Movies, pool coming to Vail area
July 2, 2010
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – When the Homer family from Denver vacations in Vail, they always find plenty of things to do.
Still, Tim Homer likes the sound of the outdoor pool taking shape in Eagle-Vail because he has 5- and 8-year-old sons.
“Having a more kid-friendly pool would be nice because most of the resort pools are smaller, more adult pools,” he said.
Visitors to the valley will soon have more entertainment options. From an upscale movie theater in Vail to a science center in Avon, visitors looking ahead to their next vacation in the valley might see new amenities the next time they’re in town. Some of the projects will open as soon as this month. Read on for a list of coming attractions, along with similar activities tourists can do right now.
Vail’s new movie theater and bowling alley are tentatively set to open later this month. Those amenities will stand inside Solaris, Vail’s sweeping new residential, commercial and retail development on Meadow Drive.
The movie theater is called Cinebistro and will have an upscale vibe. Think leather chairs with built-in tables, a full bar and a “chef driven” menu, said Jeremy Welman, chief operating officer for Cobb Theatres. Servers will deliver the food to the seats. The three-screen theater will show the nation’s top movies (The new “Twilight” movie would be showing, for instance, if the theater was currently open). Theater owners plan to get involved in the Vail Film Festival. The theater will be family friendly until 8 p.m., at which point only those 21 and older will be allowed in. Adult tickets will be $10 or $14.50, while children’s tickets will cost $7.50.
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The bowling alley, simply named Bol, will have a restaurant, bar, 10 lanes of bowling and a lounge atmosphere, co-owner Pamela Davis said. An hour of bowling will cost $45 per lane. While patrons will be able to buy standard bowling fare like beer and burgers, the food will have a culinary flair (think Maine lobster pizza with buttered leeks).
Instant gratification: Catch a flick at Riverwalk Theatre in Edwards or Eagle. Call 970-476-5661 for show times. Check out The Back Bowl at 50 Chambers Ave. in Eagle. Contact the bowling alley at 970-328-2695.
Eagle-Vail’s new pool is scheduled to open next summer. Plans include a six-lane, 25-meter lap pool next to the tennis courts at Eagle Road and Eagle Drive. Little ones will be able to splash around in a 40-by-16-foot kiddy pool with a waterfall. Designs also show a 20-foot tube slide.
“It’s a great place to be outdoors and have fun with the kids,” said Leah Mayer, owner’s representative for the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District.
Out-of-town visitors will be able to get a day pass for $12 or a 10-visit punchcard for $90. Eagle-Vail contractor R.A. Nelson started work on the project in April. The pool building, which will include locker and changing rooms, is starting to take shape. As of last week, workers had been planning to start digging the pool within the next few days. The $3.4 million pool will replace Eagle-Vail’s 30-year-old pool across the street.
Instant gratification: Eagle-Vail’s current pool offers day passes for visitors and stands across Eagle Drive from the tennis courts. Contact the pool at 970-949-4257. Eagle’s pool also sell day passes and stands at 1700 Bull Pasture Road. Contact the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink at 970-328-5277.
Anyone interested in green architecture, take note: Avon’s new science center will offer an inside look at its pioneering design. Previously named the Gore Creek Natural Science School, Walking Mountains plans to break ground on its new Avon campus on Thursday. Some buildings are set to be finished by fall 2011. The school aims for the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification. Expected to draw curious builders and environmentalists alike, the school will have a visitors’ exhibit explaining the green design. Located on 5 acres north of Nottingham road, west of Swift Gulch Road and east of Buck Creek Road, the campus will have plenty of other draws for tourists. A visitors’ center in the planned “mountain discovery center” will include exhibits on local topography, geology, watersheds, plants and animals. Children will be able to crawl inside a pretend beaver lodge, while hikers can wander through trails on the property with signs explaining the sights. A community hall will host films, lectures and special events.
Instant gratification: Walking Mountains currently offers guided nature walks on Vail Mountain. Ride the gondola to Eagle’s Nest for free walks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org for information on the school’s other programs.