Antlers at Vail Front Desk Staff Goes to Leonora

If you are looking for somewhere new to eat in the Vail Valley, check out Leonora located in the Sebastian in Vail Village.

It has a unique menu inspired by Spanish cuisine, with flavorful dishes all thoughtfully paired with wines from around the world. The menu consists of a raw bar, tapas, and flatbread choices, followed by the main course of soups, salads and then entrée. Leonora is laid out in a circle, the bar in the middle, allowing a more intimate dining experience

Starting with the raw bar we ordered scallop, salmon and tuna ceviche. The scallop dish was topped with caviar and had white truffle drizzled over. It was a unique combination that tamed the caviars salty taste. The tuna ceviche was my favorite; it contained bits of chopped tuna, fresh herbs and wasabi, this was a table favorite and every bit was eaten up.

For the Tapas we enjoyed the shrimp slider, lobster taco, and the patatas. The patatas were round cut catalan style potatoes with garlic aioli and spicy tomato sofrito dolloped on top, this was also a table favorite. I ordered the shrimp sliders and really enjoyed them, it was that something different that I needed to really balance out all the seafood that I was eating. The Maine lobster tacos were great,  and with four of them we each had our fair share.

We decided to leave some room for the entrée, so we skipped the flat bread (although, it sounded delicious) and moved onto the soups and salads. We tried a variety and enjoyed them all. The lentil soup was delicious and with stewed tomatoes, smoked bacon and the parmesan cheese; it tasted reminded me of chili. The roasted beet salad combined the earthy beet taste with the sweet candied walnuts and honey giving it a unique taste. We also tried the pear salad with fresh Anjou pears, Roquefort cheese and the glazed walnut for extra crunch. The Frisee salad with its exceptional bacon vinaigrette combined with the poached egg went great along with the asparagus and toasted brioche.

For the entrée we had a variety. Starting with the pan-seared tuna with fennel, littleneck clams, and white bean stew. Having ordered tuna from many of the surrounding restaurants, this tuna was expertly prepared and went well with the sides. Next we tried the slow roasted lava lake lamb with bean cassoulet and marguez sausage. The slow roast allowed the lamb to stay juicy and when mixed with the bean cassoulet, it created and exquisite taste.  The mussels sitting in the delicious parsley and shallot broth were also exceptional.  The striped bass with scallops, shrimp, and mussels with black rice and saffron tomato broth was an interesting pairing of foods, and lacked in flavor. Last we tried the braised veal cheeks, which was an interesting flavor and very easy to eat. This dish also included olive oil mashed potatoes, which were very good, tiny carrots and green peppercorns. I would say that the veal cheeks and the lava lake lamb were the stars in the entrée round.

Lastly, for those of us who still had room, was dessert. I enjoyed a dessert cherry wine with my melted chocolate sphere, the waiter poured this delicious chocolate sauce over the sphere and it melted the top away exposing these cherry yummies inside. We also tried a lemon meringue tart, that had crumbled with pistachios and edible sparkles.

This is a great place to sample wines in a relaxed environment or to dine with friends and sample some different foods.

To make reservations call (970)477-8050, or check out the menu online here, on opentable.

Special Screening of the Documentary “Miss Representation”

Join us here at the Antlers on July 30 at 5:30pm for a special screening of the documentary “Miss Representation”. The film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom,  “Ms. Newsom wrote, directed and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary, MissRepresentation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential.”

On Friday August 3, Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be speaking at the Womens Foundation of Colorado Luncheon and silent auction at the Vail Marriott.

Film Screening Details: Antlers at Vail

July 30, 2012

5:30pm

$10 admission fee (Free to students)

Contact us at 970-476-2471 to purchase tickets

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Adventure Film School students capture Teva Games

If you are lucky enough to be out enjoying the Teva Mountain Games this weekend keep an eye out for some very focused camera men and women. Most are students with the Outside Adventure Film school, a partnership between Outside magazine,  and Serac Adventure Films. While most of us are enjoying the activities, basking in the sun, and relishing the crisp clean mountain air, they are working their butts off! Students, with the aid of some very talented instructors and experience film makers will be spending their days trying to get the best footage of the games and their participants and spending their nights editing and piecing it together to create a short adventure film. The results of their hard work will be showcased here at the Antlers on Tuesday June 5! Come by and see the fruits of their labor!

The last adventure film school students came away making an amazing documentary entitled High Ground. I strongly recommend that if you have a chance you MUST go see this movie. It is currently touring the country through film festivals and has earned (deservedly) a lot of accolades!

Living at Your Peak Special – Book by July 30 to Save on Both Registration and Lodging

Antlers at Vail hotel  Martina at Living at Your Peak

Left, the Antlers at Vail hotel; right, Living at Your Peak keynote speaker Martina Navratilova

May 17, 2012—Vail, Colo.—Living at Your Peak, a new event organized by the Vail Symposium, September 13-15, 2012, will offer first-hand access to accomplished world champions, internationally recognized trainers, coaches, researchers, doctors, nutritionists and top chefs from world-class restaurants. Jenna Wolfe, co-anchor of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY show, emcees the event and Martina Navratilova is the keynote speaker.

Registration is $1,000 until July 30 and $1,200 after, and includes priority access to event sessions, coordination with a personal concierge, exclusive access to VIP events and gourmet meals prepared by Vail’s internationally renowned chefs. Spouse passes are $300 and individual session fees start at $50 per session.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is proud to be a sponsor and official hotel for the event, and Living at Your Peak participants who book their rooms before July 31, 2012 will save 35% off lodging. Early booking rates for studio suites are $156 per night; a one-bedroom suite is $182 per night and a two-bedroom suite is $273 per night, subject to availability.

“Imagine the opportunity to run with an Olympic running coach, or chat over dinner with a renowned expert on brain health,” says Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine. “We’re excited to be a part of the inaugural Living at Your Peak summit, and hope many of our past guests and friends will join us for what we think could be a life-changing experience.”

Living at Your Peak is organized by the Vail Symposium, a grassroots, non-profit organization providing thought-provoking, diverse and affordable educational programs to the Vail Valley community. For more information about Living at Your Peak or to register, please visit www.livingatyourpeak.org.

The Antlers at Vail offers condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms, and each room includes a fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located with easy access to the Living at Your Peak sessions, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, RLeVine@antlersvail.com, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335.

 

 

Antlers Celebrates Vail’s 50th Anniversary with 50 Percent Off

“50 For 50” package offers excellent value on lodging, lift tickets

1962 - The Vail Journal announces Vail's official opening

When Vail Mountain opened for skiing in 1962, the area had one gondola, two chair lifts and nine ski runs. Today, it’s North America’s largest ski resort with 31 lifts and more than 5,000 skiable acres. It’s fitting that Vail Resorts will kick off its 50th anniversary festivities by installing a new state-of-the-art gondola in the same location as the original Gondola One. The new ride will boast heated leather seats and WiFi, and will speed up the mountain at 1,200 feet per minute.

The Antlers at Vail hotel opened in 1972, and general manager Rob LeVine has been actively involved in the town’s planning and development for more than three decades. “I’ve been here long enough to remember when we put an Amana Radar Range microwave oven in one of our rooms, and people would come from all over just to see it work!” he says.

In honor of the resort’s half-century anniversary, The Antlers at Vail hotel celebrates with 50% savings from November 16 to December 13, 2012. The Antlers “50 For 50” stay-and-ski deal starts at $579 per person for 4 people in a 2-bedroom condo for 4 nights—and the price includes four-day lift tickets for each person! Along with the parties, historic presentations, concerts and other celebrations Vail has planned for its fiftieth birthday, skiers and boarders can enjoy uncrowded slopes and shorter lift lines in the early snow season.

For four decades the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. Named the Vail Valley ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2009, the Antlers is also proud to be named a Platinum Service Award Winner by the Vail Valley Partnership. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, RLeVine@antlersvail.com, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335.

Colorado Mountain Biking at Its Best with the Antlers at Vail This Summer

Reserve rooms by June 1, 2012 and save 20% to 30% off regular rates

Colorado Mountain Biking at the Antlers at Vail Hotel

Photo by Chauncey Davis

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best,” said Ernest Hemingway, “since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” With 343 miles of bike trails, a bicycle is the perfect vehicle for exploring the Vail Valley’s diverse contours. And for those who prefer to skip the “sweat up the hills” part, the Vail Gondola offers transport for people and bikes to the top of Vail Mountain for an exciting coast down.

The Antlers at Vail hotel is a conveniently located home base—rated #1 in Vail Specialty Lodging by TripAdvisor readers—with comfortable condominiums just footsteps from the popular Gore Creek trail and darned close to the Vail Gondola.

Need more reasons to bring your bike to the Antlers this summer? Here are seven:

  1. Guests who reserve rooms by June 1, 2012 can save 20% to 35% off regular prices, with rates for a studio suite starting as low as $156 per night.
  2. Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer maps for navigating the area’s 340+ miles of biking trails, and the Antlers’ knowledgeable staff will happily provide suggestions and directions.
  3. Vail Mountain Bike Camps offers summer day camps for kids 7 to 13 years old, and private and group mountain biking skill lessons for people of all ages.
  4. The 2012 Vail Recreation District Mountain Bike Races series runs from May 23 – August 15, 2012, offering  mountain bikers of all ages and experience levels fun and the opportunity to win cash prizes.
  5. Riders looking for a summertime challenge can join the Antlers team for the 11th Annual Comcast Colorado Eagle River Ride on Saturday, July 28. The tour begins in Beaver Creek and brings riders along the scenic banks of the Colorado and Eagle rivers, and riders can choose from the 42-, 68- or 100-mile routes. Riders of all levels are welcome, and new team members receive a customized Antlers team jersey.
  6. Want to see how the pros do it? The USA Pro Cycling Challenge features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world, with a stage finish in Beaver Creek on August 23, 2012.
  7. No bike? No problem. Nearby shops like Charter Sports, Vail Bike Tech and Bike Valet offer bicycle and helmet rentals for adults and kids.

Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. Named the Vail Valley ‘Green Business of the Year’ in 2009, the Antlers is also proud to be named a Platinum Service Award Winner by the Vail Valley Partnership. With condominiums ranging from studio suites up to four bedrooms and plenty of space to spread out, each room at the Antlers offers all the comforts of home including fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor balconies, free Internet access and free parking in a heated indoor garage. The Antlers Vail is conveniently located in the Lionshead area of Vail with numerous restaurants, galleries and shops within walking distance, and the free Vail town shuttle stops just footsteps away. For more information, call 1-800-843-8245 or visit the Antlers web site at www.antlersvail.com.

Media Contacts: Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at Vail, RLeVine@antlersvail.com, 970.476.2471; or Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 307.734.5335.

Raise Your Stein In Honor of the Antlers’ Proximity to Oktoberfest 2011

Home - Dinner

Bratwurst unbridled | Photo by Ernesto Andrade

The following guest post is written by Eliza Cross, an associate of the Antlers’ public relations firm WordenGroup.

I just returned from a great weekend at the Antlers, including a visit to Vail’s Oktoberfest. This annual celebration of beer, brats, polka music, cabbage, dancing, strudel, lederhosen, Fahrvergnügen and all things German is held in Lionshead this year, making it extremely convenient to weave walk back to the Antlers after partaking of the festivities.

I met up with Mary Abel, the lovely and talented Editor in Chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine, and her charming husband Chris. Soon we were joined by the Antlers General Manager Rob LeVine, which was handy because Mr. LeVine seemed to be the only person in the crowd who could answer the oft-asked question of why Oktoberfest is celebrated in September.

“The tradition started when Crown Prince Ludwig von Wieneschnitzels was reviewing the catering options for his wedding to Princess ‘Caraway Spice’ Therese,” he would say with a faraway look in his eye, regaling revelers with facts that would make him a fierce contender in the popular German game Das Trivial Pursuiten. We quickly came to a consensus that we should sample some of the readily-available Beck’s beer; it just seemed more German-ish than Bud Light.

Cheers!

In the midst of the crowd we ran smack into Jennifer Williams, publisher of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles. A little while later, we stumbled upon freelance writer Joy Overbeck. Then we collided with Jennifer Aniston and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Okay, I exaggerated that last part—but there were a lot of extremely important celebrities around in addition to ourselves. Approximately every two minutes, various people in the crowd recognized long-time local Rob and shouted greetings and/or insults (sometimes both), depending on how they knew him.

Before long it was time to get another beer and make a rather important decision:  what type of bratwurst should we eat? This was not an easy choice, given that one could indulge in rattlesnake, elk, wild boar, alligator, buffalo or even chipmunk bratwurst. Okay, I made that up about the chipmunk— but seriously, we had a lot of options.

Bratwurst menu at Oktoberfest | Antlers at Vail

After securing four enormous bratwurst sandwiches loaded with sautéed onions and sauerkraut, we delicately and neatly ate our sandwiches NOT, and began planning our next move:  dessert. We drooled over the sophisticated gelatos at Rimini

…but ultimately decided to indulge in cherry strudel and chocolate-dipped almond cookies, both of which pair surprisingly well with beer.

The happy news for you is that Oktoberfest continues next weekend, September 17 and 18. Anyone on the Antlers staff can point you in the right direction toward the festivities, and you can purchase beer and food tokens on the spot. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a gorgeous Colorado autumn day, head to the Antlers, get settled in a nice room, and then weave your way over to Oktoberfest.

And if you order the chipmunk bratwurst, be sure to tell ’em Prince von Wieneschnitzels sent you.

 

Vail’s Oktoberfest party and beer celebration

It is just that time !   Vail’s Oktoberfest is the yearly festival of beer, music and fall. It is a time to dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndl, and toast your steins to the most popular party in the world.

The Town of Vail is hosting two full weekends of oom pah parties, lively demonstrations and traditional German fare in Lionshead and Vail Village. Festivities include brat-eating and Beck’s Keg Bowling contests, yodeling and alpenhorn blowing, and Bavarian dancing. Oktoberfest is two full weekends the whole family will enjoy.  It is in Lionshead near the Antlers at Vail condominiums on September 9 – 11 and then down in Vail Village September 16 – 18.  Both Schedules can be printed here.  The Antlers at Vail will have Vail room rates from $156 per night during this weekends, but these mountain view, Studio suite units will book up early, so call soon.

Party in Lionshead

Vail International Dance Festival

The Vail International Dance Festival is now in its 23rd year with dancers from all over the world performing at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater.  2011’s highlights include the worldwide company debut of New York City Ballet Moves, Mark Morris Dance Groups’ 30th Anniversary Celebration, gala events like the International Evenings of Dance, plus the triumphant return of Trey McIntyre Project.  Call 888-920-2787 for tickets or visit vaildance.org.