The Yoga program this summer has been a success! We are so pleased to offer it complimentary to our guests. Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout June, July and August, guests at the Antlers had the opportunity to stay in tune with Mother Nature and their inner spirit for an hour and half, enjoying the sun and our beautifully landscaped swimming pool deck while stretching, meditating and working in body balance.
The Colorado Children’s Chorale stayed at the Antlers at Vail hotel once again during their annual Vail workshop. They are a great group of kids and we enjoy hosting them. Below is a video as they did a little rehearsal of a performance in the Antlers courtyard.
Thank you Jennifer for stopping by the Antlers yesterday! It is always nice to receive our international wholesalers. This group came from Brazil. We are looking forward to working with you. Antlers Staff.
JoAnn Moore, CWC from Mountains and Meadows Weddingsis a very good friend of the Antlers at Vail. She wrote this article about destination weddings, we would love to share it with you! We hope this information helps you with your wedding plans.
” Couples are choosing Destination Weddings for the reason of wanting a spectacular location, but also a different location than their hometown, to minimize their guest list and to give their family and friends an adventure – not just a wedding. As a Certified Professional Wedding Consultant I am often asked:
1. Is it more expensive to have a destination wedding?
Destination weddings can help couples decrease their overall cost through a subsequent reduction in the guest list Up to two-thirds of their guests won’t be able to travel for various reasons. A lower guest count can reflect a decrease in cost. Destination resort areas such as the Colorado Mountains have an array of venues to choose from, including spectacular outside ceremony locations and beautiful banquet facilities for the reception. Having such a huge selection of venues means you can shop around for a location that fits both your vision and budget.
2. Should I hire local vendors or bring my vendors with me to a destination location?
Definitely hire local vendors. They are wise to the changes in weather and they know secret locations for both venues and photo opportunities. They have experience working with the other vendors in the area, making for a great team. Local vendors also save you money by requiring little or no travel or accommodation fees.
3. Outside ceremonies, do I really need a back up plan?
Yes you do! The Colorado weather is very unpredictable and can change within minutes. You need to be able to take care of your guests in the event of lightning; having a back up plan is a must. You will be glad you didn’t scramble at the last minute to make a decision of where to go. Your back up plan location should be easily accessible from the original ceremony site and be ready to walk into for as little of a delay in your ceremony time line as possible.
4. Colorado Marriage Licenses, what do I need to know?
It’s not difficult to obtain a marriage license in Colorado. You may obtain the license from most County offices in Colorado. You will both need to be present with photo identifications; both of you will need to sign the license. You must be at lease eighteen years of age and if either of you have been married previously, you will need to provide the county with a copy of the divorce decree with the date and county court the divorce was finalized. Any ordained minister, judge or rabbi may perform your ceremony. A couple may choose to solemnize their vows without an officiant, but no other person may perform the ceremony and sign the marriage license. Once the license is obtained, your marriage must occur within 30 days of issue. There is a fee which various from county to county ranging from $30 to $80. Following the wedding the license must be mailed back to the county where it was obtained to be recorded. A blood test is not required.
5. Should I hire a Wedding Planner?
Absolutely! You will appreciate a wedding planner familiar with the venues and their expertise in finding the best vendors for you and your budget. A local wedding planner is also experienced dealing with the Colorado weather and is someone who takes the stress off of you so that your special day runs smoothly, allowing you to enjoy every moment. Your wedding planner is your destination point person when you can’t be at your venues. Your wedding planner can assist you with your budget and negotiate fees with vendors and venues. Your wedding planner works behind the scenes as the team leader to give all vendors their timeline and troubleshoots any and all problems that may come up. Your wedding planner is the go to person that resolves any last minute changes and vendor issues. They oversee set up and break down of the venues, keep track of all your personal items you brought, pack up your gifts and cards and assist the guests with any thing they may need. Wedding Planners are detailed, multi-taskers, creative and resourceful. You absolutely will want the assistance of a professional Wedding Planner with any destination wedding!”
Contributor: JoAnn Moore, CWC
JoAnn Moore, CWC is the owner and founder of Mountains and Meadows Weddings based in Vail, Colorado. JoAnn’s 30 years in the Vail Valley gives her an unsurpassed knowledge of the local landscape which brings her clients a wide range of design options for either indoor or outdoor venues. JoAnn is currently the only Certified Professional Wedding Consultant in the state of Colorado, a member of ACPWC and ABC. To find out more about JoAnn and her work, visit www.mmvail.com.
What else can you do in Vail if you are not skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing?How about a Vail cooking class?
Well… staying at the Antlers, there is always something else to do!
On Monday, January 18th, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. our Executive Chef will offer the Antlers guests an incredible two-hour class of a delicious four course meal. This Vail cooking class is a great way to interact with other guests staying with us and the Antlers employees, while having fun, learning, and enjoying some delicious wine.
“The classes are oriented to people who like to cook and enjoy eating” Chef said. Don’t be shy if you aren’t an expert cook, Chef is always happy to share secrets, recipes and details in regards to food presentation and wine options.
We are thrilled to offer you something else to do while you are staying with us. The $75 class includes instruction, the meal (yes, after the class we all enjoy what we have prepared), unlimited wine and some extra secrets that our Chef’s family has passed down from generation to generation. What else can you ask for? Just come, and enjoy!
*Apple and Cranberry Baked Brie en Croûte served with Crostini
*Roasted Butternut Squash Soup finished with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and a Scallion Crème Fraîche
*Lavender Dusted Slow Roasted Salmon served with Melted Leeks, Roasted Tomatoes and an Apricot Cream
*Bananas Foster Bread Pudding served with a Rum, White Chocolate Sauce
I generally like to attend and participate in trade shows, I love to explain to people why the Antlers is the best place to stay in the Vail Valley, and it is also a challenge to invite people to come to our booth; However, I particularly enjoy to be a part of the Vail Resorts International Alliance trade show, which this year was held in the Evergreen Lodge (they did a great job!) on Monday, December 7, 2010.
It is so much fun listening to people speaking in so many languages; discover what their motivation is and what their markets are looking for. International travel agents open our eyes, and help us to understand our very own international guests.
I am always amazed at how much people love our foam antlers, our bags and everything we put out. One guest told me: “I will take one of your Antlers foam, to my son in Spain, and I will send you a picture of him” Isn’t that awesome? We truly feel thankful and appreciative for all the Vail Resorts international work! We couldn’t reach those markets without their dedicated work.
I was delighted to see some of my friends from Rio and Sao Paulo. The ones I visited last September and those that I had just met via phone. Thank you guys, for all your business and your interest in our property!
Whether you are looking for a property to assist you in making reservations in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, The Antlers at Vail has it all! And if we cannot assist you at once, please be patient. We will grab our dictionaries and will make your reservation experience the easiest possible for you!
Antlers at Vail condominium owners get together annually to discuss Antlers status, future plans and of course mingle over food and activities. The owners dinner took place at the Antlers conference rooms Saturday, September 5 and was filled with delicious food by Amuse Bouche Catering. Everyone in attendance had a great time catching up and having a drink or two. We would like to thank the owners for their presence and the Antlers Staff for making it a huge success.
The Teva Mountain games in Vail started today with a Kayak competition over near the town of Redcliff. Lots of people (and pets) around watching the event. The welcome party is this afternoon from 4-6pm. We are all thankful that the sky has finally cleared and there is no more rain (for the moment). The Colorado blue sky is back! With all the events, the Antlers at Vail is almost full this weekend. In addition, to support the Teva Mountain games the Antlers is hosting the Serac Adventure film school and USA climbing for the weekend. Hope to see you here !
Vail’s only magician, Danny Archer, will perform a Family Magic Show at the Antlers January 22 @ 3:30 pm. The show will feature comedy sleight of hand, coloring books, mind-reading, and a card-finding chicken. Doors open at 3 pm and tickets can be purchased with cash at the door for $10. For more information, you can visit www.dannyarcher.com or call 970-476-5262.
Choose the Antlers at Vail for an Unforgettable Holiday Event
The Antlers at Vail is excited to celebrate with you, your family, friends and co-workers this holiday season! The Antlers can seat up to 100 guests in our completely remodeled Elk Room. Our event space includes holiday decoration, bud vases, place cards, in-house sound and A/V systems, linens, silver and dishware. We are further delighted to present our Executive Chef, who will bring to your table the very best seasonal and customizable menus, carefully prepared with the best local and imported products.
See our special below and please contact us for further details. It will be our pleasure to work with you in preparing unforgettable memories of this holiday season.
Complimentary storyteller for kids or Santa Claus to deliver presents (1 hour)
Complimentary Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate
Complimentary On-site Parking, based on availability
Terms and conditions: Private use of Elk Room or portion of, as decided by CSMs and based on group size, for up to 4 hours, based on availability and valid through January 31, 2009. A 20% deposit of the estimated total is due at time of booking. Applicable taxes include 4% (Event Space), 8.4% (Food & Beverage) and 20% (Gratuity). Final guarantee due 5 working days prior to event date. Billing is based on the minimum, your final guarantee, or actual guest attendance, whichever is greatest. For groups of less than 20 people a $50.00 surcharge in food & beverage will apply.