Have you ever wondered what it is like to live like a local in Vail? Are you seeking that one-of-a-kind, authentic, mountain experience? Then - this blog is for you!
Throughout the summer, we will highlight a week in Vail (and the Vail Valley) through our employee's eyes. We all love where we live, and we want to share our passions with you - our most loyal guests.
This week, we are featuring Ms. Kaitlyn Medley. Read on to see what she loves to do in a week in Vail!
My name is Kaitlyn Medley. I’m originally from Oklahoma City. I moved to Vail Valley about 4 years ago to escape the heat and live for adventure. Vail is like a second home, I grew up coming here my entire life. The Vail Valley is one of a kind, with more than 300 days a year of sunshine. It truly is “like nothing on earth” which is the slogan for Vail Resorts. With all the diversity of events from skiing in the winter to the variety of festivals in the summer; there is always something to do! Summer for me is unforgettable; don’t get me wrong I love winter too! There’s just something about being outside and enjoying all the endless activities the valley has to offer. I’d like to share my ideal week in Vail with you!
Mondays are meant for strolling through the Betty Ford Gardens. Located just a few blocks from Vail Village, it’s the picture-perfect start to your week. It is the highest botanical garden in North America. It features streams, waterfalls and a vast array of alpine plants and wildflowers. It truly is one of kind. After visiting, stop by the Alpine Treasures Gift Shop offering all things home, clothing, jewelry and children’s toys. All proceeds help support the Gardens.
The best parts of Tuesday’s in Vail are the Free Hot Summer Night Concerts at the Gerald R. Ford outdoor amphitheater. Bring a blanket, a few snacks and find a great spot on the lawn. Who doesn’t want to see a free concert and have a view of the mountains as the backdrop? I know I won’t be missing out! You can join us too, every Tuesday throughout the summer months! For more information, visit http://www.vvf.org/content/events/free-concerts/hot-summer-nights.aspx
One of my favorite Wednesday evening activities in Vail is The Beaver Pond Tour. Every Monday and Wednesday throughout the summer months the Walking Mountain Science Center provides a fun, educational, family-friendly adventure. Starting at the Vail Nature Center, you will meet your guide and venture into the evening exploring and learning all about beavers! You don’t want to miss out. Remember to sign up! To learn more, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/project/evening-beaver-pond-tours/
Golfing in Vail is unimaginable. The Vail Valley has 17 championship golf courses within a 38 mile radius; some of the best courses in the world built by famous architects and golfers. Personally, my favorite is right here in town, The Vail Golf Club. The clubhouse was just renovated and it’s gorgeous; the deck off the grill is to die for and the picturesque Gore Range is the backdrop. It is truly amazing and a one of kind golf-course.
Fly Fishing Fridays! This is a new sport for me and I absolutely love it! The Vail Valley and the surrounding areas have some of the best waters to cast a rod and catch a trout. Some even say and I have personally seen that you can catch all 4 species: Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat and Brook all in one-day right here in town on Gore Creek. For more information, stop by the Front Desk and I’ll lead you to the best fly shops and secret spots on the river.
On Saturdays, I am usually found hanging with friends and family enjoying our great backyard… the MOUNTAINS and planning more adventures! Whether we are cruising the back country roads in our Jeep or enjoying the sights and sounds of the river while rafting, there’s always something to do! Another great activity is riding up the Gondola in Lionshead and enjoy Vail’s Epic Discovery. With so many activities to choose from; the new mountain coaster, zip-lining, climbing wall and tubing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Sundays in Vail are perfect for a stroll into town for Vail’s Farmers Market. Each Sunday starting in Mid-June, Vail hosts one of the largest outdoor farmers markets. Showcasing some of Colorado’s finest locally grown produce, local dishes from restaurants, freshly baked goods and don’t forget about the art: offering a little bit of everything from fine art, clothing and jewelry to home furnishings. Trust me you don’t want to miss the Sunday Farmers Market. For lunch, there so many different choices; a few of my favorites are the gyros, pot stickers, and hot fresh sugar coated almonds. Don’t forget the fresh-squeezed lemonade to wash it all down!
We hope you enjoyed joining Kaitlyn on a week in Vail. We hope to welcome you here this summer to experience these mountain adventures yourself!