Vail Valley Travel Tips
Vail Valley Vacation Rentals Are Not Just for Winter Vacations
Vail in Colorado is well known for its ski slopes and winter sports activities. The town was only established in 1966 and its prime purpose was to accommodate the needs of visitors to the Vail Ski Resort. It is built in a charming alpine style and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Vail Mountain is actually the second largest ski mountain in North America but even when the snow melts, it still has plenty to offer summer visitors.
Vail Valley Cabins Make Great Bases for Exploring the Area
Edwards was recently voted one of America's top 10 "dream towns" for its community atmosphere, great recreation, dining and shopping. It is just a few minutes from the Eagle County Airport and has some excellent upmarket shopping and dining at the Riverwalk. Close to Vail, the Beaver Creek Resort has many activities and restaurants, along with the mountain areas of Keystone and Breckenridge. East Vail is a gorgeous community set around a quaint marketplace and surrounded by the White River National Forest. West Vail has a variety of shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and is a popular place to spend time. There is a free shuttle service connecting the three neighboring communities of East Vail, Vail and West Vail.
Further afield, Avon is approximately 10 miles from Vail and a superb recreational and commercial center. It has a friendly hometown atmosphere and is known for its huge 4th of July celebrations. In the heart of Avon is Nottingham Park, named after the family who settled here in the 19th century. It is a beautiful place to enjoy walking, jogging and cycling or ice skating and hockey in the winter.
Great Outdoor Activities from Your Vail Valley Lodging
Vail has 5,289 acres (21 square kilometers) of skiing terrain which is served by the 33 ski lifts. The three main faces have 193 marked trails and there are seven back bowls. Skiing and snowboarding are the main winter sports along with snowmobiling, sledding and tubing but the area is becoming increasingly popular for summer vacations too. The trails are ideal for hiking amidst the gorgeous mountain landscape and several rivers provide for fly fishing and whitewater rafting. Guided hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf and fishing can also be enjoyed. The town is known for its culinary diversity with some excellent high-class restaurants. Vail also host many conferences, music and arts festivals which draw crowds to this scenic town. Luxury shopping and live performances at the Vilar Center are also popular activities.
The Best Time to Enjoy Colorado Vacation Rentals
From November to March, the mountain area around Vail cabins has temperatures which remain below freezing with eight to 10 inches of snowfall, making it ideal for snow sports. The area is sunny year-round with an average 30 days of sunshine. During the summer, it has low rainfall, averaging less than two inches per month. From June to September, temperatures are around 70 F (21 C) and sometimes higher, with gentle breezes.
Best Ways to Reach Vail Valley Vacation Rentals
Flying to Vail is the easiest way to reach the area and the Vail/Eagle County airport is just 30 minutes from the Colorado vacation rentals in and around Vail. Direct flights are regularly made between Vail and 12 major cities with connections to other cities. There is a shuttle service between the airport and Vail, and many rental car agencies can be found at the Eagle Airport. Denver International Airport is another option and 121 miles east of Vail.
For those driving to Vail, the valley is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and conveniently close to the I-70. The stunning scenery is certainly a bonus for those choosing to drive to the area.