Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley honors our very best |

Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley honors our very best

Winners will be announced Oct. 15 at a special reception at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion

The Vail Daily's Best of the Vail Valley awards have in the past honored the Bonfire Block Party in Eagle.
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The basics
  • Nominations are open until Aug. 28.
  • Voting runs from Sept. 4 — 28.
  • Winners — gold, silver and bronze — will be announced Oct. 15.
  • Go to to nominate your favorites.
  • When voting starts, you can vote once per day.

EAGLE COUNTY — People in the Vail Valley are passionate about their favorite places and people. It’s time again to share that passion.

The Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley is back for 2019. That means it’s time to nominate your favorites. Then vote — as often as once per day — to get your nominees on the podium.

As with last year, there’s a nearly-dizzying array of categories in five broad areas: Entertainment, Outdoors, Restaurants and Bars, Retail and Service.

Categories run the gamut from your favorite musician or budtender to the best bike shop to the best place for a romantic dinner. 

“This is our biggest reader engagement effort of the year,” Vail Daily Publisher Mark Wurzer said. In 2018, nearly 9,000 people cast more than 58,000 votes. 

In line with the Vail Valley’s heritage of World Cup ski racing, winners earn gold, silver and bronze awards. And it isn’t just businesses that are honored. Readers can also pick their favorite bike trail (Boneyard), chairlift (High Noon Express) and hike (Missouri Lakes Trail).

Wurzer said Best of the Vail Valley provides great content for the Vail Daily, not just for businesses, but for its readers across print and digital platforms, and for audiences including locals, visitors and second-home.

Businesses appreciate the additional exposure provided by Best of the Vail Valley, and readers can quickly learn about the valley’s best products, services and places. 

Andy Jessen, a co-owner at Eagle’s Bonfire Brewing, said he’s a fan of Best of Vail Valley. Bonfire has won several awards over the years.

“It’s always cool to have the recognition and support of locals,” Jessen said. “It’s a way to celebrate local businesses.”

Jessen said he enjoys the friendly competition with other local businesses. And, he said, awards are a point of pride for the Bonfire team.

Hygge Life in EagleVail took gold for the best Home Store in the 2018 Best of the Vail Valley competition.

Hygge Life co-owner Koen van Renswoude said the award was “really appreciated,” especially since it reflects local community support.

“We want to be a place for the community to come,” van Renswoude said, especially since the Hygge Life store now includes a place to get a cup of coffee.

Given the number of votes cast, all the humans at the Vail Daily appreciate that the voting process is automated. Ballots used to be counted by hand. 

Using the web-based platform also ensures that votes are accurately counted. 

Gold, silver and bronze winners, along with community leaders, will be invited to an Oct. 15 special reception at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion. Winners won’t know until that event where they landed on the podium. Web and print announcements will be published following the event. 

That’s for the business community, Wurzer said, to celebrate “all that’s good in our valley.”

So nominate, vote and then see if your best-of list matches that of thousands of other readers.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at or 970-748-2930.

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