Colorado has no shortage of spectacular destinations. There’s Denver, of course, for those who want an experience that’s both urban and outdoorsy. There’s Aspen, for folks who value status and prestige. There’s Colorado Springs for outdoorsy retreats, Boulder for green-minded travel, Telluride for alpine adventures and Fort Collins for craft-beer enthusiasts. For meeting groups that want a little bit of everything, however, it’s hard to beat Vail.
Located less than two hours west of Denver, Vail is best known for the Vail Ski Resort, which graces Colorado’s largest ski mountain. But there’s a lot more to Vail than its slopes. A year-round destination, it’s also home to two vibrant town centers -- Vail Village and Lionshead -- that are full of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as ample options for art, entertainment and outdoor adventure.
Perhaps even more important for groups, Vail also is home to a wealth of quality hotels and resorts that make an ideal home base for meetings, events and incentives -- like the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, which has just embarked on a significant renovation, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced this week.
Scheduled for completion by mid-December of this year, the renovation will take place in phases and will ultimately encompass most of the property, including all 121 guest rooms, which will be refreshed and remodeled along with guest-room corridors; the resort’s Flame Restaurant, which will be turned into a brand-new dining concept; the lobby, which will be redesigned; and the resort’s 8,480 square feet of meeting space, the interiors of which will be refreshed.
The theme of the renovation will be “mountain modern,” pairing clean, contemporary lines with organic textures and colors, including local stone and wood, and nature-inspired carpet, leathers and fabrics.
“We are thrilled to begin this exciting enhancement project,” said general manager Meredith Macfarlane. “We are looking forward to unveiling our reimagined, premier luxury mountain resort as the enhancements are completed.”
Four More Vail Properties for Memorable Mountain Meetings
Vail enjoys the reputation of a small mountain village. When it comes to meeting venues, however, it has all the variety and choice of a much larger destination. Here are four more options for Rocky Mountain-bound meeting groups.
• Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Located in Vail’s Lionshead Village -- you'll feel like you're in the Austrian Alps -- the recently renovated Vail Marriott Mountain Resort sits at the base of Vail Mountain, which in summer is home to seasonal activities like ziplines, adventure courses and even a mountain coaster. Along with 344 guest rooms, the resort offers a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, an on-site pub, and over 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space for groups of up to 1,000 people.
• The Sebastian Vail. Groups that prefer boutique hotels should check out the Sebastian Vail, which offers a contemporary take on a traditional mountain lodge. Formerly the Vail Plaza Hotel & Club, it became the Sebastian in 2010 and was subsequently renovated in 2015. Today, it offers 107 guest rooms and suites; a signature restaurant; a bar; a heated outdoor pool with hot tubs; a spa; a fitness center; a library, and 9,000 square feet of meeting space.
• Hotel Talisa, A Luxury Collection Resort, Vail. Part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, Hotel Talisa sits at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek, where its forested setting lends itself equally to active adventures and quiet retreats. Along with 285 guest rooms and suites, there’s a signature restaurant, a fireside lounge, a grab-and-go market, a spa, and over 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
• The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Located in Lionshead Village, the Arrabelle at Vail Square is known for approachable opulence. Reminiscent of a European ski resort, it has 81 guest rooms, suites and luxury condominiums; an upscale restaurant; an ice-skating rink in the winter; an amphitheater for outdoor concerts in the summer; a 10,000-square-foot spa; a fitness center; a rooftop pool and hot tubs; a terraced, landscaped patio; and 5,200 square feet of meeting space.