Beaver Creek Lodge reinventing itself |

Beaver Creek Lodge reinventing itself

Shannon Armstrong
Special to the DailyCraig Forbes (on the right) and the project general manager, Bob Nelson, outside Forbes' Beaver Creek office.

BEAVER CREEK – For some it seems like just yesterday that Beaver Creek was being built. Though much has developed in the valley since then – with Arrowhead’s expansion, the development of Bachelor Gulch and the renovation of Vail Village and Lionshead – it might strike some as odd that properties in Beaver Creek are already in the teardown and re-build stage. The Beaver Creek Lodge, completed in 1991, is now “under the knife,” so to speak. On Dec. 16 the Lodge will host its grand opening and show off the first completed phase of its $3 million renovation.The Beaver Creek Lodge was purchased last August by Richard C. Kessler of Orlando, Fla. Kessler’s owns throughout the south and in Colorado.

In four short months, Kessler and his architects, builders, and designers have completely gutted the Beaver Creek Lodge and rebuilt 72 rooms. Each room includes a one-bedroom suite with custom-designed furnishings, a kitchenette, a sitting area with a gas fireplace, and state of the art technology. Each suite sleeps four and features an LCD flat-screen television, a Bose stereo/radio, speaker phones and wireless Internet access. “I am pleased to have this opportunity to expand our hospitality presence into the Vail Valley market,” says Kessler, an art collector who’s also known for building boutique properties.”We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional products and services in our hotels and restaurants,” he says. Kessler’s signature will be felt through artwork featured in the hotel’s rooms, the restaurant and lobby.

The common area of the lodge will include a European-style gourmet market/coffee bar, access to Christy’s ski shop and other boutiques, as well as a new restaurant. The Blue Spruce Grill is replacing the Beaver Creek Chop House, and is scheduled to open Dec. 17. The Blue Spruce Grill’s menu will have California-style cuisine in a casual upscale setting. The restaurant will also sell from the Kessler wine collection and plans to stock guest requested wines, as well.Kraig Forbes, president of the Forbes Group Real Estate, is the listing broker on the property and says that for the first time, Beaver Creek will offer “affordable ownership options” to folks looking to own property in the upscale mountain resort.

“We’re very unique. We’re located in the village center of Beaver Creek and offer 4-diamond service in an A+ location, all at the most affordable price anywhere in Beaver Creek,” says Forbes, who has worked in real estate in the Vail Valley since 1980.In addition to valet parking and ski valet and storage privileges, guests and owners will have access to a pool and fitness center, close proximity to spa facilities and easy access to the Vilar Center for the Arts, Forbes says.”Service is our biggest selling point.” he says . “We are a vacation club, so when people come here they don’t have to worry about a thing. If a lamp breaks, we fix it. If the plumbing is a problem, we fix it. We are providing a hassle-free experience for owners and guests.”In April the Blue Spruce Grill restaurant will close for its second round of renovations and when it reopens in the summer of 2005 the Beaver Creek Lodge will become a AAA Four Diamond property. Vail Colorado

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