Vail Village

Vail Village is the Hub of Vail

Vail Village is home to countless restaurants and shops and it offers a variety of year-round events.

A vacation in Vail is not complete without dining at a few of our favorites. Sweet Basil, which has been a cornerstone since 1977, offers New American cuisine and has a busy bar; Matsuhisa offers Japanese fusion and sushi; Bully Ranch Restaurant, which is housed in the Sonnenalp Vail hotel, specializes in burgers and casual Southwestern dishes; and Mountain Standard welcomes guests with a wood fire, an open kitchen and a New American menu.

Of course there is also the iconic Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant, an Austrian eatery, with its outdoor deck in the center always full of folks soaking in the sunshine.

For French fare, residents go to Left Bank Restaurant, which was established in 1970, and La Tour, which opened 20 years ago.

Vail Village is home to a variety of luxury shops ranging from Gorsuch, which carries designer skiwear, apparel and gifts, to The Golden Bear, a jewelry shop known for its ursine designs.

Vail Village in Winter is Sight to Behold

A woman standing on a bridge, enjoying the views, in Vail Village, Colorado, USA

Vail is a winter-lover’s paradise. It is heaven for skiers and snowboarders alike, but is is also worth making the trip to the mountains in winter if it’s not your thing! The magic of Vail Village and Vail mountain is not confined to the slopes.

Vail Colorado with Gore Range Mountains at Dusk - Landscape in winter with views of valley with I-70 below and town lit up at night. Vail, Colorado USA.

Go Snowmobiling, Indulge in a Spa Day, Have Dinner in a Cabin, Explore Vail Village, Après ski, Go Snowshoeing, Take a Ride in the Gondola, Brewery-Hop, Go Snow Tubing, Check out Beaver Creek or Learn to Ski!

Sonnenalp is located in the heart of it all!

The Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail is truly a gem, boasting a location that is second to none. Situated in the heart of Vail Village, this luxurious hotel offers guests the perfect base to explore and indulge in all that Vail has to offer. Its prime location ensures that guests are just a stone's throw away from a plethora of activities and attractions, making it incredibly convenient and easy to access everything on foot.

Whether you're looking to hit the slopes, explore the charming boutiques and galleries, or savor delectable dining options, the Sonnenalp Hotel puts you right in the center of it all. This unparalleled convenience allows guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Vail Village, taking in the beauty of the surroundings and creating unforgettable memories at every turn.


Winter in Vail offers Adventure for Everyone

  • Vail Snow Days: Kicking off the winter season, Vail Snow Days is a festive celebration featuring live concerts, après ski parties, and fun-filled village events. It's a great way to embrace the winter spirit and join the community in anticipation of snowy adventures ahead.

  • Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing: Vail's pristine wilderness transforms into a winter wonderland, ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Trails weave through snowy meadows and forests, offering a peaceful and invigorating outdoor experience.

  • Ice Skating: Town centers and villages in Vail boast beautiful ice rinks where visitors can glide gracefully, or just have fun, amidst twinkling lights and wintry surroundings.

  • Snowmobiling Adventures: For those seeking a thrilling ride, snowmobiling tours offer a unique way to explore Vail's backcountry. Ride over snow-covered trails, ascend mountain peaks, and take in the expansive winter views.

  • Winter Culinary Events: Vail's culinary scene shines in winter, with special events, wine tastings, and gourmet experiences that showcase the best of local and international cuisine. It's a treat for the palate in a cozy mountain setting.

  • Sleigh Rides: Experience the magic of winter with traditional sleigh rides, pulled by horses through picturesque snowy landscapes. Wrapped in blankets, it's a romantic and nostalgic journey into a winter fairy tale.

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Of course, Vail's world-renowned ski slopes are the main draw in winter. From groomed runs for beginners to challenging back bowls for experts, the mountain offers a premier skiing and snowboarding experience.

  • Vail Film Festival: Celebrating cinema amidst the snow-capped peaks, this festival screens an array of films, documentaries, and shorts. It's a cultural feast for movie enthusiasts visiting Vail in winter.

These activities and events are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to enjoying Vail in winter. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural enrichment, visitors will find an abundance of options to make their winter stay truly memorable.

winter snow vail
Hand holdnig a fondue fork and chocolate covered bread

After you've enjoyed Sonnenalp's Ludwig's, Swiss Chalet and Bully Ranch, you can walk to any of the many favorite restaurants in Vail Village. Among our favorites are Sweet Basil, Matsuhisa Vail, La Tour Restaurant, Russell's Restaurant and Yama. Pazzo's Pizzeria, Los Amigos and Vendetta's are popular spots if you are looking for a quick, family-friendly atmosphere.

Purple, red and white flowers decorating windows

Words and photos do not do justice to the summertime beauty of Vail Village. Flower boxes and flower beds overflow with color and fragrance everywhere you turn! Vail's alpine location favors such flowers as Colorado's columbines, lupines and poppies.

Summer in Vail offers Even More Adventure!

One cannot experience all Vail has to offer in a single lifetime!

  • Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show: This lively outdoor market showcases a variety of local produce, artisanal products, and handmade crafts. Visitors can browse the stalls, sample delicious treats, and enjoy live music and entertainment.
  • Vail Jazz Festival: A summer highlight for music lovers, the Vail Jazz Festival hosts an impressive lineup of world-class jazz performances, including concerts, jam sessions, and workshops. It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich sounds of this captivating genre.
  • GoPro Mountain Games: An exhilarating blend of outdoor adventure and competition, the GoPro Mountain Games draw athletes and spectators from around the world. Spectators can witness thrilling events such as kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and much more.
  • Bravo! Vail Music Festival: This renowned classical music festival brings together esteemed orchestras and acclaimed musicians to perform captivating symphonies and chamber music. Concerts take place in stunning outdoor venues, creating a unique and immersive musical experience.
  • Hiking and Biking Trails: Vail's breathtaking natural landscape offers a plethora of scenic trails for hiking and biking enthusiasts. From leisurely strolls along the Gore Creek Path to challenging treks up iconic peaks like Booth Falls or the Mount of the Holy Cross, there's a trail for every skill level.
  • Whitewater Rafting: The nearby rivers and streams provide thrilling opportunities for whitewater rafting adventures. Rafting excursions cater to different skill levels, allowing you to enjoy the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the rapids.
  • Golfing: Vail is home to world-class golf courses with stunning mountain backdrops. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a beginner, you can tee off amidst breathtaking views and enjoy a challenging round of golf.
  • Scenic Gondola Rides: Hop on a gondola to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Vail's mountains. Take in panoramic views, spot wildlife, and capture memorable photographs as you ascend to lofty heights.
  • Epic Discovery: Vail Mountain's Epic Discovery offers an array of family-friendly activities, including zip-lining, alpine coasters, ropes courses, and bungee trampolines. It's a perfect destination for outdoor adventure and fun for all ages.
  • Art and Cultural Festivals: Throughout the summer, Vail hosts various art and cultural festivals, featuring live performances, art exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations. These events celebrate Vail's vibrant arts community and provide enriching experiences for visitors.
  • And don't forget horseback riding in Vail as well as autumn leaf peeping all around Vail and the surrounding mountains!

These are just a few examples of the diverse and exciting summer events and activities that await in Vail, ensuring an unforgettable vacation for every visitor.

Vail, USA - June 29, 2019: Vacation resort town village in Colorado with people walking shopping by shops on Gore Creek drive
Vail, USA - June 29, 2019: Vacation resort town village in Colorado with people walking shopping by shops on Gore Creek drive

Steps from Vail Village

Betty Ford Alpine Garden

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a true horticultural gem nestled in the heart of Vail. As one of the highest botanical gardens in the world, it offers a captivating experience for nature enthusiasts and garden lovers. Conveniently located just a short walk away from the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village, accessing the gardens is a breeze. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a breathtaking display of alpine flora, meticulously arranged to showcase the beauty and diversity of mountain plants. The gardens feature various themed areas, including rock gardens, alpine meadows, and serene water features. Strolling through the peaceful pathways, visitors can admire the vibrant blooms, marvel at the stunning mountain backdrop, and even learn about the delicate ecosystems that thrive in this unique alpine environment. Whether you're seeking a tranquil escape, a chance to connect with nature, or simply a leisurely walk, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens provides an enchanting experience just steps away from the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village.


The Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse is a premier destination for golf enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Situated in close proximity to the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village, it offers both convenience and accessibility. Golfers can enjoy a round on the meticulously designed Vail Golf Course, renowned for its stunning mountain views and challenging fairways. The clubhouse serves as a hub for golfers, providing amenities such as a pro shop, equipment rentals, and a welcoming restaurant and bar. Additionally, the clubhouse is a gateway to Vail's expansive Nordic trail system, which offers miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months. With the convenience of being just a short walk away from the Sonnenalp Hotel, guests can easily access the Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse and embark on their golfing or Nordic adventures with ease.

Vail Dance Festival

The Vail Dance Festival is a world-class celebration of dance that promises to captivate and inspire guests staying at the Sonnenalp Hotel. Held annually in the picturesque mountain town of Vail, this festival brings together renowned dancers, choreographers, and companies from around the globe. The festival showcases a diverse range of dance genres, from classical ballet to contemporary and modern styles. Guests can witness breathtaking performances in stunning outdoor venues, where the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains adds an extra layer of magic to the experience. In addition to spectacular performances, the Vail Dance Festival offers educational opportunities, workshops, and community events, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the artistry and creativity of dance. Whether you're a devoted dance aficionado or simply curious about exploring the beauty of movement, the Vail Dance Festival is a must-see event that promises to enchant and leave a lasting impression on guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel.


Bravo! Vail is a world-renowned music festival that promises a delightful experience for guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel. Nestled in the picturesque mountain town of Vail, this festival brings together exceptional orchestras, talented musicians, and captivating performances. The enchanting sounds of classical music fill the air as the festival showcases a wide range of symphonies, chamber music, and solo performances. The majestic beauty of Vail serves as the backdrop for these concerts, creating a unique and immersive musical experience. Guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel can indulge in the rich and expressive compositions, performed by internationally acclaimed musicians and renowned orchestras. In addition to the enchanting performances, Bravo! Vail offers educational programs, workshops, and intimate discussions, allowing guests to deepen their appreciation and understanding of classical music. Whether you're a seasoned classical music enthusiast or simply looking to be swept away by the beauty of orchestral melodies, Bravo! Vail is a cultural treasure that guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel will thoroughly enjoy.

Even More in The Vail Valley

Surrounding Area

Below is Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado.

Lionshead Bavarian-inspired village is completely closed off to cars and busses and is nestled at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola containing an ice rink, shops, restaurants and bars.

Vail Map

In West Vail, you’ll find a wide variety of shopping including grocery stores, hardware store, fast-casual restaurants plus access to hiking and biking trails. Directly on the free bus system, there is no need for a car with easy access to Vail and Lionshead Village.

cascade vail

Cascade Village is conveniently located one-quarter mile west of Lionshead Village and within close proximity to all the action and adventure that makes Vail so unique. With the perfect location on a gold-medal fly fishing waters of Gore Creek, this mountain resort Village provides the ultimate vacation experience inclusive of Chairlift 20 to Vail Mountain skiing and snowboarding, Gessner restaurant, Grand Hyatt, spa and more!

East Vail Man Snowshoeing in Scenic Mountain Environment - Outdoor adventure recreation in wilderness mountain area after fresh snow storm.

Directly on the free bus system, there is no need for a car to get to the hiking trails. East Vail is located just east of the Vail Golf Course and holds the East Vail Market and access to hiking and biking.


Booth Falls Trail in Vail

The Booth Falls Trail in Vail is a breathtaking hiking experience that nature enthusiasts won't want to miss. This scenic trail offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and invigorating exercise. From the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village, reaching the trailhead is a breeze. Just a short drive away, visitors can easily access the starting point of Booth Falls Trail. As you embark on the hike, you'll be treated to stunning views of cascading waterfalls, lush alpine meadows, and majestic mountain peaks. The trail is well-maintained, ensuring a pleasant and safe hiking experience. Whether you're an avid hiker or simply looking to enjoy a peaceful nature walk, Booth Falls Trail promises to deliver an unforgettable adventure. The trailhead is 3.5 miles from Sonnenalp.


Bighorn Park in East Vail

Nestled in East Vail, Bighorn Park is a true haven for families and nature enthusiasts alike. One of its many advantages is the convenience of reaching it via the free town of Vail bus, making it easily accessible for visitors of all ages. This expansive park offers a delightful range of amenities and attractions that cater to the interests of children, making it a favorite destination for families. From its spacious playgrounds to the lush green fields and picnic areas, Bighorn Park provides ample space for kids to run, play, and unleash their imagination. The park's tranquil setting, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas, adds to its charm, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere. Whether it's climbing on the playground equipment or enjoying a picnic under the clear blue sky, Bighorn Park offers a delightful escape for families, ensuring a memorable experience for children and adults alike. The park is only 5.8 miles from Sonnenalp.

Town of Vail Free Bus Route

The Town of Vail free bus route is a convenient and efficient transportation system that makes exploring Vail a breeze. This complimentary bus service provides easy access to various destinations within the town, ensuring that visitors can effortlessly navigate the area without the need for a car. If you are staying at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, the free bus route connects key points of interest, including shopping areas, restaurants, ski slopes, and recreational spots such as Bighorn Park and Boothfalls trail in Vail. With frequent bus arrivals and departures, passengers can hop on and off at their desired locations, making it a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around. The Town of Vail free bus route truly enhances the overall experience of visiting Vail, offering seamless and stress-free transportation for both locals and tourists alike.



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