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Here’s how to give a guest a great Vail experience

Rich tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

Earlier in the week I had the chance to join some friends who were hosting an out-of-town guest who had never had the pleasure of visiting out community before. Wanting to make sure our guest got the full Vail experience, we decided to take him out for a good time. As it was a Tuesday night, our first stop was to check out the Hot Summer Nights concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The band Queen Nation rocked the house. Even if you are not a diehard Queen fan, there was certainly something for everyone. We had a great time, and what was even better was that it was free! I’m not sure that enough credit is given and I have to applaud the Vail Valley Foundation for putting events like these together. We sometimes take it for granted, but I know I personally would miss the Hot Summer Nights concert series if it ever went away.After the concert we walked around town pointing out this attraction or that fountain, at that bar over there with a few wild stories thrown in. Although it seems as I get older, the wilder stories become a little less frequent – so it goes.Finally, we stopped at Pepi’s deck for a few brews, a bite to eat and some entertainment by Rod Powell. Since we were not the only ones doing this, I’m reminded how import events are to Vail and to the business community. I understand that this type of evening might not be for everyone, but that’s the nice thing about Vail – there’s such diversity that there is always something for everyone. Events, concerts, activities, dining and shopping all bring guests and locals to town, helping create a memorable Vail experience.Another summer eventThe Vail Chamber & Business Association will be hosting its third and final event of the summer Aug. 15 with the Sweet on Vail celebration on Meadow Drive. It will be a day of sweets, and classic ’50’s hot rods. Later that evening there will be a concert benefiting the local Autism Commission. Another day filled with things for visitors and locals to do.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group for businesses in Vail. The chamber is a communications outlet for businesses that need to have a voice. We also organize events in the summer that take place in the three main sections of Vail. For information about how your business can become involved with the chamber, call 970-477-0075 or e-mail Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center. Our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Feel free to stop in.Rich tenBraak is the Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association. Rich can be reached at 970-477-0075 or at

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