Hey guys, we are very excited to tell everyone about a recent new adventure!
We were invited by Vail Mountain and Vail Brasil for an exclusive 5 day 'Behind the Scenes Experience' in the beautiful town of Vail. We explored the town, UnCovered their secrets, had fun skiing (and falling a lot), we ate at the best places, and did a few sport adventures up in the mountains!
The group had Bloggers from the US and also Brazil, and we do hope you all enjoy our post!
Oh! We first had a 2 day pitstop in Denver, where we will also posted about what we discovered (here)...then we drove up to Vail.
Having dinner 10,300 feet up in mountain!!!
So, the supreme restaurant in Vail, the Game Creek Restaurant, is not actually down in the valley, but high up in the mountains!
The experience started off by getting a gondola and going up, up, up in the mountains, with an amazing night view of the valley and a moon light…hard to describe, illuminating the beautiful lined up trees while we flew through them...
Then we jumped into one of those huge snowcats that cruise through the mountains like wild animals in their natural habitat! So cool!
The restaurant is an European style chalet, with a cozy ambience, great wine list and fabulous food! I had the heirloom tomatoes, the best butternut squash I have ever eaten, ratatouille and for desert the pear sticky toffee pudding, all paired with a perfect choice of red wine!!!
The experience is not half as fun, without mentioning extremely exclusive, as actually doing it in real life!
The Game Creek Restaurant is open from 6 - 8:30pm to the public for dinner, after that, only members are allowed in!
Our amazing 5 star boutique hotel in Vail!!!
This couldn’t be more more perfect and in sync with our concept of #uncovering secret, unique spots.
The Sebastian Hotel is with out a doubt Vail’s hippest 5 star boutique hotel. It has fascinating amenities like: 4 steaming hot tubs, a mountain-view pool, a full service spa, a great fitness center for the fitness addicts, steam rooms, the Leonora restaurant, the Frost bar….and beautiful art collections spread throughout the hotel that does give the decor an interesting twist!
The room has a beautiful ski lodge charm, with Nespresso machine (yes, we are addicted to Nespresso), fluffy robes and slipper, dried fruits and nuts which are great for the healthy ones like us.
The dinner at the Leonora is amazing too. We probably had one of each of the appetizers in the menu, the risotto was very tasty and one of the highlights (because there were several), was their signature hot chocolate drink, where they pour hot chocolate on top of a big chocolate ball...when it melts, it pops opened and marshmallows appear from the inside! I was speechless...
We couldn’t be happier with the hotel!!!
Their energy was so addictive and sparkling that we all kindly named them "The Bling Blings"...also because they were always looking so glamorous, 24/7. Brazilian beauties!
The 10th Restaurant, located at one of the mountain tops, is a great pit stop for lunch, specially if you're not finished with your skiing day. You just walk in the restaurant, eat great food, then hop back into the mountains.
Every dish was delicious...by trust us...the truffled french fries were one of the best we've ever tasted, ever! We were a group of around 12 that day...and we must have ordered around 15 french fried entrées.
Another very good option for lunch, après, or a post-Adventure Ridge appetite is Bistro Fourteen. They offer a casual, sit-down dining with a full bar at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19).
If you're into radical sports, as we are, you definitely need to try these two experiences.
The Snowmobile ride was surely the highlight of the entire trip! We each got a huge yellow gorgeous snowmobile and whisked up into the mountains, only stopping until reached the highest point, at 12,500 feet. Beautiful, but amazingly cold!
Now, we also had an extraordinary time during the Snowtubing day! We can't deny that everyone was quite anxious before heading up...since the slide was pretty steep and high. We screamed all the way down, but went up a total of 3 times. Yes, we were having more fun than the kids...
We had amazing breakfasts at all the hotels we visited, but one that was really amazing and with exceptional service, was at the Sonnenalp. Their daily breakfast offers a full menu as well as a savory exquisite hot and cold buffet with a large selection of traditional pastries.
Vail also has a luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Everything there is obviously perfect, from the huge rooms, to their amazing spa with hot water pools, the outdoor hot water pool left us in awe, the Remedy Bar is a great option of appetizers and wine, the restaurant Flame, and the entire Four Seasons experience.
To celebrate a perfect week, with unique and priceless experiences all along, we finished with a great dinner and a bowling tournament at Bol.
But...the week wasn't over. We got stuck in Vail, which we were definitely not sad about, due to huge snowstorm that canceled all the flights leaving from Eagle and Denver.
We spent the night at one of the penthouses at Solaris Vail Residences. Actually, the storm was pretty bad, so we had an entire day at "home" working.
If you are the type of person that likes to experiment other accommodation option instead of hotels, Solaris is a great one. They offer breathtaking apartments that comes with all hotel amenities and services.
You can book them for short term stays, long term and even buy your own unit.
A unique french-style brasserie in Vail!!!
We had a delicious brunch today at Vintage Vail.
The french inspired restaurant is located just across the Four Seasons Hotel, and steps away from the Sebastian Hotel.
Vintage has huge windows and the natural light is definitely one of the highlights of the place. It was snowing that day, so it was beautiful to have brunch beside a window and watch the snow fall.
We had one of their prime dishes, the Swiss Forest Galette - one egg in a puff pastry with woodland mushrooms, caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese & white truffle oil, mixed green salad with walnuts and figs! Delicious right?
We also tried the Veggie Smashbrown Benedict with 2 poached eggs, sautéed spinach, woodland mushrooms, hollandaise sauce on vegetarian Smashbrowns - it's served with toasted baguette! Yum!
We would like to thank everyone that participated in this one of a kind experience! Carolina Tognon, Nicole Pinheiro, Marilia Queiroz, Eva Baczynska, Rafael Azzi, Alina Gonçalves, Flavia Fusco.
We are also thankful for David and David, our two ski instructors that rocked and made us even better skiers in just little time.
Plus, our Partner in crime, Azzi PR for organizing with us this wonderful project!
Last, but definitely not least, Jenn Viditz-Ward that was the "head" of it all! We had one of the best trips ever, your organization was flawless and impeccable, with so much love and attention that it's hard to put into words. Thank you so much, Jenn!
We can't wait to be back in the Summer!
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Vail, Nicole Pinheiro, Carolina Tognon, Marilia Queiroz and David Gillette