Moose Creek Cafe dishes out feasts of classic Americana to droves of loyal customers, whether they're locals sharing friendly conversation over cups of coffee, or tourists looking for a hearty breakfast before exploring the mountain scenery of nearby North Park. Art from local artists decorates the walls inside, while an open-air patio hosts lunches and dinners of chargrilled burgers, fajitas, and pepper steak.
The Smiling Moose Deli has been a Colorado tradition since 2003. Born in Edwards, CO nestled in the Vail Valley, the Smiling Moose has grown into 13 restaurants in the state and 1 in Wisconsin. We are extremely excited to announce that we will be expanding into Montana, Texas, Indiana, and South Dakota in 2011!
Not much surpasses the delight of having a snow-day off from school—unless it's the sensation of zooming down a powder-covered cliff face. At Copper Mountain, visitors of all ages recreate snow-day elation on slopes seemingly made to be skied. Naturally divided into terrain of varying difficulty, the 2,645 acres of mountainous landscape were identified as "the most outstanding potential ski area in the Arapaho National Forest" by an early US Forest Service survey team.
Resort planners took their cues from these natural features, mapping out distinct ski areas that keep beginner, intermediate, and expert slopes largely separate from each other, helping skiers of disparate experience levels stay out of each other's way. Each area corresponds to a village, where shops and restaurants amuse visitors relaxing between rides and snowmen relaxing between top-hat fittings while 22 lifts whisk skiers up to the mountain's 126 uncrowded trails and vaunted back bowls. Experts craving access to hard-to-reach crags can hop on a snowcat for a ride up the mountain free of charge. And for those looking to boost their skills, lessons range from children's classes to quickie refreshers that reinforce advanced skills.
But skis aren't the only tools that afford thrilling trips. Pipes and parks let boarders practice mid-air tricks, and a four-lane tubing hill sends families through banked curves. Critterland charms younger visitors with friendly characters, forts, and rides, and complimentary snowshoe tours acquaint groups with the pine- and spruce-tree-dotted countryside. Away from the snow, a bevy of year-round bars and restaurants complement the amenities of the local spa and gym.
Thanks to a highly efficient snowmaking system, powder dusts Copper Mountain for one of the region's longest ski seasons—November through early April. But enthusiasts needn't pack up their gear in the off-season. Woodward at Copper hosts year-round programming for snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing, and cheer disciplines. A 19,400-square-foot playground known as the Barn houses bowls and artificial jumps, which deposit airborne athletes safely into foam pits, much the way young penguins learn to fly.
Though The Minturn Saloon has gone by several different names since it was established in 1901, it has always kept sports close to its heart. Years after being owned by Jeff Taylor—who used to feed knuckle sandwiches to his boxing-champion sparring partner Jack Dempsey—the saloon now serves as a tasty reward for out-of-bounds skiers brave enough to complete the Minturn Mile. A “quirky riverside joint” lauded as one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire magazine in 2007, The Minturn Saloon and its bartenders live by the motto, “If John Wayne didn’t drink it, we don’t make it,” according to the New York Times. Tall glasses of beer and tangy margaritas wash down hearty bites of fajitas, enchiladas, ribs, and nachos while diners admire a taxidermied buffalo and signed photographs of celebrities who once sat in their seats, such as Yogi Berra, John Wayne, and basketball legend King James VI.
With a stay at Vail Marriott Resort And Spa in Vail, you'll be near ski lifts and convenient to Cogswell Gallery and Vail Ski Resort. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Gerald Ford Ampitheatre.
Make yourself at home in one of the 344 air-conditioned guestrooms. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features include concierge services, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the resort's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this resort consist of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
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.