Summer Shakedown



From majestic hikes in the high Rockies, a variety of outdoor performances, open air culinary events, and so much more summer is a season to be savored, where nature is celebrated and cherished.

Have no fear, summer is still here in the high country and the valley is bustling with culture during this magical time of year.

Here is a quick shakedown on some upcoming events :

Vail Jazz Party– August 31- September 4

The culmination of this summer program focuses on spontaneity and chemistry. With over 70 different artists on the lineup both audience and musicians alike will be at the height of their musical sense.


VAIL OKTOBERFESTTM  Lionshead: September 8-10, 2017 Beer, Sausage, and European Flare, need we say more?

Vail Village: September 15-17, 2017

Gourmet on the Gore September 1-4 A diverse culinary festival with an outdoorsy ambiance

Colorado Grand- September 15 -16 The 29th annual charity tour for 1960 and earlier sports and race cars of distinction, generating over $400,000 annually for small Colorado Charities

Taste of Vail Fall Festival September 22-23 “Elevate your Palate”

Blue Starlit Drive In -Don’t miss this one of kind vintage experience

These events are a small slice of what the valley will be offering this fall. Contact your Vail Spa concierge for further local event information.



What is Mud Season?

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. IMG_5200

Vail Restaurant Month starts today with Market to Table Week

Week 1: Sept. 19 – 25

Market to Table Week : Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 20

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes

Sweet Basil

5:30 to 7pm, $25

Executive Chef Paul Anders discusses the many varieties of Colorado heirloom tomatoes and demonstrates interesting alternatives to feature them on your dinner table.

(970) 476-0125


Wednesday, September 21

Feast of Colorado

Sweet Basil

Cocktails at 7pm, 7:30 to 10:30pm, $95

A special evening features a five course dinner and beverage pairings with “everything Colorado.” Special guests included Lynn and Guy Borden from Borden Farms.


Thursday, September 22

Bacon Dinner

LaTour Restaurant

6 to 10pm, 4 courses for $49

Chef Paul Ferzacca creates a spectacular 4-course Bacon Dinner utilizing award-winning bacon from around the country, pairing it with the freshest produce from last Farmer’s Market of the season.


Tavern on the Square

Ribs and Whiskey

6 to 9pm, $45

The first of three evenings in which a skilled barrel master takes you through four pairings of our favorite whiskeys, which Chef Dodd has paired with ribs.


Friday, September 23

Chef’s Harvest Dinner

Larkspur Restaurant

6:30pm, $55 for four-course dinner and $22 optional wine pairings

Celebrate the harvest with Larkspur’s chef and culinary team. The evening will begin in Larkspur’s garden with a Colorado cocktail and hors d’oeuvres while you enjoy the view of the magnificent Gore Range in all its fall splendor. Dinner follows with a delicious assortment of locally sourced and inventively prepared courses.


Social Club Mixer

Terra Bistro

5 to 6:30pm

Every Friday during Restaurant Month, Terra Bistro will host the public and offer complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.


Market to Table Tasting

West Vail Liquor Mart

4 to 6pm

A special tasting features premier Colorado microbrews, wines and spirits.


Sunday, September 25

Sunday Harvest Dinners

Restaurant Kelly Liken

Three courses for $45

A new menu every week created from the best the Vail farmer’s market has to offer.


Special Vail Farmer’s Market

10am to 3:30pm

Come celebrate the last farmer’s market of the season.


Casa Lapastolle and Belvedere Tomato Vodka Tasting

In the Cellar at Grappa Fine Wines and Spirits

1 to 3pm

A double header for the last Vail Farmer’s Market of the Season! A free tasting of Casa Lapastolle wines and an introductory tasting to Belvedere Tomato Vodka!


 Reoccuring Events

Four Seasons Resorts


Farm to Table at Flame

Nightly during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 6 to 10pm)

Join Flame as we celebrate a week of the best of our local farms with a special farm-to-table menu centered on local producers and sustainable foods. Flame will be featuring a three-course pre-fixe menu for $40 per person. This menu is co-written by Chef Brooke Voskia of Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Chef Voskia will join Chef Jason Harrison of Flame at select dinners to discuss the importance of supporting urban and local farms.

$40 per person

Big Bear Bistro

Market to Table Menu

Everyday during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 5pm)

This week only, the Big Bear Bistro will remain open until 7p.m. to offer fresh, seasonal, organic salads and bruschettas. Consider us for a light, healthy dinner option or appetizer before heading to a late night meal or event. The Big Bear Bistro is your choice for affordable dining while still getting the highest quality and freshest ingredients. We serve wine and beer and will offer a special champagne as a lovely accompaniment to your light evening meal. We have casual outside seating and the 5p.m. hour is usually the most beautiful time of day, to sit and relax.


Thrive at Five

Wednesdays to Sundays (5 – 7pm)

The best kept secret in town, Larkspur’s Bar and Patio open at 5pm daily with Happy Hour specials from 5-7pm. Vail’s locals know Larkspur is not just for fine dining! For rest and refreshment after your day outdoors or for a casual dinner, visit Larkspur’s bar for pizzas, salads, and the famous Larkburger.

Happy Hour 5-7pm with Domestic Draughts, $5 Larkspur Lightnings, $7 Wines by the Glass, $7 Plates

Gluten Free French Cuisine at Left Bank Restaurant

Nightly during Market to Table Week (Sept. 19 – 25, 5:30 to 10pm)

Not only does it feel like the French countryside when you walk into The Left Bank Restaurant, but the French being spoken around you makes you feel like you’re in a small town in the French Alps. French cuisine is something decadent, to be savored and enjoyed with every bite and now thanks to the Left Bank, imagine all this “gluten free!” Chef Jean Michel will present a menu that is “Heart Smart” and delicious. Celebrating 40 years of service, The Left Bank Restaurant is proud to establish a standard and continue to meet it.

Terra Bistro

Three-Course Chef’s Menu

Nightly Sept. 19 – Oct. 16

Every night during Vail Restaurant Month, the legendary Terra Bistro offers a three-course “Chef’s Selection” menu for $39 per person. Enjoy your choice of selected appetizers, a salad, and choice of selected main courses for only $39

Swiss Chalet

Indian Summer

Wednesday s to Sundays (5 – 9pm)

Come to the Swiss Chalet for our reminiscent “Indian Summer” three-course dinner special with wine flight pairings. Featuring 3 oz Moet Imperial Champagne aperitif paired with the traditional Haus Salat, two 3 oz “Sommelier selection” Rosé wines to pair with our Alpler Cheese Fondue and finally a 3 oz dessert wine Moscato to pair with our homemade Apfelstrudel.

$35 3-course dinner

$48 3-course dinner with wine pairing

Alpine Wine and Spirits

Mickey Werner hosts complimentary tastings of a premium spirit or wine each Tuesday afternoon every week of Vail Restaurant Month. Tasting Tuesdays 2011 will showcase premium spirits and wines from the Moët Hennessy portfolio!
10 Cane Rum tasting – September 20