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Traffic in Minturn may be unfortunate, but new Traffic Tokens aim to alleviate headaches

Even though Minturn’s main street under construction this summer, the town’s main street businesses want locals, commuters and guests alike to get “paid back” for any time they may spend waiting in traffic on the road.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on freshly paved roads, adding sidewalks and eliminating potholes, which will be great come October when work is complete and driving is smooth and delay-free. But until then, drivers passing on Highway 24 should expect delays in both directions.

To help with any ensuing headaches from Minturn’s summer traffic problem, town businesses are offering guests rewards with “Traffic Tokens.” Guests can collect the coins at participating businesses and redeem them for food, drinks and discounts at restaurants around town.

Tokens can be collected at the Town Hall offices at 302 Pine St., as well as at participating restaurants, Minturn retailers, and at Minturn special events such as the Saturday Market – which runs each Saturday through Sept. 7 – and the Thursday-night Summer Concert Series, starting July 11.  Tokens can then be spent around town at local restaurants, as well as at local businesses.

Offerings and participating business, will be updated throughout the summer, giving locals and returning guests new reasons to #Makeit2Minturn. Updates, reminders, and reward details will be shared via the Town of Minturn’s social media channels, with the handle @GoMinturn.

Extreme Couponing

Here’s a list of deals presenting Traffic Tokens will get at local Minturn businesses:

The Minturn Saloon

Presenting the coin gets guests an appetizer and a 1/2 liter of house margaritas free with the order of 2 entrees.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea

The coffeeshop is offering two for one beverages when guests present the tokens.

Thai Kitchen

The restaurant is offering a range of rewards including $3 beers, $5 wine and sake, as well as a free order of spring rolls or pork dumplings with checks totaling $50 or more.

Kirby Cosmo’s

The BBQ bar will give anyone with a token a locals discount on anything across the menu.   

BC Backcountry Wings

Minturn’s wing joint will honor its happy hour prices for a 10pc one-flavor bone-in wing basket and a draft beer any time when presented with a Traffic Token.


With an order of a large specialty pizza, token holders will get a free appetizer.

Monkshood Cellars 

Available only during the Saturday Minturn Markets, the wine and cider maker will have a buy 3, get 1 free offer on their products.

Anahata Yoga

Minturn’s newest yoga studio is offering guests and locals a special experience in exchange for the Traffic Token. To any new client with a coin, Anahata is offering an $80 introductory 5 punch pass when they sign up in June. With the punch pass, wellness enthusiasts enjoy $16 classes, a reduction from the standard $20 drop-in fee. Additionally, Anahata is offering, to all students (new and old), 10% off private yoga sessions in exchange for a token.


Located inside Anahata, the physical therapy studio is offering two sessions for $120. The sessions include a physical therapy evaluation and a follow-up visit that focuses on manual therapy, dry needling, and/or neuromuscular training.

Revival Photographic

Tintype photographer Kevin Banker will be offering 20% off portrait sessions to token holders.

The first annual Rocky Mountain Burger Battle will serve the best beefy creations in the valley

The inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, set for Thursday, June 20, will feature the valley’s best burgers. The event is a kickoff event for the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend – because after all, the second-best pairing to pizza and beer is burgers and beers.

“We’re hoping that this first year gets a lot of exposure and we can show what the event’s about,” said Ryan Slater. “We’d love to see it grow and have everybody be into it so much that we can make it a standalone weekend event.”

Slater, who coordinated the event with Team Player Productions, has been organizing the Denver Burger Battle for 10 years, and thought it would be a great idea to expand the festival into the Rockies after last year’s Vail Craft Beer Classic. He envisioned it as a sister festival to Denver’s burger battle, and has been planning it since.

The Burger Battle will serve as a Thursday night kickoff event to the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend.
Steve Peterson | Special to the Daily

He asked around in Vail which restaurants would be the best competitors, and after reaching out to those establishments and gaining traction for the event, he started receiving applications from other places as well. He encouraged contenders to make creations that festival-goers could also order in the restaurant, but the menu will feature new concoctions and current favorites.

Vail Brewing Co. and Bonfire Brewing Co. will be serving a new collab beer – a hazy pale ale – as well as pouring their own suds. VBC is also hosting an after-party, and burger battle wristbands get wearers $1-off beers.

“We’re happy that the first year – trying to convince people is a little tough – but we’re happy with the lineup. We got a good array of what eagle county has to offer,” Slater said.

Slater said a couple hundred people have already purchased tickets to try the valley’s best burgers. Tickets are still available for online purchase, and can also be bought at the door day-of. For entry into the event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m., patrons pay $45 plus fees. There are also several packages available, but those close online on Thursday.

The Double Double package grants admission to the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle and the Denver Burger Battle on Aug. 1 for $125. The VIP Double Deluxe package grants the same as the Double Double, but with VIP entry in Denver. There’s also a Vail Craft Beer Classic package. For $170, the Beer & Burger Weekender Package holders get entry into the burger battle, and two Craft Beer Classic events: Sip at the Summit and VIP Toast of Vail.

Some competitors are serving their version of a classic burger, and others are going with less traditional flavors.
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Here’s a list of the competitors, and what they’ll be serving, per the Rocky Mountain Burger Battle website:

Backcountry Wings | Minturn
The Backcountry Burger

The Backcountry Burger consists of hand-pressed locally sourced certified Black Angus Colorado beef topped with bacon-onion jam, distinctive Tillamook white cheddar cheese and Back Country’s own sauce. With a finishing touch of sliced pickles and served on a buttery brioche bun, this burger is an experience not to be missed.

White Bison | Vail
White Bison Burger

Hailing from the heart Vail Village, the hearty bison burger from White Bison is topped with delicious caramelized onion, cheddar, and house pickles. All of this comes together with smoked tomato aioli on an English muffin. 

Illegal Burger | Multiple locations, flagship in Denver
Off the Record

The Off the Record burger is served with a legitimate all-natural Never Ever Beef patty, pepper jack cheese, lettuce and tomato topped with Daikon sprouts and our creamy delicious avocado jalapeño aioli all served on a butter toasted brioche bun.

Craftsman | Edwards
Schmidt Mac

The Schmidt Mac is made up of grass-fed Colorado beef from Colorado Meat Co., garnished with Nueske’s bacon, American cheese and shrettuce – short for shredded lettuce. It’s topped off with special sauce, thyme onions, and spicy dill pickles, all on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Hotel Talisa restaurant | Vail
Talisa Grass Fed Beef Burger

The Talisa Grass Fed Beef Burger prides itself on being 100% local grass fed beef raised Eagle, Colorado. Topped with shallot marmalade, onions, pickle chips, sharp cheddar, and lemon aioli, this juicy burger is sure to make your mouth water.

Bully Ranch, Sonnenalp Hotel | Vail
South of the Border Burger

The Bully Ranch South of the Border Burger takes beefy goodness to the next level with seven times the beef, smoked gouda cheese and tasty smoked bacon. Topped with traditional lettuce, onions and tomatoes, it gets a modern twist with addedhomemade guacamole, pickled onions and a little kick of pickled jalapeño.

Bol | Vail
Eaton Ranch Bol Burger

The Eaton Ranch Bol Burger is created with an Eaton Ranch – located in Edwards – beef patty and Haystack Mountain – located in Fort Collins – goat Monterey Jack cheese. It’s topped with poached egg, crispy shoestring potatoes, arugula and served on a house-made English muffin. Tender belly bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, L.T.O. and mayo on a brioche bun.

Sunrise Minturn offers CBD-infused latte, additional products

A latte sits on a counter next to a small bottle of oil

Sunrise Minturn is now offering a coconut latte that includes CBD, a healing compound coming from the marijuana plant.

With all of the hype surrounding THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the benefits of consuming CBD (cannabidiol) can occasionally get lost in the mix — especially when that mix is coffee and other food and drink products.

Sunrise Minturn, however, has not lost sight of the product. In fact, the cafe in Minturn is bringing it to the forefront in its new CBD lattes.

According to studies, CBD is known for having several health benefits including pain and inflammation, and anxiety management, according to healthline.com. While it also comes from the marijuana plant, CBD doesn’t contain THC, the material that gives users a “high.” Douglas McAvity, owner and operator of Sunrise Minturn, noted that he hasn’t taken painkillers since he began consuming CBD.

“There’s some confusion around it,” McAvity said. “People ask ‘what is it going to do to me?’ and ‘will it make me feel weird?’ But it doesn’t make you feel anything.”

It won’t make you taste anything either — the concoction that McAvity and his team put into the lattes is completely flavorless.

The concoction is made of two simple ingredients. The first is CBD isolate, a concentrated powder. The second ingredient is MCT oil, an energy booster that can be purchased at a grocery store.

“I had to do a bit of research,” McAvity said. “I had to look into the ratio … it’s all on YouTube.”

Included in the latte is also coconut flavoring.

A man squeezes a few drops of a clear liquid into a latte

Only a few drops of CBD oil make it into the latte, but even a small amount has several health benefits.

“It’s just what I came up with,” joked McAvity about adding coconut.

The idea came about after McAvity and his wife noticed other coffee shops and restaurants around the country cashing in on the trend. They chatted with a friend that makes CBD balm, and soon after CBD lattes were on their menu beginning in late December of 2018.

Although the coconut latte is the official product, a $2 upcharge will allow customers to add CBD to other products as well.

“I’ll add it to a Sunrise smoothie,” McAvity said. “Sometimes people come in and say ‘can I get that CBD thing?'”

Although the latte is a new and popular menu item, fear not — everything that Sunrise Minturn is doing is completely legal, and they’re still serving classics like their sticky buns and breakfast burritos.

A CBD coconut latte can be picked up at Sunrise Minturn for $6.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Nate Day can be reached at nday@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2932.

Turntable Restaurant is big on flavor and Minturn history

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from EAT Magazine, featuring the best restaurants in the Vail Valley. EAT is available on magazine racks and in hotel lobbies for free.

Building upon the historic railroad roots — literally, as its building is built upon the namesake piece of railroad infrastructure — and its mountain-town vibe, the Turntable Restaurant brings in locals and guests alike for hearty breakfasts and lunches, five days a week. It’s a place to relax with friends and neighbors and enjoy the town of Minturn and its small-town charm.

The town, with a main street of funky shops and brightly painted buildings, is a mere 10 minutes’ drive off the interstate, and provides a welcome respite for visitors and locals looking for a break from the ski resort’s hustle and bustle.

The Turntable has been an iconic fixture in Minturn for decades, and, under the ownership of Westside Cafe ownership trio Mark Dennis, Ryan Thompson and Steve Solomon since 2017, has seen a revival. New flooring, crafted using barn wood out of Leadville, a new bar space, and updated booths and furniture have opened the space, merging it into a more modern, diner-style atmosphere.

Retaining old favorites, including the restaurant’s name, the Boo’s Burrito and the scale model freight train running the dining room ceiling’s perimeter, the owners’ aim is to keep the tradition of the space as a community gathering place.

Plans are in the works to host workshops and events when the breakfast-and-lunch restaurant isn’t in service.

Similar to its sister restaurant, Westside Cafe in West Vail, the Turntable Restaurant serves up classic American comfort food. The menus feature some crossover items — don’t miss the Cap-N-Crunch French Toast — but the Turntable has a bit more South-of-the-Border flair.

The award-winning spicy pork green chili can be found topping the Boo’s Burrito, breakfast nachos and huevos rancheros, and is a favorite of locals. There are pastries, skillets, omelets and lighter fare options on the breakfast menu as well.

With a full range of lunch items, from burgers and bahn mi to bison meatloaf and Southwestern cobb salads, there is something for everyone.

Favorites include the veggie flatbread, composed of butternut squash with mushrooms, thyme cream sauce, arugula and caramelized onions and the chicken pasta borracho, which is made with penne, grilled chicken, shrimp, bacon, spinach, cherry tomatoes, roasted corn and shallots in tequila cream sauce with cilantro.

Open Thursday through Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Turntable is an all-ages welcome place to sit back, relax and feel at home. The breakfasts especially won’t break the bank, and the portion sizes are generous, with vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options available. Whether you’ve been a loyal customer for years or you’re a first-time guest, a visit to the Turntable Restaurant in Minturn is sure to feel like coming home.