The summer signature event is finally here and the valley is bustling with culture. From a full orchestra performance to a happening parade and fireworks show, Vail America Days is a celebration not to be missed.
The parade will begin at Golden Peak at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 and make its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. The parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday. This parade theme this year is America the Beautiful!
Don’t forget the annual Patriotic Concert, with Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Ford Amphitheater at 2 PM. Amphitheater tickets go on sale Saturday, July 1st at 8:00 a.m. at the Amphitheater Box Office only. Tickets are $25 and are limited to four (4) per person ages 16 and older. 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the Vail Veterans Program. General Admission lawn seating is free and is first come, first served at 12:30 PM until the venue reaches capacity (1,250 lawn seats). For more information visit Bravo! Vail
Musically charged Fireworks on Golden Peak finish off the evening at approximately 9:30 PM.
As we trudge through what the rest of the country calls “spring”, the Vail Valley and surrounding mountain towns endure “Mud Season.”
Beyond the mixture of rain and snow that defines the shoulder season, it is a time treasured by locals. The villages are void of skis, turning lifts and filled with great restaurant and retail deals. I encourage any avid mountain lover to come visit during this so-called down time. Each year the mud season gains more and more popularity for tourists seeking solitude and quiet reflection. Click here for current local restaurant and lodging deals.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, teaching outdoor enthusiasts to weather the storm and adventure on, with rainbow rewards and sensational sunsets. It’s this time of year we often realize taking the good with the bad is truly rewarding, in all walks of life.
So bust out your rain jacket, hat and gloves and enjoy a the true mystery of mud season in the high country.
The Vail Film Festival kicks off today through Sunday at the Cascade Theater and the Cinebistro in Solaris along with several other events throughout the villages. Four day festival passes start at $50, you can also volunteer for the event. On Saturday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center there is a free screening at 4:30 for The Eagle Huntress a tale about a 13 year old’s epic journey. For more information click here
This year’s festival will spotlight women in film
honoring their achievements as actors, producers, writers, and directors.
Vail Film festival is going on it’s 14th year and takes pride in being noticed by renowned filmmakers and actors alike, while providing an opportunity for new talent to make a name. Independent films allow for original and unique expression from both actors and filmmakers. The composition of the festival also provides a special, more intimate experience for viewers, bringing culture, talent and opportunity along.
We are well on our way into the New Year and about a week into our New Year’s Resolutions. This time of year can be stressful for some when trying to stick to a weight loss plan while staying on a tight budget. I decided to take a different route for my resolution this year and resolve to improve my impact on the environment, however small it may be, I know my effort counts.
By focusing on what I can do for the environment, and more specifically being more conscious about the amount of trash I produce from single use items such as Starbucks cups, to go containers and other plastic packaging, the feeling of improvement is immediate and gratifying.
If we all try to do just one thing to improve our impact on the environment it will make a difference. As a member of the Eco Care Committee for East West Destination Hospitality we seek to invoke that mentality in not only our fellow employees but also our guests and homeowners. Here are some of my fellow committee members resolutions to help inspire you to make a difference.
Reduce personal Carbon Footprint by driving personal vehicles less and using alternative forms of transportation
Replace drafty sliding door to reduce electric consumption
Turn off the water while brushing teeth to reduce water use
Teaching kids to close the door behind them when the go outside to play to reduce energy waste
Reducing water consumption in 2017, as water conservation is always paramount in our dry state
Education. Continuing to educate not only staff but guests as well on the importance of recycling even in small amounts. Also spreading the importance of recycling to our youth. Check out Walking Mountains Science Center page for programs to save energy and money Energy Smart Colorado
Always remembering to bring reusable bags when shopping
Unplug gadgets from the wall when they are not being used
Eat less meat, due to the negative impact that meat production has on the environment check out this article for more info and also support local sustainable meat companies such as Colorado Meat Company
Educating family members regarding reusing and learning what should be recycled
If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference in the environmental world, and even save money doing it, check out Walking Mountains Science Center
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: