Vail Valley
Vail Valley
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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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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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Travel R
Rochester, MN1,710 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Pretty area. Quite a bit to do and see even in the in between season (May/Early June). Easy to navigate especially with free bus service. Wish the parking capacity on the Vail app was more accurate but it tends not to be during busy events. Seems to be made for bikes and dogs.
Written June 10, 2022
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS3,046 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is the second year that we have visited beautiful Vail Valley in the Fall. It is absolutely delightful on these crisp Fall days, and the mountains are alit with the gorgeous yellow Aspen Trees. We love the accommodations, the restaurants, the shopping, but especially the hiking/nature trails of Vail Valley.

We decided to fit in one more hike before heading home! Berry Picker Trail might not have been a wise choice. LOL. It was gorgeous but...10,000+ elevation at the top, with a 2,300 elevation gain. 3 hours of uphill, strenuous hiking & 1.45 down & 30,000 steps for the day, 8 miles round trip, with more miles tacked on to get to trailhead!! We were exhausted, but would highly recommend BerryPicker Trail. The memories of the beautiful hike will last a lifetime!
Written October 8, 2022
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ12,659 contributions
Jun 2023
So when I lived in Denver I would come up to the mountain towns but I never understood Vail or it's lay out. Unlike most of the mountain towns they have no real Main Street, it's not an easy town to get around in by car, streets are tight and it is packed in between the mountain and the highway. So I spent time in other towns, but this time I think I understood it, it's a walking town. Unless you're staying at a hotel with parking or renting a place .. it's better to park at the big garage off the highway and walk in, especially on a beautiful sunny June day we were there. Once I did that I figures out between going from one gondola to the other.. that it's a walking town so the design is perfect for keeping it that way. It's a very pretty if commercial town, though this time if felt less so than Breckenridge which felt very commercial. The town area here even has some walking only streets and it's so pretty what a joy it must be to grow up amoungst this but probably taken for granted if one did. All that being said i came to quite like Vail this time and hope to be back. Enjoyed walking around and the shops and all the town had to offer.
Written July 25, 2023
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rjmartintx
Dallas, TX197 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, TX133 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, TX98 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, NY47 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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