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Editor’s note: What would this valley be without all the cozy, fireside lounges which give us repast from the hectic, everyday world? When the day is done, we like to get out and share a toast with some of our friends, and listen to the quality music that fills the evening with Vail magic. As a celebration of the valley’s finer side, we’ve given our own Emily Taylor the dulcet duty of keeping tabs on our valley’s elegant lifestyle. If you see her, say “hello” and share a toast with us as we salute mountain living.– TBThe other night I was warming up with a cup of the famous hot chocolate at the King’s Club (made with real melted Belgian chocolate and cream), and it occurred to me: Vail may be small, but we truly have some of the world’s finest restaurants, lounges and bars in this delightful valley of ours.Sure, we may not be able to compete with the chic hot spots of Manhattan, but if you think about it for a minute, we may not be as far off as you think.If they decided to bury I-70, then that could become our own little “Central Park.” If I-70 is Central Park, then East Vail could be considered the “Upper East Side” with maybe a splash of “East Harlem.”Am I right?Golden Peak can fairly be considered the beginning of “Midtown,” with Vail Village comprising most of it, and Lionshead and Cascade finishing it off. The Post Office, Safeway and McDonald’s could be our West Village, SoHo and Tribeca. They just wish that their Central Park ran all the way through the city like ours would!Even though I may not be toasting away my time, (cosmopolitan in hand) at Chanterelle, Nobu, Aquavit or Le Cirque 2000 in Manhattan, I have no problem toasting my time away here. This week I chose to do so in the Village (aka Midtown), hot Belgian chocolate in hand, at the King’s Club in the Sonnenalp Resort.With its warm fire, cozy atmosphere, and amicable staff and guests, I quite enjoyed munching on bar snacks and listening to the lively sounds of guitarist Don Watson. Although we may not be living among the skyscrapers (the mountains give them a run for their money, though) I think it’s fair for me to conclude that this resort town can be just as classy and just as chic, just in our own way. VTFor more on the valley’s lively nightlife write Emily Taylor at intern@vailtrail.com.


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