Local second graders touring the Antlers, and asking questions of the front desk.
Last week we had the pleasure of giving a site tour to a group of second graders from our local school. We give many, many site tours throughout the year but this one might have been the most fun. The kids were engaged and had lots of great questions about the services that we provide as a hotel. The kids has the opportunity to ask the front desk some questions and then to tour one of our four-bedroom condominiums, see the conference space and end up down at the pool. Thanks to these kids for such an interest in the Antlers!
Thank you to these local second graders for their interest in learning the services the Antlers at Vail offers.
Every e-newsletter, we feature a staff member. It is Liana (our Director of Marketing) who typically coordinates the staff interviews and pictures. Furthermore, she puts together the entire e-newsletter that you receive every two months.
This month I want to take some time to tell you more about her. Liana wears many hats. She is a Mamma Blogger (you should check her wonderful blog, Insider Families) a business owner of a small marketing agency and an incredible wife and mom of two – Taya and Niko.
We are so lucky to have her as a part of our team. She guided us through the process of updating our Corporate Image with a new logo and new… well almost everything. She introduces us to cutting edge technologies that enhance our online presence, improve user experience and make more revenue for our owners. When we are all puzzled with the overwhelming amount of information, her reassuring manners keep us focused and advises us towards the best path — A path that has provided so many positive results to our property.
Liana is a wealth of marketing information, always ready to share her knowledge and help any other staff member, at any time! She also helps other moms on our staff when sharing her own parenting experience. We all enjoy listening her well rounded traveling experiences and how she handles any difficulties when they arise.
Thank you, Liana! The Antlers is so grateful to you and your family. You truly help us to become better and better.
The housekeeping team were all smiles after being selected for and receiving face-to-face leadership training from VALUEUSA.
Last year the Antlers was the honored recipient of the Vail Valley Partnership’s Community Impact Award and then this year our own General Manager, Magdalena King won the Hospitality Professional of the Year. These awards are not just a reflection of the culture fostered at the Antlers, but also a refection of the dedication of Antlers employees. Many members of the Antlers team go home after a long day’s work to study math, read a book or do homework with the goal of bettering themselves and their community.
Several years ago Magdalena initiated a partnership with the Literacy Project and then subsequently with the Vail Library to provide the Antlers housekeeping team with the resources to be able to learn English and to be able to advance their education. Since then several members of the Antlers housekeeping team have gone on to earn their GED and all have been learning English and participating in a book club. Because of their dedication to these programs they were selected to receive leadership training through Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate (VALUEUSA). In May VALUEUSA brought instructors to the Antlers to provide our housekeeping team face-to-face training to help them become better leaders in the community. They learned critical thinking skills, organizational skills, priority setting and more.
Both the Antlers front desk team and maintenance team have followed lead in starting up book clubs. The front desk has read a handful of books and engineering just got started with their book club, having now completed reading and discussing the management style in “The One-Minute Manager.”
The cumulative effect of many different Antlers employee programs … book club, English classes, a financial education series presented in Spanish, and others … play an instrumental role in some of our staff’s decision to go back to school, get their GED and effectively change their lives forever.
Bob Johnson & his Husky, Lily, enjoy living like locals at the Antlers.
The Antlers is grateful to have many guests who make our hotel their home for a month or longer. It’s always fun to hear their stories, and welcome these guests back. Our 30 Day Live-Like-a-Local package has received national attention in a recent publication of the Boston Globe. The package includes tax-free luxury lodging in a variety of options from a studio to four-bedroom residences; complimentary lawn tickets for Bravo! Vail and Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Jazz Festival, and Vail Summer Bluegrass Series tickets (depending on event dates); complimentary bikes; loaner GoPro camera; and unlimited access to the Vail Athletic Club. With the launch of this package it is timely to share feedback from guests who’ve recently stayed 30 days or more with us here at the Antlers.
Meet Bob Johnson
Bob, his wife Heather, and their playful husky, Lily, have stayed about a month with us every winter for the past 8 years in one of our pet-friendly condos. They visit us from Washington state. Bob & Heather found the Antlers by way of their friends who were attending a medical conference and have stayed with us ever since. Bob told me that they return each year because the Antlers makes for a flawless 30 days. Being close to the lifts, close to restaurants, and always having the friendly Antlers staff available to help makes their vacation perfect. Bob also told me that it’s the relationship that makes the difference for them in staying here instead of at other properties. “The staff is always friendly and says hello”, he says. During their stay Heather enjoys our complimentary yoga classes, they dine at Vail’s many great restaurants, they have longer ski days sometimes, and other times enjoy a couple of hours on the slopes. Having the Antlers as their home base makes skiing extremely easy with Ski Butlers ski valet service and our proximity to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Staying with us for 30 days gives them the opportunity to enjoy a sport they love hassle-free, and is a special highlight to look forward to every year. They find that their extended stay is an incredible value. Hearing this from Bob really made our day, and he told us that we made their month. They’re lovely people. It’s always a pleasure to welcome Bob & Heather back.
Meet Mike Beatty & Sue Burton
Another wonderful family we get the opportunity to see every year is Mike Beatty, Sue Burton, and their lovely lab, Lulu, (not pictured). They visit us every year from Ontario. Mike and Sue have been guests of ours for about 10 years. They love our service, hospitality, and our proximity to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Mike & Sue say that everything about the Antlers is excellent. During their most recent stay with us, we had the pleasure of inviting them to a local celebration of the Vail Symposium’s 45th anniversary of Convening Locally, Thinking Globally. It was wonderful to catch up with them, have dinner, and talk about our ski days together. They’re wonderful people, and it’s delightful to welcome them back to the Antlers year after year.
Whether you’re enjoying the slopes for a long holiday in the winter, or enjoying a season of Bravo performances in the summer, the Antlers is a wonderful place to call home for your extended stay in beautiful Vail, Colorado. Are you interested in becoming one of our extended-stay guests? Keep us in mind! We’d love the opportunity to invite you in to the Antlers family.
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 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:
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.
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.
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!
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!