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Alpine Inspiration in Vail

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of The Sebastian Hotel - A Timbers Resort

Situated in the heart of Vail Village you will find a modern, yet cozy boutique hotel boasting a European feel and a thoughtful approach to leisure – The Sebastian Vail.

A roaring fire in the oversized fireplace welcomes you as you pass through the lobby and the natural light pours in through the glass ceiling like an open-air atrium. Considering this boutique hotel only has 100 rooms, the staff will immediately get to know you, offering a genuine smile and asking what they can do to make your stay more comfortable.

The accommodations are a marriage of rustic and modern, but the overall experience at The Sebastian includes service and attention to detail rarely found these days. From nightly turn-down service which includes fresh baked cookies or cake pops, to the weekly “Sparkle & Pop” reception in their library (they serve sparkling wine along with white chocolate covered popcorn), you will find yourself wondering when you can get yourself back to the hotel again.

A free ski valet service in the winter saves you from lugging your equipment from point A to point B while in the summer, they are happy to arrange just about any activity you can imagine. We enjoyed a guided hike to an area called Booth Falls and were awe-struck by waterfalls, breathtaking panoramic views of the Rockies and even a bear sighting.

After a long day of strenuous activities, relax with a signature drink and expertly crafted casual dining menu at their cocktail bar – Frost, or unwind at Leonora, their wine and tapas bar.

If you’re looking for a hearty steak, I would recommend Elway’s. Located within The Lodge at Vail, this fine-dining experience will have you sharing dishes and opting for an ideal wine pairing at every course. From start-to-finish, the service, sumptuous food and ambiance had me ranking this restaurant among the best in Vail.

If you’re looking to get married in the Swiss Alps or a small European village, but the distance or cost have you thinking twice, I would recommend taking a peek at Vail Valley – it really is a U.S. destination with that foreign feel you may be after.

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