Vail is one of my favorite places in Colorado. The scenery and nature is out of this world and there is always some kind of event or festival happening in Vail Village.
Vail is nestled right in the Rocky Mountains and is one of the top ski destinations in the world. Therefore, it is a hopping ski town in the winter and a lively mountain town in the summer. Don’t be fooled, there is still plenty to do in these ski towns in the summer too! So here is how to spend one day in Vail CO, in the summer.
Catch a Ride to the top on the Vail Gondola
We had so much fun riding to the top of Vail on the gondola from Vail Village. It’s $42/person, but if you have the EPIC Ski pass like we do it’s FREE! The ride is in a completely closed gondola so you feel safe and secure as you make your way up the mountain.
When you make it to the top, the views are breathtaking. There is a restaurant to grab a quick bite and it’s fun to walk around up there taking in the views.
Shop Local at the Vail Farmers Market
After the gondola, we walked around Vail Village. Vail Village is fun to walk around and see all the shops, but on Sunday’s there is also the farmers market. The farmers market features local vendors from all over Colorado. Local meats, eggs, cheeses, natural soaps and shampoos, and the best food vendors. We each grabbed lunch from a different food vendor and tasted a lot of different items. Fried rice and dumplings, Italian sausage sandwich, gyros, and pulled pork.
In addition to all the incredible food we tasted, we also bought a few macaroons, local honey and goat cheese for later. As I am sure you can guess, it was all delicious.
Grab a Brew at Vail Brewing Co.
After walking around, we decided to try Vail Brewing Company. There are so many different beer options here. I tried the Hot Mess Blonde brew. It was super crisp and light, perfect for summer. Not only is the beer good here, but the atmosphere is also really fun and modern. There are chair lifts all around inside that you can sit on, take pictures and sip your beer on. The outdoor patio is also really fun because it overlooks Vail Village. So you can relax, sip your beer and look out onto all the hustle and bustle of Vail Village.
Grab Some Pasta at Ticino
After a full day of walking, we were ready to eat some carbs. We decided on Ticino which is a quaint little Italian restaurant. I recommend sitting outside, as they have great outdoor seating on a patio with plenty of shade. We started with the caprese salad. The portions are very generous as they gave us an entire mozzarella ball for the caprese salad. We each then had our own pasta. I had the gnocchi with a bolognese sauce and it had great flavor.
Vail has officially stolen a piece of my heart and you really can’t go wrong with anything that you choose to do in Vail Village. What is your favorite thing to do in Vail?