With Labor Day approaching rapidly and all the kiddies going back to school it seems summer is winding down. But it isn’t over yet! The valley is still rockin’ with fun and festivities for all.

Gourmet on Gore is open to the public and features an array of culinary talent. The event runs Friday September 4th – gourmet on the goreMonday September 7th.  Featured events include the Open Air Tasting on Saturday and Sunday from 11-6 on Gore Creek Drive in Vail. The finale will be the Brunch on Bridge Street on Labor Day Monday, September 7th.

The annual Vail Jazz Party is not just about music, but about having fun! It is also the grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival that has enchanted our valley all summvail jazzer. Vail Spa Condominiums and Vail Jazz have teamed up to offer our best summer rates and a complimentary bottle of wine when you stay two or more nights in a 2 or 3 bedroom residence, just be sure to mention the Vail Jazz Party when completing your reservation

Vail Jazz strives to promote jazz by reaching out to young musicians and young audiences in an effort to keep this American genre alive.  The Vail Jazz Party creates a unique ambiance with a fusion of multi-artist jam sessions and tributes to jazz legends. With over 35 hours of jazz music, The Vail Jazz Party is a shindig you don’t want to miss.

The Annual Vail Rotary Duck Race is also held in Vail Village on Sunday, September 6th. Rotary members sell “duck adoption Sunsetpapers” prior to the race. Adopt your duck online for a chance to win a million dollars! The yellow rubber ducks will race down Gore Creek to the finish line under International Bridge. Prizes are awarded for those holding the “adoption papers” for the winning ducks. The event funds local scholarships for young adults in the Vail Valley. You may also buy your ducks at the Vail Farmers Market  and Art show.

Don’t fret summer is still hanging on in the High Country.

Get your Hike on


The Walking Mountain Science Center offers many free activities that continue through the beginning of September. Listed below are some of these free events. Events are also offered at their Avon location. Enjoy these last few weeks of Summer with some fresh air and beautiful views.

013Nature Hikes

7 Days a Week, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 7-8pm.  Most ages and abilities, FREE.

Nature Discovery Center

Top of Eagle Bahn Gondola. Vail, Co (970) 754.4675

Meadow Mountain Hikes

Mondays & Fridays, 10am-12pm.  Ages 10 and up, FREE.

Holy Cross Ranger Station

24747 US-24. Minturn, Co (970) 827.5715

Nature at Night: Campground Programs

Saturdays, 7-8pm.  All ages, FREE.

Gore Creek, Teoman Park & Sylvan Lake Campgrounds

Creekside Nature Tours

Sundays, 11am-12pm.  All ages, Donations accepted.

Meet at Walking Mountains Farmers Market Booth.

Vail Mountain Evening Hikes

Enjoy an evening hike on Vail Mountain as the sun starts to set and wildlife become more active. Learn about the habits of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals who make the mountains their home. Take in beautiful mountain views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges at dusk. Most ages and abilities, FREE. No reservation required, just show up!

Nature Discovery Center 

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountains

Schedule: Thursdays. Fridays & Saturdays | 7:00pm-8:00pm | June 25th through September 5th

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.

Oktoberfest is here in Vail!


Munich comes to the streets of Vail in September for the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn: Oktoberfest! Dust off the lederhosen, throw on the dirndls and toast your steins to the world’s most popular party. Oktoberfest’s dual celebration weekends will happen in Lionshead Sept. 5-7 and Vail Village Sept. 12-14.

Emulating the more than 200-year-old celebration known by millions around the world, Vail’s Oktoberfest will delight guests for two whole weekends with Bavarian music and dancing, traditional fare, yodeling, alpenhorn blowing, Bavarian beverages and much more. Oktoberfest 2014 will see the return of many crowd favorites like bratwurst eating contests, Keg Bowling and the Oktoberfest Fun Run.

See Vail’s own Helmut Fricker playing traditional (and not so traditional) tunes on the accordion and alpenhorn in full traditional German attire! A crowd favorite for years and not to be missed.

Snowmobiling Tour

If you live here or are just here to visit and want something fun to do…Sage Outdoor Adventures is the place to go for the day. 

Sage Outdoor Adventures hosted us on Thursday, December 5th with a fabulous snowmobiling tour that was so much fun and picture worthy that everyone will remember it. Everyone at Sage is so knowledgeable and friendly that you forget about the cold because you are just having so much fun! 

Sage’s motto is ‘Our activities are built by the guest, for the guest. Sage has taken the guide service industry to the next level of customer service and quality of experience. Our guides and equipment are the best in the business. Come enjoy the great outdoors with us. We can not wait to share an adventure with you!’ – and boy this is certainly true! 

As for how the tour went…well, their description is better than what I can do (I’m horrible at describing) “Perfect for experienced or beginner riders. The tour starts from their beautiful log cabin with running water and newly completed restrooms, set at 8000 feet in elevation, just west of Vail and Beaver Creek. From there your guide will lead you out on 6000 acres of untouched winter wonderland through aspen glades, dark timber forests, to high alpine meadows, and along ridges with massive views. Our trails are extremely entertaining and fun to ride as we have handcrafted them through the coolest areas of the ranch for your enjoyment. Singletrack trails are our favorite!!”

Sage uses NEW SkiDoo Grand Touring Sport/ 600 ACE 4-stroke engine (60 HP) on all our guided tours (Very eco-friendly, clean burning, and quiet…no more exhaust odor!)

Transportation from your hotel in Beaver Creek, Vail, or Avon are provided. This experience for us was so easy and so much fun that we recommend you go with Sage and have a best time on your vacation here in Vail! We did take some photos to share so here are a few from the day: