Thanksgiving in Vail | Leave the Cooking to Us

Chef Barry Robinson’s Delicious Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner this year at the Antlers, catered by Chef Barry Robinson.

This Thanksgiving, leave the cooking to us! Enjoy Chef Barry Robinson’s delicious thanksgiving feast. Ideal for those who’d rather spend Thanksgiving in Vail on the slopes rather than in the kitchen. Chef Barry’s classic Thanksgiving feast lets guests enjoy the excitement of a Vail ski vacation, while still relishing the comforts of a home-cooked meal. Add Chef Barry’s Thanksgiving Dinner to your lodging reservation by Tuesday, November 21st. We will deliver it to your condo in recyclable, oven-proof containers in time for Thanksgiving Dinner. 

Turkey Shaped Sugar Cookie Kits are  available at the front desk for pick-up!

Vail Chef Barry Robinson will prepare Thanksgiving dishes he’s cooked for his own family for years. Dishes include roasted turkey breast and slow-cooked giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with toasted almonds, caramelized butternut squash, savory stuffing, tart cranberry sauce and mixed greens with herb dressing. And dinner wouldn’t be complete without the Chef’s classic pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream. Chef will deliver the meal to your condo in ovenproof, recyclable containers for heating and serving at your convenience on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving dinner is $40 per person (plus 8.4% tax).

Home-Away-From-Home Antlers at Vail Thanksgiving

Relax in the Antlers platinum-rated Condo Suites.

With our friendly staff and comfortable condominiums, we strive to provide a “home away from home” experience for our guests. Antlers condos are comfortable for families, groups of friends and even pets. All Antlers’ suites feature a fully equipped kitchen making leftovers easily to reheat. A spacious dining and living area, cozy bedrooms and gas fireplaces make relaxing easy. Book your Thanksgiving lodging reservation with us today. Enjoy Vail, a delicious thanksgiving meal, and all the comforts of home at the Antlers. 

Simply add dinner to your reservation when you book your Antlers lodging, or call 970.476.2471 to add it on to an existing reservation.

An Antlers at Vail lodging & Thanksgiving dinner package is also available.

Relax this Thanksgiving in Vail. This Thanksgiving leave the cooking to us and enjoy Chef Barry Robinson's delicious thanksgiving feast, and bake-your-own sugar cookies.



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.











Freshly Ground Coffee & the Vail Veterans Program


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.  


2016 Holiday Events at the Antlers


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.


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. 


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.


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!



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.


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?

Vail Skiing Without the Schlep

Antlers at Vail hotel guests enjoy customized ski valet service with on-site Ski Butlers

A designated rack at the base of the Lionshead gondola allows Antlers at Vail guests to pick up and deposit their skis with ease (right). Vail has experienced some epic powder recently (right, photo © Ben Koelker).

A designated rack at the base of the Lionshead gondola allows Antlers at Vail guests to pick up and deposit their skis with ease (right). Vail has experienced some epic powder recently (right, photo © Ben Koelker).

“We want guests to save their energy for the powder,” says Antlers at Vail GM Rob LeVine about the Vail condominium hotel’s partnership with Ski Butlers, now in its second season. In addition to fitting Antlers’ guests with top-of-the-line ski and snowboard gear in the comfort of their guest suites, Ski Butlers serves the hotel as in-house ski valet, storing guest equipment and schlepping it to the slopes and back free of charge. And with Vail Mountain Resort reporting more than 14 feet of snow and counting this season with some glorious recent deep powder days, the service has quickly become a favorite at the Antlers.

“We’re lucky to be located just 150 yards from Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola,” says LeVine. “But there’s such luxury in not having to worry about your gear. We’re a skiing and snowboarding home-away-from-home to a lot of families, and especially for parents with children too small to carry their own equipment, this service can feel life-changing.”

Antlers at Vail, rated #1 by TripAdvisor in the Vail Specialty Lodging category, is known for its focus on customer service, including a long list of complimentary amenities from free yoga classes and loaner GoPro cameras to a loaning library of kitchen appliances and a green car charger. Ski Butlers puts a similar emphasis on customer service, including answering special requests like swapping out skis for snowboards mid-trip, or helping guests track down such basics as gloves and warmer jackets. And from the beginning, the company’s model of helping skiers avoid long rental lines by bringing fittings and gear directly to guest lodgings has been all about making the guest experience easy.

Ski Butlers rentals are also a hit with travelers who may discover at the last minute that steep airline fees can run up to $225 one way for checking heavy and bulky ski bags. “Plus Ski Butlers can recommend the best skis based on actual conditions when you arrive,” says LeVine. “Big run on powder skis lately,” he adds with a smile.

Founded in 2004 in Park City, Utah, Ski Butlers now serves over 30 North American resorts in Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia, Canada. Ski Butlers award winning service makes renting ski and snowboard equipment convenient and hassle-free all for the same price or less than most resort ski shops. Ski Butlers is the only ski shop in Vail/Beaver Creek Colorado to win the Vail Valley Platinum Service Award for exceptional customer service this past winter. For more information visit

Mmmm, Hot Soup on a Snowy Day

Chef Barry Robinson, Caterers of Vail and Antlers at Vail Chef

Chef Barry Robinson, Caterers of Vail and Antlers at Vail Chef

When I took this job at the Antlers at Vail hotel 3 years ago I was told that one of the organization’s greatest strengths is our fantastic chef. I have to admit that I had a hard time believing that really could be the case. But it sure is! Not only is internationally-trained Chef Barry a fabulous chef, creating delectable cuisine customized to a client’s tastes, but he goes above and beyond and unlike most chefs will make almost anything work, and puts the client first. Read more about that here.

This winter Chef Barry is offering freshly made soups available for purchase, including on a rotating basis Tomato Basil, Butternut Squash, Chili (beef & chicken) and Chicken Noodle

This winter Chef Barry is offering fresh soups available for purchase, including on a rotating basis Tomato Basil, Butternut Squash, Chili (beef & chicken) and Chicken Noodle

We are always brainstorming to come up with additional creative amenities for our guests. Last winter we offered breakfast burritos from Chef Barry. Then coming into this winter we decided that we’d ask Chef Barry what he might like to offer. He loves making fresh soups and his really are some of the best soups that I’ve ever had. He suggested soups. So, new this winter, we are offering a variety of fresh soups available for purchase at the front desk on a rotating basis (Tomato Basil, Butternut Squash, Beef Chili and as of this week by request Chicken Noodle). To showcase these freshly-made soups the Antlers at Vail hotel is now offering a soup tasting in the lobby once a week. After visiting a couple of condos and walking across the courtyard in the snow this afternoon I walked into the lobby to the wonderful aroma of hot Tomato Basil soup. Mmmm, it was as good as it smelled.

Antlers Partners with Starting Hearts and Installs AED

The Antlers at Vail hotel has partnered with Starting Hears and installed an AED.

The Antlers at Vail hotel has partnered with Starting Hearts and installed an AED.

Because we love our guests, employees & neighbors…Antlers is very pleased to announce that we have purchased an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that is installed just inside the doorway to the right of our Lobby. An AED is highly effective, very easy to use, and can deliver a life saving shock to restart or restore the normal heart rhythm of someone who has suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

We are participating in Starting Hearts efforts to educate our community in life-saving techniques using CPR training and AEDs. Starting Hearts began in 2010 after Lynn Blake, its founder, suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the age of 27. The quick response of bystanders who performed CPR and administered an AED resulted in her being among the fortunate 8% who survive SCA. Her mission is to increase the odds for others and Antlers is very happy to support the efforts of Starting Hearts.

With Sudden Cardiac Arrest being the leading cause of unexpected death in Colorado, Antlers wants to do its part to provide the most effective emergency assistance possible.