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The Pinnacle of Winter Luxury: The Destination Guide for Vail

For nearly six decades, Vail has been the pinnacle of winter luxury. Dazzling white slopes and snow-covered conifer trees define the mountainous landscape in the winter, but there is always something to do in Vail no matter the season as this stunning Colorado valley is blessed with some of the most amazing trails in the country, making it the ultimate outdoor playground. Yet the fun doesn’t stop after you have made your way down from the slopes – that’s when the real mountain opulence truly kicks in. Shimmering lights above the Vail village give a glimpse into the vibrant life that is happening below the snowy peaks and it’s not your average sleepy town where nothing happens after the sun goes down. Quite the opposite. Winters in Vail are all about spending time with family, friends, and newly-made acquaintances, and sharing travel stories over dinner while indulging in scrumptious food. Walk the pedestrian-friendly streets of the village and visit one of the many world-class shops, or simply relax in a heated outdoor pool while taking in the crisp fresh Rocky Mountain air without a worry in sight.

Dining

Beautifully diverse – that’s the dining scene in Vail. Infused with love for the traditional and appreciative of world flavors, restaurants in Vail offer something for everyone’s taste. Classic American, French, Italian, Asian… you name it. Yet with so much natural beauty around, it is no wonder that chefs strive for sustainability as much as possible and over the years restaurants have been doing more to source the best sustainable and organic ingredients locally. Thus you can expect local grass-fed bison, river trout, and lamb on most menus. Traditional ways of cooking the food over a live fire are also big in Vail – it’s rustic, after all. Coal-roasted olives and wood-roasted bone marrow at the Mountain Standard are perfect for something more traditional and people travel far and wide for the Wagyu flat iron steak served at Sweet Basil. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the mountains, therefore by no surprise, many Alpine influences can also be found with ease – raclette and fondue at the Swiss Chalet are not to be missed. Take a closer look at some of the finest dining options in Vail in our Best Restaurant Guide.

Hotels

There is no compromising on quality when in Vail and luxury hotels know that the stakes are high. With so much beauty around there is simply no way you can create something that doesn’t accentuate both the landscape as well as the traditional and rustic heritage of the Rockies. Alpine-style lodgings, rustic American design with exposed stone foundations and dark-stained siding, as well as modern grandeur can all be found here. One thing that unifies all, however, is the welcoming warmth and absolute comfort you not only want but need after a day spent in the snow. Roaring fires, plush furnishings, soft lights, and quiet corners in timeless lounges and libraries where you can nestle in with a glass of Malbec and a good book. Heated outdoor pools with waterfalls and whirlpools will treat those sore muscles and calm the mind. Moreover, all luxury residences are also family-friendly. From the peak of perfection that is the Four Seasons to Sonnenalp, which has been a Vail favorite for nearly six decades, and remarkably elegant Talisa – we are absolutely in love with everything that Vail has to offer. For a closer look, make sure to read our Top 5 Hotels in Vail guide.

Fashion

The softest cashmere, lavish wool blends, fur-trimmed jackets, and stunning eyewear – it’s all about luxury winter resortwear. The days of pure functionality and wanting to change out of your ski jacket as quickly as possible are over and for years now designers and sportswear brands have put an emphasis on high-performance fashion that not only does what it is supposed to do when the cold winds hit but also looks and feels fantastic thanks to the high-quality fabrics and materials used. Soft to touch, easy to wear, and as dazzling as Vail itself – that’s what we want in our sportswear. From the beautiful Bogner Vera Fur-Trimmed Shell Hooded Puffer Jacket to the knockout Belinda Robertson Sandringham Sheepskin Gilet, this is how you keep warm in style, if you ask us. Don’t miss our Winter Bliss Fashion Style Sheet for more inspiration on what to pack for your Vail holiday.

Lauma Breeze

Ever since reading In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne in her childhood, Lauma has been fascinated by all things travel. From sailing as well as exploring nature inland to continuously being fascinated by cities and cultures worldwide, she conveys her passion and inquisitive nature in writing.

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