Hotel at a Glance: Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort
A 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner set on 20 acres in the Vail Valley, Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort provides guests with easy access to outdoor adventures as well as onsite diversions. While here, you can go skiing or hiking in the mountains (depending on the season), then decompress with a sports or deep-tissue massage.
- Room to relax: Three-bedroom townhouses and one- and two-bedroom condos feature full kitchens, barbecue grills, and patios or balconies; most have fireplaces.
- Take a dip: A heated outdoor pool and two hot tubs stay open year round.
- Yoga, Pilates, and spin classes are held in a 2,800-square-foot fitness center outfitted with a tennis-training machine and Cybex cardio equipment.
Vail, Colorado: Mountain Playground in the Heart of the Rockies
Set among ponderosas and snowcapped mountain peaks, the Vail Valley isn't just for skiers. There are year-round adventure options including zip lines, rafting, hot air balloon rides, and fly fishing. A 20-minute drive from the hotel, White River National Forest is a 2.3-million-acre woodland abounding with wildlife and recreational opportunities in the shadow of the towering Rocky Mountains. Until mid-April, skiers and snowboarders flock to Vail Mountain Resort, one of the largest ski areas in North America.
After a day of alpine adventures, you can stop at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum to learn about the evolution of icy sports. On Tuesdays and Fridays, historic Vail Village walking tours set out from the museum.