Vail Valley Fun Times Guidebook

Christina
Vail Valley Fun Times Guidebook

Local Spot to Watch a Game

Great place to grab a beer and watch a game. Breakfast is good or typical bar food later in the day. Bob's Place is walking distance from the condo.
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Bobs Place
100 West Beaver Creek Boulevard
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Great place to grab a beer and watch a game. Breakfast is good or typical bar food later in the day. Bob's Place is walking distance from the condo.

Food scene

Delicious food and lively atmosphere. They also have an excellent charcuterie selection for take out.
Drunken Goat
56 Edwards Village Boulevard
Delicious food and lively atmosphere. They also have an excellent charcuterie selection for take out.
Not bad, but not anything to write home about. Basic Italian with a fun atmosphere. This is near Walmart and away from the central part of Avon.
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Sauce on the Creek
101 Fawcett Rd
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Not bad, but not anything to write home about. Basic Italian with a fun atmosphere. This is near Walmart and away from the central part of Avon.
Simple and tasty. Rocky's always gets awards as a favorite local place for tacos. They have a food truck near the Westin and also outside of Vail Brewing Company in Avon.
Rocky Mountain Taco
41290 U.S. 6
Simple and tasty. Rocky's always gets awards as a favorite local place for tacos. They have a food truck near the Westin and also outside of Vail Brewing Company in Avon.
Truly authentic tacos. The place is a dive, the food is excellent and service is friendly. Lines form daily during lunch and dinner. They close around 7 pm. Best spot in town to catch Mexican soap operas on the TV. Very inexpensive for the Vail Valley.
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Taqueria No SE Hagan Bolas
104 Beaver Creek Place
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Truly authentic tacos. The place is a dive, the food is excellent and service is friendly. Lines form daily during lunch and dinner. They close around 7 pm. Best spot in town to catch Mexican soap operas on the TV. Very inexpensive for the Vail Valley.
One of our favorite sit-down restaurants in Vail. It's the favorite of many locals, so reservations are recommended.
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Sweet Basil
193 Gore Creek Drive
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One of our favorite sit-down restaurants in Vail. It's the favorite of many locals, so reservations are recommended.
Fine food prepared over an open flame. This is one of the top restaurants in the Valley. The atmosphere is laid back. The food and service is impeccable. Reservations highly recommended.
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Mountain Standard
193 Gore Creek Drive
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Fine food prepared over an open flame. This is one of the top restaurants in the Valley. The atmosphere is laid back. The food and service is impeccable. Reservations highly recommended.
Good pizza in Vail by the pie or slice. This is not thin-crust pizza.
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Vendetta's Restaurant
291 Bridge Street
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Good pizza in Vail by the pie or slice. This is not thin-crust pizza.
Fine German food and pastries. Reservations recommended. Nice atmosphere and service. Fun for apres ski.
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Almresi Vail
298 Hanson Ranch Rd
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Fine German food and pastries. Reservations recommended. Nice atmosphere and service. Fun for apres ski.
Quaint place for the perfect eggs. The Pfannekuechen takes 20 minutes, but it's worth the wait. Make a reservation to avoid a wait that can be upwards of 2 hours. This place is great and very popular. It's tricky to find, but locals can guide you.
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The Little Diner
616 West Lionshead Circle
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Quaint place for the perfect eggs. The Pfannekuechen takes 20 minutes, but it's worth the wait. Make a reservation to avoid a wait that can be upwards of 2 hours. This place is great and very popular. It's tricky to find, but locals can guide you.
Vin 48 was voted one of the top 10 wine bars in the country by the WSJ. Happy hour starts at 5 pm with incredible deals on small plates and wine. The bar area fills by 5:05 for happy hour, so get there before 5 pm for a seat. If you miss happy hour, a full restaurant is attached. If the mussels ever were taken off the menu, that would be a story in the Vail Daily. Order mussels if you like them. Salads are always fresh, fries are hot with a hint of truffle...it's a great place in walking distance of the condo.
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Vin48
48 East Beaver Creek Boulevard
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Vin 48 was voted one of the top 10 wine bars in the country by the WSJ. Happy hour starts at 5 pm with incredible deals on small plates and wine. The bar area fills by 5:05 for happy hour, so get there before 5 pm for a seat. If you miss happy hour, a full restaurant is attached. If the mussels ever were taken off the menu, that would be a story in the Vail Daily. Order mussels if you like them. Salads are always fresh, fries are hot with a hint of truffle...it's a great place in walking distance of the condo.
Excellent sushi walking distance from the condo. Hibachi is also fun. Reservations recommended. I was dubious about sushi in the mountains, but they do a good job. Service is great.
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Nozawa Sushi & Teppanyaki
240 Chapel Place
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Excellent sushi walking distance from the condo. Hibachi is also fun. Reservations recommended. I was dubious about sushi in the mountains, but they do a good job. Service is great.
Great Pizza in Vail and Avon. Pazzo's is walking distance from the condo in Avon. This place is VERY popular, so order far ahead of time for pizza to go or for a ressie.
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Pazzo's Pizzeria
122 East Meadow Drive
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Great Pizza in Vail and Avon. Pazzo's is walking distance from the condo in Avon. This place is VERY popular, so order far ahead of time for pizza to go or for a ressie.
The food is great, but do yourself a favor and order it way ahead of time and take it to go. They are very nice, but I've gone there many times and they have the slowest service of any restaurant I've been to. (See my other recommendation for pho if you want to dine in the restaurant.)
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Pho 20
47 E Beaver Creek Blvd
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The food is great, but do yourself a favor and order it way ahead of time and take it to go. They are very nice, but I've gone there many times and they have the slowest service of any restaurant I've been to. (See my other recommendation for pho if you want to dine in the restaurant.)
Great pho and dumplings, nice service. They are off the beaten path near Walmart and Home Depot.
Phở Bay Avon
101 Fawcett Road
Great pho and dumplings, nice service. They are off the beaten path near Walmart and Home Depot.
Fresh and delicious Mexican food. They are walking distance from the condo.
Sabor Mazatlan
Fresh and delicious Mexican food. They are walking distance from the condo.
Northside is known for a few things: * beautiful home-made doughnuts (A line forms almost daily for doughnuts.) * Yummy breakfast * To-go meals for 6 people cost around $37. They have several options in a case such as enchiladas, chicken parmesan, etc. Some meals come with a salad and bread. * large wine selection * The owner, Jim, is always there to make sure things run smoothly. * Delicious salads, burgers and sandwiches for lunch. The cobb salad should just come with a to-go box as it's enormous. * The restaurant transforms at night into a white tablecloth restaurant with fine dining. Reservations recommended. They have nightly specials and it's a popular spot for locals to dine.
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Northside Kitchen
20 Nottingham Road
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Northside is known for a few things: * beautiful home-made doughnuts (A line forms almost daily for doughnuts.) * Yummy breakfast * To-go meals for 6 people cost around $37. They have several options in a case such as enchiladas, chicken parmesan, etc. Some meals come with a salad and bread. * large wine selection * The owner, Jim, is always there to make sure things run smoothly. * Delicious salads, burgers and sandwiches for lunch. The cobb salad should just come with a to-go box as it's enormous. * The restaurant transforms at night into a white tablecloth restaurant with fine dining. Reservations recommended. They have nightly specials and it's a popular spot for locals to dine.
I have not been to Frattoria yet, but the place is getting rave reviews. The owner started many popular places in the Vail Valley. I did book a reservation to check it out and had to make it far in advance. It sounds like a place for a date night.
Fattoria
48 East Beaver Creek Boulevard
I have not been to Frattoria yet, but the place is getting rave reviews. The owner started many popular places in the Vail Valley. I did book a reservation to check it out and had to make it far in advance. It sounds like a place for a date night.
Coffee, tea, smoothies, gelato...yum!
Kiwi International Delight And Coffee
142 Beaver Creek Pl
Coffee, tea, smoothies, gelato...yum!
Local favorite...total dive...absolutely authentic. They close around 7 pm. There are lines at peak lunch hour. Great place to catch up on Mexican soap operas.
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Taqueria No SE Hagan Bolas
104 Beaver Creek Place
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Local favorite...total dive...absolutely authentic. They close around 7 pm. There are lines at peak lunch hour. Great place to catch up on Mexican soap operas.
Great food and beer! Over-the-top amazing salads and sandwiches.
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Craftsman
56 Edwards Village Blvd
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Great food and beer! Over-the-top amazing salads and sandwiches.
Popular spot. Ressie recommended.
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La Nonna Ristorante Vail
100 E Meadow Dr
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Popular spot. Ressie recommended.
Make a ressie!
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La Tour Restaurant
122 East Meadow Drive
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Make a ressie!
Great burgers, salads, American food....great for one person to sit at the bar and watch a game or for groups and families. The patio is splendid.
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Southside Benderz
182 Avon Rd
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Great burgers, salads, American food....great for one person to sit at the bar and watch a game or for groups and families. The patio is splendid.
Very nice. Reservation needed.
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Splendido At The Chateau
17 Chateau Lane
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Very nice. Reservation needed.

Bakery/Deli

Stellar bakery for goodies, bread and sandwiches. Lots of take-out options and drink mixes. Lines can be long, so avoid peak meal times.
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Hovey & Harrison
56 Edwards Village Blvd
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Stellar bakery for goodies, bread and sandwiches. Lots of take-out options and drink mixes. Lines can be long, so avoid peak meal times.
Avon Deli bakes bread for many high-end restaurants in the Valley. You can't go wrong with their pastries, sandwiches or desserts. Egg sandwiches are a favorite for breakfast. There is not much room to sit down, so this place is best for take-out. It is next door to Starbucks in Avon. Lines form during peak hours, so plan accordingly.
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Avon Bakery & Deli
25 Hurd Lane
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Avon Deli bakes bread for many high-end restaurants in the Valley. You can't go wrong with their pastries, sandwiches or desserts. Egg sandwiches are a favorite for breakfast. There is not much room to sit down, so this place is best for take-out. It is next door to Starbucks in Avon. Lines form during peak hours, so plan accordingly.
Elegant German pastries and cakes. Quaint spot to sit down for quiche, soup, sandwich or salad. Simple spot with great service and food.
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Columbine Cafe & Bakery
51 Beaver Creek Place
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Elegant German pastries and cakes. Quaint spot to sit down for quiche, soup, sandwich or salad. Simple spot with great service and food.

Apres Ski

Fun place for live music apres ski. They also serve dinner in their restaurant.
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Pepi's Bar & Restaurant
231 Gore Creek Drive
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Fun place for live music apres ski. They also serve dinner in their restaurant.
Boutique distillery offers incredible assortment of whisky and other liquor. Come for live music apres ski or grab a bottle of whiskey to bring home.
10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits
227 Bridge St
Boutique distillery offers incredible assortment of whisky and other liquor. Come for live music apres ski or grab a bottle of whiskey to bring home.
Vin 48 was voted one of the top 10 wine bars in the country by the WSJ. Happy hour starts at 5 pm with incredible deals on small plates and wine. The bar area fills by 5:05 for happy hour, so get there before 5 pm for a seat. If you miss happy hour, a full restaurant is attached. If the mussels ever were taken off the menu, that would be a story in the Vail Daily. Order mussels if you like them. Salads are always fresh, fries are hot with a hint of truffle...it's a great place in walking distance of the condo.
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Vin48
48 East Beaver Creek Boulevard
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Vin 48 was voted one of the top 10 wine bars in the country by the WSJ. Happy hour starts at 5 pm with incredible deals on small plates and wine. The bar area fills by 5:05 for happy hour, so get there before 5 pm for a seat. If you miss happy hour, a full restaurant is attached. If the mussels ever were taken off the menu, that would be a story in the Vail Daily. Order mussels if you like them. Salads are always fresh, fries are hot with a hint of truffle...it's a great place in walking distance of the condo.
I've never been to Agave, but I know that people go there for happy hour and they sometimes have live music.
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Agave
1060 West Beaver Creek Boulevard
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I've never been to Agave, but I know that people go there for happy hour and they sometimes have live music.
Grab a cocktail, soak up the sun and listen to music on the patio for apres ski. The Ritz has excellent dining options including Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. There is a green run directly behind The Ritz called Leave the Beave that takes you to The Westin in Avon. Sometimes the Beaver Creek shuttle is at The Westin after 2:30 pm Thursday through Monday.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
0130 Daybreak Ridge Road
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Grab a cocktail, soak up the sun and listen to music on the patio for apres ski. The Ritz has excellent dining options including Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. There is a green run directly behind The Ritz called Leave the Beave that takes you to The Westin in Avon. Sometimes the Beaver Creek shuttle is at The Westin after 2:30 pm Thursday through Monday.
There is often live music in the lobby.
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The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley
126 Riverfront Lane
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There is often live music in the lobby.

Apres Ski/Live Music

The best live music in the valley. The place starts hopping around 9:30 pm. Proof of vaccination required to enter. Their usually is a small cover charge.
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Shakedown Bar
304 Bridge Street
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The best live music in the valley. The place starts hopping around 9:30 pm. Proof of vaccination required to enter. Their usually is a small cover charge.
Live Music at 4 pm with local legend Phil Long. Reservations highly recommended. Excellent steak and seafood menu. The Chophouse is located at the base of of Lionshead.
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Vail Chophouse
675 Lionshead Place
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Live Music at 4 pm with local legend Phil Long. Reservations highly recommended. Excellent steak and seafood menu. The Chophouse is located at the base of of Lionshead.
The Red Lion is famous for good times and great music apres ski.
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Red Lion
304 Bridge Street
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The Red Lion is famous for good times and great music apres ski.
Great deals on food for happy hour. Sometimes they have live music.
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The George Restaurant & Pub
292 East Meadow Drive
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Great deals on food for happy hour. Sometimes they have live music.
The Remedy Bar is inside the Four Seasons hotel in Vail. Sometimes they have live music. They always have beautiful cocktails and a nice vibe.
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The Remedy Bar
1 Vail Rd
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The Remedy Bar is inside the Four Seasons hotel in Vail. Sometimes they have live music. They always have beautiful cocktails and a nice vibe.

Fun Daytrips near Avon

Listed in the book "100 Places to go Before You Die." Make reservations and enjoy. An older swimsuit is recommended since the minerals can be harsh on fabrics.
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs
281 Centennial St
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Listed in the book "100 Places to go Before You Die." Make reservations and enjoy. An older swimsuit is recommended since the minerals can be harsh on fabrics.
Family friendly. Compare with Iron Mountain Hot Springs as the vibe is different in each place.
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Glenwood Hot Springs
401 North River Street
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Family friendly. Compare with Iron Mountain Hot Springs as the vibe is different in each place.

Local Place to Kill Time

An amazing library is kiddie-corner across the street from our condo. The basement has big chairs for reading in case you've had too much "togetherness" at the condo. The large kids section should have any kid just begging to get off their screens.
Avon Branch Library
200 Benchmark Road
An amazing library is kiddie-corner across the street from our condo. The basement has big chairs for reading in case you've had too much "togetherness" at the condo. The large kids section should have any kid just begging to get off their screens.
My son and I had a blast painting at the Alpine Arts Center. The staff is very friendly and the supplies are well organized. Great music and chill vibe.
Alpine Arts Center
My son and I had a blast painting at the Alpine Arts Center. The staff is very friendly and the supplies are well organized. Great music and chill vibe.
Take a tour with a scientist and learn about the ecology of the area. There are also lectures for adults and kids. It's a great organization.
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Walking Mountains Science Center
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Take a tour with a scientist and learn about the ecology of the area. There are also lectures for adults and kids. It's a great organization.