Homey Mountain Lodge in Heart of Eagle County
Daisy, a half-boxer, half-pit-bull mix, bounds through the lobby and eagerly greets a pair of incoming guests, playfully nudging a suitcase with her nose. The young pooch, who belongs to a hotel manager, takes her duties seriously as an unofficial member of the welcoming committee at Eagle Lodge & Suites. A homey sense of hospitality suffuses the hotel, which treats visitors to a number of perks, not the least of which are the views of the Rocky Mountains in its backyard.
A massive elk-antler chandelier dangles from the vaulted lobby ceiling, lending the place a mountain-lodge aura. This woodsy, cabin feeling underscores the décor of the two-story family suites, where framed rustic scenes speckle the walls. A brood of four can comfortably spread their wings and reveal their vestigial tails in the 800-square-foot lodgings, which house four queen-size beds draped in all-white linens. In the comparably furnished, but smaller deluxe suites, bathrooms come stocked with top-shelf toiletries, such as green tea and willow soap by Archive.
Eagle Lodge & Suites showers its guests with complimentary treats and services, including a daily breakfast buffet loaded with cereals, muffins, bagels, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and waffles. Each day, hotel staff also offers up a plate of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies. Just beyond the dining room, a 50-foot indoor pool rests below a second-story weight room and the adjacent fitness center. Outside, in warmer weather, lodgers can settle small-claims-court disputes over games of horseshoes or grill out on the barbecue pit.
Eagle, Colorado: Quaint Mountain Town Minutes Away from World-Class Recreation
Fortified by mountains on all sides, Eagle sits in a scenic enclave smack-dab between the outdoor haven of Glenwood Springs and the posh ski resort of Vail 30 miles to the east. Vail is one of the most legendary ski destinations in the western United States thanks to more than 5,000 skiable acres. Travelers can cash in their 15% rental discount at any of Avon Venture Sports' three valley locations and hit the slopes on a late-model snowboard or skis. After a day on the mountain, it's well worth exploring Vail Village, whose alpine architecture and dirndl-wearing mail carriers call to mind a bucolic Bavarian hamlet. Bronze sculptures of bears, bighorn sheep, and skiers decorate the pedestrian pathways, lending an artistic touch to the athletically minded resort town.
On the 30-mile drive westward to Glenwood Springs, winding byways pass through the scenic Glenwood Canyon, carved by the rushing waters of the Colorado River. In the warmer months, bicyclists pedal 16 miles of paved trails alongside the river, whose mighty rapids whizz past mountain faces freckled with aspens. Natural hot springs supply two pools—as well as lap lanes and a waterslide—with water heated to a steam at Glenwood Hot Springs.