Stay at Colorado’s Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, a village within the village

If you’re thinking Vail only means skiing, come out of the box. This mountain town with a distinctly Alpine feel has a lot to offer four seasons of the year. Our base while we explored the area was Destination Hotels and Resorts’ Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, a self contained village within the village of Vail. You know you’re in an AAA Four-Diamond property the minute you arrive at the entrance and hand the valet your car keys. While checking in, turn around and check out the library. All the furnishings and decorative items belong to frequent guest Paul Esserman. He stays at the hotel over 100 nights a year. He wanted it to feel like home and it does.

Vail Cascade Resort photo/Steve Collins

The Lobby at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa,, photo/Steve Collins

The elegant Colorado mountain décor in the guest rooms (and throughout the hotel) is welcoming, pampering and romantic. Most rooms have fireplaces, the perfect touch three seasons of the year. The beds are heavenly, guaranteeing a good night’s sleep. If you’re a fan of turn-down service (and who isn’t?) let them know when you make your reservation, let the front desk know on arrival, call  housekeeping  or simply put a note on your pillow. If you want to be lulled to sleep in spring and early summer when runoff is high, request a creek-side room. The roar of Gore Creek is very soothing and the view is superb year round. If you’re here on business (or just like to keep in touch with the world via computer) the room is well set up for getting work done. The two sided desk allows two to work comfortably at the same time.

Bedroom at Vail Cascades Resort and Spa, photo Steve Collins

A guest room with seating area at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, photo/Steve Collins

What makes Vail Cascade so special? For starters, you can spend an entire vacation here without leaving Vail Cascade’s grounds.

Dine in-house at Atwater on Gore Creek. The creative American restaurant serves three meals a day with an emphasis on fresh and local. If you want an intimate or lazy meal in your room, Atwater delivers. If you want a drink or a casual meal, try the Fireside Bar. For coffee, a light meal, snack, picnic or in-house baked treat stop by the Cascade Village Market and Café. They also stock sundries and have a mini-business center with computers to print your boarding passes. There is also a business center at the hotel with a business concierge available to assist with guest needs.

Atwater dining room at Vail Cascade Resort, photo Steve Collins

Atwater on Gore Creek at Vail Cascade Resort, photo/Steve Collins

For body and soul:
The newly redone Aria Spa & Club offers guests and members 78,000-square-feet of work out space and pampering.

Basket ball court at Vail Vascade Fitness center

Basketball court and pool at Aria Spa and Club at Vail Cascade, photo/Steve Collins

This state-of-the-art workout facility is where the US Olympic ski team trains when they’re in Vail. There are two indoor pools and a heated outdoor one. More athletic? There are indoor tennis, basketball, racquet ball and squash courts. For runners and walkers there’s an indoor track and if you want to take it outside, discover the outdoor bike path/walking trail. In winter, it’s a great place to snowshoe. In addition, there’s e a ton of workout machines including state-of-the-art cardio offerings. If you don’t like to exercise alone, take a class or hire a personal trainer.

Skiers will love Vail Cascade Resort and Spa’s convenience. It’s the only true ski in-ski out AAA Four-Diamond property in Vail. The lift is steps from the hotel. The on-site ski shop can take care of all of your rental needs. Bringing your own equipment? They’ll store it for you. Skiing has never been easier. Call the hotel and ask about their great preseason package rates. There are great deals on offer.

Ski lift at Vail Cascade Resort, photo Steve Collins

Ski lift at Vail Cascade Resort, photo/Steve Collins

After you’ve skied all day, hikes, biked, worked out hard or just because, make an appointment at the world-class spa. It’s a serene oasis in the equally tranquil mountains. Sip organic tea while you relax on a comfortable chaise lounge in their sanctuary before or after your treatment. Après spa is a great time to treat yourself to an in-room dinner form Atwater and bask in the afterglow.

Spa entrance, Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, photo Steve Collins

Entrance to Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, photo/Steve Collins

If you need sports surgery or expert orthopedic care, Vail Sports Medicine has a physical therapy facility at the resort. They’re known as one of the top sports medicine and orthopedic facilities in the country. You can have your surgery done in Vail and do your rehab here. There are specially fitted guest rooms to comfortably accommodate post-surgery rehab patients during their recovery period.

Family fun:
Vail Cascade Resort was voted one of the World’s Best Family Hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine readers. Kids love it here every season of the year. If you want a break from the little ones, check out Cascade KidVenture. This program, for ages 5 through 12, is a win-win. The kids will have fun and the parents get some alone time. If you are traveling with kids or want to be one again, buy a S’mores kit at the Cascade Village Market and Café. After dinner you can toast them over one of the creek side fire pits.

Creekside pool at Vail Cascade, photo Steve Collins

Creekside pool at Vail Cascade, photo/Steve Collins

Heading to Vail? Make the lodging decision that will guarantee you a great time, choose Vail Cascade Resort and Spa and don’t leave until it’s time to go home.’

Like to cook? Here are two great recipes from Vail Cascade Resort and Spa,

Author’s note: We were guests of Vail Cascades Resort and Spa. Their generous hospitality had not influenced this post in any way.




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