While Vail, Colorado, is most famous for black diamond ski runs, the sparkling summer weather makes it an undiscovered gem in the warmer months. If you're in the market for a quick summer trip, look no further than this week's multi-faceted Escape to Tivoli Lodge, set in the heart of Vail Village just 90 minutes from Denver.
You and a companion will spend two nights in a Village View Room, Sundays through Thursdays ($280) or Fridays and Saturdays ($360), and receive a bottle of wine and valet parking at this family-owned luxury resort. The European chalet-style architecture blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings, including stunning vistas of Vail's Golden Peak and neighboring mountains.
Rise each morning in your plush accommodations and open your curtains for flawless views of the village and valley floor. If you're angling for a low-key morning, head down to the lodge-style living room with oversized chairs and sofas, a towering stone fireplace, and an intimate wine bar.
When it comes to outdoor activities and attractions, leave no stone unturned. Seasoned vets can rent a kayak from Alpine Quest Sports, while those in need of paddle practice can purchase a beginner kayak class on nearby Nottingham Lake. Later, trade your paddle for hiking boots or mountain bikes, or take a laid-back trail ride over the rocky terrain.
With its boutiques, restaurants, and galleries, Vail Village has become a true jewel of the Rockies. Art lovers can take painting or pottery classes at Alpine Arts Center, before grabbing a casual dinner in the welcoming setting of e|town kitchen + bar. To add a little spice to your evening, treat yourself to the chili-glazed garlic salmon, then indulge that sweet tooth with a trio of warm, cinnamon-sugar doughnuts.
No night in Vail Village would be complete without dropping by local-favorite Red Lion. This neighborhood bar is known for its live music and laid-back atmosphere that charms residents and visitors alike.
After careful reflection, you'll agree: this is one Escape that's clearly a cut above the rest.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON December 13, 2012
A Two-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays ($280) or Fridays and Saturdays ($360), with Bottle of Wine and Valet Parking
- from $280