1 . Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 476 - 5656

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The background of mountains, covered in sturdy trees, rises and falls like waves on the ocean before it gives way to the foreground of cottage roofs, striped shutters and flowers flowing over balcony railings. This isn’t a Bavarian mountain home – it’s our No. 1 spot, a charming Vail boutique hotel!

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail sports delicious onsite dining, comfortable accommodations and pampering amenities – perfect for a Colorado getaway. Go to Bully Ranch for Southwest flair or pair dinner with entertainment at King’s Club, which has live music and a menu ranging from burgers to caviar. The Swiss Chalet, our favorite, reaches back to Sonnenalp’s roots with fondue, raclette and more alpine cuisine! Once you’ve filled up on gourmet fare, you’ll feel at ease in your casual Western-style suite with antlers hanging above fireplaces and blue and green hues reflecting the outside. Lounge by the pool next to Gore Creek or rest in the Old-World-style library with a good book or family board game. The Sonnenalp Spa is also ideal for relaxation. Sit in the Turkish steam room before your Target Massage, which focuses on a specific area – whether that’s the crick in your neck or pain in your lower back.

Related activities

It’s never too cold to go outside at Vail! Mostly because it has 5,289 acres of skiable area to explore, complete with champagne powder in the Black Bowls and Blue Sky Basin.

Fun facts

Sonnenalp Resort was originally a hotel in Bavaria operated by the Faessler Family. When members of the Faessler Family saw Vail, CO they decided that they would build a Sonnenalp Resort here, too. Sonnenalp translates as “sun on the mountains.”

Getting there

From Eagle County Regional Airport, exit the terminal to the east by way of Cooley Mesa Road. Turn right onto Hwy. 6 East. At the turnabout in Eagle, turn north toward I-70. Take I-70 East for about 29 miles until you reach the main Vail exit, Exit 176. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and onto Vail Road. Pass under I-70 and around the main Vail roundabout, continuing south on Vail Road. The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail will be on your left after the next stop sign.

2 . Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 282 - 4183

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Pack a swimming suit, formal attire for dinner, jeans and an old pair of tennis shoes, gloves and a warm hat, sweatpants and a bag of doggie treats…for the dogs pulling the sled, of course. But really the most important thing to bring to our No. 2 pick is your sense of adventure and fun!

No matter what the season, there won’t be any holes in your itinerary at Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. Since Vail Cascade is the only ski-in/ski-out, AAA Four-Diamond Colorado ski resort, you’re never snowed in. Instead, you’re always snowbound for the top of Vail Mountain. If your muscles are sore – but you just can’t get enough of the CO winter wonderland – soak in an outdoor hot tub. When the wildflowers are blooming, go whitewater rafting or take a more leisurely Jeep tour. The best way to end or start your day is in Vail Valley’s premier 10,000-sq.-ft. Aria Spa. Despite the title, there is nothing that makes us blue about the Song of the Mountains: Singing the Blues treatment. Feel refreshed after a Blue Detox Body Wrap, Triple Peel Detox Facial and a glass of wine.

Related Onsite Offerings

The high mountain air is refreshing and appetite-inducing. That’s why there is Atwater on Gore Creek at Vail Cascade Resort. Enjoy a delicious plate of rack of lamb and whipped potatoes and finish with vanilla crème Anglaise.

Related activities

There is more to do than just ski in the winter at Vail Cascade Resort. Pick from thrill sledding, ice skating, snowmobile tours, snowboarding, ski biking, tubing, dog sledding and much more!

Getting there

From the Denver International Airport, take I-70 West. Exit at the main Vail exit, Exit 176. At the end of the ramp, enter the roundabout and go left under I-70. At the second roundabout, turn right onto South Frontage Road toward Lionshead. Follow the frontage road signs for Cascade Village. Vail Cascade Resort and Spa is about 1.5 miles on the left.

3 . Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 601 - 5920

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Vacations are about kicking back and entering a sublime state of relaxation while enjoying the thrills of regional activities, food and culture. If this sounds like a tall order, you have clearly not witnessed the peaceful yet invigorating effect Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa holds over its guests.

Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is tucked amidst high treetops and rugged terrain, but is located in the heart of Vail Village. This Rocky Mountain timber lodge houses such rest-inspiring amenities as rich wood trim, soft colors, deep soaking tubs and heated floors in rooms to soothe the body and mind. And though it may not sound conventional, in our opinion, a thrilling nighttime activity is eating at Terra Bistro. An infusion of Southwest, Asian and Mediterranean flavors, each dish is a new and exciting culinary adventure for your taste buds! Speaking of what’s on the menu, The Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge ensures you stay relaxed throughout your stay. As the exclusive provider of renowned Dr. Hauschka’s skin care products in Vail Valley, a facial is not to be overlooked! Take a deep breath of the lavender aromatic facial or gasp at the smoothness of your cheeks after the classic.

Related activities

Terra Bistro is also an exciting journey for your budget – exciting that it doesn’t put you over your budget, that is! Enjoy gourmet tacos, ravioli appetizers and drink specials to name a few!

Highlights

Take the opportunity to have a full wellness experience. Pair a yoga class, Pilates class or personalized instruction with therapeutic spa treatments or a relaxing massage and a healthy lunch.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hear nothing but squeals of joy from your little tykes when you take advantage of Vail Mountain Lodge’s Mountain Family Fun Package. Enjoy three night’s lodging, a dinner at Terra Bistro, semi-private climbing lessons, two spa treatments or two rounds of golf, free breakfast and free access to Vail Athletic Club and classes offered throughout your stay.

4 . Lodge Tower

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 476 - 9530

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So you’ve been hosing down your deck to create a sheet of frozen glass perfect for ice skating. Or maybe you’ve been packing snow onto the steps so that a perfect white powder ramp launches you into your backyard. We don’t disagree with home-remedies, but sometimes it’s better to leave home behind.

Satisfy your obsession with crystal white snow-capped mountains at Vail, Colorado’s Lodge Tower. Lodge Tower has more than 23 years of experience taking care of avid and novice skiers alike. They have even counted the steps it takes – 95 – to get to Vista Bahn ski lift. We should also mention that it is 95 steps on a heated walkway at that. When you’ve reached the bottom of the mountain, don’t worry about carrying all that equipment back to Lodge Tower. Fortunately, slope-side storage is free! The thoughtfulness extends to your little skiers, as well. Lodge Tower offers a complimentary shuttle to the Children’s Snowsports School at Golden Peak or Lionshead. Back at Lodge Tower, relive your spectacular day on the mountain from the outdoor pool with a waterfall and a mountain view or by visiting with other snow-aficionados at the après ski cookies and refreshments reception.

Fun facts

Lodge Tower was awarded Best of Vail Award in 2008 in the hotels category by U.S. Local Business Association.

Related Onsite Offerings

Raise your heartbeat off the slopes, too, with RockResorts Spa™ and Fitness Studio, complete with a 950-sq.-ft. Movement Studio.

Getting there

A shuttle service, private suburban or taxi can take you from Denver International and Eagle Airports to Lodge Tower. You can also rent a car, but be advised that mountain driving is comprised of climbs, descents and curves, even on the interstate. The city of Vail is also designed for pedestrians, so extra caution must be exercised. Lodge Tower has underground parking available upon your arrival.

5 . The Sebastian - Vail

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 940 - 1048

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If you’re going to travel to such a high altitude, you might as well live the high life, right? That’s exactly what our No. 5 Vail Winter Getaway was created for! Come and live in the high class like a high roller at The Sebastian - Vail.

Maybe it was the stone fireplace with red, stately chairs in front of the fire and high arched ceilings with ornamental light fixtures. The sophisticated elegance follows you to your room, where you’ll find printed pillows and rich wood furnishings. Curl up next to your own suite fireplace in a plush leather chair with a good book and a soft blanket. Or, join Da Vinci and Galileo for dinner. At the Da Vinci or Galileo Restaurant, that is! Enjoy succulent Mediterranean-inspired cuisine off of plates adorned in a rich gold and red pattern to match its formal surroundings. Galileo satisfies the appetite for a modern vibe and sensational contemporary American fare. Experience their last venue in the water! When you are stargazing beneath the steam and bubbles from the outdoor hot tub, Bacco’s Lounge will bring you a beverage and complete the picture of the Vail high life.

Related activities

The Sebastian - Vail lists some Vail winter activities – snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, back country skiing, ice skating and après ski – and then challenges you to try and do them all!

Getting there

From Eagle Airport, go west on W Second Street toward Wall Street. Turn right onto Grand Avenue/U.S. 6. Enter the roundabout and take Eby Creek Road. Merge onto I-70 toward Denver. Take Exit 176 toward Vail. Enter the roundabout and take Vail Road. The Sebastian - Vail is the second building on your left.

Related Onsite Offerings

Sorrento Spa is on site and ready to pamper you. Sorrento specializes in Vinotherapy, which uses products created from the extracts of red and white wine seeds, skins, stalks and pulp.

6 . Lodge at Lionshead

Circle Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 962 - 4399

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When you plan a Vail, Colorado getaway, luxury accommodations are appreciated, but not at the expense of the Southwest destination’s charm. Luckily, our No. 6 spot manages to retain its luxury standards and amenities without losing any of its alpine character.

Faithful to its Rocky Mountain surroundings, the Lodge at Lionshead has the uncanny ability to be enclosed by pine and aspen trees but open to Vail’s vibrant activity. Spend a day perusing the world-class shops and restaurants in the pedestrian-only areas or leave it all behind for Vail Mountain. Try the daring sport of ice climbing or come back when the ice has melted, bring a lunch and go backcountry hiking. Whichever fulfills your mountaineer heart’s desire, return to classic country floral print sheets, beamed ceilings, solid wood dining tables beneath an antler light fixture and more at your Lionshead studio, loft or condo. Trade your snow goggles for swim goggles in Lionshead’s outdoor heated pools or keep your head above water in the hot tub. Personally, we like the sound of letting our bodies completely relax in the sauna. Unwind with the whole family by renting a movie from Lionshead and enjoying the complimentary popcorn!

Related Onsite Offerings

Lionshead accommodations also come with convenient amenities like a balcony or patio with a gas grill, fully-equipped kitchens, cable TV, complimentary coffee and tea service and more.

Related activities

Vail and Beaver Creek host a multitude of events, like the Beaver Creek Rodeo and farmers markets, that are sure to appease any Colorado traveler. The Eagle Bahn gondola, Born Free chairlift and Vail Snowsports School are also nearby.

Getting there

From Eagle County Airport, take Cooley Mesa Road to Hwy. 6. Take a right on Hwy. 6 and follow signs to I-70. Take I-70 East and exit at 176. At the first roundabout, go left, under the Interstate. At the second roundabout, go right onto South Frontage Road toward Lionshead. Turn left on East Lionshead Circle. Follow the road down the hill and veer left. Lodge at Lionshead is on your right.

7 . Sandstone Creek Club

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (970) 476 - 4405

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Once you’ve visited Vail, you’ll know you have to come back again and again. So why not have your own place to return to each time? After all, it wouldn’t be a genuine list of Top 10 Vail Winter Getaways if we didn’t have your new vacation home on it!

Our No. 7 pick, Sandstone Creek Club, is an interval living condo resort and your luxury home away from home. Finally, no fussing with dinner jackets, dress shirts and fancy patterned ties. The only apparel you need is simply what you’d wear at home. But do as mother tells you and bundle up before going outside! In the winter, your backyard is a snowy playground at your disposal. In warmer weather, play in the Red Sandstone Creek nearby, hike through the lush meadows or stroll through the heart of Vail. In any season, Sandstone Creek Club has amenities to amuse. While the kids are endlessly entertained in the game room, you can relax on the sundeck, in the sauna, steam room or one of two indoor hot tubs. Tennis courts, basketball hoops and a racquetball court, as well as a pool, keeps any band of Colorado visitors in good spirits.

Related Onsite Offerings

Sandstone Creek Club’s private vans to the heart of Vail Village and Vail’s ski lifts during ski season.

Related activities

Want to stay at Sandstone Creek Club without being an owner? Look into owners that are selling their timeshare weeks for a memorable Vail vacation.

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 West and from Eagle, take I-70 East. Exit onto North Frontage Road and then take Lions Ridge Loop. Turn right onto Vail View Drive. Sandstone Creek Club will be on your right.

8 . Peak Properties

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 754 - 8245

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We know we’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. We just cannot skip over options for your Vail home sweet home. Our No. 8 property is for those with an eye for sprawling space and sumptuous style. Allow us to introduce Peak Properties!

Peak Properties is not an average vacation, an average rental or average service; in fact, it’s an above average vacation rental service. One example of the attention they pay to fine details concerning your comfort is your first welcome. Instead of simply giving you a set of keys, a map and a holler of “good luck,” a personal Peak Properties concierge meets you at your residence, helps you with your baggage, gives you a detailed travel itinerary and a full home tour. But we're sure you want to hear about the residences! We were blown away by the 5,800-sq.-ft. Tyrolean Chalet. Once the famous Tyrolean Restaurant, two open-floor residences sleep 10 in the highest of fashion. It did retain one feature of its beginnings: the commercial grade kitchen – but with upgrades like granite counters and a large entertaining space.

Fun facts

Two of Peaks Properties residences, The Tyrolean Chalet and One Willow Bridge Penthouse No. 403, were featured in the December 2008 issue of Departures Magazine, a world-wide luxury lifestyle magazine.

Related Onsite Offerings

Save yourself the headache of waiting for your luggage at the airport. Let Peaks Property coordinate the delivery of your luggage and any winter sports gear.

Related activities

Enjoy Vail’s scenic beauty to its fullest – Nordic skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing or fly fishing. Whatever the outdoors lover inside of you can’t wait to do, let the personal concierge organize your itinerary. All you have to do is indulge in some serious Colorado fun!

9 . The Lodge at Vail

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 528 - 7625

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When some people hear “Vail, Colorado getaway” may conjure up images of pitching tents and heating up food over a fire in the middle of a pine and aspen forest with the mountains looming over them. Well, our No. 9 spot is here to assure you there are more luxurious ways to spend your Vail trip.

An icon of luxury in Vail Valley, The Lodge at Vail is the fanciest version of a rustic CO lode we’ve seen – and we like it. We couldn’t think of anywhere else we’d rather be than in a Lodge at Vail guest room, sitting in a high-backed leather chair or snuggled in our soft terrycloth robe and slippers with a cup of coffee made in the comfort of our own room. Well, there is one other place – the signature and famed Wildflower Restaurant. With a menu described as eclectic and creative American cuisine, The Wildflower is one of the area’s only restaurants to offer a tasting menu, but we suggest sampling an entire meal with a glass of wine. There is one more thing to order: an in-room massage to top it all off!

Highlights

Others have been noticing The Lodge at Vail’s impeccable accommodations and service, too! The Lodge at Vail was awarded the AAA Four-Diamond award for lodging and dining at The Wildflower. The Wildflower was also the recipient of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America for the 15th consecutive year.

Fun facts

Vail, Colorado was founded by two former members of the 10th Mountain Division from World War II, Peter Seibert and Earl Eaton. Upon arriving at the summit of a mountain they were climbing, Vail was born and that mountain is now known as Vail Mountain.

Getting there

If you decide to travel by train, Amtrak is 40 miles from Vail and takes scenic routes through the breathtaking Glenwood Canyon to historic Glenwood Springs and to Denver.

10 . Tivoli Lodge

Vail, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 451 - 4756

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We’re sure you’re asking what could our No. 10 Vail Winter Getaway have that the other nine don’t? And we’re excited to say – family! This family-owned Vail luxury lodge has all the touches of home with that distinct Colorado style.

The first step into Tivoli Lodge is far from the cold, detached feeling of a hotel lobby – it is more appropriately akin to a familiar mountain home living room. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace, oversized chairs and a leather sofa that you know without a doubt that you can set yourself down in and relax for as long as you’d like. The rooms give off the vibe of your own secure room with plush beds and soft sheets, but are also paired with world-class amenities like Turkish robes and bath towels and sweeping views of Gore Range, Golden Peak and Vail Mountain. But, with an average of more than 300 days of sunshine a year in Vail, don’t stay inside too long! Start the day off with a complimentary Tivoli breakfast and a soak in one of two outdoor mountain-view hot tubs. Feel the warmth stay with you throughout your day of skiing, hiking or downtown Vail shopping.

Related Onsite Offerings

Along with those cozy rooms comes equally pleasing amenities like in-room mini-fridge and coffee services, valet ski and boot storage, reserved underground parking and more.

Related activities

Despite evidence to the contrary, there are several activities in Vail besides skiing! Check out the Vail International Dance Festival, Taste of Vail Festival, Teva Mountain Games and more.

Getting there

From Denver, take I-70 West to Exit 176. Continue under the Interstate and at the roundabout, go east onto South Frontage Road. Once you pass the Vail Parking Structure, take a right at the stop sign onto Vail Valley Drive. Follow Vail Valley Drive to Hanson Ranch Road. Tivoli Lodge is located on the corner of Hanson Ranch Road and Vail Valley Drive.

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