Four-Star Vail Resort Named 1 of the World’s Top 500 Hotels
In the Rocky Mountains, about two hours west of Denver, hiking trails wind beneath a canopy of aspens and ponderosa pines, leading to the doorstep of Vail Cascade, a 4-star hotel named 1 of Travel + Leisure’s top 500 hotels in the world in 2011. The landscape’s rugged beauty can be found throughout the resort. Natural light illuminates the lounges and restaurants, and decks with fire pits boast views of the surrounding mountains.
Year-round outdoor activities are big draws at this recently renovated lodge. In the spring and summer, you can go Gold Medal fly-fishing on Gore Creek and hiking and biking. Afterward, you can retreat to the resort’s Aria Spa, which features aromatherapy steam rooms and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. The spa is one reason why Frommer’s calls the resort “a wonderful choice for those who love pampering,” adding “the Vail Cascade gets better every year.”
Guest rooms and suites blend in with the setting with wood furnishings and mountain views, in addition to the 42-inch flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access. Choose a Cascade suite for extra room, including a separate living room. The resort’s upscale restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek, serves Colorado lamb meatballs, rainbow trout with ginger-scallion relish, and other creative American dishes along with local craft beers. In the morning, you’ll find a full breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets and vegetarian selections.
Vail, Colorado: Mountain Playground in the Rockies
Set amid towering pines and snowcapped peaks, Vail stands at the center of Colorado’s mountain recreation scene. 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.
After a day of alpine adventures, visit the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum for a glimpse into the evolution of bib overalls. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Vail Village historical walking tours branch out from the museum into the charming European-style village.