It has been a week since I returned from my fantastic girls weekend in Vail with Emily and Victoria. I shared a little about the first part of our trip (here) - it was such a refreshing and welcomed time with old friends.
Jonny, and Emily's husband, Tom, go on an annual boy's golf trip so we decided we definitely deserved a retreat of our own. Emily and I met in college when our husbands (then boyfriends) were roommates. You can imagine the immediate bonding that takes place when you are the only two females visiting in a mice infested frat house (not kidding!). 9 years later, we live on opposite sides of the country and it never feels like a day has passed when we get together. Em introduced me to her childhood friend Victoria at her bachelorette and we hit it off and have been planning our reunion ever since.
I am often asked about my favorite places for a girls trip in Denver (check out some of my favs here, here, and here), but it is no secret that I love Vail and with the mountains so accessible I always recommend getting out of town to enjoy the scenery a bit if possible.
Upon our arrival on Friday at the Four Seasons Vail we were greeted with the most beautiful display of goodies. I am always so impressed by their attention to even the tiniest detail. My friends pointed out they even replicated my logo on a piece of chocolate, which made my day! After getting settled in, we went down to The Remedy Bar for an afternoon drink before heading out for some exploring.
Whenever friends visit for the first time I am always overly cautious about everyone staying hydrated. Altitude sickness is a real thing, guys so we were sure to drink lots of water on this trip and you should too! Next we walked around town and stopped at a few of my favorite boutiques (shared them here!). We obviously worked up an appetite so stopped in the Red Lion for a quick snack. We were bummed that we had just missed the live music (my favorite!), but the delicious nachos almost made up for it! We had a light dinner at an adorable local spot - Up The Creek (more about them here) and went to bed early to prepare for a fun filled Saturday!
Emily and I got up early to ski Saturday morning, although the snow left little to be desired, you still can't beat clear blue skies and sunshine on the mountain. Victoria has never skied and decided she was going to enjoy a relaxing morning at the hotel before meeting up with us. Since Victoria had never been on a chairlift before we wanted to make sure that she was also able to enjoy the views so we made reservations at the 10th (insider tip: if you are not skiing and purchase a chairlift ticket for $40 they will give you a $20 credit to the restaurant). It was beautiful and we were able to eat outside on the patio and soak in some sun and scenery before heading down for the afternoon.
I think we would all agree that the highlight of the weekend would definitely be the Remedy Spa. Emily and I both had the Mona Massage which reminded me of a Lomi Lomi/Hawaiian style massage and Victoria had a deep tissue! We all loved our treatments and then they gave us chocolate dipped pineapple and we saw the make your own hot cocoa bar and we thought we might actually be in heaven.
It was a busy weekend in town so I reserved a large table well in advance at Mountain Standard for the three of us and several other friends in town. It is always a fun atmosphere and food is so unique and delicious.
Sunday morning we took our time getting ready and packed up. I had heard great things about Vintage - the new brunch spot right across the street from our hotel. We walked over without a reservation and were lucky that they were able to squeeze us right in - considering, as we were leaving there was a line out the door. Honestly, they have my ideal brunch and I was sure to make reservations for Easter! It has the perfect mix of sweet and savory options.
As you know, I am a pretty indecisive person, so ordering is always a chore and with their menu, although everything looked yummy - I knew exactly what I wanted! After brunch we packed up the car and Emily could not leave town without a trip to Garfinkels and comparing the nachos to Red Lions'.... so we did (yolo? We skied it off??). It was another gorgeous day so we sat on the patio and enjoyed the sun before heading back down the mountain just in time for Big Little Lies, which was THE BEST!!
It was obviously a packed weekend with lots of fun and food and I wouldn't change one thing! I always love getting your questions and emails so please let me know if you have any questions or anything you would like me to cover!
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