Vail: The sure cure for the summertime blues |

Vail: The sure cure for the summertime blues

Rich tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

Vail is a wonderful place to be in the summer. Vail has begun to see visitors fill the streets, enjoying the beautiful weather and the great merchandise and food the Vail business community has to offer.If the weather isn’t enough of an attraction, Vail’s summer calendar is also doted with several great events. Last Saturday, June 26, Vail hosted the annual BBQ Bonanza, with a vast array of saucy ribs, boastful brats and burgers, pleasant pulled pork, and succulent sliders. Tourists flocked to Vail for the gratifying grill work and savory flavors that Vail’s finest restaurants had to offer. The BBQ Bonanza has become a great summertime tradition where Vail’s talented chefs have free reign to treat visitors to off-the-menu items, and this year was no exception. La Tour walked away with the coveted “Best BBQ” title, but those who attended know that every restaurant offered such wonderful delicacies that it was impossible to leave without loosening your belt. As the summer rolls on, there is even more to look forward to. This weekend Vail will again host Vail America Days, the quintessential 4th of July celebration. The annual Vail America Days parade, themed “America the Beautiful” starts at 10 a.m. July 4, followed by musical entertainment in Lionshead from noon to 2 p.m. and the Free Patriotic Concert at Ford Amphitheater beginning just after the Lionshead event. And what’s a Fourth of July celebration without a fantastic fireworks display? There is none better than the fireworks at Golden Peak in Vail, which will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m. this Sunday. For details and more information, visit or call 970-476-4790. In addition to these great activities, the Vail Farmer’s Market & Art Show will also be held this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the EagleBahn Gondola in Lionshead will be running from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, and10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The gondola is free for children age 12 and under and to 2009-10 and 2010-11 season pass holders all summer long. Ride the gondola for great free activities at Adventure Ridge such as bocce ball, slackline park, horseshoes, and disc golf. The Vail Chamber and Business Association would like to wish you a happy Fourth of July. Our office in the Vail Village Transportation Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call us at 970-477-0075. Summer has arrived in Vail and there is nothing like it!

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