The Summery Good Life in Vail

A luxury poolside stay, a spectacular farmers' market and art festivities galore—Vail winters have met their match

The headline of this article is a tad deceiving because life is always good in Vail. Whether you’re swishing down the mountains at Colorado’s largest ski resort or enjoying the cornucopia of flowers that bloom around the town during the summer, Vail is a hundred miles from the everyday stresses of life.

One of the best places to escape from real life is Four Seasons Vail. This seven-year-old property is situated at the edge of Vail Village and is within an easy walk of Lionshead. It’s also near two bus stops or, during the warm months, you can jump in a pedicab. The buses in Vail are always free and the pedicabs are “pay what you can.”

Levi’s are just at home here as a Chanel spring 2018 collection dress. Four Seasons Vail encapsulates what I love about the town, it’s classy and yet laid back.

Photo courtesy Four Seasons Vail

Four Seasons Vail came to my attention while I was covering Taste of Vail, specifically the Lamb Cook-off where their two restaurants, Flame and The Remedy, produced my favorite lamb dish, a banh mi sandwich that will go down in my foodie memory books forever.

They also have an outstanding pool that makes a summer visit here all the more worthwhile. The pool area, which is comprised of an outdoor fireplace, several whirlpool tubs, lounge chairs and bar service, has an exquisite ambiance. The attentive staff will set up your lounge chair and take your drink and food order; it’s easy to spend an entire day at the pool—I’ve done it.

Vail Farmers' Market [Photo by Zach Mahone]

Summer in Vail is accompanied by fun happenings around town, including musical events and an amazing farmers’ market that’s worth a visit to Vail all on its own.

Spreading throughout Vail Village, Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show includes one of the best selections of food I’ve seen at a farmers’ market and features cuisine from all parts of the globe, including an amazing Spanish Paella vendor. There are also fine meats, cheeses, art, hats, handmade jewelry and so much more.

Don’t miss Vail Jazz @ the Market on Sundays from 12:00 to 3:00 pm through the end of August. This free event takes place in the Solaris Terrace in the middle of the market.

Vail Farmers' Market [Photo by Zach Mahone]

Vail has long been known as a community that loves art. Each Wednesday from July 11 through August 29, 2018, visitors can enjoy a one-hour free guided art walk. At 11:00 am, meet at the Vail Village Welcome Center and stroll through the town’s collection of 45 works ranging from paintings, sculptures, murals, playground components and site-integration art. This art walk in Vail will have you seeing the town like never before.

For those who love to plan ahead, the Fall Food & Wine Classic is on September 22, the first day of fall. This food and wine extravaganza by Taste of Vail is a tasty way to ring in the new season. Plus, while there, you can enjoy the Vail Farmers Market which runs every Sunday through the first weekend in October.


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