A Millennial’s Point of View

Vail and Beaver Creek are both such fun places to live, travel and explore! If you’re looking for an adventurous, exciting, and beautiful vacation, you can’t go wrong with the Vail Valley.

Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer
Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer

Vail

Ah, how I love Vail. The cobblestone streets, the European architecture, and the amazing back bowls. There is truly something for everyone here. Living in the area, I always love going to Vail to experience some amazing food, views, people, and a lively bar scene – don’t miss breakfast at Ludwig’s with bottomless mimosas, yum!

Anyway, let’s get down to business. We all know Vail has some of the best skiing in the world, and growing up in Colorado, skiing was engrained in me when I was old enough to put a pair of ski boots on. Vail is unlike any other mountain, with some of the best views around. After hitting a few runs – Cloud Nine is one of my favorites – get your BBQ on at Blue Sky Basin.

Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer
Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer

After the lifts close, I love to hit Red Lion! They frequently have great live music, accompanied by some delicious food and drinks. I mean, what’s not to like? Other favorites would be Root & Flower and Bart & Yeti’s. Once the sun goes down, ski boots come off, and the heals come on – you are guaranteed a fun time in Vail. If you like to dance all night, hit Bridge Street or Shakedown, or maybe The George if you are in the mood for a pub. Don’t forget to get a slice of Vendetta’s pizza before you hit the hay.

Vail is also just as amazing every other season. The weekly farmers’ market during the warmer months is one of the best I’ve ever been too. Oktoberfest in September ties in the European influences and celebrates German traditions and food. Another great activity is visiting Ford Amphitheater for some music or dancing. The trees in the fall are so colorful, it looks just like a postcard.

Overall, Vail offers everything you need for a fantastic vacation. Tons of live, free music, summer and winter, incredible skiing, stunning views, and a night you won’t forget!

My ‘Don’t Miss Things’:

  • Ski to Blue Sky Basin and BBQ
  • Visit Ford Amphitheater
  • Try local beer at Vail Brewing Company
  • Visit Vail’s Adventure Ridge
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Beaver Creek

I’m here in Beaver Creek every day for work, and man do I feel lucky! There’s so much to experience here.

For me, an ideal ski day starts with coffee at Rimini, hitting Centennial Lift up to the Rose Bowl, or taking Cinch Express up to the very top of the mountain. After that, head to Powder 8 for some food & drink. After lunch, I’ll hit Strawberry Park Lift to head to Bachelor Gulch, my favorite village to ski. Any of the blue/green runs in Bachelor Gulch are always a blast, and it’s so fun to ski down to the Ritz Carlton! I could do those runs all day. Then, I’ll head over to Arrowhead and ski down Cresta run to the base. Make sure to head back to Beaver Creek Village for cookie time at 3pm. It doesn’t get better than a warm chocolate chip cookie at the end of a long ski day!

After skiing, a trip to Coyote Café for tacos and a margarita is a must. I can’t get enough of these tacos! Frequently, you’ll hear live music and if you’re feeling up to it, you can ice skate on the year-round skating rink.

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If you are new to skiing, Beaver Creek is a great place to start. The ski school is one of the best in the nation, and there are tons of green and blue runs that are easy to learn on. Once your skills improve, you can hit Larkspur Express Lift or Grouse Mountain Express Lift.

For dinner, my favorite place to eat in the village is Toscanini. Their homemade pasta and experienced sommelier make for a delicious experience. Try the Osso Bucco or Ravioli – you will love them! Two other favorites of mine are Grouse Mountain Grill and Beano’s Cabin. My coworkers and I were lucky enough to dine at both of these places together.

Beano’s Cabin is the epitome of on-mountain fine dining. You have to take a sleigh ride to get up there (talk about bucket list!). We hung out on the patio for a drink first, and then sat down to one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It is such a unique experience.

Beaver Creek has tons of fun events throughout the year, like live music on top of the mountain, Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Fourth of July, and Birds of Prey World Cup. After living and working here, Beaver Creek has earned a place in my heart for all the yummy food, awesome shopping, crazy-good skiing, and fun events they often have.

My ‘Don’t Miss Things’:

  • Ski down to the Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch
  • Try on-mountain dining
  • Enjoy a Bloody Mary at Broken Arrow
  • Get a freshly baked cookie
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Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer
Vail vs Beaver Creek - The Travel Whisperer