Published on February 27th, 2011 | by Keesha B0
Vail, Like Nothing On Earth…
Their motto is “like nothing on earth” and I have to say, I now know why. I recently took a short vacation to Vail, CO to celebrate a dear friend and avid Vyne reader’s birthday. If you’ve never taken a winter vacation before, I encourage you to do so. Whether you go with a group of girlfriends (like we did) or that special someone in your life, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget. The icing on the cake was that it was President’s weekend so we were fortunate enough to cross paths with our fiercely fearless First Lady, Michelle Obama as she whipped down the blue slopes. One evening we even got treated to a good ol’ fashioned secret service pat down when we arrived for drinks at a restaurant she was dinning in. We also spotted Matt Lauer and his wife that evening. Between the magnificent views, fabulous skiing conditions, cozy fireplaces nestled everywhere and the incredible food, Vail exceeded my expectations for a fun, wintery jaunt.
Here are all the places we hit up during our stay in Vail and why you should seriously consider experiencing them for yourself:
Ritz Carlton Residences Vail- This is definitely a splurge if you can afford it. The service at the Ritz was impeccable. Everyone knew our names and bent over backwards to make sure we were well taken care of. See image #1.
Lionshead – This is the spectacular mountain we climbed every day (via the gondola) and skied down all afternoon. It was like being in a post card. We also took the opportunity to go tubing one evening, which was beyond fun! See images #2 and #3. That’s me in image #3 barreling down the slopes in an inner tube!
Kelly Liken – Fabulous seasonal cuisine prepared by Season 7 Top Chef contestant and Iron Chef competitor, Kelly Liken. The scallops were divine and the “can’t be missed sticky bun” dessert was simply heaven. See image #4.
Four Seasons Spa – After a long day of skiing there’s nothing like a massage and herbal tea by the fireplace to get you feeling relaxed again. That’s what the spa at the Four Seasons serves up, a cozy day of relaxation. We even stayed to have a light bite to eat…highly recommend the chocolate covered strawberries. See image #5.
Larkspur – If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love Larkspur. We were seated at the “chef’s table” right near the kitchen where all the action was. The chef even sent out a special amuse bouche for us. I’m not an oyster girl but I tried it anyway and I have to say, it was quite tasty. For my entrée I had the duck and it was “slap somebody” good! The trio of gelato (toasted marshmallow, turtle cheesecake and coconut) was a great finish to a wonderful meal. See image #6.
Terra Bistro – Vibe of this dining experience was upscale food in a fun environment. We shared three magnificent entrees, the salmon (which was the best I think I’ve ever had), muscovy duck breast and Bigeye tuna. At the conclusion of our meal the sous chef came out to make sure everything was to our liking…and it was! See image #7
Sweet Basil – While we only had drinks at Sweet Basil, we’ll always remember it as the place where we encountered the secret service for the first time. This is where our paths crossed with Michelle Obama as she was partaking of a meal here. Hey if it’s good enough for the first lady, it’s good enough for us. The bar scene was upscale and upbeat…a great place to have a cocktail before heading elsewhere.