Spacious and comfortable condo offers amazing mountain views and features a fireplace in the living room for cozy gatherings on snowy winter nights. The balcony off the living area offers a wonderful vantage point to the surrounding natural beauty and overlooks Gore Creek directly below. Large windows in both the living and dining areas not only provide a scenic vista during all seasons, but when open invite in the peaceful, rippling murmurs of Gore Creek. Well equipped kitchen includes stainless steel appliances and all the necessary accoutrements for creating home cooked meals; local grocery stores are conveniently located nearby (or plan ahead and order supplies online to be delivered and waiting for you upon arrival). Three bedrooms provide comfortable accommodations with the master and attached bath on the main floor and two additional bedrooms on the lower level sharing an additional bathroom. Single car garage provides shelter for a vehicle or additional storage for ski equipment, etc.
Vail, Colorado, is home to world famous skiing in wintertime and plentiful snowfall makes skiing enthusiasts happy! Various activities are available year-round, with multiple options to suit individual tastes. Biking, rafting, hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping and dining are all easily accessible in the area. Summer and fall weather pattern generally includes moderately warm days and cool crisp evenings. Additional information available in the neighborhood section or explore www.visitvailvalley.com
Arrival options for Vail include flights into Eagle Regional airport (approximate half hour drive) or Denver International Airport (approximate 2 hour drive). The drive from Denver is scenic and includes spectacular mountain scenery. Road conditions can vary greatly along the way and should be taken into consideration depending on time of year.
For those who choose to remain connected (or perhaps need to work a bit in this natural paradise), high speed internet and dedicated WiFi are available in the condo. An additional free community WiFi network is also available both inside and outside the condo.
To soothe away your aches from an active day of skiing or hiking or to simply relax and unwind, turn to the outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. Located just across the parking area and visible from our home, bath towels are available for use in the clubhouse at no cost.
Hotel Talisa (formerly Vail Cascade Spa and Resort) underwent a $35 million upgrade which began Spring/Summer 2016. As part of the Resort facility, the Aria Athletic Club and Spa was included in the renovation process although it remained functional throughout. Fitness fanatics will enjoy the convenient location just two short blocks away with guest usage available for a nominal fee. This modern facility offers multiple activities including weights, cardio training, yoga and Pilates. The friendly staff is always happy to answer questions and provide additional information as needed. After working out or simply to pamper yourself, consider visiting the spa at Aria and experience signature treatments and a relaxing atmosphere. De-stress with a massage, indulge in a body treatment, spoil yourself with a facial or sit back and have your nails done. At Aria Spa, the choice is yours and mind plus body rejuvenation will follow.
Make yourself at home in our beautiful condo and unearth all Vail has to offer!
**Please Note: I only exchange with upscale homes of equal value. Exchange homes must have at least 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Open to considering various destinations, specifically places in Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita, North Carolina, South Carolina (beach access a plus for Carolinas), Hilton Head, Florida beach areas, Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver. California desired destinations include luxurious homes close to LA, Santa Barbara, San Diego or a yacht. All trades must be 2nd homes or have extremely flexible scheduling options for exchange of primary residence. (My home is a second home with flexible scheduling options.)
Although winter is an acclaimed time in Vail, the surrounding natural beauty affords a peaceful retreat from fast paced city life year-round! Explore the options (some thoughts below) and find the perfect vacation!
Winter activities are naturally centered around enjoyment of the plentiful snowfall that makes the area so popular for downhill and cross-country skiers. With easy access to ski lifts (one located a short 5 minute walk from the condo) and multiple ski runs, there are options for skiers of all skill levels in Vail as well as a ski school for novices. Conveniently located near ski lifts you will find ski and snowboard rental outlets, shops to supplement winter gear and restaurants to refuel your body before heading back to the slopes. Celebrity sightings are not uncommon while exploring the village or swooshing down the slopes.
At Vail, the experience extends far beyond the mountain. Vail is linked by 3 lively base areas filled with shops, bars, hot spots and world class restaurants with acclaimed chefs and cuisine. The 2 main areas for shopping, strolling and entertainment are Vail Village and Lionshead. Lionshead is a moderate walk along the paved pedestrian path running alongside the creek (and behind the condo) or continue to stroll the paths to Vail Village. Linked by pedestrian friendly heated streets, the village is a perfect place for a family stroll after skiing or a; bar-hopping night out on the town. The country’s largest free transportation system runs frequently, making it easy to access almost anywhere in the Vail area without touching your car. There is a convenient stop 2 blocks from the condo.
Spring, summer and fall (locally known as the off-season) offer a multitude of activities to appeal to a wide variety of preferences. Some examples are below and are not meant to be all inclusive. For more information, please visit www.vail.com
• Musical festivals (including annual summer concert series featuring renowned orchestras), food/wine festivals and outdoor concerts
• Biking (bikes available for rental in the village)
• Dance productions
• Gerald Ford Outdoor Theater (summer season)
• Camping in pristine forest or mountain wilderness (gear not included in exchange)
• Nature trails to suit every level of athletic ability for walkers, joggers and bikers
• Wildlife viewing throughout the surrounding mountains
• White water river rafting, guided tours available (summer and fall)
• Gondola rides to top of the mountains to enjoy scenic vistas, food and relaxation. For the more daring, rent a mountain bike and make your way back down the mountain on a bike trail.
If you wish to reconnect with the cosmopolitan scene, Denver is a 2 hour drive away. (Drive times will vary based on weather and road conditions.) Offering urban choices and atmosphere, a cornucopia of activities are available in Denver (examples below).
• Art Museum
• Denver Aquarium
• Elitch Garden’s Amusement Park
• Museum of Natural History
• Multiple shopping venues and malls
• Theater district for live performances
• Pepsi Center for concerts and events
• Botanic Gardens
• Denver Zoo
• Professional Sports teams such as: (depending on season)
o NBA Professional Basketball – Denver Nuggets
o NFL Professional Football – Denver Broncos
o NHL Professional Hockey – Colorado Avalanche
o MLB Professional Baseball – Colorado Rockies
o MLS Professional Soccer – Colorado Rapids
o MLL Professional LaCrosse – Colorado Mammoth (indoor)
o MLL Professional LaCrosse – Denver Outlaws (outdoor)