Valentine’s Day is on Friday, and whether you’re celebrating this weekend with your sweetheart, your gal pals or your fabulous single self, there’s plenty to do in the Vail Valley to make it a Valentine’s to remember. Here are a few ideas.
1. A date day with your sweetheart
Of course, you could always do a dinner date, but with a day date you have more hours to spend together making memories and more options than you have in the evening.
Start with brunch. I say go for a locals’ favorite like Westside Café in West Vail or Northside Kitchen in Avon, where the food and coffee are always good and you can make the meal extra special with a mimosa (cheers!).
Have a snowy adventure. If you’re both into skiing or snowboarding, hit the slopes. If not, go for a snowshoe hike (check out Walking Mountains Science Center for free daily guided hikes). This will give you a chance to talk and enjoy each other’s company while soaking in the stillness of a snowy mountain trail.
Indulge in some spa time, followed by happy hour. Head somewhere like Vail Mountain Lodge in Vail Village, which is home to both a luxurious spa (The Spa at Vail Athletic Club) and a fantastic restaurant with a great happy hour (Terra Bistro). Treat yourselves to a couples massage, then a long soak in one of their outdoor hot tubs. Follow with cocktails and appetizers.
2. A ladies’ night out
A Valentine’s tradition even before Galentine’s Day was created by Leslie Knope on the television show Parks and Recreation, a night out with your best pals is as ubiquitous to Valentine’s day as candy hearts and chocolate.
Start with dinner somewhere special, like Mountain Standard in Vail, The Rose in Edwards or Vin 48 in Avon. Indulge in good wine or craft cocktails and order a bunch of small plates to share. And don’t skip dessert!
Go to a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center – check out Blizzard by CIRQUE Flip FabriQue (Flip FabriQue is a Canadian circus company) on Saturday or Sunday night this week for a unique and memorable experience.
If that’s not your thing, head to bōl in Vail for a round of bowling in a hip, modern atmosphere (don’t forget to reserve a lane in advance). Grab a nightcap at the sleek bar in their dining area after you bowl.
Photo: Blizzard by CIRQUE Flip FabriQue, Vilar Performing Arts Center
3. A day of self-care
The relationship you have with yourself might just be the most important one in your life, and it might also be the one you neglect the most. Whether you’re flying solo at the moment or you’re deep into life as a spouse and a parent and you just need some time to yourself, a day of self-care is quite possibly my favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day.
Start at the spa. The Vail Valley is home to several indulgent spas – The Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, The Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square and Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon, to name a few – where you can enjoy amenities like heated pools, hot tubs and saunas before or after your treatments. I recommend reserving the whole morning for some spa time.
Eat your favorite thing for lunch. Is a burger? Sushi? Tacos? There’s a restaurant for you in the Vail Valley and this list will help you find it.
Go to a movie. OK, if skiing or snowboarding is your favorite thing to do, then go do that first, or do that in the morning and head to the spa in the afternoon. But if you’re up for skipping a day on the slopes or if skiing isn’t really your thing, then head to CinéBistro at Solaris in Vail for a movie matinee. The seats are big and comfy and they have servers to bring you refreshments (everything from a full-blown entree to popcorn to wine) right to your seat. I always find there to be something so relaxing and indulgent about spending an afternoon at the movies by myself. Enjoy!
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ll see you around Vail!
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