Hotel at a Glance: The Sebastian – Vail
Set against Vail Mountain, The Sebastian – Vail has received heaps of high praise: Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of the World’s Best Hotels, AAA awarded it its prestigious Four Diamond award, and Conde Nast Traveler called it the No. 1 Hotel in the West in 2014. You’ll see why from the moment you step into the hotel’s atrium, which dazzles with exposed-stone walls, an oversize fireplace, a chic antler chandelier, and sculptures and paintings by local artists.
- Where you’ll stay: Luxury plaza rooms—some of the resort’s newest rooms—are outfitted with contemporary decor in warm hues.
- Onsite dining: Enjoy dinner and cocktails at the stylish Frost bar.
- Best places to unwind: The onsite library, or in Bloom Spa. Select options include a 50-minute signature spa treatment per night.
- Recommended hike: The 6-mile Booth Falls trail, which wends past alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and ends at a waterfall
Vail, Colorado: Mountain Playground in the Heart of the Rockies
Set amid snowcapped peaks and ponderosa pines, Vail stands at the center of Colorado’s mountain recreation scene. Nearby, White River National Forest is crisscrossed with trails and gorgeous vistas in the shadows of the Rockies. The 2.3-million-acre woodland encompasses an array of wildlife habitats and recreational ventures, allowing you to take in fresh mountain breezes while hiking, mountain biking, or playing freeze tag with boulders. Other summer outdoor pursuits here include white-whatever rafting and kayaking on the Eagle, Colorado, and Arkansas Rivers, as well as golfing alongside the mountains.
After a day of outdoor adventures, you can stop at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum to learn about the evolution of winter sports. On Tuesdays, Vail Village historical walking tours branch out from the museum into the charming, European-style village.