Aniceto Quinones, Best Laundry Worker There Is, Retires

In 1994 Aniceto Quinones was looking at the classifieds and jumped out of his chair to run to the kitchen where his wife was cooking his favorite meal.  “Ilda, Ilda, I found the job I want.  I’m going to the Antlers to tell them I’m their man.”  Millie Barela hired him that week to take care of the Antlers’ tremendous laundry facility.  Ever since, he’s been the first one to work in the morning, one of the last to leave at night and he takes his job very seriously.  On average, Aniceto works 10 hours a day because that is his work ethic.

The laundry facility that Aniceto calls his home away from home, is not what it was 15 years ago.  When he started there was one washer and two dryers which he managed until our 2000 building expansion which incorporated 22 additional condominiums.  The laundry is now equipped with the newest and most efficient machines available. 

Since then Aniceto Quinones has arguably been the single most important employee at the Antlers.  We could compensate for any number of mistakes or shortcomings , but our guests and owners have absolutely no tolerance (nor should they) for sheets and towels that are not perfectly cleaned.  Like many other Antlers employees, Aniceto will tell you that he’s not just running the laundry … he’s making sure our guests have a great vacation. 

The Antlers is eternally grateful for Aniceto’s many years of dedication and exceptional performance.

Aniceto is the best laundry worker there is.  That’s not only our opinion, but that of Bill Jones, the owner of In-House Laundry.  Bill is our vendor for laundry supplies as well as the laundry equipment  itself.  His company services about 75 hotel operations in the Vail and Roaring Fork Valleys, and there’s nobody more qualified to pass judgment on Aniceto’s performance.   When he says that the Antlers has the best, it means the Antlers has the best.  But sadly not for much longer.

Aniceto has announced his retirement and is leaving us this month to enjoy his family in Mexico. We are eternally grateful for his years of dedication and exceptional performance. We are sure happy for him, but his shoes will be hard to fill.

General Manager, Magdalena King expressed her well wishes, “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Aniceto all of these years. His invaluable service as a laundry man, many times was unnoticed because we never had any issues in his department. Everything was accomplished in timely manner and exceptionally well.  Aniceto never expected a reward or the recognition, yet he is always the first one to celebrate others. He’s made his family proud.  We all feel nothing but gratitude for all these years of commitment to the Antlers”.

LINC Golf & Wellness Retreat | June 14th-17th, 2017

LINC Golf & Wellness brings golf and yoga together.

LINC Golf & Wellness Retreats returns to Vail on June 14th-17th for its Girlfriend Golf Getaway. Kickoff your summer with this fun, four-day retreat offering golf, yoga, clinics, hiking, meeting new friends and lots of learning. If you are looking for a girlfriend’s golf getaway and want to improve your golf game this summer, this retreat is for you! 

This exciting 4 day, 3 night retreat will include:

  • 3 nights of lodging at the Antlers
  • On-course instruction with LPGA/PGA Professionals
  • Golf clinics daily
  • 2 rounds of golf at the Vail Golf Club
  • The newly trademarked program, Yoga Fit FORE Golf
  • Unlimited range balls and club storage
  • Cocktail reception, goodie bags, and more

Visit the LING Golf & Wellness Website for more details or to book your spot for this exciting retreat!

Please call 303-380-7175 for more information. 

Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’ Returns May 6th, 2017

This Vail ski season has been one for the record books. The snow and skiing has been amazing all season. Just when we think it is melting off, another snow storm drops a few more inches of snow. But it will truly be over in just a few days. And, as the season winds down we execute our plans to get our property, and also the Vail community ready for summer. 

Join the Antlers for Trasch Pickin’ & Picnicin’ May 6th, 2017 and get a free night on us!

We’d like to once again invite our guests to be a part of our family and green team May 6th, 2017 with our annual Trash Pickin’ & Picnickin’. You come help us pick up trash on the highway for a few hours Saturday morning (May 6th), join us for a free picnic afterward at Broken Arrow in Arrowhead (that’s optional) and we’ll give you a free night* on either Friday or Saturday night.  That’s it … no other catch.  If you want to stay an additional night, we have special rates available. And of course if you visited this winter you can take advantage of your $139 spring nights.  But if you just stay one night … it’s a freebie! It’s our way of thanking you for staying with us, and for helping us keep our world a little cleaner place.

While we’ve been cleaning up our two-mile stretch of Vail Pass since 1988; we’ve also started joining the Community Pride Highway Cleanup arranged through the Eagle River Watershed Council. The past few years we’ve had a handful of guests join us and had a ton of fun, so we’re bringing it back again this year and letting you know in plenty of time to make plans. Join the Antlers green team again this spring, following the end of ski season and as the spring melt gets underway, to help clear the trash and debris that emerges after a long winter of being buried in layers of snow. This is our community’s way of sprucing up the valley for residents and visitors alike!

The Antlers – which has incorporated numerous eco-friendly business practices long before the term ‘green’ was coined – recently was awarded the TripAdvisor GreenLeader and Actively Green statuses, in addition to the Vail Valley Success Awards 2009 Green Business of the Year and the Vail Valley Community Impact Award 2015.

Call us at 800-843-8245!

 

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Featured 2-Bedroom Residence: Wally & Bettye Tipsword

Wally & Bettye Tipsword at the Antlers creekside pool.

Wally & Bettye Tipsword purchased their first condominium at the Antlers in 1981. Ten years later they purchased another Antlers condominium, and eight years after that they purchased a third, this one from Bettye’s sister. Wally is a World War II veteran who survived being shot down and a internment at a POW camp to return to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma to found and run several successful businesses. Four generations of Tipswords enjoy making the Antlers at Vail their second home year after year.

The fourth generation of Tipswords enjoying skiing Vail.

A few years back the Tipswords made improvements to one of their condominiums and then this past fall completed a major renovation to their two-bedroom condominium. They retextured and painted the ceilings and walls throughout, added new wood doors, trim and soffit throughout. A new stripstone gas fireplace, new tile flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, new wood cabinets, backsplash and marble countertops in the bathroom and kitchen create a clean modern living space. These upgrades brought this 2-bedroom condominium from being one the lower rated condos in the building up to a platinum rating. The Tipswords have been so happy with their newly remodeled mountain home at the Antlers that they are planning to remodel their third Antlers condominium this fall.

Why did you choose to purchase a vacation home at the Antlers?

Bettye’s sisters, Blanche and Bridget, who often skied Vail had told us that The Antlers was the most beautiful spot in Colorado and that it was far and above other condos in Vail because of its spectacular location right on Gore Creek.

The living space of the Tipswords 2-bedroom residence before and after the renovation.

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers vacation home?

The new fireplace is a real highlight and the kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!  We feel very at home. From the balcony you can see the creek, the mountains, and the activities of Lionshead.  It doesn’t get any better than that!!

To browse through photos of the Tipswords newly remodeled 2-bedroom residence, click any of the thumbnails below to enter the gallery.

Featured Team Member – Gladys Contreras

Gladys Contreras is originally from Hondouras. She began working at the Antlers in 1990 as housekeeper, so has been with us 27 years! Although a little quiet and reserved, Gladys is known for embracing the phrase, “The answer is ‘yes’, now what’s the question?”  She’s just got that attitude. She worked her way up over the years to become a supervisor and integral part of the Antlers team. She very much enjoys her current role of supervising the staff and making sure that everything is very organized and in its place. She must also have a green thumb, as she cares for all of the plants belonging to Antlers owners in her office, and then brings them back to the owners when they are in house. Many guests recognize her as the constant, happy housekeeping face that is always here to make them feel at home!

She is very grateful for her time at the Antlers. One of her favorite memories is the year that Rob LeVine dressed as Santa Claus and delivered presents to her family at her house! Gestures like that are what has made the Antlers home for her and has kept here here all these years.

Her sister Delores (Lola) worked with us for many years and we miss her. In Gladys’ spare time she enjoys spending time with her three daughters and her granddaughter Yaritza.

As many of the Antlers housekeepers, she has worked hard to learn English and now communicates well in what is a second language to her. We are so proud to share the news that she recently became a U.S. citizen!

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Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse Weddings Receive Free Antlers Rehearsal Dinner Space!

To celebrate the grand opening of this new Vail wedding venue the Antlers at Vail is happy to offer complimentary rehearsal dinner space at the Antlers to couples who book their wedding reception at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Photo: Jack Affleck

The Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse has always offered uniquely scenic views of the Gore Range Mountains throughout all seasons. But now wedding parties will not only enjoy the serene views among the vast greens on the secluded and private wedding island during the summer, but also a sparkling new Gore Range Room banquet space and patio year-round.

To celebrate the grand opening of this new Vail wedding venue the Antlers at Vail is happy to offer complimentary rehearsal dinner space to couples who book their wedding reception at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. Of course, the standard charges will apply for Chef Barry’s scrumptious food and beverage, as well as cleaning, but the savings couples can realize on not having to pay space rental is significant.

The Antlers at Vail would be honored to host your family and friends for your Vail wedding in our spacious condominiums with convenient access to everything Vail has to offer.  Relax together before the big day in a spacious four-bedroom bridal suite unit or by our beautifully renovated pool, hot tubs, and saunas overlooking Gore Creek.  The Antlers is the perfect destination for your rehearsal dinner and send-off brunch. Call Cherie Paller at 970-790-5217 for more information!

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Snow, Snow & More Snow

View down the river behind the Antlers the day after a Vail snow storm. Photo: Steve Hersee

About a week before Thanksgiving a couple of us in the sales/marketing office were bemoaning the lack of snow. “We know the Vail snow will come. But what if Vail Mountain doesn’t open on time? What will that perception be?” Our Controller walked in on that conversation and proceeded to tell about one of her first winters in Vail when she and a few friends were sitting outside enjoying a picnic on a balmy November day having the very same conversation. And, how the very next week the snow came and didn’t stop for 30 days. It was 30 days until they saw sun again and an epic year for skiers. Déjà vu?

The second week of December we received our first really big snowfall with 25″ in one week and it just continued from there. January received 70″ of snow when the January average is 35″. This 2016/2017 ski season will likely be on for the record books. Today is a beautiful blue sky day with lots of soft snow to enjoy. Hope that you have or will be making it out to Vail to enjoy it — we sure are!

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Featured Team Member: Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez

Featured Antlers Team Member: Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez

Cristobal Hernandez Rodriguez came to work at the Antlers as a houseman 8 years ago. He is the son of a famous tailor in Vera Cruz, Mexico and trained with his father in that profession for fourteen years before moving to the U.S. and then coming to work with us at the Antlers. Not only is Cristobal kind hearted and reliable, but he is also an extremely hard worker. He was working two jobs in addition to his job at the Antlers when he first started as a houseman. Eventually we realized that he had other skills that we could take advantage of and were able to entice him to work just with us. He now sews all of our custom linens, fixes cushions and really anything else that can be improved by a skilled tailor. He helps out in the laundry, in addition to his many duties as houseman. He lives on site at the Antlers and is on call two days a week. As Rob LeVine put it, “In any group of employees, there’s always one or two that you just wish you could clone.  Cristobal’s at the top of that list.  His unfailingly great attitude along with his incredible work ethic make him an absolute delight to work with.  Yes, we are beyond fortunate to have him on Team Antlers.”

Poolside Wedding Ceremony at the Antlers

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At the Antlers, we receive many wedding inquiries throughout the year. Some newly engaged couples hear about us from their friends, some from our TripAdvisor listing, and some simply know that they want to get married in Vail. This was Haley and Reza. 

Haley and Reza wanted to keep things simple and have a quaint yet beautiful wedding ceremony somewhere near Vail Square where their photos would be taken later in the day. Their wedding was set to take place on New Year’s Eve, mind you, one of the busiest weeks of the year in Vail. The lovely couple e-mailed us just before Halloween and we thought, you know what? Why not offer to let them get married by our pool? And you know what else, why not let them have their ceremony here on the house? After all, it would be short, sweet, and to the point – No great need to charge for 30 minutes on our patio. 

After offering our poolside deck on Gore Creek for their small ceremony, Haley and Reza were delighted to accept. After all, finding a location for lodging in Vail this time of the year is difficult enoughimage014

So, after much anticipation, New Year’s Eve rolled around and I met Reza in the courtyard. He was thrilled, and could not wait to marry the love of his life. We presented them with a champagne welcome. The officiant came in, then the photographer, and finally the bride. The day couldn’t of been more beautiful with blue skies, and the sun setting over Lionshead. At the ‘I do’s’ we had a number of guests in our hot tubs and some on their balconies clapping and cheering them on! It was pretty fun. With Reza’s brother and his partner at their side to bare witness to their nuptials, they had a toast and some laughs, and went on to Vail Square for the rest of their photographs. 

After the ceremony, I got to catch up with the newly weds in our lobby and offer them some hot cocoa and a suggestion for their first wedding anniversary… because, where better to celebrate than the Antlers?

As an independent property, we get the privilege of offering some very custom, sometimes unorthodox accommodations in the hospitality industry to some really lovely people, and this was certainly the case here. Having the ability to help out when we can just adds a little more meaning to our work, and offering a complimentary location for a small elopement-style wedding ceremony to a grateful couple was our pleasure.

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Freshly Prepared Meals by Chef Barry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“The chef service is very good indeed!!! We enjoyed having homemade food at our apartment.”
-Antlers at Vail Guest, Veronica Cohen

Fully Equipped Kitchens

Antlers at Vail condos range in size from 680 square feet up to 2,000 square foot with full kitchens and dining areas. They are ideal for enjoying a relaxing dinner in after a day of mountain adventures.

One of the things that guests love most about Antlers condominiums are the fully-equipped kitchens. When on a week-long ski vacation there are times when you just don’t want to eat out and the kitchen enables guests to enjoy simple or gourmet meals in the comfort of their spacious Antlers condominium. Many people even come in large groups and entertain in their condo. But there are times, particularly after a big powder ski day, when you may not feel like going out to eat OR cooking. Enter Chef Barry Robinson and freshly prepared meals for in-room dining!

Freshly Prepared Meals for In-Room Dining

Chef Barry delivering food to an Antlers condominium.

We are so fortunate to have Chef Barry as a part of the Antlers team. Chef Barry caters all events on property at the Antlers and we hear endless compliments about him, his food and service. Internationally-trained Chef Barry was recruited all the way from Australia by Vail Resorts to operate their Game Creek Club, private members operations. Chef Barry had the responsibility and privilege to prepare culinary experiences for guests of the private chalet including Hollywood stars, famous musicians, Wall Street CEO’s, and others. Now Chef Barry runs Caterers of Vail out of the Antlers kitchen and conference facilities.

Meals can be heated at your convenience in your condo kitchen.

Two winters ago Chef Barry offered breakfast burritos and last winter offered freshly made soups as in-room dining options for Antlers guests. This winter he is going all out and offering a range of full meals prepared to be heated in the comfort of your Antlers condominium. Now you can order a meal or two ahead of time to be delivered so you can simply heat it up on those days you don’t feel like going out to eat or cooking. Dine in the comfort of your condominium without the work or clean up of cooking!

Freshly Prepared Meals by Chef Barry Include:

Beef and Vegetable Stew: Large pieces of diced beef chuck steak cooked with onions, carrot, celery in a beef stock. Gluten free. Finished with chopped parsley, salt and pepper.

Hungarian Beef Goulash: Traditionally cooked with equal parts onion and diced chunks of beef chuck steak, flavored with caraway seeds, tomato paste, Hungarian paprika, beef stock, salt and pepper.

Chicken Pot Pie Ragout: Juicy pieces of both thigh and breast meat sautéed with onions, celery, carrots and bell peppers, thickened with chicken stock and cream using a flour and butter roux.

Roasted Herb Chicken: Two (2) whole medium sized roasted chickens seasoned with mixed poultry herbs, salt and pepper, with seven cups of cooked rice pilaf.

Creamy Mash Potatoes: Boiled Idaho potatoes, seasoned and whipped with cream and butter.

Spaghetti and Meatballs: Spaghetti, finished with lots of meatballs tossed in a herb marinara sauce.

 
 

Rotini Pasta with Butter and Parsley: Al dente boiled rotini pasta tossed in olive oil and butter, finished with chopped fresh parsley.

 
 

Mixed Greens: fresh mixed greens served with a side dish of your choice of dressing. 

Chorizo or Veggie Breakfast Burritos: Delicious southwestern style breakfast burritos. Eight to an order – perfect to have in your fridge, heat and eat on the way out for the ski day.  

All dishes are served in large, recyclable, oven-proof containers with a clear lid for easy identification. We recommend you individually portion onto a dinner plate and microwave until your desired temperature is reached. 

Staying with us this winter and want to place an order ahead of time? No problem! Let us know your name or reservation number and what you’d like to order. Pick one of the days that you’ll be staying with us, or multiple days if you’d like to order multiple meals, and the meal(s) will be delivered to your door by noon on the delivery date. For advanced orders, please call 1-800-843-8245.

 

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