Last Updated on July 9, 2023
Before we know it, ski season will be upon us. But summer is actually the best time to nab ski lodging as once those first snowflakes begin falling, chances are good that accommodations will be difficult to find.
Autumn is another gorgeous month in Vail. This is when the aspens begin “quaking” and turn a golden yellow; the rolling hills and mountains are blanketed in vivid color. Honestly, no matter what time of the year you visit, Vail’s immense beauty and the White River National Forest draws outdoor lovers like moths to a flame.
Getting to Know Vail
An iconic town and high-end ski resort located in Eagle County, Colorado, Vail is a two-hour drive from Denver and known for its world-class skiing and recreational activities. Shuttle services and public transportation options are available from the airport.
The town boasts over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain across Vail Mountain offering a variety of slopes for all ski levels – from beginners to advanced – serviced by lifts and gondolas.
Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are kingpins of the winter months, but beyond these beloved winter activities, Vail provides ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, off-road Jeep and ATV adventures, horseback riding, fly fishing, river rafting and golfing surrounded by stunning views.
Vail Village and Lionshead Village are two areas filled with charming alpine-style architecture, boutique shops, art galleries, restaurants and apres-ski establishments creating a vibrant, luxury atmosphere.
Marriott’s StreamSide Vacation Club
There’s nothing like “coming home” after a long day on the slopes or exploring the many natural wonders of Vail. That “home” for me is Marriott StreamSide at Vail, a premium vacation rental located just a 4-minute drive from the heart of Vail Village. Or park your car and take the complimentary shuttle to the Vail Mountain area.
All rentals in the Birch, Douglas and Evergreen buildings include 2-bedroom, 2-bath villas with one king master bedroom that includes a whirlpool jetted-bath, a second bedroom with two doubles or a queen and sofa bed, full living room with a sofa bed and fireplace. A full kitchen offers all the conveniences of home along with a separate dining area.
The 1200-square foot villa can accommodate up to eight guests, ideal for a family or group of friends. You can choose from one of three different villa configurations, one even includes a loft. Occasionally, one-bedroom lock-offs are available as well.
In the typical Marriott fashion of reflecting the natural surroundings of a destination, the villa is tastefully decorated with alpine touches including a stone fireplace, natural colors, rich wood furnishings and leather sofas. It fits Vail to a “T.”
Vacation Club Amenities
StreamSide at Vail offers a heated, connecting, indoor/outdoor pool with whirlpools in both locations. The fitness center includes a vast array of equipment along with sauna and steam rooms. For those who want to stay on top of your game, the resort sports an indoor racquetball court.
Wireless internet is complimentary and there is no resort fee at the property.
Vail Dining Options
Though there is no restaurant at the vacation club, Vail offers numerous dining options, some within walking distance, some a short drive from the property. These include everything from chophouses to Creekside eateries, Colorado-themed cafes to German and Italian food.
A favorite of TravelbyVacationRental.com is Alpenrose Vail, an alpine German/Swiss inspired chalet-cum-restaurant. Everything is outstanding and the prices are reasonable by Vail standards. The desert case is a fantasy.
For those who want to load up on groceries or just get a few pick-ups to start your day, Vail has several grocery stores close by.
Explore Vail Village and Lionshead
My husband I couldn’t get enough of these two charming villages on our last visit to Vail. It’s as though we were transported back to the small towns and alpine hamlets of Europe. With pedestrian-friendly streets winding between old-world Bavarian architecture and open views of an unencumbered wilderness, these two areas are an absolute delight to explore.
Vail Village and Lionshead are connected by a 10 to 15-minute walk or an easy free shuttle. Be sure to visit the lovely boutique shops, dine in some amazing restaurants, and above all, take a Gondola One ride up Vail Mountain from Vail Village. This is where you’ll find some of the most breathtaking views in the entire area.
Vail Village offers an outstanding selection of art galleries. Gib Singleton Gallery for the paintings of Earl Biss and Vail International Gallery across the street are favorites.
If you’re into ice skating, you’ll love the outdoor rink in the heart of Lionshead Village. And you can also take a ride up Vail Mountain from the Eagle Bahn Gondola or take a leisurely stroll along Gore Creek.
An easily walkable village path along scenic Gore Creek led us to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. These are the loftiest public botanical gardens in North America situated at 8,250-feet and they are free to the public. The gardens were created and gifted by the late President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty who owned a condo in Vail and loved the area.
10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirits in Vail Village has a charming tasting room and plenty of delectable choices.
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame is also a must-do for fans of action sports.
Whatever time of year you plan to come to Vail, you’ll find a treasure trove of stunning vistas filled with expansive mountain ranges and sparkling creeks meandering through quaint villages.