Vail Valley

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Vail Valley
4.5
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The heart of the city of Vail where most of the area's restaurants, shops and attractions are located.
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stefano s
18 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Due to the COVID pandemic we could not travel to Our home country in Europe this Summer, se we decided to spend 2 weeks in Colorado. The experienced surpassed our expectations! Awesome setting and organization. It is amazing to see what they have been able to accomplish in less than 60 years from the creation of this resort. The Alpine, typical of South Tyrol, style of the buildings is so beautiful that competes with the originals. We visited the town several times during the day, at night and on Sundays Market day, always enjoying the beauty and the impeccable organization.
Written September 2, 2020
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Zsofia A
Boulder, CO9 contributions
Sep 2020
As a family we enjoyed walking around downtown Vail. The city did a great job decorating and making the downtown area welcoming. Unlike Breckenridge where we found service personnel unfriendly, Vail village’s restaurants and stores were welcoming and friendly. Saturday night’s live music created a lively fun atmosphere.
Written September 6, 2020
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ViM
Denver, CO197 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We've been coming to Vail for about 40 years and always enjoy seeing the changes, summer and winter. This time with the COVID restrictions, there was more outside seating at restaurants and also 'open containers' allowed in some areas of the Village and Lionshead. Lots of galleries and speciality shops for browsing.
Written July 26, 2020
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rjmartintx
Dallas, TX189 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
One of the great things about visiting Vail in the summer is the free parking in the Vail Village Parking Building or the Lionshead lot. When you exit the freeway into Vail Village, the Lionshead lot is to the right and Vail Village Free Parking is to the left. But beware: as you take the roundabout to the left for the Vail Village parking, you will probably see a flashing sign advising you it is just down the road. Do NOT be deceived in turning right at the big blue P sign and driving 100' to turn into the Public Parking garage. That one will cost you $20 for two hours, but there are no signs warning you or indicating it is not the free parking. Instead, proceed another 100 yards along the road and you will see a huge parking garage entrance right on the road. That's the free one.
Written August 4, 2016
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Efren C
Dallas, TX132 contributions
We went to Vail with a group of friends and had an amazing time. The views of the mountains are amazing. The village has it all, restaurants, shops and bars. Excellent to take pictures and walk around the village which looks so much like a German little town.
Written October 26, 2014
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OnThe50Yardline
Dallas, TX89 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Nice place. It was modeled after St. Anton am Arlberg in Austria and that is a pedestrian village that works real well. I’ve been skiing there, too. But Vail is in the US, and it doesn’t work as well; did you take the bus to get to Vail? I doubt it. Why do you have to walk everywhere or take a BUS when you get there? This isn’t Europe, it’s the Rocky Mountains and people need a car but they don’t allow them here…still!

Visitors can park in one of the large parking structures at the bottom of the hill and walk uphill to the slopes…yuk! With all your heavy equipment!

The shops are nice…but aren’t we all from big cities with designer shops galore? It’s a little fakey and not necessary these days to blow your horn that you’ve got money. If you can afford a ski vacation, you are doing all right. Tone it down a little!

The slopes are the best part of the entire Resort. But is everyone in your group expert skiers?? If not, rethink this place. It’s for great skiers, but aren’t the Baby Boomers getting up in the years now? Do they bounce off the moguls like they did 20 or 30 years ago? Are they all still doing double black diamond slopes?? I don’t think so…and if you’re a beginner or haven’t skied in a few years, getting off the Mountains steep front face is a nightmare. It’s better to take the lift down to the base, but who does that? No one does and it’s steep and icy and sometimes patchy snow. Rethink, regroup and be real. There are other places closer to the airport, too!

And if you like to sleep in peace and quiet, forget it! With a mega-major US Interstate splitting the middle of the town, going up a huge Pass, and a huge turn right as you enter West Vail, 18 wheelers downshift to tackle the climb and the noise reverberates and bounces off the Mountains even in the middle of the night. It sometimes will wake you up it’s so loud. I’d rather be in an airport; and this is supposed to be nature??

It’s just not what it used to be. And since the passes are what most of the locals use, Vail has the best skiing for their skills and they crowd up the place, don’t buy anything, take the best parking spots, cut in line, wear nasty clothes and bring their brown bag lunches and take the best seats in the lunch facilities on the Mountains, buy a coke and sit forever until their friends finally arrive; and make the uninformed tourists have to sit at the bar and eat their lunch. No thanks!

One word words sums it up: Overrated! (And over-priced, too!)
Written March 22, 2018
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WayfairingMan
Buffalo, NY45 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
I'm reminded this month of a trip my wife and I took to Vail, Colorado, last October 2017. We also went to Aspen that same month. Of the two, we preferred Vail the most. (We also enjoyed Aspen). Vail was easier to get to from Denver (although we did enjoy our trip over the Continental Divide to Aspen), the cost of gas was much cheaper, you were immersed in the surrounding mountains, a stream bisected the village with picturesque bridges, lots of boutique and ski shops, intimate gathering spots, magnificent hotel resorts with outside dining, and the European feel throughout the village was wunderbar. At night, we enjoyed the twinkling lights surrounding some of the hotels. As October is off peak, the ski gondolas weren't running, but we saw a number of people hiking up and down the mountain trails. It was not crowded with people when we were there, but we could easily imagine the international crowds during ski season. Hotel room rates were discounted in October from their normal peak time rates. (We loved our room and meals at Pepi's). Free parking can be a challenge but check the Town of Vail website for specific parking info as it differs during the year.

Items of Note:
1) Vail is at a 8000+ elevation while Denver is at a 5000+ elevation. Drink plenty of water and get acclimated to the elevation before exerting yourself.
2) Interstate 70 has signs posted regarding use of snow chains (9/1-5/31 for commercial vehicles).
3) You are in a Resort area. Expect to pay more (and enjoy more).

My wife and I will be going back to Vail. It is one of our special get aways.
Written October 13, 2018
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dgojill
10 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This manufactured, artificial "village" is not of Colorado. The faux "European" architecture, like everything else here, is a flight of someone's imagination that is true to no aesthetic or historical tradition. The "village" sanitizes and cannibalizes the beautiful setting of Gore Creek, making it into a shopping destination. It's an incredible turn off for anyone who values the natural beauty of Colorado. Some may say that it's wrong to knock the commerce that a "resort" area creates, but that's all you'll find in Vail Village. Too many people, too many shops and way too many pretentious shoppers. If it wasn't for the great skiing in winter and the incredible summer dance festival, we'd never set foot in the "village" again.
Written August 6, 2016
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educator_12
Surprise, AZ162 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Vail Valley is indeed a beautiful place filled with well maintained grounds and buildings that make it a wonderful place to stroll around. There are multiple shops that offer assorted goods most of which are overpriced for their value. If however you enjoy browsing and need a place to spend some time, it is a worthwhile trip to make. They had several bands playing during the 4th of July weekend but the sound was too loud to hear the words of their songs and their voices were mediocre at best.
Written July 9, 2013
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gordy g
Minneapolis, MN159 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
While I have been to Vail countless times for skiing in the winter it is only the last two years I have been coming in the summer. If you have never been here in summer you need to come. There is far more to do and see in the summer than there is winter. Biking, hiking, golf, river rafting, gondola rides, zip lines, outdoor music fests and so much more!!

A few of my favorite activities are the bike ride from the top of Vail Pass back to Vail village, the gondola ride to view sunset at the top of Lionshead and just strolling the pedestrian only streets of old Vail Village over to the newer Lionshead area. Great food, excellent people watching, live music, etc. Vail valley is nothing short of a spectacular vacation destination.
Written July 27, 2018
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