amazing.

Local Art Vendor

Jewelry

Fresh Lemons

Cherries

Gyro

No trip is complete with out a Nicky’s Quickie Gyro

And a cupcake of course!

Cupcake

~ Darci

Ask an Antler!

Friday, March 5th, 2010

That’s right, I have unofficially decided that the singular title for an employee at the Antlers at Vail Condos is “Antler.” This is largely because I really like the alliteration it gives the title. But enough digression. I’m looking to bring you loyal readers a new regular column here on the blog. Not to compete with, but to supplement Ratz’s regular snow updates. I endeavor here to bring you a local’s insight into anything and everything Vail through interviews with our loyal and dedicated staff. First up is Amy Scherm, a 2 season veteran of the Antlers front desk and even longer Vail local.

Favorite Chair or Run on Vail: Chair 2.
Ed’s Note: She’s not exactly lying, but to really find out you’ll need to go skiing with her (and try to keep up).

Best Pizza: Old Forge Pizza. The garlic knots are the best.

Best Apres Ski: Garf’s. It’s got a good scene and plenty of TV’s to watch the game.
Ed’s Note: On a sunny day they have a killer deck too. And I suppose its there on a not sunny day. But its best enjoyed on a sunny day.

Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Lancelot. Great steaks, and great portions for the price.

Best Non-Skiing Activity: Ski Biking. Its fast, and its dark out.

Best Gear/Rental Shop: Ski Base.

Best Nightlife: Is it cheesy to say The Club?

Best Reason to Look Forward to the Snow Going Away: The activities: mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting… and the weather.

Best Reason to Go Downvalley: The movie theater (the only one within 20 miles of Vail) and Loaded Joe’s. Loaded Joe’s is great for morning coffee and drinks at night.

Anything Else? Best Lodging: Antlers at Vail

So there we have it, straight from the local’s mouth. Tune in again sometime soon when I will interview whoever else happens to be working with me the next time I remember to write one of these. In the meantime, if there’s anything you’d like someone’s take on next week, leave me a comment or drop me a line at rgray@antlersvail.com.

Amy dropping some cliffs.  Again…