Vail is a spectacular winter resort with appropriate dining and bed and breakfast establishments, but the winery is a few miles west in Minturn.
There’s no question that Vail is a special place. In addition to just enjoying being high in the Rocky Mountains, there are interesting things to see and do year around. Such as:
Minturn Cellars in the village of Minturn, is housed in a charming old building on a narrow alley, recalling some of Europe’s village wineries. Winemaker Ted Dunn produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Muscat Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. The tasting room and cellar by the Eagle River is open daily in the summer noon to 5. Winter visits by appointment.
Colorado Ski Museum, 231 S Frontage Rd., 970-476-0103, has a collection of artifacts, photos and clothing that depict the history of 130 years of Colorado skiing.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 183 Gore Creek Dr., 970-476-0103, is the world’s premier high altitude botanic garden, features and assortment of perennial beds, rock gardens and waterfalls.
Vail Culinary Adventures, 2395 Chamonix Lane, 970-8465, offers trips of outdoor activities combined with small hand-on cooking classes by Vail’s best chefs at night.
Specialty shopping in Vail
There are lots of unusual and rewarding shops to explore in Vail. To see what and where, click on Shopping in Vail
Best places for dinner
Vail is famous for its ski slopes and social life. It’s also a great place for a romantic weekend getaway if you know where to find everything to enhance the occasion. For inside information on where to enjoy a wonderful dinner, see Dining in Vail
Best places to stay
Vail is elegant and contemporary when it comes to sleeping accommodations, with two first-class small bed and breakfast inns in town, and more rustic, but equally comfortable lodging a few miles away in Minturn and Avon. For the information you need and to make reservations, see Dozing in Vail