By Kristen Miller
As Vail celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the distinguished mountain resort town is truly growing old gracefully with the help of a $2.5 billion renewal that includes the recent openings of exclusive new resorts and private residential clubs. While there are many new Vail properties vying for travelers’ attention, plenty of Vail’s longstanding resorts will not be outdone by the newcomers. One such property, the elegant Vail Cascade Resort (celebrating 31 years) is enjoying its own splendid renaissance while maintaining its distinction as one of Vail Valley’s premier mountain resorts.
When most of us imagine a mountain resort, we visualize inviting spaces,roaring fireplaces and pine-scented surroundings. These images are a reality at Vail Cascade, recognized by Conde Nast Traveller’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards asne of the “Top 40 Resorts in the West.” The AAA Four Diamond resort is versatile; an exquisite haven for romance seekers or families. With a decadent spa and expansive fitness center, the resort caters to all. In the winter and early spring, Vail Cascade becomes Vail’s only ski-in/skiout resort, giving guests convenient access to Cascade Village Lift #20, which is mere steps from the hotel.
After hitting the slopes, guests can ditch their gear with the resort’s ski concierge and warm up with a toasty beverage at the cozy Fireside Bar or enjoy a soothing soak in one of three outdoor hot tubs. In the summer and fall, the resort’s creek-side setting allows guests to enjoy the tranquil sounds and views of Gore Creek from the hotel’s infinity pool or enjoy a stroll along the adjacent scenic pathway. Additionally, when you book a summer stay, you can take advantage of complimentary resort activities such as s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire pit on Friday and Saturday evenings, dive-in movie nights at the pool or family game nights in the hotel’s library.
On your way to Vail Cascade Resort, get your sweet fix at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, located in the heart of Vail Village (fuzziwigscandyfactory.com). In the summertime, the kids will love splashing around in the Children’s Fountain located in front of the store. Or plan a little pit stop at the Vail Village Visitor Information Center, located in the upper level of the Vail Village parking structure, and check out the Colorado Ski Museum where you’ll learn about the history of Vail, skiing and the 10th Mountain Division.
In sync with the mountain town’s golden anniversary, Vail Cascade Resort has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation of its own, featuring reappointed guest rooms that exhibit contemporary mountain elegance by blending a natural sandstone palette with accents of honey, tangerine and hazelnut. Additionally, distressed wood furnishings, wrought iron accessories and textured fabrics add a touch of rusticity while luxurious linens and plush carpeting provide a lavish finish. Elsewhere throughout the resort, extensive upgrades and renovations are present in the common spaces, lobby, restaurant and spa—all inspired by the vibrant seasonal colors found in Vail’s natural landscape.
For guests who want to focus on well-being, the resort’s famed Aria Spa & Club, which was ranked in 2012 among Condé Nast Traveller’s “Top 100 Resort Spas U.S. Mainland,” is an all-encompassing retreat oﬀering pampering treatments as well as energizing workouts. As the largest spa and ﬁtness facility in the Vail Valley, the 78,000-square-foot spa and club is where guests can enjoy a variety of ﬁtness classes, personal training and an indoor track, or spend an afternoon relaxing at the spa.
Try an invigorating Rise and Shine Yoga class, Private Pilates, Spinning, Zumba, Sports Conditioning or the FitWall/TRX Training. For “me time,” the Spa oﬀers a nice selection of massages, body therapies, facials and manicures/pedicures along with an opportunity for peaceful relaxation in The Sanctuary. The Spa also has indulgent Rocky Mountain Ritual packages designed to balance, renew or revive, depending on your needs.
Brews and Creek-Side Views
In keeping with Vail’s growing reputation as a culinary gold mine, the hotel’s signature dining spot, Atwater on Gore Creek, presents creative dishes with fresh, local ingredients, bursts of ﬂavor and inventive twists. Small plates such as Fried Goat Cheese with tomato chutney or Colorado honey and dates are perfect palate pleasers. And entrees such as Rainbow Trout with ginger kale, celery root puree and apple fries leave diners satisﬁed. All are designed to pair with an eclectic collection of craft beers. However, the restaurant goes above and beyond simply oﬀering handcrafted brews.
A Golden Celebration
For information on year-round events and activities throughout Vail, as well as the special 50th Anniversary happenings around town, visit vail.com
For starters, it has the largest selection of craft beer in Vail with a continuously rotating menu of drafts and bottles, ranging from well-known selections to extremely hard-to-ﬁnd brews. The resort oﬀers monthly beer seminars featuring brewers from around the globe as well as a weekly special called Friday Night Flights. Every Friday at Atwater on Gore Creek, guests may sample a featured ﬂight of Colorado, American and International craft beers for only $7.For on-the-go options, the resort’s Cascade Village Market and Café oﬀers snacks and sundries as well as pastries, sandwiches, salads, coﬀee and an assortment of soft drinks, beer and wine. For après ski or a lighter dinner option, the cozy and comfortable Fireside Bar has signature cocktails, wine, hand-crafted beers and shared plates from a tapas-style menu.
Whether your visit to Vail Cascade Resort involves the convenient ski-in/ski-out access this winter or allows you to enjoy the hiking, biking, ﬁshing and creek-side lounging this summer, you are bound to enjoy the property’s breathtaking mountain setting.
One of the benefits of celebrating Vail’s 50th are extra hotel nights for mere pennies! Celebrate Vail Cascade Resort’s “Happy Birthday Vail” package by booking a fout-night winter say and add a fifth night for only 50 cents (vaild for stays between November 15, 2012-April 13, 2013), or book a two-night summer stay and add a third night for only 50 cents (valid for stays between April 14-August 31, 2013). For more information, visit vailcascade.com or call 800.282.4183
Vail Cascade Resort
1300 Westhaven Dr.
Vail, Colorado 81657
970.476.7111 | vailcascade.com