Gore Lake July 2015

Trail Treasures

There are many things people seek when embarking on an adventure in nature.

As John Muir said,” In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Gore Lake July 2015

Gore Lake July 2015

Most of us seek simple things; vivid memories of expansive views, beautiful wildflowers, unique vegetation and the privilege to catch a of glimpse of wildlife. And that is really what it is all about, the simple things.

What if we as humans experience something more on a hike? What if you became smarter after spending a certain amount of time in nature? All the distractions of modern life can really add up and lead to a number of undesirable side effects, such as stress and fatigue.

Most people are aware that adventures in nature leave you feeling refreshed, less stressed and much happier. Backpacker magazine published an article by Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan based on research conducted by Dr. David Strayer that supports this theory.  Hikers had an increase in mental abilities of up to 45 percent after being on the trail for three days.”This is a way of showing that interacting with nature has real, measurable benefits to creative problem-solving that really hadn’t been formally demonstrated before,” says David Strayer, co-author of the study and psychology professor.  Basically what it come down to is simplified thoughts and removal of toadstoolwildflowertechnological distraction, It’s no secret that society at large has become addicted to technology and electronics. So do yourself a favor and get outside and unplug. Connect with your natural surroundings and you will surely become more connected with yourself.

Salute to the USA

Vail America Days kicks off this July 4th weekend in our enchanting mountain town. Built on the American dream, Vail truly signifies a monumental moment in American History. This Valley was forged on hard work, perseverance, and most of all  the necessity for freedom and adventure.



Come celebrate our country’s independence with these entertaining events:

Parade– “Celebrate the USA! Great Moments in American History,” is the theme for this year’s parade. The parade runs from 10am-12pm on Saturday, July 4th. Click here for a map of the parade and more information about Vail America Days. Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer will be the parade marshals. 60 floats will be on display this year. For a good view arrive at your favorite parade crossing by 9:30 am.

Music-The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2pm at Gerald Ford Amphitheater Condoctor Jeff Tyzik will be celebrating his 16th 4th of July concert here in Vail.

Fireworks- and music at Golden Peak starting at dusk appx 9:30 pm synchronized with a dynamic music soundtrack

Vail Libray is hosting a Bake and Book Sale July 3rd-5th at the Vail Public Library across from Dobson Arena.

Something For Everyone

farmers market

The Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show is coming into it’s 11th Summer season. What once was just a few vendors and artists has grown to over 135 local vendors of food and artisans. From free tunes, the freshest produce, and local artisans, this unique weekly event has something for everyone.  The market runs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October 4th on East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Produce stands will open a bit earlier at 9:30 a.m. The event is a pet friendly environment. Also be sure to be kind to our lovely Mountain environment by bringing your own reusable bag and refillable water bottle.

This week Ghost Pepper plays in front of A Secret Garden at Village in Plaza from 11:30-3:30. This trio brings unique style and energy to covers and originals with a mix of rock, funk, blues, pop, and folk, something for everyone!

For more information click here.


In the Name of Adventure


In the Name of Adventure

The GoPro Mountain Games truly evoke the spirit of adventure here in the Vail Valley.

Professional, amateur, and furry athletes travel from around the world to compete for over $110,000 in prize money in nine sports and 25 disciplines.

Register now to get your adventure fix and be a part of one of the largest celebrations of the mountain lifestyle. Events range from DockDogs Outdoor Big Air competition to Kayak Freestyle in Vail’s own whitewater park. If you are more of a spectator, the full schedule features many free events from live music to the GoPro Outdoor Reels Film Series.

Check out our Facebook Page to see spotlights of  events and happenings during the 2015 GoPro Mountain Games.

Last week of the Season & Spring Back to Vail


The time of the year has come where it is the last week of the season and that Spring Back to Vail is back as it is the biggest end-of-season bash. Vail will be keeping open over 1,900 acres for the last week of the season as we end in style April 17 – 19 with some serious fun under the sun, including free live concerts, the infamous World Pond Skimming Championships, Bud Light après after-dark parties, base area giveaways, and so much more!

Before we tell you about the biggest bash in the Rocky Mountains, we would first like to express to everyone who have stayed with us over this winter that is was a blast to see the new faces and our repeat guests! We can’t wait to see you again next year or maybe even in the summer! Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@VailSpaCondos) & now on Instagram (@vailspacondos)!!! Now back to the fun…

If you are new to this Spring Back to Vail, it is tradition on closing day that participants don costumes and skim across icy water. It is the called the 13th annual World Pond Skimming Championships. “The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. Registration opens closer to the event” – Vail Resorts.

Spring Back to Vail is presented by Vail MountainPepsiBud LightAudiSmith, and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by GoPro, Helly Hansen, Liberty Skis, Vail Resorts Retail and Colorado Mountain Express.

Below is the schedule of everything Spring Back to Vail if you are heading up:

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

9am-4pm Spring Back to Vail Expo Village Mountain Plaza

11am-3pm Free EpicMix Racing sponsored by Audi, Black Forest Race Course

5pm Solaris Concert venue opens

5:30pm OPENER: Bonfire Dub

7pm HEADLINER: Portugal. The Man. Presented by Pepsi

9pm Venue closes



9am-4pm Spring Back to Vail Expo Village Mountain Plaza

12pm-3pm Luau/Pig Roast at The Beach at MidVail presented by Bud Light

5pm Solaris Concert venue opens

5:30pm OPENER: Frogs Gone Fishin’

7pm HEADLINER: Trampled by Turtles presented by Bud Light

9pm Venue closes

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015

1:30 Golden Peak World Pond Skimming Championships venue opens

3pm World Pond Skimming Championships

4pm Solaris Concert venue opens

4:30pm OPENER: DJ Ramona

6pm HEADLINER: The Greyboy Allstars

7:30pm Venue closes