Upcoming Events for Sept. 1 to Sept. 8

Summer is still lingering for a couple more weeks. And despite cooling temperatures, Labor Day Weekend in Vail promises to be spectacular.

The 17th Annual Jazz Party features world-renown acts in two intimate Lionshead locations (Vail Square and the Marriott Grand Ballroom) as well as late night jam sessions! See the schedule below. The festival begins Thursday with a free show by the Clayton Brothers Quintet at Vail Square.

Frogs Gone Fishing will play the final Friday Afternoon Club of the season on September 2.

Also slotted for the holiday is the ever-growing Gourmet on Gore. Sponsored by Stella Artois, Moet & Chandon, and Pellegrino, this town-wide collection of Vail’s best restaurants will showcase delicious pairings of food, wine, beer or spirits. Admission is free; food is not. The event starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Last call is at 5:45pm, with the event officially closing at 6pm. Monday’s hours of operation are abbreviated, 10am to 2pm. There will be live music throughout the village as well as executive chefs, sommeliers and spirit masters discussing their products.

On Sunday, September 4, Vail hosts its annual Rotary Duck Race down Gore Creek. It’s $5 per duck—the winner gets a yet-to-be-disclosed grand prize.

On Thursday, September 8, Dr. Coen Wijdicks, Dr. David Karli and Dr. Rick Cunningham will lecture on recent breakthroughs in sports medicine, part of the Vail Symposium Program’s Health and Wellness Series. Doors open at 5:30pm. Admission is $37; for Vail Symposium donors, it’s $27. The title of this week’s program is “Keeping the Body Healthy for Life.”

Thursday, Sept. 1

Jazz at Vail Square

Cost: FREE

6pm                       Clayton Brothers Quintet and the VJF All-Starts


Friday, Sept. 2

Friday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

8:40pm                 Salute to the Modern Jazz Quarter: Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard

10:10pm               Bobby Floyd, Graham Dechter, Jeff Hamilton, Tim Warfield, Byron Stripling

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Bill Cunliffe, Bruce Barth, Martin Wind, Dave Tull, Matt Wilson, Jerry Weldon, Tim Warfield


Saturday, Sept. 3

Saturday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

12pm                     Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Jerry Weldon, Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton

2:20pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

3:30pm                 Dave Tull, Bill Cunliffe, Martin Wind, Tim Warfield

Saturday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

8:30pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

9:40pm                 Salute to Louis Armstrong: Byron Stripling, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton

11:10pm               Graham Dechter, Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

12:15am               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Dena DeRose, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall, Ernie Adams, Jeff Clayton, Jerry Weldon, Wycliffe Gorden


Sunday, Sept. 4

Sunday Morning Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle

Cost: $55

9:30am                 Gospel Prayer Meetin’: Niki Haris, Bobby Floyd, Ernie Adams, Graham Dechter, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling

12pm                     Afternoon Session: Vail Jazz All-Stars

1:10pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:20pm                 Jay Hoggard, Shelly Berg, Tom Kennedy, Dana Hall

3:30pm                 Byron Stripling, Bruce Barth, Peter Washington and Ernie Adams with guests Tim Warfield and Jerry Weldon

Sunday Evening Session

Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom

Cost: $65

7:30pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

8:40pm                 Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Floyd, Tom Kennedy, Ernie Adams, Byron Stripling

9:50pm                 Clayton Brothers Quintet

10:50pm               Late Night Jam Session (Wing’s Place, Second Floor of Vail Marriott): Shelly Berg, Peter Washington, Jeff Hamilton, Lewis Nash, Jay Hoggard, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

Monday, Sept. 5

Monday Afternoon Session

Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square

Cost: $55

12pm                     Bill Cunliffe, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson, James Morrison, Terell Stafford

1:05pm                 Dena DeRose Trio

2:10pm                 Terell Stafford Quintet

3:15pm                 Monty Alexander, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton

4:20pm                 Bobby Floyd, Lewis Nash, Graham Dechter, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton, Tim Warfield, Jerry Weldon,  James Morrison, Byron Stripling, Terell Stafford

More Event Information 

Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase at the door of each concert. Costs are $55 for morning and afternoon events; $65 for evening events. Patron Passes cost $350 and include preferred seating at all performances, a Friday cocktail party, and Saturday dinner with the artists. Presold ticket holders must check in at the Vail Jazz registration table at the show venue, which will be open one hour before each show. All ticket sales are final. To purchase 10 tickets or more, contact 888-824-5526.

Venue: All evening performances will be held in the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Daytime performances will be held in the tent at Vail Square in the Arrabelle. Late night jam sessions will be held on the second floor of the Marriott in Wing’s Place.

Transportation: Contact the Vail Jazz Foundation directly at (888) 824-5526 or use the link (vailjazz.org>Vail Jazz Festival>Labor Day Weeken) to get 10% off CME shuttle service. The Marriott is offering $8 valet parking.


New Booking Specials Announced!

Looking to get away and see some fall colors? Vail Spa is offering a fall special: Buy 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free!

The special is valid now through November 16. Call us at (877) 420-3762.

It may be still be summer, but it’s time to start planning your winter vacation to Vail! For all of our early birds, Vail Spa is offering a early winter booking special!

Book any of our stunning condos by Oct. 1 and receive 25% off your stay from Nov. 18 to Apr. 30.

Holidays are excluded from the special.

Vail Spa in winter

Call us at (877) 405-3128 to book today!


Travelling to Vail this summer? Check out the latest travel tips from NY Times, Colorado.com, and others!

David Pogue talks smart phone apps, flight search engines, best check-in practices, and lap-top friendly flights on his NYTimes.com blog, Pogue’s Posts. See the lastest in travel technology here.

Colorado.com, the official site of Colorado Tourism, has all the basic travel tips for coming to the High Rockies. Here are a couple of helpful ones for the summertime:

  1. Colorado is the highest-altitude state in the U.S. Drink more water than usual, moderate alcohol and tobacco intake, and, if possible, spend a night in the intermediate-elevation Front Range (Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, or Colorado Springs) or Western Slope (Grand Junction, Fruita, or the Four Corners region) before coming up to Vail. Also, always wear sunscreen and reapply diligently!
  2. Weather changes rapidly here. Dress in layers! It will be cool in the mornings and evenings (mid 40s to high 50s) and then warm during the day (anywhere from low 70s to high 80s). Also, it is currently monsoon season, which means afternoon thunderstorms roll an hour or two after lunchtime. They rarely last very long, but raingear is recommended.

*Staff suggestion: Please know that most properties in the High Rockies do not have air conditioning! Due to the dry climate and high altitude, it is rarely necessary. We recommend leaving your windows open throughout the day and evening (with exception to the afternoon thunderstorms). It will circulate air through your condo and keep it cool.

Lonely Planet, the world-renown travel guidebook publisher, lists Colorado’s top scenic drives as:

  1. Top of the Rockies (115 miles) takes you from Leadville, the highest incorporated town in America at 10,430 feet, down Fremont Pass. Follow Hwy 24 down Tennessee Pass to Minturn. Then bear right on Hwy 92 toward Twin Likes before going over Independence Pass and into Aspen.
  2. Independence Pass (27 miles) is an abbreviated version of the drive explained above, but classic nonetheless. It’s full of old mining ruins, alpine tundra, and glaciers.
  3. Trail Ridge Road (47 miles) goes over the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the best places to see moose and elk. Highlights include Milner Pass and the tiny town of Grand Lake at the west entrance.
  4. Peak to Peak Hwy (55 miles) runs south to north from I-70 outside of Denver up to Estes Park, at the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way it passes small mining and bohemian towns alike and showcases extraordinary high country scenery, including views of 14,255-foot Longs Peak.
  5. Highway of Legends (110 miles) starts in the southern Colorado town of Trinidad and takes Hwy 12 through Cokedale, passing 300 coke ovens en route over Cucharas Pass as well as the extinct volcanoes, Spanish Peaks.
  6. Santa Fe Trail (188 miles each way) is a long, historic route through southeastern Colorado (again leaving from the Trinidad area) that cross into Kansas. Take Hwy 350 to La Junta, driving through expansive grasslands and ranches. The out-and-back’s highlights include Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Iron Spring and Picketwire Dinosaur Tracksite.

*Staff pick for driving tour (not on list above): Shrine Pass. From Vail, take I-70 east towards Denver. Get off at exit 190. Merge onto the dirt road south of the highway, following signs for Shrine Pass. There is a 4.6-mile round-trip hike that tours wildflowers on the way up to Shrine Mountain Crags. The scenery at the top is similar to Vail Mountain’s back bowls, but significantly untouched. Hike or not, continue on the 4WD road as it winds through White River National Forest with views of Mount of the Holy Cross. The dirt road brings you into the small town of Red Cliff. Head through town, then turn right on Hwy 24 and drive through Minturn. Merge onto I-70 east to come back to Vail.

–Vail Spa concierges, 8/6/11