No need for tiaras or regal crests—at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, every guest gets the royal treatment. Voted one of America's Best Mountain Resorts and America's Best Family Hotels in 2010 and 2011, respectively, by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the AAA Four Diamond resort is situated just outside Vail Village and offers sprawling views of the Rocky Mountains.
Escape with the family to the palatial Colorado mountain retreat and stay for one night on any day of the week, from August to 5 to August 19 ($139); Sundays through Thursdays, from August 20 to October 11 ($109); or Fridays and Saturdays, from August 20 to October 11 ($139). Need a longer trip? Combine an unlimited number of vouchers to extend the vacation.
In addition to warm gem tones, rich wood details, and courtyard views, expect top-notch amenities—such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs and plush cotton robes—in Vail Cascade's standard rooms. After all, who needs a throne when you have a pillow-top mattress topped with high thread-count sheets, a down comforter, and overstuffed pillows?
Raquetball and squash courts, indoor basketball courts, three indoor and three outdoor tennis courts, two heated outdoor swimming pools, three hot tubs, and Vail's largest fitness center—those are just the on-site facilities. The Vail Mountain chairlift loads just outside the hotel, leading to Adventure Ridge (regular summer hours until September 3; Fridays through Sundays from September 7 to 23) and miles of mountain biking and hiking trails.
After fly-fishing in Gore Creek, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting, children ages 5 to 12 can join the hotel's kids' camp—Cascade KidVenture—for scheduled arts and crafts sessions or s'mores by the fire pit, while the adults get pampered at Aria Spa.
Named one of the Top 100 Resort Spas—US Mainland in 2012 by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, a deep-tissue massage or one of the signature facials is not to be missed. Afterward, let the mellow vibe linger as you sip organic tea and fruit-infused water by the roaring fireplace in the spa's Sanctuary.
Later, satisfy king-size appetites at the hotel's Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant, known for its extensive selection of craft beers. Adults will receive a flight of brews to sample, but the little ones won't be left out—they'll have a root beer and a sophisticated kids' menu (think multigrain mac 'n' cheese with a side of edamame beans). Start off with a couple of small plates, such as the lamb meatballs and barbecue brisket sliders, or dive right in with the rainbow trout or buffalo rib-eye. (The views of Gore Creek are complimentary with each meal.)
If an evening outing is in order, the hotel will happily arrange a carriage (read: shuttle) to sweep you off to Vail Village, where bowling at bōl or a movie at CinéBistro await. Expect Vail to please all the little princes and princesses -- it's been crowned one of the top mountain resorts for families.
PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON October 11, 2012
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
One-Night Stay for Two Adults and Two Children in a Standard Room ($109 to $139), Craft Beer Flight for Two Adults and Two Root Beers at Atwater on Gore Creek, and Resort Fee
- from $139