Destination: Vail, Colorado
About: Located in the Eagle Valley surrounded by The White River National Forrest and Gore Range
Route: I-70 West
Distance: 98 Miles
Time: 1h 30 mins
Trip Length: Overnight or Day Trip
Sleeping: Airbnb or Hotel
Vail VillageThe heart and soul of Vail! The village was founded when the ski lifts opened in 1962. Model to resemble the European village of the Swiss Alps Vail Village is adorable! The village is pedestrian only with cobblestone streets and little shops and bars on everywhere.
Lyons’ head is the next village over from Vail Village (heading west). I always make a stop in Lyons’ head when skiing for lunch at Moes BBQ. I have never stayed in Lyons Head but I think the nightlife is a little tamer then Vail Village.
West Vail is where you will find the grocery store & liquor store and any other conveniences you may need. Plus some pretty tasty restaurants. Most residence and Airbnbs at a lower price point will be in this part of town.
Like most mountain towns public transportation makes it super easy to get around. Is your goal to be next to the Slopes/Village or are you okay a little further from the action?
If you can ($$$) I would stay in Vail Village, once in the village, you will only need your car to go to the grocery store. So if you plan to shuttle to the mountain staying in the village is a great choice. Staying almost anywhere Vail Village or Lions Head will give you easy access to the mountain as well.
Vail Village is mostly hotels and condos so if you looking for large house those will be outside of the Villages but still super close to everything.
Another thing to consider if you plan to stay a ride away from the slopes you don’t have to lug your stuff around there are plenty of ski valets and lockers to store your gear!
Where to Eat & Drink
Northside Cafe – Further west of Vail in Edwards this spot is great for grabbing something to go but your gonna wanna sit down and dig in. Everything on the menu is delicious and once you see all those pastries your gonna have a hard time deciding what to get.
Westside Cafe – Claiming to have the worlds best Benedict this is a hot spot for breakfast in Vail.
The Little Dinner – All day breakfast yes, please!
Loaded Joes – once you are in Vail Village and need something to eat this is the spot