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Vail: European Inspired

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Courtney Cox

When it comes to destinations in the U.S. which have a distinct European essence – Vail definitely fits the bill. This iconic mountain town is the perfect blend of the Colorado outdoor lifestyle and charming, Bavarian-inspired architecture. Vail Village in the summertime is a maze of running streams, vibrant floral displays and buzzing visitors. Bring the kids, bring the dogs – heck, bring the whole family; there’s something for everyone in this friendly and low-key town.

If you fly into Denver, the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle service is a reliable option for the two-hour drive west and includes snacks and Wi-Fi. Once you arrive, The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a quick (and beautiful) 15-minute walk from Vail Village and has more to offer than just its beautiful yellow and hand-stenciled exterior. Stay connected during your stay by borrowing a complimentary iPad or GoPro, or completely check-out at the spa. Their treatments are delightful with heated massage tables and a signature oil made of pine, sage and rosemary.

If you’re looking to be at the heart of it all, The Lodge at Vail was the first resort in Vail and understandably boasts the best location. Whether you’re honeymooning or bringing the whole gang, there’s an accommodation which will suit your needs: hotel rooms, condos and even mountainside chalets with up to six bedrooms.

Once you’ve gotten your shopping out of the way, head over to one of the 16 mountainside Specialty Sports Venture shops for a different type of adrenaline-inducing activity. Explore Vail Mountain any way you like, as this is the largest ski resort in the United States with 5,289 acres of skiing.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Big Bear Bistro in Vail Village is great for a delicious, quick lunch. Or, if you’re looking to stay on the mountain, The 10th is a sit-down restaurant with stunning views of the Lower Range.

Whether you’re in Vail to enjoy your newlywed status or to say “I do” at the gorgeous Vail Mountain Wedding Deck, pour yourself a Bavarian beer, don your Lederhosen and take more than a couple moments to enjoy this breathtaking destination.

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