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Sebastian earns No. 12 spot on Travel + Leisure top list

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VAIL — Timbers Resorts recently announce The Sebastian Vail has been recognized among the best hotels in the world in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards. The hotel is ranked No. 12 on the list of top resorts in the continental U.S. by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

The Sebastian – Vail is also named to the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels overall at No. 97.

In addition, Timbers Resorts’ Tuscan retreat, Hotel Castello di Casole, has been voted the No. 1 Resort in Europe, the No. 1 Hotel for Families in Europe and No. 2 of the Top 100 Hotels Overall in the annual World’s Best Awards survey.

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards rankings are the result of an annual readers’ poll conducted by the magazine. Readers define excellence in travel by rating their experiences and evaluating hotels across the world on characteristics including rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food and value. The 2013 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are featured on now and appears in the August issue.


Kickball Classic returns Saturday

The Evans Chaffee Kickball Classic and Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for its 12th year on Saturday at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. The fundraiser this year benefits SummerQuest, a local organization that provides an educational program to help at-risk kids in Eagle County.

“We are so excited to be involved in this year’s event,” said Liana Sideli, director of SummerQuest. “Evans Chaffee and all the employees are so involved in our community, and we are thrilled to have them hosting this year’s Kickball Classic for our benefit. It’s going to mean so much for our program and the kids we’ll be able to positively influence.”

The previous 11 Evans Chaffee Kickball Classics have generated more than $175,000 for local nonprofits. Past beneficiaries have included the Eagle County Women’s Shelter, Meet the Wilderness, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Small Champions and Food Rescue Express.

“One of the core values of our business is giving back to the community,” said Andy Halminski, a partner at Evans Chaffee Construction Group. “The Kickball Classic is a fun way to do that and a great time to get together with friends and family for some intense kickball competition.”

Halminski also said that another favorite of the event, blueberry pancakes, would be back on the menu this year.

“A couple of years ago I suggested that we add blueberry pancakes. They handed me the spatula, and I’ve been making them for the event ever since. The recipe comes from an old bed and breakfast in Maine, where my wife and I both have roots, so these are authentic and darn good.”

The pancake breakfast begins at 7 a.m., with the double-elimination Kickball Classic starting at 8 a.m. Lunch will be available at 11 a.m. Tickets for both breakfast and lunch are on sale now or may be purchased at the event.

If you are interested in making a tax deductible donation, information and instructions can be found at (Evans Chaffee Kickball Classis to Benefit SummerQuest). Any amount helps give a child a brighter future!

For more information about the event, visit Evans Chaffee on Facebook or call Anne at Evans Chaffee at 970-845-0466.

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