– Special to Gore Creek Properties by Eimile Pesch
I am one of the lucky few college students who got to spend my summer in Vail. Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer here? 300 sunny days a year, and more to do in each one of those than you can count on your fingers and toes. I had only 60 here, but each one was golden.
People ask me, “If you could have one more day in Vail, what would make it perfect?” Usually, the response is “Can’t tell you – I’d be giving you all the secrets away. Besides, there’s no way to fit it into one day.”
Seriously, though, what would a perfect day in Vail be? My perfect day in Vail would begin with an easy breakfast at the WestSide Café located in the Holiday in West Vail, perfect Captain Crunch French Toast, more Bene’s than you can shake a stick at, and awesome Bloody Marys.
Ludwig’s – if the style is what you’re going for, Ludwig’s in the Sonnenalp Hotel is spendy but delicious and made to order. Best cup of coffee in Vail.
Northside Cafe – this very popular new restaurant is located off the north side of the Avon exit heading west on I-70, about 10 miles down the Valley. The big news is that they will be opening a location in West Vail, so check it out when you’re here. The biggest and best variety of home-made doughnuts in the Vail Valley plus good, strong coffee.
After a delicious breakfast, head down to Wolcott to go ziplining at Zip Adventures with family and friends. Only a 25-minute drive from East Vail, Zip Adventures has by far the best zip lines in the Vail Valley, and perhaps Colorado. All six lines vary in length and speed on this ground-to-ground course (no climbing a three-story tower for me) and people of all ages can have a safe yet exciting adventure. The Zip Adventures staff is awesome and even gave us freezie-pops during the tour. Often cracking jokes and sharing facts and cool information about the canyon, the staff , nd the Zip Adventures experience cannot be beaten. From my six-year-old cousin to my nearly sixty-year-old dad, everyone can have a great day.
Ropes Course – Children of all ages will enjoy the challenge of the ropes courses at the Top of Vail Mountain. One for small children, one for middle-sized and pre-teen children, and one for adults.
Rafting – Lakota Guides is the best outfitter in the Vail Valley, with top-notch equipment and the best guides. Ours was Nathanial of MTV’s “Real World” fame. Not bad on the eyes either.
Take the afternoon for some quiet time and go for a leisurely hike to Uneva Peak. A moderately difficult hike, it takes about three hours round trip. The hike starts at the bottom of Vail Pass on Interstate 70 and reaches an elevation around 12,500 feet. You’ll hike through a pine forest and beautiful alpine meadows. The top of Uneva Peak is the most beautiful view of the backcountry of Colorado, and is a guaranteed reward for the hard work and exercise.
Gore Creek Trail: Trailhead in East Vail off Bighorn Road and runs along Gore Creek for the first 4 miles. At mile 4, the trail forks where you can turn right and go over Red Buffalo Pass to Summit County, or you can turn left to Gore Lake.
Booth Creek Trail: Runs along Booth Creek the first two miles to Booth Falls. End it here or keep going another 2 miles to Booth Lake. Climb approximately 3,000+ feet.
Then head back to home base at Timber Falls and relax by the pool. Located on the free in-town bus route, Timber Falls is affordable, comfortable, family-friendly, and convenient. Believe me, I lived there all summer and my family came to visit – everyone loved it. It is only a few blocks from Bighorn Park and easy running trails and biking paths up Vail Pass or into Vail Village.
Pitkin Creek Condominiums: The first condominium complex off the East Vail exit of I-70, this affordable property has an outdoor pool and hot tub, market, and laundry facilities. Gore Creek Properties’ offices are located on-site. Located on free in-town bus route and easy access to nearby hiking, golf, and biking.
Golf Course Townhomes: At 3,000 spacious square feet, this was a perfect location for large families or groups of friends. Located on the Vail Golf Course and only 1 mile from town, it was easy access to Vail Village and Lionshead by foot, by bike or on the free in-town bus. Lots of amenities and luxury (at least for this college student).
Once you’ve rejuvenated, take the free in-town bus into Vail Village and start with drinks at Bol, Vail’s modern and very hip bowling alley and restaurant. Start with a few appetizers (the crispy confit chicken wings and spicy tuna tartare, yum!) and a glass off their equally impressive wine list.
Walk a block or so over to The Bully Ranch, my favorite restaurant in town. Located in the swanky Sonnenalp Hotel, I love The Bully Ranch because I always enjoy my food, whatever I order (I recommend the ribs) is excellent, and there is a great outdoor patio at which pooches are welcome and get their own water dish. Not to mention there great service, it’s relaxed and comfortable with western décor, and decent pricing relative to your high-end dining in town.
After enjoying good food and good company, take a leisurely stroll over to Vendetta’s and Whiskey Jack’s, both located on Vail’s infamous Bridge Street for drinks and socializing. Of course, I tell everyone about my perfect day in Vail, and end my night at Shakedown, the hottest nightclub where live music puts the finishing touches on my perfect day.