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Pretend you’re in the Alps at the Arrabelle at Vail Square
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Here’s where we find ourselves when we hit the Vail high country:

LODGING

The Lodge at Vail
(970) 476-5011
www.lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com
This cozy luxury hotel was the first to open in Vail in 1962. Nestled in Vail Village, the Lodge channels authentic Austrian hotels with its woodburning fireplace in the lobby and antique furniture lining the hallways. Better yet, it’s a 30-second walk to the Vista Bahn chair, features two outdoor swimming pools and has a ski valet.
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Grill your sausage at Belle’s Camp
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Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
(970) 479-5656
www.sonnenalp.com
Through four generations, this world-class hotel has merged Bavarian hospitality with the elegance of Vail. The lobby leads to several living-room areas, the Swiss Chalet restaurant’s homemade pastries are worth a visit alone, and each of the 115 suites showcases custom-made Bavarian-style furniture.

The Sebastian
(970) 477-8000
www.thesebastianvail.com
Completely updated during a recent $2 billion “renaissance,” this boutique hotel merges modern and mountain decor to create a family-friendly lodge that doesn’t skimp on any details. With four restaurants ranging from casual to upscale, the Sebastian caters to a broad clientele.

DINING

Alpenrose
(970) 476-8899
Of the dozens of Bavarian style restaurants in Vail, the best ones, like Alpenrose, can be found in the Village. While meat and sauerkraut dominate the menu, each entrée arrives with fresh vegetables, and the homemade desserts are as beautiful as they are tasty.
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Elway’s
(970) 754-7818
www.elways.com/vail
This classic surf-and-turf restaurant opened in November at the Lodge at Vail and aims to become the prime spot in the Village. We anticipate success, particularly with its heated outdoor seating, tender steaks and extensive wine list.

ATTRACTIONS

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum
(970) 476-1876
www.skimuseum.net
Showcasing Colorado’s storied 10th Mountain Division of World War II, which trained 30 miles south of Vail to prepare for high-altitude combat, as well as skiing mail carriers and modern-day ski and snowboard iconoclasts, this museum highlights the sport’s evolution and is a must-see for anyone who enjoys winter.

SHOPPING

Golden Bear
(970) 476-4082
www.thegoldenbear.com
For decades, this namesake jewelry has become synonymous with the resort. The shop makes papa-, mama- and baby-size bears as well as a range of other jewelry.