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Painting a full moon, a food drive, 10 years of beers and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/6/20

Cocktails and Canvas

If you’re not watching the big Clemson-Notre Dame football game on Saturday night, maybe Cocktails and Canvas is more your thing at Alpine Arts Center. Even if you don’t fancy yourself as an artist, you can still create something and you may even amaze yourself.

This week’s art project lets painters create a moonlit scene with a mountain backdrop. An Alpine Arts Center instructor will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to paint the full moon, stars, evergreen trees and a lake with a reflection on it.

Advance registration is required and you can do this from the comfort of your own home or in the studio. Visit alpineartscenter.org for options on how to register for an in-person class, which is $45 per person, or a virtual class. If you’d like to attend virtually through Zoom please select that option for $25. It excludes materials but class kits available for purchase online.

Saturday’s class starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes for about two hours. Beer and wine are available at Alpine Arts Center’s bar for $6. Soft drinks are available for purchase, too.

Congratulations to Alpine Arts Center for earning the gold medal for Best Art Gallery in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020. View the entire list of top spots here.

Bonfire Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Party

Bonfire Brewing in Eagle turns 10 years old this weekend! To celebrate, this popular brewery is hosting a weeklong celebration with retro beer styles re-released to the public along with a commemorative pint glass, brewery tours, live music and more.

Stop by on Sunday to get your hands on a limited-edition pint glass that Bonfire Brewing is deeming a “Decade of Pints.” The artwork depicts the exterior of Bonfire Brewing’s location on Second Street in Eagle and shows the number of pints sold throughout the past decade.

Bonfire Brewing will be conducting tours of its production facility on November 12. Pre-register for the tours in advance as space is limited to four to 10 people per tour due to social distancing guidelines. Tours are free and are 45 minutes long.

Congratulations to Bonfire Brewing for earning the silver medal in the “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Brewery” categories as well as bronze in the “Best Patio” category in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020.

Bonfire Brewing has decided to celebrate the occasion with a week full of events:

  • Sunday – Commemorative Glass Release, Chalkboard Art Revealed
  • Monday – Throwback Beer Release #1
  • Tuesday – Guess Your Flight Night and Throwback Beer Release #2
  • Wednesday – Specialty Slush Release #1
  • Thursday – Chambers Brew Tours and Throwback Beer Release #3 and Live Music: Lance Boyle and the Red Bottom Boys 6-9 p.m.
  • Friday – Throwback Beer Release #4, Specialty Slush Release #2 and Live Music: The Evolution from 6-9 p.m.
  • Saturday – Final Hurrah – Mug Club Auction, Prize Drawing, No. 10 Bottle Release and Live Music: Hardscrabble from 6-9 p.m.

For more information visit Bonfire Brewing’s website at bonfirebrewing.com and follow its social media accounts.

Giving with the Grooms Food Drive

In a few weeks, many families will be feasting on turkey and all the fixings during the Thanksgiving meal. But while many don’t feel the strife of food insecurity, it is a problem in the Vail Valley. To help get food into the hands of those in need, rock band The Runaway Grooms have stepped up to host a food drive.

Throughout the month of November, The Runaway Grooms is hosting “Giving with the Grooms” at various locations up and down the valley. Donate non-perishable goods or City Market gift cards at any of the drop-off sites. All donations will benefit the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Vail Valley Food Pantry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many more households needing assistance. According to the Vail Valley Salvation Army’s website, non-perishable food and hygiene items are needed. Non-perishable food items include canned soups, peanut butter, pasta and rice, canned vegetables, dried fruit, nuts and cereal. Hygiene items include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion and toilet paper.

Drop off locations:

  • Bonfire Brewing
  • Vail Brewing Company – Eagle-Vail
  • Vail Brewing Company – Vail Village
  • Riverwalk Theater
  • Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy

The Runaway Grooms is hosting this food drive until the end of November. For more information, go to therunawaygrooms.com.

Colorado Snowsports Museum

Unlike other ski towns that were mining operations first, Vail was created because of the ski area. Vail started spinning its lifts for the public in December of 1962 and the town was erected around the slopes and was incorporated in 1966. This short yet impressive history is brought to life with the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The museum also houses artifacts and much more about the history of skiing in Colorado. 

Vail’s history has a lot to do with its past. Just south of Vail is Camp Hale. At one point, up to 14,000 soldiers were stationed there training with the 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit of the U. S. Army during World War II. The Colorado Snowsports Museum has a full exhibit dedicated to the stories of the men of the 10th, complete with a movie called “Climb to Glory” that shares stories from that era, vintage footage from Camp Hale and the battles in Europe.

When the men of the 10th returned home after the war, many of them went into the fledgling outdoor ski industry as we know it today. One of the founders of Vail, Pete Seibert, was in the 10th Mountain Division.

In addition to information about the 10th Mountain Division, the Colorado Snowsports Museum houses Olympic memorabilia, the evolution of ski equipment, lost ski areas, the history of snowboarding and the Hall of Fame.

The Colorado Ski Museum’s Snowsports Hall of Fame includes an interactive touchscreen monitor display of information on the movers and shakers in the winter sports industry of Colorado. Each year, Hall of Fame candidates are nominated under the established criteria of Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer categories, with the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee evaluating and confirming the nominees to move onto the final ballot.

Join the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 60-minute Walking Tour in Vail. During the tour, the guide will relay how Vail became the town and resort it is today. The tour information dates back to when Vail was a remote area, accessed only by the Ute American Indians as a summer residence. The land around Vail was part of the Gold Rush and became home to ranchers and eventually became America’s number one ski resort. Learn the story of Vail and share it with others time and time again after you take this tour.

To join a tour, call (970) 476-1876 to make a reservation. Then, meet at the Colorado Snowsports Museum just before 11 a.m. to start the tour. Masks and proper social distancing are required on tours and in the Museum. Have a larger group? Private tours can be arranged outside of the Museum’s regular schedule. The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, view the website at snowsportsmuseum.org.

Best of Vail 2020: See the full list of winners

Arts & Activities

Art Gallery- Alpine Arts Center

Visual Artist- Pamela Olson

Musician- Andy Cyphert

Pilates- The Athletic Club at the Westin Riverfront

Yoga Studio- Yoga Off Broadway

Workout Spot- Endorphin

Fly-Fishing Outfitter- Minturn Anglers

Nordic Track- Vail Nordic Center

Romantic Date- Alpenrose

Golf Course- EagleVail

Family Entertainment- Cross Creek Disc Golf Course

Food and Drink

Asian Food- Henry’s Chinese Cafe

Baked Goods- Hovey & Harrison

Barbecue- Moe’s Original Bar B Que

Breakfast- The Little Diner

Brunch- Vintage

Burrito- Rocky Mountain Taco

Burger- Craftsman

Coffee- Yet’s Grind

Lunch Spot- Rocky Mountain Taco

Deli- Belmont Deli

Family Restaurant- Alpenrose

Steak- Elway’s

Catering Service- Rocky Mountain Taco

Fine Dining Vail Valley- Juniper

Fine Dining Beaver Creek- Splendido at the Chateau

Fine Dining Vail Mountain- Alpenrose

Healthy Food- Hovey & Harrison

Patio- Garfinkel’s

Happy Hour Vail Valley- Drunken Goat

Happy Hour Beaver Creek- Coyote Cafe

Happy Hour in Vail- Almresi

Brewery- Vail Brewing Co.

Cocktail- Almresi

Italian Restaurant- Ti Amo

Mexican Restaurant- El Segundo

Seafood- Montauk Seafood Grill

Ice Cream- Sundae

Pizza- Pickup’s Pizza

Dessert- The Rose

Sports Bar- Bob’s Place

Wine Selection- Vin48


Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store) – Boone’s Wine and Spirits

Bike Shop- Buzz’s Bike Shop

Pet Shop- Fresh Tracks

Kid’s Clothing Store- Skipper & Scout

Toy Store- Wishes the Toy Store

Jewelry Store- The Golden Bear

Home Store- Hygge Life

Wine Selection (Liquor Store)- Boone’s Wine and Spirits

Dispensary- High Country Healing

Shoe Store- Ptarmigan Sports

Women’s Clothing Store- Wild Heart

Men’s Clothing Store- Ptarmigan Sports

Locally-Made Product- Sendy Sauce

Ski Shop- Buzz’s

Snowboard Shop- Buzz’s

Outdoor Gear- Ptarmigan Sports


Hair Salon- Noni’s Hair Bar

Best Spa- Local Revival

Pharmacy- Vail Valley Pharmacy

Mechanic Shop- BWP Motorsports

Veterinary Practice- Vail Valley Animal Hospital

Taxi/Shuttle Service- Vess Limousine

Community Outreach Project- The Community Market

Teacher- Sarah Brubeck

Editor’s Picks

Biggest Winner- Buzz’s

Best Newcomer- The Assembly

Cheeseburgers in paradise

According to the National Day Calendar website, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. In honor of this American staple, we thought we’d share some delicious details on the places that serve up a fantastic cheeseburger up and down the valley.

Restaurant: Craftsman – Edwards

Name: Schmidt Mac

The Goods: Two all-beef patties, Fromage Américain (American cheese), tender belly bacon, griddled onion, shrettuce (shredded lettuce), special sauce, dill pickles on a Hovey & Harrison sesame seed bun.

Word has it that Christopher Schmidt, chef-owner of Craftsman, created this as a staff meal when he worked at Sweet Basil. Made with fresh ingredients like grass feed beef, “freedom” (American) cheese and quality bacon and secret mayo-based sauce has qualified the Schmidt Mac to win the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley gold medal for best burger last year and the bronze medal in 2018.  

Restaurant: Southside Benderz – Avon

Name: Original Benderz Burgerz

The Goods: Your choice of a single, double or triple one-third pound beef patty served on Benderz’ signature fresh-baked, house-made-every-day bun with 2,000-island dressing, lettuce, tomato and red onion with your choice of American, cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack, provolone or bleu cheese. Other add-ons include mushrooms, jalapeños, grilled onions as well as avocado, bacon and a fried egg.

Stop by Southside Benderz for what Denver’s Westword Magazine calls the best burger on I-70. What makes its burger so great? “It’s the beef! Fresh, never frozen Angus beef is what sets our burgers apart,” said Noah Bender, the namesake behind Southside Benders. “We make our buns at our Northside bakery and people love our atmosphere with the big giant bar and patio,” Bender said. The Benderz burger has earned the Vail Daily’s Best of the Valley bronze medal in 2019 and the silver medal in 2018 and 2017.

Breaking news, there will be even more space to enjoy a Benderz burger. Its sister restaurant, Pavalici’s Pizza, is closed and Benderz Burgers will open an additional location in its original spot where Northside Coffee and Kitchen sits on the north side of 1-70 in October.  

Restaurant: Bully Ranch  – Vail Village

Name: Various

The Goods: Bully Ranch gives you a choice of protein: Redbird chicken, 7X Wagyu Japanese beef, buffalo and even a non-meat option with the Impossible burger.

“We have five distinct styles of burgers that are regionalized, from our South of the Border burger with house-made spicy guacamole to our Bully Bourbon burger with smoked cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon and house-made bourbon demi-glace, cheeseburgers are the ultimate American comfort food,” said Jeffrey Geller of the Bully Ranch at the Sonnenalp Hotel Vail. 

“What I love the most is how wonderful and warming they can be. It brings you back to that place where you had your first cheeseburger,” Geller said. “Come try one along with one of our signature mudslide drinks.”

Restaurant: Vail and Beaver Creek Chophouse – Lionshead and Beaver Creek

Name: Mountain Cheeseburger

The Goods:  a one-half pound patty of the chef’s special grind, choice of eight types of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, brioche bun, fries, pickle and then pick add-ons like bacon, avocado, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms and grilled jalapenos.

“Our chef’s grind is 80% chuck beef and 20% brisket. The brisket is a bit fattier and we fold that in to give the burger that rich flavor,” said Joe Griffith, manager at Beaver Creek Chophouse. “We’ve kept this same burger on the menu for the past several years. We sell them all day and all night.”

Restaurant: Dusty Boot Roadhouse

Name: Various

The Goods: Choose from building your own burger to the classic Boot Burger with crispy fried onions, Applewood bacon, jalapeño jack cheese and house-made guacamole. The Fat Burger takes things to new heights with onion rings piled on top of bleu cheese crumbles, Applewood bacon and barbecue sauce. Need more? Add a fried egg or pork green chili to your burger.

“Everybody loves our burgers. We use Colorado raised hormone-free Angus beef,” said Alina Dabrowski, bartender at Dusty Boot. She also suggested you pair it with a Hazy IPA beer.

Restaurant: Brush Creek Saloon – Eagle

Name: Various

The Goods: With over a dozen burgers to choose from you’ll need to head down to the Brush Creek Saloon a few nights a week to taste them all. Try the Eagle Fire Truck with natural beef, bacon, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo and pico de gallo.

“The Eagle Fire Truck is our most popular burger on the menu,” said Brush Creek Saloon bartender Devon Sartori. “We use Aspen Ridge beef and it’s served with hand-cut fries, a fried jalapeno on top and it’s about six inches tall.”

Best wine selection (restaurant) – Best of Vail Valley 2019

  1. Vin48
  2. Drunken Goat
  3. Root & Flower

Entering its 13th year in business, Vin48 is the perfect place to discover a new wine over some small plates, or order that special bottle over dinner. Vino lovers especially appreciate the restaurant’s extensive wines by the glass selection — at any given time you can choose from 32 wines by the glass, ranging from reds to dessert wines.

Co-owner and wine director Greg Enyon is always on the hunt for wine gems, sometimes from lesser-known wineries and vineyards.

“We seek out producers who are like-minded with what we like to do here at the restaurant, and that often turns out to be smaller, family-owned wineries,” he said.

While Vin48 largely focuses on its consistency, excellent service and eclectic pours, look for fresh talent in the kitchen this season. The restaurant also continues to offer its popular happy hour, featuring $9 small plates and $6 glasses of wine.

-Melanie Wong

Best ski run at Beaver Creek – Best of Vail Valley 2019

  1. Rose Bowl
  2. Royal Elk Glade
  3. Harrier

Rose Bowl is a hidden gem tucked in the heart of Beaver Creek Mountain. Every type of skier or rider will find something to like here, from open fields, to dense trees, to breathtaking steeps and challenging moguls.

C Prime and Stone Creek Meadows make up Rose Bowl’s main thoroughfare. This wide intermediate run is a great spot to fly on a powder day, or to escape the crowds on a weekend. Mogul masters will not want to miss Rose Bowl’s bump runs, which include the never-ending Ripsaw and the off-camber Cataract. Advanced skiers will appreciate the thick trees that separate each of the mogul runs, as well as the solitude of Keller Glade.
From the bottom of the bowl, hop onto the four-seater Rose Bowl Express. The lift takes you right back to Beaver Creek’s mid-mountain area, and you dive right back in for another glorious run.

-Melanie Wong

Best of Vail Valley 2019: See the full list of winners

Category Winner#
Art GalleryMatt Inden Photography1
Art GalleryFormation Boutique2
Art GalleryArtspace3
Day Trip From Eagle CountyIron Mountain Hot Springs1
Day Trip From Eagle CountyLeadville2
Day Trip From Eagle CountyHanging Lake3
Late-Night SceneShakedown Bar1
Late-Night SceneBonfire Brewing2
Late-Night SceneRoot & Flower3
Local ArtistJames Van Fossan1
Local ArtistPamela Olson2
Local ArtistAustin Chow3
Local Musician/BandAndy Cyphert1
Local Musician/BandPhil Long2
Local Musician/BandAustin’s Rose3
Local Summer FestivalBonfire Block Party1
Local Summer FestivalGoPro Mountain Games2
Local Summer FestivalBravo! Vail3
Local Winter FestivalBurton US Open1
Local Winter FestivalPowabunga2
Local Winter FestivalVail Snow Daze2
Local Winter FestivalTaste Of Vail3
Music VenueGerald R Ford Amphitheater1
Music VenueBonfire Block Party2
Music VenueShakedown Bar3
PilatesLara Shapiro1
PilatesBarre Rhythm2
Place For A Romantic DateRistorante Ti Amo1
Place For A Romantic DateJuniper2
Place For A Romantic DateThe Rose3
Workout SpotAvon Recreation Center1
Workout SpotCrosstraining Fitness of Vail2
Workout SpotThe Westin Riverfront2
Yoga StudioYoga Off Broadway LLC1
Yoga StudioRevolution Power Yoga2
Yoga StudioMountain Soul Yoga3
Adventure OutfitterVail Valley Anglers1
Adventure OutfitterMinturn Anglers2
Adventure OutfitterAlpine Quest Sports3
Backcountry Ski RunMinturn mile1
Backcountry Ski RunWest Vail Trees2
Backcountry Ski RunStone creek chutes3
Bike TrailBoneyard1
Bike TrailHaymaker Loop2
Bike TrailEvercrisp3
ChairliftGondola One – Base1
ChairliftLionshead Gondola3
Cycling RouteGlenwood Canyon1
Cycling RouteWolcott to Eagle2
Cycling RouteColorado River Road3
Fly-Fishing OutfitterVail Valley Anglers1
Fly-Fishing OutfitterMinturn Anglers2
Fly-Fishing OutfitterFly Fishing Outfitters3
Fly-Fishing SpotEagle River1
Fly-Fishing SpotVail Valley Anglers2
Fly-Fishing SpotPiney River Ranch3
Fly-Fishing SpotUpper Colorado River3
Golf CourseEagleVail Golf Club1
Golf CourseRed Sky Ranch2
Golf CourseVail Golf Club3
HikePiney River Ranch1
HikeBerry picker2
HikeMissouri Lakes Trailhead3
Nordic TrackVail Nordic Center1
Nordic TrackMaloit Park2
Nordic TrackBeaver Creek Nordic Area3
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Rose bowl1
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Royal Elk Glade2
Ski Run (Beaver Creek)Harrier3
Ski Run (Vail)Riva Ridge1
Ski Run (Vail)Geghis Khan2
Ski Run (Vail)Cloud 93
Snowshoe TrailMeadow Mountain1
Snowshoe TrailMcCoy Park2
Snowshoe TrailStrawberry Park3
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotNottingham Lake1
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotColorado River2
Stand-Up Paddleboarding SpotRancho Del Rio3
ViewTop of Vail Mountain1
ViewGore Range2
ViewEagle’s Nest3
Asian FoodMatsuhisa1
Asian FoodHenry’s Chinese Restaurant2
Asian FoodJoy Sushi3
AtmosphereVBC/Rocky Mountain Taco1
AtmosphereAlmresi Vail2
AtmosphereBonfire Brewing3
Baked GoodsHovey & Harrison1
Baked GoodsVillage Bagel2
Baked GoodsAvon Bakery & Deli3
BarbecueMoe’s Original BBQ1
BarbecueKirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar2
BarbecueRed Lion3
BreakfastThe Little Diner1
BreakfastWestside Cafe & Market2
BreakfastVillage Bagel3
BrunchRocky Mountain Taco2
BrunchWestside Cafe & Market3
BurgerSouthside Benderz3
BurritoRocky Mountain Taco1
BurritoLa Cantina2
BurritoFiesta’s Cafe & Cantina3
CatererRocky Mountain Taco1
CatererSeason to Taste2
CatererRed Maple Catering3
CocktailThe Rose1
CocktailRoot & Flower2
CocktailMountain Standard3
CoffeeYeti’s Grind1
CoffeeColor Coffee Roasters2
CoffeeVail Mountain Coffee3
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Vail Brewing Company1
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Bonfire Brewing2
Craft Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Craftsman3
DeliBelmont Deli1
DeliAvon Bakery & Deli2
DeliRed Canyon Cafe3
Event/Festival FoodRocky Mountain Taco1
Event/Festival FoodBonfire Block Party2
Event/Festival FoodVail Farmers’ Market3
Family RestaurantSauce on the Creek1
Family RestaurantPazzo’s Pizzeria2
Family RestaurantEtown3
Fast FoodRocky Mountain Taco1
Fast FoodLarkburger Edwards2
Fast FoodLa Cantina3
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Juniper1
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Vin482
Fine Dining (Avon/Eagle/EagleVail/Edwards/Gypsum/Minturn)Zino3
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Splendido At The Chateau1
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Beano’s Cabin2
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Grouse Mountain Grill3
Fine Dining (Beaver Creek)Hooked Beaver Creek3
Fine Dining (Vail)Sweet Basil1
Fine Dining (Vail)Mountain Standard2
Fine Dining (Vail)La Nonna Ristorante Vail3
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Vail Brewing Company1
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Vin482
Happy Hour (Avon/Eagle-Vail)Sauce on the Creek3
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Coyote Cafe1
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Dusty Boot Saloon2
Happy Hour (Beaver Creek)Hooked3
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)Bonfire Brewing1
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)7 Hermits Brewing2
Happy Hour (Eagle/Gypsum)Color Coffee Roasters3
Happy Hour (Edwards)Etown1
Happy Hour (Edwards)Drunken Goat2
Happy Hour (Edwards)The Rose3
Happy Hour (Vail)Vail Brewing Company1
Happy Hour (Vail)The George2
Happy Hour (Vail)Red Lion3
Healthy FoodHovey & Harrison1
Healthy FoodColor Coffee Roasters2
Healthy FoodGreen Elephant Juicery Avon2
Ice CreamSundae- Vail and Edwards1
Ice CreamGrand Ave Grill2
Ice CreamKiwi International Delight3
ItalianRistorante Ti Amo1
ItalianLa Nonna Ristorante Vail2
Local BreweryVail Brewing Company1
Local BreweryBonfire Brewing2
Local BreweryGore Range Brewery3
MargaritaMountain Standard3
MexicanRocky Mountain Taco1
MexicanFiesta’s Cafe & Cantina2
MexicanLa Cantina3
PatioVBC/Rocky Mountain Taco1
PatioDrunken Goat2
PatioBonfire Brewing2
PizzaPazzo’s 1
PizzaVendetta’s Restaurant2
PizzaPickup’s Pizza Company3
SaladThe Rose1
SaladDrunken Goat3
SeafoodMontauk Seafood Grill1
SeafoodHooked Beaver Creek2
Side DishesMoe’s Original BBQ1
Side DishesSendy Sauce2
Side DishesZino3
Signature DessertSweet Basil1
Signature DessertJuniper2
Signature DessertThe Rose3
Sports BarBobs Place1
Sports BarEtown2
Sports BarVail Ale House3
SteakRussell’s Restaurant1
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Rocky Mountain Taco1
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Village Bagel2
Takeout (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)Avon Bakery & Deli3
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Vin481
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Drunken Goat2
Wine Selection (Restaurant/Bar)Root & Flower3
Worker’s LunchRocky Mountain Taco1
Worker’s LunchBelmont Deli2
Worker’s LunchVillage Bagel3
Bike ShopBuzz’s Bike Shop1
Bike ShopKind Bikes and Skis2
Bike ShopMoontime Cyclery3
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)Boone’s Wine and Spirits1
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)West Vail Liquor Mart2
Craft Beer Selection (Liquor Store)Avon Liquor3
Dispensary Product SelectionHigh Country Healing1
Dispensary Product SelectionRocky Road Remedies2
Dispensary Product SelectionSweet Leaf Pioneer3
Home StoreHygge Life1
Home StoreVintage Magnolia2
Home Store714 Home3
Jewelry StoreThe Golden Bear1
Jewelry StoreFormation Boutique2
Jewelry StoreWild Heart3
Kids’ Clothing StoreKidSport / Vail Toys1
Kids’ Clothing StoreSkipper & Scout2
Kids’ Clothing StoreWishes Toy Store3
Men’s Clothing StorePtarmigan Sports1
Men’s Clothing StoreTransition Sports2
Men’s Clothing StoreBuzz’s Boards3
Outdoor Gear StorePtarmigan Sports1
Outdoor Gear StoreTransition Sports2
Outdoor Gear StoreAlpine Quest Sports3
Pet ShopFresh Tracks Pet Shop1
Pet ShopPet Spot2
Pet ShopKady’s Kollars3
Shoe StorePtarmigan Sports1
Shoe StoreTransition Sports2
Shoe StoreColorado Footwear3
Ski ShopBuzz’s Ski Shop1
Ski ShopVista Bahn Ski Rentals2
Ski ShopChristy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals3
Snowboard ShopBuzz’s Boards1
Snowboard ShopTransition Sports2
Snowboard ShopChristy Sports Ski & Patio3
Tire StoreMeadow Mountain 1
Tire StoreBig O Tires2
Tire StoreCostco Wholesale3
Toy StoreWishes Toy Store1
Toy StoreKidSport / Vail Toys2
Toy StoreBookworm of Edwards3
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)Avon Liquor1
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)Boone’s Wine and Spirits2
Wine Selection (Liquor Store)West Vail Liquor Mart3
Women’s Clothing StoreWild Heart1
Women’s Clothing StoreFormation Boutique2
Women’s Clothing StoreValleygirl Boutique3
Bartending StaffVail Brewing Company1
Bartending StaffBonfire2
Bartending StaffVin483
BudtendersHigh Country Healing1
BudtendersRocky road remedies vail2
BudtendersSweet leaf Pioneer3
Hair SalonNoni’s Hair Bar1
Hair SalonFusion Hair Studio2
Hair SalonShear Colour Hair Studio3
Hotel StaffWestin Riverfront1
Hotel StaffFour Seasons2
Hotel StaffSonnenalp3
Insurance AgencyCathy Thompson1
Insurance AgencyState Farm2
Insurance AgencyAlpine Insurance Agency3
Mechanic ShopLeadfoot Linda’s 1
Mechanic ShopRich’s Auto Body2
Mechanic ShopKiwi Auto3
Offseason DealJuniper1
Offseason DealNozawa1
Offseason DealBuzz’s Boards3
Pet-Friendly BusinessBonfire Brewing1
Pet-Friendly BusinessDoggie Style Pet Grooming2
Pet-Friendly BusinessAuntie Lizzie’s Pet Sitting3
PharmacyVail Valley Pharmacy1
PharmacyCity Market2
SpaSpa Anjali Westin Riverfront1
SpaSimply Massage2
SpaRevival Med Spa3
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceRide Taxi1
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceEpic Mountain Express2
Taxi/Shuttle ServiceUber3
Veterinary PracticeCastle Peak1
Veterinary PracticeVail Valley Animal Hospital2
Veterinary PracticeAvon Pet Center3
Wait StaffDrunken Goat1
Wait StaffEtown2
Wait StaffVin483

Best Patio — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Vail Brewing Co. / Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Drunken Goat

3. Bonfire Brewing

There are few things better than ending a busy day with a cold beer and a fresh taco. At the patio outdoor seating between Vail Brewing Co. and Rocky Mountain Taco in EagleVail, you get both at the same time. Chances are if you stop by the patio in the evening you’ll see coworkers and friends hanging out over Hot Mess Blondes and White Chick tacos, either fresh off a mountain hike or straight out of the office for post-work Happy Hour. As the sun sets, the patio is coated in golden sunlight, a great setting for enjoying loved ones’ company or just flying solo.

-Casey Russell

Best Happy Hour in Eagle/Gypsum — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Bonfire Brewing

2. 7 Hermits Brewing Company

3. Color Coffee Roasters

You can’t really call it a happy hour at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle. The business is basically happy most of the day.

“I think that one of the things that people like so much is we have happy hour every day from opening until 7 p.m.,” said Amanda Jessen, one of the business founders. “When people ask if it is happy hour, I ask if they are happy and tell them ‘Then it is happy hour.’”

When Bonfire first launched, it started daily business at 4 p.m. But the tap room has since extended its hours and the happiness begins at noon daily with $1 off pints.

But the beer special is just one of the reasons locals love happy hour at Bonfire. They also cited the tap room’s great atmosphere and patio where the business’ motto — Gather ‘round — is the theme.

“We have a bonfire outside so people really can gather ‘round,” Jessen said. “Sharing a pint with good friends on a nice day. There is just nothing better than that.”

-Katie Coakley

Best Mexican Food — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Fiesta’s Cafe & Cantina

3. La Cantina

With the witty self-proclaimed “world’s most best taco” plastered on the side of the Rocky Mountain Taco Truck, the traditional menu also features burritos, quesadillas and tortas.

Owners Chris McGinnis and Dan Purtell combine their Southern California upbringing — “basically the Mexican food we grew up on,” Purtell said — with José and Noemi Reza’s flavors from Chihuaha, Mexico.

The Alambre features grilled steak, crispy bacon, chorizo, peppers, onions and avocado spread topped with cheese, a popular combination in Mexico, Purtell said. Other options include pork, chicken and a meat-less choice.

Choose your item, then choose your filling and sit back and enjoy some of the Vail Valley’s favorite Mexican food — or take it to go.

-Ross Leonhart

Best Happy Hour in Beaver Creek — Best of Vail Valley 2019

1. Coyote Café

2. Dusty Boot Saloon

3. Hooked

Opened in 1983 as the first bar in Beaver Creek, Coyote Café has been a favorite of the locals for over 35 years.

Located a short escalator ride from Centennial Express lift with a welcoming patio, Coyote Café serves happy hour every day from 3 to 6 p.m. and will be expanding its happy hour menu this winter. Taqueria platters, margaritas, nachos, sliders, beer, wine and wells — happy hour at the ’Yote has something for everyone.

“We’re just trying to always stay ahead of the trends and make sure the guests from out of town feel like the locals have for the last 30 years,” said Joel Mize, general manager.

Happy hour at Coyote Café is as much about the culture as it is the food and beverages, a favorite spot for Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and other skiers and snowboarders swapping stories after a day on the mountain.

-Ross Leonhart