Beaver Creek Rodeo starts June 30, continues every Thursday!

The Beaver Creek Rodeo kicks off today, the first installment of a summer-long Thursday night series.

Events include bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and burro racing. Kids-only events include mutton bustin’ and the calf scramble.

There’s plenty of pre-rodeo fun for the kids, too, from face painting to pony rides. Those interested in competing in the rodeo need to get there at 5pm, just before the show begins.

Location: The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in Avon behind Chapel Square at Traer Creek. A continuous, free shuttle runs from 5 to 9pm from the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village to the rodeo. Free parking is also available across the street from the rodeo grounds.

Dates: June 30, July 7, 14 and 21; August 4, 11 and 18

Prices: Chidren 12 and under are free, Youth (13-17) $10, Adults (18-64) $17, Seniors (ages 65+) $12. VIP Seating is $22.

 Visit BeaverCreek.com or call (970) 754-4636 for more information.

Coming to Vail Spa for a wedding?

It’s that time of year again, when the wildflowers are in bloom, blue skies are aplenty and the wedding bells are ringing. 

For all of you attending or hosting a wedding this season, here are some “do not miss” things to do while you enjoy your wedding week in Vail.

Visit the great restaurants that Vail has to offer, especially the ones with the great decks and views like Mezzuluna and Vail Chophouse for some great view, food and drinks. 

Talons Deck is open everyday of the week during the height of summer and allows you and your guests to mingle and enjoy the amazing views of Mount of the Holy Cross.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon (or whole day) at one of the world renown spas in Lionshead Village and Vail Village.  Many of the locations have great outdoor pools in which to lounge and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Vail Valley. 

For a great nightlife, plan an outing with the wedding party and friends at local favorites, Garfinkel’s and The Club, or the tourist favorite, The Red Lion.

One thing to keep in mind is that altitude adjustment that most of your guests will face. 

A great welcome gift for your out-of-towners is a simple gift bag containing bottled water, sunscreen, some easy carrying snacks and a “what to do” list while you are here.  Your concierge is a great resource to help you put together all of this information.

–Lori

Lori Harding is a Vail Spa concierge and the president of her own wedding planning company LCH Events. If you require wedding planning services, you can contact her via her website.

Charter Sports offering Vail Pass Bike Tours, Dual Suspension Bike Rentals and Gondola Lift Tickets

Located just across the street, the Charter Sports has provided Vail Spa guests with discounted ski/snowboard and bike rentals for a number of years.

For the summer, they are offering 4-hour full suspension bike rentals and a bike haul lift ticket up the gondola for $55.

Recently our concierge staff also had the pleasure of doing a bike tour on Vail Pass with Charter Sports.

Vail Pass (10,617 feet) is a destination for cyclists across the nation. The Teva Mountain games hosts a half marathon and a road bike time trail up it. This year, Stage 3 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will also incorporate our storied mountain pass.

Hardcore cyclists aside, just because you can’t climb thousands of feet in elevation on a carbon-frame road bike, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all Vail Pass has to offer!

For about $50 you can rent a bike from Charter and get shuttled to the top of the pass.

Trips leave at 10am, noon and 2pm (if there’s overflow). You can request return transporation at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. (Pick up can take 5 to 10 minutes longer). Or, you can brave the route home to the Charter Sports bike shop.

Please reserve in advance through the Charter Sports link above or call 888-295-9797. Bring a jacket or rain gear!

There aren’t enough superlatives to explain how incredibly fun this trip is! So, we’ve just posted photos of our trip. Cheers!

Vail Pass Bike Trip Map

 Stay tuned for more information about summer activities!

Welcome to the Vail Spa blog!

Finally, after the biggest winter in record, it's summertime in Vail!

 Welcome to the Vail Spa blog, which provides you with booking specials and up-to-date concierge information!

This weekend, June 24 to 26, brings an extraordinary mixture of cultural and athletic events to the Vail Valley. 

Today the Colorado-Eagle River Ride opened registration for its 10th Anniversary. Interested parties can visit SOS Outreach and register under the “River Ride” tab.  You can call SOS Outreach directly (970) 926-9292. Cost is $90 with a jersey, $65 without. After today, the price goes up to $100. Same-day registration is $130. The River Ride raises almost $50,000 to SOS Outreach every year. The bicycle ride goes from Beaver Creek to Wolcott up CO Highway 131 to Colorado River Road down to Dotsero and back to Beaver Creek. There are options to do a century, 68-mile, or 42-mile ride.

Here in Lionshead the Vail Arts Festival will showcase everything from glass to jewelry to bronze sculpture to photography. Admission is free all three days: Friday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Vail Mountain is now open every day, meaning Friday Afternoon Club kicks off at Adventure Ridge today! Andrew McConathy & Friends will give the first concert of the year at 4pm.

Those willing to travel a bit should hit up the new-and-improved State Bridge riverside amphitheather for the three-day Roots River Reggae Festival. Stephen Marley & the Toots & the Maytals are headlining. State Bridge is located on the Upper Colorado River along the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway between Bond and Kremmling. It’s about 40 minutes from Vail.

The Vail Lacrosse Shootout will take place at Ford Park, Donovan Park, the Athletic Field just past Golden Peak, Avon Fields 1 and 2, Edwards Fields, and the Berry Creek Middle School Fields.

Beaver Creek hosts the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile-long obstacle course, this Saturday and Sunday. Estimated time of completion is 2 hours and 30 minutes, with more than 4,000 feet of elevation change all the way. The obstacles range from mud pits to mounds of snow to wooden walls. Tough Mudder’s has events across the globe, with the top 5 percent qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race held in Englishtown, NJ this December.

Weekend staples such as the Minturn Market (Saturday), Edwards Farmers Market (Saturday) and Vail Farmer’s Market (Sunday) return, though in better weather than last week!

The Minturn Market is open every Saturday.

CineBistro in Solaris is offering Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Green Lantern in 3D.

Zach Heckendorf plays at the Club tonight and Saturday night at 9:30pm–admission is free! He may only be 18 years old, but he did play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and KBCO’s Studio C.  

Enjoy the weekend!