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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A GREAT Addition to the Antlers

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Kim Rediker joins the Antlers at Vail team.

I remember going to a Vail Town Council meeting sometime in early 2004 and thinking, “This new woman on the Council is way too young to have that much poise”.  It later occurred to me that she was the same age as me, when I was elected to the Town Council in 1989, but I can tell you that she was a lot more prepared for the task than I was.  I hadn’t met Kim Rediker prior to that, which is a little surprising given that we both worked in the hospitality business.  I thought I knew everyone in the Vail hotel scene.  Apparently not. 

In the past dozen years I’ve enjoyed watching Kim work in a myriad of community roles, both public and private.  It didn’t take long to appreciate how smart and dedicated she was, in addition to all that grace.  I’ve also had the pleasure of working with her on the Vail Economic Advisory Council for a good part of the last decade.  In that role (and others), she’s always demonstrated one of her great strengths … pragmatism.  I have long valued that skill as highly as any other.  Kim truly understands that you can be right about something all day long, but if you’re not effective it doesn’t do anybody any good.  There are SO many circumstances that come up every day in the hospitality business where understanding, compromise and pragmatic decisions are the key to success.

I love the fact that Kim has that “big picture” view.  That’s just one of the reasons I was so stoked when Magda convinced her to come be the Assistant GM.  Combined with Magda’s similar talents, the Antlers is in REALLY good hands going forward.

Rob

Freshly Ground Coffee & the Vail Veterans Program

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The Vail Veteran’s Program invites military injured and their families to participate in various outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

The Vail Veterans Program is a non-profit organization who’s mission is  to empower military injured and their families through innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives. Since 2004, their programs have provided adventurous and engaging mountain experiences to wounded warriors and their families. Thanks to donors, volunteers, and the Vail community Vail Veterans Programs are provided to military injured and their families entirely free of charge.

At the Antlers, we are now providing Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Whole Bean Patriotic Blend in each of our condos. When you arrive at your condo, you’ll find a jar of coffee beans and a coffee grinder on the kitchen counter to grind fresh and brew in your coffee pot. It is our pleasure to provide the coffee to you complimentary, and we hope you’ll enjoy your morning cup a little more knowing that all of the profits gathered by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company for their Patriotic Blend will go to supporting the Vail Veterans Program. 

We’re pleased to support this incredible local charity and we hope you are too. If you love the taste of this rich coffee blend, and would like to continue supporting the Vail Veterans Program after your stay at the Antlers, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s Patriotic Blend is also available for purchase on their website.  

 

Featured Homeowner: Randy & Sue Brundage

Antlers at Vail Newly Remodeled Antlers Vacation Home

1-Bedroom with Bunk Alcove Residence

Randy, Susan and Libby Brundage enjoying skiing Vail Mountain on one of their many visits.

Randy, Susan and Libby Brundage enjoying skiing Vail Mountain on one of their many visits.

Jeff and Diane Brundage bought a second home at the Antlers ten years ago, and thoroughly enjoy their time in Vail, inviting friends and family to visit. After visiting for several of these years, their brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Susan Brundage, made the decision to also purchase a vacation home at the Antlers. They proceeded to purchase a low gold-rated condo at the Antlers and upgrade it to become platinum rated. The fall of 2015 Randy and Sue completed a significant remodel to the family’s 1-bedroom with bunks residence that included reconfiguring the bedroom for a larger king bed by moving a wall, replacing the old fireplace with new stripstone, installing beautiful wood doors accented by wood ceiling beams and a large sliding glass door and new window for better views to the spectacular river and mountain views. A new bathroom, new lighting throughout and elegant new furniture completed the design.

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

Randy, Libby & I have enjoyed skiing for many years. Of all of the ski resorts we visited we kept returning to Vail, and to the Antlers to visit Randy’s brother and sister-in-law, Jeff & Diane. Almost two years ago we decided to purchase our condo at the Antlers to be located close to Jeff and Diane, as well as strategically located within easy walking distance to the gondola and all of Lionshead. Our condo’s location looks out over the pool and Gore Creek and onto the mountain which is breathtaking. We feel so comfortable returning to the Antlers with their helpful staff and many amenities.

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The fall of 2015 Randy and Sue completed a significant remodel to the family’s newly remodeled Antlers vacation home that included reconfiguring the bedroom for a larger king bed by moving a wall, replacing the old fireplace with new stripstone, installing beautiful wood doors accented by wood ceiling beams and a large sliding glass door and new window for better views to the spectacular river and mountain views. A new bathroom, new lighting throughout and elegant new furniture completed the design.

What is special about your newly remodeled Antlers vacation home?

We are so pleased with the renovation to our condo. The ceiling lighting throughout has brightened the entire living area. The wood work makes the condo feel so warm. Our new fireplace and mantle turned out fabulous. The new bathroom is fresh and clean. The attention to detail and expertise by the Antlers team transformed our aged condo into a platinum vacation retreat for us. We cannot wait to return to enjoy our view of the mountain and Gore Creek from our cozy condo.

To see the photo gallery with photos of the complete platinum remodel, click on a thumbnail below.

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2016 Holiday Events at the Antlers

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Children enjoy the Antlers at Vail model train set-up in our Conference Center during the Holidays.

At the Antlers, we love the holiday season. We decorate our lobby in festive decor and serve hot cocoa to all of our guests as they return from their ski day or outing around Vail. Our entire team gets into the holiday spirit. One of our employees can even be seen on occasion dressed as a pretty impressive Santa Claus.

This year, to herald in the holiday season, the Antlers at Vail is hosting exclusive holiday events for all of our guests on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of December. Join us in the Rob LeVine Conference Center from 4 – 5:30 PM daily for fun holiday activities. On Thursday, December 22nd, join us for a visit from Santa! On Friday, December 23rd, come create your own uniquely decorated holiday cookie. And on Saturday, December 24th, join us for a holiday sing-a-long. On each of these days there will be free gift wrapping, holiday crafts, holiday stories, and hot cocoa. Also, take photos on your smartphone, and post them to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #AntlersHolidays or tag the Antlers at Vail in your photos to be entered to win a free, family holiday gift basket from the Antlers! The photo with the most likes wins. The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page on Christmas Eve at 6 PM, and we will deliver the gift basket directly to you at your condo.

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Families enjoy Ice Skating in Vail.

Have a few days to spare before the holidays? Take advantage of our Holiday Package and book a Studio through Four-bedrooom condo December 20th-26th with reduced minimum night stays and enjoy complimentary Sports Ski or Snowboard rentals from Ski Butlers. Stay for 3 nights or more and enjoy all of our holiday festivities as well as some of the best skiing in the world on Vail Mountain. In addition to enjoying all of our holiday festivities, take advantage of our other complimentary amenities such as ski storage and ski valet service to and from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, underground parking, high-speed WiFi, daily housekeeping, a business center with computers for guests’ use, unlimited passes to the Vail Athletic Club, an electric car charging station, and our beautiful, creek-side pool and hot tubs. And don’t forget, cooks can choose from a lending library of specialty appliances & spices, and for outdoor fun, guests can access loaner snowshoes, sleds and GoPro cameras to record their outings. Our Holiday Package starts at $615 per night in a studio condo. Also, families can bring their ice skates for skating at Vail Square in Lionshead. Conveniently located 150 yards away from the Antlers, the ice rink is open daily through the winter, and skate rentals are available in Vail Square if needed.

Looking for even more holiday fun? Art in Public Places Winter events begin on Tuesday, December 20, 2016  with two different paper-lantern making workshops, so families can bring their uniquely designed paper lanterns to the Winter Solstice Lantern Walk in Vail Village on December 21st. For more information, visit Art in Vail’s website.

So, bring the whole family and join us this holiday season for a wonderful vacation at the Antlers at Vail.

The Holiday Package is subject to availability. Other minimum night stay requirements may apply, and are subject to change at any time. 

 

Early Season Events

 

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Vail Snow Daze is back for the 2016/2017 Season

Here in Vail, the 2016/2017 Ski Season is about to begin, and along with the mountain opening to an array of enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders, is a wide range of fun events to enjoy. Vail Snow Daze, the largest early-season mountain bash in North America, is happening December 9th-11th. During Vail Snow Daze, you can get your turns in on Vail Mountain, take a break and check out the vendor expo at the base of Gondola one in Vail Village, and then head over to Vail or Lionshead Village for Aprés and enjoy some of the best food & drink the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Two awesome concerts are also happening this weekend at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. The Michael Franti Trio will play Friday, December 9th, and Lettuce will take the stage on Saturday, December 10th. Both concerts begin at 5:30 PM.

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December 8 the Vail Symposium will celebrate the past 45 years (and welcome the next 45 years!) of thought leadership in the Vail Valley.

On December 8, you may want to consider joining the Vail Symposium in celebrating the past 45 years (and welcoming the next 45 years!) of thought leadership in the Vail Valley with “Then, Now & Then Some”, an evening of eating, drinking, dancing and toasting to healthy discussions at the beautiful Donovan Pavilion in Vail. Since the Symposium’s inception in 1971 to where it stands today, the Vail Symposium remains an integral part of the intellectual truths that have guided a once small mountain town to become a world beacon for healthy living, tolerance, self-discovery, curiosity and informed decision making through education.

Antlers at Vail is offer 25% off of studio to 2-bedroom condos for Skadi Fest.

Antlers at Vail is offer 25% off of studio to 2-bedroom condos for Skadi Fest

Next up is SKADI Fest which is taking place December 14th-16th. Inspired by the Norse goddess of winter, this will be the ultimate week of skiing for female skiers of all levels. Enjoy ski demos, customized lessons, pre-ski yoga, and wine and cheese pairings throughout the week and take advantage of 25% off of lodging rates at the Antlers.

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Families in Vail ice skating and enjoying the holiday season

Now that your ski boots are nicely worn in, get ready for the holiday season during Vail Holidaze, kicking off on the weekend of December 16th. Vail Holidaze is when Vail celebrates with everything from tree lighting, to caroling, and ice skating. You’ll feel the yuletide in the air this weekend as you experience the gentle snow falling and hear the sound of jingle bells outside the shops of the village. And after Saint Nicholas stores away his sled and reindeer for another season, stick around for an epic firework display on New Years Eve at Golden Peak. Early Season in Vail is a magical time, so grab your skis and poles and we will see you on the hill.

For a full-view of all events happening at the Antlers at Vail and beyond, we invite you to check out our events calender.

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Thanksgiving Dinner delivered to you at the Antlers

Thanksgiving at the Antlers at Vail hotel

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Antlers

Thanksgiving is an especially exciting time to be in Vail. Vail Mountain will have just recently opened for another awesome season on the slopes, and families come to town from all over the country to spend time with their loved ones and experience our epic snow. This Thanksgiving, when you stay at the Antlers, you’ll have the option to reserve a delicious Thanksgiving Meal cooked by Marla Leblow with Second Nature Gourmet.

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Chef Marla Leblow with Second Nature Gourmet

Well-seasoned chef, Marla Leblow, has cooked all over the country in roles such as Executive Chef at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and Executive Sous Chef at Tech-Giant Google in Seattle. Landing in our happy valley in 2012, she now owns and operates Second Nature Gourmet, her own catering company. Marla will deliver Thanksgiving dinner right to your door here at the Antlers on the morning of Thanksgiving Day in oven-proof, recyclable containers labeled with heating instructions for your convenience.

The meal will include Slow Roasted Colorado Turkey, Homemade Gravy & Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce, Whipped Organic Potatoes laced with butter and cream, Scratch Made Traditional Stuffing, Roasted Organic Green Beans, Roasted Organic Root Vegetables, Organic Beet & Almond Field Green Salad with Herbed vinaigrette, and for dessert, a choice of personal sized Honeycrisp Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie, both served with vanilla ice cream. To add Thanksgiving Dinner to your reservation, please call 970-476-2471, and let us know the name on your reservation or reservation number, and how many people are in your party.

second-nature-gourmetAs always, staying at the Antlers includes a myriad of complimentary amenities such as ski storage and ski valet service to and from the Lionshead gondola, underground parking, high-speed WiFi, daily maid service, a business center with computers for guest use, unlimited passes to the Vail Athletic Club, an electric car charging station and a year-round outdoor pool and hot tubs. Cooks can choose from a lending library of specialty appliances, and for outdoor fun, guests can access loaner snowshoes, sleds and GoPro cameras to record the outing.

So, enjoy all that the Antlers has to offer for your Thanksgiving stay. The deadline for ordering Thanksgiving Dinner is November 21st. Please place your orders as soon as possible!

 

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Early Season Good Snow Guarantee

Antlers at Vail hotel’s early season Good Snow Guarantee* is back and once again promises a zero cancellation fee policy from November 18 – December 13, 2016, to ensure guests get the snow they want. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck and Vail Resorts.

Antlers at Vail hotel’s early season Good Snow Guarantee* is back and once again promises a zero cancellation fee policy on direct booked stays November 18 – December 10, 2016, to ensure guests get the snow they want. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck and Vail Resorts.

With almost two feet of snow the last week of March last ski season, Vail Mountain extended the ski season to a week after its big season-closing bash. But there’s no guaranteeing snow. Or is there? Antlers at Vail hotel’s early season Good Snow Guarantee* is back and once again promises a zero cancellation fee policy for dates of stay from November 18 – December 10, 2016, to ensure guests who book direct get the snow they want. Just cancel up to one day prior to your arrival date with no penalty. And on top of just-right snow conditions, the Antlers is offering discounts of  up to 30% off during that timeframe when you book by December 1, 2016.

*You may be wondering how we determine what good snow is. Well, that is completely up to you. So, book now to guarantee your early-bird rates with no risk!

As always, all Antlers at Vail stays enjoy a roster of complimentary amenities including ski storage and ski valet service to and from the Lionshead gondola, underground parking, high-speed WiFi, daily maid service, a business center with computers for guest use, unlimited passes to the Vail Athletic Club, yoga classes, an electric car charging station and a year-round outdoor pool and hot tubs. Cooks can choose from a lending library of specialty appliances, and for outdoor fun, guests can access loaner snowshoes, sleds and GoPro cameras to record the outing.

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Kids Ski Free with EPIC SCHOOLKIDS

Register your child(ren) for the FREE Epic Schoolkids Colorado by October 9, 2016 to receive 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone.

Register your child(ren) for the FREE Epic Schoolkids Colorado pass before October 9th, 2016 to receive 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Photo courtesy Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts.

As a family-friendly resort, located in Vail, it makes us so happy to be able to share that Vail Resorts has brought back their EPIC SCHOOLKIDS Colorado pass. The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a FREE program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides 4 days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Packs are valid up to 4 days at each resort and are subject to holiday restrictions. Register your child(ren) in person before October 9th, 2016!

The pack also includes one FREE first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental between 12/3/16-12/17/16 and 1/17/17-1/31/17.  Just bring your child(ren) to a participating Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sports or Boulder Ski Deals location to register your child in person before October 9th. When enrolling their child(ren) in Epic SchoolKids, remember to bring:

  • Your child (the child must be present at the time of registration);
  • Season pass application;
  • A physical or digital copy of the student report card/transcript/school ID or birth certificate/passport.
Complimentary amenities that the kids will love include hot cocoa awaiting in the lobby and loaner sleds.

Complimentary amenities that the kids will love include hot cocoa awaiting in the lobby and loaner sleds.

The Epic SchoolKids pass will enhance your family’s Antlers at Vail ski vacation. At the Antlers a full-service kitchen allows families to keep groceries on hand, serve homemade meals — and even enjoy a cook-out with the gas-fired barbeque grill. Two creekside hot tubs and a gas fireplace in each condo await you after a full day on the slopes. Complimentary amenities that the kids will love include hot cocoa in the lobby and loaner sleds. Large families can reserve a spacious multi-room suite, while smaller families may want to take advantage of the Antlers’ cozy 1-bedroom condominiums – with a separate bunkroom.

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NO Resort Fees. Period.

Every once in a while one of our owners or board members will suggest that we start charging a resort fee as a way to help cure our perennial budget challenges.

They’ll say, “Why not?  Everyone else does it.  I pay them wherever I go.”

“And how do you feel about that?”

“I hate it.”

“Okay, I think you’ve just answered your own question.”

There may be a million reasons why I’m glad to be working for an independent property, and especially one with a conscience.  High among them is being able to tell prospective guests, to boast even, that we have NO RESORT FEES.  Beyond that, we think those hidden charges are unfair and deceptive.  Inevitably, whoever I’m talking to could not agree more.

When that owner or board member says, “What about the extra money that we could be getting?”  I tell them that we’re already getting it.  The “resort fee” – if that’s what they want to call it – is already included in our published room rate.  If we thought our rooms were worth more and that our guests would pay more … we’d charge more, not tack on a fee that they won’t see until check-out.  As it is, we work hard to price our rooms fairly, so guests feel they’re receiving good value.

Lately resort fees have been much in the news, with Christopher Elliott recently reporting in the Washington Post a rise in the first six months of 2016 to an average of nearly $20/night for the fees – with even the FTC reevaluating the practice. But in a business based on service and goodwill, to us it’s always been kind of a no-brainer. It really comes down to a matter of short term versus long term strategy.  Yes, people may pay that extra charge once, because they’ve had to pay it elsewhere.  But they still hate it.  In the long run, we’ll have more business if we’re transparent and above-board.  We try to make all our decisions that way.

After all, in a business based on the guest experience, why would you want to have that final experience on checking out be one of feeling cheated?