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After a day of teaching Learn to Skate classes at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail, I decided that a cocktail preferably a martini really couldn’t hurt.Not that I don’t like having 8-year-old boys ask me to do suicide sprints with them for “fun,” but sometimes a girl needs a little adult company.So, a couple of hours later I marched up multiple grand staircases at the Park Hyatt and into their Whiskey Elk Bar. The Whiskey is one of my favorite settings and I was happy to find an open bar stool.A fan of their dim lighting and brick walls, I often spend hours there, pouring over the drink selection and marveling at all the different kinds of Scotch they offer (they have the largest selection in the valley). But, tonight, I was also happy to find a recently updated martini selection, (thank God). So, with the help of bartender James Woods, I opted for the Caramel Appletini. Next time, though, I’ll have to try the Rainbow Sherbet martini, the Dreamsicle martini, or one of my favorites from my East Coast days the Dark n’ Stormy.Drink in hand, I tried not to spill as I made my way over to the piano bar, where Taylor Kundolf was playing a variety of requests.I paused en route, however, at the massive fireplace, which sits in the middle of the room, allowing enjoyment on all four sides. I chatted there with some folks from Florida’s “Gator Ski Club,” who were warming up (and not just from the fire).After a song or two, I introduced myself to Taylor (great name!) and snapped his photo. Taylor really outdid himself when he played “Emily,” securing my attention for the evening and even getting to see my face turn a bit red.We’ll see if I can recover from all the attention in time to get out again next week! VTFor more on the valley’s lively nightlife write Emily Taylor at intern@vailtrail.com.


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