Hickory House Ribs is named for its signature racks of baby-back ribs, a combination of high-grade meat imported from Denmark and specialty sauce made in-house. The ribs have claimed numerous awards and accolades for their succulent flavor, which begins with pork ribs from hogs fed all-natural and lean diets. The ribs then spend hours slow-smoking in a combination of hickory and oak. Once they get to Hickory House Ribs, chefs coat them in thick housemade sauce, made from scratch. The restaurant also serves up other classic barbecue fare, from certified Angus steaks to smoked pork shoulder. Each kind of barbecued meat is seasoned and smoked daily, and served with baked beans and coleslaw each made fresh every day.
Upscale Japanese Cuisine | Celebrity Sushi Chef | Omakase Tasting Menu | Lounge Space
Where to Sit: If you decide to go on a whim, try the Matsuhisa Lounge, a laid-back space with flat-screen TVs, Japanese-influenced cocktails, a truncated menu, and a mix of tourists and locals who have managed to stake out a space without reservations. However, it may be worth it to schedule ahead for a visit to the downstairs dining room, where you’ll find a decidedly well-heeled crowd enjoying the full menu in all its gourmet glory. Better yet, get a taste of both spots.
When to Go: Matsuhisa is only open for dinner, and reservations are a must for the main dining room.
While You're Waiting: Make a bingo card featuring the restaurants owned by (and named after) celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa. They’re spread across the globe, so your next stop might be Honolulu, Athens, Moscow, or Beijing.
Inside Tip: Feeling overwhelmed by your options? Try the pricy (but worth it) omakase, the chef-curated tasting menu.
Tiradito: a Peruvian raw-fish dish—similar to sashimi—that distinguishes itself from ceviche with its unique cut and lack of onions.
New-style sashimi: a Nobu Matsuhisa original, this dish puts a twist on the raw-fish classic with a coating of hot oil that leaves it lightly cooked.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Pop into the historical Victorian home that houses Explore Booksellers (221 E. Main Street), a charming spot for books and gifts.
After: See what big-name or up-and-coming band is playing at the Belly Up (450 S. Galena Street).
With only a few 5-gallon buckets and some extracts, Bonfire Brewing began in a garage. Nowadays, the microbrewery team makes enough batches of brew to fill up to 15 of the taps at an on-premise taproom in Eagle. Here, bartenders decant hoppy IPAs, smooth brown ales, and lighter wheat beers into 16- and 23-ounce glasses, as well as to-go growlers, kegs for delivery, and time capsules for future thirsty people. The taproom opens around 5:30 p.m. every day, when the Bonfire crew invites patrons to tour the brewery; play rounds of darts, foosball, and shuffleboard; or groove to live music on weekends.
With a stay at Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you'll be centrally located in Vail, steps from Cogswell Gallery and minutes from Vail Ski Resort. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Gerald Ford Ampitheatre.
Make yourself at home in one of the 39 guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, hair dryers, and bathrobes. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
After a day on the slopes, enjoy recreational amenities including a spa tub and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and shopping on site.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.
Kevin and Marisa Selvy made the decision to leave San Francisco to start a Colorado brewery while kicking back with (of course) a couple of beers. The move might have seemed a little, well, crazy at the time, but it?s more than paid off. These days, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company distributes its beers to more than 10 states, plus international markets such as Hong Kong.
Said libations?including eight year-round varieties, plus seasonal and Brewers? Reserve releases??also flow from 10 taps inside Crazy Mountain?s dog-friendly tasting room. Here, pints, pitchers, and tasting flights hold everything from the five-malted Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ESB to the wheaty Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale. To complement pours, an outdoor food truck dubbed the Crazy Wagon serves a weekly rotating menu of global comfort food, including Korean-style short-rib tacos and gourmet grilled cheese. The brewery also hosts events such as live music and free yoga classes that allow students to sweat out all the hops they just drank.
While studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Duncan Clauss found himself immersed in craft beer culture. Inspired by trips to nearby pubs and breweries, he and his college roommates soon began making their own small-batch microbrews. In 2008, a few years after graduating, Duncan transformed his hobby into a career with the launch of Aspen Brewing Company.
Here, Duncan and his crew craft five year-round pours and a handful of rotating seasonal brews, including a saison that earned the Great American Beer Festival's silver medal. These selections flow inside the establishment's taproom, where patrons can likewise take home libations in environmentally conscious cans, bottles, or growlers. Besides brewing drinks, the taproom staff welcomes visitors to tour the facilities during Friday and Saturday afternoons before they host free live music later in the night.