Vail is linked by three lively base areas filled with endless shops, restaurants and après hot spots.
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When you set foot in Vail Village, something magical happens. You hear the babble of the creek and feel that fresh mountain air in your lungs. As you stroll on the heated cobblestone streets, you realize something: you’re home.

Here, you can disconnect from your everyday life and reconnect with your friends and family. You feel at one with the beautiful nature surrounding you and want to drink in the mountain’s majesty. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking, fly fishing, and hiking, or you prefer world-class events and shopping, the Vail has something for everyone.

It’s truly Like Nothing on Earth™.

About The Town of Vail

Connected by pedestrian-friendly heated streets, Vail Village is the perfect place for families to stroll after a summer mountain adventure or even for groups to bar hop at night. The country's largest free transportation system runs frequently, making it easy to access almost anywhere in the Vail area without the hassle of driving.

About the Villages, Vail Resort, Colorado
If you've ever seen a picture of Vail, you've likely caught a glimpse of the iconic pedestrian village. Many of its buildings were originally built by Vail's founders in the early 60s with a nod to classic European alpine architecture.

Vail Village retains a peaceful, small-town ambiance even with its world-class restaurants, shopping, cafes and late night hot spots. The heated streets make for an easy walk up Bridge Street to Gondola One.

The dining scene is amazingly diverse and one of Vail's main attractions, with Restaurant Kelly Liken, Matsuhisa Vail, Elway's, Larkspur, Sweet Basil and many more.

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Vail Village is also home to some of the most famous boutique and luxury hotels, including The Lodge at Vail (Vail's original hotel), Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer (better known as Pepi's), The Sonnenalp,The Sebastian, Four Seasons Resort, Austria Haus and Tivoli Lodge.

While the hotels here are close to lifts, many offer ski valet and shuttles to make your journey to the slopes that much easier.

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During Your Stay, Vail,Colorado

The beautiful and friendly Lionshead village is completely closed off to cars and buses, offering a short walk to the Eagle Bahn gondola, Chair 8 (Born Free Express), Lionshead Children's Ski School, the Arrabelle Square outdoor ice rink (with skate rental), and numerous shops and restaurants.

Originally built in the late 60s, Lionshead was recently renovated in Austrian-inspired style. Long-time favorite restaurants Bart & Yeti’s and Garfinkel’s (Garf's to locals) anchor the diverse culinary scene.

The Vail Chop House and Tavern at Vail Square offer more upscale dining options as well as a great place for slope-side cocktails.

There is a mix of shopping, from luxury goods to much-loved outdoor lifestyle brands like Burton, Patagonia, Salomon and The North Face.

Also, the walk between Lionshead and Vail Village only takes 10-15 minutes, or there is a complimentary In-Town bus that runs regularly, all day long and well into the evening.

Lionshead lodging features hotels such as the Arrabelle at Vail Square, Antlers at Vail, the Ritz-Carlton, the Lodge at Lionshead, the Vail Marriott, and many other hotels and condos.

One-quarter mile west of Lionshead is The Grand Hyatt Vail, an expansive property featuring the largest gym in Vail as well as its own chairlift (date of lift opening is dependent on snowfall).

The Grand Hyatt offers a free shuttle into town if you feel like starting your ski day in Lionshead, Vail Village or Golden Peak. It is also available for a ride home after a night on the town.

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About the Villages, Vail, Colorado

Just a 5-minute walk east of Vail Village, Golden Peak is a peaceful and convenient location.

The base is home to the Riva Bahn Express Lift (Chair 6) just below Northwoods (Chair 11—a favorite area for skiers and riders alike), the Golden Peak Ski School, Vail's Child Care and Nursery facilities, and is the main access point to Vail's Golden Peak Terrain Park.

From Golden Peak's base, you can watch ski racers speeding through gates or even snag a front row seat to events like the Burton U.S. Open. 

There are fewer properties in Golden Peak than in Vail Village, but great options nonetheless such as Manor Vail Lodge (directly across the street from the Golden Peak base area) and The Wren (which offers complimentary skier shuttle service).

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