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Paying Homage to Vail’s Heritage

The Town of Vail, founded in 1966, may be a mere baby boomer, but the area has a long history as a hunting ground and summer residence of the Ute Indians—who called these majestic peaks “The Shining Mountains.” Later, settlers mined and ranched the area, and during World War II, it was very close to the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Camp Hale between Vail and Leadville, training skiers and mountaineers for combat in the Italian Alps. After the war, one of those veterans, Peter Seibert, eturned to establish Vail, modeled after the charming Alpine villages in the European Alps.

The name Talisa is a Native American girl’s name, which translates to “creek” and “beautiful water.” This honors the Rocky Mountain’s first residents – the Ute Indians along with the beautiful Gore Creek that our resort sits beside. Our heritage can also be seen through our resort’s indigenously inspired art, furnishings, spa experiences and more. And by infusing our Alps-inspired cuisine, service and other European touches, the resort also pays tribute to the later chapters of our region’s history.

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Food and drink celebrate the culinary heritage of the Colorado Rockies and the Alps. This delicious blend of cultures echoes Vail’s own heritage, modeled after the Alpine town of Zermatt, Switzerland.

Open all day, Gessner, the 3-meal Vail, Colorado restaurant is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies and the European Alps.


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