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Vail Vacation Packages...A Bear Rug...Fireplace...and Deer Antlers!   by RC Rougeux

Imagine returning to your Vail vacation packages accommodations after a busy day of skiing. You walk up the steps and find yourself transported back in time to the rustic log cabin atmosphere that was so familiar at Yellowstone and other great lodges: a fire in the fireplace, comfortable armchairs, a bear rug, and deer antlers with lights intertwined hanging from the ceiling. That is the feeling that the Vail Mountain Lodge was striving for in their recent addition to their lodge.

The Vail Mountain Lodge is a premiere accommodation in North America's top ski destination...you'll be hard-pressed to find accommodations that reach this level. The lodge features 24 rooms that are beautifully and luxuriously appointed and offer a stunning view. This isn't just any hotel room... it's a hotel room with style, combining the qualities of the rustic lodge with the qualities of a luxury hotel.

In addition to the hotel itself, there is the trendy and popular Terra Bistro which serves a menu with foods inspired from Southwest, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisine. They also have a huge wine list to mix the perfect drink with your perfect meal.

If your muscles are sore from several days of skiing, the Vail Mountain Lodge also has a spa with a salon, massages, and custom packages designed for you. Or, you can get your muscles moving again at their athletic club which has an indoor climbing wall as well as state of the art equipment and classes in such things as yoga and Pilates.

Residences are available for people who want to stay longer or enjoy a little more privacy and less attention than at the hotel. With prices in the $285,000 range for a fractional ownership that can be exchanged with other clubs around the US, you'll have a high end place to stay when you're in Vail.

Vail Mountain Lodge has great views of Vail Mountain, which consists of 7 bowls divided into 3 skiing areas. The Front Side offers great skiing for the beginning skier. The Blue Sky Basin offers great slopes for the intermediate skier. The Back Bowls offer skiing for the advanced skier. You can get a shuttle to take you from the lodge to the mountain, along with your skis, and then pick you up afterward.

Be sure to take a day off of skiing at Vail and head to some of the nearby towns that dot the map on or near the I-70. Check out Antlers restaurants, Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass or Aspen Colorado, eat some Snowmass Chili, take a Snowmass Mountain photo, and head back to the Vail Mountain Lodge for an evening of dining and shopping. Since Vail is a Bavarian inspired village, it was designed to be relatively car-free and everyone walks from one quaint shop to the next.

Skiing is hot at Vail but so is the nightlife and if you're the kind of person who comes alive at night, you'll love the great nightlife in this town. Then head back to the Vail Mountain Lodge...part of your Vail vacation packages...for a few hours sleep before you hit the slopes again!

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