There are a few of us here at Benja who love Vail and a make it a priority to get some visits in when we can. For those of you who don't know, Vail is located in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, 100 miles west of Denver. This is an obvious destination for a ski-cation, but visiting during Fall shouldn't be downplayed.
Here's our guide for 36 hours during off-season in the magical little town.
You: "But Benja, it's Winter there now."
Us: "It's time to plan for next year, guys!"
So you arrived the night before and you're up and at 'em Saturday morning. Pop into Yeti's Grind for a cup of joe then head to the chair lift to ride up to the top of the mountain. It's off-season which means the Epic Discovery center is open. You get to see Vail through zip lines, tubing and the Alpine Coaster. It's a playground for adults, and we highly recommend it.
Afterwards, you can take a leisurely stroll down the mountain or hop back on the chair lift!
It's lunch time! Head to Up The Creek in the heart of town and we're sending you here for one reason; the braised short rib mac and cheese. It's bacon-smoked gouda mac and cheese, asparagus, cabernet veal reduction and it's whoa!
Now is probably a good time to head back to your hotel and re-charge. Walk through the town and stop wherever your heart desires.
When you're ready, head to Root and Flower for happy hour anytime between 4-6pm. Their cocktails are spectacularly crafted and they have delicious charcuterie plates to snack on.
Sleep in a little and roll back into town for brunch at the Vintage, don't even consider other options! The huckleberry bacon french toast is wildly delicious and if you feel like being basic their avocado toast is incredible as well. Not to mention mimosas, because, mimosas.
One of the best ways to experience this little town is through the farmers market. The streets are stacked with different vendors and you'll get to find delicious treats and perfect gifts to bring back home with you.