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.
Steps from Vail Village
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, whose mission is to be the leader in North American Alpine conservation, was founded in 1985. At 8,200 feet altitude in the Rocky Mountains, it’s the world’s highest botanical garden and attracts some 100,000 visitors annually.
The Vail Golf and Nordic Clubhouse, a public club that’s a five-minute drive from Vail Village, offers golf in the summer, and classic and skate skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Vail Village hosts numerous high-profile events, including the two-week-long Vail Dance Festival that features international stars every summer held at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
Bravo! Vail is a seven-week-long classical music festival featuring philharmonic orchestras that runs from June to August held at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
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.
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.
The Sonnenalp features luxury suites and delightful hotel rooms. All rooms have a view of either Gore Creek or Vail Village. Every view is Instagram worthy! Each suite has a bedroom and a well-appointed living area accented by custom-made Bavarian furniture and a gas-log fireplace. Feel free to relax, curl up with a good book or challenge your brother to a game of chess by the fireplace in the Sonnenalp library. Sonnenalp's King's Club is another welcoming space offering comfy sofas where you can relax after a day of adventure.
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.
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 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!
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.
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