Panoramic Mountain Vistas at Spa Resort
Every spring, a quilt of green spreads across the tree-covered mountain ridges of the White River National Forest. Nestled amid the verdant scenery, at the top of a crest overlooking Vail Valley, sits The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. The stately resort calls to mind a chateau in the Alps, both in its dormer architecture and its Old-World warmth and opulence. There are fireplaces in every mountain deluxe room and Cordillera suite, creating nooks from which to survey panoramic mountain vistas.
Golfers can tee off at the Tom Fazio–designed 18-hole Valley course, one of three championship courses at Cordillera. Seventeen miles of carefully maintained hiking paths wind through the resort's 7,000-acre property, leading to waterfalls and 14,000-foot peaks. If you want to fly-fish, there are stocked ponds throughout the grounds (accessible with a guide).
The lodge’s award-winning restaurants include Mirador, which serves up delectable local specialties such as Colorado striped bass. As part of this Getaway, you'll receive a $25 credit to The Spa at Cordillera. It offers treatments such as a mani-pedi with a pineapple-coconut scrub.
Vail, Colorado: Mountain Playground in 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.