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Indulge yourself for cheap

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO, Colorado
AE Gouse Mountain SM 4-20-07

Off season for Tricia Swenson means dressing up and hitting the town for a fancy dinner for girl’s night done cheap.

” I love the restaurant deals. I usually hit up Terra Bistro, and I’ve gone to Frites and Grouse Mountain Grill.

At Grouse, Swenson splurges on the pork chops, she said.

Swenson’s in luck ” the pretzel-crusted pork chops, with orange mustard sauce and balsamic glaze is one of the entree options for Grouse’s off-season special. The Grouse’s whole menu is available for the three-courses for $34 special that starts April 24.

Another closing day on Vail Mountain is behind us and that can mean only one thing: discounted food, spa services and ski and snowboard equipment across the valley.

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And this spring, Swenson’s not going to be able to get out of town except for her “10th wedding of the year,” she joked. So instead, she’s plans on spending a night at Cordillera where she’ll spring on a massage (which are 30 percent off now through May 25) and dinner at Mirador (entrees are two-for-the-price-of-one).

“It’s like taking a little vacation in my own backyard,” she said. “You’re not paying for airfare so you might as well spend it on yourself.”

Kristin LeFevre, 24, is a server at Main St. Grill in Edwards and grew up in the valley. She always looked forward to off season as a child, she said, and she still does.

“That’s when my parents would bring the family out to eat. Off season is when we got to go to all of the good places,” LeFevre said.

Besides Main St., she said her favorite special is Juniper’s 50 percent off entrees.

“I generally just look in the paper and see who is having specials. I usually only make it to one or two though just because I spend most of my time here,” she said.

Going out to dinner two or three times a week during off season is pretty standard for Edwards resident Sunny Davis and her friends, she said.

“Sweet Basil usually ends up doing their three course meal deal and La Tour usually has a special. Those aren’t restaurants I go to all the time but I go during off season.”


dish restaurant, 926-3433

Six courses for $25 and $15 pitchers of white or red sangria.

eat! drink!, 926-1393

Daily “cheesy” happy hour from 4 – 6 p.m. where three cheese platters will run $7, Bitburger tall boy beers are $2, and glasses of rose are $4.

The French Press, 926-4740

50 percent off all entrees with purchase of a bottle of wine

Frites, 926-2151

3-course pre-fixe menu $18.95 – $25.95 (filet or NY add $9)

The Gashouse, 926-3613

Filet Mignon, Lobster tail, and cajun shrimp $19.95

Juniper Restaurant, 926-7001

50 percent off all entrees through April 27

Main St. Grill, 926-2729

2-for-1 dinner entrees, must mention ad.

Mirador, 926-2200

Two for one entrees.

Mustang Bar and Grill, 926-7806

All entrees under $14.

Ray’s Restaurant, 926-7480

30 percent off entrees starting around the first of May.

Beaver Creek

Grouse Mountain Grill, 949-0600

$34 three-course meal (chose from entire menu) starting April 24.

Mirabelle, 949-7728

Three-course selection, $35 until April 28.


Ti Amo, 845-8153

Free bottle of house chianti and two free salads or soups with purchase of two entrees (dinner only).


Minturn Country Club, 827-4114

$2.99 nights are scheduled for May 2 and May 23.


Bagali’s, 479-9242

$3 cheese slices all day, every day.

Chap’s, 476-7111

Two-for-one entrees thru May 31.

Kelly Liken, 479-0175

50 percent off entrees starting April 27.

La Bottega, 476-0280

25 percent off pastas all day, 25 percent off entrees from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Mezzaluna, 477-4410

50 percent off all entrees.

Montauk, 476-2601

Will reopen April 27 with 50 percent off all adult entrees

Nozawa, 476-9355

25 percent off sushi rolls and entrees, discounted alcoholic beverages

The Left Bank, 476-3696

Appetizers from $5, entrees from $15.


Three-courses for $40 after 6 p.m. nightly.


50 percent off entrees Tuesday April 24 through Saturday April 28.

Sweet Basil, 476-0125

Starting April 24, nightly three-course dinner for $37 and beginning April 25, $9.95 lunches Monday – Friday.

Swiss Chalet, 479-5462

Dinner for two ” $58 includes cheese fondue, raclette, and chocolate fondue. Special starts April 24 and runs Tues. – Sun. 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Terra Bistro, 476-6836

50 percent off entrees through mid June though restaurant plans to close for two weeks in May. Call first.

Vendetta’s, 476-5070

Closed for dinner April 22 – May 25, though lunch menu and pizza bar and nightly beer specials will be available at night.

Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort, 476-7111

40 percent off massages, body treatments, adn facials. 20 percent off manicures and pedicures. Special runs through June 15.

Avanyu Spa at Cordillera, 926-2117

30 percent off of facials, massages, and body treatments, offer valid Sunday through Friday, through May 25. It includes a glass of wine or another beverage and full use of the facility.

Golden Leaf Spa at the Vail Marriott, 479-5004

40 percent off all massages, facials and body treatments and 20 percent off all manicures and pedicures beginning April 23 and going through June 15.

The Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge, 476-7721

40 percent off spa treatments, 20 percent off nail services.

Pure Life Skin Care, 926-0906

$20 off facials, and 40 percent off select body treatments.

Skin Deep Spa, 949-9999

Spring package is $200, includes facial, 25-minute massage, Brazilian waxing, brow waxing, body polish and a spray tan. Has to be used by July 30 and cannot be shared. Eyelash extensions spring special, usually $250, on sale for $150 between 8 and 10 a.m.

Natural Cleaners, 949-1787

Ski boxed special: one ski jacket, one pair of pants, two accessories boxed for storage for $25. Sweaters dry cleaned and stored in breathable bag for $6.

Buzz’s Boards, 476-9290

50 – 60 percent off the entire store, no exclusions.

Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or

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