A Visit to Vail
Posted on 17 November 2015
Our Founder, Cinda Boomershine, took a mini vaca to visit the landscapes of Vail, Colorado. She couldn't wait to share some of her favorite spots to stay, eat, and see along the way. Happy Reading!Last week, Mark, Rex, and I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Vail, Colorado to attend a gallery event that showcased Mark's artwork. It also happened to be Mark's birthday, and some dear friends were able to join us to celebrate. When most people think of Vail, they think winter and skiing. While I am sure that is amazing, I am here to tell you that Colorado in the fall is spectacular. The air is crisp and if you time it right, you can catch the Aspen trees in all their vibrant yellow glory. Here are my recommendations for a quick trip to Vail in the fall: Stay: We chose to stay at The Sebastian, and we LOVED everything about it! It is a boutique hotel perfectly located in the center of Vail's pedestrian village. The decor is a bit atypical so if you are looking for bears, antlers and plaid decor, you will be disappointed. Instead, what you get is decor that effortlessly blends expected mountain rustic elements with unexpected modern glamour. Topping that off is some of the most amazing hotel staff I have ever encountered. They took care of our every need and even greeted Rex with a cute little stuffed moose toy. We had a suite on the 4th floor overlooking the slopes of golden-colored Aspens. It had all the usual hotel amenities plus a feature every Mom out there can appreciate -- a washer and dryer. It was wonderful. Play: Go for a hike! In the summer and fall, the mountain is set up with hiking and biking trails instead of ski trails. You can buy a lift ticket to ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain and then bike or hike down. You can also hike up and then take the gondola down for free, which is what we chose to do. As far as hikes up a mountain go, it was fairly easy and the trail was clearly marked. The only problem was the weather, which can change on a dime. We got thoroughly rained on, so be sure to take rain gear. Despite the rain and the quad burn it was totally worth it (plus Rex got to do his first mountain summit at 5 months old). Shop: Every Sunday morning there is a market in town where they sell everything from organic veggies to "etsy-worthy" children's clothes (oh, and very delicious potatoes on a stick). We were eager to get started on our hike before the rain came in, so we didn't get to spend nearly as much time shopping in the market as I would have liked. Another great shopping spot is a store called Luca Bruno. I was in need of a dress for Rex's baptism and had good luck there. They have two locations in town and both have a great selection of women's, men's and children's clothing from a variety of brands like Missoni and Pyscho Bunny. Eat: For breakfast, be sure to hit the Little Diner, which is indeed a little diner. For lunch or dinner, our favorite spots are Terra Bistro and Mountain Standard, which both feature farm fresh ingredients. I also happen to be a sucker for good sushi and few sushi spots compare to Matsuhisa and its sister restaurant Nobu. Lucky for me, Vail has a Matsuhisa. It was so good, we ate there twice! Don't miss the shishito peppers, yellowtail with jalapeño and crispy rice with spicy tuna. And finally, I'd be a terrible wife if I didn't mention the fantastic art gallery, McRae Litt Fine Art Gallery. They represent Mark's beautiful paintings. If you are ever in town, be sure to stop by and take a peek for yourself. And when you're there, walk over to Matsuhisa, it happens to be right next door.
If any of you ever visited Vail, we would love to hear about your favorite, go-to spots in the comments section. Talk to you soon!