Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
This family-friendly all-suites hotel sits just off I-70, making it easy to take a day trip to Vail, which is just a half-hour drive away. You can go hiking or mountain biking in that popular resort town or, closer to the hotel, go fly-fishing on the Eagle River.
- Recent renovations: A $2.2 million effort included a remodeling of guest suites. They now feature full kitchens with full-size refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and dishwashers.
- Breakfast on the house: Fill up on eggs and waffles at the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet.
- Have a cookout with one of the onsite barbecue grills.
- Stay connected with free WiFi.
- Pet friendly: Dogs are welcome for an additional $15 each per night.
Eagle, Colorado: Quaint Mountain Town Minutes from Hiking and Skiing
Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Eagle sits smack-dab between the posh ski resort of Vail 30 miles to the east and the outdoor haven of Glenwood Springs. Vail is known as one of the most legendary ski destinations in the western United States, but there’s plenty to do after the snow melts, from mountain biking to hiking miles of alpine trails.
After a day on the mountain, explore Vail Village, which looks like a Bavarian hamlet thanks to its alpine architecture. Bronze sculptures of bears, bighorn sheep, and skiers decorate the village’s pedestrian pathways.
On the 30-mile drive westward to Glenwood Springs, winding byways pass through Glenwood Canyon, which was carved out by the Colorado River. In the warmer months, bicyclists can pedal on 16 miles of paved trails alongside the river, where mighty rapids whizz past mountain faces freckled with aspens. After a long day of hiking or playing catch with boulders, feel free to relax at Glenwood Hot Springs, where natural hot-spring mineral water is pumped in from the adjacent Yampa Hot Springs.