Vacation in Your Backyard: Weekend in Vail, Colorado

Looking to travel but hestitant about venturing too far? Explore your backyard and vacation close to home.

2020 has been an interesting year for travel and although many are excited and encouraged to take back to the skies, many more are hesitant.

It’s easy to take our home states for granted. We see them everyday. Here in Colorado and all over the United States there is beauty and adventure to be found everywhere.

Travel in your own backyard. A great solution to get away from the mundane and support your local economy.

This is two-fold. It’s a change of scenery without traveling across the country and it helps to boost your states economy. The travel industry is one of the hardest hit industries of 2020.

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Vacationing close to home can alleviate some of the stress of interstate travel as well. You are more familiar with the area, travel logisitics are reduced and it can save a lot of money.

For a quick girls getaway, a couple of my favorite girlfriends and I decided to venture up the mountains. We set our sights on the beautiful Vail Valley and enjoyed a weekend getaway with a change of scenery, lots of laughs, good food, fall views and relaxing vibes.

I love Vail Valley. I used to live in the valley and it’s gorgeous. It has definitely changed from the quaint mountain town it was when I lived there to something more ritzy and tourist centered but it’s beauty is unrivaled and when you venture to the village, surrounding Minturn and Avon you still get that small mountain town feel.

There are amazing places to stay and something for every budget believe it or not. One misconception about Vail is that it is too pricey for a lot of people. We found an amazing condo in Lionshead Village, a short walk to Vail Village. The Lodge at Lionshead is right on the river with a gorgeous pool and hot tub overlooking the river and the little walking/running/bike path that connects the various parts of Vail to each other.

We decided on a studio to keep costs low and still had an amazing view of the mountain, a gorgeous balcony, a kitchenette complete with refrigerator, stove, dishes, coffee maker and more.

The condo was two stories with a gorgeous bedroom at the top of the stairs complete with closet and full bath.

An additional full bath was on the lower level which was was convenient especially with three of us.

There were a number of dining locations closed when we visited Bully Ranch in Lionshead Village attached to the Sonnenalp Resort for dinner our first night.

Bully Ranch has been in Vail for a number of years and although it is decorated like a Colorado mountain home, it specializes in southwestern cuisine.

Photo courtesy of Sonnenalp

One of my favorite things about this restaurant are the antler chandeliers. So Colorado, so mountain town, so gorgeous.

If you’ve never been to Colorado or Vail I always recommend people try bison or elk or both. These are not exclusive to Colorado for certain but it is not readily available throughout the United States and many Colorado dining locations highlight it on their menus.

Bully Ranch has a delicous Elk and Black Bean Chili and I thoroughly enjoyed it as my appetizer. All of their burgers are also available with wagyu or buffalo.

I had The Peak burger with Bison and it was delicious. We also shared the Truffle Tots along with a few drinks and a lot of laughs.

Our main goal for this trip was to get away. We needed a change of scenery and wanted to have some good laughs and girl time. That’s exactly what we did.

If you go to Vail be sure to stop by Westside Cafe. It is a Vail staple. Locals love it and sometimes tourists find it. The bloody mary’s are legendary and the breakfasts are piled high. Perfect before hitting the trail or the slopes, guel up at Westside Cafe to start your day.

We wandered Vail Village (masks were required then and are still required at the time of publishing througout the state of Colorado). The shops were open but many of the restaurants were not at the time. Currently, several counties in Colorado are offering winter dining options and petitioning the state to open their doors while following strict health protocols.

Be sure to be up to date on COVID-19 restrictions wherever you plan to visit. Even if restaurants are closed for dining in, many restaurants are offering options for outside dining or take out. You can still have a magical trip wherever you go but be prepared to adapt.

We spent a lot of time enjoying the amazing pool. Many of Colorado’s resorts especially in mountain towns, heat their pools so that they can be enjoyed year round.

we highly recommend venturing out in your own backyard and taking this time to experience something near home that you may have never experienced or maybe visiting an old favorite.

There is much to take part in and do so safely during this time. Local businesses are hurting and any love you can show them will go a long way.

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