The villages of the Vail Valley, which is comprised of the communities of Vail, Avon, Arrowhead, Beaver Creek, Minturn, Cordillera, Edwards and Eagle, are located about 100 miles west of Denver. Each of these villages has its own unique character, and together they offer exciting nightlife, gourmet dining, world-class shopping and incredible outdoor adventure, in both winter and summer. The region gets an average of 300 days of sunshine, and 300 inches of snowfall each year.
This is as lovely a region as you will find in any mountains anywhere in the world.
Beaver Creek is located in a canyon, a couple of miles from the larger and more settled Avon, at the same base elevation (8200 feet) as Vail. Being a modern resort village and maintaining strict building codes have ensured that Beaver Creek looks like a European alpine village, and overall it is an enchanting and lovely town though it lacks some of the infrastructure of the larger towns in the area.
Beaver Creek Resort is as famous for its flawless taste as it is for its superior recreational amenities. Make no mistake about it, this resort is beyond upscale and into the luxury category, with the timeless elegance worthy of a world-class retreat. Complete with quaint pedestrian plazas lined with cafes, restaurants, boutiques and galleries, Beaver Creek entices at every turn and offers uparalleled service and indulgence.
This is a place not just for those who love great skiing, but for those who love to be pampered no matter what the season. And the whole Vail Valley holds something for just about everyone. In the winter time, in addition to some of the best skiing in North America, you can snowshoe through the backcountry, unwind at a spa, go on a sleighride dinner or even a winter horseback ride. So even if you don’t ski, there are plenty of reasons to head to the Valley to enjoy yourself.
In the summer time there is practically no end to the possible diversions. Golfers, for example, will find nine championship golf courses to conquer, and tennis buffs have more than 50 courts from which to choose. (Remember that at this altitude, golf balls fly 10 to 20 percent farther than at sea level and your tennis balls will find new distance, too.) And then there’s the world-class shopping and dining experiences to look forward to, hot air ballooning, mountain climbing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, or just lolling around in the warm summer sun.
It is also very kid friendly, so don’t hesitate to bring the little darlings along to share the fun!
Located in the heart of Beaver Creek is the dual-affiliated mixed-use resort St. James Place, which enjoys both II Premier and RCI Gold Crown status. Accommodations range from large hotel units to an incredible 4-bedroom that sleeps 12!
This is one of those great places where you can walk out of the condo door and up the heated plaza (less than 100 yards) to the main ski lift, and ski-in access trails pass right by it. Among other things, St. James Place has a full exercise facility, large indoor pool, sauna, steam room, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, meeting rooms, 24 hour front desk, concierge, and heated under ground parking. The open air ice skating facility and the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, with live entertainment, are also just yards from the front door.
What else is right outside the door? Shopping and dining, hiking, horseback riding, golf are on site, and tennis (only two blocks away). And more.
This elegant and luxurious resort consistently gets very high ratings from everyone who visits, and can be difficult to exchange into, especially at the height of the winter season. You should not shun it at other times of the year, as the region is always beautiful, always full of activity— and you might have a better shot at getting in.
The problem, once you have gotten in, will be getting you out!
Some Web sites you may want to visit for more information:
- http://www.stjamesplace.net –St. James Place
- http://www.beavercreek.com/ —The Web site for Beaver Creek
- http://www.visitvailvalley.com/ –Vail Valley Tourism & Convention Bureau
- http://vailhorses.com/ –Beaver Creek Stables; horseback riding & sleigh rides
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