Jazz at Vail Square returns to Lionshead this summer with the first of nine free shows at Vail Square just 150 yards from the Antlers at Vail hotel in Vail. Free concert from 6-8pm on Thursdays. Presented in a tented venue seating 300+, this dynamic concert series features national jazz artists with styles ranging from Swing to straight ahead, Latin Jazz to the American Songbook. Whether you enjoy the show from a seat in a nearby restaurant, or from the front row with a cocktail, Jazz @ Vail Square creates intimate jazz experiences that you won’t soon forget. Seating is first come, first served, and the concerts go on under the tent rain or shine. Visit Vail Jazz Foundation for more information and a full listing of this summer’s activities.
Mt Sherman Hike (14,036′)
A decent short 14er for those who want to notch the first one on their belts. It takes about 4 hours to reach the top and return. The land may seem brown and lifeless compared to some other 14ers however; it is rich in mining history as can be seen from the scattered mining structures all around the area. This was one I could see from the ridgeline very near to the top of Sherman.
When my fellow Antlers employee Dan and I hiked it on June 27th, it still had snow fields to cross at the start of the hike. However, we got through easy enough without too much post holing (and a slight deviation from the trail that turned into a lot more work than expected… DANNNN). Still, the rest of the trail was clear and easy going once we started gaining elevation. The most exhilarating thing about this hike was the wind that day. Sherman is very very exposed so a windbreaker/rain jacket is a MUST or you will risk being exposed to the elements that make hiking very uncomfortable.
A little bit windy up there
Only 40 a minute drive away from the Antlers here in Vail it was definitely a great day hike and a good first 14er for any moderate hiker looking to reach the next level. Make sure to add to the wind walls when you reach the top and sign the registry!!!
After we added another foot or so it still wasn't very helpful
Just recently I took a hike up to Deluge lake with a few of my friends around town. It was a really awesome hike with plenty of great views. Early on I was a bit nervous because it took almost 45 minutes to really lose site of the highway (which when you’re hiking is not the view you expect). However, once we rounded a mountain side and started up the valley towards the lake I knew that the hike was well worth it. It was the kind of mountain valley you would see in a movie with green fields, white rocks, and Deluge Creek running down the middle. Although it was a more difficult hike, it was well worth the trip in the end. Definitely wait until July or later to do this trail as when we tried in early June we were stopped about halfway by the 4ft of remaining snow.
The summer festival season is about to begin starting with the Blues, Brews and BBQ happening Memorial Day weekend in Beaver Creek. Enjoy live music and BBQ from around the country! Beaver Creek is also kicking off its summer culinary demonstration series the same weekend.
Amy, Darci, and Katie enjoying a brew!
Free Events Schedule:
12:00 – 6:00pm: Brews and BBQ on the plaza
12:00 – 4:00pm: Kids activities
12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm: Culinary Demonstrations
Free Entertainment Schedule:
Saturday, May 28
12:00pm – 2:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
2:30pm – 4:00pm Seth Walker
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell
Sunday, May 29
12:00pm – 2:00pm Seth Walker
2:30pm – 4:00pm Tommy Thomas & the Working Man’s Band
4:30pm – 6:00pm Eric Lindell
Hotel offers convenient location, knowledgeable staff, value pricing
The Vail Valley offers numerous bike trails for all ages and abilities
April 20, 2011 – Vail, CO – “I was going so fast, I wondered if I’d need a runaway truck ramp like the ones they have on I-70!” a biker quipped after a thrilling ride down the Vail Mountain bike trail. With the Vail Gondola offering transport for people and bikes to the top, those who prefer downhill cruising to uphill climbing will find plenty to enjoy in and around Vail.
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 Gore Creek trail and darned close to the Vail Gondola. The Antlers knowledgeable staff can suggest trails, and nearby shops like Charter Sports, Vail Bike Tech and Bike Valet offer bicycle and helmet rentals for adults and kids. Both Vail and Beaver Creek offer summer maps for navigating the area’s 340+ miles of biking trails. Guests who reserve rooms by June 1, 2011 can save 25% to 40% off regular prices, with rates for a studio suite starting as low as $144 per night.
Riders looking for a summertime challenge can join the Antlers team for the 10th Annual Comcast Colorado Eagle River Ride on Saturday, July 23. 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 100-mile, 68-mile and 42-mile routes. The fee is $90 until June 24, $100 for those who register before July 22, and $130 on the day of the event; proceeds benefit the youth nonprofit, SOS Outreach. Riders of all levels are welcome, and new riders receive a customized Antlers team jersey.
The Antlers is also a sponsor for the Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine “Pursuit” Package August 18-21, 2011. This all-inclusive weekend features celebrity hosted runs and rides plus dining at Vail’s premier restaurants, luxury lodging, activities and more. For those who enjoy watching the pros, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world in Vail and Avon August 25 and 26, 2011.
Since 1972, the Antlers has offered a unique Vail lodging experience in a relaxed mountain setting. The Antlers Vail condominiums – named the ‘Green Business of the Year’ by the Vail Valley PartnershipSuccess Awards – is also proud to be a Green Star rated business. 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.
Share Your Favorite and You Could Win a 2-Night Stay at the Antlers
It’s not too soon to think about next summer — especially when the Antlers offers special pricing during June 2011 as part of its “30 Days of June” promotion.A studio suite starts at just $140 per night for a two-night stay, and June’s packed calendar guarantees that guests of all ages will find plenty to see and do.
We’ve included a list of some of our favorite fun warm-weather activities in the list below, and we’d love to hear about your favorite reasons to come to Vail in the summertime. Leave a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a free 2-night stay at the Antlers. We’ll choose the lucky winner on July 1, 2011. Be sure to include a working e-mail address with your comment, and don’t worry — we won’t share it with a soul.
Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge, August 28 – 29, 2010 The “toughest 2 minutes in sports” Vail Firefighter Combat Challenge is scheduled for Ford Park parking lot on August 28-29, beginning at noon on Saturday the 28th at 10am on Sunday the 29th. There will be a special “Kids’ Firefighter Combat Challenge” that the kids will love. Bring the family.
The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge provides a snapshot of one of the most physically demanding and respected of occupations. It is an intense, spirited competition that demonstrates to the viewing public the nature of the job – and no job is more dependant upon the physical prowess of its work force. The Challenge is an embodiment of the essence of firefighting – an urgent race against time, and time is the mortal enemy of firefighters as fire doubles in size every 90 seconds! Visit www.firefighterchallenge.com for more information.
Adventure Tubing…can those two words really go together in the same sentence? When I think of tubing, I think of a nice easy float down a stretch of river, not something adventurous. Well, guess what, those two words go quite nicely together! In fact, I think they are my two new favorite words together! I grew up rafting on all the rivers in Colorado and Utah, was a raft guide for 6 years, and loved tubing when I was young. Little did I know that a family owned company called Sage Outdoor Adventures (just 100 yards from the Antlers condos) would come up with a NEW outdoor activity to do in Vail beside whitewater rafting. So…here is a bit of my adventure: Started out getting to the meeting spot to get all of our gear (wetsuits, booties, gloves, helmets, etc.) We decided we looked A LOT like frogs with our gloves, but they really helped with navigating down the river!
After dressing in our amazingly attractive wetsuits, we jumped into the river in our tubes and set off downriver! We got a little taste of everything. From relaxing in the calm water to getting splashed by the waves in the little rapids. It was awesome! We saw some amazing wildlife too! A blue heron was drinking out of the river next to us and flew right above us- it was beautiful! Saw some baby ducks, geese, and a variety of other birds. There is nothing quite like being outside, in the wild!
Looking for an easier mountain bike ride near the Antlers at Vail hotel ? Try Meadow mountain for some mountain biking down near the town of Minturn. Go West on I-70 to Down junction, exit 171. Park at the U.S. Forest service station at Dowd Junction just southoff of Interstate 70. Once in the parking lot and on your bikes, go south of the parking lot and start up the double track road. After about 1 mile of climbing you’ll come to a sign on your left that says, “1 mile to Grouse mountain trail”. Take this single track here that goes south. It is a fantastic trail. There are two short hike a bike sections for about 10 feet. Once you cross the bridge (over Grouse Creek), you’ll come out to a double track (Grouse Mountain trail) Turn left here going back down to Hwy 24. Just return on Hwy 24 going North for about 3/4 of a mile back to the parking lot. Quick and easy.