5 Reasons to Consider Vail Village as Your Next Mountain Destination for Incentive Travel
1. The Journey Is Just as Breathtaking as the Destination
An adventurous and exhilarating 90-minute drive from Denver and the Front Range, the heartbeat of this destination lies between East and West Village in the epicenter of Vail— Vail Village, and Lionshead Village. For a technology tip: Check out live camera views along the entire route on your smartphone. You’re always at ease knowing what the transfer out and back has in store for you.
2. 5-Star Accommodations
Four Seasons, Sonnenalp, and The Sebastian (my personal favorite boutique mountain resort) sit caddy corner to each other in Vail Village, and they play well together for groups touting a combined 300 rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space for larger groups—they call it “co-opetition.” I love it! We should all cooperate and compete where it makes sense.
I stayed at The Sebastian (Dallas News puts it atop their recent list), and we did a welcome reception directly across the village cobblestone streets at Sonnenalp—a unique Bavarian hotel with an Oktoberfest-themed event with an Oxygen bar to help attendees get acclimated to the altitude. At ~8,000 ft above sea level, there isn’t much threat of altitude sickness here, but it was a fun and trendy concept with high engagement!
The final night’s gala was at the Four Seasons at the other corner of the village—all resorts are within a minute’s walk from each other and feel like a resort destination with space in adjacent buildings.
3. Year-round Activities
Winter provides the expected skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and walks (or hikes) along the valley’s various creeks. Spring and Summer offer many traditional resort options like golf, spa, fishing, hiking and biking along their amazing trails. No matter what time of year you decide to go, there is always something exciting waiting for you to experience.
4. Food, Wine, & Craft Beer that’s over the moon!
We participated in the annual Taste of Vail Food & Wine Festival where the many chefs of the Village face off for all the locals and guests. Lamb is extraordinary! Vail Brewing Co. (and several others) have taprooms in the Village. The Boston craft beer kid in me loved the Smaht Juice IPA!
5. Direct Travel to Eagle County Airport
You can cut your time in the car by half with a non-stop flight directly to the Eagle County Airport, conveniently located only 40 minutes from Vail near Gypsum. Be careful, though! This option is only applicable in the Winter season for most of the US, but if you happen to have a group based solely in LA or DFW, you can take advantage of this non-stop flight path in the Summer as well. Being modeled after European ski towns, Vail is partially pedestrianized and offers the largest free shuttle bus system in the United States. Take advantage of it by skipping the car rental and grabbing a chartered bus or Towncar into the Village.